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Orlando recommendations for Christmas party?

TorontoJo | Mar 13, 200802:38 PM

Hi Florida hounds! It's that time of year again for me, when my company plans its annual Christmas party and I beg local 'hounds for some help. This year we're headed to a warm destination for a change! I know nothing about the Orlando area, but it seems that many of the best restaurants are actually in the hotels.

We will be around 70 - 80 people and have a pretty open-ended budget. We're looking for amazing food, nice atmosphere, great cocktails and wine and great service (not stuffy, and ready to put up with a large group of people who want to eat and drink for about 5 hours).

To give some reference, the last three years were at:

Boston - No. 9 Park
Chicago - Blackbird
Toronto - Perigee

So far, we're looking at:

- Bice
- Norman's
- Primo
- Manuel's

We're staying at the Portofino Bay hotel, so that certainly give Bice an advantage on the location -- no dealing with cabs or shuttles.

But in the end, the food and atmosphere are the more important considerations.

Any opinions on the 4 choices? Any other options that we've missed? Thanks in advance for any advice!

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