About Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

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.

4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
John Young Parkway

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 393-4333

Website:
http://www.normans.com/

Parking Details:
Parking Details: NORMAN'S offers complimentary Valet Parking to all guests dining at our Restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Norman Van Aken

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Available for buyouts and partial buyouts. Private dining and semiprivate dining areas are available as well.

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

Private Dining

Norman's has private dining options for groups from 8-400 guests. Allow Norman's to prepare a custom menu for your group showcasing the inspirations of Florida's most awarded James Beard recipient Chef Norman Van Aken. Guests may work with our sommelier for personalized wine pairings.

Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (50)
Good for a Date (43)
Special Occasion (43)
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Good for Anniversaries (41)
Notable Wine List (37)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Tasting Menu (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Worth the Drive (22)
Business Meals (21)
Good for Groups (10)
Authentic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tapas (3)
Happy Hour (2)
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Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2014

Spent a great evening at Norman's celebrating a birthday. I had noted the birthday event when making the reservation through Opentable. We were surprised to find the menu's printed with a birthday greeting and one of the menus was given to the birthday guest as a memento. The staff was attentive without being intrusive. The food was outstanding. The vegetarian selection was inventive and delicious. Looking forward to a return visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2014

Fantastic as usual, but I felt service missed a beat. Wrong wine to wrong person. A bit off step for the evening. Mind you, this is Ritz Carlton and Normans, so there were four servers for our table, but they have been historically tighter and more in sync.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 31, 2014

It's a perfect spot for a romantic date or special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 30, 2014

Enjoyed an excellent meal @ Norman's when down for a conference.

The ambiance was beautiful, but the crowd was energetic, lively and
the place was packed. In addition, although between seasons, ate a
delectable, modified four course Tasting Menu. Norman's flexibility
was outstanding and cheers to Melisa, my server, in approaching
the kitchen and asking.

Food Presentations were eclectic, Service was timely. What's not
to like !!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2014

I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting an incredible dining experience, from the appetizers-Shrimp Cevice and Empanadas which were awesome, to the Conch Soup-possibly one of the best soups I have ever had, to the entrees of pork, chicken and the fish-all outstanding, The wine list provided many great choices a little pricy but plenty of variety. In the end would and will go back my next time in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2014

The meal was absolutely amazing!. The staff were exceptional: attentive, knowledgeable and so accomodating. The food was from start to finish tremendous. It was an unbelievable meal with a nice atmosphere. Will definitely go again and recommend this to all.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 25, 2014

Our waiter allowed us to create a 4 course tasting menu with wines and it was perfect.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 24, 2014

I can't believe all the times I have stayed at the hotel and didn't eat here!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 23, 2014

Norman Van Aken's signature restaurant in the Ritz Carlton Orlando is quite possibly the best restaurant in the state! In addition to his classic dishes there is always something new on the menu. Sommelier Yusuf has freshened the wine list with a wide selection of varietals, and price points. The service is impeccable, from the hostesses to the bussers. The servers are knowledgable, discreet, friendly and polite. What a refreshing change from most of the restaurants in this toursity town. On this occasion the oysters were wonderful and the venison loin was tender, expertly cooked, and accompanied with crisp seasonal vegetables. The classic pan roasted snapper was better than I remebered and the sirloin puts "steak houses" to shame.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2014

Dined here recently. The staff was great. Extremely friendly and accommodating. The food was fantastic. Highly recommend.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 21, 2014

The dining experience was wonderful!! The foie gras and the Chatd'Yquem were to die for(twice). The yellow tail snapper was some of the best fish I have ever eaten, if not the best. The wait staff, both of them, made the dining a delightful meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. They would enjoy it very much!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2014

Recommended by a friend in New York. Cory and team did
A wonderful job from welcoming us to the Normans to the chocolate cake for
Dessert. My shrimp salad app and snapper for dinner was
Cook to perfection. We will be back to Normans next visit to
Orlando.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2014

I had an amazing experience here that will remain unforgettable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2014

We started with the delicious stuffed crispy shrimp and then had the venison and the veal chop. Both pieces of meat were wonderful. In fact, I'd offer that the venison was the best I've ever had. The service was competent, if not outstanding. Bring $$$$. It aint cheap. But, as you know, you get what you pay for. And it certainly was a special meal.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 18, 2014

Norman's was by far the best restaurant I have been to in Orlando.
The service was outstanding, the food was incredible, and the atmosphere amazing.
My new favorite place.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 18, 2014

Excellent food and waitstaff. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2014

Excellent and interesting food, impeccable service. Our table was not ready at or reservation time but they comped cocktails cordially. Bartender was very professional .

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2014

Norman's was a disappointment. It was very expensive--at least $100 more than a dinner at Primo, the Italian restaurant at the JW Marriott next door and frankly not as pleasant or as memorable a dining experience! The one exception was the signature "Havanna Pork" which was really flavorful and excellent. My wife was not impressed by the grouper, though she did enjoy the ceviche tapas dish she had.

