Staying near International Drive in Orlando? Whether you're in the area for a trade show at the Convention Center or you're looking to shop your way through Pointe Orlando, you're bound to get hungry at some point. There are plenty of places to get a bite to eat, including several buffet restaurants on International Drive, which is also known as I-Drive. Here are some of the top picks for people who relish a good meal and know they want seconds. Before you go, check the restaurant's website to see if there are any coupons available, and don't forget to bring your appetite.
The Golden Corral features a family-style buffet with one of the largest selections anywhere. The restaurant includes both a hot and cold buffet along with a soup and potato bar, complete with bacon crumbles and shredded cheddar cheese. salad. Piping hot rolls and delicious pastries are freshly baked in-house, and Rice Krispies Treats, strawberries, and marshmallows serve as appropriate vehicles for the the chocolate in the fondue fountain.
CiCi's offers up a family-style buffet with an Italian flair. Here, you'll find freshly baked pizza with a wide choice of toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to mac & cheese; wings smothered in barbecue, Parmesan and garlic, and mild Buffalo sauces; pasta topped with marinara and Alfredo sauces; and an expansive salad bar offering lots of fresh veggies. If you still have room, don't skimp on the gooey cinnamon rolls for dessert. Entry to this all-you-can-eat buffet is $7.99 for adults and $3.99 for kids.
Sweet Tomatoes prides itself on serving produce that's as fresh as possible, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-friendly options for customers with dietary restrictions. The salad bar includes specialty prepared salads, plus more than 50 fresh ingredients that you can use to make your own creation. Soups, pastas, baked goods, and desserts—including a soft serve bar—are also on the menu. For adults, it's $10.20 for lunch and $12.39 for dinner.
Want to enjoy Asian fusion while you're in Orlando? This place has it all; along with sushi and other Asian dishes, Ichiban Buffet serves up steak, scallops, and shrimp right off a hibachi grill. Lunch and dinner are offered, as is brunch. For dinner, snow crab legs are also available for an additional price. Meals start at $8.49 per adult.
Located in the Rosen Centre Hotel, Café Gauguin has both a grand buffet and full-service menu in a casual setting. Head to the buffet for dinner, and you'll find a wide selection of international specialties, salads, dessert bars, and more. Café Gauguin also offers breakfast and lunch buffets.
If you've booked a stay at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, conveniently located next to the Convention Center, check out Café Matisse. They offer a full buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as à la carte and all-day dining menus.
Founded by a Massachusetts lobsterman, the Boston Lobster Feast provides a huge selection of choices for the seafood lover. Included in the all-you-can-eat bar are chowders and bisques, cold and hot seafood appetizers, and entrées such as lobster, crab legs, fish, chicken, and roast beef. Side items and desserts complete the menu. A kid's menu—with options like hamburgers, mac & cheese, and chicken fingers—is also available. It costs $54.95 to tuck in, but you can enjoy the Early Bird price of $49.95 if you get there before 6 p.m.