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
Had a great reunion with my college room ...
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 thi ...
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 ch ...
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 ou ...
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 be ...
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 th ...
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 bu ...
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 ...
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 e ...
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 n ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 Rollin ...
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 to ...
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!
The entire staff from hostess to server ...
The entire staff from hostess to server and chef were outstanding. As this was our anniversary they went out their way to treat us in a very special manner. The food was outsnading. Unique presentations and great menu.
At first I thought the menu looked a lit ...
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 Hamil ...
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.
As usual our Brunxh with dear grinds was ...
As usual our Brunxh with dear grinds was cordial and cozy. Our waiter, Eduardo, has helped us previously and he is delightful. He gives us all necessary info on selections and has a delightful personality. The venue is so pleasant and good was delicious. Our favorite place for Brunch and dinner.
My friends met here at noon on a weekday ...
My friends met here at noon on a weekday lunch to celebrate a friend's birthday. The waiter was attentive and helpful with menu suggestions. The food was very good, including the broiled salmon, shrimps & grits, and the chicken/almond/cranberry salad. After the meal, the waiter delivered a special treat for the birthday person. I thought that was a nice touch, because we did not make arrangements for this ahead of time. The dining room manager checked in to make sure we were satisfied. She also came back to take a photo of our group. Again, it was a nice touch.
This was my first time eating here. I thought the menu was somewhat limited, with breakfast items and a few lunch items. That seemed unusual for a weekday noon meal. Overall, the food, service, and atmosphere is special. I will likely return, maybe for breakfast or dinner. I would also recommend Hamilton's to anyone interested in a different type dining experience in Winter Park.
Went there for brunch on Sunday morning. ...
Went there for brunch on Sunday morning. First, the bartender seemed to have just woken up (10:30AM) as he did not have his bank nor celery for the Bloody Mary's, and the drinks were weak to say the least!
Then as we were seated the hostess complained to us, like we cared, that they were short staffed stating that wait staff did not show up, and it was Parents Weekend at nearby Rollins College blah blah blah. It took 45 minutes for our four breakfast plates to arrive. It looked like the food was thrown on the plate in a rush. I had the Eggs Benedict. It was not on a toasted English muffin as stated in the menu, but on a soggy greasy toasted piece of bread . The roasted potatoes while tasty were under portioned so I guess they improvised and threw some greens on to fill the plate. We dealt with multiple waiters who rushed to and fro especially when a group of about 35-40 people came for a party. We were just relieved that our order was in before they arrived. The poor party was short seats, and stares came our way because our table would have been perfect for the kids since we were adjacent to the main table.
We would have willingly moved if we were asked and given some free drinks for the imposition. Instead some members of the party were seated on the other side of the room which caused a constant stream of parents parading back and forth to their kids asking them not to break anymore plates, and to behave. As usual in these instances, I blame management. They have unreliable help and standards are not kept in the kitchen. I cancelled my Thanksgiving dinner reservation there.
Very happy with the high level of servic ...
Very happy with the high level of service we received from a great staff starting with the Hosts and following with Pietro as well as Ron who were all fantastic. The food was also excellent and as the early evenings are cooling, the beautiful outside patio was wonderful.
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