January 24, 2023

Orlando’s hottest new restaurants, according to Yelp

The foodies have spoken. Here's a list of the newest and hottest restaurants and cocktail bars now open in Orlando, according to Yelpers. From ramen to pizza to Filipino ice cream and more, there's a ton of great reasons to be hungry in Orlando right now.
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Sampaguita
5 out of 5 stars, 38 reviews
1233 E. Colonial Drive
”YAY for Filipino ice cream & desserts in Mills 50! Marie & her team have done it once again — Sampaguita is the sister concept to The Greenery Creamery which we all know and love. This new location is absolutely STUNNING (designed by GDP Design Build) with all the pink & green tropical vibes. Yes, Halo Halo is on the menu along with lots of new unique flavors (including dairy-free options), their famous ube brownies, and fun toppings.” — Anna L.
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Image courtesy Sampaguita/Yelp

Sampaguita

5 out of 5 stars, 38 reviews
1233 E. Colonial Drive
”YAY for Filipino ice cream & desserts in Mills 50! Marie & her team have done it once again — Sampaguita is the sister concept to The Greenery Creamery which we all know and love. This new location is absolutely STUNNING (designed by GDP Design Build) with all the pink & green tropical vibes. Yes, Halo Halo is on the menu along with lots of new unique flavors (including dairy-free options), their famous ube brownies, and fun toppings.” — Anna L.
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K-BBQ & Bar
4.5 out of 5 stars, 37 reviews
5101 E. Colonial Drive
”I recommend this place for Korean BBQ. I've eaten Kbbq all over the world and in South Korea and this place is great with the quality of the meats and selection of banchan. Unlike other places, you get to pick the banchan sides from a buffet style bar and also pick out your greens and veggies from the salad bar.” — Natali B.
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Image courtesy K-BBQ & Bar

K-BBQ & Bar

4.5 out of 5 stars, 37 reviews
5101 E. Colonial Drive
”I recommend this place for Korean BBQ. I've eaten Kbbq all over the world and in South Korea and this place is great with the quality of the meats and selection of banchan. Unlike other places, you get to pick the banchan sides from a buffet style bar and also pick out your greens and veggies from the salad bar.” — Natali B.
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Haan Coffee
5 out of 5 stars, 40 reviews
1235 E. Colonial Drive
”This new coffee shop was a dream! The interior was modern and minimal with a Korean twist. It's the perfect addition to Orlando. I decided to go with a hot latte and a croffle which is a cross between a croissant and waffle. The hot latte was delicious. I can tell that the beans were freshly roasted. The croffle was out of this world. It was sweet and also savory. It had a waffle like texture on the outside and a crossiant texture in the inside.” — Tori C.
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Image courtesy Haan Coffee/Yelp

Haan Coffee

5 out of 5 stars, 40 reviews
1235 E. Colonial Drive
”This new coffee shop was a dream! The interior was modern and minimal with a Korean twist. It's the perfect addition to Orlando. I decided to go with a hot latte and a croffle which is a cross between a croissant and waffle. The hot latte was delicious. I can tell that the beans were freshly roasted. The croffle was out of this world. It was sweet and also savory. It had a waffle like texture on the outside and a crossiant texture in the inside.” — Tori C.
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Otto’s High Dive
4.5 out of 5 stars, 33 reviews
2304 E. Robinson St.
“After weeks of driving by and feeling the FOMO, I finally sat down at Otto's! So excited this gem is in our Milk District neighborhood. We got a reservation for 5pm (latest available when we checked at the time) but it was perfect in time for happy hour. We shared a few plates but the crab salad and oysters were definitely our favorites!” — Dorsa V.
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Image courtesy Otto’s High Dive/Instagram

Otto’s High Dive

4.5 out of 5 stars, 33 reviews
2304 E. Robinson St.
“After weeks of driving by and feeling the FOMO, I finally sat down at Otto's! So excited this gem is in our Milk District neighborhood. We got a reservation for 5pm (latest available when we checked at the time) but it was perfect in time for happy hour. We shared a few plates but the crab salad and oysters were definitely our favorites!” — Dorsa V.
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The Moderne
4.5 out of 5 stars, 40 reviews
1241 E. Colonial Drive
”It has a beautiful design with how the bar is set up and is made to look like a 1930s style place. They nailed the look and the patio makes for a great ambiance for bigger groups. You won't be disappointed when coming here.” — Michael H.
Photo via The Moderne/Instagram
image via The Moderne/Instagram

The Moderne

4.5 out of 5 stars, 40 reviews
1241 E. Colonial Drive
”It has a beautiful design with how the bar is set up and is made to look like a 1930s style place. They nailed the look and the patio makes for a great ambiance for bigger groups. You won't be disappointed when coming here.” — Michael H.
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Kaya
5 out of 5 stars, 14 reviews
618 N. Thornton Ave.
”Every dish seemed to compliment the next dish that came out.  The pancit, prawns, and pork belly were highlights for me.  There were also multiple courses of dessert.  Everything was outstanding and carefully thought out.  The chef told us that they change a few items from the tasting menu every day they operate, and the experience differs slightly every time one comes.  The only caveat is to make sure you don't have anything planned for 2-3 hours as the whole experience did take a while.” — Wally Z.
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Image courtesy Kaya

