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: 4073934333x
  • 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
129 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.9
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (108)romantic (92)fit for foodies (86)notable wine list (79)scenic view (55)great for outdoor dining (32)good for groups (26)neighborhood gem (10)great for brunch (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Excellent in all ways
    pickydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a great experience at Norman's celebrating our anniversary. We were offered a nice table by the Manager (after we weren't happy with the first one offered - too close to entryway). Service was attentive. Food was excellent. A nice visit from the Chef and lots of attention from the General Manager. We chose from the a al carte menu since we did not want dessert and cheese (we had eaten rich food the night before and were trying to be moderate). Oysters were delicious and my spouse had the fois gras which was a very special preentation. We both had the sea bass and it exceeded our expectations for a beautiful piece of fish. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food, reasonably priced
    ivan
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    food was delicious, portions were fairly big for a fine dining place, friendly service, very good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Norman's Orlando Ritz
    WJEK
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful service, great food, relaxing window view. A bit pricey but will visit again when in the area. Wait staff superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I proposed
    DLJ2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I proposed to my girlfriend that night and the staff did a great job helping out! They were very accommodating and played a part in making it happen. They were thoughtful and the server even made sure that at the table is was an experience. Great job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    From ATL and chose Norman's strickly from reviews for a bday dinner. It definitely did not disappoint either of us! Everyone wished a HB to the guest of honor and the snapper was perfectly cooked!! A must try! I will definitely be returning next time I am in Orlando!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ToWhomItMayConcern:
    SomethingDifferent
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Norman's was the best for FOOD all weekend -- except for the Oatmeal at Highball & Harvest.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience.
    Nlmom23
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was impeccable, wine list extensive and food delicious. Perfect evening. Would definately recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    ellandess
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Norman's is a perfect restaurant for that special occasion. It is expensive, but worth the splurge. The food was delicious, the service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Sensational
    Rae1VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    On a business trip with my husband staying at the Ritz. Saw great reviews of Normans but having traveled the world we never expected a fantastic experience in Orlando. The restaurant is beautiful, the view is serene, quiet and lovely. Our waiter, David Hursey, immediately sensed this happened to be a special occasion as the trip coincided with our anniversary and gave us an extra special experience. Including the chef, Andres Mendoza, coming to our table and to introduce himself and enhance my remarkable snapper dish with shaved truffles! One of the best meals of my life. My husband had the lamb, also exquisite. Request David as your server and with Andres as the chef enjoy a spectacular culinary experience in Central Florida!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful as always
    Luvsfood
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The ambience us perfect and the service impeccable. All of the food was wonderful but the empanadas were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FrankG
    FrankG
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary at Norman's this week. Together with our friends, we were treated to an unforgettable evening. The dinner menu offered a list of tempting and novel dishes. Our selections included the Venison Loin, Pork Havana and the day's special Red Snapper. The Venison was declared 'world class winner' and the novel Pork Havana was right up there. The Fish dishes are always great, it's up to you, to make the best choice. The service at Norman's is always impeccable. If you insist on the best wine accompaniments for your dinner, be prepared to select from possibly the most complete wine list in Orlando. We concluded our evening with Norman's heavenly desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Great
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I found the restaurant to be great in all regards. The service top notch. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little salty but nice
    Bonfood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The restaurant is lovely,service from our server, Darren was excellent and the food was very good but not excellent for the price. The salad we shared and entrees were heavier on salt than we like as they overruled the sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional!
    Leedil
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The restaurant staff makes you feel comfortable and welcomed from the moment you enter their doors. The attention to details to make your dining experience enjoyable is impeccable. The food was exceptional and we will definitely be dining here again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing... as always!
    Wino4hireVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have eaten here before, and always treated like royalty!!! The servers are top notch and very professional. Fernando was our server and he was great!!!! Very informative about the wine list, which is very extensive!! Lots of great choices!! We had the Tasting menu, which was just one great taste after another..... amazing! A must do if in Orlando!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over the top!
    Idzmeenodyou
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    In Buddhism we learn that one way to live happy is to live without expectation. Well that's been blown out of the water by Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando. The food was outrageous and the service was impeccable! If I may be Frank, that would be impossible because Frank was our Waiter who not only attended to our every need but was so knowledgable about the establishment the chef and what inspirations went into this fusion of delectable delights. My wife and I are sure to return to Norman's at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando every year from now on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience!!!
