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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99% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (53)
Special Occasion (52)
Notable Wine List (43)
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Good for a Date (43)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Tasting Menu (31)
Worth the Drive (31)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Business Meals (22)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Scenic View (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Authentic (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Cozy (6)
Tapas (6)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Seasonal (4)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Waterfront (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Casual (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

The chefs tasting menu and wine pairing was extraordinary! Great experience!!! Food quality and preparation were great!!! Loved the creativity of the chef in its fusion cuisine. Highly recommended and will definitively visit again and again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Here on business and decided to try Norman’s. We both ordered filets. Wow! The filet was excellent! One of the best filets I’ve ever had. We enjoyed our meal experience so much that we went back a couple nights later! From the drinks and bread when you are seated through desert we’re all amazing!
I️ would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a nice meal and great food and service!

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was great. No complaints about that.
Our server was friendly but a little too relaxed. It felt as if he needed some training on etiquette (for example, asking if he could pick up the check from the table before we had left... he really should have waited until we left. he did this to another table as well.)

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food and service, perfect for special occassional

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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

The service and food were nothing short of perfection. Everything on the menu is flavourful and well presented. Each plate is a work of art and bursting with flavour.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Fried green tomatos are a must. Wine pairings with the vegetarian tasting menu were perfect. Norman's is classy, but not pretentious. I did a vegetarian version of the tasting menu. Being from the dairy state of Wisconsin, I was utterly impressed with the cheeses. Every minute, from the moment I was seated by the hostess to the moment I left raving to the assistant General Manager and hugging everyone (full disclosure--I had a delightful wine buzz), was enjoyable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beautiful preparation with each dish flavorful and expertly prepared. Best dining experience in Orlando

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I came to celebrate a friend’s birthday and was very impressed with the food but more impressed by the amazing service we received. I’ve dined at most of the higher end restaurants in central Florida but never encountered such a well trained and hospitable staff.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent on all levels!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This is a decent "fancy" restaurant. Overall it's just not as good as many more reasonably priced options. Their Wagyu beef wasn't the best considering the price tag on it. There are quite a few advanced kitchen techniques used, a lot of Pureés and Foams which are fun.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Norman's is definitely worthwhile the experience. Well trained and pleasant staff. The tasting menu needs strong fine-tuning. Portions are far to large on what they call the main courses.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent food and service. One of the best restaurants I've been to for a while. The chef's 7-course menu and wine package was of exceptional value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Lovely restaurant. A great spot for any kind of event. Cozy yet upscale. The food was delicious, the service impeccable. We loved it!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Out of town with my wife celebrating our 35th anniversary. Food was delicious and service was very efficient. Fernando was right on top of every detail and helped make it a special event. I really appreciated his relaxed and at times humorous delivery of service.Will be back next time in Orlando. I would recommend the Snapper or Grouper, both were excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always enjoy our times at Norman’s. This time was no exception. Everything was great from the Wagu to the black grouper. Can’t miss going to this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Had the Chef's flight with wine pairing. My wife really enjoyed the first 4 of 6 courses. The shrimp appetizers were excellent as was the following soup course. The yellow snapper and pork chop was excellent. The pork chop was the most tender piece of pork I ever had. By the time we got to the fifth course of cheese plate we were pretty well stuffed. The cheese was good, but felt the port wine pairing was a bit too sweet for our tastes. The final desert course of fried bananas and ice cream was good but not great. Overall it was a very good experience and would recommend for a very good dining experience. The wait staff was excellent throughout dinner especially our main waiter, Scott.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Amazing, hands down you wont be disappointed. Service is incredible and food is delicious!!!!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very big on presentation. Service was a little much.
Th octopus appetizer and the conch chowder both very good.
The Filet was excellent, however the Snapper was just ok, quite bland.
Selection of Wines by the glass was very good

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent service, outstanding food, fine wine selections, relaxing and pleasurable environment. Everyone was attentive and knowledgeable with a genuine desire to make our evening exceptional. The Clam Chowder is a special treat not to be missed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

It was an amazing experience. Everyone was so nice and felt like at home. I would recommend to anyone to go at least once to experience what i did. I loved it

