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Ocean Prime


7339 Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 781-4880
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Ocean Prime is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell.

Voted “Best Bar” and one of the “Best Steakhouses in the City” by the Orlando Sentinel, Ocean Prime Orlando delivers an extraordinary experience to guests.

There are currently 14 locations from coast to coast, with the original location, Mitchell’s Ocean Club, in the company’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality make Ocean Prime Orlando an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge.

Each Ocean Prime location is unique and inspired by the energy of the city where it’s located. Dramatically designed, the restaurants are social, fun, and glamorous. Every element has been carefully curated with attention to every detail.

Garnering more than 17 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including eight years as an executive Chef, Jeremy Mattson joined the Cameron Mitchell team in 2003. He held a variety of positions before joining the Ocean Prime culinary team in July 2011.

With experience from line cook to executive chef, he has trained more than 25 sous chefs and won several honors including Ruth’s Chris Hospitality Group’s “Executive Chef of the Year,” and a nomination for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ “Sous Chef of the Year.”

While they do specialize in incredible seafood and prime steaks, the restaurant's goal is to be much more than just a steakhouse or a seafood restaurant. Ocean Prime aims to be an extraordinary dining destination. The menu features classic dishes crafted with a modern sensibility and an appreciation for ingredients.

With lighter fare, like shellfish cobb salad and sushi, as well as more indulgent items like a smoking shellfish tower, juicy steaks and decadent desserts, there’s something for every occasion.

The Lounge at Ocean Prime Orlando balances raw materials with polished details to create a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere. Take a seat in a comfy booth or at the sleek bar. Sip on a handcrafted cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine from the Wine Spectator honored wine list.

Snack on Sushi, featured appetizers from the Lounge Menu, or oysters from the raw bar, or just have a cocktail after work and enjoy the Truffle Popcorn.

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The Ahi Tuna Tartare is light and refreshing and is made with avocado, ginger ponzu and sesame seeds.

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National Oyster Day was August 5th, but you can enjoy these delicious buttermilk fried oysters any time at Ocean Prime served with a side of Dijon mustard, jalapeno corn tartar sauce & spicy pepper jelly.

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The wine list at Ocean Prime is pretty spectacular, they have something for everyone, and a nice sparkling Chandon is great with oysters.

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On Mondays, guests can enjoy half priced sushi during happy hour in the Lounge. 

Although, these are not on the regular menu, these delicious New Orleans char grilled oysters with a Tabasco butter & Parmesan cheese served with a French baguette can be yours, if you ask nicely.

You can start your weekend with a bang on Fridays from 5 to 7PM, as Ocean Prime offers $1 oysters, $10 sushi rolls, $10 glasses of Veuve Rosé & $10 featured cocktails shaken table side. End your weekend on a high note with a special Sunday menu featuring an 8 oz filet with your choice of “Surf” for $55 per person.

Dinner is not complete without dessert, and this 10 layer carrot cake is ridiculously awesome.

Ocean Prime’s passion is to offer exceptional service with truly genuine hospitality to each and every guest. VIP treatment is standard here, and they deliver more than just amazing food and drinks. They strive to create remarkable experiences for every guest that walks through the door.

Ocean Prime Orlando is open Monday to Thursday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM and they close at 9:00 PM on Sunday.

The Lounge is open everyday from 5:00 PM to Close.

Ocean Prime Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Urbain 40

8000 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 872-2640

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Recently, Chef Tim Keating has taken over as the director of culinary operations for Boulevard Restaurants. 

Boulevard Restaurants currently consists of Urbain 40 and Paradiso 37 in Disney Springs. From the moment of his arrival, Chef Tim has been busy playing around with the menu to put his own personal spin on the fare served at Urbain 40.


The Four time James Beard award nominee is highly passionate about using the freshest seasonal produce, sustainable meats and seafood, most of which are locally sourced. Chef Tim’s new menu is quite impressive with 23 new dish additions and changes, crafting them into seasonal favorites like the Duck Confit Troffie Di Abruzzo Pasta, Char-Crusted Angus Striploin and Rock Shrimp & Cape Bay Scallop Ceviche “Cocktail.”

Urbain 40 has become a well known hot spot in the Dr. Phillips area known as Restaurant Row. The American Brasserie and Lounge that opened towards the end of 2015 made a name for itself by serving chef crafted cuisine inspired by American and continental classics set in a 1940’s style neighborhood eatery with imaginative offerings for lunch, dinner, and late night with a plethora of “Big City” cocktails.

Inside Urbain 40 you will find a simple and elegant atmosphere, reminiscent of the big band era. You can enjoy live music, which plays nightly selections from a host of genres ranging from Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The Decor is classic brasserie with white linen table cloths, plenty of wood and shiny brass.

Rock Shrimp & Cape Bay Scallop Ceviche "Cocktail" is one of the appetizer selections from the newly revamped menu. This dish features fresh and local rock shrimp and Cape Bay scallops in a mixture of radishes, cucumbers, palm hearts, peppadew peppers with citrus & tequila accentuations. This is a very creative ceviche.

The Elderflower Martini is a vibrant floral martini with hints of honey, white grape, and lime. This was a great “Big City” style cocktail.

Crispy Jonah Crab Cake is served atop a savory slaw, sauce verde and a piquant mango pepper coulis that made the flavors of the crab cake really come to life.

The Lemon Myrtle Dusted Gulf Swordfish & Slow Braised Heritage Cheshire Pork Belly is served with a Zellwood corn pudding, varietal mushrooms, white asparagus, & young turnips. It's in a dish like this, with so much flavor and a variety of ingredients, you truly see the brilliance of Chef Tim Keating.

Steak Frites is a traditional French bistro favorite, and the Char Crusted Angus NY Striploin is Chef Tim’s spin on the dish. The steak is coated in a mixture of dry rub seasonings that allow it to cook and crust up on the outside, while still allowing for a good medium and juicy steak inside. The frites are made of truffled pomme frites, and this is served with a sauce foyot, which is a variation of the classic Bearnaise sauce.

Troffie Di Abruzzo is a twisted Ligurian style pasta dumpling with duck confit & duck sausage, wilted rhapini & alba mushrooms. This entree was very flavorful, but also very rich and decadent in the French tradition.

After all the rich foods, the Lemon Meringue Tart was a great palate cleanser with Blueberry lavender sorbet, poppy seed crèma and Florida blueberries.

The Tropical Sundae Deluxe is a dessert that really infuses the concept of Continental American cuisine with toasted coconut gelato, rum soaked angel food cake, caramel sauce & pink peppercorn spiced pineapple.

If you love chocolate and peanut butter, then you will enjoy the Sinful Chocolate & Peanut Butter Creation with layers of dark & milk chocolate, peanut butter crèma, and Florida blueberries.


Urbain 40 has always been a great restaurant, but with Chef Tim Keating presiding over the food, it just got way better. Now that he has this menu in place at Urbain 40, he's free to start focusing more on Paradiso 37, and that is exactly what he has planned...so stay tuned for updates on that.

Whether you are single, or are dining with a significant other, you are sure to have a great experience. Groups and larger parties are also very well taken care of as the restaurant has separate spaces that allow for privacy, but you can even leave the doors open to let the music of the big band era flow into your private event.

Urbain 40 is open for lunch from 11:00am until 2:00pm daily, with dinner service going from 5:00pm until 10:00pm on Sunday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday they are open until 11:000pm.

Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Pharmacy


8060 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 985-2972
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The Pharmacy is a throwback to a 1920’s era speakeasy. A place where alcohol could be "safely" purchased during the era of prohibition in the USA. 

Often times, speakeasy's pretended to be an apothecary on the outside, with a secret entrance where patrons could purchase alcoholic beverages in a low key setting. An apothecary was a legal place to sell and prepare medicines and drugs to remedy what ever was ailing you.

At the Pharmacy they have the whole concept down pretty good, as they have a remedy for whatever ails you, with good food, good drinks and even a secret entrance behind elevator doors that open up to a seemingly secret location in the Dr. Phillips area of Restaurant Row.

The pharmaceutical portion of Pharmacy is made with the finest ingredients to provide you with an antidote from all your troubles. Every tincture you find in the fully stocked medicine cabinet has been properly handcrafted and custom blended by expert Apothecaries. Using only the freshest greens for bitters, tonics and sodas to make the best tasting medicine you’ve ever had.

As the Pharmacy would say, “Our medicinals are not to be taken on an empty stomach”, so the food specialists put on the Ritz for you in the kitchen. Everything is made from local, organic, and sustainable foods so you know it’s the bee’s knees. The selection changes based on the “chef’s diagnosis”, but you always come out feeling just swell.

Loren Falsone and Tyler Brassil are in charge of the kitchen and work tirelessly to bring food that is unique and tasty to Pharmacy with a focus on quality and local sourcing. 


Dominick Tardugnoour is the head ‘pharmacist’, who tinkers with his beakers and herbs to create the perfect concoction. The combination of talents at Pharmacy in the kitchen and bar combine to make this the perfect place to get your prescription for whatever issues you may have and leave you feeling on top of the world.

The beaker of Gremolata Hand Cut French Fries is a very popular item at Pharmacy and is served with house made spicy mayo & ketchup.

The Tomato & Prosciutto Bruschetta is topped with Burrata cheese and a farm poached egg.

The “Buttery, Garlicky Cape Canaveral Rock Shrimp” are very tender and come right out of the shell. I love rock shrimp, as I call them the steak of shrimp.

Florida Fresh Tang Fried Chicken with Lime, Scallions & Sesame.

Margherita flatbread with Sciue-Sciue Tomato, Green H2Ouse and Purple Micro Basil.

The Bone Marrow and Oxtail with Fig Marmalade is a must have dish at Pharmacy Orlando. Very rich and full of flavor, this is an impressive entree.

Although fondue may not be considered some type of new gastronomical experience in 2017, the Classic Cheese Fondue at Pharmacy Orlando is pretty spectacular when you consider that it is made with a 100 Year Old Sourdough Crostini and served with spicy pickled green beans.

Taleggio Fritters are made with semisoft, washed-rind, smear-ripened Italian Taleggio cheese that is lightly battered and deep fried.


For a more simple dessert, the Caramelized Banana Split really hits the spot. This is made with double java ice cream, caramelized banana, hot fudge, coconut crumble & fresh whipped cream.


The Hot Maple Pecan Sticky Bun with Southern Butter Pecan Ice Cream is a twist on two southern classics that you can't go wrong with.

If you want something more contemporary, try the Berry & Cherry XO with Pavlova & Dark Chocolate Pot De Creme Yum. Its super fancy, and super tasty.

For a dessert that hits on all of your tastebuds, the Lemon Tart with rum dulce de leche, macadamia, mascarpone whipped cream & almond brittle provides sweet, tart, crunchy, and smooth all at once.

The Pharmacy, while it has grown in popularity is a not so secret, secret anymore, but it is still an experience to check out. It is sure to be a fun time for guests and a memorable experience. Loren and Tyler hit on all sixes to provide you with quality dishes to compliment your ailments, and the drink selection from Dominick Tardugnoour is sure to be stiff and will fix any ailments you may have.

Pharmacy Orlando is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, while Friday and Saturday they are open until midnight. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Pharmacy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Winter Menu at Seasons 52

At The Plaza Venezia
7700 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 354-5212
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The holidays are right around the corner, and so are seasonal specials and a new winter menu at Seasons 52.

The restaurant's core menu changes four times a year with every season, and all the features on the right hand panel of the menu change every week, 52 times a year. The menu showcases over 100 different bottles of wine, 52 of which are available by the glass.



Seasons 52, in case you are not familiar with the brand, is a fresh grill and wine bar that offers a seasonal menu inspired by the fresh appeal of a farmer’s market and what’s good now. They gather ingredients from all over the world and use them at their peak with rustic cooking techniques. The kitchen is open and you can see oven roasting and open fire grilling over oak and mesquite, which bring out the natural flavors of food.

The Winter Menu launched on November 15th. Seasons 52’s winter menu features seasonal fare such as the new Portuguese Kale & Chorizo Soup, Braised Short Rib Flatbread and the Artisan Grilled Vegetable Sandwich. Seafood entrees coming into season include Nantucket Bay Scallops, Wood Grilled Tuna and Stone Crabs. Of course wine is always being added, but for the winter menu a few new cocktails have arrived as well.


The wrap around bar at the Sand Lake location of Seasons 52 has plenty of seats to view the gorgeous display of wines and spirits from all over the world.

Speaking of Spirits, two new drinks for the winter are the Cranberry & Sage cocktail with Prairie Organic Gin on the left and an Organic Sunshine Martini with Prairie Organic Vodka on the right. Prairie Organic makes Gin and Vodka that is certified organic by the USDA and kosher by the Orthodox Union, and they are also green and clean. Very good drinks, and the Prairie Organic spirits are some of the best I’ve had with a clean and smooth taste.

A wonderful amuse bouche with smoked apple and pork belly compliments of the chef.

The Duck Wing Lollipops are simply amazing. These things are covered in a Korean Gochujang red chili glaze and just fall off the bone. They do have a tad bit of heat, so do be careful...but they are worth it.

On a slightly cool night, the Portuguese Kale & Chorizo soup is the perfect thing to warm you up. A savory soup that was light, but satisfying.

The new seasonal flatbread on the menu is the Braised Short Rib and Aged Cheddar Flatbread. This is a must try item. Full of flavor with a light and crispy texture. A perfect flatbread to share with some friends over a good glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Asian Glazed Chilean Sea Bass is by far, one of the best sea bass dishes I have had in quite some time. The fish was so flaky and tender, it just dissolved in your mouth. The sea bass sat on top of a black rice cake and was served with snow peas, shiitake mushrooms, and micro wasabi.

