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
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Went for a friends 30th birthday, the staff at Norman's pulled out all the stops. Excellent all round.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Normans
    Difihair
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Service and attentiveness was outstanding yet not intrusive. The Fried Green tomatoes were perfectly crisp on the outside, sweet and juicy inside - Scallops were huge, delicately cooked and delicious. For our entre's we had Blackened Grouper which was meaty - seared nicely on a bed of risotto and Sea Bass along side a hot pepper filled with mashed sweet potato - which was unusual and surprisinly delicious. The outstanding finish to our meal was the decadent chocolate dessert the chef designed - first time ever - and then graciously brought it out to our table - amazing talent and superb taste. We will def go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two great meals at Norman's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We come to Orlando each year in Oct and Nov and always make sure we visit Norman's. Again this year we had two excellent meals with excellent service in a wonderful environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    Oopsey
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Went to Norman's to celebrate hubby's birthday 2 nights ago-ordered tasting menu, his with wine pairing. Fish course was tasty and fresh, duck dish was way well done, of course I had to complaint. Apology accepted as they re-cooked the dish to perfection second time around, medium rare as it should be. Bison was THE filet mignon of the night, hubby could not be happier. Dessert was NOT chocolate yet not memorable; absolutely don't recall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service, never disappointing
    UnhappyVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Our veal chop for the $69 price could have had less fat. It was cooked properly and the entire plate was very tasty. Wait staff is impeccable. Always a lovely evening dinning there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Took my wife here for our anniversary. The staff was excellent! From the moment we were greeted with our first Happy Anniversary from the Hostess. Ismail was excellent. He really made our special night go off flawlessly. The food was amazing. I recommend the November Tasting every course was fantastic. But, by far the Bison was the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tennisdoc
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Food tasting menu was wonderful. It was a little noisy with business groups to start.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what I was expecting at a Ritz
    1812D
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Poor service, felt rushed, steak was tough. Presentation good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad we found Normans
    foodsnobjim
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    From the start to the finish it was a great experience. Shorts are not allowed but they seated us on the veranda outside so I did not have to go back to the hotel and change. The food was great and I will definitely be back when we return to Orlando. Service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    KenandJess
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Thank you Jessica D. We appreciated the wonderful service you and your team provided on 11-5-14. The food was exceptional. I have already recommended this venue to a friend. Well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dining experience!
    BvanbowerVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Norman's is our favorite restaurant in Orlando. We always loved it when it was in Miami. The ambiance at this beautiful restaurant, located in the Ritz Carlton Hotel, is outstanding. The tables are spaced out well with many of them enjoying a view of the grounds. The service is impeccable in all areas. We enjoy the Yuca stuffed shrimp appetizer and I love the Mongolian veal chop. The menu offers a nice combination of Norman Van Aken's treasured specialties and seasonal offerings. It is truly outstanding! Be sure to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service,very average food.
    Houman
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    we were celebrating a birthday.I found the staff to be very friendly and accommodating . however the food quality,did not match up to service,at least for us. the bread was best part of food,it was very yummy...I specifically asked for my entree not to be spicy,unfortunately this request was not honored,we did not inform the server since we wanted to finish dinner and attend another activity.also dessert choices were not impressive at all,I mean it was good,but not for a restaurant in a 5 star resort...very limited choice of dessert and very small portions...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection
    LiveWellEatWell
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Was looking for a great spot for a fine dining experience, and this fit the bill perfectly. Staff was flexible and attentive, the setting was beautiful and warm, and don't even get me started about the food! Exquisite to say the least. The snapper was amazing, and the steak was delicious as well. Will be returning every time I visit Orlando. Perfect date spot.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food and service
    Bill1234VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We celebrated a family get-together in Orlando as well as my son's 25th birthday. Not always easy to find outstanding food in Orlando area, and Norman's fit the bill. The service throughout the evening was outstanding and all parts of the meal were unusual and well prepared. Especially noteworthy were the steak tartare tapas, the Brazilian Conch chowder and the Serrano encrusted Sea Bass. The wine list was extensive and overpriced (4 times retail costs), to be expected. A memorable evening for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    Luvit
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was amazing and the wait staff was fantastic ! Loved the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a wonderful dinner
    gonzalezhp
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I recommend this rstaurant for special ocasions and romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The service was superb and food exquisite. I would definitely return. They made my friends bday one to remember.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant
    JPTraveler
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great location for an elegant or romantic dinner. Superb menu
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TonyC.
    TonyCVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food, service and overall experience. The waitress and wait staff were very pleasant and attentive. The sea bass and snapper dishes were perfectly cooked and paired with great sides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Loveeatingout520VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had a lovely evening. My husband had the wine pairing dinner. Everything was outstanding! I loved my Foie Gras and main course. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Choice in Orlando
    RWATLVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I have been to Norman's before and did not hesitate to return. Great atmosphere, typically great service only this time we had to flag down our server on a couple of occasions. The majority of our group (7) enjoyed their meal. I ordered the snapper and felt it was over cooked (dry). The rest of the meal was excellent. Wine list is pricey, few wines under $100. Overall, still a great choice for an elegant experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is outstanding!
    KimandChris
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    While expensive, it's worth every penny. The food is phenomenal and the service matches the food. It's a great selection for special occasions when you really want to celebrate. The quality of the ingredients and the flavors the chef creates are truly worth the spend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Culinary Heaven
    Diningduo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband and I chose Norman's as a venue for a special romantic dinner for the two of us and it did not disappoint in any way. It was simply amazing in every way from beginning to end. We have only had one other meal on this level and it was at a 3 Michelin Star in New York. We have eaten in many fine dining establishments around the world so we don't give this level of praise easily. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoebikeVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Normans remains the best dining experience in Central Florida.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The staff was very friendly and attentive. We had a very nice dinner and the food was delicious. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great attention to detail. Awesome 50th Birthday celebration. They went over and beyond for the birthday table. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I dined here with my husband to celebrate our 16 year anniversary and it was outstanding. The food is amazing and the restaurant is very romantic. Overall, it was an excellent experience and we will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    Dbneim
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Just an overall Outstanding meal! We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary here as we recently moved to the area and I found this on Open Table as highly rated and we have had great success at Ritz Carlton restaurants in the past.. the ratings are right on! We had 6pm reservations so it was nice and quiet in the restaurant as we were seated by the window with a nice view....we were greeted with complimentary sparkling wine, were given a personalized menu which my wife will scrapbook, received just OUTSTANDING attentive/cordial/knowledgeable service by Darren our server and Hector, and just enjoyed the overall dinner, it was one to cherish... Oh, and did I mention the food was fantastic! We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The Pork Belly appetizer was superb, as was the Foie Gras first course and the Steak with Chimichurri sauce. My Havana pork with mole sauce entrée was way overcooked -- the only disappointment in the meal. The wine list was reasonably priced and the sommelier helped us pick a perfect wine for our combination of dishes.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service was wonderful and the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special birthday dinner
    Foodielover
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Norman's is my number one choice for special occasions. The food is amazing and the service top notch. I took my brother to the restaurant for his birthday and he was very impressed with my choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good experience
    magicaldiningVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Good to experience normans despite pricey menu! I would recommend going during the week.. less people and less noise
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • V&G Ann 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food is outstanding, the seasonal changes to the menu keep you coming for more. This Norman's location in Orlando is uniquely superior because of the team selected and trained by General Manager Yusuf Yildiz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    Enjoytodine
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I love it! Great Place to dine! I will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Fantastic food, atmosphere, service. We ate at Norman's when it was in Miami, and are thrilled to be able to eat there again. Norman is a master chef that adeptly blends Florida and Caribbean food, fruit and spices ("Floribean") that results in great flavor. Service was great. Server brought out a complimentary sweet wine that paired with dessert. Wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, food & ambiance!
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    One of the top restaurants in Orlando. Wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food and wonderful staff. Celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary and they made it special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Anniversary
    MCOChuck
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've tried a few fine dining places around the Dr. Philips area and decided to try Normans for the first time. We were really impressed with how our server was waiting for us as we checked-in at the restraunt. She was very sweet, professional and personable. The personalized menus were also a surprise. While a upscale place, we felt very relaxed and really enjoyed ourselves and the food. There were plenty of great options and everything came out in at the proper time, cooked perfectly and seasoned well. We plan on going again and strongly recommend Norman's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favourite Restaurant Period
    fabfood
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Unbelivable Food - Fabulous Service - Great Wine and as always a superb Evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic