Get the Pointe?
Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Dr. (tel. 407/248-2838; www.pointeorlando.com), has evolved, thanks to a multimillion-dollar redevelopment a few years ago, into an upscale collection of outdoor shops and trendy eateries. In addition to the restaurants already listed in this guide, there are others here worth noting, including:
- Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (tel. 407/226-2481; www.cubalibrerestaurant.com). This exotic addition to the lineup of upscale eateries located at Pointe Orlando features contemporary Cuban cuisine, lively Latin music, professional salsa floorshows, and an open-air tropical ambience with outdoor dining -- and did I mention the extensive rum selection?
- Capital Grille (tel. 407/370-4392; www.capitalgrille.com). The menu at this reputable establishment is filled with tempting appetizers, dry-aged steaks, hand-carved chops, fresh seafood, and decadent desserts. An extensive wine list (400-plus selections) and impeccable service are two other hallmarks. Discerning diners will appreciate not only a mouthwatering meal (with options that include a dry-aged sirloin rubbed with black peppercorns and served in a rich cognac cream-and-peppercorn sauce), but also the relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere.
- Maggiano's Little Italy (tel. 407/241-8650; www.maggianos.com). You'll find a taste of New York's Little Italy, Chicago's Taylor Street, Boston's North End, and South Philly on Maggiano's menu. It's filled with authentic home-cooked Italian fare, including such specialties as lobster ravioli, braised beef cannelloni (with Asiago and Parmesan cheeses), and chicken cacciatore. The warm and inviting atmosphere is casual and relaxed, making you feel as if you've stepped into the neighborhood Italian kitchen.
- Copper Canyon Grill (tel. 407/363-3933; www.ccgrill.com). The Southwest-inspired decor spills over to the menu, with specialties that range from fire-grilled chicken to smoked Atlantic salmon. Comfort foods (with a creative culinary twist), hearty salads, and a selection of steak and seafood are the norm at this casual yet upscale eatery. Portions are large and filling, so come hungry.
- Tommy Bahama's Tropical Café & Emporium (tel. 321/281-5888; www.tommybahama.com). The eclectic yet elegant decor here invokes thoughts of the Pacific Rim, with accents of bamboo, palm leaves, beads, and island-inspired artwork lining the walls. Those looking for fresh seafood won't be disappointed by signature dishes such as macadamia-encrusted pink snapper or sautéed jumbo shrimp and scallops in a curry-coconut sauce. If you prefer to dine outdoors, the patio is the place to be -- and thanks to a partition, you'll be able to enjoy a bit of privacy along with your meal.
- Taverna Opa (tel. 407/351-8660; www.opaorlando.com). Diners will appreciate the authentic Greek fare, casual atmosphere, and down-to-earth prices here. For a more celebratory experience, head to Taverna later in the evening, when a far more festive atmosphere prevails as plate breaking and napkin throwing are common occurrences.
- B.B. King's Blues Club (tel. 407/370-4550; www.bbkingclubs.com). Southern cuisine, ranging from barbecued ribs to Carolina glazed salmon, is served amid live music and four full-service bars. An inviting open-air patio allows for outdoor dining.
Note: Additional restaurants, other than the ones listed above, have opened at Pointe Orlando in recent months -- including the Funky Monkey Wine Company (tel. 407/418-9463; www.funkymonkeywine.com), with its eclectic menu of Asian-American dishes served up alongside a vast selection of wines, and Fat Fish Blue (407/480-2000; www.orlandofatfishblue.com), featuring live entertainment and casual American fare with a New Orleans twist. Be sure to check out www.pointeorlando.com before your visit for up-to-the-minute developments.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.