Located inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Knife & Spoon is a close 20-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Disney World. Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant its first star in June 2022 for its flawless ambiance and outstanding cuisine. The kitchen is led by Chef John Tesar, a man with such culinary talent that the late Anthony Bourdain once called him “the single most talented cook I have ever worked with” (via The Ritz-Carlton). He has created a menu highlighted by locally sourced beef, aged in-house (with cuts aged up to a year!), with plenty of seafood options as well, per Food & Wine.
A dinner at Knife & Spoon may look something like a half dozen oysters with key lime mignonette followed by a wedge salad with dill ranch, blue cheese, and bacon. Your main course could be the 44-ounce dry-aged, bone-in ribeye or the Key Largo spiny lobster served with fennel pollen breadcrumbs. You couldn’t skip the kimchi creamed spinach or the mac and cheese with house-made fresh pasta on the side. Finally, the caramel mousse dessert served with caramel popcorn and bourbon caramel ice cream will round out this epic meal (via The Ritz-Carlton). This, of course, is just an example of what Knife & Spoon offers to those who dare to venture out of the theme park. There are so many more enticing options, plus an extensive cocktail and wine list. It’s easy to see why Michelin recognized this stunning eatery.