It wasn’t until I left my hometown, Winter Park, and traveled abroad that I realized how special it is to have a street like Park Avenue in a community. Park Avenue embodies one of Europe’s most celebrated civic designs–the strolling promenade. Its cobblestoned streets, Central Park, and tasty Park Avenue Restaurants are beloved by all who amble along its sidewalks.
With restaurants and cuisines to match its worldly vibe, Park Avenue is brimming with fresh food and local ingredients. The old oaks dripping in Spanish Moss shade the streets where you can dine al fresco most of the year. So for your next day date or date night, grab a croissant and explore Park Ave’s hidden courtyards, sip an espresso while sitting in its rose garden, or pick up a baguette and lounge on its open lawn.
Updated June 2023 by Terri Peters
Park Avenue Restaurants
Boca Winter Park
358 N Park Ave Suite A, Winter Park
At the heart of Boca’s mission is freshly prepared farm-to-table-fare. They believe everyone benefits by using local ingredients from farmer, to chef, to diner. Check it out for happy hour, lunch, dinner, or brunch. Everything is prepared fresh with a vibrant taste.
Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Happy Hour, which features ½ off wines by the glass, $5 signature cocktails, and $5 appetizers is Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Garp & Fuss
348 N Park Ave #5, Winter Park
Having watched a string of restaurants and eateries try and fail to make it in this location at the quieter end of Park Avenue, I’m pleased to finally see Garp & Fuss breaking the streak. This American gastropub has charm and character. You’ll be hard-pressed to find the perfect spot to dine within this five-roomed restaurant.
There’s something for everyone on the menu whether it's wings, burgers or salad.
305 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park
You’ll find all of your Thai favorites on the menu at Orchid Thai, like green curry and pad thai. Their use of fresh vegetables and proteins like shrimp is sure to impress. On Wednesday through Saturday, Orchid Thai also serves sushi. Sit inside or outside at this elegant spot.
252 N Park Ave, Winter Park
This breakfast and lunch spot is ideal for a boozy brunch. No reservations are allowed at this local favorite, so arrive early if you want a full stack of their raspberry lemon creme pancakes (which you do). Consider adding some eggs or other protein to your meal so you can enjoy some brunch cocktails. Favorites like Bourbon Blackberry Lemonade and Blood Orange Mimosas are worth the out-the-door wait.
Or consider ordering online for takeout.
124 N Park Ave, Winter Park
This casual Italian restaurant has just the right vibe. Plants waterfall down its brick walls while breeze billows through the restaurant's folding glass doors that open up to face Central Park. Prato’s menu celebrates the best in Italian cooking: fresh, simple ingredients. You can’t go wrong on the menu whether you’re in the mood for pasta or wood-fired pizza. You may want to arrive hungry so you can share one of the delicious appetizers.
Don’t leave without trying something from their full bar. I suggest their spin on the Aperol Spritz–the Italian Citrus: Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka, Aperol, House Made Lemonade, and Pomegranate Juice.
Happy Hour is Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
108 S Park Ave, Winter Park
If you’re looking for a Far East experience, head to Bosphorous for the best Anatolian cuisine in Central Florida. This Turkish restaurant has been on Park Avenue since 2004. It’s known for its enormous domed Lavash bread that entices hungry diners walking past its outdoor tables. Don't miss their fresh olives for that perfect pucker.
A warm atmosphere and exquisite Turkish food make this a Park Avenue staple for an exotic date night.
290 S. Park Ave, Winter Park
Meaning life, water, island, bird in Greek, AVA is a celebration of splendor, freedom, escapism and joy. Delectable food and a very vibrant atmosphere combine to entertain the senses and transport guests to celebrate the night away.
One of the newer Park Avenue Restaurants, AVA has quickly become the place to be seen. Its sleek atmosphere may remind you of Miami or New York.
120 E Morse Blvd, Winter Park
This little French bakery is a personal favorite. Their croissants are as flakey as those you’d find in Paris, fresh out of the oven. After you’ve salivated over the bakery counter and picked up a few many items to go, grab a hot espresso or refreshing lemonade and wander over to Central Park to sit by the fountain and people watch while you eat.
The Imperial Winter Park
170 E. Morse Blvd, Winter Park
This wine bar is The Imperial's third location in Central Florida; the others are located in Sanford and Ivanhoe Village. A furniture store by day and wine bar by night, the menu includes wines, beers, cocktails, and a food menu of bar snacks and lighter fare.
Barnie's Coffee Kitchen
118 S Park Ave, Winter Park
This chain coffee spot exceeds the service and product of competitor Starbucks. You’ll find fine fair trade coffee here alongside farm-to-table breakfast and lunch. In fact, this Park Avenue staple now has a refreshed look and a new menu.
Enjoy a casual breakfast or lunch while people watching the Park Ave crowds or for an intimate conversation in its secluded Mediterranean courtyard.
136 S Park Ave, Winter Park
This American fare restaurant boasts…wait for it…a park view of Central Park. Dine here for lunch, dinner, or brunch. What could be better than bacon and a mimosa flight? The Parkview also serves up epic charcuterie platters, delicious flatbreads, and seasonal offerings that are always changing.
151 E Welbourne Ave, Winter Park
For modern Tex Mex in an elegant setting, look no further than Cocina 214. You’ll find all of your favorite Mexican flavors and dishes here. Hello, fresh avocado! You can’t miss indulging in their award-winning cocktail menu. Don’t miss their Elderflower Margarita, made with Elderflower liqueur, fresh raspberries, and lime.
Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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The Wine Room
270 S Park Ave, Winter Park
The Wine Room offers a unique way to sample many wines without a steep bill. Upon entering, you first purchase a refillable card that acts as your bartender for the night. Wander around and sample wines by using your card to swipe your way to a full glass.
If you like a wine, simply swipe and order a full pour. Then, sink into the rich leather seating and get lost in conversation and the comfortable atmosphere. An assortment of cheese and charcuterie, small plates, flatbreads and desserts offer perfect pairings. The Wine Room is a classic and one of our favorite Park Avenue restaurants.
Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park
300 S Park Ave, Winter Park
No need to tell you where Peterbrooke is, just follow your nose. This European-style chocolate shop makes all of its chocolate in-house, along with eighteen flavors of gelato. All chocolate here is made from ethically sourced cocoa beans.