New restaurants abound in every area in Orlando—from fantastic steak and fish houses in our top convention hotels, to many farm-to-table restaurants that actually grow their own produce on property! All of our dining districts are great for group dine-arounds and some can even host block parties. Here are some updates on our newest dining districts.
In the heart of Orlando's tourism corridor, International Drive has seen significant development in 2015 with the addition of I-Drive 360, a new retail, dining and entertainment complex. A trio of new attractions have opened including the Orlando Eye, a 400-foot-tall observation wheel, Madame Tussauds and the SeaLife Aquarium. Several restaurants have opened around it, including the Yard House, Tin Roof: A Live Music Joint, Paramount Fine Foods fast-casual Mediterranean cuisine and Tapa Toro just opened. Tapa Toro pays tribute to classic and contemporary Spanish cuisine with a robust tapas menu and "paella pit."
Further down from I-Drive 360, Orlando will welcome--at the end of 2015-- one of South Beach's hottest dance clubs with the addition of Mangos Tropical Café. With 55,000 square feet of entertainment space, this location will be a massive restaurant and nightlife destination offering high-energy entertainment for a wide variety of tastes. Guests will enjoy Salsa, Bachatta, Reggae and Pop performances with Floribbean Cuisine and tropical cocktails.
Also on I-Drive is The Pointe Orlando, which is chock full of restaurants from the casual --The Pub and Marlow’s Tavern to the high-end Tommy Bahama and some new additions, RA Sushi (below) and the latest to join the fold, Blue Martini, with live music and an extensive menu of –what else?—martinis. There’s more music and good food at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Cuba Libre. New restaurants coming soon include Itta Bena Fine Dining and Lafayette’s Music, Food & Spirits.
Along Restaurant Row, a stretch of Sand Lake Road near the Orange County Convention Center, there’s some of the finest fare the destination has to offer at more than two dozen upscale and casual restaurants. Experience Roy Yamaguchi's unforgettable Polynesian-fusion menu at Roy’s or stop by Eddie V’s for Seafood. For a really fun environment, check out Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar (below). The addition of The Whiskey on Sand Lake Road, welcomes lovers of gourmet burgers, craft cocktails and rock ‘n roll fun. They have more than 100 brands of whiskey for the thirsty connoisseur and the venue will also host live entertainment.
Just opened in Downtown Disney, (soon to be renamed Disney Springs), is The BOATHOUSE, a waterfront dining venue that will immerse guests with experiences beyond the cuisine. Guests can listen to live music or take a romantic Captain's guided tour aboard The Venezia, a beautifully crafted 40-foot wooden Italian Water Taxi featuring champagne toasts and chocolate-covered strawberries. The gourmet menu features steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar. If it’s sushi and other Pan Asian delicacies you want, opening soon is Morimoto Asia, a one-of-a-kind dining experience created by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef America. The two-story layout includes a vast range of areas to explore including open terraces, a grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more.
In the Universal/CityWalk entertainment complex there’s a variety of restaurants to fit every budget. There’s the high-end and delectable Emeril’s Orlando and Vivo Italian Kitchen for fine dining and for fun, casual dining there’s Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville or the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. For a view of some of the most spectacular rock memorabilia with your meal, you should experience the Hard Rock Café Orlando. Newer restaurants at CityWalk include The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar (pictured) which serves creative sushi and burgers and Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food. The Mexican street food has drawn attention for its incredible food and colorful décor.
Just a half hour from the convention center, you can find yourself in Downtown Orlando or Winter Park. Downtown Orlando boasts some spectacular restaurants like The Rusty Spoon, owned by Kathleen Blake, a James Beard Award nominee. There’s also The Golden Knife and Artisan’s Table right near the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In Winter Park, just north of downtown, Park Avenue is teeming with great restaurants. Farm-to-Table Boca (below) gets very high marks, as well as Bosphorus Turkish Cuisine and even Barnie’s, known for its coffee, which now serves dinner on select nights.
There is no shortage of restaurants in Orlando. For more information on our dining districts, check out our restaurant options here: www.visitorlando.com/things-to-do/orlando-districts