Since most of your classes this semester are probably online, you may have just started to get into the rhythm of your weekly routine. While you miss your folks back home, it can be a little overwhelming for them to visit your Full Sail apartment, especially if you're used to a cluttered kitchen island and living your school, work, and social lives through your apartment's free Wi-Fi. Your family's visit to Winter Park should be rejuvenating for both sides, and a great way to ensure that is reserving a spot for a nice dinner!
Before setting anything in stone, you should check with your parents to see what kind of food they might like. For a night of exciting Indian cuisine, consider grabbing a spot at Tabla Winter Park. Tabla offers exciting dishes from all over Asia, namely India, China, and Thailand. Enjoy a wide variety of proteins like chicken, beef, lamb, fish, or tofu with sweet and spicy herbs from all over the Eastern world. Need another opinion from expert eaters or local critics? Tabla has rave reviews all over TripAdvisor and was even voted "Winter Park's Best Indian Restaurant" in 2019.
Maybe your family enjoys fine beef and fish but prefers savory to spicy dishes. If that's the case, then look no further than Ocean Prime; you probably see it every day if you live on Restaurant Row. Praised for its upscale steak and seafood selection, Ocean Prime offers a long list of fine wines, cocktails, and beers that pair perfectly with their entrees. Their assortment of fancy dishes includes sushi rolls, ravioli, lamb chops, shellfish, and everything in between. Peruse the menu yourself on their website!
Perhaps your family wants to check out the theme parks, or maybe you work for "the mouse" part-time and live near Walt Disney World. Disney offers constant dining options throughout their parks, resorts, and in-between properties. For a classy evening, consider bringing your folks to Cobalt or Narcoossee's, located at the Contemporary and Grand Floridian Resorts, respectively. In fact, you could take your family to the Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian resorts all in the same night; Disney's monorail system stops at all three of these resorts and the Magic Kingdom.
If your family is celebrating a birthday or special occasion during their stay, I cannot make any higher recommendation for Disney eats than Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera, the rooftop restaurant above Disney's Riviera Resort. Character dining opportunities stretch far and wide throughout the parks and resorts, but the finest and newest of them all is Topolino's. Not only does it offer a breathtaking view of the Riviera Resort, but it also shows you many of the surrounding resorts and the Epcot World Showcase!
For a unique and more casual evening, you should check out the House of Blues, Planet Hollywood, or Rainforest Cafe, all within walking distance of each other in Disney Springs. In addition to shops and shows galore, Disney Springs also offers international eats at restaurants like Raglan Road, Morimoto Asia, and Paradiso 37, to name a few. Because Walt Disney World offers such a smorgasbord of dining options, it might be best to do your own research in-person or online to get the full picture.
There are plenty of dining opportunities, near and far from Full Sail apartments, for any family get-together. While Disney offers a large selection of their own, you can easily find a vast assortment of restaurants from dive bars to five stars right around the corner from you! I implore you to take a drive down Restaurant Row or around Orlando's many resort areas to find the perfect evening with your folks.