Local hotels and resorts are always good bets for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining, and many local restaurants are planning lavish menus as well. Here is a sampling of what's on the menu. Prices do not include tax and tip.
Bosphorus, 108 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-644-8609; 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Orlando, 407-352-6766; bosphorousrestaurant.com: The Turkish restaurant is serving its regular menu 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse, Waldorf Astoria, 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando; 407-597-5500; waldorfastoriaorlando.com: The restaurant opens on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. with a tasting menu that includes sun artichoke bisque, spiny lobster salad and chateaubriand. On Christmas Day enjoy a four-course meal from 6-10 p.m. Cost is $95 per person.
Café de France, 526 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-647-1869; lecafedefrance.com: Open for regular lunch (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and dinner (6-10 p.m.) on Christmas Eve.
Cafe Gauguin, Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-2385; rosencentre.com: A Christmas Day champagne and mimosa buffet served from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Cost is $39.95 for adults, $16.95 children ages 4-12.
Cafe Osceola, Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-996-3663; rosenshinglecreek.com: Buffet served 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas Day. Cost is $64.95 for adults, $24.95 for children 4-12. (Florida residents and hotel guests get 25 percent off with proper identification.)
Columbia, 649 Front St., Celebration; 407-566-1505; columbiarestaurant.com: Open for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant will offer traditional Cuban-style roast pork and baked Virginia ham along with the regular menu on Christmas Day. Adult dinners are $21.95, $5.95 for children 10 and younger.
Deep blu Seafood Grille, Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando; 407-390-2420; deepbluorlando.com: From 5-10 p.m. the three-course meal on Christmas Day includes butternut squash soup, grilled tenderloin with huckleberry demi-glace or lobster thermidor with truffle potatoes. Cost is $65 per person.
Fiorella's Cucina Toscana, Westin Imagine Orlando, 9599 Universal Blvd.; 407-233-2950; fiorellasorlando.com: Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the Christmas Day buffet brunch. Cost is $39 for adults, $15 for children 4-12.
Garden Grove, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista; 407-934-1609; swandolphin.com: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffets from 5-9:30 p.m. Cost is $38.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 3-9.
Harvest Bistro, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando; 407-597-3600; hiltonbonnetcreek.com/holiday: Christmas Day buffet is 5-10 p.m. Cost is $39 for adults, $19 children 12 and younger.
Islands Dining Room, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal Orlando, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando; 407-503-3463; loewshotels.com/Royal-Pacific-Resort: From 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the Christmas Day champagne buffet will offer smoked seafood, an iced raw bar, sushi, stir fry and omelet stations, orange-brined turkey, Palmetto Creek farm-fresh ham, oven-roasted stuffed quail and pecan-crusted snapper, along with freshly baked breads, pastries, cakes and pies. Entertainment will feature Santa Claus, face painter, balloon twister and hula dancers. Cost is $54 for adults, $24 children 12 and younger.
Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora; 1-800-556-5016, 352-383-4101; lakeside-inn.com: A la carte Christmas Eve dinner 5-8 p.m. is $32.95 for adults, $9.50 for children ages 6-12. Christmas Day buffet served from noon-5 p.m. is $39.95 for adults, $18.95 for children ages 6-12.
La Hacienda and Nicker's restaurants, Mission Inn Resort & Club, 10400 County Road 48, Howey-In-The-Hills; 800-874-9053, 352-324-3930; missioninnresort.com: Christmas Day buffet from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. includes turkey with giblet gravy, cherry-glazed roast pork, crab stuffed sole and steamed mussels. Cost is $35.99 per person.
La Luce by Donna Scala, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando; 407-597-3675; laluceorlando.com: Christmas Day a la carte Feast of Seven Fishes will be served 5-10 p.m.
Marriott Orlando/Lake Mary, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary; 407-995-1100: Christmas buffet served from 11 a.m-3 p.m. The cost is $36 for adults, $16 for children 12 and younger.
Ming Court, 9188 International Drive, Orlando; 407-351-9988; ming-court.com: Open for regular lunch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) and dinner (4:30-11 p.m.) on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Oscar's, Waldorf Astoria, 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando; 407-597-5500; waldorfastoriaorlando.com: Family-style service from 5-9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Cost is $49 per person.
Pannullo's, 216 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-629-7270; Pannullos.com: Open regular hours Christmas Eve and serving regular dinner menu 4-10 p.m. Christmas Day.
Park Plaza Gardens, 319 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-645-2475; parkplazagardens.com: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with a la carte brunch menu and from 3-7 p.m. for special holiday dinner. Cost is $49.95 for adults, $19.95 for children 12 and younger.
Rosen Plaza, Grand Ballroom, 9700 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-0256; rosenplaza.com: Christmas Day holiday buffet with wine from 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Cost is $34.95 for adults, $15.95 children ages 4-10. One child free with each paying adult; also visit website for a coupon for $5 off each adult.
The Kitchen, Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, 5800 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-503-3463; hardrockhotelorlando.com: Christmas Eve dinner buffet from 6-10 p.m. includes New York strip, slow-roasted ham, sage butter-basted turkey, roasted cod, soups, salads, sides and kid-friendly items. Santa visits from 6 -7 p.m. Cost is $42 for adults, $18 children age 12 and younger.
The Tropicale, Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando; 407-238-8020; cariberoyale.com: From 1-7 p.m., the buffet includes roast pork loin, New York strip, sugar reef jerk breast of chicken and blackened mahi mahi. Cost is $42 adults, $15 children ages 3-9.
Tesoro Cove, Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando; 407-390-2386: Christmas Day dinner served 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. with specials of roast turkey breast, pan gravy, garlic whipped potatoes, green beans, caramelized onions and smoked bacon and cranberry relish. Cost is $24 per person.
Todd English's bluezoo, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista; 407-934-1609; swandolphin.com: From 5-11 p.m. on Christmas Day the restaurant will offer its regular menu with a $34 special for roasted turkey, sweet potato, brioche stuffing and turkey gravy.
Trattoria del Porto, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-503-3463; loewshotels.com/Portofino-Bay-Hotel: Christmas Day champagne buffet from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. featuring chilled seafood, risotto and pasta stations, smoked ham, grilled beef strip loin, seared lemon sole, pork osso bucco, plus signature pastry station. Entertainment will include Universal Orlando characters, face painter, balloon artist and strolling musicians. Cost is $58 for adults, $24 children 12 and younger.
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