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World class southern contemporary menu  - The District Gastrobar, Orlando, FL

The District Gastrobar

3.7
3.7
51 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The District GastroBar has an innovative design that starts in the restaurant's entrance, a well ­curated modern speak easy with a nostalgic vintage ambiance and an eclectic array of "one ­off" pieces of Prohibition and 1940 era inspired artwork. Walk past the restaurants front door, guests encounter a antique bronze tin ceiling wrapped around historic 1900 brick, custom vintage lighting, but only the adventurous will discover all that The District GastroBar has to offer. With a distinct dining room, grandiose bar layout, an open air patio and a women’s bathroom complete with a salon inspired feel and antique perfume bottles. The cuisine, much like the design, is intended to set a new course. Chef Partner Eddie Forbes and menu creator Andre Walton have adapted to the new shared plate dining trend that has swept the nation, and with The District GastroBar menu, they have created waves on the food scene better known as GASTRONOMY!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Speakeasy, Contemporary Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (407) 237-0366

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Eddie Forbes

  • Catering

    We cater special events and functions

  • Private party facilities

    Buyouts options available

What 51 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Great for Brunch

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Hot Spot

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Late Night Find

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Orlando

    Great for Brunch

  • Orlando

    Good for Groups

  • Orlando

    Hot Spot

  • Orlando

    Late Night Find

  • Orlando

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The chicken and waffles could’ve been better , the waffles were packed with sugar and the chicken was a bit dry but the fries were delicious and the vibes was great. The music wasn’t too loud so you could hear each other speaking and the different mimosa flavors were tasty, especially the pomegranate. All around great vibe
  2. LM

    LandMStokes

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We made a reservation for dinner before a show at the Amway Center. We were about 15 min late due to getting lost, they accommodated us still after a 10 min wait which we appreciated. We still had 45 min before the show so should have been able to eat quickly. We were warned as we sat down that we should stick to the appetizers as the entrées are taking 25 to 30 minutes. We listened to this advice and got a few appetizers. The appetizers still took 40 to 45 minutes. The service was very slow, though I believe it was due to the back of the house and cooking and preparing versus serve herself. Even a glass of wine took over 10 minutes to come, and i had to ask about it. They were very busy at a point in time but they managed the flow and the spike of busyness very poorly. We ended up being the last ones in the restaurant and didn’t get to the show until 30 to 40 minutes after it started. Food was OK I won’t ding them on that.
  3. HC

    HeatherC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, and the staff was friendly and inviting!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved it. Will be back
  5. R

    Robert

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Reserved a table for 2 on July 18, 2022 for the evening of August 10, 2022 at 6:00 pm. Received confirmation and all was good - we thought! On the afternoon of the reservation, around 4:30 pm, we received a phone call stating they were moving us from the main dining room to the bar. We advised we had made the reservation weeks in advance (they were aware of this) and two non-drinkers were not interested in eating in the bar. The young lady who made the call stated “Honey, I just work here and cannot do anything about you eating in the main dining room. I have already asked and been told no.” You all make your own decision about patronizing a restaurant wherein your reservation can arbitrarily be changed and, when requested to remain where reserved, you are denied.
  6. RL

    RonL

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We made a reservation. They did not have a table. They invited us to sit outside, where we were never served.
  7. L

    Lollie523

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Horrible service, took forever for food. Food came out at all different times over the course of 40 min. Service was horrible unable to even get a drink. Would not return here
  8. B

    Beccabec

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food and good service! They only have a few tables in a lively bar.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group ordered the Avacado hummus, Crab cake sliders, lobster tacos, and short rib grilled cheese. Everything was amazing! The ingredients were high quality and fresh.
  10. k

    keepingupwiththejohnsons

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anything black is beautiful 🤎Chef Jordan came out and introduced himself and the food was amazing and well seasoned. Our server AND bartender is the epitome of brown girl magic 🪄. Drinks and service was flowing. She came back to check on us several times. The Night Shade Lounge next door seemed to be a vibe as well; can’t wait to come back
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was very professional and at the same time very personable! The owner.. VERY FRIENDLY .. with customers & staff. The cooked asked us how the food was & even the bartender greeted su. The food was so good & tasty!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Super nice! Cute inside and an interesting spin on some classic food.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was good food and service, but it was very noisy inside making conversation difficult.
  14. WV

