Updated September 2019
The weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot in Orlando right now. Our dining scene is also turning up the heat, with a handful of local restaurants offering new dining experiences that are perfect for date night. Check out one of these unique new offerings for a night out that’s sure to impress your date.
Tour of Italy Wine Dinners at Mia’s Italian Kitchen
Can’t afford plane tickets to Italy? Get a taste of Italia without leaving Orlando by visiting Mia’s Italian Kitchen. This gorgeous new Italian eatery on I-Drive just launched a new ‘Tour of Italy' wine dinner series that will take your taste buds on a tour of various regions of the country, exploring the cuisine and wine unique to each.
Each dinner features a 3-course meal paired with wines from the region featured. Apart from the feast at hand, you’ll also receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes. Prizes include a chef’s table dinner for 10 people with wine pairings, a Tour of Tango dinner for 4 with sangria at Café Tu Tu Tango, and a Tour of Italy wine gift basket.
- October 8 – Umbria, Central Italy
- November 12 – Lombardy, Northern Italy
- December 10 – Puglia, Southern Italy
Tickets are $49/person inclusive of tax and gratuity.
Bayou Brunch at House of Blues
We’ve long been fans of House of Blues’ beloved Sunday Gospel Brunch, and now there’s an additional brunch experience at this lively restaurant and music venue. The new Bayou Brunch, available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-1pm, includes:
- A decadent buffet and Southern-inspired cuisine like biscuits and gravy, freshly made omelets, and shrimp and crawfish etouffee
- Build Your Own Old Fashioned Bar (!!!)
- Happy hour pricing on select drinks
- Bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys
While you eat, enjoy live Dixieland, jazz and brass music from Brown Bag Brass Band. The cost for the buffet is $33/adult. Bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys are $15, and the Old Fashioned Bar is $12/drink.
“Amerikase” Tasting Menus at American Kitchen Bar & Grill
Need a date night idea that will impress your favorite foodie? American Kitchen Bar & Grill’s Executive Chef Venoy Rogers III is offering a new 6-8 course Omakase-style tasting experience sure to wow. While this offering isn’t listed on the restaurant’s website, we’re here to let you in on the secret.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, Omakase is a dining experience in which the chef selects the entire meal. While traditional Omakase is comprised of smaller, one-bite courses, Chef Venoy’s “Amerikase” approach is all about 2-3 bite courses highlighting the restaurant’s top-notch American cuisine.
This experience is available for $100/person. To reserve, call and request to speak to the restaurant’s General Manager. She will work with Chef Venoy on a custom menu for your experience.
Brunch + Golf at Topgolf Orlando
Start your day with loads of fun by combining brunch and golf at Topgolf Orlando. The new brunch menu is available Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-2pm and includes specialty dishes like the Everything Bagel Flatbread, a hearty Carnitas Benedict, Ahi Tuna Avocado Toast and Carrot Cake Waffles.
There’s also an impressive lineup of drinks, including $4 classic mimosas, three Bloody Mary varieties, build your own mimosas, a beermosa, sangria, Screwdrivers and more.
As an added bonus, renting a putting bay is almost half the price when you go before noon. It’s just $30/hour to rent a bay for 6 people from 8am-noon. The cost jumps to $45/hour from noon-5pm (and $50-$55/hour after 5pm), so it pays to roll out of bed early for this brunch feast.
More new dining around Orlando:
Mikado is now open at ICON Park, featuring sushi and hot pot offerings on a conveyer belt allowing you to grab whatever catches your eye right from your table.
Palate Bubs & Ice Cream is a new ice cream shop open now in Historic Downtown Sanford offering 20+ ice cream flavors and bubble waffles.
Bigfire is a new addition to Universal CityWalk featuring items cooked on a wood fire grill and tableside s’mores.
Enjoy rooftop dining at Toledo, a new Spanish restaurant serving tapas, seafood and steak at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
Disclosure: Mia’s Italian Kitchen and Topgolf are some of our valued marketing partners, but we were not compensated for writing this post.
Feature image credit: Mia’s Italian Kitchen