The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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When guests at the Hard Rock Hotel feel the urge to "raid the "fridge," they head to The Kitchen for a variety of tantalizing cuisine with a rock 'n' roll attitude. Executive Chef Douglas Chin serves up New American cuisine along with your favorite comfort foods. Signature dishes include The Kitchen Burger, Mac & Cheese, Ahi Tuna, New York Strip and a delicious array of Flatbreads. The Kitchen features a daily breakfast buffet and if you've been partying all night, Join us on Sunday for the Acoustic Brunch Buffet with unlimited Bloody Marys and Champagne Mimosas! Serving over 100 different wines and 35 wines by the glass plus a wide variety of signature cocktails with fresh ingredients, you'll have trouble selecting just one to enjoy. Lil' rockers have their own special place to hang out plus enjoy special entertainment on select nights. The Kitchen's walls are adorned with culinary-themed memorabilia from the hotel's many celebrity guests.
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TC
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great! Jonathan our serve is amazing.

AR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

We did the Sunday brunch. There were plenty of choices with some highs and lows. For the highs, the made to order omelets and pancake/waffle/French toast plates were all tasty. There were several varieties of food and the pastries were tasty as well. The lows, the carving station meat temperatures were luke warm. The horseradish sauce for the prime rib was weak. The unlimited mimosas and bloody Mary's were weak and the bloody Mary's were tiny. Remove the celery stock and there's probably two shots worth of liquid in the glass. Sure, you could get 10 but how many times is the server coming buy? For the price of the meal, to me it wasn't worth it unless you're going to eat the higher value food and sit and drink a dozen alcohol drinks. Otherwise, get your pancakes, waffles and oatmeal for 1/3 the price elsewhere. Lastly, the live music was good but way too loud. Couldn't talk to the table without half yelling.

LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Vaca brunch and this was perfect. Food was surprisingly good for a buffet. About 1/2 food was set up buffet style but they also had a made to order omelet, pancake and waffle station. The eggs Benedict was so good! Everything was delicious and presentation was nice. Bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s were great too. Nice spot. Worth the price.

m
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Kitchen’s Sunday Acoustic Brunch is a dark horse candidate for best buffet on a theme park property. The variety of foods available is remarkable, everything from eggs and waffles, to carved prime rib and roast chicken, chips and spinach artichoke dip, bagels and lox to Mac and cheese and fresh salads. And the quality of everything is top-notch. Add in the great atmosphere of the acoustic musical performer, and you seriously can’t go wrong.

RV
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The food was not really good !!! New York Stake was very rough, all food not warm very cold . Not good service , party was very boring . I’m been in Royal Pacific many times and it was better the food Entertainment and the party . Very disappointed and very expensive . $150 per person .. not recommended for the holidays .

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

We were excited to spend New Year’s Eve 2020 at Universal Studios in Orlando and enjoy the eve buffet dinner at the Hard Rick Kitchen. Buffets are never really a good value for your money ($533 for 3 adults and 1 child) but the food on this buffet was dry and/or cold and the desserts weren’t even available for almost 2 hours after our reservation time and by that time we were scheduled to be in the park so we missed out on the entire dessert portion of the buffet. Definitely won’t return for their New Year’s Eve offering.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was very average, love the atmosphere everyone we visit

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. We always love this place & the acoustic brunch was great as expected!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No problems checking in with our reservation, and we were seated immediately. Our waiter David was attentive and friendly. The buffet had a wide variety, and the food was quite good as were the drinks. The musician played different genres of music... it was loud enough to hear her without impeding conversations at the table. I would definitely eat here again.

MC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner there prior to a show at Hard Rock Live. Lovely ambiance, delicious food and our waiter, Jon, was very attentive and helpful! Will return!

TM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice enough for sit down dinner

EH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Dinner was delicious. Service was a little slow, but it was Christmas night and server was so nice. Magician at our table was a fun touch. . Cocktails a bit too sweet - just order without the simple syrup. We’ll definitely be back.

JJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing Christmas brunch ever! There was SO MUCH food!! There was a full breakfast buffet as well as a carving station and all the side dishes. There was a yummy dessert station, too!! We'll be back next year!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Christmas Eve

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Marie was fabulous. Absolute please to have her as waitress.

KD
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kitchen was wonderful! Hot, fresh, tasty food! Our server Tina was very efficient, kind, and thoughtful! She also knew her wine very well. We loved the Mac and cheese and the chef who cooked our steak cooked it to perfection! We will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

New York strip tastes like dried up rubber and costs $40. Otherwise , burger and ahi tuna were decent .

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awesome spot for a Sunday brunch after being in the parks Friday and Saturday. A nice change of pace, and there’s music!

