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Christini's Ristorante
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Ranked #262 of 3,777 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 50 - USD 80
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Doctor Phillips
Description: To enter Christini's is to enter Italy. Christini's original recipes blend the flavors of selective regions of Italy. Italian art and strolling musicians grace the elegant and romantic dining room. A rose to each lady typifies Christini's charm. Discover why dignitaries, celebrities, and professionals from around the world have made this their number one dining destination in Central Florida.
St. Catharines, Canada
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“So disappointed”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

I always give an honest review so here it goes. We visit Orlando 6 times per year and we decided to try this restaurant. This was most likely the worst restaurant all the way around that we have ever gone too. We arrived to be seated at a table for two. I could have sat on the the lap of the guy next to me the tables are so close together. We looked at the menu which of course you could not view on any website and I see why with the prices the way they were here very very expensive. Now with that said, we will go to Flemings and spend $200 on a meal and leave with smiles but here we were beyond disappointed. I ordered Alfredo pasta and that is exactly what I got a blob of pasta in a bowl that would not have been enough food to feed a man and it was almost $25 just for that alone not even an extra mushroom or sprig of rosemary for presentation . Everything and I mean everything is a la carte. Olive Garden had a better meal than here and again I openly am honest with my reviews. Now the noise factor, for what this restaurant costs your mind will be exhausted just watching the staff run around all over the restaurant with trays of everything . It was crazy and I mean crazy. It was the most unrelaxing experience of any restaurant we have ever had anywhere in Orlando Florida. Go to Flemings instead yes this place is a la carte as well but the service and the food and the noise level will be superior to Christini's. We will not be returning I have to say as we left so disappointed that a fine dining restaurant was like being in a zoo! I rate this as Average as it did have a wonderful polish musician that came and played whatever I asked for at our table and he was the best part of our visit. Hats off to him!

Visited February 2012
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orlando fl
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“NOt what it once was!”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

We have dined at Christini's often over the past 15 years.We went last night after not being there in 2 years.As we had friends in town.My were we disappointed.The food was gerneric.It all lacked something.The service was overbearing.They waiter would not give us a moment to breath or converse with our friends without asking us.....What would you like to drink?Are you ready to order?These are the desserts we have.We have dined at many a wonderful dining establishment and we all know timing & service is everything!!!!!!!
When we arrived I literally had not finished scooting my chair in and we were being asked~ Can I get you a cocktail?DO you want to see a wine list?This is unacceptable .WE will not be returning.At the prices they are charging we expect much,much more all around!
Food quality,service and overall experience was such a let down!

  • Visited February 2012
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Dallas
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Simply the best”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

Always fun, friendly, delicious. I took a big group there and everyone said it was the best Italian they've had in years, or the best they've ever had. Bring your wallet!

Visited February 2012
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Miami Beach, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Embarrassed beyond belief!!!!!”
Reviewed 13 February 2012

As someone who travels over 30K miles a year for work, I seek out wonderful restaurants to enjoy. Unfortunately, my travels took me to Christini's recently. I was dressed more than appropriately... seated at the bar... ordered a wonderful wine... ordered my salad with the help of a bartender... then was told I could not sit there by a manager... Shocked and embarrassed, I left...went to Morton's...ran a $175 tab...and left a $50 tip for my very good bartender...
Shame on you!

  • Visited February 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best veal chop in America”
Reviewed 12 February 2012

A must visit restaurant anytime in Orlando. After being away for 3 years, I am happy to say that Chris Christini has not lost his touch. Service, staff, wine list and Chris - the best!

Visited February 2012
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