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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 23 and continues through September 30, 2019.

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 cuisines 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 one or more local charities. This year 12 different charities will benefit from Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining. 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.



Disney Dining Updates & Kissimmee Restaurant News

There have been some recent updates when it comes to Disney Dining and Kissimmee restaurants. Most of the focus is on the menu. Like Capone’s Dinner & Show, the menu is constantly monitored for quality, freshness and consistency. Food items must also follow the public’s eating trends. That’s why Capone’s added a salad bar, meat carving station and pizza a few years ago. The guests love it!

What’s trending these days in the theme parks and area chain restaurants? For starters, what is taken off the menu is often as important as what is put on the menu. Just as Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins will be cutting salt, sugar and calories in their menu items over the next two years, many new restaurants are removing additives from ingredients used in their menu items, and also introducing healthier dishes.

Amphicar at The Boathouse

Guests go for a ride in a Captain-guided tour aboard an Amphicar. If planning to dine at the new Lake Buena Vista restaurant – The Boathouse – be sure to include this adventure. (photo by Matt Stroshane)

New food and beverage offerings available at Downtown Disney’s new restaurants, The Boathouse, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Dockside Margaritas provide healthier choices for diners in the Lake Buena Vista area. The world-famous Dole Whip is being served at the Pineapple Lanai which goes nicely with the Polynesian-themed dishes and tiki cocktails at these new restaurants.

Walt Disney World Resorts is also offering new allergy-friendly menus to many of its quick-service and table-service locations. The new menus provide allergen content for each menu item, allowing guests to make informed choices on what to eat. From appetizers to entrees and desserts, common allergens such as gluten/wheat, milk, peanuts, tree nuts and fish are noted.

Later this month, the Harambe Market is set to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It will provide park guests with a taste of African-inspired street food. Two of the most noted venues are Kitamu Grill and Chef Mwanga’s. Kitamu Grill will feature skewered chicken and a kabob flatbread sandwich. Chef Mwanga’s will be serving up a spice-rubbed karubi rib with green papaya-carrot slaw. These new food items are sure to be intriquing enough for guests to try out.

Mini FrappuccinoIf you are watching your diet using portion control, you’ll be happy to know that those delicious Frappuccino’s at Starbucks are now offered in a smaller portion. Recently Starbucks Corp. debuted a new 10-ounce “Mini” size to its Frappuccino line in response to customer requests. The size is smaller than the 12-ounce “Tall,” which was previously the smallest size on the menu. It will save you about 60 calories, 12 grams of sugar and about 20 to 30 cents. However, this smaller size is only available through July 6.

It is difficult to be on a diet when spending an evening with the gang at Capone’s. The delicious dinner buffet is filled with American and Italian favorites. Take smaller portions of your favorites or skip the buffet line and enjoy the fresh salad bar. Better yet, just go all-out and eat what you please. An evening at this Kissimmee dinner show is a treat. You can go back on your diet tomorrow.

Bon Appetit!

Successful Recipe: Capone’s Beverage Program

As a way to keep up with Kissimmee restaurants and restaurants in Orlando (and the industry in general), I came across an article by David Flaherty, the Beer & Spirits Director at Hearth Restaurant and the Terroir wine bars in New York. He listed 5 elements of a profitable beverage program. This got my attention, since one of the reasons for success at Capone’s Dinner & Show has been in part due to the beverage program.

Four Deuces Lounge successful beverage program

What are the 5 elements? Would Capone’s meet the elements an expert would deem neccessary for success? Here are the points he shared in his article:

      1. A great team
      2. Balance
      3. A moving target
      4. Systems
      5. Competition

I’m happy to report Capone’s Dinner & Show is a perfect match for his recipe. Here are the reasons, and the way I see it:

Number 1 – A great team. CHECK! Capone’s strong staff is evident by the number of servers that have worked here year after year. These mobsters are confident, well-trained and thoroughly educated in the beverages served every evening at this Orlando attraction. Their enthusiasm and passion shine with each guest served. As the Danny Meyer philosophy states “Put your employees first. If they are motivated, inspired and confident, the bottom line takes care of itself.”

Number 2 – Balance. CHECK! If you sneak up to the Four Deuces Lounge, Capone’s Dinner & Show’s pre-show bar, the items stocked there are definitely linked to the speakeasy concept and create plenty of balance for the bar. The skilled beverage professionals have put together a selection of products that span a wide range of the guests’ preferences. Although there a not hundreds of types of drinks served, the beverage menu covers guests’ need quite efficiently.

