Out and About: McFadden’s Grand Opening at Vue 360 on I-Drive

One of the newest businesses to open on I-Drive is McFadden’s Irish Restaurant and Saloon, and last weekend we got the chance to check it out during a VIP & Media Party.

McFadden's Irish Restaurant and Saloon Orlando - Front

McFadden’s is located in Vue 360, right next to the Orlando Eye and I-Drive 360. They even share the same parking garage.

It’s a large venue. There are three indoor areas, with two huge bars. There’s also outdoor seating on a patio in front, and a porch-like area in the back. Both patios and a row of windows along one wall provide amazing views of The Orlando Eye.

McFadden's Irish Restaurant and Saloon Orlando - Orlando Eye view

During the day, it functions as a restaurant with drinks. At night, it adds a party vibe with a DJ or sometimes live entertainment by the likes of Off Kilter.

The food is gastro-pub quality, with an Irish twist, and we got to check out a few samples.

Their Beer Battered Fish & Chips ($16) was a winner with a huge portion of fried fish resting on top a bed of fries, and served with a lemon dill sauce

McFadden's Irish Restaurant and Saloon Orlando - Fish & Chips
Another hit was the Shepherds Pie ($14), featuring ground beef and vegetables in a red wine reduction, topped with mashed potatoes.

McFadden's Irish Restaurant and Saloon Orlando - Shepherds Pie
I didn’t get to try it, but one pasta option from the menu is the Chipotle Garlic Cream Shrimp Mac & Cheese ($16), served with a side of garlic toast.

McFadden's Irish Restaurant and Saloon Orlando - Shrimp Mac & Cheese

For the big mouths in your group, try the Smoke Show Burger ($16), featuring onion rings, cheddar cheese, and a tangy BBQ sauce on a brioche bun.

McFadden's Irish Restaurant and Saloon Orlando - Smoke Show Burger

Most of the entrees I spotted on the menu were in the $15-$20 range.

As for the drinks, they have a good menu of domestic, import, and craft beers, a full bar, wine, champagne, and their world famous Fish Bowl Cocktails. These bad boys hold 92 ounces of liquid libation and will set you back $25.

McFadden's Irish Restaurant and Saloon Orlando - Fish Bowl Drinks
The one pictured is the Blue Lagoon (Bacardi coconut rum, Stoli blueberry vodka, peach schnapps, and Bols blue curacao – yup, all alcohol). Other fish bowl options have names like “Irish Trash Can,” “Lucky Charm,” and “F.U.B.A.R.” (I’m guessing if you order this one, you should stop at one).

McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon is now open for business Monday through Thursday 4pm – 2am, and Friday through Sunday noon to 2am. They are located at 8291 Internaational Drive in Orlando, in Vue 360.

For more information, visit McFaddensOrlando.com.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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