We took a long weekend trip to enjoy Orlando, and ventured to a few old favorite restaurants, and looked for a new experience. Norman's has been around for years (it was their anniversary weekend), and has been receiving acclaim for about that long. We chose Chef Norman's tasting menu with wine pairings - it was, across the board, outstanding. The particular highlights were his shrimp and grits (amazingly creative version) and the pork belly. The service was outstanding - our main server, Christian, was attentive and engaging, willing to talk about food, wine, and Chef Norman.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
2nd bday in a row
love it i believe this is my favorite restaurant in the country
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place and super food. Waiter was so attentive. Even gave us a signed menu by chef Van Aken to commemorate our anniversary!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful 21st birthday celebration
We took our daughter and friends out for a special celebration. Our waitress, Melissa, was absolutely the best!!!! She made us feel so welcome and went out of her way to treat our daughter and niece to a very special night out for their 21st Birthdays!!! The food, atmosphere and drinks made for a special evening. They can't stop talking about the food. We were all amazed with the veal chop. It was out of this world with flavor. The stuffed shrimp with yucca were amazing.
I would like to thank Melissa. You truly enjoy Norman's and all the special items you have to offer your guests. Thanks you again,. We will be back. The Knox family
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Normans is a gem for special occasions. All the food was unique and delicious. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was one of the best meals we have had since Napa Valley in California
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always dine at Norman's when in the Orlando area. This time did not disappoint. Yussuf and Adam took care of us from the minute we arrived at our table. The table side presentations from the prep of the ice cube for the scotch to the shrimp ceviche was outstanding. Four of us were there for over three hours and the time flew by in a good way. The special treats at the end of the dinner were a delicious surprise. We will be back at Christmas.
9/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding at any Price!
Food is fabulous. The Conch Chowder was my favorite -- I really wanted to lick the bowl. Even the bread was wonderful. Particularly liked being able to choose additions to the olive oil. Every bite of food was an adventure, from appetizers to dessert. Bravo!
9/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amazing dining experience
This is an amazing restaurant. Always amazing food and service, One of the best restaurants we have had the opportunity to experience. We have dined at America's finest and this ranks among the top.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Norman's "routine outstanding"
Went with my wife to celebrate a significant birthday.
We both selected the Taster Menu and I also chose the wine pairing.
I won't go into detail except to say from entering Norman's to leaving the attitude, approach and food was exemplary.
Last week's taster Menu maybe wasn't as adventurous or challenging as before (we only go annually when visiting our house in Kissimmee).
But it was up to the usual high standards.
David, the server couldn't have been more attentive but not over-bearing and, when I detected the Port was corked (it was), he had no hesitation opening another bottle, for my one glass, which was excellent (the first WAS corked).
Like Schwarzenegger, we'll be back.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding is an understatement
The food at this restaurant is amazing. We had the black grouper with potatoes and I can't even describe how good it was. The service was also exquisite. The waiter was very friendly and helpful. I will definitely go back.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't miss. I'm picky and
Can't miss. I'm picky and that place rocks! great service, food and room.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Service Okay
Was celebrating a big anniversary and thought it was time to visit. I received an email inviting us to celebrate our anniversary and receive some perks. Spoke to the receptionist, she took our info including our anniversary request as well as our seafood allergy.
We arrived and were seated promptly, server came over right away. He has his speech down pat but had no idea we are both allergic to seafood. He went on and on about the seafood until we finally stopped him. The food was exceptional but the service was not wonderful. I had to ask a few times to have my water refilled which is a pet peeve. No champagne and only at the end did they bring out a pastry with "Happy Anniversary". Food A Ambiance C (too loud) Service C
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impeccable Service...as always
As always, the customer service at the Ritz is amazing. My dinner was fantastic, and I highly recommend the pork (medium rare). The wine list is very good and rather than selecting, have them pair food and wine for you to enhance the experience.
Yusif was outstanding. He set the stage and took phenomenal care of me. Sonny was who he had take care of my wine and Paul did an excellent job with the food recommendations. I'll be back soon to work with this wonderful trio.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every dish was a flavor explosion
Every dish was a flavor explosion in the mouth! Fantastic: from great service, without feeling rushed, to the food arriving with perfect timing, and for every dish we ordered was unique in flavor without being over the top in weirdness, this restaurant is a must for a romantic occasion! The best snapper I have ever had, fantastic ceviche made table side, not to miss!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Norman's to celebrate a 10th anniversary and were presented with menus personalized for our occasion and a memento menu for us to take home. Paul expertly guided us through the evening, from excellent wine pairings for each course to actually suggesting we eliminate a tapas order so we would not be too full to enjoy the main plates. The dishes were beautiful in both presentaion and taste. The cracked conch chowder was rich and flavorful, easily the best soup/chowder we have eaten. The 'Down Island French Toast' (foie gras on brioche points) was very delicate and buttery. Our main plates of Pork Havana and Spice Crusted Filet were perfectly prepared and paired with amazing sauces and sides. Start to finish, an amazing experience.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Again & Again
I keep coming back because the attention to detail can not be matched anywhere.
