Photo © Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House – 8oz Filet Mignon
September offers a month of magic in Orlando! Tourist season is slowing down giving Orlando area restaurants the opportunity to once again WOW us with great dining deals! During Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, begins August 29th and continues for 5 full weeks until October 2, 2016, diners can enjoy a three course dinner for only $33. Each participating restaurant will offer a prix fixe menu with selections for appetizer, entrée and dessert.Not just for Florida residents and no coupons needed!
This is your chance to try out some new restaurants or visit your tried-and-true favorites for the full treatment – all at a discounted price. There are over 70 restaurants participating in the 2016 event. So how does it work? Peruse the list of restaurants to find the ones that interest you. Click on the link and you’ll see the prix fixe menu that is being offered.
Restaurants are listed by area; Convention area, Disney/Lake Buena Vista, Downtown, Restaurant Row (Sand Lake Road), Universal/CityWalk, Winter Park and North, Surrounding Areas.
Each year the program supports a local, Orlando not-for-profit. For 2016, one dollar from each meal will be donated to the The Russell Home for atypical children.
September Magical Dining Tips:
Some of the more popular restaurants will book up early for Friday and Saturday evenings, so plan in advance and make reservations right away.
Not all restaurants will automatically hand you the prix fixe menu, so be sure to ask about it from the hostess.
If you have other discounts or coupons for the restaurant, be sure to call ahead to see if they will be honored with the Magical Dining menu.
Sometimes restaurants may offer a featured wine at $33 a bottle. Others may allow you to bring your own wine – call ahead to see what the corkage fee is.
This is the restaurant’s opportunity to show the customer just how fantastic the dining experience can be – therefore it is to their detriment if they serve smaller portions or specialty items that are not usually on the menu. For this reason, I always ask the server about the prix fixe menu – how it compares to the restaurant’s regular menu and what have been the most popular selections from others.
Best Choices for Magical Dining:
- Fogo de Chao is once again on the list, but it looks like Texas de Brazil is not participating this year. This Brazilian Steakhouse does not offer a standard menu – it is usually a flat rate of $46.50 – $49.95 for the full dinner, therefore if you request the Magical Dining price, you will save more than $13.50 per meal and receive a dessert! Confirm this when you call to make your reservation.
- All of Orlando’s top Steakhouses are included on the list: Capital Grille, Fleming’s, Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris, Spencer’s and the newly opened Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House on International Drive. If your selection can only be one, choose carefully, check entree cost on the restaurant’s menu to see where the best savings can be had.
- Some of the restaurants do not include prices on the website menu. Others that have more seasonal selections do not list a menu on-line.
Each year I indulge and visit at least four of the restaurants participating in Orlando’s Magical Dining Month: Two favorites and two new restaurants. For me this is a good opportunity to try something different than what I might normally select from the menu. There is usually so much food, it is doubtful that I will go away hungry.
FYI – Just a few of the new ones added to the 2016 list are:
Landry’s Seafood – Lake Buena Vista area
Itta Bena – International Drive
Tapa Tora – International Drive
Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse
Slate Restaurant – Sand Lake Road