This past New Years Eve my husband and I enjoyed a low key evening in Winter Park. We started with drinks at The Wine Room and then had a fabulous three course meal at Park Plaza Gardens. Everything about the dinner was outstanding. The food quality and presentation was amazing, the servers were attentive and the atmosphere was sophisticated yet festive. I wanted to write about our great experience back then, but I felt that I also needed to sample the restaurant’s everyday dining experience first. Of course, with our crazy schedules and everyday life I just recently made it back.
On my second visit, I went for lunch with my husband and parents. We sat in the bar rather than in their full dinning area, which is where we ate for New Years Eve. Each space is different but I like them both. The dining area is a beautiful space with a courtyard feel. There’s lots of greenery, glowing lights and brick walls. The sidewalk bar/cafe area is much more relaxed. It’s basically a little pub with high-top tables, and what I love most is that the front opens up on to Park Ave. You can enjoy your meal, in the air conditioning, while still getting a little main street atmosphere.
For lunch we ordered from the restaurants Sunday brunch menu. We started with a few fried green tomato apps that were piled high with jumbo lump crab. These were so good, I wish each order came with more than just one tomato! For our entrees my mom and I had the veggie wrap with fruit salad and hummus. The variety of veggies in this wrap was great. It had Roasted squash, eggplant, red peppers, onions, fresh spinach, and was topped with Chipotle dressing.
My dad who wasn’t super hungry chose the salad nicoise (seared tuna), and my husband had the smoked turkey, apple, brie and bacon croissant sandwich, which he liked, but the meal did come out with the wrong side. It wasn’t a huge deal, and the server brought him the correct side, but with the brunch crowd he didn’t get it until he was almost finished.
For the lunch/brunch menu options, entrees start around $10 and can go up to $18 if you get the Brunch specials. If you attend one of the restaurants special events they usually have fabulous preset menus and plate costs will vary depending on the event. For New Years Eve the cost for two was about $200, however that is to be expected for a holiday. This month the restaurant is hosting an authentic Spanish Wine Dinner. The event includes a reception, four course meal and dessert. Cost is $55 per person and you must RSVP before June 8th.
After experiencing Park Plaza Gardens on both occasions, I’m definitely a fan. Whether it’s for a simple lunch or a fun event, this restaurants got you covered. Check out the photo gallery to see both of our fabulous visits to Park Plaza Gardens.