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The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel
The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel
  • Address:
    5800 Universal Blvd
    Orlando, FL 32819
    I Drive / Sand Lake
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hardrockhotelorlando.com/dining_and_nightlife/the_kitchen/
  • Email: hrhconcierge@loewshotels.com
  • Phone: (407) 503-2430
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast Daily: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am – noon; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Light Fare Daily: 3:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Douglas Chin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Located just off The Kitchen"s main dining room, The Pantry is a private dining area that can seat up to 70 people. It's the perfect place to host your own "backstage" event - from an office party to a holiday party or just a "party-party" for your favorite fans! The Pantry's privacy makes it ideal for meetings, seminars, intimate wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners! Group menus are available for 20 or more guests and range from $42-$73 per person for three or four courses. Plated or buffet lunch menus range from $24-$65 per person. Children's birthday parties start at $17.50 per child. Menus are subject to a 22% taxable service charge and 6.5% sales tax. Groups can also enjoy an INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF COOKING, rock & roll style! Take part in an interactive and hands-on cooking class with a group of friends or colleagues Classes are held in the main dining room for 20-80 people either over a half or a full day.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Sheehan (407) 503-2431
  • Entertainment: On Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00pm, treat the kids to a dining experience they"ll never forget. Enjoy a meal with some of your favorite Universal Orlando Resort theme park characters. Have fun as they pose for pictures, sign autographs, and interact with everyone at your table. Kids can hang out in the Kids' Crib – the walls are adorned with lunch boxes, colorful drumsticks; and a big screen TV to watch all of their favorite cartoons and hang out while mom and dad enjoy their dinner. Kids can also enjoy the Kids Buffet on select nights and the Magic Men on Friday nights.
  • Special Events & Promotions: For the adults, The Kitchen features cocktail and wine specials Monday – Thursday evenings from 5pm – close including the Wonderful World of Wine on Monday, Martini Night on Tuesday and Thursday, and Wine Down Wednesdays; plus Sunday Bloody Sunday all day happy hour.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Universal Orlando
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Self-Parking fully validated, Valet Parking Discounted for $5
A word from The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel
When guests at the Hard Rock Hotel feel the urge to "raid the "fridge," they head to The Kitchen for a variety of tantalizing cuisine with a rock 'n' roll attitude. Executive Chef Douglas Chin serves up New American cuisine along with your favorite comfort foods. Signature dishes include The Kitchen Burger, Mac & Cheese, Ahi Tuna, New York Strip and a delicious array of Flatbreads. The Kitchen features a daily breakfast buffet and if you've been partying all night, upgrade to the Rock Star breakfast with unlimited Bloody Marys and Champagne Mimosas! Serving over 100 different wines and 50 wines by the glass plus a wide variety of signature cocktails with fresh ingredients, you'll have trouble selecting just one to enjoy. Lil' rockers have their own special place to hang out plus enjoy special entertainment on select nights. Its walls are adorned with culinary-themed memorabilia from the Hard Rock Hotel's many celebrity guests, making The Kitchen the perfect place to "chill".Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Lekker eten, maar jammer van het entertainment. We hadden dit restaurant gereserveerd als caracter dining en tijdens ons diner zijn er slechts 2 figuren langsgekomen ( Homer en Bart Simpson). We vonden dit echt jammer! Eten was lekker maar prijzig."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were there for the Holiday's and the Chef had prepared a special dinner and dessert. The service was excellent and the food was very good."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "After a long day of rides and some relaxing time by the pool. This local spot hit it right. The short beef and ricotta dumplings were very tasty and unusual. The Panko crusted tomato with mozzarella slices with a light spring salad was delicious. The bourbon pork chops were deliciously cook perfect and the mashed potatoes were creamy and flavorful. The side dish of corm edamame and diced bacon succotash was delicious with a hint of spice. The kitchen burger hits the spot with the secret sauce and onion ring on the brioche bun. The food and atmosphere were great. Only complaint was main dish came out before appetizer plates were cleared. Oh and I almost forgot the watermelon martini was awesome."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food was pretty good- I enjoyed the rosemary cornbread and soft pretzel sticks served at the table (on gigantic guitar-pick-shaped serving plate), the cobia dish I had was quite tasty (nice meaty fish served with a nice white bean puree, Swiss chard and some sort of sweet/berry sauce for accompaniment) and the banana bread pudding for dessert? Yes, please I'll have another. I ordered coffee at the end of the meal, expecting a cup and it came as a big French press pot. The ambiance was cool- kind of modern rock kitchen- despite being sat near the kid's corner. Did not expect the character dining and buffet (kid option I assume). While the server was cool and easy to talk to, service was slow."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Had a great dinner and drinks with my wife while the kids played in the kids area Kids also got pictures with a minion and scooby doo Who came to the table"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "no waiting and seated immediately. great food. my daughter and I really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great service, food, and all around feel. The staff was excellent and extremely friendly. The food was excellent, and beautifully decorated."