Located in the historic Kress building (once housing the “five and dime” retail department store), Kres Chophouse is a swanky, classy restaurant and one of the best in the downtown Orlando area.
Inside, the lighting is dim and tall red velvet backed booths line the walls like something out of a 1950s downtown night club lounge.
The place is nice for a fancy “romantic” date night out before hitting the clubs and lounges nearby in downtown Orlando. Service is good, not perfect, but fine.
In addition to the decor, the menu is also reminiscent of a classic gentleman’s steakhouse or club, with such mainstays as shrimp cocktail, filet Diane, and oysters Rockefeller. The menu is pricey but the quality and ambiance warrants a high tab, I suppose.
For our appetizer, we chose the Mediterranean Seafood Cocktail, consisting of shrimp, octopus, squid, and other nicely chilled seafood items in a martini-glass like cup. It was nice, but not sufficiently memorable. What was memorable, however, were their steaks and namesake “chops”.
I ordered the Kres Mixed Grill, a huge plate of garlic shrimp, tender filet mignon and double lamb chops, served with a side of asparagus and three cheese au gratin. The filet was fantastic as were the lamb chops, very tender and flavorful, perfectly cooked.
Kres Chophouse’ Atlantic Cobia
Banana Ice cream sundae dessert