ER
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fast and friendly service. Magicians on wednesday and friday nights! Awesome fun

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Overpriced food for the quality. Nice servers but very slow kitchen.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always try to go to the acoustic brunch. It’s one of the best brunches we’ve been to

f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our waitress was great attentive but not overly so. Explained food terms we were not familiar with. We able to make substitutions of some items which we appreciated The food was ok nothing inspiring. I had braised ribs and personally did not care for the demiglace. My friend had shrimp tacos. Again alright. The highlight was the Mac and cheese. We ordered the entree and split it like an appetizer. Extremely good. Very cheesy and the shell noodles not over cooked. The restaurant on a Friday evening was not very busy. There was no Vibe-in the room. Decorations were bland

J
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is a real "sleeper." If you are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, or nearby, don't overlook it. It became one of our favorites because the food and service were outstanding.

J
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great location, and wonderful service.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great bottomless brunch on Sundays

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

We paid for the Thanksgiving Day dinner buffet. Our reservations were for 9pm but we weren’t seated until 9:30pm. The experience was supposed to include games, entertainment and characters. There were no characters when we were there and the only thing we experienced was a balloon artist. The food was mediocre. Generally the food was bland but on top of that many things were already out. The kitchen had run out of many things and they weren’t restocking since they were winding down to shut down. Never doing a buffet experience again.

PD
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Thxgiving dinner. Our waiter was amazing and noticed allergies in the profile

NN
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing!

We went for Thanksgiving, a wonderful buffet, with a wide variety of food options for the pickiest eaters; from thanksgiving classics of turkey and stuffing to mini pizzas and fries.
The wait staff was very attentive, constantly refilling beverages and removing empty plates.
It was a little loud, but with so much going on (food, entertainment for the kids) it’s what I expected.

Definitely will be back!

RT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

couldn't get the part of the turkey I wanted, very stingy serving with a heavy does of salt. I need salt free

JD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

For the Thanksgiving buffet, the selection was awesome. Noise level high due to all the young kids running around. If that many small children are at that restaurant on a regular basis, I would avoid going back. It isn't inexpensive and for that price, I would prefer more adult atmosphere, as would most of my friends. I was dining alone and because there was so much business for the buffet, I was somewhat forgotten about..i.e. no spoon for my iced tea, no spoon when my coffee was delivered and then the spoon I was given when I caught the action of a passing waiter was the size of a soup spoon. Again awesome Thanksgiving buffet choices and menu, but ambiance was lacking.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving lunch

L
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

For the Thanksgiving dinner, endless champagne and beer was not included like the moderate Sapphire Fall’s Amististe Thanksgiving dinner. Therefore, the value suffered. The food was okay. And we felt rushed towards the end. Overall, would not do it again.

DH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and excellent buffet. Food was great especially the crab legs. Our waiter Jason was excellent. We will do the buffet for Thanks giving again next year 2020. It was well worth it.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started our meal with blue cheese chips and delicious balsamic glaze - if you love these flavors in a salad then you can’t go wrong with the combination plus homemade kettle style potato chips.

The Farro and roasted vegetable salad was also an amazing surprise of flavors - the perfectly poached egg really bought it all together. Hoping this salad entree becomes a permanent addition to the menu at The Kitchen. Also found the Korean BBQ sauce option for chicken wings awesome with just the right amount of kick and a nice protein pairing with the farro salad - shared these three dishes and was fully satisfied with all our choices.

Can’t wait return to the The Kitchen year after year!

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was awful. I don’t remember if kids drinks were included with their meals ..?
But I think they were supposed to be .. and we were charged $7 for 2 tiny cups of soda without refills. I can deal with the $40 price of salmon that was double anywhere else because of our resort location . However $7 for 10oz of soda total between the the 2 cups is outrageous! Maybe I am more irritated about the cost because I would have let our children have a refill ( only allowed soda 1 time a month) if the server was around at all.. but she wasn’t!
I always tip a minimum of 18% because I am a server myself.. which I did this night, even though definitely not earned.

AC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and my family really enjoyed the personal magic show by Mark Fitzgerald!

LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jonathan delivered 5 star service. His attentiveness, knowledge of food and the menu coupled with his congenial personality made for our favorite dining experience of our entire Universal vacation. The food was excellent and the atmosphere very fun.

M
Washington DC
144 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal and having the Kitchen Sink for dessert. That’s a huge piece of cake worth trying at least one time.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful as always

RC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Ron was amazing, this is by far the best brunch buffet we have ever been to, anything you want it’s here! Unlimited mimosas and Bloody marys 5 stars

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