Trade shows are a great way to interact with people who visit your booth. If you’ve established a relationship and a solid lead with a client, it might be a good idea to take him or her out for a bite to eat when the show wraps up. There are some amazing restaurants throughout Orlando, a top tradeshow destination, where you can take a client for a few drinks and a nice meal. Here are our picks for the top three restaurants in Orlando to take your client after a trade show.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Cooper’s Hawk is an upscale winery and restaurant that is sure to impress and client. The menu features delectable dishes ranging from short rib risotto to pistachio crusted grouper. The winery produces handcrafted wines from only the finest grapes, which shows in the more than 300 awards it has received for its wines. Conveniently located on International Drive, it’s just a short drive down from the Orlando Convention Center. And, the restaurant is open until 10:30 p.m., so you don’t have to worry about finding a good meal when the trade show lets out late. Get more information or book a table here.


If you’re looking for something more casual to enjoy a nice burger with your client, try Splitsville. The Orlando Sentinel named the restaurant’s Mad King burger as one of the best in the area. The burger is a 16-ounce, triple patty burger with double cheese, bacon and onion rings stacked on top. There’s also a full bar, so you and your guest can get to know each other a little better over a few beers or cocktails. And if you’re really in the mood for something different, the restaurant doubles as a bowling alley. It’s the only place you can enjoy some delicious burgers and bowl until 2 a.m. Get more information here.

Duffy’s Sports Grill

On the chance that your client is a big sports fan, Duffy’s Sports Grill should be the only restaurant on your list. There are too many TVs to count in this sports bar, so you’ll never miss any of the action. You don’t need reservations to grab a bite, and you can choose to sit at the bar or a table depending on what vibe you’re going for. Their menu has everything from your favorite pub appetizers and burgers to grilled steak and pasta. Plus, they just added $4 craft beers to the mix. And since they’re open until 11 p.m. daily, you’ll have no trouble getting in for a late-night bite.

Why Take a Client Out to Dinner?

There is a significant amount of relationship building that can take place over dinner. You can’t depend on swag and a flashy set up at your trade show booth to seal the deal with everyone. If you’re willing to take a client out to dinner to discuss a potential partnership, it’s not going to go unnoticed by them. This simple gesture adds value and is a much better play than calling them the following week to follow up.

You want to establish that relationship as soon as possible. If you choose dinner immediately following the trade show, you may be able to secure their business — and do so before they have a chance to consider any of the other companies.

Trade show marketing is all about building relationships, and Blue Sky Exhibits knows this. That’s why we have dedicated staff to help trade show marketers with every step of the process, always looking out to take their booths to the next level and eliminate stress. We are committed to our clients, just as you are committed to yours. If you need help creating your next trade show exhibit, contact us today!