16 new Orlando restaurants you need to try in 2016


Last month we named our Top Tables of 2015; now it’s time to look forward. There’s a buzzy new crop of restaurants flourishing in Orlando, and we are, well, looking forward to seeing how they fare in 2016 – many seem poised to become established players on the dining scene. We picked just 16 here, but you can be certain we’ll review many more than that in the months to come.

(A note about our reviews: We usually don’t review restaurants until they’ve been open for at least three months. If you’ve ever visited a restaurant in their first days, you probably know why. Often, the kitchen and the front-of-house staff are still working through new ideas and new processes, which can lead to service miscues, slow plates and a generally uneven experience. We don’t see any reason to set those early mishaps in stone, so to speak, by publishing a definitive review before a young restaurant is ready to shine.)

That said, we are beyond excited by the class of 2016, and we’ve selected 16 promising new arrivals – a mix of cuisines, price points and neighborhoods – for you to try right now. One’s been open almost six months; one just opened two days ago, but all are pleasing harbingers of the year to come.

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