    WendiV

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We waited in the restaurant for an hour for them to basically not honor our reservation. After they sat us, it took 20 minutes for server even to come over. Then they told us they were no longer accepting food orders because the kitchen was too busy (we even asked if we could get a bowl of soup or a salad and they said no). No one apologized or even tried to make amends (comp a drink, free app for next visit, etc). The service and staff were completely unprofessional. I have worked in the restaurant industry and have experienced getting in the weeds but the lack of professionalism at this restaurant was beyond the pale.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Service was beyond terrible! We had reservations, then they f didn’t want to give us a table. We finally got a table. The waiter took our order. Then came back 20 minutes later to say they were out of one of the items we ordered. He would substitute anything we wanted on him. We chose something He brought out 1 entree of the 4 and we waited. Then we got one more and then one more. Finally we asked about the 4th one. He went to check and said it had never been placed. He came back again and said they were out of that one too. But we could order something else. We had finished eating the other 3 entrees by then and told him to bring the bill. He did not comp us anything. Not even the meal that he said was on him. Food was ok. Service was lees than poor!! Would never recommend this place.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, we sat at the bar and the bar manager was awesome. Next time I’m in the Orlando area I will keep this spot in mind. For sure worth coming back to!
  17. A

    Awesome

    Tallahassee

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were going to a Concert afterwards so it was a good place to party beforehand, and within walking distance to The stadium
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken and waffles were amazing !
  19. PC

    PaulaC

    Oklahoma City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We made a reservation but needed to sit at the bar. It was a busy night (event at Amway Center that night). Good great, service not so much.
  20. JM

    JimereM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were traveling in from Wisconsin for an event. We happen to find this place and it was outstanding. It was my friends birthday and they made it a whole event. Food was also outstanding. Own very nice, staff fantastic. I will make sure to go any time I'm in Orlando.
  21. d

    darat

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Absolutely the worst. Let’s start with the food. NONE of the photos on line are accurate- I was told by the staff. They were done for a photo shoot when they opened 3 years ago and don’t actually come out looking like that. Bait and switch!!!! The lobster hamburger was hilarious!!! Literally- look at the photo of what we expected / it’s all over their Facebook- and look at what we received. The lobster was small, dry and the size of a quarter. Second the price/ so expensive and 3rd the portions- you pay a lot for little portions and we left hungry. 5 adults- 5 meals/ 1 appetizer/ 2 extra sides of fries and 1 bowl of chips and not a drop left and could have eaten a tad more- bill was $120 and NO alcohol. This was the lunch menu. 4th the atmosphere/ loud- incense smell and half dressed girls- not a family friendly environment and there were a few tables with middle schoolers. Last- it was my sons 30th- I asked for a dessert for him at the end that I said I’d pay for completely. They said they give a dessert for birthdays and not to worry. We ordered, ate, paid, hung around, told my waitress twice and eventually left/ nothing was done at all! There are so many other restaurants/ sadly as a local- I won’t make the trip back here.
  22. B

    Brian

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Went before a soccer match and they were overwhelmed… our server was polite and considerate but the food took about an hour to come.. drink order about 30-40 mins since it seemed they preferenced the club next door over us. Food was average for a pub. Nothing great but not bad. Convenient location only reason to go here…
  23. C

    Chels

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frank was so nice!! Thank you for all the recommendations !
  24. A

    Ajl189

    Orlando

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Had a 5:30 reservation. Arrived about 40 minutes early and was seated to get drinks while waiting for rest of our group. 45 minutes later and we still did not have our drink order despite the server promising "I'm getting them right now". Yes, they were busy because there was a concert and a Magic game, but we had a reservation-we we're not a surprise. Drinks finally came after 70 minutes. The food came out in drive and drabs - my short rib sliders were missing the cheese, had mushrooms despite me asking for them to be left off, and the meat was very chewy. Others felt the food was just okay. Would not go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Too much was going on in Orlando that night. They needed 4x the help. Food was good!
  26. S

    Starryeyed81

    Fort Lauderdale

    34 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Very disappointed in service & overall experience. We made reservations in hopes of celebrating a birthday prior to going to Amway center. Unfortunately they were under staffed and only had 1 person running the bar & floor. We left before even getting a menu. The main reason for leaving was because the party of 7 before our party hadn’t even been given drinks and they had waited over 15min & were only sat at the table. Once that party left without being served it was just a matter of time until our party left as well.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    They were charging $50 for Andre…. it’s $8.00 at target. Also, they only had 4 options for food.. idk if they’re shutting down soon or something but that was ridiculous.
  28. JL

