I've found a place where no one has their cell phone out, unless it's to take pictures of the show. Yep, it's that entertaining. This is a dining experience like no other, and you'll find it in Orlando (there's also one in South Beach/Miami)...it's called Mango's Tropcial Cafe-Orlando, and believe me, you don't want to miss it!
Reservations are recommended because this place is hopping. We got there a bit early, I wanted to check out the venue, but rest assured the seats you see above did not stay empty long. This is the back end of the room, and even it was entirely full by the end of the night.
The stage is magnificent with two staircases cascading down each side,
and the menu is HUGE. There's really something for everyone on it, even the kids.
We settled in and ordered our drinks. An ice water for me, a Shirley Temple for my son, and a Mojito for my son's aunt.
The multi-layered show runs throughout your entire dining experience. and it is fantastic.
We ordered our salads,
|Appetizer: Mango's Famous Gourmet Mambo Wings|
and the appetizer, both of which were hits all the way around.
There were dancers who came out in groups and did synchronized dancing,
There was singing galore! This guy was great, very polished and professional on the stage.
Up high, at the top of the stage was the band, sometimes the lead singers, and a video screen that kept changing so everyone could see the show.
There isn't a children's menu, but the chicken finger appetizer and a side of fries worked perfect for my youngest son.
I wanted to order a Brick Oven Pizza but my SIL talked me out of it. She said I always order pizza when we go out... and I do! I love it so. ;) But to mix it up a little, I did try the Pasta Primavera. This was a vegetarian dish with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, and fresh tomatoes sauteed in garlic and olive oil, served over pasta al dente. It was delicious. No complaints from me. She ordered a meat dish served over mashed potatoes and she ate every bite of it, with a smile.
While we were dining the singing, dancing and musical entertainment continued.
The band did a knock-out great job,
and when the dancers came on with a modern dance style that I am sure is no longer called Break Dancing (they weren't on the floor much, maybe it's called Popping? *sigh* I'm too out-of-date to know, lol) my son was all eyes and ears. This is right up his alley and he had a blast watching them perform.
You probably already know this, but let me tell you, Latin people can move!! I knew this too, but I have never seen a show in person. What a grand performance by everyone involved!!
It was the couples-dancing that was my favorite. I'm not sure if that's a throwback from the days when my grandma would watch couples dancing on TV (and dance along) or what... I suspect that it was because anything involving memories of my gram is a happy thing for me. :)
They really looked like they were having fun up there, and boy did they have talent...by the bucket loads!
After dinner we were presented with a dessert menu.
Let me do a close-up on that...because this was no ordinary dessert menu. This was one delcious group of tasty items from which to choose. None of us partook (we were stuffed) but trust me, these did look amazing! Definitely next time!
The performers took turns going back and forth, alternating the types of entertaiment.
I have always been partial to the instrument solos in a concert (this show wasn't a concert, in fact it lasted a little longer than a concert would, I think. You really get your money's worth at Mango's), and the sax player was awesome!
As the night wore on, different cultures were represented by the performers.
It was fun to see the traditional dress styles and types of music that are considered the norm from each.
Fun fact for the night: those who are hosting you do get up on the stage and perform. That's Suzette (our server), on the far left. In addition to being nice, she did a great job with her routine. Another girl with major dance moves and a genuinely pleasant persona as well.
The dry ice effect came out and ...
zombies were everywhere. One was right next to my SIL when she turned around and she about hit the ceiling with her jump (that's funny stuff). That's a Thriller rendition going on in the photo above. Do note that at any time you are free to get up and take advantage of the dance floors. At one time there was a Conga Line going around the restaurant too. It was a very energizing atmosphere and you can't help but want to get up and move!
More solo performances from different artists and instruments,
and more Michael Jackson. ;) We left right after this performance because it was getting late, shirts were coming off (of the male dancers, lol) and the dancing was taking on a little more adult nature. It was nothing obscene, not by any means, but I had an 8-year-old with me who didn't want to see it...I laughed, but truth be told, I think it's sweet that he's conservative and wouldn't change one thing about him. Let the kiddos be kiddos...'cuz that time def. goes by fast. Now that last statement is not to impugn one thing about the show. It was great, we had a great time (my son loved the majority of the show, especially the beatbox...or whatever the proper name is...someone help me, lol), and the Michael Jackson skits (MJ is featured on one of his video games, ha!).