The entire staff is amazing from Yusuf the General Manager, the Server David and James the assistant.
The food and wine pairings leave you amazed and wanting to return quickly.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly a 5 star experience!! The room is beautiful with a overhead wooden dome and lovely lighting. Raised glass and wood wine vault in center of room very unique. The food was exceptional. The evening was worth the expense.
10/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best fillet I ever enjoyed. The service as impeccable. Valet parking was complimentary and made access to Norma''s very easy. I highly recommend this restaurant.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really, really, really delicious!
This was an excellent and memorable dinner; every element was perfectly executed with detailed precision and the atmosphere was personal, comfortable, and welcoming. Norman's surpasses five stars.
10/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Impressive service and wonderful food. It doesn't get any better.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second visit as good as the first!
It cannot be assumed that two consecutive nights at the same restaurant will be outstanding both times and yet this was our experience here. Great food, great service, delightful hospitality, beautiful view - a winner! Particularly enjoyed the grouper, the shrimp seviche, the tomato salad, Asher blue cheese from GA. Norman's is flexible enough that it will adapt to individual tastes. A very enjoyable evening.
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful, as always
Norman's is one of our favorite rooms in Orlando. The food is always excellent and the service is truly top-notch. As regulars, it's always a pleasure to be greeted and treated as friends.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went there knowing that the food was going to be amazing, no matter what we ordered and we were right! Gregory was the best waiter and helped us choose the best things on the menu for us, paced the food perfectly, made perfect wine recommendations and even was able to get the chef to make a special dish. Recommendation: conch chowder!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb dining experience
Norman's was a fantastic find! The service was top notch and so was the food. This was a memorable dining experience!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend surprised me with dinner at Norman's for my birthday…..it was amazing. Norman's had printed special menus for us, wishing me happy birthday as well as a take home keepsake menu, signed by Norman. The food and service is always amazing here….this is why we keep coming back for our special occasions because the staff really makes you feel pampered and special.
Frank was our server and made our dining experience wonderful. We are really into food and we appreciated the detail he spent telling us about each item we ordered.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience. But they
Great experience. But they couldn't find my open table reservation when I arrived, oddly enough.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ate here two nights in a row
We were staying at the Gaylord Palms for a conference and went here the first night with a group of eight. We enjoyed it so much we went back the next night with just my husband and myself. The food was all good. The blackened grouper was great and the table side ceviche was wonderful. They have a cheese cart that they can roll to your table and explain the different types. We had that both nights. The service was wonderful; very attentive. Would go back here again if in the area!!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding in all capacities
The Havana Pork is the best dish I have ever been served in 50 years. The service was second to none and I eat at all the fine dining gourmet restaurants. My highest recommendation ever
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Place to Dine
My wife and I got married the weekend before we had dinner at Norman's. The reservation I made on open table noted that the reservation was to celebrate our honeymoon and that I wanted lilies and roses to be on the table since they were her favorite flowers. They paid attention to the detail and when we arrived at our table, there they were. The hostess also handed us a signed copy of the menu which commemorated the dinner and the fact that it was our honeymoon. The service was great and made us feel very welcomed. They were also very accommodating with our certain requests. The dinner overall was fantastic, definitely a place to try for great food. The great choices on the menu made it difficult to choose. Try this place if you haven't!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
One Fatty Veal Chop
Everything about this place was as advertised except for one fatty veal chop! One other person ordered a veal chop and it was exquisite. The other meals were awesome. Expected consistency for the high $$ of the veal chop.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Frank our waiter was an excellent guide, describing each menu item of interest, explaining "Norman's" background,
selection of spices as interesting but not over the top, and quality of cruisine as the best. My wife and I were not disappointed.
We shall return. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of the cuisine.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this establishment! Food, ambience and service - all 5 star. There is a reason this is an award winning restaurant. Go all out and get the sturgeon caviar, don't skip the cheese cart, steak tartare as good as Paris, pork havana divine, snapper melts in your mouth, tomato salad so fresh, wanted to lick the bowl after the conch chowder!!! Ask for Frank! You are guaranteed a wonderful evening. Made my birthday so special and I have eaten at many fine dining restaurants that don't even come close to this one. In my top three after Victoria and Alberts, and Bull and Bear. Not to be missed! Save up and go all out!!!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Norman's was spectacular!
