Dining & Entertainment in Orlando’s Convention Center District
When it comes to dining and entertaining, Orlando makes a lasting impression with more than 5,000 restaurants. Delegates will find a diverse selection, including eateries helmed by celebrity chefs and award-winning local favorites, and an endless array of exciting after-hours entertainment across the convention district certain to please every taste.
We’re also one of the few destinations in the country offering multiple retail, dining and entertainment complexes within minutes of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) — all boasting unique experiences that your attendees will need to see to believe.
Conveniently located just down the road from the convention center, Pointe Orlando features more than a dozen eateries, unique attractions and a range of entertainment that includes The Hampton Social, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Taverna Opa and The Oceanaire Seafood Room, among others. For choice cuts and other fare, grab a table at The Capital Grille and Rodizio Grill.
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For open-air fun with distinctive dining options — from fine to funky to fun — head to ICON Park on International Drive. Its centerpiece is The Wheel: a 400-foot-tall observation wheel with air-conditioned passenger capsules.
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The Wheel is complemented by other family-friendly attractions and several restaurants perfect for a casual meal with colleagues, including Blake Shelton’s all-new Ole Red and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips. Adult-oriented entertainment here includes live music at Tin Roof, and a dessert you must see to believe — the Chocolate Piñata — is waiting for you at Uncle Julio’s.
Just a short ride from the OCCC, Restaurant Row has attracted some of the top culinary names in the country along with acclaimed local eateries. This upscale dining and entertainment district is packed with top-flight restaurants perfect for networking or entertainment. Here, you’ll discover several upscale steakhouses and other high-end eateries, as well as one-of-a-kind nightlife venues.
One not-to-miss spot is The Whiskey, which pairs gourmet pub fare with an incredible array of its signature liquor and a side of rock ‘n’ roll flair. If your group prefers Italian, try Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, which has hosted a wide range of famous celebrities, including Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Psycho legend Anthony Perkins. More than a dozen other top-notch dining choices await you here.
Billed as “The Epicenter of Awesome,” Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort showcases some of Orlando’s best-themed dining, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.™ Restaurant & Market, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, The Cowfish® Sushi Burger Bar, NBC Sports Grill & Brew and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. And speaking of sweets, don’t miss the incredible creations at Voodoo Doughnut!
Universal CityWalk is located at the nexus of Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay. It’s also a great place for business groups to enjoy stellar entertainment, including concerts at Hard Rock® Live, karaoke with a live band at CityWalk’s Rising Star, dancing till the wee hours at Red Coconut Club, and much more.
You never know who you’ll be rubbing elbows with at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World® Resort, Orlando’s largest and most popular retail, dining and entertainment complex — and home to the area’s highest concentration of celebrity-helmed restaurants.
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Choices include JALEO by José Andrés, named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” as well as the first brick-and-mortar version of his famous food truck, Pepe. You will also find Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, and Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy!, plus Fieri’s line of burgers and sandwiches at Planet Hollywood.
Another reason to visit Disney Springs is The Edison, a gothic-style hotspot for classic American cuisine, craft cocktails and unique entertainment — including nighttime spectacles that get a bit racy on weekends. (No matter when you go, be mindful of their evening dress code.) You can also experience two of Orlando’s most celebrated chefs, James and Julie Petrakis, at The Polite Pig, which is a sister restaurant to foodie hotspot The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. For another taste of “authentic Orlando,” stop by Gideon’s Bakehouse for cookies that are guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.
Your group can also look forward to world-class entertainment when you visit Disney Springs thanks in part to Cirque du Soleil — Drawn to Life, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and Disney. Attendees will also enjoy next-level bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Amphicar Tours at The BOATHOUSE, helium balloon rides with Aerophile, and more.