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5 restaurants to enjoy near Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando

Carlos Hernandez

I love visiting Lake Eola whenever I take a trip to Downtown Orlando, especially on a breezy day.

Lake Eola in Downtown OrlandoCarlos Hernandez

It’s a very pretty park and they have a number of restaurants and bars nearby. It has a sidewalk that circles the lake .9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running distances. Visitors can also rent swan-shaped paddle boats, check out live swans and birds, see a concert, movie or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheater and of course check out restaurants.

Here are 5 restaurants I recommend near Lake Eola:

The Stubborn Mule: If you love new age American cuisine, The Stubborn Mule is where it's at. They have a phenomenal brunch menu that makes for a great to start your weekend. Reservations are recommended as they get quite busy. They have a variety of burgers, flatbreads, sandwiches, and salads. Happy Hour is available daily from 4PM to 7PM and again from 10PM to 11PM on Fridays and Saturdays and offers $7 signature cocktails, $6 mules, $6 draft beers, $3 off wines by the glass, and $1 off craft bottles and can beers. Mule Mondays offer $5 Moscow Mules. 100 South Eola Drive, Orlando, FL 32801. (407) 730-3400.

The Neighborhood Eatery: I randomly wandered into this place looking for some lunch around Downtown Orlando and had a craving for Korean food. It was surprisingly quite delicious. It’s a no-frills restaurant. They have bulgogi, bibimbap, among other things. I had the Koagie Sandwich during my last visit and it was delicious, it is a Korean take on a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich that contains thinly shaved beef with bulgogi sauce, caramelized onions, cheese, and garlic sauce, on a toasted hoagie. They also have a Chicken Katsu sando with fried chicken, topped with shredded lettuce, bulldog sauce, gochujang aioli, and served on a hoagie roll. Prices are fair too and you’ll spend between $10-15. 231 North Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. (407) 648-1050.

Jinya Ramen: Get your noodle craving satisfied at Jinya Ramen, founded by Tomo Takahashi. Orlando has tons of options for ramen, but they are scarce around the Lake Eola area. The first Jinya was opened in Tokyo in the year 2000. Takahashi saw the demand for ramen and decided to bring the concept over to California and eventually it landed in Orlando. Currently they have 40 locations in North America. Try the Black Garlic ramen. 8 North Summerlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. (407) 704-1825

Kres Chophouse: If you’re looking for a date night spot or a place to have a business meeting and are willing to spend, Kres Chophouse is a good choice near Lake Eola and inside of a historic building. Open all day on weekdays and just for dinner on weekends. The ribeye is a solid choice. Prime Beef is aged in-house and hand-cut to order. They have a number of start choices including Snake River Wagyu Carpaccio, Flash Fried Calamari “Vesuvio”, Filet Mignon Steak Tartare, “Copps Island” Oysters Rockefeller, and Escargot de Bourgogne. 17 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801. (407) 447-7950

The Boheme: Located inside the Grand Hotel Bohemian Orlando Hotel, The Boheme features New American cuisine and a nice Sunday jazz brunch which starts at $60 per person which includes unlimited mimosas, tea, juice, coffee, and soda. On the rooftop during the first Friday of each month from 6PM to 10 PM this summer, visitors can experience Sunset Sessions at the Bohemian Terrace rooftop concert series with live Brazilian jazz music by the Gilberto Santos Band. The lunch and dinner menu has your usual seafood and meat options and a wide-range of cocktails at a premium. 325 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. (407) 581-4700.


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