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The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel
The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel
  • Address:
    5800 Universal Blvd
    Orlando, FL 32819
    Neighborhood:
    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/
  • 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
  • "Thank you, great menu and choice after a day in the parks. Book a reservation as restaurant busy in evenings and you may have to eat later than you would like. Worth the wait though!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Attended with 5 other guests had a great time, food and service. The soup was hot, I had the mac and cheese with chicken, delicious! Ask for dessert the presentation is awesome bought out on a guitar. We had a table the chairs are so comfortable and the memorabilia of celebs is very cool to check out. I have been here multiple times and this was a first time for three of our friends, no complaints."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We visit The Kitchen every time we are in Orlando. It is always wonderful."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "had the breakfast buffet, options were plenty, food was fresh and hot. the price is very affordable. you will eat plenty be ready to nap after .... :)"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We tried the kitchen because it was conviently located in our hotel for dinner. The waitstaff was very friendly and the restaurant had nice decor. The cornbread and pretzels that were brought out we're delicious as well as the pomegranate martini I had. The reason for the two stars was the main course was awful. I had Mahi Mahi with asparagus and potatoes. The asparagus was ok but the fish and potatoes were flavorless and over cooked. Very dry. My husband had the ribs which he was not impressed with either. One of my sons had the pizza which he did like and ate all of but then again it's difficult to screw up pizza. My other son had the cheeseburger which he didn't care for. I wouldn't recommend this place."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The Kitchen is a good place to eat for locals (or tourists) going out to CityWalk or Universal Florida. The food is solid, much better than most of the restaurants in the Universal complex. It also offers a good price point below the higher end restaurants at Universal. The service was good and it was not crowded on a Sunday evening."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The Kitchen is fantastic. The service was prompt, professional and engaging. The food was better than expected and reasonably priced, for a resort. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This was my second visit for Mother's Day to The Kitchen. I love the Hotel and the restaurant. However, The table service was horrible. There were two waiters assigned to our area. We had to ask, ask, and ask again for water, Mimosa's, etc.. We had to leave the mandatory 18% gratuity which amounted to approx. 100.00 plus dollars for our table. We felt cheated since we served ourselves at the buffet and we received bad service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Mother's Day Brunch was very good & there was plenty to choose from regarding selections of different variety including enough for vegetarians like me. The service was excellent & very courteous. The dinning room was very nice & seating very comfortable. We had a wonderful dining experience!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food and awesome service. First time dining here wont be our last"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food is ok, I expected better for a restaurant called the Kitchen "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Terrible service, went for brunch for Mother's Day and was placed next to the kitchen in an extension of dining room. All of this with a reservation!!!! Will not be going back there."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food is top notch; service is always on the spot; great, fun restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I reserved a table for 6 for Mother's Day brunch. The reservation was at 1 pm. We arrived right at 1 pm & checked in at the hostess stand. There were a number of people waiting for tables & we were told it would be just a few minutes while they prepared our table. We watched as all of the other parties were seated & even saw new parties arrive & get seated. Ten minutes passed & no word on our table. I inquired & was told it would be just one more minute. More parties arrived & were seated. Twenty minutes passed & still nothing. We were very patient & refused to get frustrated. At 1:30 pm, I approached the hostess stand & asked again. We were sat immediately. The rest of the meal & service was great but the wait was unexplainable. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere was really nice. It was our first time there and the servers and staff were great too. The only thing is we had to ask for refills and did not see our server for some time. I thought we only had one but come to find out there were 2 and we were never told. The other server came to cash us out which was strange and our original server was never seen again. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Ordered the filet mWas a little dry and flavorless. Texture wasn't that "smooth" as a filet should be. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We went on Mother's Day for the brunch, probably the busiest day of the year, and we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food and variety was, and how friendly the servers and hostess were. I have a son with Autism who can not wait very long, and we were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation and were able to eat right away. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Service was up to par and specialty brunch was good. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went here before a concert at the Hard Rock at Universal for convenience and we were very pleased. The service was terrific. We were in early so very few people but my bet was that Annie is always good. the food came out fast and tasty. the Pork chop was perfectly cooked and the demi glaze was aromatic and really enhanced the meal. My wife had the filet and loved it."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "They really give you your money's worth! Some of the portions are huge so next time I would be a little more careful about what appetizers we order."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Service great, food great, very attentive service. Waitress attened to our every need. Very fun place"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The Kitchen is likely the best kept secret in Orlando. The menu is wonderful, the venue is superb. You can almost always get a table without a lot of planning. The food is some of the best you'll find in Orlando. The staff, from Valet Parking to Wait Staff are top notch. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I made the reservation because I was concerned that with a party of 7 that we would have difficulty finding a place to eat. The Kitchen is located in the Hard Rock Hotel which was fun to see. It was very kid-friendly with a kid's menu and a choice of a kid's buffet at night. There is also a small play area if the kids feel the need to get up from the table. The food for the adults was good although a bit pricey."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We love The Kitchen! We have dined here for Mothers Day, Fathers Day brunches and Christmas Day dinner. The food is fabulous every single time. Mothers Day was our favorite by far. Encourage everyone to visit The Kitchen their next stop in Orlando!! "
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Last minute I realized I needed to find a spot for Easter brunch for myself and one other person. It was Saturday night when I stumbled across your page. I was worried I wasn't going to get reservations but within minutes I was able to online book reservations for the exact time I wanted. When I got there I was thrilled! It was beautifully decorated for Easter, and the Easter bunny being there made it perfect! The layout of the food was beautiful and I felt myself getting highly disappointed when I got full. Brunch here made me never want go home for Easter again!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I had a reservation at 3:45 for 14 people for Easter brunch. We had 5 kids and after we sat we were told that the buffet and kids decorating station for cupcakes etc... Will be closing at 4pm. That was very unreasonable, why would you accept reservations that late and rush everyone through an Easter brunch. Especially for the amount of money being charged."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The buffet was great! It was also expensive at 48.00/adult diner. Lots of different hot and cold items and a vast variety of foods to choose from. It was also festively decorated for the holiday. Waiter service was exceptional . An easy walk to Universal and City Walk. I would go back next year."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great Easter Breakfast!! Food was great service was too..."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Went for Easter brunch for the second time. Had a great experience last year. Food and atmosphere still very good, but service was unacceptable. Didn't handle breakfast-brunch transition well - waited twenty plus minutes with a reservation even though there were plenty of open tables. Under/poorly staffed - waiter got drinks and then disappeared for the rest of the meal - no water, refills, or follow up. Had to aggressively flag him down to get the check. Will try somewhere else next year."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "it was the most amazing experience I will remember it for a lifetime I felt like a princess for a day"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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