About Bice at The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

An exquisite culinary voyage right to the heart of Italy awaits you amid a decor which combines Old World elegance and modern chic. Bice Ristorante offers exquisite Northern Italian cuisine, and superb service in an elegant atmosphere. Bice overlooks the Portofino Bay, offering the finest waterfront views in Orlando. We are located on Universal Studios property, and are only
3 miles from the Orange County Convention Center. The water taxi taking your guests to Universal Citywalk is steps from the restaurant.

5601 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm to 10.00pm

Cross Street:
Vineland

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 503-1415

Website:
http://www.bice-orlando.com/

Entertainment:
Pianist Friday & Saturday from 7pm to 10 pm.

Parking Details:
Self Parking with No Charge and Valet Service in Parking Garage.

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Private Dining available for groups of 15 or more. Please contact Kerry Mohring at 407-503-1416

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Private Dining

Bice Ristorante offers many private group dining options for your lunch or dinner. We have two private dining rooms seating 10 to 60 guests. We can seat up to 225 guests, utilizing the private rooms and the main dining room for a larger dinner. There are also two outdoor terraces.

Bice at The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (37)
Romantic (33)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
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Good for a Date (23)
Waterfront (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Scenic View (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Authentic (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Live Music (7)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Casual (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

Sadly, after four years of return visits to this Italian eatery at Loews Portofino, Bice has finally run its course. My companion and I have previous had wonderful experiences here, but this last visit was a deep disappointment. It seems Bice has made some changes to the menu that did nothing to improve it. And the service was lackluster. We were greeted by our waiter, who was friendly and made some suggestions, then we were passed on to another waiter, who at first was attentive and then basically disappeared, never checking to see how our meal was or if we wanted more wine. After giving me a taste of a pricey wine that was too tart for my tastes, I chose a less expensive Riesling. I was never asked if I would like another glass. It was as though I insulted the waiter. As for the food, the bruchetta appetizer tasted like it was on stale bread. My pappardelle, although fresh pasta, was slightly undercooked and stuck together, making the dish hard to eat. The sauce was tasty but nothing special--you can basically get a cream tomato sauce anywhere. Also, we were seated by a private room occupied by a very noisy group. They were given every attention, and the door to that room was kept open during much of our meal, so we were forced to listen to the loud conversations. After a dessert of gelato, the waiter placed the check on our table and said, "For our convenience." What does that even mean? We felt we were being shooed out of there. We have crossed this restaurant off our list of Universal Orlando favorites.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was great and the food was really good. I recommend the sea bass and the pasta filled with beef

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·Dined 6 days ago

The dinner we had here was outstanding... absolutely exceeded my expectations. The service, the food, and the bay view were all incredible. There is absolutely nothing I would change and I would just like to thank the incredible staff and restaurant for such a memorable experience. I can’t wait to go back! Wish I could leave more than 5 stars. Was THAT good!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Everything was perfect. We sat outside over looking the beautiful Christmas tree. Our favorite restaurant experience.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great atmosphere! Lengthy wine list with good descriptions. Comprehensive dinner menu with additional daily chefs' specials. The best Italian restaurant in the Orlando area. The food was prepared and presented authentically Italian. Incredible dessert menu. All staff including hostess were courteous and attentive. Wait staff (Victor)gets 5 stars. A very pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Ended our stay at Portofino Bay with an epic dinner. Incredible service. Delicious food. Our table’s favorite was an Italian staple dish, Tagliatelle al ragu' di carne. (Hopefully) Will return next time we’re back at Universal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have been to Bice before and again, it didn't disappoint. The service was very good and the food delicious! I would recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food in general is fine, but the restaurant seems to pride itself too much with being a "fine dining" spot. Very interesting attitude.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a very catered experience at our Thanksgiving dinner. The staff was very attentive, atmosphere was amazing. Definitely recommend to anyone look for a intimate or romantic experience.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Wonderful experience. Food and service excellent. Marco our waiter was fantastic

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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was cold, not only mine but also my husbands and my daughters fries too
Not impressed at this price point

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

New chef likes things his way. No deviations. Interesting approach. Rack of lamb cooked to perfection. Orange cake, well just felt like it was supposed to taste like orange. Appetizers seemed all the same, and they are wonderful. Worth a try.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great night. Sat outside on the balcony and enjoyed the Portofino opera singers. Everything was delicious. Service was great! Our teenagers loved it too!

