Game Night? 10 Magic Restaurants Near Orlando's Amway Center

When you have tickets, whether they're for an NBA game, a rock concert or even a big-name convention, it's nice to know you have dining options nearby. When it comes to eats around Orlando's state-of-the-art Amway Center, there's nothing to worry about. Choice restaurants abound and most venues on this 10Best list are well within walking distance. (And if you're wearing heels or it's raining, a cab will get you there in minutes. Literally.) If a romantic dinner is your pre- or post-show intent, look into tapas, sangria and maybe even a little flamenco at the atmospheric Ceviche. Looking to grab something quick and fresh in stylish surrounds? Check out the Bento Cafe for an array of Pan-Asian offerings in slick digs. How about a cold pint and some friendly banter over a soccer game? The Harp and Celt is tops for either (and they serve a nice Irish breakfast to boot). Other excellent options include the stylish Kres, which is a top-shelf steakhouse but pours a lovely cocktail if you're hitting them up for happy hour before heading to the arena, Shin, for fresh sushi in an elegant and business-friendly space and the Rusty Spoon for gastropub-style cuisine and farm-to-table sensibilities to satisfy local-vores with ease.

It's slick and red, chic and modern with a little vintage essence and located in a hopping little corner of downtown. But Kres Chophouse isn't just a pretty face, it offers quality dining the opportunistic carnivore will pair with a Magic game...  Read More

Hamburger Mary's Orlando
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"Eat, drink and be Mary...!" It's a slogan that carried the first Hamburger Mary's, which opened in San Francisco in 1972, across the nation, where 12 franchises have thrived in cities where the quota for burger-and-a-drag-show venues was...  Read More

Whether your early-morning routine leans more toward steel-cut oatmeal and Greek yogurt or black pepper-crusted bacon, there is a lot to love about starting your day at Artisan's Table. Locally sourced ingredients are the norm here, as are...  Read More

Serving Orlando since 2002, Napasorn is a comfortable, quiet Thai venue convenient to all that downtown has to offer and enjoys a loyal following. Creamy and/or spicy curries (red, green, yellow, Panang and Mussamun), nutty pad Thai and an array...  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

Creative. Colorful. Delicious. Three adjectives that could describe any of the menus at this clean-lined haunt in downtown Orlando. But Kasa Restaurant & Bar's weekly Bubbles N' Brunch " every Sunday, $35 " comes with bottomless sangria...  Read More

You could get a little Forrest Gump at the North Quarter's Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar " oysters on the half shell, baked oysters, oysters on fire, fried oyster BLT, oyster po'boy.... " but we want to let you know right off the top: this is...  Read More

With five locations around Florida, two here in Orlando, Bento Cafe's fast-casual Pan-Asian fare is popular with diners looking for fresh food fast. Offering an array of Asian-inspired dishes " noodle and rice bowls, Bento box creations and...  Read More

The motto says it all: American food, European roots, locally sourced. This organic gastropub-style restaurant encompasses a vast, airy space on Church Street, making it an ideal place to begin or end a bout of downtown exploration. Sourced from...  Read More

Family-owned and family-friendly, this venerable downtown favorite is half pub (the Celt), half restaurant (the Harp) and a 100 percent Orlando-area favorite. The Harp and Celt is a wonderful venue whether you're dropping in for a happy hour...  Read More


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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.

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