Eat & Drink in Orlando: The Restaurants

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Orlando is home to several distinct dining and entertainment districts. You’ll find restaurants that are themed, trendy, family-friendly and notable because of their celebrity chef. Whether you’re looking for fine-dining or casual, there is always something in O-town to suit your taste buds!

Please note: Some dining options may be temporarily modified due to comply with COVID restrictions. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando. We recommend that you check with your restaurant of choice for their current status, and in some instances, make reservations early.

International Drive & Convention District
This district is where the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is located, so naturally, it’s the most convenient for attendees. In addition to the many dining options within nearby resorts, this area holds a diverse selection of dining and entertainment options. You’ll find venues like Blake Shelton’s Ole Red and the Cube Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. Pointe Orlando, an outdoor shopping center on iDrive, features 19 restaurants where you can find everything from seafood and Greek to American pub eats.

Restaurant Row
Located on Sand Lake Road, and just a short drive from the Orange County Convention Center, sits Restaurant Row. This stretch offers both upscale and casual dining, and there are over two dozen options from which to choose. Visitors will recognize national favorites such as Morton’s Steakhouse and The Melting Pot, but there are also some local favorites serving up seafood, sushi and more.

Downtown Orlando
The stunning skyline of O-town is one reason to head downtown. But with a vibrant entertainment scene and an impressive range of global cuisine that can be found in some restaurants, it’s worth planning at least one excursion from your hotel to this picturesque metropolis.

Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs®
If you are looking for a celebrity chef, Visit Orlando reports, “no dining district offers more celebrity chefs than Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World Resort.” Celebrity restaurants include Raglan Road Irish Pub, Morimoto Asia, Wolfgang Puck Café, Homecoming Kitchen, and Frontera Cocina.

Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort
Universal CityWalk is a tourist favorite because of its fun atmosphere that connects dining and entertainment. Here you can find foodie favorites, such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., The Hard Rock Cafe® Orlando, Voodoo Doughnut and more.

Many establishments offer al fresco dining, delivery and take-out options. Orlando has something for you, no matter what you are craving.

IBS 2022 is February 8-10, 2022, in Orlando, FL. Continue to follow our blog for more tips and ideas for maximizing your time at the Builders’ Show. Plan to attend the show in-person. Register at BuildersShow.com.

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