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Dinner Show or Orlando Comedy Club?

Comedy is important in our lives. We all need a good laugh now and then. (Read our earlier post about the importance of laughter.) There are many options when it comes to Orlando comedy clubs. Combined with a good meal, an evening out on the town, and you’ll probably have one of the more memorable evenings of your life. Capone’s Dinner & Show offers a lot of comedy in their show. Side-splitting laughter is quite common. However, if an Orlando comedy club is more what you had in mind, rather than a dinner theater, here are some suggestions.

Sak Comedy Lab - Orlando

Orlando Comedy Club Recommendations:

The Improv located on International Drive is very popular with tourists, because of its location having I-Ride Trolley stops (24 north/green 12 south). This Orlando comedy club features a lot of big-name entertainers. It has been a career launching pad for dozens of local comedians. The shows run primarily on the weekends with a few events mixed in on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Many, if not all of their shows are for people over 21 years of age. The menu at the Improv features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts and beverages (including a full bar). Keep in mind that 18% gratuity is added to every check. Groups can book events at The Orlando Improv.

Bonkerz Comedy Clubs are located throughout the United States. Central Florida is lucky enough to have several locations! Located in East Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Daytona, Oviedo and Deltona, the opportunity to have a hilarious dinner & show won’t be far away. Most tourists seek out the East Orlando comedy club on Colonial Drive. This location is known as the Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center. Shows are featured every Friday and Saturday night with a cover charge at $10 (usually). Here again, only adults 21 & over are allowed. Their menu consists of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pizza and salads with prices from $6 to $17. A full liquor bar is available. Other events, such as corporate events, bachelor parties, retirements, and girls night out can be held at any of the Bonkerz locations.

Comedy for Families

SAK Comedy Lab is another great place to experience comedy. Of all the comedy clubs in Orlando, this one is least like a dinner show. Their venue is set up theater style with a concession stand for refreshments. The venue is a 200-seat theater located upstairs in downtown Orlando. Shows are held on Tuesday through Saturday nights and are suitable for all ages. Ticket prices run from $5 for some shows to $15 general admission for their popular weekend shows. Furthermore, if you really love improv comedy, you can take classes at SAK. Additionally, you may hire a comedian for your team-building event, or even have a local comedian emcee/host your event.


Traveling to LA? Check out this informative list of the 6 most hilarious LA Comedy Clubs.


Create Your Own Dinner & Comedy Experience

Worth Noting: If you are looking more for an Orlando dinner show, yet want to experience the Improv, see the show, then walk to any number of restaurants nearby to dine. Next door is Fat Fish Blue, featuring a menu of Louisiana-Smokehouse cuisine and traditional American favorites. Even more, there are many other restaurants within walking distance worth noting. They are Adobe Gila’s, Itta Bena, Taverna Opa Orlando, Copper Canyon Grill, Marlow’s Tavern and Maggiano’s Little Italy.

While not considered dinner shows, the preceding Orlando comedy clubs combine comedy with dinner options and plenty of laughter. Other places where comedians often perform are at the House of Blues and Hard Rock Orlando. Most locals and tourists still prefer an Orlando dinner show over a comedy club visit. Usually, the food is better, and the entire family can attend.

You can also find laughs in abundance at most Orlando dinner shows. Read this best list of all Orlando Dinner Shows and pick one. That is, of course, if you are not looking to spend an evening at a comedy club. If a late night or adult-only show is what you’d like to experience, any of these comedy clubs will be great for you.

Best Orlando Dinner Show Option with Plenty of Comedy

Consequently, Capone’s Dinner & Show has one of the funniest improv segments in town. The wise guys and gals are spot on when dealing with guests. Use the coupon or buy your tickets online.  You’ll pay half price! About the same cost as a comedy club/dinner-out combo.

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Now get a smile on your face, giggle between bites and even more, add some comedy in your life!

WWE Event at Mango’s Dinner Show in October

If you enjoy wrestling entertainment and are a fan of “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, the WWE event at Mango’s dinner show is for you. Prepare yourself for leg drops, clotheslines, and cheap shots. This event, being tagged as the “Epic NWO Reunion,” will also feature wrestling superstars Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. The knock out followed by a Q & A session happens Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 12 pm – 3 pm.

