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About Rocco's Italian Grille

Proprietor Rocco Potami has opened a casual yet sophisticated dining spot as warm and personal as a family-run trattoria, with marble floors, golden-hued walls, warm woods, white linens. There's a cozy wood-paneled bar, intimate al fresco dining on a courtyard terrace and private space for special events.
Rocco's uses the freshest meats, produce, breads, special sauces and imported pastas that are the heart of fine Italian cooking. The result is a diverse culinary experience, offering a taste of favorite dishes selected from each region of Italy.

400 South Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 644-7770

Website:
http://www.roccositaliangrille.com/

Executive Chef:
Rocco Potami

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

Rocco's Italian Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

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87% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for a Date (6)
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Bar Seating (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (4)
Authentic (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Live Music (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service, lots of dinner specials, and the food prepared just right. We will be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Want great Italian food, go to Rocco's. Want a romantic evening with your honey, go to Rocco's. Want a true family night with family and friends, go to Rocco's. Authentic Italian favorites and innovative preparations, prepared by an inspired kitchen, served by a professional and informative staff and orchestrated by Rocco's great love of food and hospitality. And then there is Silvana, who is a hostess who greets you like no other in Orlando. Rocco's is like coming home for dinner..... in Italy. Try it! ..... you'll like!

Tags: Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Romantic
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food5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Best Italian food in the area

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Rocco’s is a WInter Park treasure.Friendly owner greeted us upon warmly upon arrival and seated us at our favorite table. Food was excellent and the special veal dish for the night was indeed special. This is a great restaurant with wonderful Italian food served in an inviting setting.

Tags: Bar Seating
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food5
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Mw wife and I were having dinner for our 28th wedding anniversary, a very special occasion which should have been both romantic and an overall good experience. Having arrived though, the owner and two other males were having dinner together two tables away. As the group drank more, they got louder, more boisterous and down right boorish. Soon talk turned to their wives and the comments became more borderline. At one point a remark was made at the table about a car being a "girls car", or something to that effect. The response, apparently funny to the group was "what does it run on, vinegar and water". Apparently, they thought it was boys' night out rather than a restaurant. That one comment was well over the decency line for anything other than a bar. You can't offend my wife but, there is an expected level of common etiquette and manners and this restaurant failed to meet those expectations. The fact that you may own the place is no excuse.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great Place to take a date and enjoy the ambience and superb Italian cuisine,The wine was flowing also.Can't miss with a night out at Rocco's

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Rocco's is in our top three restaurants in the Orlando area. After living here 40 years, we've been to a few. Consistently excellent food with great , creative preparations. We are always greeted warmly by Rocco himself as he is hands on owner. Wine list is excellent and cocktails generous. We always look forward to a meal at Rocco's.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service Awesome food

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The greeting is always warm and by Rocco himself. The food is consistently amazing with great service. It never disappoints!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We made a reservation and were told it would be "just a few minutes", but 20 minutes later we had to ask a server when our table would be ready. We were finally seated about 30 minutes after our reservation time. The bartender was serving tables as well and was obviously bothered taking bar orders (we went to the bar to wait for our table). Also, once we were seated, we observed the owner yelling at an employee for dropping something. Food was OK...

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had family in town and wanted to give them a unique experience. We had a great meal at Rocco's with excellent service!

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 7, 2017

In the past Rocco's has always been delightful. This past experience by four was highly disappointing. Food overcooked, dry, and off-tasting.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Our server was amazing. He made sure everything was perfect during the whole experience. Will definitely be returning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Reminded me of the family restaurants on Taylor Street in the Little Italy neighborhood in Chicago. Wonderful food and service

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Anniversary. Well done!

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This was my first visit to Rocco's. I was visiting in Orlando and found it on Open Table. It was pretty much everything I expected. Greeted cheerfully by the owner, really good waiter, excellent service overall. I had a Veal Chop that was seasoned perfectly and cooked to my liking but it was very tough and fatty for Veal. Still good but a little chewy. My date had a Swordfish Risotto that was well made but the very strong 'fishy' taste of the fish dominated the dish and took away the great taste and preparation of the risotto. Would not order that again. We will return but want to try more of typical Italian dishes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 19, 2017

By far one of the best meals I have had in a very long time. Amazing Italian food and spectacular service. I recommend this restaurant to everyone. Can't wait to go back and try more menu items.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Have dined here at least 25 times in the past 2 years and every meal has been superbly prepared under the watchful eye of Rocco. Pasta is served the traditional Italian style -- al dente and Rocco does not over saturate the pasta with mountains of sauce. Rocco only serves fresh fish and if you love veal or beef, he has high quality provisions. One favorite in our family is the best eggplant parmigiana you've ever tasted. The head bartender is a perfectionist when making your favorite cocktail and the wine list is quite extensive and fairly priced. Service in very personable and attentive and you are not rushed. A great touch is the live entertainment which is not intrusive in the main dining area, but if you choose to get up and dance to the music in the lounge area, you won't be alone. And when you finish your meal, if you elect to spend some more time in the lounge to enjoy the music and maybe an after dinner drink, it is a great finale to a perfect dining experience in this wonderful spot.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 17, 2017

