Guide to International Drive Restaurants
The world-famous International Drive in Orlando bustles with entertainment, attractions, shopping, and nightlife, and the cuisine is not to be missed. You'll find a cornucopia of outstanding International Drive restaurants that's sure to please every palate and budget. Enjoy all the American standards like steakhouses, pizza places, seafood restaurants, and plenty of chains that you'll recognize.
The name “International” Drive is well earned, with eateries' offerings representing many world cuisines like Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Japanese, Cuban, Chinese, Brazilian, and Thai. And don't miss the chance to visit an authentic British Pub.
If you're in for a night of entertainment combined with your lunch or dinner, you're in luck. Top entertainment complexes are plentiful and affordable. Check out our Guide to International Drive restaurants and get planning for your epic trip to Orlando and leave time to sample some of these fantastic restaurants on International Drive. With an abundance of restaurants to choose from, you're sure to find what you're craving.
If you like it spiced up a bit, check out Tabla Indian Cuisine & Thai. They put a unique twist on all the favorites, whether you like sweet or savory.
Discover an authentic Brazilian steakhouse at Fogo de Chao Churrascaria. Watch as gaucho chefs perfectly grill any of 15 different cuts of meat and couple it with something from their award-winning wine list for a perfect dinner.
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar will transport you to Old Havana. The Latin cuisine is award-winning, and you'll enjoy dancing, floor shows, and tropical cocktails. The menu is "Nuevo Cubano," and this is a must-do restaurant on International Drive.
The Pub Orlando offers up traditional British ambiance and hospitality, with an American touch. The gastropub menu includes pub fare and, of course, an extensive beverage list. Choose from draught, cask-conditioned, and handcrafted beers from England, Scotland, Ireland, Europe, and the USA. Don't miss out on the signature Fish-n-Chips and try the other small plates, burgers, and classic pub dishes.
Ciao Italia Italian Ristorante is a family restaurant that has earned its reputation as one of Orlando's top Italian restaurants. The decor is authentic, the service is excellent, and the food is classic Italian. Take a trip to Old World Italy and enjoy some authentic Italian delicacies.
Vincenzo Cucina Italiana is another one of Orlando's top, award-winning Italian restaurants. Many of the chefs are culinary-trained graduates from some of America's top culinary schools, like Le Cordon Bleu. They serve refined, contemporary Italian fare like homemade pasta, daily specials, and prime seafood and steaks. The extensive wine list of Italian and California wines will round out your meal perfectly.
Enjoy some outstanding Greek cuisine and a night of fun at Taverna Opa. The menu includes traditional dishes., fresh seafood, premium cut meats, lamb chops, filet medallions, and more. They serve family-style or a la carte. Bring the family and join in the fun by dancing the Zorba around the restaurant and accompanying the belly dancers as a confetti of napkins surrounds you. And stick around for the ouzo. Opa!
Explore the flavors of Spain at Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit. Try classic and more contemporary dishes and enjoy some lively nightly entertainment.
If you have sushi on your mind, head over to Seito Sushi Sand Lake. They have built a reputation for quality and consistency over the past twenty years. They honor traditional techniques while still innovating and redefining their offerings. The atmosphere is modern but casual and suitable for a casual night out or a special celebration.
If you're in ICON Park Orlando, stop by Blake Shelton's Ole Red for some good old American fare, cold libations, and some live music. Choose the famous Nachos, the over-the-top Turkey Shoot Burger, or one of Blake's unique cocktails. You never know who will pop up on stage.
Boston Lobster Feast International Drive, a well-established local favorite, serves an "all you can eat lobster feast." The feast includes whole Maine Lobster, Blue crab, Sushi, Shrimp, Fresh Fish, clams, homemade chowder, and lots more. They also offer non-seafood items like steak, chicken, and pasta for the landlubbers. If you're not sure how to eat a whole lobster, no worries. Take the Lobster 101 class, and they'll show you how.
