Vegetarians Rejoice! Dishes to Enjoy During Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® Month

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You’ll be surprised to know that more than 20 top restaurants offer delicious vegetarian entrees during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® Month – all for a great price, too!

By Gabriella Marin

With Orlando’s growing gastronomy scene, it’s no wonder Visit
Orlando’s Magical Dining® Month sponsored by American Express® attracts
thousands to taste food from some of the destination’s finest restaurants. For
only $35 per person, diners get the opportunity to feast on a delicious three-course
meal – an amazing value, without a doubt.

Visitors and locals looking for meat-free options will
not want to miss the many vegetarian dishes offered on this year’s menus at more
than 20 of the 114
participating restaurants
, located in seven districts
throughout Central Florida:

  • Disney
    and Lake Buena Vista
  • International
  • “Restaurant
    Row” on Sand Lake Road
  • Universal
    Orlando Resort
  • Downtown
  • Winter
  • A Short
    Drive from the Attractions

Here’s the scoop!


Penne Rigate at
Il Mulino

Disney and Lake Buena Vista

American Kitchen
Bar & Grill

Vegetarians dining at the cozy American
inside B Resort & Spa can enjoy the Summer Squash & Sweet Pea Vegetable Rigati. Created with
zucchini puree and heirloom tomato, then topped with shaved Parmesan and
toasted pine nuts, this dish is definitely one I’m excited to try myself!

Il Mulino

Walt Disney World Swan Resort’s Il
offers the Penne Rigate,
served with the restaurant’s original marinara sauce and ricotta cheese. Those
dining on Friday and Saturday evenings can enjoy live musical entertainment as

Jiko – The Cooking

Scents of African-inspired dishes fill the air at Jiko
inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Vegetarians can savor the West African Koki Corn, served with
mushrooms, poblano-tomatillo purée and roasted red pepper sauce.


Vegetable Paella at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

International Drive

Ciao Italia
Ristorante Italiano

The family-owned Ciao
Italia Ristorante
not only serves delicious Italian cuisine, but also
offers the vegetarian Rigatoni alla
entrée on their Magical Dining® menu. This rigatoni pasta dish is
served with eggplant, sundried tomatoes and Bufala mozzarella in a light tomato

Copper Canyon

Located at Pointe Orlando in the heart of International
Drive, Copper
Canyon Grill
offers veggie eaters the Chef’s
Vegetable Creation
. Inspired by the season’s freshest ingredients, this may
be one not to miss!

Cuba Libre
Restaurant & Rum Bar

Those in the mood for a little taste of Latin flavor can
head to Cuba
for the Grilled Vegetable
served with broccolini, zucchini, cauliflower, leeks, eggplant, wild
mushrooms, artichoke hearts, saffron long grain rice, asparagus and roasted
piquillo pepper salad.

Itta Bena

The Stuffed
Portobello Mushroom
at Itta
on International Drive’s Pointe Orlando gives a taste of southern
cuisine. The dish is served with basil pesto rice, red bell peppers and sautéed
green beans.

Tapa Toro

Located in the middle of the action and fun of I-Drive
360, Tapa
, which serves Spanish- and Portuguese-inspired cuisine, is happy to
prepare a vegetarian entrée for non-meat eaters as part of their Magical
Dining® menu.


Fagottini alla Pera at Christini’s Ristorante Italiano

Sand Lake Road; aka Restaurant Row

Ristorante Italiano

The elegance of Christini’s
brings Old Italian charm to Dr. Phillips’ Restaurant Row. And
vegetarians looking to try something a little different can try the Fagottini alla Pera – a pasta purse
stuffed with pears in a Gorgonzola cream sauce.

The Melting Pot of

Known for its infamous fondue concept, The
Melting Pot
Orlando location will offer Good
Earth Vegetarian
as part of this year’s event menu. With edamame, artichoke
hearts, Portobello mushrooms, asparagus, Thai peanut tofu, spinach- and
artichoke-stuffed ravioli and wild mushroom sacchetti, this dish is sure to
satisfy both vegetarians and veggie lovers.


Spaghetti alla Chitarra at BiCE Ristorante

Universal Orlando Resort

BiCE Ristorante

Located in the
Italian-inspired Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, BiCE Ristorante offers the Spaghetti
alla Chitarra con Pesto di Basilico, Pinoli e Porri Fritti
, which translates
to: homemade spaghetti chitarra with basil pesto, pine nuts, Parmigiano and
fried leeks. Delizioso!

Mama Della’s

Also at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is Mama
, offering an authentic Italian dining experience complete with
strolling musicians to accompany your meal. Vegetarians will be excited to note
that the restaurant offers the Eggplant
complete with broccolini and fresh tomatoes, as part of their
Magical Dining® menu.


Spaghetti Squash at Artisan’s Table

Downtown Orlando

Artisan’s Table

Just as the name suggests, Artisan’s
not only offers dishes with the freshest ingredients, but its décor
features artisan-made furniture and art throughout. Veggie eaters will be able
to enjoy the casual atmosphere during Magical Dining® Month as they savor the Roasted Spaghetti Squash, served with
asiago, roasted garlic, kale, olives and tomatoes.

Maxine’s on Shine

The intimate setting and delicious eats of Maxine’s
on Shine
attracts both locals and tourists alike. Ask your server for the Chef Select Vegetarian dish, which is
part of their Magical Dining® menu.


The name may be deceiving, but the Chicken-Fried Cauliflower “Steak” is Soco‘s
vegetarian option for non-meat eaters. Served with asparagus, artichoke, garlic
mashed potatoes and vine ripe tomato gravy, this dish is best enjoyed on the
outdoor patio overlooking the cobblestone streets and action of the Thornton
Park neighborhood.


Wild Mushroom
Ravioli at Hamilton’s Kitchen

Passport Winter Park)

Winter Park

Hamilton’s Kitchen

Located inside The Alfond Inn in historic Winter Park,
just 20 minutes North of Orlando, Hamilton’s
will delight their vegetarian guests with their Wild Mushroom Ravioli, prepared with
herb pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, grilled focaccia and shaved Parmesan.

Luma on Park

If pumpkin-flavored anything sounds good, veggie eaters
will love Luma
on Park
‘s Seminole Pumpkin Ravioli,
created with brown butter, Brentwood corn, ricotta salata and pepita granola.
Choose to sit out on the patio for a scenic view of cobblestoned Park Avenue.

The Ravenous Pig

James Beard-nominated Chefs James and Julie Petrakis of The
Ravenous Pig
will offer their House
Made Tagliatelle Pasta
with seasonal vegetables on their Magical Dining®
menu. Yum!


Vegetables w/ Cashew “Cream” at 1921
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by James Beard Award-winning Chef Norman Van Aken features a museum dining room
with unique pieces and artwork on the walls. Located in the historic community
of Mount Dora, just 30 minutes from Orlando, the restaurant offers vegetarians
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