Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

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Contemporary American
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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We will be offering a Five Course menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Dinner will be $160++ for adults with an additional $75++ wine pairing available. A deposit of $50 per person will be charged one week in advance. Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Daily 6:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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AQ
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t what more I can say ! This is our regular haunt , and no matter where ever else we go we always wish we had chosen Normans . We now try and visit our favourite restaurant as many times as we can ! We never get bored with the menu , it’s superb . The wine list is great and our favourite champagne is always on ice and served at exactly the right temperature. I can’t mention any individual members of staff as all of them are true team members and always perform to the best of their abilities.

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LJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Norman’s is a 5 star restaurant.So chic,excellent food and service.Would highly recommend.One of my favorite restaurant in Orlando.Thanks to all Norman’s staff ....

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OT
Orlando
93 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was exceptional as always. Amazing flavors, cooked perfectly. Maitre D’ was polite and professional. Great choices, right portions, simply remarkable.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delish food - great recommendations from our server!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience in dining and service. Did not care for the fact that Cilantro was an added spice in almost every dish and it’s a spice I can’t stand. Courses were modest in quantity except the entree. Pork dish was nothing special it would have been better if the meat was cut into slices and served that way rather than the big hunk of meat that showed up on the plate. The sauces could have been separated in separate wear for dipping
Scallops were out of sight. Delicious
Service was heroic.

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J
New England
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding wine list, food was manhattan exceptional, presentation and service spot on. I entertain for living and this place even impressed me. Will definitely return next time I’m thru Orlando.

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FG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Wife Birthday!! Awesome highly recommended

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B
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and amazing service. The only thing was that there was a hug group and place was a bit noisy. But the rest was so nice that it won’t keep me from going again. It’s not everyday that they would have such large groups. Big well done to chef and staff!

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AQ
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always superb ! Without a doubt the best restaurant in town .

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o
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great fine dining place for extra special occasions!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the most incredible dining experience of my life!!! The food was the best I ever had and my server was UNREAL!!!!!

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Orlando
65 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit to Norman’s is 5 stars.. been coming here for 15 years and it never disappoints.. this trip we took our 10 and 11 year old daughters.. not their first time, but the first in a while and one refuses to be on the kids menu.. we all had the best dinners ever.. my wife and I love the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer and order our own each time we come. We were going to share some with our oldest daughter and they brought her her own which was incredibly thoughtful and just like this restaurant to think about what we want without us ever asking.. leave to the best member of their wait staff, Corey who we were lucky enough to have as our server tonight.. entrees ranged from the Tuna app to the steak, chicken, and my favorite grouper dish.. all were 100% perfection and I sware the have the freshest fish in Orlando.. Hugged their GM Yusif on the way out who checked in on us often..

There just isn’t anything close in the city not anywhere near close to this restaurant..

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DM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal on par with some of the nation's best. (Not exaggerating!) I can see why the restaurant was a James Beard finalist.

We enjoyed the winter tasting menu which was fabulous and easily worth the price. I added a masterful wine pairing and was in heaven.

Top notch service and ambiance. Looking forward to the next excuse to return.

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m
Raleigh
71 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our splurge, elegant restaurant during our annual week visit to Orlando. Amuse bouche was delicious. “Specialty drinks” - our choice of two was spot on. My wife had the apple salad and I had the scallops for first course - perfectly prepared and presented. My wife enjoyed the red snapper and my pork chop was literally the best I have ever had. Finished up with a pyramid dessert with chocolate panna cotta at the center. My wife was presented with a red rose as we left.
Valet parking in the rain was appreciated.

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L
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say,
This is far the best dining experience.
Excellent food and excellent service
Thank you.

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RV
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Shared 3 nice and well portioned starters, nice main course, like we remembered it from 1.5 years back

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LP
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve meal was very good. Selections were limited which is fairly standard. Each course was very good. The wine pairings were just OK. The gentlemen waiters and wine server were all excellent, attentive and seemed happy to be working there at the time. We had an 8:30 reservation, arrived early and sat us on time.

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RV
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

While we had an excellent earlier experience some time back, this time on December 31st we had expected (for USD 175 per person) a bit more than an average 4 course menu.

People who took the wine pairing, struggled to find time to even finish their glasses as their was little time between the courses, maybe consciously as a second row of guests seemed to be waiting.

The dishes while good in proportion, were fine in terms of taste and texture but not as special as you would expect for this price. Dessert could also be much more refined.

