Best Downtown Restaurants Bars Near the Amway and Camping World Stadium

Though many tourists never leave the confines of the theme parks and resorts, they are missing one of Orlando's best attractions: Downtown. Orlando is a bustling region of 2 million people with a thriving downtown popular for dining, shows, art, sports and music. Just this year, Orlando's very-own Major League Soccer team, the Orlando City Lions, will open their own impressive venue downtown. Recently, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opened to host traveling Broadway shows, world-class musicians and our very own ballet and symphony orchestra. The Amway Center is the home of the NBA's Orlando Magic, and the arena also plays host to the top names on tour from Ed Sheeran to Adriana Grande.

Just a mile west of downtown is Camping World Stadium, formerly the Citrus Bowl, which hosts college and NFL football games, special events and concerts. Most of the action before and after a big event is in Downtown Orlando on Church Street.

So whether you're coming to downtown for a business meeting or for some of the world-class entertainment, you can easily make an evening of it with the many great restaurants and lively bars. 

 

Soco

Downtown's charming Thornton Park welcomes this Southern contemporary restaurant by Greg Richie, acclaimed chef of Magnolias in Charleston and the Abbey in Atlanta. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).

Kres Chophouse & Lounge

Kres brings big-city atmosphere in the form of a stylish chophouse and lounge. Progressive American food with Mediterranean influences. Menu changes daily and features steaks and market fresh fish. Extensive wine list and late-night menu. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).

Boheme Restaurant

This elegant downtown restaurant boasts a fabulous art collection along with a prestigious AAA Four-Diamond rating. The cuisine is eclectic nouvelle with French and Pacific Rim influences. B, L, D (daily), Br (Su).

K Restaurant Wine Bar

Chef Chad Phelps cooks up quite a following at this College Park stronghold serving New American cuisine. The restaurant has also recently added Sunday brunch and a full liquor bar to its offerings. D (nightly); Brunch Sundays.

Dexter's

Sweet potato chips, wines and lots of local diners are the call. Menus feature pressed sandwiches, pastas and creative entrées. B (M-F), L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su); check individual locations.

Kasa

Small plates with global influences are on the menu. The downtown hot spot combines great service in a comfortable and contemporary atmosphere. L (M-Th), D (F-Sa), Br (Su).    

180 Skytop Lounge

This Amway Center rooftop lounge affords fantastic views of the skyline and serves up great specials on Grey Goose cocktails along with a DJ and a hot crowd.

World of Beer

With over 500 hundred bottles and over 50 taps of the best craft beers from around the globe, you’re sure to find a new favorite.

Wahlburgers

Celebrity brothers Mark, Donnie and chef Paul Wahlberg bring their popular burger franchise that has its own reality show to downtown Orlando. Burgers are made from Creekstone Farms black angus beef, artisan bread and Paul's signature wahl sauce.

The Courtesy Bar

Classic and market fresh cocktails, impeccable craft beers and distinctive wines are all served in this small but artful bar.