When you live in Central Florida, it’s easy to overlook the fact that some of our area’s best dining experiences are in hotels. Luckily, there are two dozen stay-and-dine packages available at local hotels and resorts during Magical Dining Month (now through September 30), making it easy and affordable for local residents to see what they’ve been missing.
Even if you don’t stay overnight, restaurant guests can often enjoy free valet parking, so be sure to ask when you make your reservation. Below are a few highlights from all over town, so you can enjoy the perfect stay-cation close to home. All packages are for Magical Dining Menu only, and do not include gratuities. See website for details.
Restaurant: Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen Property: Orlando World Center Marriott Area: Disney/Lake Buena Vista Magical Dining Menu Highlights: grilled quail with fennel sausage, pepperonata, and Vidalia onion puree; bucatini with mussels, clams, shrimp, fennel sausage and tomato-saffron broth; specially-priced wine and beer flights Deal: One night in a king or double room plus dinner for two; rates start at $219.
Restaurant: Hamilton’s Kitchen Property: The Alfond Inn (pictured above) Area: Winter Park Magical Dining Menu Highlights: local-honey glazed beets with house-made ricotta, oranges, and mint; wild mushroom ravioli with basil sauce and local-tomato confit Deal: One night in a classic guest room and dinner for two; rates start at $249.
Restaurant: The Boheme Property: Grand Bohemian Hotel Area: Downtown Magical Dining Menu Highlights: grilled octopus with flageolet beans, grape tomatoes and garbanzo beans; apricot and bourbon glazed free-range chicken breast with roasted beets, sugar snap peas and fingerling potatoes Deal: One night in a king room and dinner for two; rates start at $229.
Restaurant: Napa Property: Hyatt Regency Orlando Area: Convention Center Magical Dining Menu Highlights: baby arugula and watercress with heirloom tomatoes, grilled squash, frozen grapes, and blue cheese; cioppino with rock shrimp, mahi, crab, mussels, and spicy tomato confit (pictured below) Deal: one night in a standard room and dinner for two; rates start at $169.