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7700 Sand Lake Rd.
Over the past few years, an oasis of quality dining has developed about a mile west of the tack-tastic fray of International Drive. This California-style cocktail lounge and oak-fired grill—one of five in a burgeoning Florida chain—is a rare Orlando offering that serves health-minded food that you'd actually want to eat: cedar-plank salmon, charred asparagus, and double-garlic chicken breast flatbread are among the favorites. The menu changes with the seasons, no dish clocks in over 475 calories, and desserts are served in portion-controlled shot glasses.
VICTORIA & ALBERT'S
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
4401 Grand Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista Tel: 407-939-3463
Disney has many middling restaurants and many more that are mere meal mills for undiscerning families. But it pours considerable energy into ensuring that this entry earns the starch in its napkin. Expect officious service, a multihour complement of French-American courses—from amuse bouche to intermezzo to dessert—and at every stage, a wine pairing. Even if some of its patrons need to be told why the white truffles cost $35, and even if the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber caters to the hoi polloi, the final flavors usually please. V & A is the only AAA five-diamond restaurant in Central Florida, and perhaps one of the most romantic, with harpists performing nightly and long-stem roses on hand for the ladies.