The long awaited Sugar Factory Orlando at I-Drive 360 is now officially open! We were invited to a tasting before the restaurant opened (we had also been expecting to visit during a trial period, but that didn’t work out, so the review part is limited). I expect this to be an extremely popular location – especially for celebrations. Reservations can be made on the Sugar Factory Orlando website – and I would encourage making a reservation ahead of time. The menu is huge – I didn’t see it in person, but the food portion alone spans about 10 pages online. Add to that all the drinks and desserts, and it is a lot to read through.
The Sugar Factory is located right next to the Orlando Eye building, which also features Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium.
The Sugar Factory sign can be seen when walking out of the parking garage. Parking is free at I-Drive 360, which is a nice bonus.
There is a window with chairs here, which wasn’t open for business when we were there.
The restaurant was about 10 days from opening when we visited for the tasting. There is one dining room, and a full bar.
Here is our video look at the Sugar Factory Orlando, then read our article!
60 ounce Goblet drinks are one of the specialties here. They can be served with or without alcohol. We tried shot-size samples of 4 different flavors. This one is the Ocean Blue with Hpnotiq, Blueberry Schnapps, Stoli Blueberry Vodka and Bacardi Razz.
Goblets include candy and dry ice. This is the Mai Tai, and my favorite of those we tried.
The goblets are very popular! This photo includes the Lollipop Passion – the signature drink here, second from left.
We photographed full-sized dishes before trying samples of some of them. This is the Chicken & Waffles, which is fried chicken and two belgian waffles, drizzled with a white cheddar-maple Mornay sauce. We didn’t try this one.
We tried a sample of the Bolognese Rigatoni. This was a nicely flavored dish, one I would order in the future.
I didn’t try the Fresh Mixed Berry Crepe, but you can’t ever go wrong with fresh berries.
The Red Velvet Pancakes come with 3 pancakes, white chocolate chunks and orange zest. I enjoyed the sample of this, I’m a fan of red velvet everything.
Our table enjoyed the Sugar Factory Meatballs. I’d prefer just a little less mozzarella on them. I like mozzarella, but I prefer to taste more of the meatball.
The online menu currently calls this a Margarita Flatbread. Usually it would be spelled Margherita, I’m not sure if that is intentional or not. Either way, it is a decent option, though it wasn’t my favorite of the different items we tried.
My favorite sample (out of maybe 6 or 7 food items) was the Chicken Paillard. It was surprisingly tasty. Chicken can be hit-or-miss, and this should be a healthier option as well.
We didn’t try the Fried Macaroni and Cheese Pops, even though we had a server and manager trying to find some for us. Apparently they were good as well.
There are so many other menu items including burgers, steak and salmon.
Of course, the Sugar Factory is known for – and excels at – its sweet concoctions. That includes at least 10 different types of milkshakes.
This milkshake is called “Make a Wish”.
The fruit on this one looks real, but it isn’t.
The biggest dessert of all? The World Famous Sugar Factory King Kong Sundae. It has 24 scoops of ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, toasted marshmallows and much more. The menu says it serves 12.
Sparklers are lit on the King Kong Sundae.
Here is a look at pretzels, sprinkles, lollipops, and much more added to the sundae.
I tried a few spoonfulls of this Strawberry Cheesecake Overload – it was absolutely delicious. This dessert also could easily be split between 3 guests.
The second room of Sugar Factory Orlando includes a place to purchase ice cream creations, along with a merchandise area.
Bulk candy, packaged candy, and other merchandise items are in the shop.
A Sugar Factory holiday rubber duck sat in front of Sugar Factory Orlando mugs.
Other Sugar Factory Mugs were nearby.
I call this the Pez and Playboy corner. I’ve never been to any other Sugar Factory, but I’m guessing the Playboy section is much bigger in other locations like Las Vegas.
Pez items currently include Muppets, Marvel and Minions.
Star Wars Pez dispensers.
Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are the themes of these larger ones.
There is a small amount of clothing.
One wall includes the bulk candy, and there are bins too.
Giant Rice Krispies Treats.
Large Hershey’s Kisses. You can see there is a theme here of giant candy items.
Anna and Elsa can also be found in gummies form.
There are Disney Frozen spin pops.
Star Wars popping candy.
1980’s Nostalgic Candy.
1970’s Nostalgic Candy.
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate is in the vintage look.
Photos in the dining room include this little girl with a cake.
This is the dining room at the end of the event, ready for guests.
The Sugar Factory Orlando is located at 8371 International Drive, Suite 80.