Visit Orlando Magical Dining Returns Starting August 18, 2023

Visit Orlando Magical Dining - AVA MediterrAegean

One of the best Central Florida foodie events of the year returns August 18 as Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining event kicks off its 2023 edition citywide.

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What is Magical Dining?

During Magical Dining, which will run through October 1, 2023, participating Orlando-area restaurants will be offering three-course prix fixe dinner menu showcasing the best of their dishes.

New this year, some menus will be priced at $40 per person, and some will be prices at $60 per person, allowing a greater variety of participating restaurants.

Magical Dining is a great way to try new restaurants on your list, or rediscover old favorites, and it’s super easy to enjoy. Simply ask for the Magical Dining menu when ordering.

Magical Dining at JALEO at Disney Springs - kitchen

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Eat Well For A Good Cause

Plus $1 from every $40 meal and $2 from every $60 meal served will benefit the charity The Lifeboat Project, an organization that raises awareness on the issue of human trafficking, empowering the lives of survivors through short and long-term aftercare, residential programs and education.

Visit Orlando will also award a $2,000 donation to one local nonprofit in each of Orange County’s six commission districts that also supports workforce development. They include: Mustard Seed of Central Florida, Nuevo Sendero, One Heart for Women and Children, Salvation Army Orlando, Samaritan Village, and Wake Up Mentoring.

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The Restaurants

The newest additions to Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining include Amare at Swan Reserve ($40), Bella Tuscany Ristorante Italiano ($40), BR77 Brazilian Steakhouse ($40), El Conquistador Restaurant ($40), Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – Orlando and Flamingo Crossing locations ($40), LakeHouse ($40), Lake Mary Social ($40), La Margarita Restaurant ($40), MYlounge Orlando ($60), North Italia ($40), Osphere Grill, Sushi and Bar ($40), Palate Bistro and Bar ($40), The Palm Restaurant ($60), Park Avenue Tavern ($40), Rodizio Grill ($60), Salt & The Cellar ($60), and The Wilson Cocktails & Seafood ($40).

Additionally, eight restaurants recognized by the MICHELIN Guide will participate in this year’s program: AVA MediterrAegean ($60), BACÁN ($60), The Pinery ($40), Kabooki Sushi East Orlando ($40), Maxine’s on Shine ($40), Ravello ($60), The Ravenous Pig ($40) and Z Asian – Vietnamese Kitchen ($40).

In past years, I have Magical Dined at Taverna Opa at Pointe Orlando, Jaleo at Disney Springs, and Amatista Cookhouse at Loew’s Sapphire Falls Resort. And while I haven’t Magical Dined at UnReserved Food Bazaar at JW Marriott Bonnet Creek, I have eaten several of the dishes on the restaurant’s Magical Dining menu and they were delicious.

Taverna Opa - falafel

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Magical Nights

In addition to all the wonderful restaurants to try, Visit Orlando is also offering some staycation hotel deals for locals and Florida residents.

The Alfond Inn is offering a Magical Experience Package with one-night stay in a classic room, complimentary parking, champagne and a dinner for two at Hamilton’s Kitchen starting at $329, while properties like Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, The Lake Nona Wave, Melia Orlando Celebration, and the Wyndham Grande Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek are offering staycation savings. There are over 27 participating locations.

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More Information

From Magical Dining menus to online reservations, you’ll find all the info you need at

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.
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