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About Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando
NORMAN'S, at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, offers the unique flavors of celebrity Chef Norman Van Aken's “New World Cuisine." Conveniently located just 2 miles from the Orange County Convention Center, NORMAN'S is the recipient of the prestigious AAA 4 Diamonds and Mobil 4 Stars Awards as well as the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
NORMAN'S cuisine, is a celebration of the many different culinary and cultural influences that make Florida a unique place; it seamlessly combines Caribbean, Latin-American, and Asian flavors in dishes such as Yuca stuffed Crispy Shrimp, Key West Yellowtail Snapper, or Roasted Pork Havana.
Orlando, FL 32837
Contemporary American, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
John Young Parkway
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking Details: NORMAN'S offers complimentary Valet Parking to all guests dining at our Restaurant.
Norman Van Aken
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Available for buyouts and partial buyouts. Private dining and semiprivate dining areas are available as well.
Norman's has private dining options for groups from 8-400 guests. Allow Norman's to prepare a custom menu for your group showcasing the inspirations of Florida's most awarded James Beard recipient Chef Norman Van Aken. Guests may work with our sommelier for personalized wine pairings.
Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Ratings and Reviews
One of the best dining experiences I've ever had. The staff have been nothing but lovely and attentive and the food has been fantastic. You've really made our anniversary so special, and as someone who travels to Orlando yearly, I can honestly say that we will be back. If you really want a dining experience that is truly worth every penny than this is the place for you.
Thank you for a wonderful meal as expected by Ritz-Carlton, we had a great anniversary dinner our waiter Miloos was very professional, He explained the whole menu very nice and we tried the tasting menu, wine pairing was wonderfully paired with our meal. we will be back
We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairing and it was incredible. The wine was thoughtfully chosen to compliment each course and the food was outstanding from start to finish. We return to the Ritz Carlton every August for a getaway and will continue to make an evening at Norman's part of that tradition.
Norman's was AWESOME. Delicious food in all different varieties, great wine and drinks and we sat outside in the terrace and it was beautiful. Corey was our waiter and he was incredible. He took time to get to know us, help us pick food and he was sommelier and helped pair wines and drinks that enhanced the meal and experience. He was somwell read and made the night even better. The food was delicious - best meal I've had in a LONG time. Can't recommend it enough and if you go, ask for Corey!
We were tired from a long drive to Orlando. Beginning with the martinis, everything improved. The service was exceptional, and the food was delicious. The prices were reasonable, and my wife and I benefited from the attentive, friendly - without hovering - service.
It is our hope to dine at Normans on our next visit. We usually stay at the Ritz, and we always visit Normans when we are there. We have not yet been disappointed in food quality or in service. We hope to see you soon.
I finally made it to Norman's at The Ritz. We decided to go there to celebrate my 50th birthday. I have been lucky enough to have eaten at Norman's in Coral Gables as well as his second restaurant in the Gables that I can't remember the name. Chef Van Aken never disappoints. As soon as we were seated the staff greeted us with a special gift as well as a glass of Prosecco. What a special night made even better by the staff at Norman's. His yuca stuffed shrimp have been around for ever and they should go into the Food Hall of Fame. The pork belly is incredible. The guava pork chops were incredibly juicy and flawlessly cooked. If you are celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for GREAT food do yourself a favor and go to Norman's at The Ritz.
