About Hamilton's Kitchen at the Alfond Inn
Winter Park, FL 32789
Hamilton’s Kitchen menus feature current Florida farm to table practices, respecting nature’s sustainable indigenous products, freshly presented with modern culinary techniques. Al fresco dining on the Hamilton’s Kitchen patio is also available. Hamilton’s Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am
Lunch Daily: 11-30am - 2-00pm
Dinner Sun - Tue: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner Wed - Sat: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 7:00am - 2:00pm
Lounge and Bar Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Validated Parking for all restaurant and lounge guests.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining Room available in the restaurant
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Hamilton's Kitchen at the Alfond Inn Ratings and Reviews
Joined a friend for brunch at Hamilton's Kitchen on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The 'Savannah Salmon' dish that I ordered for was fab; So fresh and prepared perfectly with a tasty blue crab sauce atop fresh veggies. There was a good crowd and an acoustical guitarist playing. Since we wanted to chat, we decided to relocate to the terrace. Then we were too hot and moved again. The waiter and the hostess could not have been nicer with the 'musical tables'.
I would recommend that they purchase additional umbrellas for the outdoor tables. The outdoor courtyard and fountain is such a charming venue. It would be a shame to waste the space for lack of sun cover.
The food was very good, if rather pricey. The problem was a limited menue, which would not have been a problem, except they were "out" of the first two choices of food, and didn't have the ingredients for one of their signature cocktails. In fact, the first three things we attempted to order, were not available for one reason or another. For a resteraunt which fashons itself as exclusive, this left a bad impression.
It was pretty good. They must have a problem with little bugs (gnats). They were on our food plates. I mentioned it to the server, and he didn't even ask if I wanted another dish. Then I told the upfront person as well while waiting for my girlfriend while she was at the restroom. She didn't say anything either. I know things happen, but a little acknowledgment would have been nice. Spent $200 with tip and probably wont be going there again.
We had a 6pm reservation for a party of 3 people. We ordered 2 appetizers, one of which was the meatballs which were quite delicious. We then had a salad a split one entree. We each had one glass of wine and were there for over 2 hours!! The amount of time we waited between appetizers and entree was absurd! No apologies, no one checking on us. The food was ok, but the service is in need of some serious work.
Overall pleasant experience. The kitchen unfortunately did not have the meatball appetizer or the other red meat offered on the menu, so the steak was the only option. One of us was wanting something other than fish after 10 days of lovely winter weather in South Florida. We did order the smoked fish spread appetizer since we had not had an opportunity to enjoy some on this trip-sounds odd but it's a s FL specialty we love. Presented in a wide mouthed mason type jar with lid locked down to contain cloud of smoke inside. Our server unlocked & opened it, releasing the wood smoke to whet our appetites. Very nice! The depth of the jar did make it difficult to access the spread with knives, however. It was worth the extra work required as the spread was delicious.
There were three of us; two were very happy and one was not. The unhappy one did not find her meal seasoned as she expected (spicy hot as she told the waiter) - felt it was bland. While the waiter offered to have her meal redone, the offer was rejected as the other two were almost through eating by the time the waiter checked on us. The music was wonderful and appropriate.
We went to Hamilton's Kitchen for our anniversary. The food was excellent. The weather was nice so we dined outside. Once a rather loud-talking table nearby vacated 5-10 minutes after we arrived it was just beautiful. Our server was attentive and pleasant. The restaurant gave us each a complimentary glass of champagne & a small but excellent salmon appetizer. My bride had the veal and a greens salad. I had the filet mignon. Everything was excellent. Just note: this is gourmet food but the atmosphere is very nice but fairly casual.
Had a great reunion with my college roommate. Only issue we had was being next to a large birthday group, which made listening to each other a little difficult.
However, this was a great place to celebrate our friendship and growing up in Maitland and Winter Park.