There were quite a few children in the audience, and the entertainers got the kids right out on the floor front and center and they were having a blast. My personal opinion though... why not leave the kiddos at home and have a grande adult-time out on the town. You deserve it, and there's no better place to do that than Orlando, especially true if you're headed to a most excellent night out at Mango's Tropical Cafe!! This was one awesome show. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for the adults, and like I said, there wasn't one person who had their eyes on their cell phone the whole entire night. A place where all eyes are on the stage? Yeah, that's quality entertainment!
Oh how fun and the food looks so very good. I want to go.ReplyDelete
Have a fabulous day. ☺
I'll be in Orlando next month. I want to check this place out when I'm there!!ReplyDelete
Wow, that sure looks and sounds like quite the spot. haha male dancers with shirts off I wouldn't want to see either.ReplyDelete
Must be a guy thing, lol. It was a great show, he's just a tad young. Plus his bedtime is 8:30. ;)Delete
Cant wait to visit next month!ReplyDelete
It really looks like a lot o ffun. But all I can do is drool at the food!! OMG so yum looking!ReplyDelete
My Mom is in Orlando a couple of times a year, I'll have to be sure she knows about this place. It sounds like a blast, and she loves musical shows.ReplyDelete
What a party atmosphere Mango's creates. My best friend lives in Orlando, next time I visit, we will have to check it out.ReplyDelete
Dinner and a show sounds like great fun, and this show must be since nobody was looking at their phones. If we ever get back to Orlando, I'll have to see about stopping in.ReplyDelete
Such a fun and entertaining place to go to when you're on vacation. And what makes it better is that there's good food as well! It's perfect for the summer!ReplyDelete
What a fun time! It sounds like the do an awesome job with the entertainment!ReplyDelete
This place looks like it has such a cool atmosphere. I have got to visit some time.ReplyDelete
Oh, this is a nice cafe. We have many tropical cafes here in ur country.ReplyDelete
I think this would be a fun place to visit the next time I go to FL to visit my dad. He lives in the Orlando area. That food looks like it taste amazing.ReplyDelete
Good food and great entertainment, sounds like a great option.ReplyDelete
This looks like an amazing place to dine out and enjoy the entertainment. I do agree about keeping the kiddos at home. The adults all need a fantastic night out sometimes. Thanks for sharing your experience at the Mangos Tropical Cafe.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful cafe in Orlando. When I get there, I will drop by in this place.ReplyDelete
This looks like so much fun! The colors are so bright and beautiful. The food looks amazing too! What a great place :)ReplyDelete
Talk about dinner and a show! We're planning another Orlando vacation, and this is going on the list of places we hit!ReplyDelete
Crazy! I have been here! We had such a great time!ReplyDelete
Oh man! We were JUST in Orlando, and we decided not to go there. I can't remember why exactly. I think the kids wanted pizza or something. =(ReplyDelete
Next time! It's def. a show worth catching. And they have pizza. :)Delete
What a hapening place to visit. I'd love to go check out the club, food, entertainment and dancing there!ReplyDelete
You so deserved this! It looks fun! I like places that have entertainment and food all at the same time.ReplyDelete
It was a nice change of pace, Alissa. So refreshing to just go sit, relax and have a good time somewhere. Top notch entertainment. We had a blast! :)Delete
Wow, it definitely looks like an entertaining show with dinner. And that food looks good, which doesn't always happen at places offering entertainment.ReplyDelete
Well, dang, girl, why didn't you find this place when our son and his family still lived in Orlando? HA!ReplyDelete
It looks like a LOT of fun.
