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About The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel

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, upgrade to the Rock Star breakfast with unlimited Bloody Marys and Champagne Mimosas! Serving over 100 different wines and 50 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, making it the perfect place to "chill".

5800 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am – noon; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Light Fare Daily: 3:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm -11:00pm

Cross Street:
Universal Orlando

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 503-2430

Website:
http://www.hardrockhotelorlando.com/dining_and_nightlife/the_kitchen/

Entertainment:
On Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00pm, treat the kids to a dining experience they"ll never forget. Enjoy a meal with some of your favorite Universal Orlando Resort theme park characters. Have fun as they pose for pictures, sign autographs, and interact with everyone at your table. Kids can hang out in the Kids' Crib – the walls are adorned with lunch boxes, colorful drumsticks; and a big screen TV to watch all of their favorite cartoons and hang out while mom and dad enjoy their dinner. Kids can also enjoy the Kids Buffet on select nights and the Magic Men on Friday nights.

Parking Details:
Self-Parking fully validated, Valet Parking Discounted for $5

Executive Chef:
Douglas Chin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For the adults, The Kitchen features cocktail and wine specials Monday – Thursday evenings from 5pm – close including the Wonderful World of Wine on Monday, Martini Night on Tuesday and Thursday, and Wine Down Wednesdays; plus Sunday Bloody Sunday all day happy hour.

The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (5)
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Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Cozy (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Great brunch: good food, made to order omelets, pancakes and waffles. Most amazing sticky buns :>) Our waiter, David, was wonderful! So helpful and friendly with our group of 9. We did the same brunch here 4 years ago and had to do it again while we were at Universal Orlando. We did the upgraded brunch to include Mimosas, Champagne and bloody Marys. Great way to start out our Sunday. Thank you, Hard Rock!

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Our waiter, Bryan, was courteous and friendly. Chef Nate was very accommodating to our dietary needs.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious at a decent price and there were magicians who came to our table. The kids loved it!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Decent gluten-free options. Food was good, but not great. Service was very slow and the restaurant only had a few diners, probably because it has park prices for just an average experience. However, my family would return for a gluten-free meal as there are not very many choices in the area, besides the Disney restaurants.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The Hostess and Server were great and the food was delicious; helped us forget that it was raining and chilly outside!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Enjoyed thanksgiving dinner there this year! Characters were a nice surprise!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food at the Thanksgiving buffet was incredible and the service was wonderful. This was our fourth year and we'll be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I don’t recommend for Thanksgiving unless you have tons of kids. It was only buffet, no regular menu. The buffet didn’t even have that many options and like a typical buffet, it was a crowded mess. We had no idea it would be buffet only and if we had known, would have never booked. I personally don’t like buffets at all. The atmosphere for adults was awful. Noisy. People walking everywhere bumping into each other. Characters taking pictures with kids which is cute for kids I get it. Again not for adults and had we known, would have never booked it. We needed a cc to reserve or we would’ve left. So we figured ok we’ll at least it will be cheap lol. Nope $62 per person. Terrible. Lesson learned.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 24, 2017

After looking at several places in Orlando to do Thanksgiving Dinner this year we decided on this restaurant . We looked at price , facility and menu . I had read $45 per person and reading the menu I felt it was the fairest price in town. Once arrived at our scheduled time we still had to wait 25 minutes. When finally given a table we could not even sit down because the tables were so close together and when I made the comment to hostess she just looked at me. It took 10 minutes before a waiter saw us for our drink order and another 15 minutes to bring to us. I will also note he never came back except once for refil. The selection of food was par. It was mostly salads , cheeses and fillers. The steak loin was chewy and you could not even find the baked ziti. The stuffing was horrible, no real sweet potatoes or cranberry sauce. All the food tasted salty and the salmon was just alone under a light in a corner. When I told the manger about the price I had intended to pay he did not care and when mentioned the poor quality of food and service they did not care. There feeling is they will get all the people staying at universal anyway. Not worth the $64 value and if going to hit a buffet in the future and spend that kind of money I will try Gaylord palms or to Golden Corral because the quality was probably on the same level

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good food. A lot of children which made it very noisy. Service staff was just average - not very proactive. We had to pretty much ask for anything we needed.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner —we enjoyed ourselves the service was nice the food just ok, nothing to knock your socks off or make me want to go back.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Unfortunately it wasn't worth the price. I wanted a special dinner for myself and my girls but the only good thing was the butternut squash soup.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Buffet was delicious. Kid friendly and well put together for the holidays .

