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Feb 21, 2011 01:54 PM

Orlando - Higher-end for a group?

I am attending a trade show at Coronado Springs in the Magic Kingdom in late March and want to take a group of 20-30 out to a private dinner on a Monday evening. Budget of $100-125 per head. No specific cuisine required. Would like a high-end experience but I am utterly unfamiliar with the options. Looking for a private or semi-private room within reasonable distance of the park (I will be booking transportation to/from the hotel for them).

This will be a group of professional men, mostly in their 50's if that helps. Nice wine list would be appreciated. Plan to order off the menu unless the restaurant can offer a nice prix fixe.

Any ideas, 'hounds?

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    1. Here are a couple of suggestions. (although Im not sure about the availablity of private rooms at these locations) I have used each of these (except Napa) for business dinners.

      1. Normans - its a little bit of a drive but its at the Ritz Carlton and the food/service is excellent
      2. Napa - Its at the Peabody hotel and I've heard good things.
      3. Capital Grille - On I-drive at Pointe Orlando.
      4. Roys - On Sandlake near I-drive(15 mins or less from your hotel)
      5. Oceans Prime - Sandlake/Idrive
      6. Hemingways @ the Hyatt Grand Cypress

      As an FYI... I would stay away from all of the on-property disney restaurants for a business dinner.

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      1. re: bnbbiz

        see I figured he meant somewhere near/at the park, there are a million places if you go to I-Drive. Seasons 52, Roy's, Christinis, etc, etc

      2. The Sand Lake Road area, about 15 minutes away, is loaded with high-end restaurants, most with private dining rooms. Look into Vine's Grille and Wine Bar, Roy's Restaurant Orlando, Antonio's Sand Lake, MoonFish, or the steak chains like Fleming's, Morton's and Ruth's Chris. Seasons 52 might do the trick also, although the private room might be too small. Alternately, you could stay on property and do California Grill as Dr. Todd suggested; it's a good choice.

        California Grill
        Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

        Antonio's Sand Lake
        7559 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

        1. Great suggestions, everyone. Thank you!

          Any thoughts on Shula's?

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          1. re: Divamac

            It's a good choice, as is Todd English's bluezoo in the same hotel.

            1. re: Rona Gindin

              And I second Bluezoo, it's a very well decorated space and the quality of the food is very good, but it's somewhere I would mostly only go to take clients when we're in Orlando for a trade show (there are too many other places in O-town I just love and cost a good bit less).

          2. I want to thank everyone for your suggestions. We ended up with a semi-private room at the Bull and Bear at the Waldorf Astoria. The guests were please, service was fantastic, and the food was excellent. Thanks for your help!