We went to Norman's to celebrate wedding anniversaries with another couple. The four of us splurged on the tasting menu with wine pairing, which was described as the chef's most famous dishes. The atmosphere was beautiful, and while we left dinner satisfied and happy, there were a few disappointments along the way. The seven course tasting menu had one standout dish--the snapper. Yum! The second course fois gras billed as "french toast," however, was overly sweet, so much that we couldn't even taste the fois gras from under the dessert-style sauce and moscato dessert wine. This would have been great for dessert, but it bewildered us as a second course. Likewise, the pork tenderloin was served with a plate full of sauce (a pool that covered the entire plate) that masked what may have been a delicious cut of meat. A few times throughout the meal, we asked about the brand of wine or source for olive oil, but no answers were forthcoming. We were told that "this is a sparkling rose" or "we get our olive oils from different sources." It seems that a four-star restaurant should expect this type of question from guests and be prepared with answers or at least find the answers for us. The timing and service were a bit off throughout the evening. Our wine pairings often showed up much earlier than the accompanying course, with a long wait until the food course was served, but at other times, courses arrived very quickly in succession. We had to ask for water refills, a couple of requests for a cocktail, and waited a bit long for the bill while our waiter had a long conversation with the only other couple left in the restaurant. Maybe they were more interesting or better looking than two middle aged couples like us? While our experience was pleasant, it wasn't what we expected from a four star restaurant, especially with a tasting menu that was billed as the best of the chef's repertoire. I'm glad I went, but I'm not sure I'll return.
We tried cocktails. Their Dark & Stormy interpretation, called Regatta of 1888 was well received. The Norman's Negroni was refreshing. Wine with dinner was very good - good selection. They have an electronic pad with all the bar info. Easy and informative. Very helpful.
On our previous visit, we were not advised that we could order a la carte from the tasting menu. I ordered the yellowtail snapper entree and it was excellent. The grouper crusted with the Serrano ham was excellent as well.
Love the ambience. Beautiful surroundings/views.
I was celebrating my 2nd wedding anniversary. The occasion started good but then it went down the hill super fast, when the service was taking for ever and the servers did not constantly check on us. The tasting menu is 80% seafood. I ordered the Tbone aged steak, (21 days aged is not enough to have rich flavor) It was tasteless, my wife ordered the filet mignon, we made sure that the server know that my wife is pregnant and her steak has to be cooked WELL DONE, after waiting for 2 hours for our steaks, they brought it out medium RARE, that is when I called it a day and asked for the bill and left. Will never go back there again,.
I am still trying to comprehend my experience at Norman's. Never before have I had my expectations so unendingly exceeded and it began even before I set foot in the restaurant. I received a courtesy call from Laura to advise that a large party of 70 had just booked and she wanted to make sure I was aware. She offered a number of opportunities for me should the volume be a concern which included having two separate tables prepared so that my wife and I could choose upon arrival.
Sarah was our server and she was absolutely delightful. While she made every initial effort to keep the interactions very professional, which started by attempting to pin down the proper pronunciation of my last name, I was very quick to keep things in a more personal first name basis which she adapted to very quickly. She was also very sensitive and responsive to my wife's medical dietary condition. We both wished to have Norman's signature menu but there were a few items that were not an option for my wife. Sarah coordinated with the chef and made a few adjustments so we could enjoy the 6-course experience together. Sarah was also quite accommodating to the fact that I do not drink. I'm not sure if every meal there begins with a toast but ours did, and while my wife enjoyed a glass of champagne, Sarah very thoughtfully provided me with a similarly glassed ginger ale. She even sourced outside of the restaurant so that I could have root beer which was what I asked for but they did not have. I suppose having a large hotel surrounding the restaurant helps to make that happen, but nevertheless it was a much appreciated action.
And the food. Oh the food. Everything was prepared perfectly and full of life. My second course of Chef Norman's Legacy dish conch chowder brought literal tears to my eyes as it stirred many happy memories of my childhood with every bite. It was one of the more unique moments I have ever had during a meal.
Simply put, dinner at Norman's was a perfect experience.
Norman's is the best special occasion restaurant in Orlando. We have been dining there 2 to 3 times a year for 13 years and never have been disappointed. From the superb service to the delicious bread with an array of olive oil spices as well as the fried green tomato,yuca shrimp and serrano encrusted grouper and an imaginative wine list in elegant surrounding make the evening memorable. Also they have the best cheese selection if a tasty desert is not desired.
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