Tastiest catch: 25 seafood spots every Orlandoan should dive into

If you consider yourself a seafood junkie, then throw on your bib and haul in the fruits of the ocean at one of these local seafoods spots.

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Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar5621 Old Winter Garden Road, 407-293-3587; $$An unfancy place with 50 years of experience. The pound of hot or cold shrimp has a slightly spicy flavor, and the fish-dinner platters come with heaps of fries. But the fresh, sweet oysters (raw or steamed) are the focal point. For the full effect, sit at the bar and settle in with a bucket of them. Photo via Yelp
Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar
5621 Old Winter Garden Road, 407-293-3587; $$

An unfancy place with 50 years of experience. The pound of hot or cold shrimp has a slightly spicy flavor, and the fish-dinner platters come with heaps of fries. But the fresh, sweet oysters (raw or steamed) are the focal point. For the full effect, sit at the bar and settle in with a bucket of them.
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Boston's Fish House
6860 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, 407-678-2107, $
Orders are placed at the counter and payment settled, customers are steered to a vacant table – if there is one. Most seafood is fried, and Ipswich clams are a house specialty. Pictured: Lobster roll. Photo via Yelp
Boston's Fish House
6860 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, 407-678-2107, $
Orders are placed at the counter and payment settled, customers are steered to a vacant table – if there is one. Most seafood is fried, and Ipswich clams are a house specialty. Pictured: Lobster roll. Photo via Yelp
The Boathouse1620 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 407-939-2628; $$$"The only thing more chilled than we were was the lobster cocktail ($18), served on ice. The pound-and-a-quarter cucaracha del mar gave us cause to crack and slurp, which ultimately helped to refocus our attentions onto the food. In addition to feeling good about eating local and sustainable middleneck clams ($15) from Cedar Key, Florida, we thoroughly enjoyed their subtly sweet flavor. Also subtly sweet were the soft Parker House rolls that admirably filled the gap between starters and mains. I was really looking forward to the yellowedge grouper ($33) as my entree, but it was only after the impeccably broiled spice-rubbed fish was devoured that I learned it was on Seafood Watch's "Avoid" list. Had I known beforehand, I wouldn't have ordered it. I guess the label on the top of the menu reading "thoughtfully sourced products" is just that – a label. Nevertheless, the buttery succotash of roasted corn, avocado, blistered tomatoes and jalapeños on which the grouper lay was stellar." - Faiyaz Kara Pictured: Seafood bake for twoPhoto via Yelp
The Boathouse
1620 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 407-939-2628; $$$

"The only thing more chilled than we were was the lobster cocktail ($18), served on ice. The pound-and-a-quarter cucaracha del mar gave us cause to crack and slurp, which ultimately helped to refocus our attentions onto the food. In addition to feeling good about eating local and sustainable middleneck clams ($15) from Cedar Key, Florida, we thoroughly enjoyed their subtly sweet flavor. Also subtly sweet were the soft Parker House rolls that admirably filled the gap between starters and mains. I was really looking forward to the yellowedge grouper ($33) as my entree, but it was only after the impeccably broiled spice-rubbed fish was devoured that I learned it was on Seafood Watch's "Avoid" list. Had I known beforehand, I wouldn't have ordered it. I guess the label on the top of the menu reading "thoughtfully sourced products" is just that – a label. Nevertheless, the buttery succotash of roasted corn, avocado, blistered tomatoes and jalapeños on which the grouper lay was stellar." - Faiyaz Kara Pictured: Seafood bake for two

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Winter Park Fish Co.761 Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-622-6112; $$The mostly-from-Florida seafood served here will get you hooked. They’ll make a gratifying fish and chips from scratch with almost any fish they’ve got in-house (your choice!), and fresh local produce is a nice healthy touch. Expect a bit of a wait. Pictured: Blackened codPhoto via Yelp
Winter Park Fish Co.
761 Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-622-6112; $$

The mostly-from-Florida seafood served here will get you hooked. They’ll make a gratifying fish and chips from scratch with almost any fish they’ve got in-house (your choice!), and fresh local produce is a nice healthy touch. Expect a bit of a wait. Pictured: Blackened cod

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King Cajun Crawfish914 N. Mills Ave., 407-704-8863; $A host of seasoning choices, top-notch sides and cut-rate prices make this Cajun dive a real draw for diners craving crawfish boils. Other NOLA staples are hit (catfish po’boy) and miss (gumbo). End with a strong cup of Cafe? du Monde coffee. Pictured: crawfishPhoto via Yelp
King Cajun Crawfish
914 N. Mills Ave., 407-704-8863; $