In contrast, Mango’s Tropical Café usually has live stage entertainment featuring tributes to Michael Jackson, Selena, Joan Jett and others. Instead, on October 27th, the main event at Mango’s dinner show will showcase WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). A wrestling ring with brawn, sweat, wrestling antics and big personalities will fill the venue. Mango’s Orlando accommodates up to 2,000 guests. Who knows how many fans will show up on this particular afternoon. The venue will no doubt host a cheering crowd. Add to it the venue’s party-like atmosphere and this event is sure to be “2Sweet.”

WWE Event at Mango’s Dinner Show

Hogan will Headline the Event at Mango’s Dinner Show

Hulk Hogan was the WWE’s #1 draw in the world for over a decade. The event at Mango’s Dinner Show will reunite the “iconic New World Order” to the delight of millions of fans around the world. The smackdown will most likely be featured far beyond the International Drive dinner show on the WWE Network.

Furthermore, Hogan was recently reinstated back into the WWE Hall of Fame after a 3-year suspension. Perfect timing to spark life back into WWE’s long-term fans. Speculation gave way to a fevered pitch when Hogan recently tweeted, “October 27th is the biggest day ever, history will be made again in the world of wrestling, 2Sweet HollyWood Hogan 4 Life.” 

Mango’s Tropical Café Attraction

This afternoon entertainment event at Mango’s dinner show is unique. Mango’s Orlando usually features shows Monday through Wednesday at 7 pm. Thursday through Sunday, there are two shows; one at 6 pm and one at 9 pm. While it claims to be family-friendly, if you have children, go to the early show. There are plenty of visuals to keep the young one’s interest even before the adult nightlife atmosphere fully kicks in.

In the future, you can expect to see more concerts and celebrity appearances at this I-Drive attraction area. Hollywood Plaza, an art deco $30M entertainment complex, adjacent to Mango’s Tropical Café, is set to open “soon.” It will feature a rooftop restaurant at 140’ with 25’ vaulted ceilings. Above all, this addition will add more much-needed parking for this nightlife and entertainment experience in Orlando.

Information and Tickets

Mango’s Tropical Café in Orlando opened in 2015. Read our previous post and earlier post. It is located at 8126 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, hours of operation, booking inquiries, menus and more, visit www.mangos.com or call 407-673-4422.

For tickets to the WWE event at Mango’s dinner show, go to hulkhogan.com. General admission tickets are not on sale as of the writing of this post. However, you can sign up and bid on tickets! The top 100 highest bidders will receive VIP tickets that include priority seating, a picture with the wrestlers and more.

In contrast, if ‘skinning the cat’ is not your cat’s meow, there is another Orlando dinner show option just down the road. The gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show does not perform curb stomps, chop blocks or wind-up punches, but it does deliver a great entertainment takedown and an ending that will knock your socks off! Shows are performed nightly* at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available online at half price. Read more about this Orlando dinner show.

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In closing, the wise guys and gals at Capone’s Dinner & Show wish Hogan well. We believe this history-making wrestling event will be a success. May it even be “2Sweet.” Here’s to another signature finishing move!

*Times vary per season. Please confirm on showtimes page.

Magical Dining Month – Great Food – Great Price

Dining out can be considered a treat by just about anyone. During the month of September, dining out can be downright magical! Magical Dining Month is celebrated every year, and the list of great restaurants that participate keeps growing. The event started this year on August 24 and continues through September 30.

Magical Dining Month

This special celebration consists of participating restaurants in Orlando, Kissimmee, in shopping malls/centers as well as several located within Orlando theme park resorts. Each location features at least one three-course, prix fixe dinner for only $35. Many restaurants will advertise what the menu is on their website.

Sometimes, the draw is more about the restaurant itself. The location entices people to take advantage of this deal, regardless of what is being served. Want to check out the new STK Orlando? Now you can, for just $35. How about Seasons 52? Winter Park’s Chez Vincent? Or downtown’s Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel? They all offer a three-course meal for only $35 during the Magical Dining Month event.

You may not think a prix fixe dinner sounds very appealing. Rest assured, the restaurants are going to feature some of their best cuisine for your Magical Dining Month experience. Choices being devoured at a plethora of restaurants include steak, seafood, sushi, Italian, Caribbean, Latin, American favorites and more. There are so many restaurants, you’d have to eat out at least twice a day. You still would not fit them all in within the month of September!

