Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando
Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (127)romantic (111)notable wine list (94)fit for foodies (84)scenic view (47)good for groups (33)great for outdoor dining (29)neighborhood gem (13)hot spot (11)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Wondeful dining at a great location
    RitzGem
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This beautiful restaurant is located in the fantastic Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott complex in Orlando. The atmosphere and ambiance are conducive to a culinary experience you will not forget. We checked in at the podium with the hostess and were immediately seated and greeted by our server for the evening. The menu and wine list are fantastic. The menu is limited but each choice is a culinary gem. We tried the fish and veal chop. Both dishes were exceptional, beautifully presented and vibrant in flavor. We tried a peach pastry for dessert which reminded my friend of the quality found in Vienna. Service is world class, with a team of servers taking care of you. The view overlooks the golf course, lots of greenery and water, cannot be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    Dee1
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Quite expensive to eat here, they made it special with a personalized menu, however my lamb was not tender, don't think I'd return for the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A 25th Anniversary to remember!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    From the valet to the host, servers, and renowned Chef, Norman's provided a 25th Anniversary Dinner that we will not forget. Very personalized, attentive, and exquisite! Greeted by name, personalized menus and desserts recognizing our special occasion, were just a few examples of this outstanding experience. The 6 course meal with wine pairing exceeded our expectation as it actually turned into an 8 course meal. Every bite was delicious and a full bouquet of flavors that were masterfully crafted. Thanks Normans!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    dmfnole
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My experience, all around, was amazing from the minute we stepped foot onto the property to the time we left!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Specialselection
    srogner
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Hands down the finest service I've ever experienced in a restaurant. I also found it very rewarding that entire menu was not exclusively $60 beef items but a well rounded with several very well priced options. Dinner for 2 with a shared starter, salads, entrees, and wine was half of what I budgeted for and I would have felt satisfied had I paid more. I could not recommend Norman's any higher.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Norman's at the Ritz Carlton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I spent the weekend at the Ritz Carlton and had dinner at Norman's the first night. I had such a wonderful experience and meal that I returned the next night. Both nights I was surrounded by guests at other tables that eat there often which is a really good sign of how consistently good they are. My head waiter, David Hersey, was outstanding! He and the rest of the staff really took care of me. Everyone at Normans did a wonderful job and I will definitely return in a few months. I had the tasting menu the first night (loved every course and bite) and then the tuna, yellow tail snapper with the peach dessert the second night. Perfection! Thank you for one of the best dining experiences I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very enjoyable
    DinningforFunVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    we selected this restaurant for its high Open Table rating. And, although I only gave it a 4 star, it's a 4 star for this caliber of price and level. Outstanding dishes - appetizers - like the green tomatoes, and the Ceviche . Fair - the grouper just was OK, Lamb was good, but did find the cumin a little over powering. Service is incredible. Atmosphere - great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food
    foodadventure
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    All was great.only complaint was Fried rice with veal chop was way too salty and overly seasoned. Marco was an awesome waiter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for hotel fare....
    WarrenVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Good service. A tad noisey though. Oysters were superb. The stuffed shrimp, not so much. Bothe Snapper and Grouper plates were very well done, indeed. I would return. Quite a few small children at 9:00 PM...but it WAS the land of Disney - I should have expected that...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GourmetLady
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Norman's is easily my all-time favorite restaurant. I wish everyone could experience this kind of service when they dine out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorento
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great food and friendly service. The patio is perfect at night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best
    Mysterydiner1VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Stayed at the Ritz for business 2 nights, never a question about where we dine... Both nights at Here! Normans never fails to be perfection every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Successful business dinner
    Texasricky
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Our group of seven thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, food, wine, and desserts at Norman's. From the time we were seated until we left over two hours later, we felt comfortable at this fine establishment. They are creative with their meals as was the case with our ceviche and spicy shrimp appetizers to the Pork Havana and the spcially prepared sea bass. We will return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unparalleled Excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Rare are the experiences when excellence is exceeded.....Norman's sets a standard for culinary excellence, which is then matched with service excellence and bundled in a warm, inviting and elegant setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best dining experience ever.
    MarkR
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife and I recently celebrated birthdays there and they certainly knew how to make us feel special. From the customize menu to the excellent service. They definitely pay attention to the details here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    cindiVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I cannot say enough good things about Norman's. Everything was impeccable from the valet's greeting to dessert. The food and service were divine, the setting fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The service was excellent at Norman's. Very attentive servers. The only issue was when the waiter described the Veal Chop special of the day, he did not mention the $69 price. It was a bit of a shock when we got the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch service & excellent food!