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p
Orlando
39 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for New Years....did the pairings menu...First two courses were outstanding...great wine parings!
For the main course...I received a Top Sirloin.....it was very "uninspired" . No real flavor or anything special done to it..I'm guessing they prepared it in a sous vide, but they could have added some additional flavor - somthing to it. Was VERY bland really...again for a special menu item...at this caliber of a restaurant you expect more. My wife & daughter got a seafood Tagliatelle for her main...which was good...but the lobster was NOT. ...had very little flavor and a "mush" texture that really made it hard to eat. Fish included also was really nothing special...which was a dissapointment. Service was outstanding. The room is outstanding...but Norman needs to get some inspiration in the kitchen for his cooks. Was not what we expected food wise for sure...for this caliber of eatery.

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TS
Toronto
60 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Quite a disappointing evening for our booking at Norman's. We have dined here many times before and thus booked this for a New Years dinner with friends from Europe. The food and services were rushed and several plates could not be eaten by our guests as they were not as ordered (ie. blood rare steak served vs medium rare ordered). I appreciate they were busy (it was New Years's eve) but at the prices charged there was no real attempt to correct the mistake or to apologize (the restaurant insisted the steak was "safe" to eat....which seems to be quite different than ensuring food is served as was ordered by the customer.

Despite pre-booking with credit card (as was required) and no disllosure of needing the table back by a stated time, the servers were pressing for bringing the bill even before coffee's/teas were suggested or ordered.

We will not be back.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fernando is hands down the best waiter we have ever had anywhere. Juan, the sommelier, always makes the best selections for our wine and it keeps us coming back. Always ask for these two when you are coming into eat at Norman’s.

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WF
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire meal was outstanding! Andrew and his team were ever vigilant... and he was extremely knowledgeable about everything we discussed. Food was spectacular... every starter... every main... every dessert! Great job

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the special winter tasting menu with wine pairings. Not inexpensive but worth the price. Service was superb.

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MB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a great seafood meal, and were NOT disappointed! Our waiter was exceptional, and made several recommendations, most of which we took, and were very pleased that we did!

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten there a number of times, including some anniversaries and birthdays. It has always been superb in every way. Everything we have had is outstanding but snapper is several steps beyond outstanding. The service has been uniformly excellent. Though it is a bit pricey, it is far from the most expensive restaurant in Orlando. It's on my list of one of the best restaurant in the nation.

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

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RC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in my live. We were there to celebrate with friends and family increible night. Service No 1

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was perfect. Ceviche was excellent. French toast foie gras thing was meh. The bread and olive oil which were made such a big deal of was mediocre. Scallops were good. Grouper was lukewarm dry and not good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family teunion

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m
Orlando
70 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always dine at Norman’s on Christmas Eve. It was a relaxing evening, service was wonderful and the food was delicious. We will return

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T
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Christmas eve family dinner

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KT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. Staff is on point. Food was cold, bland, uninspiring. Not worth $600 for three people. Fish was barely thawed out, vegetables were cold, venison was dry. Could not chew the pheasant in the second course. Persimmon salads were ok. Lobster chupe was excellent. Brisket was tasty. Desserts were inedible. Why not just have regular menu instead of the pre-fixe one?

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KM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary and they made it special. Excellent seafood appetizer and main courses.

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m
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been my favorite since it opened. Always feel special and so well taken care of. This year, my sons, both in the service, and my daughter in law and I were treated like royalty! Could not have asked for a better reunion in better atmosphere!

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EW
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I made a reservation for our 9th marriage anniversary and this place was well worth the money. The atmosphere was great and the food was absolutely amazing. Fernando was the best host I've encountered during any outing. I would definitely do it again.

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BN
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best meal we've had in Orlando, ever. The food is meticulous and subtle, service knowledgeable but friendly and discreet. Expensive, but if you are a foodie, this is as good as it gets around here.

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Savannah
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

My husband and I went to Norman’s to celebrate our anniversary. ThTs our go to spot mostly every year. We stay at the Ritz-Carlton for the weekend and have our celebratory dinner at Norman’s.
In the past years we each received a personalized Anniversary dinner menu, which is also a nice touch.
This year it was a fill in the blank menu.
Norman’s has always been a quiet, intimate high end restaurant with a semi formal dress code (not jeans nor T-shirt). This year was quite the opposite. SUPER LOUD, jammed packed with people and kids all around. Food was awesome, service delightful. Just missed that quiet intimate dinner we have always expected. We’ll try again next year and see what happens

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c
Miami
175 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about dinner at Norman’s was superb. Our server, Fernando, was charming and efficient and not obtrusive. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. Food and service impeccable. Can’t wait to return. A true dining experience.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always.

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