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Looking for something a little more thrilling than your typical run-of-the-mill restaurant while in Orlando? Even your favorite dish can be better given the right atmosphere. Heighten your dining experience at one of these immersive Orlando restaurants, designed to be memorable and tasty.
1. Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows
Sleuths rotates through four different interactive mystery shows alongside dinner (dinner and a show—tada!). A look at the menu shows that the focus is definitely placed on the show rather than the food. You can pick from:
- Cornish game hen
- Four cheese lasagna
- Prime rib dinner
- Veggie meal
- Kid’s meal (chicken tenders and mac-n-cheese)
Your dinner will also come with a green salad, dinner rolls, bottomless beer or wine, and a mystery dessert.
The shows currently in rotation are ‘Squires Inn’, ‘Falling Pines’, ‘Roast ‘Em and Toast ‘Em’, and ‘Lord Mansfield’s Foxhunt Banquet’. The shows are family-friendly and rated PG. This dining experience averages at 4 ½ stars on Google
Price Range: ~$200 for a family of four
Address: 8267 International Drive Orlando, Florida 32819
Hours: 5:30 PM on Sunday | 6:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday | Closed on Monday
2. The Edison
The Edison is an industrial gothic-themed restaurant and nightclub located in Disney Springs. They serve American cuisine and craft cocktails. The restaurant itself is lavishly and meticulously themed to be set in an abandoned power plant in the 1920s. This restaurant oozes Old World sophistication with its expansive ceilings and themed areas throughout.
Get the Gatsby-feel with live performances every night. Sip cocktails while you watch burlesque dancers, aerialists, and live bands. You may even spy stilt walkers and magicians clad in steampunk clothing.
This restaurant isn’t known for having the best food but stick to the more affordable menu items or go just for a drink at the bar to experience the ambiance of The Edison.
Note: You must be 21 years or older to enter after 10 pm.
Price Range: $15 - $40 a person on average
Address: 1570 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Hours: 11:30 AM - 1 AM Sunday to Wednesday | 11:30 AM - 2 AM Thursday to Saturday
3. Café Tu Tu Tango
For a bright, bold dining experience book reservations at Café Tu Tu Tango. From live painting to dancers and tapas-style dishes to sips, Café Tu Tu Tango is a menagerie of movement. Stay entertained with belly, salsa, merengue, and flamenco dancers. Watch artists bring their visions to life (and purchase a piece of their work if you fall in love).
Besides the atmosphere of this restaurant, it comes with another key benefit. Because it is an all appetizer-style menu, you can try a variety of menu items and split it amongst your party. While some people prefer one big meal, getting to taste a variety of dishes offers more flavors for less.
Price Range: $25 - $50 per person on average
Address: 8625 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819
Hours: 12 PM - 11 PM Monday to Thursday | 12 PM - 12 AM on Friday | 10 AM - 12 AM on Saturday | 10 AM - 10 PM on Sunday
Brunch is served from 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
4. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
We’ve hit I-Drive and spent time at Disney Springs, now let’s head on over to Universal CityWalk to explore the sweet shop with a 19th-century steampunk vibe. This is a full-service eatery where you can dine and experience character visits.
As a lover of good storytelling I can appreciate the entire backstory they gave to this chocolate emporium and the fine-tuned touches they’ve taken to sprinkle the theming throughout. Meet Penelope and Jacques while you dine (the two behind the operation according to Toothsome lore).
When you’re ready for dessert, you’ll have plenty of items to choose from. Pick from a sizeable lineup of milkshakes, sundaes, and other staple desserts like cake and creme brulee. Then dive into the dessert of your choice. Toothsome is most widely known for its conspicuous milkshakes that threaten to topple over. These are usually topped with a generous heap of whipped cream and a full-sized additional dessert like a cookie, cupcake, or brownie.
Price Range: $20 to $60 per person on average
Go for just the milkshakes for $15 or less per milkshake.
Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Hours: 11 AM - 12 AM Daily