Best Restaurants for a Business Meeting
By Sarah Sekula
The location of a business meeting can be just as important as the flow charts, statistics and pitch materials. Restaurants make a great place to connect with a business partner while enjoying a delicious dinner and a stellar atmosphere. 10Best searched high and low for the best places around Central Florida to talk shop. So take a look at our list and see what best matches with your meeting agenda.
Del Frisco’s Steak House is a staple on the list of romantic dinner dates but bet you did not know that they house eight private dining rooms in the restaurant perfect for business meetings. Not to mention the menu is a meat eater’s haven. Or choose Morton’s Steakhouse for their state-of-the-art A/V equipment and Wi-Fi technology. Having a franchise meeting that needs to include several locations? Opt for Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s high definition satellite and webcast board room which allows customers to broadcast their meetings to over 100 Ruth’s Chris locations worldwide.
Not in need of heavy duty technology for your meeting, then check out Antonio’s La Flamma where they are happy to set up a semi-private table arrangement to meet your needs. Or hit up Seasons 52 outdoor patio seating area for amazing food with a view of the sparkling lake. And when you close the business deal, head over to Roy’s where their attention to detail is phenomenal, just let them know you are celebrating for a few extra special touches.
10 K Wine Bar
From the artistic decor to the spectacular food to the soothing atmosphere, K's sure to impress. For starters, there's an innovative list ranging from duck pastrami, rutabaga sauerkraut, grain mustard and rye bread to the "frito misto" mixture of fried calamari, shrimp, sardine, snapper and garlic aioli. Diners dig into mains, like proscuitto-wrapped monkfish and pearl barley risotto that are no less fabulous. Dessert is a must, so save for some buttermilk spice cake or apple crisp. (407-872-2332)
9 Seasons 52
At this innovative eatery and wine bar, the kitchen focuses on healthy cooking and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Take pleasure in choosing your vintage (over 70 varieties available by the glass), and savor caramelized sea scallops with roasted asparagus or grilled rack of New Zealand lamb. The menu changes weekly to implement fresh produce, and each dish contains under 475 calories. Sweets, from strawberry mango cheesecake to pecan pie, are served in delicate mini portions. Situated by the lake, the patio offers an exquisite view. (407-354-5212)
8 Morton's The Steakhouse - Orlando
Listen carefully as your server goes through the many meat selections available. From the 24-oz Porterhouse to the satisfying 20-oz New York Sirloin, this place is truly a meat-lover's heaven. All orders are cooked as requested and are still sizzling as they are served. If the meat doesn't fill you up, be sure to try the luscious chocolate Godiva cake. Business attire. Reservations recommended. (4072483485)
Located in the JW Marriott, this spacious Tuscan-style dining room overlooks the dazzling pool and golf course. Organic ingredients enhance the cuisine, and creative menu choices might range from goat cheese parfait with beets, apples and shallots for an appetizer to main courses such as strip steak flavored with truffle oil or mushroom-Madeira pork scaloppini. For dessert, the cr�me brulee trio incorporates a delightful variety of flavors. (407-393-4444)
At Portobello, located at Pleasure Island, you're sure to experience a good Italian meal. The casual interior recalls the Tuscan countryside, and a warm, rustic ambiance pervades. Choose from a selection of specialty wood-oven pizzas and sandwiches or opt for seafood and meat dishes like handcrafted luganella sausage with polenta, shallots, and cubanella peppers in a red wine sauce. Waterfront, outdoor dining is available. Diners coming just to the restaurant aren't required to pay the Pleasure Island entrance fee. (407-934-8888)
5 Roy's Orlando
Authentic Pacific-Rim cuisine is the hallmark of this chic restaurant. Founded by chef Roy Yamaguchi, the kitchen masterfully creates exotic dishes like grilled filet mignon or tiger prawns with lobster alfredo sauce. Also look for miso-seared butterfish and Thai-stuffed chicken with fruit chutney. Whatever your selection, be prepared for a fun, satisfying evening. This place is constantly busy and can get quite loud. Still, the great reputation and increasing popularity with business executives make it a desirable destination. Get your reservations in advance as reservations are recommended. Business casual attire. (407-352-4844)
4 Ruth's Chris Steak House
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is an elegantly decorated restaurant located in the heart of Winter Park. The food here center around huge slabs of beef that are smothered in butter. In addition to their more popular entrées such as the porterhouse, sirloin and rib eye, guests can select from lobster, lamb and a host of other side dishes. Reservations are suggested on weekends. Business casual to business dressy attire appropriate. Private dining room available. (407-622-2444)
Casual, yet upscale, this restaurant offers a place to take a client or someone special for dinner. Get started with the calamari or ceviche for an appetizer, then head for a main entree of crab legs or scallops. The interior walls are lined with old fishing photographs, and the exterior boasts a peaceful waterfall. Reservations recommended; smart casual dress appropriate. Located in the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort. (407-239-1234, 407-239-3853)
2 Antonio's La Fiamma
For a more upscale environment, head upstairs to Antonio's La Fiamma; for a more casual meal, eat downstairs at Antonio's Cafe. Upstairs, you can watch as chefs in the open kitchen prepare delicious meals of fresh fish, al dente pasta, savory spices and tasty seafood. Known for having an exceptional wine list that numbers over 300 different wines. Don't leave without ordering the tiramisu — it's too good to miss. Reservations suggested. Smart casual to business dressy attire acceptable. (407-645-1035)
1 Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster
Upon entering the restaurant your eyes will be drawn to the richly decorated interior. The dark wood and dimly lit area lend an elegant feel to the establishment. This is a meat eater's haven — fresh, not frozen porterhouse, sirloin, rib eye and more. The portions of thick cuts of meats are plentiful. Vegetables and homemade breads accompany many entree selections. Good choice for your next business dinner. Dessert menu available for those with a sweet tooth; great wine list. (407-645-4443)
About Sarah Sekula
When Sarah's not zigzagging around the planet — swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands, scaling glaciers in Iceland or roaming through remote jungles in India — she's writing about her adventures, the environment, fitness, health/wellness, extraordinary people and social injustice issues.
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