Granted it was New Year's Eve- Some things were great. Some things were not. We loved our table and felt very comfortable. Our champagne greeting from the waitress was lovely as well as the amuse. It seemed her attention faded a touch after we asked a few questions she didn't have answers for- like what is on the charcuterie board, etc. And after we ordered a wine that ended up not being available- we really felt she avoided. Another server was sent to break the news to us. It happens. NBD. We had our eye on a few selections regardless.
We had a nice start to the meal with a tiny cup of bisque and shrimp cocktail ($30 for 3 very large shrimp-- she pre-warned us the price because it wasn't on the limited NYE menu-- it seemed a bit silly as shrimp were offered for like $6 addition to the salads... but we were celebrating and they truly were delicious.)
We were quite encouraged by the meal up to this point as the salads were lovely as well.
However, the entrees were not nearly as enticing. The sea bass was a thinner cut and floating in a huge bowl of slick pureed potatoes- they were an overly rich texture and overwhelmed the fish and swallowed any other flavor that may have been present in the dish. We would have preferred to have a few more bites of the amuse bouche which was a more tasty version of broiled bass. I requested the Porcini Filet Rare+ but it came out a perfect medium- pink throughout. Though overcooked for me, the filet was hot, tender, and seasoned perfectly- so no harm done. However, there was a room temp smoked mushroom sauce on the plate that was inedible- and I love mushrooms and smokey flavors. Also was a crazy sweet sauce that was very out of place. No one ever stopped by (waitress or other) during this course to check in, though I did see a manager touching several tables.
Overall, we spent around $500 for two people on an ok meal with ok service. Though, I think I will return for a second chance on a non-holiday or for lunch.
The executive chef Jason and his Sous chef Andre' are magicians in the kitchen. We have an enormous list of dietary restrictions to which they handle beautifully. They are consistently turning out phenomenal meals for our family and friends. The wait staff is very friendly and accommodating. We pay high regard to Eduardo for lunch who made our seven year olds birthday lunch special by making them feel like BIG girls. At dinner Ian has shown incredible effort to please. Overall the food is fresh, flavorful and unique. The wait staff is very helpful and kind. We have made Hamilton's Kitchen a regular dining spot for our family.
I mentioned in our reservation it was our wedding anniversary. We were seated at a quiet corner table, received a card from the staff wishing us a happy anniversary, were given a glass each of complimentary sparkling wine, and for dessert complimentary chocolate dipped strawberries on a platter with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. We enjoyed our experience with a few exceptions.
First, we were seated at a table next to the server station and large group with multiple children (I had requested a quiet table away from bathrooms/server station). We asked to move. The hostess realized her mistake and seated us at the quieter, corner anniversary table.
Second, my husband ordered the filet mignon, medium. When it came out it was just beyond rare. When we showed the server she nodded her head saying, "That's our medium, we under cook our steaks." We sent it back, it returned 5 minutes later, this time barely a medium rare. My husband ate it but said it wasn't prepared to his preference. The server said the manager would come to speak to us about it, he/she never did. It was our anniversary and we didn't want to make a stink about it but thought at the very least if we were told a manager would come speak to us he/she should have. Otherwise, we enjoyed our experience and were delighted with the little touches to help make our anniversary special. Despite the small issues we had I would return to this restaurant and would recommend to others.
I loved that this restaurant was in a beautiful hotel. The restaurant was not pretentious, but you knew that you were going to have an excellent experience, which we did. They have an excellent wine list as well as an extensive list of unique and local beers. The waiter was also very attentive and took time to answer our questions.
We have visited Hamilton's Kitchen in the past and thought it would be nice for Christmas Brunch, we were so wrong. Starting with the table setting, no salt and pepper, saucer for a bread and butter plate, no spoon, no butter with bread! Omelette over cooked, my salmon was dish was good but overall, the experience was unacceptable. Server was inexperienced, I expected more from an upscale restaurant.
Food was good, but too rich. Too much butter and salt on just about every element of the dish.
Meal was expensive, but that was expected.
I'd go back, but not too often, mostly b/c I was not blown away for the price.
Service and atmosphere were great, as were drinks and appetizers. We were too stuffed from the richness of dinner to try dessert
A pretentious restaurant trying be a New York or LA high-end restaurant with higher prices than reasonable for what is offered.
Waiter did not know what the soup of the day was ("They're still making it. I'll check.") Soup arrived lukewarm and was sent back to be heated properly.
A $28.- double cut pork chop was ordered butterflied, arrived in one piece.(Waiter: "Oops, look like they forgot.") Served with small helping of collard greens and some grits poorly made, two of the cheapest sides imaginable.
A waste of money.
Unfortunately, this visit did not meet expectations. Last lunch had great service, delicious food, excellent service so expectations were high. Waited a while at hostess station. Soon 6 people waiting. A waiter finally noticed and seated us but refused to give us one of the 2 empty tables next to window. It was after 1 pm and only 5 tables filled so not like any rush expected. Took order after making no recommendations Vis a Vis the new disappointing menu. Some time later, we were served and then no waiter until time for bill. Friend asked for tea refill from the hostess who graciously complied but no new ice. The food was mediocre. The service was nonexistent. And to top it all off, I got a nasty email from Open Table saying I did not keep my rest, and it is Bad when you do not keep res, and I only get xx a year and then cut off. Not going back any time soon. Such an opportunity for Hamilton's to become The Place to go, especially in light of Park Plaza Gardens closing (really, rats? Who is going to go back even if they reopen). 5 tables can't get decent service? Hostess can't stay at station during lunch hour? Menu chosen by ???? They need a lunch menu not a brunch menu. So sad. Prime real estate and can't seem to get their act together. But failure to acknowledge my reservation with Open Table really ticked me off. Sorry Hamilton's, you are living up to all those bad reviews for good reason.
AMAZING!!! We had dinner here Saturday night on the patio for my mothers birthday and let me tell you, the service was impeccable, the food was divine, and the ambiance was spectacular! The manager Alicia visited our table & we chatted for a bit, she was so kind to have the wait staff bring out a special dessert for mom's birthday! It truly made our evening special! I will be returning here to dine regularly!
This was our second time at Hamilton's. The food has always been very good to excellent. Our server was very cold and unfriendly, and were it not for the great conversation with friends she likely would have negatively impacted the evening for us. We will go back, but are hoping we do not have her again.
My wife and I had a Sunday lunch at the Alfond recently. There is outdoor areas to sit and eat, however we preferred the indoor area just off the patio to dine. The food was very good, my wife had the fish tacos and I had the salmon with fried green tomatoes, wonderful. We will be back soon to enjoy the food and friendliness of the staff.
The Alfond is in a hotel owned by Rollins College. We had been there many times, but not to the restaurant. It was our anniversary and we told them that in advance. They greeted us Happy Anniversary and gave us a special dessert as a gift. Everthing was good, except the server could have used a little more training. HOWEVER, note that I am very picky and we are in Florida.
Love, Love, Love this place! When we told our waiter we were celebrating my birthday he immediately brought the whole table each a glass of champagne! We started off with a ceaser salad which you could tell the dressing was made from scratch. Their menu is fresh and exciting and each entree looks like a work of art. We are lucky to have Chef Klingensmith in Winter Park. I can't wait to come back again!
At first I thought the menu looked a little sparse. However, the mix of cuisine styles worked to successfully change my mind. We ordered two items that are very easy to overcook and serve dry, double cut pork chop and yellow fin snapper. Both were perfectly cooked. I mean perfect! Not to moist and not too dry. The pork was on a bed of tangy grits (cider had a vinegar tang) and I wanted to trade for those BUT the black beans and rice under my fish was just as tempting. Completely different flavors but both excellent in their own right. We will be back; I know my husband was eyeing the filet!
This is the second time we were at Hamilton's Kitchen. The menu is very limited and that night they were out of two fish dishes. When the food arrived the meal was luke warm. The staff quickly reheated the meal and was very apologetic. Additionally, the portions for the value are not there. Although the service was very good the food, value and selection is not consistent with an upscale restaurant.
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