Find out more about Magical Dining 2019 including the best menus to try and the best places to stay while you’re in town.
Magical Dining Month is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever before with a record-breaking 120 restaurants taking part. Running from August 23 through September 30, 2019, it’s your chance to enjoy three-course dinners at Orlando’s best restaurants for just $35 per person. What’s more, $1 from every meal will be donated to charity, so you can dine at your favourites or try some of Orlando’s hottest new venues while supporting great causes.
To take part, all you have to do is book a table at the restaurant of your choice and request the Magical Dining menu. Reservations are advised, but walk-ins who request the offer will also be accommodated. During Magical Dining 2019 you can dine as many times as you like, so why not book a stay in Orlando and turn it into an amazing culinary adventure?
Read on to find out more about Magical Dining 2019 including a look at this year’s newcomers, the best menus to try, and a printable map and restaurant checklist to help you plan. We’ve also included some great accommodation deals including offers of up to 25% off select condos and villas in Orlando.
What’s new for Magical Dining Month 2019?
With 11 new restaurants joining the line-up for Magical Dining 2019, there’ll be plenty of fresh flavors to try – here’s a quick look at them all:
Highway 192 area
The perfect spot for both resort guests and locals alike, Euphoria offers a mouth-watering line-up of Magical Dining menu items. It’s a great time to try seasonal favorities like grilled mahi-mahi, flash-fried gnocchi and hanger steak with yuca fries and cilantro aioli. Located at Margaritaville Resort, this island-inspired restaurant features a funky open-air kitchen and a luxe lounge where music is played nightly from 7pm-11pm.
Plan your visit around happy hour which runs from 5pm-7pm and 9pm-11pm daily. If you don’t fancy driving, book a stay at one of Margaritaville’s colorful villas and you can enjoy Magical Dining every night of the week!
International Drive & Restaurant Row area
The H Cuisine
Conveniently located on Sand Lake Road in Restaurant Row, this award-winning eatery offers casual fine dining with a Mediterranean twist. The diverse menu is prepared by internationally acclaimed chefs who’ve worked at some of the finest restaurants around the world. The open-fire kitchen concept allows you to see the various styles of fire-cooking methods and watch the action unfold as inventive meals are prepared.
On the Magical Dining menu are Turkish salad with greens, goats cheese, walnuts and a pomegranate-studded vinaigrette. For mains there’s a choice of vegetable stew, grilled salmon and medallions of 25-day butter-aged tenderloin steak. Delicious desserts like milk pudding with pomegranate and walnuts, house-made cheesecake, and Turkish brownies will satisfy every sweet tooth.
Mia’s Italian Kitchen
This family friendly restaurant serves a variety of delicious made-from-scratch menus ranging from handmade pastas and pizzas to sandwiches, salads and charcuterie. Located along International Drive, close to Icon Park, it has elegant decor, a lively bar and a pizza station from which its unique square pizzas are made.
Mia’s Magical Dining menu includes giant meatballs and brick-grilled bruschetta for starters, pork ragu and speciality stew (featuring blue mussels and house Italian sausage) for mains, and a choice of homemade tiramisu or gelato for dessert. While you’re dining, check out the quirky interiors including Sistine Chapel-inspired artwork on the ceiling.
Disney Springs area
Tuck into fresh salads, old-fashioned meatloaf and beer-battered cod and chips at this cool industrial-style restaurant. For sweet treats try the house gelato, banana split and cherry-topped milkshakes. The Edison is also a popular nightlife spot with burlesque dance shows on the weekends and a full range of hand-crafted cocktails.
Disney Springs is located on East Buena Vista Drive and is open to all.
Sip on prohibition-era cocktails and enjoy delicious bites at this speakeasy-style restaurant themed as an old rum-runner tunnel. To find it you have to look for the ‘secret’ entrance outside The Edison. Once you’re inside you’ll be greeted by hospitable bartenders, swinging music and humorous graffiti.
On the Magical Dining menu are grilled zucchini with roasted tomato pesto, grilled seabass with grape jus, and baked eggplant with mozzarella and parmesan. If you’ve got room for dessert there’s pistachio olive oil cake, mascarpone cheesecake and house special tiramisu.
Bella Tuscany Italian
Located in Windermere around 20 minutes north of Disney World, this family friendly restaurant offers delicious Italian meals and an award-winning wine list featuring more than 700 wines. There’s also a full bar, outdoor dining, plus live music on select days.
The choices for Magical Dining 2019 are filet mignon served with grilled asparagus and garlic crushed potatoes, beef short ribs on homemade polenta cake, and fire-grilled salmon served with a Mediterranean salad.
Jaleo at Disney Springs is the largest and most spectacular Jaleo restaurant in the entire country. Housed in a dynamic, multi-level space it serves an extensive variety of tapas (the traditional small dishes of Spain) as well as savoury paellas, tasty sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and sherries.
Jaleo’s tapas-style menu for Magical Dining includes five courses in total – you get two appetisers, two main courses and one dessert. Choices include patatas bravas, garlic-sautéed shrimp, classic gazpacho, bacon-wrapped dates, and seared piquilli peppers filled with mushrooms and goats cheese.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Located in Town Center at Disney Springs, this popular spot offers the best of Wolfgang Puck’s signature modern American cuisine. An open kitchen and copper-accented pizza oven bring warmth to the venue’s 250-seat interior. Outside, there’s a pretty dining patio on one side of the restaurant’s exterior, with the other side dedicated to a grab-and-go dessert and gelato window.
