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 together they make up the hallmark of Orlando.
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite restaurants for their current status.
International Drive & Convention District
When it comes to entertaining, International Drive Entertainment District, aka I-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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Enjoy dinner and dancing at venues like Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, Mango’s Tropical Cafe, or Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. Feast on succulent, all-you-can churrasco at Rodizio Grill. Sip craft cocktails at the one-of-a-kind Rocks at Hyatt Regency Orlando. Play to win at Kings Dining & Entertainment. Get caught in the crossfire of dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon. And explore the area’s all-in-one dining, entertainment and nightlife hubs, ICON Park® and Pointe Orlando. It’s a turnkey solution for satisfying many tastes, all within walking distance.
Learn more: Top 10 Reasons to Visit I-Drive
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 Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World Resort. Sample the renowned menus at José Andrés’ JALEO, Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen and Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, among others. Then, cap off the evening with a handcrafted cocktail at The Edison, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and other vibrant nightspots.
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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.”
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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. See open-flame cooking take center stage at Bigfire™. Hang out at the Velvet Bar at Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando and become part of the rock ‘n’ roll legend. 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.
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Just a five-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
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Celebrate the night in style at swanky venues like Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. Dig into gourmet offerings served with a side of rock ‘n’ roll at The Whiskey. See why celebrities love Christini’s Ristorante Italiano. And taste James Beard nominee Henry Moso’s creations at Kabooki Sushi. All this and more is within easy reach on Orlando’s Restaurant Row.
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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 Artisan's Table, The Boheme or Reyes Mezcaleria, then head to the Amway Center for a basketball game or a concert from top national performers.
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Also at the Amway Center, buy the first round at the rooftop Sky Lounge at Amway Center, 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.
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New-world sophistication meets old-world charm in Winter Park, a picturesque city where arts and culture are part of everyday life, all just 25 minutes north of our tourism districts. 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 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.”
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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 Mount Dora to the north to ChampionsGate to the south, there are other areas waiting for you to experience. Are you ready? It’s time to explore.