Magical Dining Month Participation

You do not need a special membership or card to receive this deal. Simply select the participating restaurant, make a reservation (or call the restaurant), and ask your server for the Magical Menu when you arrive. Then enjoy! For an easy-to-find list of participating restaurants, check out Visit Orlando’s website.

After your meal, you’ll leave with a full tummy and a warmth knowing that one dollar from each meal is donated to this years’ charity partner Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. Go ahead. Indulge your inner gourmet with an appetizer, entree and dessert at a variety of trendy bistros and upscale dining destinations. At the end of September, you’ll be happy to have had the opportunity to eat out in such a magical way.

Capone’s Dinner & Show would like to remind families that our price is hard to beat. Adults are only $34.99 and children are $22.99 every day of the year when you purchase your tickets online. This includes the show, a delicious dinner buffet and drinks! During this time of the year, our show begins at 7:30 p.m. and is wrapping up within a couple of hours. It’s a great time to dine magically in Orlando and experience Capone’s Dinner & Show!

Best Restaurants in Orlando

When you’re in Orlando delicious eats are always within easy reach. From fast food chains and Disney-inspired dining to celebrity chefs serving up world-class cuisine, there are options to suit every taste and budget. Many visitors and residents are always on the lookout for the best restaurants in Orlando.

cheers to the best restaurants in Orlando

First of all, if you’re looking for the best restaurants in Orlando, check out this guide to the top 10 produced by Top Villas.

Rocco’s Tacos, West Sand Lake Road

This buzzing Mexican restaurant serves up authentic dishes and snacks, plus more than 400 varieties of tequila. Rocco’s Tacos also has an impressive margarita menu with a unique sour mix that’s made onsite. Additionally, the expansive menu includes all the traditional Mexican favorites – tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and burritos. You’ve got to order the guacamole too! It’s prepared tableside and can be customized as spicy as you like. One of the most popular restaurants on Orlando’s Restaurant Row, Rocco’s Tacos also boasts an after-midnight menu of snacks, cocktails and tequila shots.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, West Sand Lake Road

This elegant fine-dining restaurant offers an impressive seafood and steak menu, plus a cocktail lounge playing live jazz every night. Chefs expertly prepare the food and bartenders pour the cocktails with precision. The musical lineup features some of the best local and national artists around. This restaurant is situated near Big Sand Lake and Plaza Venezia. Eddie V’s serves up fresh seafood such as raw oysters and Pacific Ahi Tuna, and steaks hand-cut from the finest, specialty-aged beef available. The venue offers an extensive wine menu curated by the in-house sommelier. You can also enjoy hand-crafted cocktails in the V Lounge during happy hour, or before or after dinner.

Victoria & Albert’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Furthermore, no list of restaurants in Orlando would be complete without mentioning its most famous Disney dining spot. Victoria & Albert’s is an upmarket restaurant offering haute American cuisine in sophisticated, Victorian-style environs. Two prestigious awards have just been bestowed upon the venue. These awards include the AAA Five Diamond Award (for the 18th time) and the coveted 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award. Every night, the restaurant offers a selection of unique dining experiences including the highly sought-after Chef’s Table option. As a result, guests get an exclusive look at their dishes being crafted by executive Chef Scott Hunnel and his culinary team.

The Melting Pot, West Sand Lake Road

This popular fondue restaurant in southwest Orlando’s Dr. Phillips neighborhood has just undergone a major renovation. It now has an extended amount of seating as well as a digital photo booth and a new bar offering custom cocktails and tech charging stations. Creamy cheese fondues are prepared tableside and served with artisan breads and seasonal vegetables for dipping. The menu also features entrees, salads and plenty of chocolate fondue options, including ‘Create Your Own’ melted with Disaronno, Baileys or Grand Marnier. Yummy!

Capone’s, Highway 192

Of course, we feel Capone’s Dinner & Show is one of the best restaurants in Orlando. However, many people don’t think of it as a restaurant due to the entertainment/show factor. If you are looking for something different, be sure to check this “joint” out. Knock three times, give the secret password and enter this kooky gangster-themed dinner show. It is located on the Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, just south of Orlando. Capone’s features a 1930s gangland Chicago-themed show plus a delicious Italian/American buffet. Dinner consists of a selection of hot meats, a salad bar, a yummy dessert and unlimited soft and alcoholic drinks. A toe-tapping musical production complete with stand-up comedy will entertain you. The cast offers plenty of audience participation and tongue-in-cheek gangster action. What’s more, if you book online you’ll get 50% off.

