Popular dining program returns for six weeks with new presenting sponsor, sustainability focused charity and 25 new restaurants    

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 9, 2024) – Celebrating its 19th season, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining presented by Orlando Health returns this fall from Aug. 16 through Sept. 30 with a record 152 restaurants, including 25 new restaurants and nine recognized by the MICHELIN Guide. Restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe menus for either $40 or $60, continuing the tiered menu system introduced in 2023 throughout the six-week run.  

Menus are now live at the new OrlandoMagicalDining.com, one of eight recently revamped Visit Orlando websites. Diners can book reservations, filter by area or even specific neighborhoods, menu tiers, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dietary preferences. New to the website, diners can find arts and cultural events curated by United Arts of Central Florida for a well-rounded night out or find deals to enhance their experience with an affordable overnight stay. Additional menus and hotel deals will be added in the coming weeks.   

“With record participation for 2024, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining continues to shine a spotlight on Orlando’s vibrant and expanding culinary scene, offers diners delicious meals at even better prices and, best of all, benefits a local charity,” said Casandra Matej, president & CEO of Visit Orlando. “As we celebrate our 19th season, we are pleased to welcome Orlando Health as our presenting sponsor, and we look forward to our community coming together to support this year’s charity recipient, The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, a fantastic organization focused on community sustainability.” 

Orlando Health will serve as the presenting sponsor for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining program through a multiyear deal. This builds on the current health and wellness partnership between Visit Orlando and Orlando Health, which commits to healthy travel and offers high-quality, health-related options and medical services for visitors to the destination. 

"Magical Dining is beloved by not only our local community but also by visitors from all over who come to experience Orlando," said Erick Hawkins, chief administrative officer, Orlando Health, and Visit Orlando board member. "As the Official Health and Wellness Partner of Visit Orlando, we're thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of a program that not only supports our city but also gives back to fantastic local charity partners. This new element of our partnership propels forward our mission of caring for and about our community." 

New and Noteworthy Restaurants for 2024 

  • Adega Gaucha — Kissimmee ($40) 
  • Armando’s — College Park ($40) 
  • Armando’s — Lake Nona ($40) 
  • Armando’s — Winter Park ($40) 
  • Braccia Ristorante ($40) 
  • Chayote Barrio Kitchen ($60) 
  • Chef’s Table at The Edgewater ($60) 
  • Chima Steakhouse ($60) 
  • Citrus Club ($40) 
  • Crocante Restaurant + Bar ($40) 
  • Cru Quarters at The Mayflower ($40) 
  • F&D Prime Modern Steakhouse ($60) 
  • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill ($40) 
  • Helena Modern Riviera ($40) 
  • Nami ($60) 
  • Norman’s Orlando ($60) 
  • Pine & Oak Tavern ($40) 
  • Sophia’s Trattoria ($40) 
  • Summer House on the Lake ($40) 
  • Trabucco ($40) 
  • Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando ($40) 
  • Twin View Restaurant at Evermore Resort ($60) 
  • Wine 4 Oysters Bar and Bites — East Orlando ($40) 
  • Wine 4 Oysters Bar and Bites — West Orlando ($40) 
  • Yamasan Sushi and Grill ($40) 

Nine participating restaurants are featured in the MICHELIN Guide: 

  • AVA MediterrAegean ($60 - Recommended) 
  • BACAN ($60 - Recommended) 
  • Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen ($60 - Recommended) 
  • Kabooki Sushi (East Colonial location) ($40 - Recommended) 
  • Maxine’s on Shine ($40 - Recommended) 
  • Ravello ($60 - Recommended) 
  • The Pinery ($40 - Recommended) 
  • The Ravenous Pig ($40 - Bib Gourmand)  
  • Z Asian Vietnamese Kitchen ($40 - Bib Gourmand) 

Dine for a Cause  

Each year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining selects nonprofit organizations that make an impact on the Orlando community as charity beneficiaries, with $1 for each $40 meal and $2 for each $60 meal going toward the organization. This year’s beneficiary is The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, focused on helping residents and families recover from hardships while minimizing environmental impact. 

In addition to providing household items for reuse, The Mustard Seed recycles unusable items to create a more sustainable community. Since 2011, their innovative recycling program has deconstructed over 160,000 mattresses, repurposing components and diverting nearly 4 million cubic feet of waste from landfills, significantly reducing environmental impact.   

"We are excited to be the beneficiary of Visit Orlando's Magical Dining program,” said Kathy Baldwin, Executive Director, The Mustard Seed of Central Florida. “These funds will help us serve more clients in need of basic furniture for stability. Thank you for supporting a sustainable future for Florida." 

Visit Orlando will also award a $3,000 donation to one local nonprofit that offers impactful approaches to creating thriving and sustainable communities in each of Orange County’s six commission districts. 

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining has raised more than $2.5 million for local organizations since 2009. Last year, the program donated $269,272 to charities supporting survivors of abuse in Central Florida, including organizations addressing human trafficking. With the funds raised, The Lifeboat Project hired a case manager, purchased vehicles for transportation services, and began constructing a safe house. 

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About Orlando Health  

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $9.6 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.  

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for Central Florida’s only pediatric and adult Level I Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level II Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of one of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care units, one of the only systems in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health has pioneered life-changing medical research and its Graduate Medical Education program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows.  

The 3,487-bed system includes 17 hospitals, 10 free-standing emergency rooms and nine Hospital Care at Home programs. An additional four hospitals and six free-standing emergency rooms are coming soon. The system also includes 10 specialty institutes, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 375 outpatient facilities that include physician clinics, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. More than 4,950 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 29,000 team members and more than 1,500 physicians.  

In FY 23, Orlando Health cared for 197,000 inpatients and 6.6 million outpatients.  The healthcare system provided nearly $1.3 billion in total impact to the communities it serves in the form of community benefit programs and services, Medicare shortfalls, bad debt, community-building activities and capital investments in FY 22, the most recent period for which this information is available. 

Additional information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or X (formerly known as Twitter).  

About Visit Orlando    

Visit Orlando is The Official Tourism Association® for Orlando, the most visited destination in the United States, Theme Park Capital of the World® and No. 1 meeting destination in the country. A not-for-profit trade association that brands, markets and sells the Orlando destination globally, we represent more than 1,500 member companies comprising every segment of Central Florida’s tourism community. 

Visit Orlando connects consumers and business groups with all facets of Orlando’s travel community, whether for a vacation or meeting. Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks — as well as refreshing water parks, nature and outdoor adventures, vibrant neighborhoods, a dynamic dining scene with Michelin-recognized restaurants, and a robust calendar of entertainment and sports events — Orlando is a diverse, welcoming and inclusive community for all travelers. Find more information at VisitOrlando.com, VisitOrlando.org or OrlandoMeeting.com. 

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