Number 3 – A moving target. CHECK! No, he isn’t talking about taking out a guest with one of the Tommy Guns during the hilarious show! A good beverage program needs to be moving through the majority of its product regularly.  No problem with that. Unlimited drinks is not only a good value for guests at Capone’s, it also keeps the stock moving.

Number 4 – Systems. CHECK! How the equipment and beverages are organized is vital to a successful beverage program. Big Al runs a tight ship, and the staff at Capone’s Dinner & Show will not over pour drinks or serve sloppy cocktails. Like a well-oiled machine, the bar service runs great. Very seldom do you have to wait and wait for a drink.

Number 5 – Competition. CHECK! One of the reasons the drink menu is so extensive (when compared to other dinner shows) at Capone’s is due to evaluating the competition. No other Orlando dinner shows offers as many beverages (free of charge) included in the ticket. The drink menu lists over 15 different beverages. Some experimentation has been done over the years, adding products and changing it up some. I think it is a pretty good formula.

Now that you’ve read what an expert thinks is key to a successful beverage program, feel free to comment. What drinks would you like to see offered at Capone’s Dinner & Show? What did you think about your beverage service? Along with Capone’s spectacular dinner buffet and half-price tickets, this dinner show is definitely something you should CHECK off your list of fun things to do in Orlando!

Restaurant Attractions: Capone’s is Here to Stay!

It’s not easy being an attraction AND a restaurant, however, Capone’s Dinner & Show proves it can be done. Showing stamina within both categories, this Kissimmee restaurant and Central Florida attraction has withstood the test of time for over 20 years. As a dinner theater, you have several elements that need to be good to be successful, including your show (to be an attraction), and your food (to be a restaurant).

Many dinner shows have come and gone, including the recent closing of Arabian Nights, a show that only made it about one year Rat Pack & Friends, and the not-so-recent closing of Dolly Partin’s Dixieland Stampede. Two new smaller Orlando dinner shows have opened fairly recently. They include Treasure Tavern (adults only) and an unusual one called Manor Professional Wrestling Dinner Theater. Time will only tell if they have both, a great show and food, to have any longevity.

Kissimmee Restaurants

Then you have the Kissimmee restaurants that have opened and closed recently, which are far too numerous to list. If you travel along Hwy. 192 or along I-Drive, it seems the Orlando & Kissimmee restaurants and businesses change on a regular basis. Just recently a new Chuy’s opened at I-Shops (intersection of Sand Lake Road and I-Drive). Hopefully, the decision to add this Texas-based chain restaurant was supported by the success of their existing Kissimmee restaurant on Hwy. 192.

There are also themed dining restaurants within the Orlando attractions that have come and gone. You can read about several restaurants coming to Universal Studios in one of our earlier posts. Speaking of Universal, it is also noteworthy to mention Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, within Loews Royal Pacific Resort, will be undergoing several enhancements – including a new chef, manager, lunch & dinner menus and expanded offerings in the sushi bar. They are one of only two Orlando restaurants that feature cuisine prepared in a Robata Grill, and have been at it for over a decade!

Themed restaurant Kouzzina by Cat Cora

Kouzzina by Cat Cora®, located at Disney’s BoardWalk is set to close later this year.

Disney will also have its share of themed restaurants opening and closing. We just recently heard the announcement that Kouzzina by Cat Cora® at Disney’s Boardwalk will be closing after September 30th this year. It was open for five years, and celebrity chef Cat Cora (Food Network’s Iron Chef America) created a great experience for numerous families that dined at this Walt Disney World Resort restaurant. There have been no announcements as to what will replace Kouzinna. Other Disney BoardWalk restaurants that remain open include Big River Grille & Brewing Works, ESPN Club and the Flying Fish Cafe as well as several other smaller eateries.

Long-running Kissimmee Dinner Show

With Tommy Guns in tow, the gangsters at Capone’s Dinner & Show will continue to defend their turf in the mix of Kissimmee restaurants and Orlando attractions. The wise guys (and dames) seem to have it figured out. If you’ve never experienced this Orlando attraction, and are looking for a great Kissimmee restaurant, their value-based dinner show is definitely worth a visit. Step back in time, and “don’ worry ‘bout” the restaurants and attractions that will come and go. Just enjoy the show & food – Big Al is here to stay!