For Magical Dining Month you’ll find pan-roasted chicken, braised beef short ribs, and salmon with pearl onions, beluga lentils and sherry vinaigrette. You’ll also find extras like grilled 12 oz steak served with Tuscan potatoes and house-made sauce for an additional $10, as well as expert wine pairing at $30 for three courses and $40 for four.
Downtown Orlando & surrounding areas
Bites & Bubbles
Enjoy gourmet American fare with a French twist at this new restaurant in Orlando’s trendy Mills 50 district. Bubbles are the theme at this full-service venue which specialises in champagne, caviar and oysters. It’s perfect for a date night or just a bite to eat.
On the Magical Dining menu are appetisers like escargot with brandy mustard creme sauce, pate with onions and warm bread, and charcuterie boards with the chef’s selection of fine cheese and meats. The selection of mouth-watering mains includes classic beef bourguignon, lobster mac n cheese, chilled seafood, and chicken potpie. Last but not least are desserts such as classic banana split, deep-dish pecan pie, and warm chocolate lava cake.
Menagerie Eatery & Bar
Also new to downtown Orlando is Menagerie Eatery & Bar, situated in the scenic Thornton Park neighborhood. This eclectic spot is hailed for its fresh and creative menu featuring small plates and shareable boards. It’s not just the food that’s great either. At the bar you’ll see fun spins on classic old-fashioned cocktails made using house-made bitters and herb-focussed syrups.
Our top picks here for Magical Dining 2019 are coconut curry mussels, thyme & lemon chicken, grilled salmon and the 7oz filet steak crusted with smoked bacon and blue cheese. Desserts are donut bread pudding, hazelnut chocolate cake and mixed berry cheesecake.
The Back Room Steakhouse
In addition to its signature Black Angus 10 oz New York Strip steak, The Back Room Steakhouse is also offering wild-caught Pacific salmon and herb-crusted prime pork chop. You can enjoy your Magical Dining choices along with house cocktails, craft beers and fine wines, all served in classic Chicago steakhouse-style surroundings.
The Back Room is on Rock Springs Road in Apopka, around 30 minutes northwest of downtown Orlando.
Other Magical Dining menus to try
For diverse Japanese cuisine head to Dragonfly Robata on the famed Restaurant Row. The Magical Dining menu is packed with tasty delights such as 8oz ribeye steak, house smoked salmon, sushi rolls and chef’s choice sashimi. The summer pavlova is a must-try for dessert, as is the house brownie served with raspberry coulis and shiso herbs.
Located on North Orange Avenue close to the Amway Center and other downtown landmarks, DoveCote Brasserie is a French-American restaurant serving new takes on classic dishes. For Magical Dining, try the tomato risotto, honey roasted pork or Atlantic salmon served with quinoa, kale, lemon and olives. Desserts are a choice of vanilla creme brûlée or olive oil cake with strawberries.
Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs showcases a variety of mouthwatering dishes from Japan, China, Korea and Thailand, all with celebrity chef Morimoto’s signature twist. The Magical Dining menu features some of the best dishes from the regular menu including seafood miso pot, ginger & soy braised veal, sweet & sour pork katsu and bourbon soy-seared tuna. You can add Bluefin Toro Tartare for an extra $9 or Morimoto Buri Bop for $12.
Enjoy a dining experience unlike any other at Benihana in Hilton Orlando. Watch as your personal teppanyaki chef slices and dices an assortment of fresh steak, chicken, seafood and vegetables right in front of you. There’s also a full sushi bar with a tempting array of sushi, sashimi, nigiri and hand rolls.
Benihana’s Magical Dining menu is one of the best on the list, complete with house specials like filet mignon, hibachi steak and scallops. All entrees include an upgrade to hibachi chicken rice, house salad, shrimp, hibachi vegetables, dipping sauces and Japanese green tea.
Fancy eating dinner on riverboat? Well you can do just that at Paddlefish in Disney Springs. Its sleek modern riverboat design offers guests plenty of places to dine including a rooftop lounge overlooking the sights and sounds of Disney Springs.
Feast on fried green tomatoes, clam chowder or sweet soy tuna for starters, followed by catfish pie, half chicken or pork chops for mains. Unlike most other restaurants, Paddlefish offers four choices for dessert including key lime pie, chocolate cake, bread pudding and strawberry cheesecake.
Magical Dining restaurant checklist and map
To help you make the most of Magical Dining 2019 we’ve included this printable restaurant checklist and map (courtesy of Visit Orlando). Simply print it off and plan your Magical Dining experience around the areas and types of cuisine you’re interested in.
You can tick them off the list as you go!
Where to stay for Magical Dining Month
Fancy staying in Orlando for Magical Dining Month? Then check out these fantastic offers. You can get 25% off the usual rates at these properties between now and the end of September.
Reunion Resort 1900
Located in popular Reunion Resort just a few miles from Disney, this beautiful villa offers 9 bedrooms and has enough space to sleep up to 24 guests. Outside, there’s a large sun terrace with a private pool, a hot tub and an alfresco dining area. Inside, you’ll find other perks like a game room, a home theater, themed bedrooms and a casino room with a poker table and billiards.
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Reunion Resort 285
This luxury 3-bedroom condo offers fantastic views over an immaculately manicured championship golf course. It has an open-plan living area, a fully-equipped kitchen and a scenic sun terrace. You can soak up the sun on one of the luxury sun loungers or explore the resort which has communal pools, biking trails, a boutique spa and a selection of restaurants and bars.
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Reunion Resort 222
This large family villa offers 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and enough space for up to 10 guests to stay in complete comfort. Outdoor perks include a private sun terrace with a spillover tub and alfresco dining, while the inside boasts open-plan living areas, stylish decor and a fun game room with an air hockey table.
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