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Other Best Restaurants in Orlando include:

AyothayaAlso on West Sand Lake Road. This stylish Thai restaurant boasts a family-friendly atmosphere and an extensive oriental menu featuring classic Thai dishes and house specials.

BravoThis upscale, Italian restaurant is located on Via Dellagio Way. It serves an array of pasta, grilled meats, pizzas and cocktails against a Roman-themed backdrop. Bravo offers meal deals, a takeaway service and low-calorie options.

Manny’s Original ChophouseA lively, family-friendly eatery serving steaks, chops, chicken and salads. Located on US Highway 27, this restaurant offers good food at low prices.

Chatham’s PlaceA cozy, continental restaurant situated just steps from Restaurant Row. Loved by locals and visitors alike, Chatham’s Place serves tasty local produce straight from the chef’s garden.

ColumbiaColumbia in the town of Celebration serves tasty Spanish/Cuban cuisine such as tapas, paella, grilled meats and casseroles. Be sure to visit the onsite gift shop for a selection of souvenirs, drinks and cigars.


Finally, you don’t have to dine out to eat well in Orlando. Stay in a Top Villas vacation home and you can have delicious meals prepared for you by a private chef. Invite some guests over and one of the best restaurants in Orlando could very well be your villa!

Top Villas offers family-friendly accommodation at great prices in all of the best resorts near Disney World. Additionally, the dedicated concierge team can arrange any added extras you need such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

You can check out the full range of Orlando vacation homes here.

 

 

Frontera Cocina Restaurant

Disney Springs recently opened the new Frontera Cocina restaurant by Chef Rick Bayless. While there are plenty of Kissimmee restaurants serving Mexican cuisine, this new dining option in Lake Buena Vista offers gourmet Mexican fare. There are traditional items on the menu, but like the new surroundings in the beautiful new Town Center in Disney Springs, be prepared for a contemporary experience.

Frontera Cocina Interior

The restaurant itself has a very contemporary and lively look. There are different sections within this new Lake Buena Vista restaurant. The section with the open kitchen is framed with black and festive warm colors, while the bistro/bar area is highlighted with brighter blue, white and cool gray colors. There are three main dining areas and additional seating outside. Various shades of back-lit tequila bottles line the walls and add to an overall contemporary look.

Interior Frontera Cocina

Chef Rick Bayless has been perfecting his Frontera franchise since 1981 when he opened a restaurant in Chicago. Since then he has opened several award-winning restaurants under various brands. He is best known for winning the “Top Chef Masters” award on television. Moving on to host his own show “Mexico – One Plate at a Time,” Bayless offers unmatched insight into Mexican cuisine.

Frontera Cocina Menu

The menu at Frontera Concina features many dishes that will appeal to many diners. However, there are several dishes that will surprise you. Along with Carne Asada, Carnitas and other traditional Mexican dishes, there are dishes listed on the menu that are not so traditional. How about some Shrimp Mojo de Ajo? Queso Añejo Mashed Potatoes? These are the dishes you’d expect from a gourmet restaurant. Far from ordinary.

For the heat-loving diner, as in spicy, there are dishes that offer a good kick. Habanera peppers are used to provide an authentic experience which is missing in many Kissimmee restaurants that feature Mexican cuisine. If you like it hot, try the Atomic Guacamole. To cool your taste buds, save room for dessert. These dishes too are out of the ordinary.

Exterior photo of Frontera CocinaFast Food Option

If you want a quick sample, try the walk-up window. You can order tacos, chips with guacamole and a delicious margarita or cerveza. The small outdoor seating in the patio area is nice and will be a great place for outdoor dining once the summer temperatures subside.

This new Buena Vista restaurant is open Sunday – Wednesday from 11am to 10pm; Thursday – Saturday from 11am to 10:45pm and the bar is open Sunday – Wednesday from 11am to 11pm and Thursday – Saturday from 11am to 1am. Reservations are not mandatory, however, you can make them through the Disney reservation system. For information about Frontera Cocina call 407-560-9197.

If you don’t care for Mexican cuisine, but love Italian and American food (and loads of it), make reservations to visit Capone’s Dinner & Show. It is just a short drive from Lake Buena Vista’s Disney Springs and offers a hilarious show.  This Kissimmee restaurant attraction features a delicious buffet with drinks included. Call 407-397-2378 for more information and to reserve your seats at half price.