Kaya

5 out of 5 stars, 14 reviews
618 N. Thornton Ave.
”Every dish seemed to compliment the next dish that came out. The pancit, prawns, and pork belly were highlights for me. There were also multiple courses of dessert. Everything was outstanding and carefully thought out. The chef told us that they change a few items from the tasting menu every day they operate, and the experience differs slightly every time one comes. The only caveat is to make sure you don't have anything planned for 2-3 hours as the whole experience did take a while.” — Wally Z.
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Crocante Restaurant
4.5 out of 5 stars, 18 reviews
4311 E. Colonial Drive
”Wow! Absolutely excellent meal today with Mom and Dad — we all agreed on this and OG Latinos are beyond picky. Aside from our delicious food, I could not help but think this spot would be PERFECT for a holiday party. Great space, TVs, bar in the middle of everything — perfect.  My parents enjoyed both the mofongo and the morcillas. The rice and beans were wonderful — my mother took some home with her ‘para later.’ There is no higher compliment.” — Michelle M.
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Image courtesy Crocante Restaurant/Instagram

Crocante Restaurant

4.5 out of 5 stars, 18 reviews
4311 E. Colonial Drive
”Wow! Absolutely excellent meal today with Mom and Dad — we all agreed on this and OG Latinos are beyond picky. Aside from our delicious food, I could not help but think this spot would be PERFECT for a holiday party. Great space, TVs, bar in the middle of everything — perfect. My parents enjoyed both the mofongo and the morcillas. The rice and beans were wonderful — my mother took some home with her ‘para later.’ There is no higher compliment.” — Michelle M.
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Volcano Hot Pot & BBQ
4.5 out of 5 stars, 27 reviews
5655 International Drive
”Thank you baby Jesus for a location closer to me. I love hot pot and bbq, so when this location opened, I hauled ass to stuff my face. The food is so good, the place is very clean. And the staff are very friendly and want to make sure your visit is as pleasant as can be. I will always come here to eat when I need hot pot or bbq or both!’ — Adam C.
Photo via Volcano Hot Pot & BBQ/Facebook
Image courtesy Volcano Hot Pot & BBQ/Facebook

Volcano Hot Pot & BBQ

4.5 out of 5 stars, 27 reviews
5655 International Drive
”Thank you baby Jesus for a location closer to me. I love hot pot and bbq, so when this location opened, I hauled ass to stuff my face. The food is so good, the place is very clean. And the staff are very friendly and want to make sure your visit is as pleasant as can be. I will always come here to eat when I need hot pot or bbq or both!’ — Adam C.
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818 Best Dim Sum
4 out of 5 stars, 26 reviews
4192 Conroy Road
”One of the best dim sum restaurants I've been to.  Beautifully served in wooden bamboo boxes. They had sea cucumber dumplings, salty egg dumplings and all the usual dim sum fare. Pretty modern decor and spacious. Service was excellent. You get to choose a special tea which was offered in a basket.  Our baby chrysanthemum was really good. It was accompanied w a small bowl of brown sugar nuggets. A def recommendation for grrat dim sum in Orlando.” — Juju W.
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Image courtesy 818 Best Dim Sum/Yelp

818 Best Dim Sum

4 out of 5 stars, 26 reviews
4192 Conroy Road
”One of the best dim sum restaurants I've been to. Beautifully served in wooden bamboo boxes. They had sea cucumber dumplings, salty egg dumplings and all the usual dim sum fare. Pretty modern decor and spacious. Service was excellent. You get to choose a special tea which was offered in a basket. Our baby chrysanthemum was really good. It was accompanied w a small bowl of brown sugar nuggets. A def recommendation for grrat dim sum in Orlando.” — Juju W.
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Meet Fresh
4 out of 5 stars, 28 reviews
5144 W. Colonial Drive
”I have been waiting for Meet fresh to open for so long after having been to other locations in other states. We ordered the grass jelly signature with taro paste and the q mochi set. Everything exceeded my expectations. The rice cakes were so good and chewy. We ordered extra condensed milk with our grass jelly so it can taste a bit sweeter. The taro was so good, I love the chunks of taro in the paste, it adds a different flavor and texture in my grass jelly. The grass jelly tasted fresh too because I could taste the herbal flavor which I love!!” — Tien P.
Photo via Meet Fresh/Facebook
Image courtesy Meet Fresh/Facebook

Meet Fresh

4 out of 5 stars, 28 reviews
5144 W. Colonial Drive
”I have been waiting for Meet fresh to open for so long after having been to other locations in other states. We ordered the grass jelly signature with taro paste and the q mochi set. Everything exceeded my expectations. The rice cakes were so good and chewy. We ordered extra condensed milk with our grass jelly so it can taste a bit sweeter. The taro was so good, I love the chunks of taro in the paste, it adds a different flavor and texture in my grass jelly. The grass jelly tasted fresh too because I could taste the herbal flavor which I love!!” — Tien P.
Photo via Meet Fresh/Facebook