What I love about living in Orlando is the abundance of fine dining restaurants in the city. And the cool thing about it is that because Orlando is very touristy, you can dine at the fine dining places in the theme park and resorts area and still be casual. Loews Portofino Bay at Universal Studios offers a quaint environment that takes you to Portofino, Italy.
When we step foot into the resort, we were immediately greeted by the singing of an opera singer at the balcony. There was a nice casual yet lively crowd that were just sitting, drinking and eating by the tables along the “bayfront”. The resort looks like an Italian town and surrounds a lagoon/lake.
We decided to dine at Bice (pronounced B-chey), which is the signature fine dining restaurant at the resort. It’s hard to find at first, and it’s located on the second floor. So you have to walk up the outdoor steps to enter Bice. The minute you walk in, you are immediate greeted with the a touch of Italian class. The servers are very friendly yet has an air of sophistication to them and they are very attentive. The place is very dim and quiet, giving it an intimate ambiance. Despite this being in a theme park resort, it’s rare to find rowdy children here, but instead you’ll see more older demographics dining here.
You need to have a reservation to dine here, especially at dinner time. Dress code is business casual and up. They let you in if you wear casual since it’s a resort restaurant…but you will definitely stick out like a sore thumb. One thing that stood out to me really quick is their beverages. They have a wide variety of beverages from wines to teas. If you order tea, it comes in a nice bottle, which I thought was really interesting. The bread service was good.
I wish I had taken pictures of the food because the plating was just impeccable and stunning. We ordered the veal, atlantic salmon and truffle flavored lamb chops. With fine dining standards everything came out cooked perfectly and seasoned just right. Of course, you can’t dine without trying out their dessert. We went safe and tried the tiramisu and that was just amazing. I love eating with my eyes and the plating, the texture, the flavor was just perfect. Although it was interesting to see that it was more cake-like instead of having lady finger biscuits.
Price wise, because it is fine dining, the check came out to around $190 with wine and gratuity included.
My suggestion would be to read the menu before coming to the restaurant so you have a general idea of what they offer and like I said, reservations are a must! I would highly recommend this as a perfect place for a date or an intimate celebration. But as far as family gatherings go or casual dining, Mama Delia’s restaurant at Portofino may be a better fit.