This is an honest, unbiased Canvas Restaurant review. This review is based on my personal experience at the Lake Nona location. I was not compensated in any way for this post.
My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting one of the hottest new restaurants in the south east side of Orlando not long ago. We stopped by Canvas Restaurant & Market in the Lake Nona neighborhood of Laureate Park, not far from Medical City. Canvas is a new Tavistock Restaurants establishment in the blossoming Lake Nona area just east of the Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Canvas was a last-minute decision for us because we decided we wanted to go out, we wanted to go somewhere new but we didn’t want to go very far. Canvas was a great option for us since we live right in the area.
Canvas Restaurant & Market
13615 Sachs Avenue
Orlando, FL 32827
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How is the Canvas Lake Nona location?
My wife and I live in the Lake Nona area, so the location is great for us. There’s a bunch of new restaurants and stores coming into the area. Canvas is the first and only (so far) that’s actually inside the Laureate Park neighborhood, though. So it kinda feels special right from the start.
Canvas is definitely different than the more main-stream restaurants you’ll find on major roads like Narcoossee Road, not far away. Canvas definitely has a more neighborhood feel and I can definitely see restaurant patrons walking from their homes not far away for an occasional dinner.
If you’re not in the south-east side of Orlando, Canvas may be a bit of a drive, though. In my opinion, a restaurant as good and unique as this is worth a few minute drive.
How’s the Food and Menu at Canvas Lake Nona?
Like I said, this was a last minute decision so I really didn’t go to Canvas with any pre-conceived expectations. We wanted to try something new and we didn’t want to break the bank. Sure, Canvas definitely has some higher priced menu items but we were pleasantly surprised to see some budget-friendly items as well.
I ordered the Cuban sandwich with yucca fries. It was quite good and definitely unique. The sandwich was pretty standard and didn’t really break any culinary boundaries, but that’s okay.
The yucca fries, on the other hand…they were flash fried as usual, but they were coated in this sweet honey-like glaze. I hadn’t ever had anything like them before and they were a pleasant surprise. The tomatillo aioli was pretty amazing as well. If they sold it by the bottle, I probably would have taken one home with me
Cuban – $12
Country Ham, Mojo-Marinated Pork Belly, Garlic Dill Pickles, Dijonnaise, Tomatillo Aioli, Yucca Fries
My wife ordered the grouper ruben. She substituted yucca fries for the house fries and was glad that she did. Overall, she wasn’t very impressed with the sandwich. It came on marbled rye bread and had cheese on it. The cheese wasn’t mentioned on the menu. It came out looking somewhat plain, but it tasted pretty okay as left-overs the next day.
Grouper Ruben – $17
Mustard-Coriander Crusted Grouper, Kimchi-Cabbage Slaw, House-Made Thousand Island Dressing, Rye Bread, House Fries
How is the Service at Canvas?
The service as very good at Canvas. We had later reservations this time for 8pm. We arrived a few minutes early and were seated pretty much immediately. The host staff was very friendly and I could tell they were trained before just putting them in front of customers.
Our server was very good as well. She was knowledgable of the menu, made suggestions and recommendations and visited the table the appropriate amount of times and at the right frequency.
Even a sharp-dressed manager in a pink sport coat stopped by just to thank us for coming and ask how our evening and meal was. The service from start to finish definitely felt like a neighborhood restaurant experience.
What’s the Atmosphere like at Canvas?
The look and feel of the Canvas Restaurant & Market was really my favorite part of the experience. We were sat inside the main dining area and not the patio that overlooks the lake in the rear of the restaurant because a wedding party had the room for a private reception.
Even so, I really loved the decor and look of the restaurant and market area. Open rafters, lots of wood and steel with bare stone floors were just a few of the touches that make the restaurant feel “warehousey” in a residential neighborhood setting. There are also large garage-like doors that open near the north-west corner of the restaurant.
The market side of the building was just the right size and had some interesting items. There was a long wooden table on the south side of the market. The table is fantastic alone, and welcomes guests to touch it. I also really enjoyed the leather love seat and chair on the west end of the market as well.
Overall, both just gave me a really good vibe.
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