Orlando's Group-Friendly Spaces: From Family Events to Fancy Occasions

Orlando is a destination oft visited by large traveling groups. Some come to the City Beautiful for business, others for weddings, still more for family reunions rife for theme-park agendas. While all must eat, their needs are often decidedly different. This 10Best list features a range of options. Some, like posh, inviting Luma on Park, are ideal for just about any occasion whether you're proposing marriage or pitching a hot idea to the shareholders. Same goes for Dr. Phillips' chic Urbain 40 where they're happy to host groups inside and even out, by a resplendent fountain evocative of Old World European charm. Others, like Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen make great venues for family birthdays, softball team celebrations or, you know, if the Saints in the play-offs. At Seito, succulent cuts of tender seafood and a host of other Asian-inspired delicacies will tempt your party's palates. And at Cask and Larder, the Whole Cookery Feast menu will treat guests to succulent, homestyle delights like suckling pig or a Low Country seafood boil. Or you could just bring your bowling team for a big ‘ol biscuit-and-Bloody Mary-heavy brunch. Either one is an excellent choice.

Even when the Saints aren't marching in the Super Bowl, Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen leans heavily toward festive. Bourbon Street-slash-Mardi-Gras décor with a bit of Louisiana folk art panache creates the vibe. Dishes including red beans and...  Read More

Fogo De Chao, the well-known Brazilian steakhouse chain, could be described as something of an upscale all-you-can-eat option. Offering the I-Drive crowd – and a preponderance of locals keen on churrascaria, the Brazilian tradition wherein...  Read More

Vincenzo Cucina Italiana is a hybrid of sorts, a superb restaurant that melds family-run warmth with a fine-dining vibe, making it a wonderful place for a date night, a client dinner, a post-work glass of Chianti or a special occasion dinner....  Read More

Consistently ranked as a Greek favorite in the City Beautiful, Taverna Opa is something of an all-encompassing experience, as diners are immersed in authentic, satisfying Mediterranean fare – along with a steady stream of flying napkins and...  Read More


Want an atmospheric venue for an evening out with friends? A restaurant with sexy vibe for date night with a special someone? Look no further than Ceviche, where delicious tapas, fruity sangria and live flamenco (they also feature evenings with...  Read More

One of Orlando's most sophisticated and big-city-beautiful restaurants, Luma on Park draws local politicians, Orlando Magic basketball players and other local celebs with its elegant atmosphere matched by expertly prepared cuisine. One might not...  Read More

It's all about artistry here – from the works of art adorning the walls to the creations coming from the kitchen. As is the norm with tapas, portions are small and eminently shareable – great for business mixers or large parties that want to...  Read More

Doctor Phillips
Urbain 40
Photo courtesy of A,D, Thompson

This beautiful venue – which bills itself as an American brasserie – was new on the scene at the close of 2015 and has been delighting guests with its 1940s panache and versatile continental menu. Groups here are well taken care of and...  Read More

Seito Sushi has earned its reputation for being a quality and creative restaurant, and the Dr. Phillips location makes for phenomenal date nights, or family or business dinners, For discriminating groups, the venue excels. Smaller parties can be...  Read More

With a rotating menu that features upscale 2.0 versions of apps like boiled peanut hummus and entrees such as fried chicken, catfish sandwiches and a succulent Low Country seafood boil, Cask & Larder – billed as a Southern public house –...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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