Tags: Waterfront, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very nice setting with beautiful views all around the restaurant. Good food, helpful and friendly staff. Best tiramisu we’ve had in Orlando.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sat outside with a nice view of the plaza and hotel. Downstairs bar had live music which we could hear and added a nice touch to the ambience. Food was delicious. You could taste the quality of the EVOO and other ingredients used. Inside had live piano music. Overall a great date night dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing food and service. We had our wedding reception here. The staff was amazing when our wedding needed to be rescheduled due to t he hurricane

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

could not say more about their effort to make our night special. The scenery was amazing. been to Porto Fino a few times. Of course it’s not the “real” thing but the best effort I’ve seen to date If you like authentic Italian. You will love Bice at Loews.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent environs - the resort is beautiful, Bicè is in a nice location with quaint Mediterranean feel overlooking the lake.
Impeccable service. Scallops were giant, so buttery and tasty, filet with foie gras was perfect.
Wish we didn't have dessert plans already as we didn't want to have to leave.
Opera in the piazza was a very nice touch.
Would highly recommend and definitely return when we are in Orlando next.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was off today probably because it was a bit crowded. Still like this place however

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Nice dinner with a super great waiter. My only criticism is that the pasta orders are really TINY.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Me and my wife ended up eating here for our 2nd anniversary. We had set up our reservation for 7:00 PM the day before and called roughly 2 hours prior to confirm it. We arrived around 20 minutes early and we were seated regardless with a beautiful outside location. The night was gorgeous and calm, the server was great and attentive. I had the 60 day aged NY Strip and my wife the Caesar chicken salad for entrees, the steak was cooked to perfection. Her salad was of course a salad with grilled chicken. Not much for me to pick on anything really. Great experience, great food, attentive service, of course the price is much higher than your average dinner location but you get what you pay for. Will be sure to come back.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is great for a romantic dinner. Everything from the service to food/drinks was superb. The only thing I wasn’t able to try was desert because I was full 😂

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent service. First rate food. Very intimate setting for a resort hotel. A great oasis from the theme park

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for Groups
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food and service. Chilean sea bass was prepared to perfection. Osso bucco was excellent. Cocktails and wine were quite good. Souffle dessert was well worth the wait (takes extra time to prepare). Server was quite attentive. A nice place for a special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My favourite restaurant in Orlando, excellent service and food in a lovely setting.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent diner of very high quality and excellent service
Awesome, looks really like Italy
To be done absolutely

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Eat outside if weather permits. Great views of harbor and hotel. Live opera nightly outdoors. Sausage risotto, charcuterie, salads, lamb chops, and veal were all excellent. Service was impeccable. The only challenge is it is hard to find. It is many stairs/elevators and a long walk from entrance with poor signage. Worth the trip. Just arrive early to get there once car parked.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Bice is the nicest, most romantic restaurant in the Universal Orlando area. What a respite from the fun chaos in the parks. We enjoyed a cocktail on the beautiful patio while listening to the live musicians and opera singer across the piazza. Coming inside for dinner we were treated with quiet ambiance. The food was superb, matched by the attentive service. Whenever we are in the area and needing an adult evening out, we will revisit this lovely restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We visit Bice every time we stay at Portofino Bay Resort. It always delivers! Great food and ambiance! We highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very attentive staff and good food - an enjoyable evening

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We love it, waiter super nice and professional 😊

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The place and the atmosphere are lovely. I had a wagyu beef appetizer that was truly outstanding. The salad, though, was a big disappointment. It should have arugula, radicchio and endives. When the salad came, I could immediately see they had substituted spinach for the arugula. I point this out to the waiter, who confirms I wanted the tricolore salad, and that that should be arugula. I tell him I am sure it is spinach. He takes the plate back to the kitchen, comes back with a new salad, and mentioned the chef apologized for the mistake. The salad is overdressed, and I got charged for it. They gave me the dessert as a gift, but that would have happened anyway since it was my birthday. I think they should not have charged me for the salad.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Expensive! Which is fine if it's impressive but it wasn't!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a wonderful birthday celebration at Bice. The wine and cocktails were terrific as was every morsel of food from the bread to the salad to the entrees to the dessert. Brandon, our server, made excellent suggestions and guided us through a perfect meal.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Bice is one of my favorite restaurants. I’ve been to a Bice in Milan and many other great cities. This is my go to place for exceptional service and authentic Italian food. The entire staff makes me feel so special as a local and frequent diner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was good - I had the short-rib stuffed ravioli (excellent) in a cream sauce, my husband had the Wagyu steak which was over-seasoned and arguably not Wagyu quality. Endive salad with walnuts and goat cheese was also yummy. Service was excellent. The cocktails were weak and expensive: $16 for a pama & cranberry martini that might have had a tablespoon of vodka, followed by a $16 strawberry muddled seltzer with vodka that tasted like strawberry seltzer. $32 and not even a slight buzz (and I'm a lightweight). I would recommend this place for the food and service, but get wine or scotch and not the mixed drinks.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Unfortunately the night we were there was a Sunday before a holiday. A lot of children and very noisy with a large convention group.
The waiter Robert was the best. He kept apologizing for the noise level of a few of the screaming children.
The food and service was outstanding. The osumbuca was the best. Would love to go back again on a different night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Delicious food, Tommaso was our server, he did an excellent job.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This is the second time we have been to Bice and it did not dissapoint. The ombiance, food, staff and drinks were great.
Our main server, Stefano was great and the manager Emidio made sure all was good. It wasn't ... It was great👍😆🍴

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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