Six dining, entertainment and nightlife districts are located in the Orlando area. Each district has its own personality
Convention Area District
The Convention Center Area on International Drive is the heart of the tourism area. Numerous options for dining such as the Pointe Orlando dining, shopping and entertainment complex; and I-Drive 360, a series of shops, restaurants and The Orlando Eye, the 122-meter tall observation wheel built by the same company as the London Eye.
Restaurant Row District
On Sand Lake Road, near International Drive (I-Drive), “Restaurant Row” has nearly 30 restaurants within a mile long stretch, including Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, the lively Rocco’s Tacos, Dragonfly-Roberta Grill & Sushi, Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Roy’s Restaurant. Many bars have bands to dance to on most weekends.
Disney/Lake Buena Vista
This district contains the Walt Disney World® Resort- all of its theme parks and two water parks – as well as Downtown Disney® Area and high-end hotels and resorts. Restaurants abound, from Todd English’s bluezoo at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin to The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck® Grand Cafe. And soon, Iron Chef American star Chef Masaharu Morimoto will be opening a pan-Asian restaurant at the Disney Springs Complex. There’s also House of Blues for live music and Disney® Drawn to Life by Cirque du Soleil® for a bit of entertainment.
Universal Orlando® Resort’s theme parks and hotels, as well as the Universal CityWalk® entertainment complex reside in this district. For live entertainment there’s the Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando and Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando for live music. Try the New Orleans-inspired specialties of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, or enjoy a meal at the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe®. Visit the Bob Marley-A Tribute to Freedom™ for Jamaican fare or check out NBA City voted ‘Best Theme Restaurant in Orlando’ by the Orlando Sentinel.
Downtown is home to Orlando’s Orange County Regional History Center, bars like World of Beer and some pretty impressive restaurants. Artisans Table opened recently with a menu that changes daily; and Txokos Kitchen in the East End Market, just north of downtown, has a seasonally driven, basque-inspired menu by Chef Henry Salgado. Other top restaurants include Kres Chophouse, farm-to-table-style The Rusty Spoon, and Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, which has the added bonus of Flamenco dancers on weekend nights. One of the newest restaurants, near Lake Eola, is Soco restaurant, which features Southern Contemporary Cuisine. After dinner, try one of the many speakeasies downtown.
Winter Park District
Just north of the downtown area, the historic WinterPark area was founded as a resort community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its main street includes civic buildings, retail shops, art galleries, Rollins College, museums, a park, a train station, a golf course country club, a historic cemetery, and a beach and boat launch. Upscale shops and award-winning restaurants fill Park Avenue, a great place to stroll and people watch. An array of cuisines are represented here: Turkish, French, Thai, burgers; and the newest, Boca, uses local ingredients – so local, the lettuce is picked from their growing wall.