151 North Douglas Ave
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714-3334
Phone: (407) 869-9000
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Bars & Cafes
Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature breadsticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli, and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. More exotic items like salmon, chicken dishes, and innovative pizzas are also available. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. Their bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu—cakes, custards, and ice creams are sure to win you over.
This elegant restaurant is perhaps the best known of the city's French/Continental restaurants. Boasting the AAA Four Diamond Award and Wine Spectator's Grand Award, the award-winning food does not come cheaply, but the ambiance and culinary treats are worth it. You'll often find an older, more sophisticated crowd that appreciates the rare-in-Orlando opportunity to dine in elegance, which includes candlelight, crystal chandeliers and classical music. The menu includes Escargot-filled Puff Pastry, Sherried Oyster-Mushroom Bisque, and Texas Ostrich Tenderloin. A 1,200-bottle wine list is available as well as a full bar.
Specializing in breakfast and lunch, First Watch opens early every morning and closes mid-afternoon, but this is not your typical breakfast place. The staff starts several hours before opening so they can prepare all of the day's fresh foods, which means they slice seasonal fruits and vegetables, whip up made-from-scratch French toast batter, and bake a variety of muffins every morning. First Watch serves an exclusive premium blend coffee, an assortment of specialty dishes as well as healthy options, and provides free WiFi and newspapers to all customers. This is the place to go for a fresh, made-to-order breakfast (brunch or lunch) served by helpful, friendly staff in a contemporary setting. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
The Orchid Lounge at RanGetsu is located a short trip north of Downtown Orlando and just one mile north of Winter Park Village. It is open in the evenings during some weekdays and on the weekends. The contemporary Japanese restaurant transforms into a hot nightspot for late night fun. The lounge offers guests dining and entertainment elements often found in metropolis settings, such as Tokyo, Miami and Los Angeles. Enjoy a stylish lounge setting featuring amazing lighting and great music. Drink selections include a large variety of wines, beers, sake and other specialty cocktails from the fully stocked bar. Choose VIP booths for an enhanced experience. All guests can order from the sushi bar. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Copper Rocket Pub is located a few minutes north of Orlando, (just after Winter Park) in historical Maitland. It is a great local hangout that offers an extremely large selection in both imported and domestic brews, along with a fully stocked bar. Copper Rocket Pub has a laid-back casual atmosphere and very helpful and courteous staff. This pub has all of the popular bar games including pool, darts, video games, a great jukebox selection, and TVs to watch all your favorites sports. They also have numerous special events and live local entertainment. There is a menu presented that offers appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and more for reasonable prices also.
Del Frisco's, decorated in wood and leather, has the comfortable feel of a private gentleman's club and the food to match. Prime beef is trucked in from the Midwest and cut to order. An eight-ounce Filet Mignon is a popular choice. For a spicy alternative, try the Santa Fe Peppercorn Steak. A bottle of red wine would go well with these delicacies. The Knife and Fork Club of America has named the flagship Del Frisco's, located in Dallas, "one of the 10 best steakhouses in the country", and the Orlando location is living up to this honor.
Tom & Jerry’s Bar & Lounge is located north of Orlando in Winter Park. Do not let the outside appearance sway your opinion; you have to walk around back to find the entrance. However, once you step inside, you may be surprised what you find. The welcoming atmosphere is set with the various “Rat Pack” (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin…) and Marilyn Monroe pictures, leather furnishings and brick walls found inside. Enjoy the outside patio full of lovely greenery and tables. The menu includes numerous bar favorites and they have a fully stocked bar too. The entertainment consists of local live music, karaoke, open mic nights and other special events. Tom & Jerry’s Bar & Lounge is a relaxing place to enjoy a get together with friends or family. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
In operation for about twenty years now, Enzo's Restaurant On The Lake occupies an old house, converted into this attractive spot overlooking the pretty Lake Fairy. Here you can dine on fine Italian food served in a homely atmosphere accented by hardwood floors and terra cotta tile. On the menu, you'll find such opportunities like Antipasto as an appetizer and entrées that include Rack of Lamb, Veal Scaloppini, and pasta stuffed with shrimp and lobster. A full bar's available here, too.
Sharky's Sports Bar is a great place to watch football matches with your friends and family over a glass of cold beer. Spacious and airy, this bar hosts numerous live music concerts and boasts a well-stocked bar that offers a wide range of liquors and spirits. The friendly bartenders also mix interesting cocktails to whet your palate. The outdoor seating invites you to chill with your dear and near ones, while gazing at the nearby areas and enjoy an evening full of entertainment.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse is one of the best steakhouses in Winter Park, and one of the most famous restaurant chains in America. Steak options you can expect to find on the menu include Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Beef Flemington, Veal Chops, Pork Rib Chop, and Prime Ribs. Ask your waiter to help you choose from among the 100 different wines available to go with your meal. If you're not a meat fan, then sample the fresh seafood and scrumptious side dishes. The Salmon, with its signature Mashed Potatoes, is highly recommended.
Shovelhead Lounge is located a little north of downtown Orlando in Longwood. This biker-friendly bar welcomes all and has a full service package store too. Entertainment includes three pool tables, two electronic dartboards, seven televisions showing the latest sporting events, DJs, live bands and plenty of special affairs all year long. This local bar draws a mixture of characters and has typical bar food to munch on, a number of drink specials to pick from, a fully stocked bar and weekend parties. Shovelhead Lounge is a good place to meet down-to-earth people who like to eat, drink and have a good time. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Don't judge The Dungeon by its outside appearance - it looks like nothing more than an old barn or warehouse, but the inside is a different story and is one of the nicer venues to enjoy local Orlando bands. The Dungeon has a stage with an open dance floor setup on one side and a full-length bar on the other to keep your legs and arms moving to the music. You'll also find a few tables inside and some available for outside seating as well. Unlike the music venues you're used to, The Dungeon has clean restroom, which will keep the female crowd happy. The bartenders are always friendly and attentive, but one of the few drawbacks is that they only serve beer. The music varies from different genres, so be sure to check their webpage for more information.�Check out The Dungeon and spend an evening rocking out to live music in Orlando! - Diane Dilov-Schultheis