Every foodie’s dream is to try out all the delicious and exciting restaurants a city has to offer, and progressive dining, also known as a dine-around, is a perfect way to introduce your guests to Orlando’s cuisine. Whether your guests want to sample some upscale delicacies or taste local favorites, an Orlando dine-around can bring a new and social element to your event.

What Is Progressive Dining?

Eating each course at a new restaurant truly showcases the vibe of the city. Allowing your event guests to try courses or small plates at multiple venues means you can customize the experience to your theme and needs, giving them the VIP treatment along the way. The movement and activity stirs guests throughout the evening, making it perfect for networking or team building events.

An Orlando dine-around event can be as simple or elaborate as you wish, including as many restaurants as you want. Of course, successful Orlando progressive dining depends on thorough planning, communication, and local knowledge. Choosing the right assortment of restaurants based on location, quality, specialties, and atmosphere is imperative. Some restaurant options will require transportation, but many are in easily-walkable locations. In our experience, pre-event site inspections are a necessity to ensure the tables are set, the management team and wait staff are made aware of any dietary restrictions, and everything is in its place before your guests arrive.

Since Orlando is divided into convenient neighborhoods, each bursting with its own unique offerings, the Elite DMC event professionals have curated a list of three neighborhoods perfect for and Orlando dine-around experience. These are just a few Orlando spots that we love to work with and have caught our interest.

Thornton Park

A charming area adjacent to downtown, Thornton Park is a hotspot popular with locals of all ages. Old brick streets and traditional architecture bring lots of character to these businesses, and the diversity of restaurants means lots of delicious cuisine for everyone’s tastes.

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Southern contemporary cuisine with a Florida twist. The interior is upscale, yet accessible with modern touches. A mainstay of downtown’s dining and bar scene.

Authentic ramen meets modern flavor at this hip new spot that has already earned lots of attention.

Known for their brunch offerings and American cuisine done right, Dexter’s is a fun, casual eatery.

A locally-sourced menu and impressive cocktail list set the Stubborn Mule apart. An expansive patio filled with lounge seating as well as tables makes it perfect for any style event.

With snacks like fried cheese curds and soft pretzels from local artisans on the menu, this small-but-mighty establishment takes quality comfort food seriously. The storefront is not big or fancy, but this locally-owned gem is worth it for smaller groups.

North Orange 

A burgeoning neighborhood for trendy digs right downtown. Convenient to all areas of Orlando, as well as plenty of popular hotels. North Orange is a great district for visiting lots of downtown sites in one evening. 

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Instagram-worthy spot with delicious Mexican staples that has won over Orlando’s taco-loving heart. The large open spaces, separate dining rooms, and spacious patio can accommodate large groups with ease.

Italian comfort food in a cozy house atmosphere with loads of character.

Japanese owners and chefs deliver delicious flavor in a clean and minimal space.

Disney Springs

An excellent choice for corporate events who want to experience a little bit of the Disney magic, Disney Springs offers dining, cocktails, shopping, and entertainment all in one place.

Ask any local and they will suggest the sister restaurant to the Orlando-famous Ravenous Pig. Great barbecue with a modern and casual farmhouse vibe.

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A raucous Irish pub with great food and amazing Celtic dancers to liven up your evening.

One of Disney Springs’ most lavish establishments, this industrial gothic-style stunner aims to impress with American food, trendy cocktails, and unique entertainment.

Authentic Italian dishes with a clandestine 1920s speakeasy vibe.

An Orlando dine-around experience will let you immerse your guests in all the tastes and excitement this city has to offer. Bursting with bright flavor and bustling restaurants, Orlando’s neighborhoods are perfect for all kinds of events, guests, and goals. Let us help plan and execute an Orlando progressive dining event so your guests can experience the Elite.