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Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando
Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando
  • Address:
    4012 Central Florida Parkway
    Orlando, FL 32837
    Neighborhood:
    I Drive / Sand Lake
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.normans.com
  • Email: normans@normans.com
  • Phone: (407) 393-4333
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Norman Van Aken
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Available for buyouts, partial buyouts, and private dining room available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: John Young Parkway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking Details: NORMAN'S offers complimentary Valet Parking to all guests dining at our Restaurant.
A word from 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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "All the food was as delicious as it looked. A real foodie place that regular eaters all loved"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great food great service which made for a great night."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the views from the patio were great. Our server was not knowledgeable about the menu and did a poor job of pairing wines with our food choices."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We picked Norman's based on the menu concept and didn't read much about it. We were so surprised with the level of care and service, as with Frank our waiter. We chose to build our own tasting menu. The wine pairing was perfect,everyone was spot on for everything. The Fish, pork, Ceviche and dessert were amazing. We have essentially nothing bad to say about this place. I have been to many Ritz Carlton in the past, and this instillation of a restaurant decimates every other property I have dined at. Technically this is not affiliated with the hotel, but they elevate the quality of the hotel just by being there."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Dinner at Norman's is beyond any resonable expectation. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and still fun. The menu is unique, with Norman's creative touch seen in every dish - each of which is perfectly executed. Our favorites were the Pork Havana, steak tartare and conch chowder - all unique renditions and splendid. You simply cannot find a better dining experience in Orlando. And you must try the White Cloud cocktail - knocks it out of the park."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant. Outstanding service! Nice place for dinner in Orlando."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I have eaten here before and while it was still a top notch meal, the service this time was just a bit sloppy. We all had the tasting menu and the courses were intermittently explained and the staff seemed harried. They were very friendly and nice, but the service for a tasting menu experience was just a bit off."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We have been in fine dining restaurants from Maui to New York City. Norman's offered my wife and I the best experience ever. The food was excellent and the service was off the charts. We had an awesome experience and when we return to the area we will be back!!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The waiter doted on us. It was a wonderful experience. But I expect that at a Ritz-Carlton."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Came for mom's birthday & enjoyed the dining experience. Service who was lead by Fernando O was impeccable. Fernando did an excellent job in paying attention to details & providing info on the food & recommendations. had tapas: fried green tomatoes, crevice shrimp, oyster; dinner: sea bass, venison; dessert: banana foster, island cake all were so good. Will definitely come back when in Orlando. Mom had a very memorable birthday meal with the terrific service good did food."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I had a wonderful experience eating here during my brief trip to Orlando. My party & I had been looking for a fine dining experience & were not disappointed with Norman's. I would recommend every single dish we each had (but especially the pork belly tapas, foie gras french toast, and chicken mofongo stuffed with foie gras). Their selection of wines is impressive as well; our waiter informed us that most if not all of the floor waiters have sommelier training, and we tasted first-hand how well his recommendations paired with our meal. Overall a great experience, and we will definitely return the next time we're in town!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We arrived for 9:00 and were asked by the host to wait while she took phone pictures for another couple. Once seated the table was extremely wobbly. No big deal that was addressed once we mentioned it. Ordered two drinks and wine with dinner. My wife never received her drink we had to ask for it. When the wine was brought over only one glass accompanied it. I had to ask for the second glass. The appetizers came out fairly quickly however the main course took some time. The wait staff seem overwhelmed so that may have been the reason for some of the missteps. The server in particular however was not the friendliest. Maybe she was having a bad day. We weren't until now Don't want to get anyone in trouble just thought you would want to know."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We just dined for my son's 21st bday, six of us, and Paul provided exceptional service while Chef Norman Van Aken prepared an unbelievable tailored tasting menu for us clearly showing off fine ingredients prepared to perfection. From the personalized menu--literally said my son's name and Happy Birthday, to the extensive wine list, knowledgeable staff, and the delightful amuse-bouche to kick off our several hour display of creative Latin, Caribbean, Asian, and African flavors that danced in our mouths. Paul also paired select wines beautifully. We are foodies from the Washington DC area and found the attention to detail and the value outstanding. We were all treated like kings/queens and I can't wait to go back--special occasion or not!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Our meal and experience at Norman's at the Ritz -Carlton was outstanding. It is a sophisticated restaurant located in a beautiful hotel. The ambiance, service heighten the meal. Three members of my family went for dinner just before New Year's and each had a different meal. All three meals were equally spectacular. We have already recommended friends to the this restaurant and they were equally impressed."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The taste menu is a complete palate experience and the wine peering was a perfect compliment to the meal. You will not regret this exquisite culinary experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "With two young kids my wife and I do not get out like we used to. So when we finally carved out some couple time I decided to branch out of our usual food haunts and Norman's delievered did not disappoint. First rate service, great food and quiet atmosphere made our night out something to remember and with so many great menu selections that we could not try in one sitting. We have already started to plan our next time at Norman's."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My wife and I were driving down from Wilmington NC to Jupiter to see the Cardinals play. We decided to stop off at the RC for some Spa and food. Normans was a great experience. Highly recommend on all dimensions"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "From arriving early and waiting at the bar to the last of dessert, exactly what fine dining should be. Warm seamless service (I never even noticed when the water glasses were refilled), beautiful room, outstanding food. We were a group of five and each had appetizers, main course, dessert, wine. We asked our wait person to pick the wine and his choice was excellent. More surprising he picked something reasonably priced, not sticker shock. Presentation of the food matches the quality, outstanding. The staff are genuinely warm and happy to see guests enjoy themselves. A restaurant run this well becomes the backdrop for guests to enjoy themselves, exactly what you get at great restaurants in Europe. Overall, wonderful."