Group-Friendly Fun in Orlando: Fancy, Family & Tapas, Tapas, Tapas

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 are 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 Baldwin Park's Osprey Tavern, you could host your department (or even your whole company) for a holiday celebration ... or you could just bring your bowling team for an inspired, Bloody Mary-heavy brunch. Either one is an excellent choice. This list also offers a host of tapas-type venues, some better suited for families, others for date night or schmoozing the clients. 



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 decor 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



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


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



Clean, modern lines meld with Spanish sensibility " colorful tiles and a convivial, festive vibe " at this fountain-bedecked enclave in Winter Park, where deliciousness comes in many flavors, spanning salty meats to sugary churros and a...  Read More



The Osprey Tavern's new American fare has been lighting up palates in Orlando's Baldwin Park neighborhood for some time now alongside its "sister," Seito. Warm and brassy, with an open kitchen and plenty of outdoor seating to take advantage of...  Read More


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