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The Bistro on Park Avenue – Winter Park’s Hidden Gem

Being a relative newbie to Florida I love exploring and finding new restaurants and destinations throughout the state, and especially Central Florida. Winter Park was one of the first areas that we found shortly after our arrival in Florida and we’ve enjoyed the restaurants and shops on a regular basis.

That’s why I was surprised to find The Bistro on Park Avenue nestled back in a series of walkways that felt like a little slice of Europe. Walking back along the winding pathway that led to the restaurant, the juices were already flowing in anticipation…..sigh. And what I found did not disappoint.

The Bistro on Park Avenue, Winter Park

The dining room is simply gorgeous and has to be one of the more romantic dining rooms in the area.

The Bistro on Park Avenue, Winter Park

They have a very well rounded menu with a mixture of low country and European items like Shrimp and Grits, Wienerschnitzel and Crepes.  They also have a wonderful selection of appetizers, sandwiches and salads. You’ll find something for every appetite on the menu.   I went with one of the nightly specials Gluten Free Shepard’s Pie with Gruyere mashed potatoes and bacon, that Guest Chef Bob Aungst had prepared for the evening.

The Bistro at Park Avenue, Winter Park

I always love to see the chef visiting tables, it’s a nice personal touch that shows you that your patronage is appreciated. One of the owners, Erika Boesch, was also in the dining room making rounds chatting with her guests.  They get bonus points for very good and personalized service at the Bistro.

The Bistro at Park Avenue, Winter Park

My advice when dining at the Bistro on Park Avenue is to always save room for dessert, or maybe two.  All desserts are made in house by Erika and are gluten free with some dairy free options as well. I can personally verify the deliciousness having tried two desserts the night I was there. Pictured above is Key Lime Pie.  It was tart, sweet and oh so creamy. Served with whipped cream, a delightful lime drizzle and homemade vanilla ice cream.

The Bistro at Park Avenue, Winter Park

My second dessert was a Raspberry Breakfast Cake with a Raspberry pulled sugar garnish and homemade vanilla ice cream.  It was good night to be Chef Dennis not only for the good food, but for the good company and the fact that Lisa was very happy with the choice of restaurants for dinner.

The Bistro on Park Avenue is located at 348 North Park Avenue (in the Hidden Garden) in Winter Park.  It offers a variety of dining and entertaining possibilities with three dining rooms including the Atrium, The Chefs Table, Up stairs for private functions, a full bar, and  when weather permits outdoor dining in the Hidden Garden Courtyard.  They offer a happy hour each day from 5 – 7 extended till 10 on Thursdays and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  


Derby on Park to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Orlando

The Two Week Black-out period has ended for our members. We have quite a few tickets left and available for Grandstand Admission. Our Millionaire’s Row tickets are almost 50% sold out. We recommend you buy either ticket in advance to reserve a spot at the event. The venue has limited capacity.

The exciting ambience of the well-renowned annual Kentucky Derby is brought right here to Winter Park. This themed event boasted unlimited craft beer and wine along with samplings of delicious food and desserts from various local vendors for all in attendance. Guests were encouraged to dress in their finest Derby attire with prizes for best-dressed in several categories. A live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, Fashion show and live entertainment, the prestige and energy of this coveted signature event provides our guests with the most sophisticated and stylish afternoon outside of Churchill Downs.

$60 Grand Stand(General Admission)- 200 Available
$100 Millionaires Row(VIP Admission)- 50 Available – Dedicated Catered Area, Private Viewing Area, Premium Alcohol, Dedicated Service Staff, Complimentary Valet, Keepsake.

Both Tickets Will Include the following:

John & Shirley’s Catering – Offering Johnny’s Chicken Kabob
4 River’s Smokehouse – Smoked Pig.
Carmel Kitchen – Beef Short Ribs & Mixed Vegetables.
Catered Fit – TBD
Premium Beverage Sponsors
Brown Distributing – Several different types of craft beer samples.
Deep Eddy Vodka – Mixed Flavored Craft Cocktail Samples
Tree House – Craft Cocktails like Cucumber Gimlet, Basil Lemonade, Red Velvet Cake, need we say more…..

Runway contest – 6:30 PM for Women’s Best Hat ~ Women’s Best Dressed, Men’s Best Dressed, & Best Dressed “Couple”. $500 value gift baskets consisting of various prizes given to winners.
Tickets are limited to the first 250 purchased as stated Venue has capacity limits and restrictions. Designated Lanyards will be provided and required for event.

It’s more than an event…it’s a memory!

The Sweetest Sounds – A Valentine Concert in Central Park

The Sweetest Sounds in Central Park

In celebration of the Bach Festival Society’s 80th annual Bach Festival, members of the Bach Festival Choir will join Michael Andrew & Swingerhead for an afternoon of music and romance in downtown Winter Park!

FREE concert, Sunday, February 8th, 4pm- 6:30pm

Central Park Stage

Bring a blanket and enjoy Park Avenue!