A host of seasoning choices, top-notch sides and cut-rate prices make this Cajun dive a real draw for diners craving crawfish boils. Other NOLA staples are hit (catfish po’boy) and miss (gumbo). End with a strong cup of Cafe? du Monde coffee. Pictured: crawfish

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood7488 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-355-3011; $$$$You get what you pay for and, for?the most part, this pricey Dr. Phillips fish house delivers. Both the steak and lobster tartare and the jumbo lump crab make a splash as starters. Though it’s primarily a seafood place, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better steak than their 22-ounce USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye. Pictured: Sea scallops with citrus and brown butter.Photo via Yelp
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
7488 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-355-3011; $$$$

You get what you pay for and, for?the most part, this pricey Dr. Phillips fish house delivers. Both the steak and lobster tartare and the jumbo lump crab make a splash as starters. Though it’s primarily a seafood place, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better steak than their 22-ounce USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye. Pictured: Sea scallops with citrus and brown butter.

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Moor6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 407-586-0000; $$$$Fresh, sustainable food is what’s on tap at the Gaylord Palms’ newest restaurant. Look for the 60-foot-tall sailboat mast to find this “harbor of hip,” which features New World Floridian cuisine served by a new chef who just arrived from Key West to bring an island-style atmo to town. Pictured: Tile fish over risottoPhoto via Yelp
Moor
6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 407-586-0000; $$$$

Fresh, sustainable food is what’s on tap at the Gaylord Palms’ newest restaurant. Look for the 60-foot-tall sailboat mast to find this “harbor of hip,” which features New World Floridian cuisine served by a new chef who just arrived from Key West to bring an island-style atmo to town. Pictured: Tile fish over risotto

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Atlantic Beer & Oyster358 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-636-7021; $$Adjacent to Boca, this beer-and-oyster bar suffers from uninspired offerings and lackadaisical, sometimes absent, service. Bluepoint oysters, as well as those from Texas and Louisiana, are the main attraction, but a trio of shrimp dishes, a salad and a burger are also offered. The smoky fish dip makes a worthy nosh alongside a beer, of which there’s a decent selection. Pictured: Oyster bucketPhoto via Yelp
Atlantic Beer & Oyster
358 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-636-7021; $$

Adjacent to Boca, this beer-and-oyster bar suffers from uninspired offerings and lackadaisical, sometimes absent, service. Bluepoint oysters, as well as those from Texas and Louisiana, are the main attraction, but a trio of shrimp dishes, a salad and a burger are also offered. The smoky fish dip makes a worthy nosh alongside a beer, of which there’s a decent selection. Pictured: Oyster bucket

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Urban TideHyatt Regency, 9801 International Drive, 407-284-1234; $$$$Local seasonal seafood, such as Gulf grouper and whole red snapper, share the menu with coastal fare from other areas, like sustainable wild-caught salmon, West coast oysters and New England scallops. If you’re more of a landlubber, there are plenty of steaks, chops, salads and more to choose from. Pair your lunch or dinner selection with craft cocktails, craft beer or fine wine. Pick a table overlooking the grotto pool to complete the experience. Pictured: Lobster risottoPhoto via Yelp
Urban Tide
Hyatt Regency, 9801 International Drive, 407-284-1234; $$$$

Local seasonal seafood, such as Gulf grouper and whole red snapper, share the menu with coastal fare from other areas, like sustainable wild-caught salmon, West coast oysters and New England scallops. If you’re more of a landlubber, there are plenty of steaks, chops, salads and more to choose from. Pair your lunch or dinner selection with craft cocktails, craft beer or fine wine. Pick a table overlooking the grotto pool to complete the experience. Pictured: Lobster risotto

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Oh! Que Bueno1125 S. Semoran Blvd., 407-447-5026; $A small Colombian cafe? that specializes in protein: meat, chicken, sausages, seafood. And unless you count rice, corn and red beans, not?a veggie in the place. The carneteria offers authentic traditional dishes done well, as well as enormous combination plates of beef, pork, sausage and the occasional egg. Pictured: Mofongo with shrimpPhoto via Yelp
Oh! Que Bueno
1125 S. Semoran Blvd., 407-447-5026; $

A small Colombian cafe? that specializes in protein: meat, chicken, sausages, seafood. And unless you count rice, corn and red beans, not?a veggie in the place. The carneteria offers authentic traditional dishes done well, as well as enormous combination plates of beef, pork, sausage and the occasional egg. Pictured: Mofongo with shrimp

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