The other rather off-putting thing about Norman's was the number of staff who kept coming up to the table to introduce themselves, but later when I sought to signal that I wanted to speak to member of the waitstaff, I was repeatedly ignored.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 11, 2014

From the moment we checked in everything was perfect! We are local and will continue to dine here.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 4, 2014

Excellent!!! WOW at the presentation, service and Quality of Food. This place always makes for a memorable night.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 2, 2014

Fabulous. Food was great and service was amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Fui con mi familia para recibir el año, estuvo magnífico. El ambiente elegante, la atención impecable. Los precios altos pero de acuerdo a la calidad de la comida y al sitio. Lo recomiendo para una cena inolvidable.....

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2013

We visited here for new year and were certainly not disappointed. We were greeted very warmly at the door by very friendly smart staff and shown to the bar for drinks before our meal. We were then shown to our table and to be honest things just got better and better! Our table waitress was perfection itself. The food was just amazing and the whole atmosphere unbelievable! Timing was perfect too, bang on 11.50 we were ushered out onto the patio to see some fantastic fireworks to bring in 2014. Congratulations to all staff involved!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Service Excellent, food OK. Wine list Great and staff Knowledgeable. Pretty expensive for what you got (maybe because new years eve?).

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2013

We used to be regular diner's at Normans, but due to other restaurants opening up in the area, we had not been back in some time. We decided to go back for our NYE dinner this year. We were surprised by the inconsistent nature of the menu. One dish would be wonderful and the next dish felt uninspired. When you are charging a premium over your normal experience, the guest expects more from the kitchen. The increased price wasn't justified by what was served on the plate.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2013

Our meal and experience at Norman's at the Ritz -Carlton was outstanding. It is a sophisticated restaurant located in a beautiful hotel. The ambiance, service heighten the meal. Three members of my family went for dinner just before New Year's and each had a different meal. All three meals were equally spectacular.
We have already recommended friends to the this restaurant and they were equally impressed.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 30, 2013

Very fancy. Very expensive. Very good. Great service.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 29, 2013

Came here as we were staying at the hotel next door and it was close. Were unsure at first as we're a younger (cheaper) couple and the Ritz-Carlton seemed like a stuffy place for non-special-occasion dinner, but we came away very impressed. Although it was formal, we never felt uncomfortable despite being underdressed in jeans and service was friendly throughout, if especially leisurely at the end (probably 30 minutes between asking for bill and leaving). Food was wonderful, focused on Latin flavors and a little heavy on seafood for this non-pescatarian but had enough to satisfy us. We loved everything we had, except the conch chowder was too sweet and not flavorful enough. We also were glad to find a GREAT affordable wine on the list.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2013

Celebrated here and everything was impeccable and the food delicious

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 28, 2013

Top notch service by some very friendly people whom have such an amazing attention to detail only to be served some of the finest food in the area.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 28, 2013

The food and service at Norman's were outstanding. The staff went the extra mile to ensure my wife had a wonderful birthday dinner. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 28, 2013

The pan seared steak tasted like rubber and the pork Havana reminded me of the sewers in Cuba. However our server Frank was outstanding.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 25, 2013

As elegant as one would expect from the ritz Carlton !

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 24, 2013

We dined at Norman's on Christmas Eve. From the moment we arrived, the service was outstanding. It was a set menu and we opted for the wine pairing which was very nice. The pace of the meal was so good. We had two servers who were friendly and informative but knew when to let us alone. At dessert, my husband did not want the wine that was paired for dessert and asked if he could have a different option. Not only was he given that option, no questions asked, a new bottle was opened at the table and poured. When in Orlando we always make it a point to eat at Norman's and have yet to be disappointed.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2013

Fabulous Orlando restaurant to celebrate an occasion! They never disappoint and sometimes exceed our expectations.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 23, 2013

We had a special date night to celebrate the holiday and it was just fabulous! Filet mignon was like butter melting in your mouth. The yellow tail snapper was wonderful. Wine selections were numerous and delicious. Creme brulle was cooked to perfection. It was a great night and will be back real soon.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 22, 2013

I've always been a huge fan of Chef Norman Van Aken's cuisine. Our evening was great, The service was perfect and the food very good. My only complaint(if you can call it that) is i wish i brought my own wine. I prefer more old world wines and the tasting menu was paired with all new world wines. It was my mistake to not inform the somm of my preference. next time:)
I look forward to returning.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 21, 2013

This is clearly the best restaurant in central Florida. The food is exquisite. The staff gives you just the right amount of attention, They spoil you without being too attentive. The restaurant is beautiful. The last few years we have come for our wedding anniversary. They add even more special touches to make the dinner even more fabulous.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 13, 2013

Pride ourselves as fine dining enthusiasts having dined in some of the best places all over the world. We found this experience superior on all accounts. Certainly one of the best in Florida. Will return here on all visits to Orlando

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 12, 2013

I took my wife to Norman's for her birthday, and noted that on my OpenTable reservation. She was wowed by menus personalized with "Happy Birthday Kathleen." Other reasons for my rating:
* Valet service was on a tip basis, not an obligatory $15 charge collected by a hotel employee. Our waiter called for our car as we prepared to leave.
* We were given a large glass of an excellent sparkling wine at the time we were presented with our menus, no charge.
* The wine list was spectacular; not extensive but well chosen. We selected a Priorat, an uncommon Spanish gem and one of several wines that could hold up to my veal yet not overwhelm Kathleen's fish.
* Her fish was spectacular in every way. I would have preferred a smaller veal portion.
Superb

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