    JeniJen
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    From the moment we arrived, we were struck with attentive, yet not overbearing service. Every staff member we encountered was very personable and despite us letting them know we had to be through all of our courses in 55 minutes or less, we were assured it would be fine. We had to catch a plane and a delay in our meal would certainly mean missing it. We were assisted with wine pairing and given some excellent recommendations on starters to get us moving along. We had the Ceviche and Fried Green Tomatoes. The bread basket that arrived was probably the best I've ever tasted. Being Cuban/Argentinian, I was very familiar with the style of entrees and can say the Mofongo and Snapper entrees were cooked to perfection. Can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent place
    Miamiatty
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    This place really has the trifecta of excellent food, service and ambiance. I will absolutely go here again. You can tell a lot of prep and skill went into making every dish. Entree portions are a good size for a hungry person. The Snapper entree is the house favorite and it really is excellent. Desserts are sized smaller, so if you have a sweet tooth and are sharing, consider ordering two.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best food in town
    chamadVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This place has a small menu but the food is 5 star. Literally, the best pork belly, venison and pork loin that I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING!
    Scott
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We read several good reviews but the experience - Wow! absolutely delicious, top quality gourmet food. Service was impeccable. Highly recommend for special or any occasion. The views are so peaceful looking out to the lake. We had the Foi Gras, Veal, Seabass, among other delicious dishes. Will be back when in Orlando again. Took special care of dietary restrictions and special attention to celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    dynastydiners
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    From the moment we sat down the service and food were excellent. The veal chop was possibly the best dish we have ever eaten. We were fighting over dessert. Oh my so yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!!
    hancock708
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our 9th Wedding Anniversary dinner and it was perfect. From the complimentary champagne to start to the personalized dessert plates, Norman's was perfect. We asked for, and received, a tasting menu and wine pairing for 4. We started with octopus and finished with bison. Paul, our server, made our dinner fun and enjoyable and not stuffy!! Thank you Norman's for a dinner I'll remember forever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well prepared, well served.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Very tasty and excellent service. Havana Pork had terrific sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service and wine list
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Excellent menu choices.. Wonderful atmosphere!! Paul is an excellent server.., and Yuesef runs the best restaurant ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Service
    Alig72VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great choices, our wine was really very special. Every recommendation was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extraordinary
    KCDinFL
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had the opportunity to dine Mothers's Day and then later in the week with a small group of friends during a recent convention stay in Orlando. I have followed Chef Aiken since having met him at a small hotel restaurant in Key West probably 25 years ago. Everything he touches is extraordinary....I was not disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special place
    Brian
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We went for our anniversary and I had mentioned it and the year in the comments section of the reservation. We were greeted with champagne and menus that were customized. The waitstaff was superb and knowledgable. Perfect night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie1VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Very good restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Orlando. Food is very good and well prepared. Service is excellent. The restaurant is comfortable. However, having been to Norman's in Coral Gables many times in the heyday of the Mango Gang this sole remaining outpost is just very good. There is little evidence that Norm Van Aken is a fixture in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Jandj
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Waiter was very good in explaining menu and in attention.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eccellent
    TxTravlr
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Just what I expected from the Ritz! Great food and great experience. Definitely a upgrade from any restruant at the JW Marriott next door.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very notable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    A great dining experience wait staff perfectly trained. Food excellent. Definately a 5 star restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than ever!
    JackVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My wife and I first experienced Norman Van Aken's cooking when he opened his first restaurant in Coral Cables many years ago. Happy to say he hasn't lost his touch. The food was wonderful and a fitting end for a Mother's Day experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would go again in a heartbeat!
    ppie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The wait staff was extraordinary. Wonderful food beautifully prepared and served. The conch chowder was one of the best soups I've ever tasted. Loved the wine and water glasses and the ambiance of the restaurant. Expensive, but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    Ryan
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The atmosphere was great, the food and service were superb.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food and service
    Mellyb
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were in Orlando for a few days with our kids for Mother's Day. We do not typically take them to nice restaurants as they are still young- 4 and 7. We decided to give it a try as we really wanted to try out Norman's. The staff was very accommodating of the kids. They had a kids menu and they even made them an ice cream sundae as that's what they really wanted. We had the Oysters, Caviar, Pork belly, Empenadas, Salad, Foie Gras and Steak. Everything was amazing! We'd recommend to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    KenP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife and I now know what Norman's has such a great reputation. We enjoyed the dinner of a lifetime! Thanks to our server Frank for making the evening special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great graduation dinner
    jdrcarVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife & I were celebrating my son's college graduation, along with Mother's Day. The food and service could not have been better. As a local, we eat here several times a year and it only has improved with time. The 4 of us enjoyed the sea bass, fillet and lamb entrees - all were perfect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not up to par
    jwy3
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I don't think they have changed the menu in years, it is limited and unexciting. My wife and I used to think going to Norman's was a real treat, I doubt we return again. It is overpriced and riding it's reputation. If it were not located in the Ritz I doubt it would survive. There are too many other options in Orlando....better food and pricing ($25 for a shot of Glenmorangie Nectar d'or...what a joke....bottle costs just over $50). Adios Normans, you will not be around much longer
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  • Normans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Go to Normans once a year. Always very good food and the service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.