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Best Restaurants Near the Orange County Convention Center

From steak to seafood, here are some top-ranked eateries in Orlando's convention district. 

After a day full of convening, it's time for some food and fun in Orlando. Happily, the Orange County Convention Center district, also known as I-Drive, is bristling with delectable food-and-beverage options whether you're looking for a lavish sit-down setting or a casual quick bite. Following are top restaurants near the convention facility.   

The Capital Grille

  • 9101 International Drive, (407) 370-4392
  • Estimated Uber trip duration from the OCCC: 3 minutes

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Steak Au Poivre at Orlando's Capital Grille Photo Credit: OpenTable

This Orlando outpost of the upscale steakhouse chain offers classic American fare in a refined setting. Try the tuna tartare appetizer with fresh avocado and spicy sriracha before feasting on a 32-ounce dry-rubbed Porterhouse paired with truffle mac and cheese and garlic confit sautéed spinach.

Groups of up to 80 can enjoy private dining experiences in the establishment's Florida Room. Alternate event spaces include the Wine Room (36 guests), Orlando Room (26) and Board Room (10). All private dining packages include customized menus, wine pairing guidance and full A/V compatibility. View the full menu.

Ocean Prime

  • 7339 W Sand Lake Road, #400, (407) 781-4880
  • Estimated Uber trip duration from the OCCC: 12 minutes

Twin lobster tails at Ocean Prime
Twin lobster tails at Ocean Prime Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

This swanky establishment is known for its sophisticated décor, long wine list and classic steak and seafood menu. Start off with the Sonoma goat cheese ravioli with golden oak mushroom, then dig into the Chilean sea bass served with whipped potatoes and champagne truffle sauce.

For groups, Ocean Prime features five private dining rooms. Prime Rooms 1 and 2 seat 20 and 32 guests, respectively, and may be combined into one large space. The Club Room seats up to 14 guests. For larger groups, the Rialto 1 and 2 rooms seat 64 when combined. View the full menu

Spenser's for Steaks & Chops

  • 6001 Destination Parkway, Hilton Orlando, (407) 313-8625
  • Estimated Uber trip duration from the OCCC: 6 minutes

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Salmon entrée at Spenser's Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

Prime-cut steaks are the highlight at this Hilton-centric chophouse with a luxe modern interior and outdoor seating, but try non-beef dishes like the duck confit mac and cheese with parmesan crisp, or the Atlantic swordfish served with preserved fennel and asparagus.

Inside, Spenser's private dining room features seating for up to 15 people. A patio overlooking the Stella Award-winning, 1,424-room Hilton Orlando hosts up to 100 guests and can be combined with the restaurant's lounge area to accommodate a total of 200. An intimate, temperature controlled wine room offers a unique experience for up to 8 diners at a time.View the full menu

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant 

  • 8005 International Drive, (407) 956-3400
  • Estimated Uber trip duration from the OCCC: 9 minutes

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Soy ginger Atlantic Salmon from Cooper's Hawk Photo Credit: Yelp

Indulge in the "Trio of Medallions" -- one each of horseradish, bleu cheese and parmesan-crusted 3oz filet mignons paired with potatoes and asparagus. Compliment your meal with one of the five signature wine flights, or create your own mix of four varieties. Groups as large as 50 can reserve the restaurant's private dining room and take advantage of a range of customized menu optionsView the full menu

Fiorenzo

  • 9801 International Drive, Hyatt Regency Orlando, (407) 345-4570
  • Estimated Uber trip duration from the OCCC: 4 minutes (also walkable)

Pasta perfection at Fiorenzo
Pasta perfection at Fiorenzo Photo Credit: Yelp

Within the 1,639-room Hyatt Regency, this elegant eatery serves both traditional and original Italian dishes. The charcuterie board features an ever-changing selection of the chef’s favorite domestic and imported cheeses and cured meats served with olives, fig preserve and breads, all perfect for sharing. The saffron risotto with rock shrimp, spring peas, cured tomatoes, lemon zest, pecorino and micro basil is perfect for those looking to fill up without feeling over-stuffed.

Private dining experiences are available for group ranging from 20 to 200 guestsView the full menu.

Quick Bites Near the Orange County Convention Center

Cafe Tu Tu Tango

  • 8625 International Drive, (407) 248-2222
  • Estimated Uber trip duration from the OCCC: 6 minutes

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Tasty small plates at Cafe Tu Tu Tango Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

This quirky spot offers brunch through late-night snacks, along with colorful décor, live entertainment, an outdoor patio and a full bar. View the full menu

Lafayette's Music Room

  • 9101 International Drive, Suite 2220, (407) 930-1655
  • Estimated Uber trip duration from the OCCC: 6 minutes

Shrimp and grits at Lafayette's
Shrimp and grits at Lafayette's Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

Casual and fun, here you can enjoy small plates and sliders and jam out to local musicians. View the full menu.

Bar Harbor Seafood

  • 2000 Premier Row, (407) 447-6455
  • Estimated Uber trip duration from the OCCC: 18 minutes

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Lobster roll and french fries at Bar Harbor Seafood Photo Credit: Yelp

This is a laid-back seafood market with fresh and frozen catches, caviar, seasonings, sauces and a stationary food truck. The lobster dinner comes with rave reviews. View the full menu

Hash House a Go Go

  • 5350 International Drive, (407) 370-4646
  • Estimated Uber trip duration from the OCCC: 12 minutes

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Sage friend chicken and waffles at Hash House a Go Go Photo Credit: Yelp

An Orlando outpost of a hip chain, this eatery serves market-fresh American brunch and dinner dishes dubbed "twisted farm fare," along with signature Bloody Marys. View the full menu

The Rusty Spoon

  • 55 W Church Street, 55 West Apartments, (407) 401-8811
  • Estimated Uber trip duration from the OCCC: 22 minutes

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"Grown Up S'mores" at the Rusty Spoon Photo Credit: Yelp

This Orlando favorite sources local ingredients to craft its "American menu with European roots." View the full menu