    nancyfsu
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our dining experience at Norman's was fabulous!!! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was exceptional. Our group tried many things on the menu and all were wonderful---fried green tomatoes, oysters, conch chowder, lamb, sea bass, snapper, and pork. Every dish got rave reviews. We would recommend Norman's to all of our friends and look forward to dining here again!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finest dining in Orlando
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service, quality ingredients, creative menu combine to make a wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 48th anniversary at Norman's. Our arrival was met with two complimentary glasses of champaign and a staff greeting us with "Happy Anniversary". There was a special menu also extending their wishes. The staff was first class and extremely attentive. Food was pricy but no more than one would expect in this quality of facility. In summary, it was a wonderful evening with an excellent choice of food. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and very tender. Portions were ample. This was our first visit with reservations scheduled through OpenTable. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding
    loves2cook
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Service and food the best we've seen in years. Waiter very knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening for special occasion
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Plan on a long dinner but a wonderful experience! Great ambience and very romantic. Must try a dessert.... Blueberry s'mores were Amazing. Hot tea with dessert was also best tea I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    AubbieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We make it a point to dine at Norman's every time we are in Orlando. We leisurely enjoyed cocktails, never rushed and Frank was always very attentive without bothering too much! The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. It was a great evening overall. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant, continental service & food
    mangiamolto
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Service was outstanding, food was delectable and the entire experience made celebrating my wife's birthday just perfect. Every staff member smoothly interacted with one another to bring us various elements of our meal & our server was delightfully personable, which added to the charm of the moment. It was one of the best dining experiences in a very long while and reminiscent of experiences we had in Europe. Definitely a 'cut above'. Chef is extremely creative & combinations are intriguing. My venison was extraordinary, the yellow tail snapper my wife ordered was perfectly done. The accompaniments to each dish were inventive, unique and complemented each exquisitely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this dining here
    tweeksterVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Chef Andres's execution of the food is pure perfection and an explosion on the palate. Corey will pair a perfect wine for you everytime and Darren's dervice leave you needing nothing more. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, right price
    Brunch
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My snapper was truly amazing, however, we've had better sea bass than what my wife was served. It was quite warm in the restaurant to the point of being uncomfortable. Unfortunately, we were happy to leave because of this. The timing wasn't great - the food came too quickly for our liking and we even requested a slower pace. We hadn't even finished our first glass of wine before the entrees came out. I'm hardly ever one to make this assessment of a nice restaurant but, honestly, I cannot be certain if we would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another To-Die-For Meal at Norman's
    BridgetG
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed this special evening on a Saturday night. The room was full, service was excellent (especially Nick), and our meal was impeccable. My husband enjoyed the oysters appetizer; he offered to share but I knew he didn’t really want to give one up! So I didn’t taste that plate. I enjoyed the appetizer of 4 small empanadas (lovely portion to share). The accompanying sauce is creamy and light. My husband’s venison loin entrée paired well with its fig reduction and the Chilean biodynamic red wine we selected (nice offering on the wine list). The wine also enhanced my Pork Havana. I’m usually not a big fan of mole sauce but this “21st century mole” was outstanding and the monster portion of pork would easily feed 2 people!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Normans - 5 star service!
    lmd1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The service was outstanding! Celebrated our 28th anniversary and they made our visit very special and memorable!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muito bom
    AprpSsos
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Muito bom, hotel é maravilhoso, mas a comida é muito diferente ( fruta com comida, eu não gosto, meu marido que gosta amou)!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Dining Experience!
    Diner44VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Where do I start the Restaurant is Fantastic! Our Bartender to start the evening was a true cocktail expert. The two young ladies hosting as we walked in greeted my wife and I as if we were regular visitors. Our wait staff was fantastic. It started with Can from Turkey which translates to John and our waiter Frank was top notch. The Food, Service and Presentation is fantastic. We actually had the opportunity to speak with Chef Norman Van Aken for a few moments and what a pleasure. On are return to the Ritz Carlton in a few weeks we will return to Norman's for another quality dining experience. The Snapper is one of the best dishes I have experienced in years. I wish chef Norman would open a restaurant in NYC so I could frequent more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Class Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Hands down we had the best dining experience ever at Normans. I was blown away by the food, the wine, and the service. The pork belly is a must try. You cannot go wrong with anything from the menu, the portion sizes are generous, and the food truly embodies the description of New World Cuisine. GET THE CHEESE! Yousef - the manager & wine director - personally prepared our plate for us, and gave us the most amazing explanation of the flavors. Ask for Frank as your server - he is a true professional, perfectly attentive (without hovering or interrupting), and extremely knowledgeable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection at its best
    tweeksterVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The menu has a wide variety to choose from for every persons taste, and is the best place to eat in the Orlando area. Ask for David to be your server as he makes it the most enjoyable meal ever. Yusuf the General Manager stops by every table to ensure all guests have the best meal possible, while Corey will pick out the perfect wine to be pared with your meal no matter what you are having. I can’t wait to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic ambiance amd superb food
    elgraaaan
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed an excellent dinner at Norman's. Our waiter was David and he was very attentive, responsive and knowledgeable. We ordered the oysters and ceviche picante for starters, followed by the pork Havana and seabass cerrano, sorbet trio and Jasmine tea. It was all divine! We definitely recommend the restaurant and the food. Ask for David and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegance Personified
    CharlesDVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Service was 5 star all the way, food was better than Norman's in Coral Gables, the room is elegant , the table spread far apart and the staff were a delight. This restaurant is truly a gem. Ask for David to take care of you....
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food in normans
    Laffey29
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had a fantastic the staff were wonderful everytime we come back still get the same level if service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top-notch
    Berger
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Not much to say. The service and food were exceptional. Everything was truly phenomenal from the appetizer all the way through the cheese and dessert courses.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    FluffyfriscoVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We decided to review the famous Victoria and Albert's after dining at Norman's. Norman's wins hands down on service, food quality, portions and drinks. No more needs to be said!! If you have a handicap placard the valet parks you for free plus tip of course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Andre and Mimi
    Andre
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The evening was simply magical. Everyone that attended to us knew what they were doing and especially the explanation of the dinner menu. Great job to everyone there that night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food and service! Wonderful wine pairings. We'll be back soon.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply the best
    sdfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have been a fan of Norman since his flagship restaurant in Coral Gables, which has been closed for several years. His "Floribean" food, the imagination of the dishes, and quality of preparation all are preserved in this Orlando outpost. Some of his other endevors do not execute nearly as well. Our service was top notch.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate