23 international restaurants in Orlando you should have tried by now

Dive into the hot sauces of Indian food and the sweet marinara of Italian dishes with these international restaurants. Travel from Turkey to Spain by just heading down your very own streets. These 25 spots are nestled throughout Orlando and are ready to get your tastebuds going and transport you to another country.

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Antonio’s Ristorante
611 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-645-5523; $$$
This Maitland mainstay has been around for nearly three decades but it’s better than ever, thanks to creative and artistically plated dishes courtesy of executive chef Patrick Tramontana. Long-stem artichokes wrapped in crispy prosciutto and stuffed with goat cheese are as magnificent to eat as they are to behold. Entrée masterpieces include the braised lamb shank served with Parmesan-sweet pea risotto and oak wood-grilled mutton snapper with mushroom risotto and basil-pesto crème fraîche. Be sure to stop by the downstairs gourmet market on your way out. 
Photo by Rob Bartlett

Antonio’s Ristorante

611 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-645-5523; $$$
This Maitland mainstay has been around for nearly three decades but it’s better than ever, thanks to creative and artistically plated dishes courtesy of executive chef Patrick Tramontana. Long-stem artichokes wrapped in crispy prosciutto and stuffed with goat cheese are as magnificent to eat as they are to behold. Entrée masterpieces include the braised lamb shank served with Parmesan-sweet pea risotto and oak wood-grilled mutton snapper with mushroom risotto and basil-pesto crème fraîche. Be sure to stop by the downstairs gourmet market on your way out.
Photo by Rob Bartlett
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
108 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-644-8609; 7600 Doctor Phillips Blvd., 407-352-6766, $$$
Bosphorous serves delightful fare with many lamb, eggplant and yogurt-centered dishes. Not only is the food superb, it’s also a nice place to sit while smoking scented tobacco from their water pipes and/or enjoying a glass of Turkish wine. 
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Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine

108 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-644-8609; 7600 Doctor Phillips Blvd., 407-352-6766, $$$
Bosphorous serves delightful fare with many lamb, eggplant and yogurt-centered dishes. Not only is the food superb, it’s also a nice place to sit while smoking scented tobacco from their water pipes and/or enjoying a glass of Turkish wine.
Photo by Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine via Facebook
Cedar’s Restaurant
7732 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-351-6000, $$$
Their spin on traditional Lebanese food is a lightness of texture and flavor that is both refreshing and inviting. Use the hot, puffy house- baked lavash bread to scoop up baba ghanoush topped with pickled walnuts; kibbeh are crunchy-fabulous. Top off your meal with a hookah on the patio. 
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Cedar’s Restaurant

7732 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-351-6000, $$$
Their spin on traditional Lebanese food is a lightness of texture and flavor that is both refreshing and inviting. Use the hot, puffy house- baked lavash bread to scoop up baba ghanoush topped with pickled walnuts; kibbeh are crunchy-fabulous. Top off your meal with a hookah on the patio.
Photo by Cedar’s Restaurant via Facebook
Chef Wang’s Kitchen
Closed Tuesdays. 5148 W. Colonial Drive; 407-930-3188; $$
Beijing-born chef Jian Hua Wang serves some of the best Chinese food in the city. In addition to Northern Chinese and Dongbei specialties, Wang serves Sichuan classics – don’t pass on an infernal bowl of “water boiled spicy fish filet” or the veg-friendly “spicy napa heart wok.” A plate of Japanese eggplant, peppers and potato proffers a taste of the north. Other hits: beef chow fun and sturdy pan-fried beef knishes – dumplings reminiscent of Shanghainese sheng jian bao. 
Photo by Rob Bartlett

Chef Wang’s Kitchen

Closed Tuesdays. 5148 W. Colonial Drive; 407-930-3188; $$
Beijing-born chef Jian Hua Wang serves some of the best Chinese food in the city. In addition to Northern Chinese and Dongbei specialties, Wang serves Sichuan classics – don’t pass on an infernal bowl of “water boiled spicy fish filet” or the veg-friendly “spicy napa heart wok.” A plate of Japanese eggplant, peppers and potato proffers a taste of the north. Other hits: beef chow fun and sturdy pan-fried beef knishes – dumplings reminiscent of Shanghainese sheng jian bao.
Photo by Rob Bartlett
DaJen Eats Vegan Café & Creamery
4845 N. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-286-4983; $
Jamaican vegan fare makes the Citgo on North OBT near Lee Road one of the more unique gas stations in town. Dishes ranging from rice & peas with sweet and spicy cauliflower bites and crispy fried chick’n seitan to “loona toona” sandwiches are offered. Eight different varieties of vegan ice cream fashioned from coconut milk are also sold. Note: DaJen Eats will close its Citgo location this summer and move into a permanent location in Eatonville. 
Photo by Rob Bartlett

DaJen Eats Vegan Café & Creamery

4845 N. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-286-4983; $
Jamaican vegan fare makes the Citgo on North OBT near Lee Road one of the more unique gas stations in town. Dishes ranging from rice & peas with sweet and spicy cauliflower bites and crispy fried chick’n seitan to “loona toona” sandwiches are offered. Eight different varieties of vegan ice cream fashioned from coconut milk are also sold. Note: DaJen Eats will close its Citgo location this summer and move into a permanent location in Eatonville.
Photo by Rob Bartlett
Southern Spice
Open daily. 7637 Turkey Lake Road, 321-251-2244; $$
There’s plenty to sample from the stacked menu of usual and unusual suspects of southern Indian fare. Dosa lovers will heartily indulge in the mainstay’s puffy cousin – kuzhi paniyaram – while those with a propensity for more intense flavorings will want the veg Chettinad curry cooked in no less than 28 spices. For a taste less charged, kola urundal ($16) comes spiked with a sprig of fried curry leaves and with magnificent little fried lentil “kofta” lolling in the thickened swell. Whole marinated pompano coated with semolina and pan-fried is a must.
Photo by Rob Bartlett

Southern Spice

Open daily. 7637 Turkey Lake Road, 321-251-2244; $$
There’s plenty to sample from the stacked menu of usual and unusual suspects of southern Indian fare. Dosa lovers will heartily indulge in the mainstay’s puffy cousin – kuzhi paniyaram – while those with a propensity for more intense flavorings will want the veg Chettinad curry cooked in no less than 28 spices. For a taste less charged, kola urundal ($16) comes spiked with a sprig of fried curry leaves and with magnificent little fried lentil “kofta” lolling in the thickened swell. Whole marinated pompano coated with semolina and pan-fried is a must.
Photo by Rob Bartlett
Gaviota Seafood & Fine Peruvian Cuisine
100 S. Eola Drive, 407-428-4682, $$
For some truly remarkable Peruvian food, Gaviota creates plates that incorporate the culture’s most-prized dishes and flavors. The lomo saltado is as tender as can be with rice at the perfect consistency. Although the prices are a bit higher than necessary, the food and experience is still worth every penny.
Photo by Rob Bartlett

Gaviota Seafood & Fine Peruvian Cuisine

100 S. Eola Drive, 407-428-4682, $$
For some truly remarkable Peruvian food, Gaviota creates plates that incorporate the culture’s most-prized dishes and flavors. The lomo saltado is as tender as can be with rice at the perfect consistency. Although the prices are a bit higher than necessary, the food and experience is still worth every penny.
Photo by Rob Bartlett
Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café
205 E. First St., Sanford, 407-321-2204, $$
Homey gasthaus in Sanford’s historic downtown district offers bier, wursts, spaetzle, strudel and some of the finest sweet red cabbage you’ll eat, but the talent extends well beyond the food: Oompah music, dancing and downing 'das boot' (about a yard of beer) are a crowd-stirring must.
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Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café

205 E. First St., Sanford, 407-321-2204, $$
Homey gasthaus in Sanford’s historic downtown district offers bier, wursts, spaetzle, strudel and some of the finest sweet red cabbage you’ll eat, but the talent extends well beyond the food: Oompah music, dancing and downing 'das boot' (about a yard of beer) are a crowd-stirring must.
Photo by Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café via Facebook
Kadence
1809 E. Winter Park Road; $$$$
From the trio that brought us Kappo comes Kadence, a nine-seat stunner serving superlative multicourse omakases. Ingredients are ever-changing and are flown in twice, sometimes thrice, weekly from Japan; what they do with them is why a visit here is a must for any Japanophile. Sushi-only lunches go for $61-$75 and feature 12 pieces, soup and dessert.
Photo by Rob Bartlett

Kadence

1809 E. Winter Park Road; $$$$
From the trio that brought us Kappo comes Kadence, a nine-seat stunner serving superlative multicourse omakases. Ingredients are ever-changing and are flown in twice, sometimes thrice, weekly from Japan; what they do with them is why a visit here is a must for any Japanophile. Sushi-only lunches go for $61-$75 and feature 12 pieces, soup and dessert.
Photo by Rob Bartlett
Le Coq Au Vin
4800 S. Orange Ave., 407-851-6980, $$$$
Incredible French cuisine is the hallmark of this south Orlando landmark. Graceful perfection distinguishes dishes such as 'grouper bronze? aux dix e?pices,' a fillet encrusted with toasted pecans and spices and bathed in citrus beurre blanc, and the center-cut black Angus steak, served with a dollop of peppercorn sauce.
Photo by Le Coq Au Vin via Facebook

Le Coq Au Vin

4800 S. Orange Ave., 407-851-6980, $$$$
Incredible French cuisine is the hallmark of this south Orlando landmark. Graceful perfection distinguishes dishes such as 'grouper bronze? aux dix e?pices,' a fillet encrusted with toasted pecans and spices and bathed in citrus beurre blanc, and the center-cut black Angus steak, served with a dollop of peppercorn sauce.
Photo by Le Coq Au Vin via Facebook