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We went on a Saturday when the characters visit. We saw Bart Simpson and Scooby. Of course we were hoping we'd see a Minion or Gru, but our son was excited to see Bart and Scooby none the less. Patio was good, but the noise from the pool and the fact that a walk way separates you from the restaurant were a draw back. Didn't really feel like we were dining AT the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The Kitchen at the Hard Rock is awesome! Great food, great service and awesome hotel!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We walked here for dinner one night after visiting Universal Studios. My husband and I split a flat bread and salad ~ we'd had a huge lunch ~ and it was plenty of food. My son enjoyed the kids steak. Highlight of the meal was the spicy margarita and the pretzel bread. Would absolutely return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food wasn't the best but the cocktail menu was creative with the drinks tasty."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I booked this restaurant specifically to see the characters from Despicable Me, a picture of which was on the Universal website. We saw Scooby Doo and Homer Simpson. Apparently the Despicable Me characters only show up on holidays "if we are lucky" and Bart Simpson had a skate-boarding accident that day. I was really disappointed because I booked it specifically to see Gru and Minions, per the picture. It was a long drive and problems finding the restaurant (the Palm thought I said I was looking for caricatures, not characters so I panicked when my husband and child that I had dropped off could not be found and the staff looked at me like I was crazy because they hadn't seen them). Food was great and the kids buffet was a great idea."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Casual enough for the family but still grown up enough for couples too. Extensive menu. Good selection of basics like mac and cheese and burgers, but also nice fish dishes and others for the mature palate. Only dish that left a bad taste in my motuh were the shrimp tacos. The mayo based sauce had definitely gone bad. Prices were a bit expensive, but not unexpected for a theme restaurant. Good bar selection! We have older kids, so this place was great for all of us."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Decent but not outstanding restaurant at a predominantly tourist hotel. Food and service good but not particularly noteworthy. High priced wine list. Reasonable choice if staying at Hard Rock Hotel, but other Universal restaurants offer better quality. Does have an excellent (but pricey) breakfast buffet."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Had reservations for character dining. Only characters that were there were Bart and Homer Simpson. We told the hostess it was our daughter's birthday and she said it would be noted but the waitress never said or did anything. Service was poor even though the restaurant was practically empty. One of our meals came out wrong and we waited a really long time for a new one. The waitress said the manager would stop by but when he did he didn't really apologize and just asked if the meal was right this time. We ended up speaking with the manage of the hotel who took care of the bill for us. That went above and beyond since we just wanted to feel heard since the restaurant manager just kind of brushed by it. I would not visit The Kitchen again."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My daughter and I went for the character dinner & found that they had awesome food as well!! The wait staff was wonderful!! We will go again when we go back for a trip to Universal!!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I have booked new years eve two months ago and there was no mention of being a special night, (95 usd pp).Anyway the manager was very helpful and we had a great time."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Located in the Hard Rock hotel it was a good option for those who don't want to eat at a crowded theme park restaurant. Food was good but appetizers are definitely for sharing as the portions are very large. Restaurant is a long walk from the parks if you're not ready for it so take the water taxi from Citywalk to the hotel. Bread was delicious and fresh. They also have a decent gluten free menu for those with allergies."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "This was our first stay at the Hard Rock Hotel and I had pre-booked a table at The Kitchen before we arrived as were a party of 10 and thought we would struggle to find anywhere to eat as it was New Years Eve. The priority for us was that we could all be together and so our expectations were not very high.We have had some poor experiences of buffet style evenings with them being like school dinners. This was nothing like it!!! The food was really good quality and there was plenty of it - if anything there was too much choice! There was great seafood and a lovely Carvery (the rack of lamb was delicious) and the vegetables were nicely cooked. There was a great atmosphere and the Service was good. We had a fantastic evening - thank you!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The buffet for New Years was super Alaskan Crab Legs, oysters, shrimp, prime rib was so good. Service was also excellent. A romantic and exciting place to bring in the New Year."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A bit of a last minute booking for a Christmas evening vacation meal. Very good food, great service and a lovely location. Staff were extremely accommodating and couldn't do enough."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "During a one-week stay in Orlando, we went with our party of 5 to The Kitchen for our X-mas eve 2013 dinner. We expected a great deal from this evening in Hardrock Hotel. But regretably, we were not at all satisfied with our visit. The place is grate, nothing wrong can be said about the hotel or the restaurant. Everything looks nice, we were welcomed in a warm way by two very nice young ladies. Once at our table however, things weren't good anymore : the service was poor - up to 3 times our orders were executed wrongly. The food was not good at all. I choose the X-Mas Eve Menu (48$). The soup was very good, but the rest was very poor. We had better food at "Outback" for example, for less money."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We made a reservation for (3-people) on Christmas Day. We were not told that we could not order from the menu until arriving at the restaurant. I was obligated to purchase (3) over-priced buffet meals. The food was excellent but we do not have buffet appetites, however at that point we could not easily find another restaurant on Christmas Day. The hotel charged $20 if you park your car for more than 15 minutes. The over priced buffet and parking ruined an otherwise beautiful experience. After 1-hour at the table we were told we needed to make our final selections since the buffet ended. The hotel is beautiful and the ambience is good to excellent. The service was fair to medium. Children were in the area the noise level was acceptable."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Buffet has a wide selection Big omelets made to order Staff very attentive If you've got the time rock star it"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The food was good, but getting our food and check took a LONG time. I don't think I would go back."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The food was delicious....prepared per request, plated beautifully, and served promptly. Our only complaint that it was after 9pm, not very busy, however, a group of approximately 8 unsupervised children were seated next to us. They were yelling and running amuck. When we questioned the situation, we were told that a family member had dropped them and a charge card off so that they could have dinner. It's nice to know they have a babysitting service in this restaurant!!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The day we went there was very little people there, so the experience was very nice and quiet. Food was outstanding, drinks delicious and the magician entertaining. He came around to each table. All meals were amazing. Service was slightly slow for the volume of patrons, otherwise excellent experience"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We went with friends after an event on Universal property hoping for a great late night find. Instead it is just another hotel restaurant with a catchy name."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We had a great time! Food was good, ambience was nice and staff really good. We would definitely dine again in this location."
    Dined on 5/17/2013
  • "Awesome Thanksgiving Feast! Great entertainment for kids."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Considering this is a buffet, service really should'nt be an issue. All the waiter is responsible for is your drinks, offering you the included ice cream & bringing the check. This overwhelmed our waiter. We never got 8 waters for a table of 8. Had to hunt him down for our drinks was never offered the included dessert. The way he said it we thought he was offering us something else to spend money on. Because we were a party of 8 (7 adults 1 child) there is a built in 18% tip. That means our bill was close to $700.including drinks tax & tip. That's a fantastic tip for no service. On the up side the food at the buffet was mostly restocked, fresh & good. Also, the hostesses gave us an attitude even though we had reservations for months."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Reservations made for thanksgiving on Vacation in Orlando 3 months in advance, 6:15 seating - 4 kids under 8 - overbooked so we were seated outside ( cold night heat lamps broken) at a card table instead of inside with "characters, magicians etc) when I asked to be put inside I was told I would have a long wait which I could not do with hungry children - I spoke to manager who gave is complimentary drinks but I would have rather been inside in the warmth and with the kid activities."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "I got 20 minutes in advance and couldn't check in, I was requested to walk around and be back 5 minutes in advance, whick I did, but I was able to get in half an hour later after speaking to the person on charge and mentioning I had an small kid with me. NO MAGICIAN, AT ALL. Nice!!! Kids were expecting that because it was advertised and we mentioned. Food, didn't like it at all, and not quite organized."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We had the breakfast buffett and I must say it's one if not the best one I've attended. Ford was hot, choices were pelntiful and the wait staff very friendly and on point. This is definately the place for breakfast out of all three hotels, very kid friendly as well."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We had Thanksgiving dinner here and it was fantastic. Our family of 12 (6 adults and 6 kids) were welcomed and treated to awesome food and a joyous experience."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Ate here the first night at the hotel. It was everything I expected and more. The Chicken Rolls were absolutely amazing."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "We ate here on Thanksgiving Day and had higher expectations. The food was just ok, the service was so-so, and the noise level was quite loud. We did like their kids corner where they had toys, movies and face painting. With as much as they charge for their buffet, we had expected it be a little stuffy. We were pleased to find that it was actually quite kid-friendly. The quality of the food didn't make it worth the price, though. Maybe it's different when they're not serving buffet food, but we likely won't return."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "The Thanksgiving Day buffet spread was exceptional. The table service from the team of servers assigned to the area my table was in, lacked attentiveness. This point detracted from the my overall dining experience."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Food was amazing-steak came out perfect! Waiter was excellent-made recommedations, asked how everything was, attentive with drinks LOVED the Kid's Crib area-my husband could enjoy our dinner without hearing "I"m bored""
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Overall a nice dinner. Service was good but slow. Went for a chacter dinner only to have 2 the whole night. Should have many more. 2 characters, maybe we should have stayed at our hotel and gone to tchoup tchoup."
    Dined on 11/16/2013