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
We ate here twice during a 5 day stay an ...
We ate here twice during a 5 day stay and were wowed by the food both times. The "bread cart" that came to our table with three gourmet olive oil choices to try was a nice touch. The food celebrates fusion of different ingredients together and really comes up with amazing combinations. All three of us had fabulous dishes. The dessert was a work of art and so delicious too. I'd give this restaurant high marks for ambiance, food and service. All top notch.
We made reservations but arrived early s ...
We made reservations but arrived early so opted to eat at the bar. Lauren and the male bartender were fabulous and made great Long Islands and margaritas. We had the filet and chicken. Both were cooked to perfection. Organic potatoes were interesting. Definitely a fine dining experience.
This was our first visit but won't be ou ...
This was our first visit but won't be our last. The bar pre-dinner was very nice with great complimentary munchies. The service was top notch, our table was ready on time, and the food was fabulous. The menu had a very good mix of standards plus specialty items such as the fois gras French toast. Yum. The wine list included an extensive list of wines by the glass which works well if both of you want something different.
The food is always great here. But the s ...
The food is always great here. But the service from Sarah was phenomenal. She made wonderful suggestions and was extremely warm and welcoming. I also noticed she was the only head waiter in the place so - you go girl. Chef Norman, you've got a winner in her and Aidan.
It was a pleasure to dine at Norman VanA ...
It was a pleasure to dine at Norman VanAiken's restaurant for our anniversary! Everyone from the hostess to the servers and managers made us feel special! Kudos to all of the Chefs.... The menu offers many creative selections and everything was prepared expertly!! Thank you!
I have reviewed this restaurant several ...
I have reviewed this restaurant several times before and it NEVER fails. My wife and I took our daughters who had not joined us since they were too little to remember and when we left my oldest daughter (9) said, "Now I know why you and Mommy come here so much" The kids enjoyed the fried green tomatoes with us and had the kids steak which was better than any steakhouse on the planet. I had the filet myself this time mixing it up from m normal fish and it was incredible. My wife had the Tuna and salad and as always it was perfect. Desert was the cheese tray for us and ice cream for the kiddos. As always it was perfect.
Just a wonderful find! Exceptional fres ...
Just a wonderful find! Exceptional fresh fish, prepared close to perfectly. Attentive service- a little obtrusive (not everyone who serves you should introduce themselves with a hand shake). Their conch chowder is the best I've had. Only false note was the odd nutmeg cookie that came with an unusual chocolate mousse- not my taste. But go. It's lovely.
our family went a couple of days before ...
our family went a couple of days before our new years eve dinner and for the most part it was positive. My wife's fried tomatoes was ok nothing special. BUT our new years eve dinner was big fat ZERO. First we felt rushed, the waiter never presented the dinner menu, and worst of all the wagyu steak my wife had was junk!!!! Hamburger would have been better. Very odd since the dinner a few days before the eve was good. They did take off $25 but the bill was still >>$500. Certainly not worthy that amount of money. It really put a damper on new years eve.
The restaurant is beautiful, and our wai ...
The restaurant is beautiful, and our waiter did amazing job, his wine recemmendation and food it was spot on.. that's what you expect from Ritz -Carlton. high class restaurant, we checked in to the hotel only 1 day. next we will stay more :)
Identity crisis, it might of been a fine ...
Identity crisis, it might of been a fine dinning restaurant years ago, now its cateres for the masses, it was like sitting in a cruise dinning room. Children crying, music was loud, weird dress code, everything from jackets to hoodies and sneakers. Food was average, snapper was equivalent to Bonefish, no wow factor.
Told the restaurant I had a severe nut a ...
Told the restaurant I had a severe nut allergy to the hostess, the waiter, the water person everyone was informed. I ordered a salad, they put nuts at the bottom I did not notice. Half way through eating my salad my throat began to close and I had to rush out of the restaurant go through the hotel to the valet, and get my epipen out my car before they were entirely closed. Restaurant sends loss prevention guy with a dollar store medial kit to act like he was going to help me. All they were interested was getting all my personal details, why would I want to talk to them when I just had a severe allergic reaction, we ended up leaving to take me to the hospital.
we had dinner twice once during the norm ...
we had dinner twice once during the normal menu and then on new years eve. The "normal" menu was outstanding but the new year eve dinner which for the most part was good the wagyu steak my wife had was absolutely terriable. They were nice about it and gave us a $ 25 credit but the special occasion was lost in the disappointing meal which was still very very expensive.
Me and my husband were celebrating our a ...
Me and my husband were celebrating our anniversary, our reservation was at 7:45 by 8 we were still waiting at the lounge bar so the manager came to apologize to us, and offered us free drinks, once we got to our table he came back and apologized again for the wait this time he asked what kind of wine we would like and brought a bottle free of charge. Once our server heard it was our anniversary he gave free champagne to toast with!, the whole experience was great! The food amazing lots of flavor and the service beyond perfection, when you go ask for David he was awesome
The service was exceptional and the atmo ...
The service was exceptional and the atmosphere of the restaurant is perfect for a nice date night. However, I think the food was trying a bit too hard to be unique while losing focus on what really matters: taste! The food was not bad, but it also wasn't great. I didn't find the experience worth it at this price point, but I am probably more critical of food than most so your mileage may vary.
We dined at Norman's Christmas Eve. It ...
We dined at Norman's Christmas Eve. It was a priced fixe menu with four courses. Even though it was a limited menu, the variety was ample to please all. Wonderful service, food was delicious and an overall wonderful evening. When in Orlando during the holidays we always make a point of dining at Norman's.
In the past, we have dined at Norman's ...
In the past, we have dined at Norman's several times and enjoyed our dinners. Unfortunately, our Christmas Eve experience was not good.
The dinner was a Prix Fix menu for $115 pp and offered 2 choices of the 1st plate and 2nd plates and 4 choices for the main entre and 2 choices for desert.
Our group ordered both of the choices for the 1st & 2nd plates. The salad, which was ordered by 2 from our group, was underwhelming at best: a light smear of goat cheese on the plate with 2 small leaves of romaine, a slice of strawberry , drizzled with a very undefinable dressing and a few small pieces of pecans. The other plate was an oxtail terrine. The other 2 in our party found it interesting and perhaps the better choice.
The 2nd plate was a choice of Asapao Seafood or a squab breast. The soup was the better choice, but was not impressive and the squab was tasteless and extremely difficult to eat because of the bones and the toughness of the meat.
The main entres chosen were the Venison, the Corvina(fish), and the filet mingon. The Corvina was over cooked and dry. The Venison, although ordered rare was served medium. The filet minion was just "ok".
The desert choice was either a small sampling of apple strudel with a very small amount of ice cream and the other choice was chocolate mousse. The strudel was tasty but the mousse was average.
Needless to say, this meal which cost our group of 4 around $550( drinks not included) was NOT up to the standard that Norman's usually offers. In fact, overall the meal was extremely disappointing for such a special night.
Not sure I would return again especially for a fixed menu.☹️
PS: The entertainer (guitar singer) was also disappointing. His selection of music was extremely limited and both his guitar and his voice were off key.
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