We had a delicious dinner on the terrace with a lovely view. The Brazilian Conch Chowder was a highlight. Service was impeccable. We will definitely return to Norman's.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Elegant, Relaxing Dinner
Our experience at Norman's was surperb!
I had the pork 'Havana', a Norman's mainstay, and must say it was the best pork I have eaten. My wife had the chicken 'mofango', which she enjoyed equally. The food was expertly prepared and presented.
The quiet, relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant was enhanced by the expert, attentive service from our waiter and the rest of the floor staff. These folks were friendly, and attentive without being obtrusive.
The bar at Norman's is separated from the restaurant. It was quiet when we walked past. The drinks we ordered were as well prepared as the food. My sazerac was excellent.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finest dining experience in
Finest dining experience in Orlando, service is second to none, a place I love going to when I am in Orlando
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
amazing service and food
From Lionel to Kelly r to Suni, the best service ever! The good was perfection and my friend and I felt like royalty. Can't wait to return.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was first class.
The service was first class. Our server Christian made the evening enjoyable and one to remember. My wife and I split an order of the oysters and tuna tartare for an appetizer. Had the organic chicken for our entree. The best we've ever had. The ambience is awesome. A definite must see.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was fantastic!! My husband ordered the ribeye, which was not listed on the menu. It melted in your mouth, best steak we have ever had. I had the Chicken Mofongo, very good but I wish I would have ordered the steak. Our server recommended a great bottle of wine, and was very attentive. Service was amazing, food was amazing, all around amazing restaurant. We will be going again! It is pretty expensive, but totally worth the money!!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
outstanding service. they
outstanding service. they went above and beyond food and presentation outstanding
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
finw dining pearl
Plain and simple. Excellent food. Bit pricey but that was excepted from research I did. Would suggest dress attire for both men and women I went causal dress not good
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Service. The
Great Food and Service. The restaurant was quite busy but the noise level was very well contained by the design of the place. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our evening and can't wait to go back!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
amazing service what a show the ceviche was!! our fantastic server knew what Amarone was and we enjoyed the last 2 bottles in house. Fantastic!!!!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always... Awesome!
You can never go wrong at Norman's. From the food to the service, everything is well positioned for a romantic evening. Cuban infused flavors are awesome and the fish is phenomenal, as is the steak. We came to celebrate our 9th anniversary and it was so special. The menu had our name, champagne was served to start and everyone made the evening, so special.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best in Central Florida
Norman's is the best restaurant in Central Florida. Great food, great service, and very interesting menu of food and wine.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I have been to Norman' s In LA, Miami, and Orlando before and thoroughly enjoyed those experiences. This was our second visit to Norman's Orlando. I was attending a conference in the area and as it was my wife's birthday I knew she'd like to return. The restaurant made a wonderful start to the evening for her by having her name at the top of her menu. We had the tasting menu - it was extraordinarily inventive and the combination of flavors and textures was truly sublime. She had the wine pairings and our server provided excellent run down for each course and wine selection. Could not have been better.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Celebratory dinner - 32nd wedding anniv; exceeded all expectations by leaps & bounds! Astounding service from the moment we arrived. Presented with special menu - our names congratulating us. Darren, our server, knowledgeable of menu & made excellent suggestions; attentive, but not overly so. His asst., very service oriented. Food was SUPERB - 1st course foie gras most unusual & tasty prep. Entrees: black Florida grouper and yellow tail snapper - most flavorful, perfectly cooked & beautifully presented we have ever had anywhere. KUDOS to Chef Norman for his superior blend of fascinating flavors & ingredients. And the same to Darren and the entire staff for an anniversary dinner we will always remember. Oh & the dining room is gorgeous!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another dining experience well done by all the staff at Norman's. Our favorite place for special occasions. The Cracked Conch Chowder is a must have!! Bring your appetite as generous portions are served.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best family dining experience
Very informative and attentive staff. Exceptional attention to detail and in making sure you have a five-star experience. It wasn't cheap but worth every penny and then some.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent ambiance and service
Too bad overall food does not match up with what one might expect from Ritz Carlton. I really enjoyed the appetizers except for the conch soup - conch was tough and soup was too sweet. I was just disappointed by the fish(grouper) that I had for main course. Perhaps I had delicious meal at Hemingway's two night before.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM