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Mar 31, 2010 10:47 PM

Orlando recommendations

Will be in Orlando with a group, some nights possibly 10-20 of us. We are staying at the Grand Cypress (Interstate 4 West & Route 535 North Highway are the co-ordinates I have been told to give!) Is there anywhere interesting to eat near there, or within a reasonable distance? We will probably have a van for the nights with the larger number of us. We are a pretty adventuresome group, with people coming from Canada and all over the US, so would love to try places with fresh fish from the region, but anything really good would fit the bill, as we will probably need a couple of places for different nights, with numbers from 10 to 20.
Would appreciate any help!

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  1. I-4 & CR 535 is near one of the entrances to Downtown Disney where you'll find TONS of restaurants. If you use the following link, you'll be able to see the menus for them: http://allears.net/menu/menus.htm#pi

    You can also call (407) WDW-DINE to make reservations (which you'll need for a party that large) for the restaurants in Downtown Disney.

    If you are willing to drive a bit, here are two pretty decent fish places (one is casual -AND- one is a pricey chain):

    High Tide Harry's (casual
    )925 Semoran Boulevard / Orlando, FL

    McCormick & Schmick's (pricey chain -- but good)
    4200 Conroy Road (Mall of Millenia) / Orlando, FL

    If all else fails, you can keep driving down 535 and go to the Ale House, (its definitely NOT gourmet) but it's fun, not too pricey, and they can accomodate a large crowd.

    Hope this helps!

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    1. re: rgcblackie

      I second Downtown Disney, or drive down to Celebration and go to Columbia restaurant.

    2. Columbia restaurant in Celebration is not a far drive for you, and it's a great way to taste some regional food. Be sure to get their 1905 Salad. It is to die for!

      Lots of good options at Downtown Disney - Raglan Road Irish Pub has amazing Guiness honey baby back ribs appetizer called Heaven On Earth, and it's no lie. Portobello's is good Italian, and one of my favorite standbys is the Wolfgang Puck Cafe, the downstairs part, not the upstairs dining room. Also AWESOMELY FUN if you want an entertainment element with one of your meals and if it's not booked up, and if your group is into this, is the House of Blues Gospel Brunch on Sundays. It tends to book up, but it's a good (not out of this world, but good) Cajun brunch with a fun, talented gospel choir show.

      There are also a number of good options on Sand Lake Road, including Samba Room, Ocean Prime, Moonfish, Roy's, Seasons 52, Antonio's, and others.

      Ocean Prime
      7339 W Sand Lake Rd # 400, Orlando, FL

      Samba Room
      7468 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

      , Orlando, FL 32830

      House of Blues
      , Orlando, FL 32830

      Raglan Road Irish Pub
      1640 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

      1. Turkey lake /Sand lake area.

        Cafe Tu Tu Tango on I-drive would be fun for a big group and they can accommidate

        Also Taverna Opa is decent for a large group as well

        Sandlake Turkey Lake I really enjoyed Wa japanese its a little hard to find but well worth it.

        Lunch over there Press 101 Cafe style even though you order like a sandwich shop the food paninis are wonderful/

        Cafe Tu Tu Tango
        8625 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

        Press 101
        7600 Dr Phillips Blvd Ste 22, Orlando, FL 32819

        Taverna Opa-Orlando
        9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819