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

This was our first visit here, and we are local! We weren't disappointed! We had the taster menu, with the pairing wine! Such a delight. The service was fantastic! We will be back for sure!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We loved this restaurant. My husband and I were in town for a business conference at the Ritz Carlton, so decided to try this restaurant. It was so good that we made reservations for another night. David was our waiter and he was awesome!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Manchester)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very Attentive staff , great setting . Fabulous food .live in the uk so don't get to go very often but thoroughly enjoy when we do :)

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We have enjoyed a gourmet dinner at Orlando area restaurants at least 4 nights per week for the past three years and have found Norman's to be consistently superior!!!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 17, 2017

1st impressions count and the 1st thing the waiter asked me was to place my order as soon as possible because they were busy. Not what any customer wants to hear. I was celebrating my birthday and he wanted to rush me. I had to tell him that I was going to take my time deciding what I wanted to eat. I think he got the point after that. Food was okay

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food is excellent, the setting on the terrace is beautiful and peaceful, but it's the service that puts this restaurant over the top. We ordered several courses, and everything was paced perfectly. The server and his team anticipated our every need but never rushed us - sadly, a rarity in even the "best" restaurants these days. The sommelier paired each course perfectly with a different wine. We spent over two hours enjoying a true dining experience. Norman's is pricey, but unlike many pricey restaurants that leave you feeling empty (and not just in the wallet), Norman's is well worth the splurge.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Simply an outstanding dining experience...did the chef's tasting menu and wine pairing! Outstanding. Service - Outstanding. Simply a great great place to have a wonderful meal! Can't highly recommend Norman's enough! Laura Errington was super helpful to ensure we had a great table for our anniversary and Wilson who served us was amazing!. 5 Star!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything was phenomenal!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was my second tasting menu with wine pairings, and once again it did not disappoint. Wonderful dishes that were tasty and innovative. The wine pairings were perfect! Service was very attentive. Only gripe was they spoke so softly when describing the food and wine. It was fairly loud in the restaurant and busy. I will definitely do the tasting menu again in the future.

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Tasting Menu
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Best in Orlando bar none. As perfect a meal as can be found.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Made many efforts to make our anniversary special. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Fine dinning American inspired nostalgia.,no fancy molecular gastronomy. 7 course Chef's Tasting menu very good,conch on the chowder overcooked ,not your typical ceviche ,prepared table side .Wine pairing amazing.Dessert bananas foster inspired was fabulous.Portions way too much ,could have been half of portions.Cheese plate balanced and amazing.One of the best part of the whole dinning experience was Fernando very knowledgeable ,approachable ,and excellent personality .Will definitely come back to try tapas.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Our servers were all top notch!

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

What an amazing experience. My wife and I chose to celebrate our 1st anniversary here last week. So glad we did. We had the chefs tasting along with the wine pairing. It's well worth the price and the 3 hrs it takes to get through the meal. The staff was outstanding and had everything ready for our special day. Even a couple glasses of complimentary champagne. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were celebrating our 23rd wedding anniversary and selected Norman's based on the website information. We were definitely impressed with the atmosphere and the server's attention to wanting our dining experience to be one we would remember and we will! Chef Norman's dishes were well presented and entertained us thoroughly with the combination of flavors used in preparing them. A simply wonderful place to celebrate the big and small things in life!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tapas, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food and the service was excellent , I would love to go again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

My granddaughters (ages 7 and 11) were dancing at Disney, but we are foodies and wanted a delicious dinner. The staff made sure that all food preferences and allergies were addressed.
Everything we had was delicious.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

We went for my husband's birthday. This was hands down our best fine dining experience in Orlando. I don't want to ruin any surprises for guests that haven't been here, so I will just say that they pay attention to even the smallest of details and are more than accommodating and attentive to your every need. The food was delicious, loved the fried green tomatoes, the scallops and the fish was perfection. We loved our experience here.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Steak was expertly prepared, great flavor and perfect temperature .... pricey but a grand example of "You get what you pay for "

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had a lovely birthday dinner here on Friday night. The setting was beautiful, and the food was amazing. I had the tasting menu with the wine pairing and the wine was perfectly matched to each course. Lazar, our server could not have been better. He was knowledgeable, helpful and attentive without being over the top. Perfect every way! The overall service was the best I have experienced in a long time. Norman's is a true gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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