Villa de Flora is a Mediterranean style restaurant in the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This resort casual buffet-style restaurant has been recently renovated and features Italian, Spanish and French inspired cuisine.
The restaurant is one the primary dining venues in the Gaylord Palms Resort and while the hours vary seasonally, it is typically open for breakfast and dinner service. Located in the massive 10-story high St. Augustine atrium just outside of the replica of the Castillo de San Marco (a 1695 history military fort located in St. Augustine, Florida), Villa de Flora gives the impression that guests are dining al fresco.
Villa de Flora Restaurant at the Gaylord Palms Resort Resort – Frequently Asked Questions
What are the hours for the Villa de Flora restaurant?
Hour vary seasonally but at this time breakfast is served daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM and dinner is served daily from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
What kinds of food is served at Villa de Flora?
Villa de Florida serves Mediterranean inspired cuisine in a buffet style featuring a variety of Italian, Spanish and French dishes. Breakfast is either a cooked-to-order or traditional buffet American style with a cold station, hot station and a made to order omelet station. Dinner service includes a variety of salads, hot entrees including chicken & seafood, side dishes, a carving station (typically beef and pork) and a made-to-order pasta station. There is also an extensive dessert station.
In addition, the restaurant offers a variety of items for kids like chicken tenders and macaroni & cheese.
Is Villa de Flora expensive?
The Villa de Flora is not considered expensive based on that which we find for most high-quality resort hotel restaurants in the Orlando area. The breakfast buffet is $32 per adult and $16 per child ages four to twelve while breakfast entrees range from around $12.00 to $19.00. The extensive dinner buffet is $38 per adult and $19 per child ages four to twelve. An 18% gratuity is automatically added for parties of size or more.
Is the Villa de Flora family-friendly?
Since the Villa de Flora is located at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida just outside of Walt Disney World, you can be assured that it is family-friendly. There are kid friendly food offerings for both breakfast and dinner.
Does Villa de Flora serve alcoholic drinks?
Villa de Flora offers a full bar menu serving beer, wine specialty cocktails. The wine list is fairly extensive and has a wide variety of red and white wines as well as sparkling wines with prices ranging from about $30 to more than $500 per bottle.
Are reservations accepted at Villa de Flora?
Villa de Flora at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida accepts reservations. Click here to make a reservation.
Our Review of Villa de Flora
During one of our recently visits to the Gaylord Palms Resort for Christmas at the Gaylord Palms in December 2021, we had the opportunity to eat dinner at Villa de Flora. While the hotel was full booked at the time of our stay, there was still walk-up availability at 6:30 PM (Friday evening).
We were quickly seated and our table was in the front of Villa de Flora, within the open area of the St. Augustine atrium which gave us a wonderful view of Castillo de San Marco and a partial view of the holiday shows that were taking place on the Emerald Bay stage during Christmas at the Gaylord Palms.
We enjoyed the Mediterranean buffet and were able to sample a number of different items including:
- Carved beef and pork
- Fresh salmon
- Roasted chicken
- Fresh made-to-order pasta
- Salads and fresh cold meats
Our meal was excellent and we found that quality of the food that was offer was very good. And since it is a buffet style restaurant, guests can sample a number of different foods depending on their particular tastes (which we took full advantage of during our visit).
Soft drinks are included with the cost of the meal so for two adults and one child, our total for the dinner was $102.13 which included tax. Since our server was very good, we left a $20 tip on top of the cost of dinner.
About the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is one of the finest off-site hotels near the Walt Disney World Resort. With it’s recent expansion that was completed in the summer 2021, the hotel consists of 1,718 guests rooms and suites as well as more than 500,000 square feet of convention and meeting space surrounded by more than 4.5 acres of indoor, glass-covered atriums.
Amenities are extensive and include the Cypress Springs Water Park featuring a resort style pool, multi-story water play area, two racing style water slides including a 35-foot drop slide, a double-sized “Flow Rider” surfing wave machine and the Crystal River Rapids fast moving “lazy river”. There is also a separate “South Beach Pool” that offers a more serene experience. Additional amenities include complimentary shuttle service to the Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs, a 24-hour fitness center and on-site spa. Dining options are extensive and there are nine individual food & beverage options including Villa de Flora which is among our favorite.
The Gaylord Palms Resort hosts a number of annual special events throughout the year. These include:
- Christmas at the Gaylord Palms
- Easter Eggstravaganza
- Pirate & Princess Weekends
- SummerFest at the Gaylord Palms
- Goblins and Giggle Getaway Weekends at the Gaylord Palms
Located just outside of the Walt Disney World Resort, guests can get to all the Disney theme parks in less than 15 minutes. SeaWorld Orlando is located approximately 15 to 20 minutes east on Interstate 4 and the Universal Orlando Resort is less than 30 minutes east on Interstate 4.
Hotel rates at the Gaylord vary during the time of year but range from less than $200 per night for a standard room to more than $500 per night for a view of the St. Augustine Atrium. Since the Gaylord Palms Resort is part of the Marriott family of hotels, guests can earn and use points using the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program. The resort is a category 5 hotel so a free night ranges from 30,000 points during off peak nights to 40,000 points during peak nights.
Guests using points will still be responsible for a $30.00 per night resort fee and a $28.00 per night self-parking charge ($38 per night for valet parking).
Learn more in our hotel tour of the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in our video below.