NASCAR Sports Grille
NASCAR takes center stage at this restaurant, with memorabilia at every angle and full-size stock cars on display. The NASCAR Sports Grille has a menu featuring signature ribs, pastas, sandwiches and more. The dining experience also features table-side plasma screens so that you can choose what you want to watch, an outdoor tailgating experience, state-of-the-art NASCAR simulators and games and a large plasma wall to watch your favorite race or game.
The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market
This family-oriented restaurant features shrimp, shrimp and… more shrimp. But, there are other menu selections, from seafood to steaks and sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. Add that in with a ton of memorabilia from the Oscar-winning movie, Forrest Gump, and you will feel like saying, “Run, Forrest, Run!” This restaurant is open daily from 11:00 a.m.-12 a.m.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
This entire restaurant is based after Jimmy Buffett’s songs, and the main dining room is inspired by Buffett’s favorite South Florida waterfront concerts. The menu features a unique combination of Key West and Caribbean foods, otherwise known as “Floribbean Cuisine,” and other native Floridian foods, including conch fritters and key lime pie. Guests are treated to live musical performances nightly, and the outdoor Lone Palm Airport features a full menu and bar under the wing of Buffett’s own seaplane.
Margaritaville is open for dining daily from 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m., and priority seating can be reserved by calling 407-224-2155. Live entertainment is offered nightly beginning at 10 p.m. (there is a cover charge), and every evening there is an interactive DJ and patio entertainment.
Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom
Set in a Jamaican atmosphere (patterned off of Marley’s actual home in Kingston, Jamaica), this one-of-a-kind restaurant celebrates the life of Bob Marley. This venue is part-museum, featuring over 100 photos and portraits of Marley, part-restaurant and part-nightclub. On the menu, you will find Jamaican-influenced appetizers, entrees and desserts, like Jamaican jerk chicken and roasted plantains.
Hours of operation are from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily and dinner is served nightly. This venue also features Red Stripe Rastafarian Thursdays from 4 p.m. until close every week, with 3.25 Red Stripes and Captain Morgan specials all night long, along with special entertainment, prizes and more. Admission is 21 and older after 9 p.m. and there is a 7.00 cover charge between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. For reservations, call 407-224-FOOD.
Hard Rock Café Orlando
The world’s largest Hard Rock Café, adjacent to the Hard Rock Live performance venue, is decorated with the world’s largest collection of rock ‘n roll memorabilia, including a 1959 pink Cadillac revolving over the bar, and guitars and clothing from rock superstars.
This restaurant, like all Hard Rock Cafes, features classic American cuisine, such as burgers, marinated chicken breasts and barbeque ribs, plus a full bar. You can buy Hard Rock merchandise from the Café as well, including leather jackets, pins and T-shirts. Hard Rock Café opens daily at 11 a.m. For more information, call 407-224-FOOD.
Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando
Emeril’s Restaurant was created by famous chef Emeril Lagasse. This posh eatery is an open kitchen where you can see first-hand the chefs making the Creole-based gourmet creations, including Louisiana oyster stew, duck and rib-eye steak. It also boasts a full bar with a second-floor wine cellar that houses over 12,000 bottles of wine, a cigar bar and aperitif bar.
Emeril’s is open for lunch from 11:30-2 p.m. daily and re-opens at 5:30 p.m. for dinner (closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Reservations for the 250-seat dining room are highly recommended and can be made by calling 407-224-2424. Or, visit Emerils.com for more information.
Pat O’Brien’s is modeled after the famous New Orleans watering hole. Guests are entertained nightly by dueling pianos, the “flaming fountain” patio and sing-alongs. Cajun style appetizers, entrees and desserts are served in the main bar, courtyard and terrace level. Entrees include catfish fillets, jambalaya, shrimp Creole and wings, and don’t leave without trying the world-famous “Hurricane” specialty drink. Doors open at 4 p.m. and food begins serving at 5 p.m. The piano bar is open from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. daily and admission is 21 and older after 7 p.m. For more information, call 407-224-FOOD.
NBA City is a colorful, basketball-themed restaurant endorsed and licensed by the National Basketball Association. The dining area features video screens showing exclusive programming, and the menu offers contemporary American cuisine such as burgers and sandwiches, as well as a full bar. NBA City opens at 11 a.m., with the last seating at 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 407-363-5919.
The Latin Quarter features the sights, sounds and tastes of Central America, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. This restaurant offers authentic food, drink and entertainment from all 21 Latin American nations as well as a festive dining, dancing and live entertainment experience. Menu items include pork, black beans, yellow rice and flan, as well as a full bar. Latin Quarter is open from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. nightly, and for more information, call 407-224-FOOD.
Pastamoré Ristorante & Market
Pastamoré offers numerous dining options of authentic Italian cuisine. You can select from the full-service restaurant featuring “family-style” menu items or the Marketplace Café, which has Mediterranean to-go delicacies. The open-air kitchen enables guests to watch their dishes, such as oven-roasted pizzas, grilled chicken and steaks, being prepared. The Café features breakfast pastries, Panini sandwiches, gelato and Italian coffee.
The Marketplace Café opens at 8 a.m., and Pastamoré is open for dinner at 5 p.m. For more information or reservations, call 407-224-FOOD.
This jazz center is home to live performances and the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame, which features over 500 pieces of memorabilia from such jazz luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dave Brubeck. Pasta dishes, burgers, sandwiches appetizers and more are served, and CityJazz is open from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.