The perfect way to get in the vacation spirit is to visit Gatorville Poolside Bar & Grill. Sip a frozen drink at a poolside cabana or enjoy the casual American fare that includes fresh salads, great pizza, and a Florida delicacy, Gator Bites. The entire family will enjoy the homestyle market buffet before heading out to the parks. The 22-acre tropical location is the perfect place to soak up the sun or take a break from the parks, shopping, and entertainment.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is sure to delight our carnivores with their classic American steakhouse approach. The cuisine is chef-driven, the hospitality a cut above, and the wine list award-winning. The aged USDA Prime Beef is the key to their menu, featuring hand-cut steaks, chops, and super-fresh seafood. They offer five private dining spaces, so this may be the perfect choice for your special occasion.
The Hampton Social Orlando is a great place to relax and enjoy a lazy and relaxed time. The 10,000 square foot restaurant space includes indoor dining, an expansive outdoor patio, and a private dining room. The dining experience is lively, and the tasty food makes a meal in this beautifully-designed atmosphere makes this a great choice.
Yard House can be counted on for an upscale but casual experience. They feature 140 draught beers, including their "Chalkboard Series." The menu offers favorite and classic dishes that range from shareable snacks and appetizers to grilled burgers and seafood.
Beef lovers know and love Captial Grill for their dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and excellent wine list. Their steaks are custom-aged for 18 to 24 days in-house, butchered on-premise, and expertly prepared. Their sides are famous, and the wine list features 350 selections, with 3,500 to 5,000 bottles in their wine kiosk. The atmosphere is relaxed and elegant.
Have Some Entertainment With Your Dinner
Tin Roof was designed as a place for musicians to play and hang out when not performing. The food is good, and then the environment is friendly and eclectic, filled with regulars, musicians, non-musicians, and a fun Crew. There are two venues with outdoor patios and three full bars to choose from. Music fans will want to stop in and enjoy The Roof, "Where Everybody is Somebody."
Cafe TuTu Tango offers a unique experience in this space that is themed after a modern artists’ loft in Barcelona, Spain. The energy is high, and there is always entertainment going on, whether belly dancing, flamenco, salsa, or meringue dancers. Live artists are also there creating. The menu items are all made from scratch, and each dish is a work of art, combing flavors from around the globe. Enjoy a mojito, signature sangria, or a limited production wine or beet.
If your gang is ready for a full day or evening of entertainment, competition, dining, and libations, head over to Kings Dining & Entertainment. They offer 22 10-pin bowling lanes, billiard tables, over 60 giant TVs. Order your innovative cocktail from one of the two full bars, and enjoy something from the executive chef-designed menu like a juicy premium burger, hand-tossed pizza, crispy salad, or creative appetizer.
Mango's Tropical Cafe features entertainment that compares to some of the best Caribbean and South American Carnival performances. The family-friendly performances feature Latin dancers and a lineup of entertainment that ranges from salsa to reggae and pop. The Floribbean Cuisine specializes in Latin and Caribbean comfort foods, and the drinks are exotic and tasty. This is one of the most popular restaurants on International Drive.
Families can't go wrong with an evening at Dave & Buster's Inc. Find the best games and food here. Their Million Dollar Midway has all of your favorite games, and on Wednesday, they offer half-price games. The food is delicious, and the games and opportunity to win prizes will keep the kids engaged and smiling.
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Don't overlook the fantastic resorts and hotels in the International Drive district when planning your culinary experiences. Here are some of our favorites.
A Land Remembered at Rosen Shingle Creek is a AAA Four Diamond steakhouse named for a novel that features Florida's history and landscapes. They serve Harris Ranch all-Natural Prime Black Angus Beef and a variety of cuisine along with a great wine list.
For another memorable experience, visit Everglades Restaurant at Rosen Center Hotel. Enjoy familiar yet upscale dishes that are designed to be savored. Their prime steak and fresh seafood, and vegetarian dishes incorporate classic Florida flavors unique to the state. The wine list is sophisticated, and the ambiance, with its nod to the flora of the South Florida wetlands, makes the atmosphere a co-star in this dining experience.
International Drive - Your Melting Pot of Dining in Orlando
Regardless of your budget or craving, you will likely find the perfect spot for you and your gang to dine and play on I-Drive. There are over 300 restaurants on International Drive to choose from. So if it's a quick deli sandwich or slice of pizza, the perfect pasta, fresh sushi, or something with a Latin flair, International Drive restaurants are sure to please you and your gang. If you are staying Kosher, check out our Guide to Gourmet Kosher in Orlando.For tips to Enjoying Florida on a Budget, click here.
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