Best Restaurants Near I-Drive and the Convention Center

You've been in meetings. All. Day. Long. It's time to get out for some fresh air and a taste of the local scene. Lucky for the many business travelers to Orlando, the convention center district, known as I-Drive, is bustling with plenty of food and beverage options along the one-mile stretch up to Sand Lake Road. Whether it's cutting into a great steak or relaxing on an outdoor patio with a cold drink in hand, I-Drive has the venue for you. Several convention hotels like the Rosen, the Hyatt and the Hilton boast fabulous four-star restaurants while the nearby Pointe Orlando and I-Drive 360 complexes provide plenty of dining and entertainment in one spot. So take a much-needed break, refuel and refresh, so you can get back to your important meetings again tomorrow. 

Options below are listed by proximity to the Orange County Convention Center to one mile north along International Drive. Sidewalks and lighted crosswalks make walking easy, however taxis, pedi-cabs and Ubers are readily available along with the I-Ride Trolley for $2.

Spencer's at the Hilton

A steakhouse with intelligent preparations and contemporary twists. Specialties are the Spencer’s cut made with Florida beef and fresh local seafood matched with local produce. Choose from over 20 wines by the glass and scratch-made cocktails.


The Hyatt has blended an authentic Italian restaurant and the tradition of a great American steak house. Features an open kitchen and a pizza oven. Free valet offered to visitors of the hotel. D (M-Sa).


This upscale diner is open 24/7 so you can get a stack of pancakes, a great burger or a house-made dessert any time. Free valet to visitors of the hotel. B, Br, L, D (daily).

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

This classic American steakhouse specializes in juicy, hand-cut, aged USDA Prime Beef steaks and chops served with irresistible side dishes like lobster macaroni and cheese. Memorable meals are perfectly paired with handcrafted cocktails and selections from the award-winning winelist. D (nightly).

The Capital Grille

Known for its hand-cut, dry-aged steaks and expansive wine list, The Capital Grille aims to delight the most demanding diner. L, D (daily).

Maggiano's Little Italy

Italian family-style dining with hearty platters meant to be shared. But expect more than spaghetti and meatballs: Tuscan-style mussels and mushroom ravioli make for more elegant cuisine. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).

Taverna Opa

This festive eatery serves family-style and a la carte cuisine such as mousaka, grilled fish and spanakopita. Nightly entertainment—to go along with your glass of ouzo—includes belly dancing and traditional music. L, D (daily).

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar's open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot's delectable menu of classic and contemporary Cuban appetizers, entrees, cocktails and desserts make the Pointe Orlando restaurant a must-see, must-experience dining destination along

Marlow's Tavern

American tavern fare with seasonal ingredients are on tap as well as craft beer and hand-crafted cocktails. Large tables and cozy booths fill the dining room and a covered patio invites guests outside. L, D (daily).

B.B. King's Blues Club

Southern-style dining and live music nightly by the B.B. King All Star Band. Signature menu items include fried dill pickles, gumbo, various barbecue and rib dishes, and banana bread pudding to top off your meal. D (nightly).

Tin Roof

Tin Roof is a live music joint where people can hang out, drink and dine, and enjoy live music almost every night of the week. Located at I-Drive 360, Tin Roof's outdoor seating offers some of the best views of the giant observation wheel.

Tapa Toro

The husband-and-wife duo who brought you the celebrated Greek eatery Taverna Opa present Tapa Toro, where guests enjoy classic and contemporary Spanish cuisine, tapas, signature cocktails, imported wine, a paella pit and flamenco dancers. L and D (daily).

Yard House

You’ll find a center bar with seemingly endless draft beers, from obscure ales to traditional lagers along with a menu of creative beer cocktails and bar food that raises the bar. L, D (daily).

Fogo De Chão

Experience the Southern Brazilian way to indulge. Meats such as steak, sausage, chicken, lamb and more are roasted over an open fire and presented to the table by roving gauchos. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant boasts a modern, casual dining experience with warm service and a menu developed with its own handcrafted wines in mind. B, L, D (daily).

Mango's Tropical Cafe

Mango’s is a showcase of international talent, cuisine and entertainment compared to some of the world's most-renowned Caribbean and South American Carnivals. Daily and nightly family-friendly performances feature Latin dancers in a full line-up of entertainment that ranges from salsa to bachata and reggae to pop.