Stonewood Grill and Tavern – Dr Phillips area – Orlando, FL

Stonewood Grill and Tavern – Dr Phillips area – Orlando, FL

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Stonewood Grill and Tavern, the upscale American restaurant establishment founded in Ormond Beach, FL, recently underwent some changes including the recruitment of a new CEO, former Ruth’s Chris Steak House President and Chief Operating Officer Geoffrey D.K. Stiles (Here is an interview from the Orlando Sentinel with CEO Stiles by Sandra Pedicini).

Some of the new changes to Stonewood Grill include:

New Menu
Recently, Stonewood Grill unveiled a new menu based on months of studying guests’ eating habits. The newly streamlined menu includes tried-and-true customer favorites and fresh additions, such as the new ribeye steak and a dessert called Florida Orange Cake.

New Bar Menu
Always trying to evolve in response to feedback, Stonewood Grill and Tavern is preparing to launch a new menu for its bar so bar guests can access lighter fare when gathering after work for drinks.

Wine Enhancements
Another exciting offering at Stonewood Grill is its two-for-one happy hour pricing on wine. Its diverse wine selection includes 27 brands available by the glass and 58 brands available by the bottle.

They have three locations in the Orlando area including Dr Phillips, Heathrow/Lake Mary, and Winter Springs.

For starters, I would recommend an order of the blue cheese chips, homemade potato chips drizzled with blue cheese aioli, lightly baked and served with blue cheese crumbles and topped off with a balsamic reduction. A delicious appetizer that was finished to the last bite. The buffalo shrimp, drizzled with buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles, were also delightful and fresh to taste.

Infamous Blue Cheese Chips
Buffalo Shrimp

One of the big changes at Stonewood Grill is the addition of the new 12 oz. Oak Grilled Ribeye steak, a tender, flavorful, juicy cut of steak grilled using oak wood chips. It was skillfully done, cooked to perfection. I did wish my spinach and rice pilaf sides had a bit more flavor; though I am sure they are working on that. The herb encrusted grouper, part of the seafood selection at Stonewood Grill,  was thick and meaty with a texture reminiscent of crabmeat, very tasty and luscious.

The Oak Grilled Ribeye
 Herb crusted Grouper topped with a crab hollandaise sauce

For dessert, we ordered the signature chocolate bread pudding, made in house at Stonewood grill topped with Haagen Daz ice cream. More like a hybrid of chocolate cake and bread pudding, it was sweet, comforting and moist to the taste.

The monstrously good Chocolate Bread Pudding

Overall, my visit to Stonewood Grill was truly a delight thanks to the professional staff and awesome preparations by the chef. I will definitely try to come back especially for the happy hour specials and also to hopefully try their famous burgers one day.

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Ricky Ly founded in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on and Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at) Google


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