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Orlando - Need a recommendation for a special dinner

Marilynne Herbert Mar 31, 2011 09:03 AM

Any leads on a special place to celebrate an anniversary would be appreciated.

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  1. srsone RE: Marilynne Herbert Mar 31, 2011 09:20 AM

    could u be a little more specific?
    who? just a couple? wife/husband? or a group?
    what? really special anniversary? or just an anniversary?
    how many?
    kinds of food?
    any budget?

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    1. re: srsone
      Marilynne Herbert RE: srsone Mar 31, 2011 09:26 AM

      Wedding anniversary for two. Open to all possibilities, no particular cuisine preferences. Casual to fine dining.

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      YosemiteSam RE: Marilynne Herbert Mar 31, 2011 09:20 AM

      Orlando is pretty geographically dispersed - can you narrow down the area a little? Also price range?

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      1. re: YosemiteSam
        Marilynne Herbert RE: YosemiteSam Mar 31, 2011 09:26 AM

        Downtown/Winter Park area. Casual to fine dining.

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          askdrtodd RE: Marilynne Herbert Mar 31, 2011 09:57 AM

          Luma on Park Ave for upscale. A lot of people like the Gastropub called Ravenous Pig too.

          Luma on Park
          290 S. Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

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            YosemiteSam RE: Marilynne Herbert Mar 31, 2011 10:56 AM

            As Todd mentioned, Luma is a good option for more progressive food and a bustling atmosphere. I wouldn't classify it as romantic though if that's what you're after. Another option in the area if you are steakhouse people is Del Frisco's, but again it's not really romantic.

            I would recommend K in College Park above all else. The food is great and it's small and in a nice old house so can also be romantic if you get the right table. Other options I'd recommend are Chez Vincent and for a cheaper option the Funky Monkey downtown - it's very romantic despite the name and the food is sensual.

            I'd like to mention two other places if you don't mind a little drive. Chatham's Place in Dr Phillips Restaurant Row has been there for years and they have a great but simple menu and top notch service. It's old school but a real treat in the modern casualization of everything. Also, in downtown Winter Garden is a great place in the historic Edgewater hotel call Chef's Table. Awesome food, quaint setting and wonderful service.

            Perhaps a few too many suggestions, but visit their websites and see what appeals to you. I'm sure you'll be happy with any of them

            Chatham's Place Restaurant
            7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

            Chez Vincent
            533 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

            Chef's Table
            99 W Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787

            1. re: YosemiteSam
              askdrtodd RE: YosemiteSam Mar 31, 2011 11:28 AM

              Ooh I second K, that's a great spot. More romantic than Luma, would be a great anniversary spot. Another place that's very romantic and has out of this world lobster bisque is The Boheme (at the Grand Bohemian hotel downtown)

              Boheme Restaurant
              325 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

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                YosemiteSam RE: askdrtodd Mar 31, 2011 11:44 AM

                In the past they I've really enjoyed Boheme, but they have been undergoing renovations and I was hesitant to recommend as I'm not sure if those are completed yet. They were staying open during but it would really impact the atmosphere

                Boheme Restaurant
                325 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

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          Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: Marilynne Herbert Mar 31, 2011 01:29 PM

          I love the Ravenous Pig and The Boheme is extremely romantic, but I should also recommend Enzo's on the Lake, a romantic, wonderful Italian restaurant in Longwood with a beautiful lakefront view. It's our regular Valentine's Day destination and may be everything you're looking for, as long as you don't mind driving. (It's still accessible from I-4, maybe ten to fitfteen minutes, tops, from the Maitland exit.)


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