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was OK. Mediocre food. A little expensive for what it was. Didn’t try them but my family did like the gator bites.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Ken behind the bar is the BEST!---always Exceptional service

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Unfortunately food took over an hour while other tables came and went- presume ours was lost and manager did comp 1/2 the bill

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Friendly service but slow. Great omelets and fresh fruit! Pancakes were over cooked and chewy 😬 Not too crowded and clean restaurant.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was okay. Nothing to go back for a second time or to recommend.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was very good. The shrimp tacos and blue cheese chips are delicious. The service was good. There was 1 minion and a BART Simpson making the rounds. They stop at every table.

Tags: Fun
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My family enjoyed this restaurant. The menu was diverse with fresh unique twists on many staples, without being overdone. The prices were very reasonable for the quality and the tourist destination. The service was very good - the waitress was patient with all our questions, and the evening was capped off by one of the staff showing my son some fun magic kids. My adults and children wanted to go back there for dinner again.

Tags: Healthy, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were given an option between ordering off the regular menu and the buffet, so we chose the buffet. It was not good. The food was in chafing dishes that stayed covered, so everything was soggy. The desserts were displayed nicely but some of them needed to stay cold and they weren’t. We would never go back.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food available for character breakfast was great. Whole family enjoyed it. For the kids, a few more characters would have been appreciated. Overall though, would recommend food and service.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Valeria was great and food was amazing! Definitely will be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We were staying at the Hard Rock for our anniversary and my birthday.
The night we went for dinner our service was good, and the food and drinks were great.

The next morning we went for breakfast- Unfortunately the food was low quality and the service was actually kind of poor. It was a buffet style breakfast and usually I can go back for more than one serving. I actually chose not to go back or order any food after going to the buffet. The server was absent most of the time after bringing our drinks. We didn’t get a coffee / drink refill until the end of breakfast. Just not a good start to the day.
Oh well, we now we know to go elsewhere : (

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Very good service at table, good explanation of the breakfast menu

Boys enjoyed the arrival of Kevin and Gru

Beautiful food to be serving so many people

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had amazing time, fantastic food, I had the kitchen burger and my wife had the pasta, cocktails to die for

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great place to go before universal. Fast and great buffet. Food can be made for you at the buffet. Fast and will get you to the park on time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Steak undercooked. Service average.

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

The Kitchen has great food! Have never been disappointed. Sunday brunch is outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food and service were fine but we went specifically for character breakfast at 8 and they had still not shown up by 9:30. Kids were very disappointed. Hopefully this was a one time thing and doesn’t happen often.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Went there for a birthday. Great food, entertaining magician!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The experience overall was good. The appetizers were delicious, then when it came to dinner I found the meal to be bland. The food was cooked well just not seasoned well. Our server was nice and accommodating.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Excellent service; tasty food. However 2 characters aren't enough for a 'Character dinner'.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We specifically came to the Kitchen for the character dining but it was a real let down. The two characters were woody & homer. When they had gone round once my son lost interest when they came round again. He also really wanted to see a minion. With it being universal I wouldn't have thought that sending a minion would have been too difficult? I hate to say it but this wasn't a patch on disney.

Tags: Late-night Find, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Snobby service and food was so-so. Not worth going

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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Great service. Delicious food. Great value for Buffett breakfast. Booked Character breakfast and met Minion and Cru for 9 year old birthday celebration.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Really good

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Went there for their breakfast buffet! It was fantastic and so many choices to choose from! Will definitely be going back before our vacation ends!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Hot Spot
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Advertised as a character breakfast between 8-11am and photographs show a range of characters. We had a reservation at 10.30am and were informed that not all breakfast foods would be available because they close it all down at 10.45. That is 15 minutes earlier than you can book breakfast in for!!! We booked specifically for a character breakfast and yet there were no characters AT ALL!!!! What a waste of time and money. I will be contacting someone for compensation for misadvertising a product. Very disappointed that universal, hard rock hotel and the kitchen couldn't deliver on what they advertise!

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Host did not fund my reservation from Open Table , we where able to have dinner due to availability BUT Open table sent a "No Show" email ....

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