came for a birthday. this was our 2nd time here. food was amazing! had the carpaccio for an app, got the seafood pasta dish, seafood special, and vegetarian risotto dish. had the limoncello parfait and bomba dessert.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fun, Live Music, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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food5
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Best Italian food in Orlando, our friend love the atmosphere and warmth shown by Rocco.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We love this restaurant and any opportunity to eat here is taken. The food and the service impeccable. The ambiance and entertainment are great. We come on 'date night', with friends and business associates and everyone loves it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Very odd night. First visit for us. My wife ordered a veal dish and was brought a chicken dish. Not realizing it she started eating it. She then told the waitress who apologized but took no action to correct it. We did not make a fuss but were rather shocked. The food came out of the kitchen much too quickly. We were the only ones in the restaurant so not sure what the rush was. We took our remaining wine home and found the cork laying in the bag. Luckily we did not tip the bottle.
The bread was great and my ravioli was tasty though not a generous portion.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I truly feel valued as a customer when I dine here. Rocco and staff are very concerned with your dining experience and strive to make it the best. Our server Scott made us feel as though we were his only table (and he was super busy). Food is delicious! I highly recommend trying Rocco's .

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Rocco's and a small handful of other Italian restaurants in Central Florida are the closest thing to authentic Italian cuisine. Say no more, Rocco's this is as good as it gets.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Always expectedly wonderful. Reliably delicious with well trained and knowledgeable staff.
Very welcoming hostess and on weekends smooth, cool live music(standards).
This place does Italian right!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 20, 2017

My husband enjoyed his veal chop very much, my pasta was just so so bland, I had to keep adding salt

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Enjoyed our dinner and music in the bar. A hidden gem in Orlando!

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This is a tough review for me. One's view of this restaurant depend a lot on one's perspective. Let me begin with the good. The owners are nice and friendly and we were quickly escorted to a booth in the bar area which turned out to be a mistake. The service was decent, albeit a little slow at times. The food was good, not great, but good. If it were only the food that would determine if I would go back, I would. The pricing is fair.
The interior is very dated and in serious need of redecorating. It's dark and dreary and feels like something from the 70's, although it appeared clean. As you can see, the place gets high marks from most reviewers. I think the reason for this is the clientele. Granted, this was my only experience at this place, but I'm quite confident it is representative. At least 85% of the customers were over 65 with most well over that. It felt like eating at a retirement home. Then the music started. There was a guy with an organ and a woman who sang ballads from the 50's. At some point a few couples got up and started dancing in the bar area, although I'm not sure dancing is formally allowed there. All these people were in their 70's which really made it feel like an old folks home. I'm 70 so I can say this. It was all a bit goofy. I may not be all that far from being in an old folks home, but I really don't want the experience now when I go out to dinner. I prefer to hang out with younger people. or at least a mixed crowd. If you are in that age group and like going somewhere where most of the other people are around your age, then you may very well like this place. It clearly was not a place many people under 40 would go.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 14, 2017

As usual, Rocco and his staff create authentic southern Italian cuisine. Wait staff are extremely knowledgeable, personable and courteous. Rocco stops by each table and applies his personal touch. Highly recommended!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Lasagna was outstanding!! The bread and dipping sauce was amazing! I had the filet of steak with peppercorn sauce on top which was the special. It was the best steak I have ever had. Tiramisu was phonominal!! Service was fantastic. We will be back. Thankyou

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 1, 2017

This was our first time to Rocco's. Our food was delicious and the service superb!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 30, 2017

I had driven by this place for years and finally went. So glad I did! While on 17/92, (Orlando stretch just north of Fairbanks and south of Morse) the front is tiny as the main enterance is on the side. We went early, 6 pm on a Friday, and got seated immediately. Rocco checked on us a couple of times and seems very friendly. Calamari appetizer with lightly battered peppers and zucchini was excellent. I really liked my veal Marsala and my wife enjoyed her fish. House Cab and Chardonnay were very nice and only $7.50/glass which was very fair. All told about $50/person total with tax and tip. I'm certain I'll be going back. Muscians were just setting up as we were leaving so don't know if they would have added to the ambience or not.

Reminds me of how Rick Steves says to find a place the locals go and enjoy. This certainly seems that kind of place. Buon appetito

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Food was AMAZING! Service impeccable!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The ambiance is extremely charming and the service was impeccable. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff all around. The calamari is some of the best in Central Florida. We can't wait to go back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 3, 2017

It is the best Italian food in town and by far my favorite local restaurant. There are always specials to the dinner menu and you can't be Rocco's fresh pasta.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I absolutely love Rocco's! The food is extraordinary and the service second to none! I always feel like a VIP when I dine at Rocco's!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Great food and service

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Rocco's features excellent, authentic Italian food and attentive service. The food is consistently exceptional,. The owner often greets you at the door, and usually stops by your table to make sure that both the food and service meet your expectations. Do yourself a favor and go. You will be glad you did.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 19, 2017

After 5 years we finally found an authentic Italian restaurant that we enjoy! This was our first dining experience at Rocco's, and it was wonderful. The food was delicious, and I must rave about the sauce, and fresh mozzarella! I had eggplant parm, and my husband had chicken parm, both of which were delicious and just the right portions. Our server Scott was attentive but not over bearing, very knowledgeable and friendly. If I had to come up with a concern, I would just say that I wish there had been more wine choices by the glass, and a couple of the specials and deserts that our server had mentioned turned out not to be available, even though we were one of the first diners of the day. Otherwise it was a great dining experience and we will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This is my favorite GO-TO restaurant. They have had the same staff for years, the food never fails to disappoint. It's very welcoming ambience. I Love this restaurant

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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