Rocco's Italian Grille
Rocco's Italian Grille

Rocco's Italian Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.roccositaliangrille.com/
  • Phone: 407-644-7770
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Rocco Potami
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

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  • Parking: No
A word from Rocco's Italian Grille
Proprietor Rocco Potami has opened a casual yet sophisticated dining spot as warm and personal as a family-run trattoria, with marble floors, golden-hued walls, warm woods, white linens. There's a cozy wood-paneled bar, intimate al fresco dining on a courtyard terrace and private space for special events.
Rocco's uses the freshest meats, produce, breads, special sauces and imported pastas that are the heart of fine Italian cooking. The result is a diverse culinary experience, offering a taste of favorite dishes selected from each region of Italy.
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Rocco's Italian Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (13)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (9)neighborhood gem (9)notable wine list (9)good for groups (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food, service, and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Great food, service, and atmosphere. Catered to my fiancé who requested vegetarian dish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rocco's a good Italian restaurant
    HembryBembry
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Rocco's a good Italian restaurant that wants to be a great Italian restaurant. It's not great, but it's a fine neighborhood place that comforts an older crowd with classic ambience: busy US Highway 17-92 feels miles away instead of just outside the window. It's fun to hear Italian spoken by the staff in a place like this. But Rocco's would be better if the drinks were prepared with the proper ingredients and if the chicken weren't overcooked. Our meal was marred by both of those missteps. Certainly Rocco's is worth a try. Just don't expect your experience to be outstanding, and you'll be fine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place. Much personal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Great place. Much personal attention by owners. Felt like a small restaurant in Italy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    FrenchyOrlando
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    We cannot wait to go back! All the food we ate was excellent, the service was impeccable, and the live music was outstanding. We plan on returning there often.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I highly recommend the lasagna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2013
    I highly recommend the lasagna which was amazing! Everything else I had was excellent. My friend's meal was a little too salty.
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  • Wonderful food and service.
    1morefoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Wonderful food and service. Great authentic Italian food made with fresh ingredients. Add a friendly, helpful staff and a good wine list, and you've got a winner! We will definitely return the next time we're in Orlando.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food, service and ambiance
    DoodlesVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Food, service and ambiance are allways good. Rocco's provides a pleasant dining experience. But on our most recent visit an interesting thing happened: The waiter advised us that the wine we had ordered was out of stock; however, they would give us another, more expensive wine, for the price of the one we had ordered.....a free $28 upgrade. Great! But when the check arrived it included the more expensive bottle. When advised of the problem the waiter was quick to correct the charge to honor his promise. Congratulations to Rocco and his team for doing the right thing without any hesitation! We will be back ... soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for New Years Eve!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    We had dinner at Rocco's for NYE. We had a great time and the food was even better. Everyone in our party was happy with the choice. I think this is one of the best restaurants in Orlando unfortuantely it often gets overlooked!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food only mediocre and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Food only mediocre and very overpriced. Look elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly Recommend!
    CocoVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    We've enjoyed this restaurant three times and have enjoyed each dinner. Food and service is excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Orlando
    mangianatVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    This is my second meal at Rocco's. It has to be the best Italian restaurant in Orlando, if you want really good and authentic Italian food. Everything was perfectly prepared. The menu has lots of selections. It's been around only a couple of years, and if people don't start going more often, it won't be there much longer. It's not a joint--this is an upscale place, though the prices are moderate plus. No checkered table cloths. A word to open table. When I made the reservations for 5 people, I was trying for 6:30 reservations--could only get 6:00 or 8:30. We added a person the next day, but the only time available was 8:30. The restaurant was virtually empty all night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A wonderful experience from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    A wonderful experience from beginning to end! Fabulous service, fantastic food, ambience was amazing... LOVED the sax player, flutist etc. The restaurant is very warm and inviting. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic italian restaurant
    Rod1VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Authentic italian restaurant with a great host and excellent food in a suiting ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal, bad seat.
    DoraPirateVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    It was our first time at this restaurant, the food was excellent ... my husband even said, "superb." I wouldn't go that far, but my meal was great. My husband had the filet and loved it, I had the papardelle cinque terre which was fantastic. we also tried the salmon appetizer ... equally nice. So the food is a winner. The only downside to our visit was the fact that they have a pretty strong regular crowd and as a newby (indicated when I made the reso on opentable) we were seated at a booth in the bar and it wasn't really a great location, the bar was somewhat empty except for the waitstaff. Our server was very nice, but didn't inspire any kind of confidence to recommend a wine from a list I was unfamiliar with.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our overall experience was
    thez1
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Our overall experience was stupendous. The live music was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place to have a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Wonderful place to have a great romantic meal. The host is extremely welcoming and the have live soloist playing some nights. The service is very attentive(almost too much). Italian food at its best. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent food
    IrishPatVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    Consistently excellent food with efficient and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommend!
    CocoVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    The food and service were excellent! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first time at
    DAR1
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    This was our first time at this restaurant. The food was very good. My wife had the filet which was outstanding. The Gorgonzola sauce made the dish. There is a very nice wine list and do not forget desert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I guess the "greetor" was
    DrJim
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    I guess the "greetor" was Rocco himself that constantly was pacing around,not helping his staff, but telling them what to do in a condescending way that made us feel uncomfortable. Someimes you must allow your staff to do their work without interference even if it is your restaurant. It was our anniversary and we did enjoy our evening and hope that will take our observations and improve the situation.
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  • Gem of a restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2012
    The atmosphere, food and drinks are over the top outstanding, as well as the service!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for our first visit.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    We went for our first visit. Although the exterior of the building is not much to look at, the interior is nicely decorated. Very authentic. The owners are very visible and welcoming. Presentation of all of the dishes was beautiful! We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was absolutely wonderful,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    The food was absolutely wonderful, the owner was very friendly and helpful in pairing wine with the food courses, and the hostess was friendly and welcoming. Our waitress was very nice and accommodating. However, my meal did not come out as I ordered it, and the waitress was well aware of that, and we were not charged for a round of drinks on our bill and we pointed this out to her. Instead of awarding us for our honesty and giving one on the house, she charged us for both of them. Having said that, our overall experience was excellent and would dine there again the next time we are in the Orlando area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place for a business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    great place for a business lunch in winter park. quiet enough to have a real conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice and friendly staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Very nice and friendly staff that immediately made us fell welcome. The food was wonderful with very generous portions. Overall it was a very pleasant dining experience. I will definite recommend and go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second time to this restaurant.
    rhodaVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Second time to this restaurant. Service was good seated promptly by the owner. We ordered the fritto misto appetizer, was to have shrimp and calmari and veggies. No sight of any shrimp and two veggies all calmari! We informed the waiter and got a terrible answer they were short on shrimp! Then we should have not been charged. This turned me off totally for the rest of my dinner. My husband had the chippino which also was supposed to have lobster and he had one tiny piece in it. He also informed the owner and he just shrugged his head. Not a fan of this restaurant and will not be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was not as good as expected.Mi
    Greg
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Food was not as good as expected.Mixed drinks weak,Caesar salad just decent.
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  • When looking for the perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/16/2012
    When looking for the perfect atmosphere Rocco's is outstanding. We went there to celebrate my wife's birthday and the intimate ambience is just what we both needed to unwind and enjoy an exceptional dining experience. Not at all "the same old", it offers a memorable evening while still being casual and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderfully Authentic Italian Rest.
    Michael
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    First-time diner at Rocco's. Very friendly owner with a great smile. Very nice restaurant with a classy ambiance. Authentic Italian atmosphere with Italian guitarist playing wonderful Italian music. Menu had both lower and higher priced items, which will be good for everyone. Service was very friendly and enjoyable. Presentation of the food was very nice and desert was great. My wife and I really enjoyed this restaurant and we will definitely dine there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, warmth of a family-owne
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    Great food, warmth of a family-owned restaurant but with plenty of class.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Because the food was fabulous,
    culinarilycuriousVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Because the food was fabulous, we were able to move past the marginal service. Decent wine list, really tasty entrees, and creative desserts! We recommend staying on top of the front of the house staff--diners who arrived after us with the same reservation time were seated before us because the hostess was so disorganized.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only complaint was the long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Only complaint was the long wait despite the reservation. I know it was Valentine's day , but then , they should not accept as many reservations.
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  • The service was a bit slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    The service was a bit slow and there was a bit of confusion about whose food in the dining room was whose, but it was Valentine's day and we were in no hurry to go anywhere so it did not bother us. Our main dishes were very good and we would go back again.
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  • Rocco's has excellent food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Rocco's has excellent food, great ambiance, and a knowledgeable wait staff. This is definitely a gem of a restaurant. Please give it a whirl and, if you're into beer, try the Italian red. There are some nice outdoor areas available for dining, however, they weren't open on the night we were there. Lastly, ensure you have a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Multi-bene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    The service was impeccable.... Best Italian food I've had so far and I've had many, also everyone spoke in Italian which was awesome. A must do when I return to Orlando
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliably excellent Italian
    lejmd
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Reliably excellent Italian food is served in a welcoming, comfortable environment. Dishes are well executed using high quality ingredients, and there is a well chosen Italian-focused wine list. Specials (not inexpensive) are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved Rocco's. I read about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    We loved Rocco's. I read about it on Open Table and was not disappointed by the encouraging reviews. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. We can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Solid Italian food in an unexpected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2012
    Solid Italian food in an unexpectedly charming restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was under my expectations.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    It was under my expectations. Good Service, reasonable food. Personally I hate places that includes tip on the check. The restaurant is not outstanding enough to include 20% tip on the check. I will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful ambiance, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/17/2011
    We dined outside, very pleasant although our table had very little light and it was hard to read the menu. Food was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet