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Adventurous restaurants near the Orange County Convention Center with surprising tastes from Venezuela, Turkey & Japan

Surprising tastes from Venezuela, Turkey, and Japan along with unbeatable seafood.

Q’Kenan Restaurant


What: Family-style Venezuelan eatery, with an in-house grocery store if you want to experience some Venezuelan food at home. It’s set up like a small café, so you can choose to sit at a table or right at the counter.

Ambiance: Casual and cozy feel with bright colors and lighting.

Recommended by: Orlando Weekly.

Specialties: Arepas, Shredded Beef, Plantains.

Where: 8117 Vineland Avenue, Orlando (15 minutes from Orange County Convention Center).

Vines Grille & Wine Bar


What: Upscale steakhouse with a varied menu, extensive wine list, and live music. It’s known for great service and being a solid pick for larger groups.

Ambiance: Elegant and classic dining setup, that is complemented by live jazz and blues music every evening.

Recommended by: Zagat.

Specialties: Steak, wine

Where: 7533 W Sand Lake Road, Orlando (14 minutes from Orange County Convention Center).

Bar Harbour Seafood


What: Seafood restaurant that doubles as a fresh seafood supplier in the Orlando area. Well known for its lunch specials.

Ambiance: Super casual venue which includes picnic tables for outdoor dining.

Recommended by: Yelp.

Specialties: Whole lobster

Where: 2000 Premier Row, Orlando (16 minutes from Orange County Convention Center).

Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine


What: Authentic Turkish restaurant that gives a taste of Middle Eastern Cuisine, with dishes for every preference including a full gluten-free menu.

Ambiance: Ethnic and elegant feel with warm lighting and Turkish music playing in the background.

Recommended by: Orlando Magazine.

Specialties: Frothy Tarama, Lamb shanks, Chargrilled chicken patties.

Where: 7600 Dr Phillips Boulevard, Orlando (15 minutes from Orange County Convention Center).



What: Sushi and grilled Japanese eatery, known for its generous portions, wide selection of dishes, grilling happy hours, and sushi specials.

Ambiance: Inviting and exciting dining setup with tables that have grills for chefs to prepare dishes in front of patrons.

Recommended by: Zagat.

Specialties: Signature sushi and sashimi.

Where: 7786 W Sand Lake Road, Orlando (14 minutes from Orange County Convention Center).