By Dalia Colon

Like every great catch, Florida is the total package: beautiful on the outside and intriguing beneath the surface. Go behind-the-scenes of Florida dining when you sit at the chef’s table of the finest restaurants in the state.

At upscale Matthew’s Restaurant in Jacksonville, reserving the chef’s table is no different than making a standard reservation; there’s no additional cost, either. Just be sure to book early, because this great view of the kitchen fills up quickly. 2107 Hendricks Ave., 904-396-9922,

At Sea Salt in Naples, Chef Fabrizio Aielli emphasizes organic, fresh ingredients when creating your special menu. Linger over an eight- to 10-course meal in a private dining room off the kitchen. The experience takes about three hours. 1186 3rd St. S, (239) 434-7258,

Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista is home to not one but three fine Florida restaurants with chef’s table concepts: Citricos, a Mediterranean restaurant inside the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa; and the Grand Floridian’s Victoria and Albert, an upscale spot with a chef’s table right in the kitchen. Then there’s Flying Fish Cafe, a seafood and steakhouse with a chef’s counter overlooking the onstage kitchen.

Come to Florida to experience exquisite Florida dining and sit at the chef's table of the finest restaurants in the Sunshine State.

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