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Norman's has been a tradition for celebrating significant birthday's. It has the class that I look for when wanting to make a celebration extra special. The entire staff was friendly without losing its professionalism; a balance that only the better restaurants can maintain."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a dinner of 75 two years ago that was superb. Went back for just 4 of us over weekend...just as great of an experience: food and service. We will be back...."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Norman's is exactly what you expect from the Ritz Carlton. Intimate, dim-lit, full of classic elegance. We made the mistake of blindly following the sommelier and not asking what his recommendation cost. 2 bottles later, our bar bill was over 300 dollars. My fault, not his. That aside, the prices are reasonable - expensive, but reasonable. The foie gras French toast was not good. The foie and the toast were so similar in texture it was hard to identify where one ended and the other began. Even foie lovers should pass on this one. Oysters on the half shell were perfect. Small, sweet, luxurious. The chimichurri steak was also perfect. Perfectly cooked and perfectly balanced seasoning. Snapper was excellent. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Norman is a great chef with a dedicated staff . The experience is great . The restaurant is expensive. We like the tasting menu but on this visit they did not offer that choice on the menu ."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Exceptional service and high quality food - almost NY or SF but not quite. Noise level is a little high but not so much you cannot have table conversation. Advise jackets for men and nice slacks or dress for women. Great setting for a business dinner. A little too noisy for romance. Good wine list and they don't try to push you to the higher priced wine, which is a nice plus. You can get a killer bottle of red below $70. All in all, a great experience. Did I say the service is FIRST CLASS, representative of a much more expensive restaurant. Not 5 star but definitely 4 Star. Oh, do not take children under the age of 10."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Outstanding dinner experience. Great service, creative, well done entrees, excellent wine list and fantastic service. I will be back."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants that I have eaten at and we dine out frequently at high end restaurants."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Always Excellent .... Love the "Havana Banana"... For sure we would return !!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were here one year ago and couldn't wait to return (we live in Chicago). Norman's lived up to our expectations and even went beyond in the wine dept. since my husband ordered a case of the wine he enjoyed so much. My husband's yellowfin snapper was wonderful and my appetizer empanadas were terrific. Don't miss this place--it is special."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Food was amazing, we chose from a set Valentines Day menu, every course was better than the previous! The wait staff and food service was excellent, only hiccup was a semi-rude hostess. The wine selection was definetly for advanced wine aficionados, which is a good thing, but the bar in the restaurant was so small we had to goto the lobby bar while we waited for our table. Overall I can't wait for the opportunity to dine here in the future."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We used to be regular diner's at Normans, but due to other restaurants opening up in the area, we had not been back in some time. We decided to go back for our NYE dinner this year. We were surprised by the inconsistent nature of the menu. One dish would be wonderful and the next dish felt uninspired. When you are charging a premium over your normal experience, the guest expects more from the kitchen. The increased price wasn't justified by what was served on the plate."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "What an awesome experience. Everything and everyone that worked there was perfect. ISO and Dora really took care of us and the food was heavenly !!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Exactly what you would expect from the Ritz although there was more ambient noise."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was a special occasion dining splurge for us. Our server, Frank, was simply the best in his recommendations and his level of service. My husband had the Pork Havana 35, which was delicious, perfectly cooked and a very ample portion. I made a special request by choosing an item from the tasting menu as a main course, the Serrano Crusted Sea Bass which came with a chorizo risotto. The fish itself was also perfectly cooked and delicious, however, the risotto was a tad undercooked and lacked creaminess. I decided not to bring this to our server's attention because the dish was so tasty otherwise."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Spent a great evening at Norman's celebrating a birthday. I had noted the birthday event when making the reservation through Opentable. We were surprised to find the menu's printed with a birthday greeting and one of the menus was given to the birthday guest as a memento. The staff was attentive without being intrusive. The food was outstanding. The vegetarian selection was inventive and delicious. Looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Fantastic as usual, but I felt service missed a beat. Wrong wine to wrong person. A bit off step for the evening. Mind you, this is Ritz Carlton and Normans, so there were four servers for our table, but they have been historically tighter and more in sync."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The meal was absolutely amazing!. The staff were exceptional: attentive, knowledgeable and so accomodating. The food was from start to finish tremendous. It was an unbelievable meal with a nice atmosphere. Will definitely go again and recommend this to all."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "It's a perfect spot for a romantic date or special occasion."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The dining experience was wonderful!! The foie gras and the Chatd'Yquem were to die for(twice). The yellow tail snapper was some of the best fish I have ever eaten, if not the best. The wait staff, both of them, made the dining a delightful meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. They would enjoy it very much!!!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed an excellent meal @ Norman's when down for a conference. The ambiance was beautiful, but the crowd was energetic, lively and the place was packed. In addition, although between seasons, ate a delectable, modified four course Tasting Menu. Norman's flexibility was outstanding and cheers to Melisa, my server, in approaching the kitchen and asking. Food Presentations were eclectic, Service was timely. What's not to like !!!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting an incredible dining experience, from the appetizers-Shrimp Cevice and Empanadas which were awesome, to the Conch Soup-possibly one of the best soups I have ever had, to the entrees of pork, chicken and the fish-all outstanding, The wine list provided many great choices a little pricy but plenty of variety. In the end would and will go back my next time in town."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Very fancy. Very expensive. Very good. Great service."
    Dined on 12/30/2013