Best Restaurants to Host an Orlando Friendsgiving Celebration


The time of year has come to plan holiday gatherings, both with family and your closest friends! Hosting a Friendsgiving celebration is a fantastic way to bring your friends together and enjoy a great meal and conversation. Below you'll find our top choices of local restaurants to host your Orlando Friendsgiving.

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Restaurants to Host an Orlando Friendsgiving Celebration

These Orlando Friendsgiving ideas include private dining rooms in some of Orlando's most well-known restaurants to luxury resorts that attract visitors from all over the world.

Private Dining at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin 

1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista
At the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts, there are several options for private dining in their award-winning restaurants.

  • Shula's Steak House
  • Todd English's Bluezoo
  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
  • Kimonos
  • Amare

Our personal favorites are Todd English's Bluezoo (one of the underrated restaurants at Walt Disney World) and Amare at the gorgeous new Swan Reserve.

Amare | Image credit: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin


Highball & Harvest at Grande Lakes Orlando

4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando
We love Highball & Harvest for its vibrant dining experience with a simple minimal aesthetic. There are multiple ways to enjoy private group dining for Friendsgiving or other occasions.

  • Fountain Courtyard – Enjoy a reception-style event on our casual front porch.
  • Large Private Dining – Discover the modern approach of Southern-inspired dishes in a stylish private dining room. Seats up to 50 guests.
  • Small Private Room – Ideal for small groups of up to 30 people, the small private dining room is a warm and inviting atmosphere for intimate events.
  • Outdoor Terrace –  Beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking The Ritz-Carlton's Lake. Seats up to 50 guests

Whisper Creek Farm at Grande Lakes Orlando

4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando
Amid the 500-acre estate of Orlando’s Grande Lakes, Whisper Creek Farm is a celebration of simpler times when land was farmed, ingredients were fresh and the outdoors were a place of tranquility.

  • Rustic romance for celebrations of up to 600 guests
  • Plated dinners presented by the chefs
  • Family-style dining featuring seasonal dishes served at rustic farm tables
  • Intimate chef’s table experiences
Homestead Harvest at Whisper Creek Farm
Whisper Creek Farm | Image credit: Grande Lakes Orlando

Four Flamingos, A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen

1 Grand Cypress Boulevard, Orlando
Treat your friends or family to a true Thanksgiving in Florida experience. Four Flamingos is one of our favorite restaurants in Orlando to take out-of-towners and show off the tropical, fun culture. To give you an idea of what you can expect, please see their Prix Fixe Menus.

Fiorenzo at Hyatt Regency Orlando

9801 International Dr, Orlando
For Italian fare served in a chic atmosphere, have your Orlando Friendsgiving celebration at Fiorenzo at Hyatt Regency Orlando. The open concept makes the place feel open while still being a great place for a more intimate affair.

  • Semi-private dining room can accommodate up to 40 guests
  • Group menus are required for parties of 15 or more and change seasonally
  • Food and beverage minimum applies
  • Outdoor patio area can accommodate up to 20 guests standing only, but it is only available to guests of the semi-private dining room or a full restaurant buyout.
Image credit: Hyatt Regency Orlando

Mia's Italian Kitchen

8717 International Dr, Orlando
Specializing in authentic Italian dishes using only scratch-made pastas, Mia's Italian Kitchen will surely impress your guests. Additionally, the colorful decor and stunning artwork that fill the space will keep them awestruck.

  • The Sofa Lounge seats up to 20 guests in a relaxed setting
  • Customized menus available upon request
  • There are no room rental fees for use of dining spaces, however food & beverage minimums do apply and vary
  • Guests can enjoy the group dining menu, a la carte, or bottomless dining (if under 50 guests)
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Sofa Lounge at Mia's Italian Kitchen. Image credit: Mia's Italian Kitchen

Boheme at Grand Bohemian Orlando

325 S Orange Ave, Orlando

Featuring sleek design in the heart of downtown Orlando, the Wine Room would be ideal for hosting a sophisticated yet intimate holiday affair.

  • The Wine Room seats up to 12 guests
  • Food and beverage minimum applies
  • The prix fixe menu changes monthly
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Wine Room at The Boheme. Image credit: Grand Bohemian Orlando

Hamilton’s Kitchen – The Alfond Inn

300 E New England Ave, Winter Park

Hamilton's Kitchen is located inside the stunning Alfond Inn in downtown Winter Park. The semi-private dining room would be an excellent place to host an intimate Friendsgiving celebration. In addition, The Alfond Inn's lobby is filled with art from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, so be sure to wander around to see all the art adorning the walls.

  • Semi-private dining area can seat up to 20 guests
  • $400-$750 minimum depending on the day
  • Brunch, lunch and dinner menu options available
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Semi-private dining room. Image credit: Hamilton's Kitchen

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria

14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando

To bring elegance to your holiday affair, look no further than The Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The upscale steak house boasts a beautiful private dining room that overlooks Hole 1 of the golf course, also called Bull & Bear.

  • Seating accommodates up to 22 guests
  • Plated dinner or cocktail reception available
  • Food and beverage minimum applies
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Bull & Bear Private Dining Room. Image credit: Bull & Bear

Additional Restaurants for Friendsgiving in Orlando:

More ideas for Thanksgiving weekend fun:

For larger affairs, check out our guide to Private Dining in Orlando!

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