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Fun Restaurants in Orlando
Orlando is noted for its theme parks, but there are plenty of fun restaurants in Orlando where you can have a great time while dining. There are places lined with eclectic artwork, spots where your servers serenade you, fondue restaurants, magic, and even an eatery with dancing on the tables.
Have you ever imagined people in a restaurant literally dancing on the tables? You might just see that happen if you visit Taverna Opa at Pointe Orlando in the International Drive area. Pointe Orlando is a popular Orlando shopping area and entertainment complex, with movie theaters and restaurants, and Taverna Opa is perhaps the most fun out of all the dining options there. You'll be entertained by a belly dancer as you enjoy Greek specialties like saganaki, which is cheese flamed right at your table, lamb, lemon chicken, or a gyros platter. Watch out because napkins literally rain down from the ceiling when the party gets going. As the hour grows late, the DJ comes out to spin top 40s hits, along with Greek and Spanish music. Be prepared to pay for parking if you drive to the restaurant and park in the Pointe Orlando garage.
Cafe Tu Tu Tango
Cafe Tu Tu Tango is on the quieter end of International Drive, heading toward the Orange County Convention Center. You'll marvel at all the paintings and artwork done by local artisans as soon as you step in the door, and you might even luck into seeing an artist at work right in the restaurant. If you're wondering where to buy Orlando souvenirs with a unique flavor, this is the spot. If something catches your fancy, ask the price because the artwork is all for sale. Cafe Tu Tu Tango is a fun place to come with a group of people because virtually all of its menu items are tapas. They're samplers meant for sharing so you can get together with family and friends and try a wide variety of the intriguing fusion menu items. This restaurant has its own parking lot, so you won't have to pay for parking if you drive.
Outta Control Comedy Magic Show
The Outta Control Comedy Magic Show restaurant is located in the WonderWorks building on International Drive. It's a family friendly activity because pizza is the main menu item, which delights just about any kid, while Mom and Dad will appreciate the included wine. As you munch on your meal, which also includes salad, soda, and dessert, you'll witness a hilarious magic performance. Seating is first-come, first-served, so get there early for the best view. Just beware, because if you're in the front (or even if you're in the back), you might get picked to be part of the show. You'll most likely have to pay for parking if you drive to this show.
The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot is on Sand Lake Road, near the Universal parks. It's a wonderfully unique experience because you make your own fondue right at your table. The cheese and chocolate are the two best meal courses, but the main courses are also tasty and you get to choose whether you want to deep fry the food or cook it in a healthier and very tasty broth. It's a great spot to have dinner after a busy day at Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure, since it's right down the road. Kids get a big kick out of cooking their own food on fondue forks and coating goodies like strawberries and marshmallows in hot, drippy chocolate.
Joe's Crab Shack
Joe's Crab Shack is a seafood restaurant chain, so there are several locations around Orlando, including eateries near the Disney parks, Downtown Disney, and Celebration. You might think your meal is starting off as a quiet, laid-back experience until a disco ball on the ceiling starts to spin and all of the servers suddenly form a line-up and launch into a song and dance routine. It's a place where you can let loose and get a little loud, and be sure to check out the souvenir shop on your way out. If you have to wait for a table, there's a playground so the kids won't get bored.