As the January wintry tundra-like weather conditions settle in the Northeast, it can be easy to let the frigid cold, shortened daylight hours, and isolating-indoor lifestyle take over your life. This New Year leaves the chilling events of 2020 behind so why not start off 2021 with warmer thoughts? A quick, safe getaway to a warmer paradise always manages to cross our minds. Maybe a trip to Miami for its world-class restaurants? Or maybe Disney World, Orlando, and Buena Vista that all ring in a proper Floridian weekend escape from the cold. Ditch the Northeast and uncover 3 unforgettable dining experiences in the Orlando area to make your trip memorable!
1. Lakeside Bar + Grill – Celebration, FL
Located within the lavish Bohemian Hotel in the quaint downtown of Celebration, Lakeside Bar + Grill offers a delectable menu featuring classic American Cuisine uplifted into a more modern and upscale finish. Dine inside the ornately decorated restaurant for an artful ambience. Or take the show alfresco to soak in the breathtaking views of the dazzling lake and Floridian greenery. Enjoy the addition of soothing tones from live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Lakeside Bar + Grill is a must on our 3 unforgettable dining experiences in Orlando list. For the dining experience, explore the exquisite modern renditions of American classics. Start off your night with a refreshing cocktail from the all-encompassing bar like the Bulleit Bourbon Maple Old Fashion or the Peach Pearl. Between the crispy, yet fresh calamari to the mouthwatering grilled skirt steak, this dining experience is like no other.
Catch a relaxing dinner starting at 4pm or explore the delectable brunch selection served 6:30 AM – 3PM every Saturday and Sunday. Note the bar is closed but alcohol can be served at tables, poolside, in-room, and even to-go.
2. Wine Bar George – Buena Vista, FL
Wine Bar George located within Disney Springs features an impressive selection of 150 distinctive wines accessible by the bottle, glass, or even ounce as the only place in North America to do so. The King’s Experience offers a variety flight of four of the finest wines in the world (Château Pavie, Henschke, Hill of Grace, Harlan Estate and Clos de Tart, Grand Cru). Not too familiar with the fancy scene? Not to worry! Master Sommelier and owner George Miliotes leads an expert team to share their vast knowledge from red, white, and sparkling wines to quality frozen-wine drinks.
Executive Chef Ron Rupert heads the all-encompassing menu ranging from family-style entrees, small plates, and more intricately paired by George’s team. The curated selection of charcuterie boards compliment a fine glass like the Big Board, which features six artisanal cheeses, five artisanal meats, and condiments.
Stop by for brunch 10:30 AM-2PM Saturdays and Sundays for a refreshing course of brioche french toast covered in a caramel sauce accompanied with rejuvenating Aperol Spritz.
3. La Luce – Orlando, FL
La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek introduces the upscale, modern Italian country kitchen to the heart of the area. Created by Napa Valley chef and restauranteur Dona Scala, La Luce brings a unique dining experience ranging from thin crust pizzas, silky house made pasta, and drinks that will transport you directly to the refreshing Mediterranean Coast.
Scala combines the traditional Italian kitchen and the fresh flavors of Californian innovation to arrive at a perfect balance on one plate. Lasagna takes on an architectural approach, sourcing the freshest ricotta for a subtle sweetness which blends effortlessly with the savoriness from the marina sauce present in each layer. And the Trattorian-style wine menu complements the finesse of the dining menu.