The Mediterranean Braised Lamb Shank not only looks awesome...it tastes awesome too. The meat just falls off the bone and the accoutrements of Yukon mashed potatoes and vegetables make it a great savory down home meal.

Dessert shooters are a great way to end the night, especially when you just want a little something sweet to eat. The pecan pie shooter on the far right was outstanding. These come in a wide variety of flavors, so there is something for everybody.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Seasons 52 will be open for the holiday and is proud to offer Plainville Farms turkey, never, ever given antibiotics, served alongside the chef’s take on the usual trimmings and seasonal cocktails.

For Black Friday, the restaurant will also be offering All Day Black Friday specials for guests looking to shop ‘til they drop on November 25th.

Along with seasonal cocktails and intimate private dining options for family events or holiday parties, guests can purchase Seasons 52 gift cards for foodie friends and relatives. If you purchase $300 or more, you will receive a signature 7” Japanese Santoku knife from Mercer Cutlery. The knife has the Seasons 52 logo etched on both the blade and on the sleeve.

Seasons 52 Fresh Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Brunch at American Gymkhana

7559 W Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 985-2900

You have probably noticed that "Brunch" has become the cool social thing to do on weekends. You have also probably noticed that lots of restaurants have been making a push to serve brunch over the past year. But I bet when you think of a typical "Brunch", you are not thinking Indian food. 

Say hello to brunch at American Gymkhana, the all new modern Indian restaurant and lounge on Orlando’s famed "Restaurant Row" in the Dr.Phillips neighborhood. If you recall, I recently visited there and really enjoyed the food and and just about everything that is American Gymkhana. You can see my review Here, in case you missed it.


With the recent boom in the restaurant business that Orlando has had the past few years, the brunch craze soon followed. You have an endless selection of waffles, omelets, bacon, mimosas and biscuits & gravy. Some places have even refined the brunch theme to include extravagant items like Spanish tapas and a gourmet crepe station, but I can almost guarantee you no one is serving Lamb Vindaloo. This is what makes American Gymkhana a special treat for brunch.


For $25.00+ tax & tip, you get your choice of an outstanding selection of some pretty darn good Indian dishes, and that includes one side item and two cocktails. Selections include things like Lamb Vindaloo, Angrezi Chicken, Gymkhana Club, and they even have a Gymkhana version of chicken and waffles and french toast. Side selections include your choice of masala potato wedges, black cardamom & hickory smoked lamb bacon, warm spice granola & berry parfait, daily bread basket and a kale & cashew salad.


The cocktail choices feature an orange-mango mimosa lychee mimosa, peach bellini mumbai Bloody Mary. If you prefer something non alcoholic they also have brunch mocktails which are basically virgin drinks with freshly squeezed juices. If that was not enough, American Gymkhana also features a live DJ. Yes They have that too, because really nice groovy house music is always a great accompaniment to any meal.



You can sit anywhere you like, but go for the veranda if its available. Its a great spot to eat, drink, relax and jam out to sounds of the live DJ. 




My wife ordered the Gymkhana Club. This is a sandwich made with sharp English cheddar, mint coriander chutney, spiced potato,red onion and tomato. Very delicious and unique. 


For her side, my wife chose the Kale & Cashew Salad. The salad was light and refreshing with light vinaigrette dressing.




As a southern guy, I had to order the Banjara Chicken & Waffles with spiced fried chicken, garlic yogurt, a buttermilk tadka waffle and a variety of house made syrups and butter. This was simply outstanding.


My side choice was the Masala Potato Wedges. Another twist on an American classic from Chef  Aarthi Sampath. These wedges were lightly fried and crispy and full of flavor.

Our drink selection included an Orange Mango Mimosa and a Mumbai Bloody Mary. Both were very good, but the Mumbai Bloody Mary was a game changer. Hemant Pathak, the beverage director for Junoon in New York and for American Gymkhana, has created a couple of really good cocktails that set his tastes and standards apart from others.

The Mumbai Bloody Mary is his version of the classic Bloody Mary, with a  blend of house toasted spices and curry. By using other ingredients instead of the standard Tabasco or Worcestershire sauces normally used, this Bloody Mary mixture is one that you will remember. Its hot and fiery, but full of flavor. 

Flavor is the key ingredient at American Gymkhana. Whether you go for brunch or dinner, you will not be disappointed. Chef Sampath certainly knows what she is doing in the kitchen and she knows how to excite your taste buds. For $25.00+ tax and gratuity, this is one of the best brunch deals in Orlando. 

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