Orlando recommendations for a business dinner in the middle of April
I will be visiting Orlando for the first time since I was a kid (Disney World) for a convention during the first half of April.
The dinner will be for up to 10 people and probably on a Monday. These are current partners and potential new clients so it would be great to impress them.
Most of us will be staying at or near the Orlando Hilton.
Update: this is the Orlando Hilton right next to the Orange County Convention Center on Destination Parkway.
Based on what I have seen on the boards so far The Ravenous Pig seems to get the most praise, but it is a bit outside of Orlando (12 miles based on my research), correct?
It would be great if I could get a couple other recommendations that are great food that is representative of Orlando.
Thanks in advance!
You're staying on the south side of Orlando, and Ravenous Pig is in Winter Park, a northern suburb adjacent to Orlando.
On the south side, for upscale Cuban, try Samba Room on Sand Lake Road, or Columbia Restaurant in Celebration. Both are nice upscale restaurants, but if your crowd is more conservative, go with Columbia.
Old Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord Palms is also very good, as is Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton if you have more to spend. Primo at the JW Marriott gets rave reviews, although I haven't eaten there yet.
Depending on your dinner company, and if you're willing to venture onto Disney property, there are some really good restaurants at Downtown Disney/Pleasure Island, nice but not business-suit-power-dining. Wolfgang Puck is one of my favorites. It has a formal upstairs dining room (jacket might be required, I'm not sure) and trendy downstairs bistro. Emeril's and Emeril's Tchoup Choup are also good.
We also have Oceanaire, Ruths Chris, Capital Grille, and Morton's.
If you appreciate country French food, definitely try Coq Au Vin. Consistently fabulous food, excellent service, and a calm, pleasant, non-stuffy atmosphere absolutely appropriate for a business meeting. I'm in Orlando 2x per year for business and always make it there at least once per trip. You won't be disappointed.