Orlando Dining & Entertainment Districts
Whether you’re visiting for pleasure, business or the best of both, Orlando offers everything you’d expect from the nation’s No. 1 tourism destination. World-famous theme parks and attractions, certainly, but we’re also home to several distinct dining and entertainment districts with some of the region’s best restaurants and nightlife.
Many of these districts also boast a wide range of shopping, as well as other delightful diversions. As you explore our city and its surrounding communities, you’ll discover that each of these areas has a character and atmosphere all its own — yet they are still uniquely Orlando.
International Drive/Convention Center Area
When it comes to entertaining, International Drive — which encompasses the Orange County Convention Center, top attractions and numerous resorts — makes a lasting impression. In addition to providing quick access to Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando, this area has a diverse selection of restaurants and nearly endless entertainment options, ensuring something for everyone.
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Sip craft cocktails at the one-of-a-kind Rocks at Hyatt Regency Orlando. Play to win at Kings Dining & Entertainment. Order fresh-caught oysters and vintage wine at The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Or get caught in the crossfire of dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon. Make International Drive your executive decision while satisfying many tastes, all within walking distance. See restaurants and entertainment.
Walt Disney World Resort/Lake Buena Vista Area
Big names provide plenty of star power, and no dining district in Orlando offers more celebrity chefs than Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs. Sample the renowned menus at Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, and Tony Mantuano’s Terralina Crafted Italian, among others, then cap off the evening with a handcrafted cocktail at The Edison and other vibrant nightspots.
Learn more: Top 10 Must-Do’s at Disney Springs
You can also find exceptional dining and nightlife at Disney’s onsite hotels and other establishments in the Lake Buena Vista area, including Todd English’s bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. If all else fails, hosting a private reception under Disney’s legendary fireworks from the comfort of a rooftop lounge is sure to elicit more than a few “wows.” See restaurants and entertainment.
Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort
A self-contained universe unto itself, Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort offers exquisite fine dining, casually elegant eateries and first-class entertainment. Best of all, admission is always free and parking is complimentary after 6 p.m., excluding special events.
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Eat at themed restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and many others. Hang out at the Velvet Bar at Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando Resort and become part of the rock ‘n’ roll legend. Get surreal with Blue Man Group. Enjoy a frightful double feature at Hollywood Drive-In Golf. Or dance the night away at Universal CityWalk’s hot nightclubs. You’ll wake up the next morning feeling alive and ready to take on the world. See restaurants and entertainment.
Just a 5-minute drive from the Orange County Convention Center on Sand Lake Road, Orlando’s famous Restaurant Row is a must-visit for serious foodies — and it has nightlife worth writing home about, too.
Celebrate the night in style at swanky steakhouses like Fleming’s and Morton’s. Experience Roy Yamaguchi’s unforgettable Polynesian-fusion menu at Roy’s Restaurant, or head south of the border at Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar. Swap stories over a good smoke at Corona Cigar Company, or slide into one of Orlando’s most sought-after speakeasies at Pharmacy. All this and more is within easy reach on Orlando’s Restaurant Row. See restaurants and entertainment.
With a sizable skyline, downtown Orlando is both a vibrant entertainment district and a collection of trendy neighborhoods. Dine from an impressive range of global and regional flavors such as The Rusty Spoon or Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, then head to the Amway Center for a basketball game or a concert from top national performers.
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Buy the first round at One80 Skytop Lounge, followed by dancing at a high-energy nightclub. Or take in a Broadway show or musical performance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and laugh hysterically at local improv artists at SAK Comedy Lab. Like the song says, things will be great when you’re downtown. See restaurants and entertainment.
New-world sophistication meets old-world charm in Winter Park, a picturesque city where arts and culture are part of everyday life, all just 20 minutes north of downtown Orlando. Spend a relaxing evening on tree-lined Park Avenue, a lush neighborhood that includes chic bistros, fine dining, gastropubs, trendy wine rooms, museums, art galleries and specialty boutiques.
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Winter Park also has a large concentration of independent restaurants serving locally sourced menus, with standouts including The Ravenous Pig, Prato, Luma on Park and Hamilton’s Kitchen, the latter of which is inside The Alfond Inn. Visit and you’ll soon understand why the area has been dubbed the “Rodeo Drive of the South.” See restaurants and entertainment.
Orlando is a large destination. And although we’ve divided it into six main dining and entertainment districts, that doesn’t mean you’ll only find great restaurants and nightlife within those boundaries.
From 1921 by Norman Van Aken — the only Floridian on James Beard’s prestigious list of Who’s Who in American Food & Beverage — in Mount Dora to the north, to Eleven at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee to the south, there are other areas waiting for you to experience. Are you ready? It’s time to explore. See restaurants and entertainment.