The no. 1 new restaurant in America is right here in Orlando

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By Floricua Staff

January 17, 2024

When it comes to dining in Orlando, the choices are as diverse as the city itself. From classic theme park eats to upscale fine dining, there’s something for every palate. But for those seeking a dining experience that’s more than just a meal, Otto’s High Dive is the place to be. 

Nestled in the heart of Orlando, this quirky eatery takes you on a gastronomic adventure like no other. It’s no wonder the trendy food spot came in at no. 1 on USA Today’s list of the 10 best new restaurants in the US that you need to try in 2024!

Let’s dive into everything that makes Otto’s High Dive the ultimate winner. 

Daring Dishes

Otto’s High Dive doesn’t just serve food; it defies culinary gravity. The menu is an eclectic blend of flavors and textures, designed to tantalize your taste buds. From “platos” like the ropa vieja (braised short rib with ropa vieja sauce, white rice, black beans, and Cuban bread) to the raw oyster bar and other “platos del mar,” each dish is a tropical masterpiece.

But the real showstopper here is the “Abunancia for the Table.” This larger-than-life offering features a delectable assortment of drinks dishes for the whole table, including daiquiris, a seafood tower, pastelitos, ropa vieja, beans, rice, Cuban bread, and dessert. It’s like a circus act for your taste buds, with each bite delivering an explosion of flavors.


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There are good restaurants, and then there are Michelin-approved restaurants. Fortunately, Otto’s High Dive is the latter. 

The eatery earned the Bib Gourmand rating from Michelin, which prized the eatery for its charming vibe and “unfussy but well-executed food.” Sold!

Rum All Around

Otto’s High Dive calls itself a “neighborhood rum bar,” which somewhat downplays its stunning offerings. However, the rum part is spot on, as the extensive beverage menu includes dozens of drinks, from shaken and stirred cocktails to frozen mojitos and Cuba Libras on tap. 

You can also order pitchers of daiquiris, which are perfect for splitting with friends, and some of the classic cocktails and highballs are available at a discounted rate during happy hour

Location, Location, Location

Conveniently located in the heart of Orlando, Otto’s High Dive is the perfect place to refuel after a day of exploring the city’s attractions. It’s a stone’s throw away from the theme parks, making it an excellent choice for a post-adventure meal.

According to Yelp users, the Milk District spot is extra perfect for those who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the Orange Avenue side of downtown.

Address: 2304 E Robinson St. Orlando, FL 32803

The Takeaway

Otto’s High Dive is more than just a restaurant; it’s an experience that takes your taste buds on a thrilling journey. With daring dishes, a Michelin stamp of approval, excellent booze, and a convenient location, it’s no wonder Otto’s has earned its place as one of the country’s top dining destinations. 

So, if you’re looking for a dining experience that’s both interesting and mouthwatering, head on over to Otto’s High Dive and prepare to be wowed!

This story was generated in part by AI and edited by Floricua staff.



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