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Aug 24, 2009 06:59 PM

Orlando Dining Month in September

It's that time of the year for the Orlando Magical Dining Month. Select restaurants have either a $20 or $30 three course meals.

Alot of restaurants are repeats from last year, eg the near Universal Studios. However there are some new restraunts on the list like The Ravenous Pig

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  1. That list looks great! Thanks for posting, Sven -- I'm definitely going to hit a couple of those "magical" dining spots......

    1. Lucky Sven, do you have stairs in your house? ;)

      I too appreciate you posting this list. The Ravenous Pig is my favorite restaurant in town, and I've always wanted to try the Willow Tree Cafe. This might be the perfect opportunity to do so!

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      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

        Hah, yah I posted the samething over on SA. Except there I didn't leave out any words.

      2. Thanks... I looked at some of the menu's and it looks like some really good deals.

        BTW I noticed alot of the restaurants are OpenTable members. If you haven't signed up to opentable in order to make your reservations, do so. It's a great service, that provides substantial rewards. ($250 in the 18 months I have used it). And this is on top of added convenience in making/changing/cancelling reservations.....

        They never send me unwanted spam either.


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        1. re: herbert1

          Just did a calculation on one of the restaurants I frequent and the savings that can be had if you take advantage of the magical dining + opentable + a frequent diner card that the restaurant offers (10 percent rebate) + half price wine offer on a particular day.

          With those discounts assuming you buy a bottle of caymus cab ($140 restaurant menu price, $70 with half price offer).

          Discounted Meal for 2 with botle of caymus = $107 (before tax and gratuity)
          No discounts but same wine and meal for 2 = $242 (before tax and gratuity)

          1. re: herbert1

            What discount does open table get you?

            1. re: Corporate_40

              The standard is $1 per reservation kept, some restaurants have certain dining hours or days set up at $10 per reservation kept. I have a app on my iphone for opentable that lets me manage my reservations at any time. I often will be headed to a restaurant at the last minute and on the way there will make the reservation. Or alternatively I can cancel it using the opentable app at the last minute. It can search for restaurants that have available seating at a particular time. It really is a neat system, no fee or charges (to the consumer), and I would say a fairly large percentage of high-end restaurants around the country now use the system to manage their reservations.

              Locally Emerils, Bice, Seasons 52, Primo, The Palm, Vines, Ocean Prime, Funky Monkey, Mortons, The Ravenous Pig, Chathams, Capital Grill, K, Nonna, Park Plaza Gardens, Taverna Opa, Shari Shusi, Thai Thani etc are all on the system, over 100 in the central florida area alone. None of the disney restaurants are on it, but Raglin Road and Paradiso 37 are both on it.

              1. re: herbert1

                How do you get money back? I occasionally recieve "points," toward what I don't know what, but I'm sure I've never received a rebate of any kind. (I do love's convenience.)

                1. re: Rona Gindin

                  Once you have accumulated 2000 points (100 points = 1 reservation, or 1000 points = 1 reservation at one of those special reservations that some restaurants have).

                  Just go on the opentable website and redeem the points (you can redeem 2000 for $20, 5000 for $50, and there are some higher conversions as well). They will deduct the 2000 points from your account and send you a check made out to "any opentable restaurant", you then present the check to any of the open table restaurants and they will apply it to your bill for that night. (they treat it as a travelers check) As I mentioned, I have accrued about $260+ worth of point in 18 months. And have redeemed 10,000 points for 2 $50 checks. The checks take about 4 days to reach you, despite the 2 - 3 weeks that is mentioned on the opentable website.

                  One key thing that I have run into a 3 or 4 times. For you to get credit, the hostess must mark you as having been seated for the reservation. Don't seat yourself and make sure you tell the hostess to mark your reservation as seated or else you will get a email from open table about missing reservations and being dropped from the program.

                  1. re: herbert1

                    My question wasn't about what open table was, I've been using it forever now. But where do you read you get a $1 for a kept reservation, or $10 for that matter. I've never heard of that from anyone until now.

                    1. re: Corporate_40

                      when you go to does it list your 'dining points' on the left side of screen. If so click on the 'profile' in the upper right corner and if you have over 2000 points it will take you to a screen that has 'redeem points' on it.

                      The 1000 point restaurants are found on the left side of the screen when you go to restaurants in a certain location. In this case 'central florida'. It says something like ... bonus point restaurants, click on that and it list the restaurants and the times you must dine. You have to make your reservation from this screen to get the 1000 points, if you go to regular screen for making reservations it just gives you the 100 points. For the 1000 point deals usually it requires a reservation for 2 or more people.

                        1. re: herbert1

                          Yea yea, ok, I understand what you were trying to say. I understand about redeeming points (used at $300 open table check at Le Bernedin). I thought you were trying to say that you can get a "special" discount on top of the points you receive.

                          Sorry for the confusion...

                          1. re: Corporate_40

                            No I was just talking about the restaurants that offer the bonus point reservations.

                            How was the meal at Le Bernedin?

                            1. re: herbert1

                              It was really good. In terms of quality, you really can't get any better. But I also went to Per Se, and I much prefer that meal. I would never turn down a meal at either, but for that much money, I prefer Per Se (just pushes the bounds a bit more, while still using incredible ingredients and technique).

          2. Any good recs around the Universal area?

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            1. re: ash0529

              Both Emeril's Orlando and Emeril's Tchoup Chop are on Universal property and have great $30 deals. So are (some with $20 deals) Islands Dining Room, \Mama Della's, The Kitchen, Nelore, Bob Marley, Bubba Gump and NBA City. Several are nearby, including Chatham's Place and Morton's The Steak House.

            2. i'm excited about the orlando magical dining month! a dollar from the purchase goes to a good cause too i believe

              you are saving a lot from these specials @_@