    JillianL

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Absolutely horrible service. It took 20 minutes to get our drink order only to find out that they didn’t carry a particular liquor we ordered. It took us following up on our beverages to even find out
  29. KV

    KimberlyV

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    They are very under staffed. The chef was on the floor helping out, and we enjoyed meeting him, he even shared some of his gumbo with the table. Food was fantastic and waitress was very friendly. We will be back! Pork sliders and nachos were our favorite!
  30. KM

    KresM

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Food was great, sit at the bar if you want any drink service
  31. b

    brittanyb

    Naples

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Waited 5 minutes at the hostess to be noticed, and a bartender took pity on us. Waitress walked away while we were giving her our order, and then our food was cold and rubbery. Not worth it
  32. J

    Jordan

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation via open table and got there 5 minutes after and they had given my table away and told me to come back after the event that was at the amway. VERY disappointed

    The District GastrobarResponded on March 7, 2022Unfortunately, your party arrived 15mins after the reservation time as the restaurant was completely booked with reservation and walk-ins during the event/concert time. Our policy is to hold reservations for 15 mins before sitting the next party. We apologize for not being able to accommodate your party and would like to invite you back on us.

  33. SP

    SueP

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made reservations via Open Table for 4:00 PM as we were attending a concert. We arrived at 4:00 as the restaurant opens at that time. We went in and we were the ONLY ones in there. 2 hostesses greeted us, we said we were checking in for our reservation, they looked it up and confirmed. One hostess prepared a table for 2 however, they then got together and started talking, then they said “parties of two have open seating at the bar”. We told them we were there for a dinner date, confirmed a reservation, were on time and NOBODY was there. They pointed to the bar, we walked over and decided to leave. We were really disappointed with the staff and with missing out on the opportunity to dine there. The bar also smelled like stale bar water, and was another reason why we left, not very appetizing.

    The District GastrobarResponded on March 7, 2022We apologize for the oversight of our wait staff and have taken measures to address your concerns to ensure this does not occur again. Additionally, we have addressed your concern over bar water smell you mentioned and discontinued using the vinegar based cleaning solution to sanitize the bar top. We apologize for the experience you had and would welcome you back to experience the both the customer service and food quality we pride ourselves on.

  34. RV

    RitaV

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was outstanding
  35. s

    swillie

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My brother and I needed a place to dine before a concert at the Amway. I found this place, researched comments and booked a reservation. I am so happy I did! The food was terrific and the service excellent. Mia was a fantastic server, always checking on us to be sure we were doing well, but not overbearing. We will definitely return!
  36. JO

    JOPa

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Table of 2 on a Friday night in February. There was a hockey game going on. Restaurant was quiet. Staff was super friendly and respectful, food was so good! We had wings, truffle fries and shrimp tacos. Wings were crispy and dry rub was amazing! Ambience is really nice. Cool area. Lots of $10 parking lots run by locals. NOT GLUTEN FREE FRIENDLY!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went for valentine's days, they had a special menu for the day. Waitress informed us that everything is prepared and made in house. Overall the food was good and proportioned. I have a shellfish allergy so it only left me with one option on the special menu. Personally I would of liked the app and bread pudding dessert to have been a little larger proportion.
  38. JH

    JohnH

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Elevated pub food, very well done. Burger was excellent. Food prices were reasonable. Drinks were well made, though expensive. Service was attentive and friendly.
  39. M

    Mowh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Even though we had a reservation and there were Empty Tables, they told us they could only accommodate us at the bar. After ordering our dinner they were out of many items on their menu including steak. We ended up having to cancel our dinners and left after only one drink.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It may look like your average downtown restaurant/bar , but the District Gastrobar is anything but! I wandered in with two friends on a Tuesday evening , looking for taco Tuesday vibes and was immediately greeted by the friendly staff and good vibe / ambience . We ordered the fried lobster tacos ( never heard of these before and they sounded amazing !).When our tacos arrived, our expectations were exceeded. I can’t forget to mention the drinks! I think it was called the Hemingway - nice presentation and delicious! By the end of our dinner we were planning our next visit for Sunday brunch!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The District Gastrobar is rated 3.7 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The District Gastrobar

534 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805-2206

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Orlando

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Speakeasy, Contemporary Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Eddie Forbes

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Vegan, Wine

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