Mangos is a great place to have fun and they also have great food, we love it! :)ReplyDelete
Looks like a fun place to enjoy a night out! And it's not too far from where we are, either!ReplyDelete
This looks like a really cool place. I will have to check it out next time we head to Orlando.ReplyDelete
Wow! Talk about never a dull moment! It looks like so much fun, and a great place to just let loose! - JeanineReplyDelete
This looks like a really great place to dine out and enjoy. I appreciate you sharing, I will have to check it out some day.ReplyDelete
This looks like such a cool place to go! I love the live entertainment while you eat!ReplyDelete
My mouth is watering Rosey.ReplyDelete
I want to come hang out. I never do fun adult stuff!
Oh! And you are a dancer!! You'd be a perfect guest to bring along!! :)Delete
I need to search this place out next time I am in Orlando. The place looks magnificent and the food devine!ReplyDelete
Wow! That does look like a whole lot of fun! And yes, I definitely deserve a night out, too! The food looks amazing, too!ReplyDelete
That looks like so much fun! In my younger years I like hopping from one venue to the next, but now having an amazing meal and entertainment in one place really appeals to me.ReplyDelete
The entertaiment and the food looks amazing!ReplyDelete
That place looks absolutely awesome!! I have to go there.ReplyDelete
What a fun night! The food looks delicious and the entertainment seems great! I would love to bring my hubby and kids here next time we visit Orlando!ReplyDelete
Now that's awesome. You know I like dinner and a show all on one. Maybe we can plan a trip one day... and will add this to the list.ReplyDelete
My goodness, the Mango's Tropical Cafe sounds like a wonderful place with lots of fun to explore & the pictures are amazing enough to inspire you for a visit. The foods looks super delicious and the entertainment you get to enjoy around the place is quiet amazing!ReplyDelete
I would love to go to this place. Great food and entertainment- you can't beat that!ReplyDelete
My colleague is headed to Florida this September. This sounds like a place she would truly love! Will pass along!ReplyDelete
Oh, nice place. I will share this with my friends in Florida so they can visit.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a really amazing show. Wish I was there to witness it. It's been a while since I've seen an elaborate one.ReplyDelete
Food and entertainment! My kind of fun! Too bad they didn't have a kid menu.ReplyDelete
This place literally has it all. This sounds like such a fun place to have a night out!ReplyDelete
Oh, nice place. I remember the last time we went into a cafe to watch a show, that was a nice experienced!ReplyDelete
We are hoping to be in Orlando in a few months. This looks like a great way to spend the evening. The food looks so delicious.ReplyDelete
Looks like a wonderful place and I like to try their food.ReplyDelete
Wow it is wonderful that you got to eat and have dancers/singers/ actors entertain you.ReplyDelete
Wow, you must have enjoyed your stay there. The pictures were enough to tell me that this looks like a cool place, even the menu looks fitting for my taste!ReplyDelete
Omg I'm from Orlando and keep seeing friends of mine post pics of this place!!! It looks like a great time.ReplyDelete
Now that looks like a great time! We are heading to Orlando this October and we will have to check this place out!ReplyDelete
It looks like you had so much fun! The foods looks delicious too.ReplyDelete
Looks like a hot night out. We're going to Orlando in October and I just put this on the list. We will make a reservation for our party of 4.ReplyDelete
This place looks like such a fun dinner place! The entertainment is amazing and the food looks delicious!ReplyDelete
This is a place you make me want to go have dinner. We are headed that way in august will add it to our listReplyDelete
I have heard great things about this place and planning to go in November.ReplyDelete
I would enjoy a night out with my husband at Mangos Tropical Cafe in Orlando. It would be terrific.ReplyDelete
The food looks delicious and the atmosphere must be amazing. I'd love to go there.ReplyDelete
Colourful, fiesta and fun!ReplyDelete
It looks like so much fun! I'd love to watch the dancers and the food looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I live in Orlando, and I have only been to the Mangos in South Beach, Miami. It's been years though. I should totally take my family here. What a great experience, and the food looks so good.ReplyDelete
This does sound really fun, good food and good times!! The kind of place I'd love to experience, but never have!ReplyDelete
WOW I don't how you managed to eat with so much going on in front of you. The fun and everything must have made for a great evening.ReplyDelete