The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel

4.5
1282 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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 Jeffrey Hileman serves up New American cuisine along with your favorite comfort foods. Signature dishes include Huge Angus Burgers, Mac & Cheese, 60 South Salmon, New York Strip and a delicious array of Flatbreads.
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1282 people are saying
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HannahE
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an excellent resort restaurant! High quality service, the food was delicious and out quickly, and excellent drink and dessert options! Craig was fantastic, and even told us stories of the restaurant itself and the famous patrons that have sat in those very seats.

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DaleW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, and out server Roger was awesome. Cant wait to go back

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RebeccaT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Gluten free options available. Supervisor service.

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MelissaF
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valeria is informative, friendly & provided quick service! The burger’s flavor was so so good. My daughter had the mac and cheese which was also very flavorful!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, server was attentive A++++

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LeslieK
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and well portioned. Drinks were top notch and a great value for the price. Desserts were by far our favorites.

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NicoleD1675
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ron was an incredible server and he made our daughter’s birthday breakfast extra special. Big thank you to him for his exceptional service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overpriced for the prime rib and drinks.

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jessicag
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The service was very poor. The server was slow to bring everything I had to ask other workers for refills. I spent $150 and had the worst service.

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vipKentB
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our food was not on point tonight. Allie or server and the manager on duty were fantastic and went out of their way to make things right. We will try this place again because of the good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I tried the vegan cabbage plate and the calamari appetizers had too much sodium. The desserts were delicious. Very nice environment. No restroom inside the restaurant. Food came quickly. Very nice place to gather with family and friends.

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ChenelleH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The Kitchen at Hard Rock was a last resort for a reservation dinner and understandably, it fell flat. The two waiters we had were confused as to why the other waiter was waiting on us and we still managed to sit with no drinks for a long time. Their real menu didn’t start until 5pm so the crab legs that I was hoping for were not available. It was kind of dark for a 3pm meal. It was clean, but sort of outdated there. I had a ceasar salad and most of my family had the grouper sandwich as there weren’t many vegetarian options. The food took so long that the manager was nice enough to come out and apologize and give the 6 of us 1 single bowl of fries. The bill was not docked for any of the discrepancies we had throughout the lunch. The Kitchen should present its real self in the online pictures instead of the pretty pictures that they are not cooking any longer.

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FSUFoodies
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mother’s Day Brunch!

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AnaA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful, from start to finish! Food is great and service is on point.

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vipAnnM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our 2 meals at The Kitchen, Allie was amazing and such a pleasure.

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MaryM
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! Thanks to Jonathan and the manager!

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TeaunaK
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time going here. My mom is in town visiting for Mother’s Day and I haven’t seen her in over a year thanks to COVID. I wanted to take her somewhere special. WOW did this place deliver! We loved EVERYTHING. The food was seasoned well and they paid attention to every detail. The fried calamari was the best we’ve tasted in a long time, not overcooked and hard and chewy like most places. It was also seasoned very well. I had the half roasted chicken that is braised in rosemary. It was amazing and not too dry! If you are wanting to go somewhere different and don’t mind spending just a little extra for stellar food, THIS IS THE PLACE!

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vipRonald
Cincinnati
47 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food was mediocre considering the cost. Service was the only thing that was amazing.

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JohnW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best homemade soups ever. Dog friendly patio. Great service. Regular for years. Never disappointed. Allie, our server, is the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome

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JeffB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, great Atmosphere, nice staff, great food!

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Kat12445
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Kitchen. Best breakfast in town. Going for dinner tonight

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MichaelC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Forgot my salad - shrimp was nothing special. The brocolini was just so só - the service was slow

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Rachel
West Virginia
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful breakfast! Great atmosphere, service, and food.

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vipLisaB
Orlando
29 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Prior to making reservations we called the restaurant to ask about breakfast times. This was a 90th birthday celebration. We were told seatings up to 10:55am will accommodate breakfast. We booked 10:30am. We ordered the family style breakfast. Our server told us we need to order everything right now, they are changing grill for lunch. We spoke with management, they assured us we can get refills if needed. It worked out, there seems to be internal communication issues. As we were leaving at 12:15pm the table next to us ordered all breakfast food and had no issues over an hour after breakfast ended.

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Kat12445
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic service . Been twice already this week

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vipMeganF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Good food, good drinks, nice people but soooooo slow. Nice and relaxing after a long day in the sun though.

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LisaJ
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a late lunch here during our last day of vacation. It was the perfect wrap up to an amazing stay! Kids and adults were both happy with the entire experience. Yum!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you good food

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CarlF
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Very cold in the restaurant. Not much meat in my entree.

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Coldillinois
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service. The titles of the kids items entertained the kids.

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vipTeresaA
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

It’s unfortunate, because this used to be a great restaurant. We’ve been several times over the years and seems to keeping declining in service, food, presentation and value. Our drinks were clearly watered down but cost $16+... don’t mind paying for a great cocktail, but that is not what we received.

Salads used to be served in colanders, the Kitchen burger, used to be amazing... even had a large steak knife through he bun and fries in a basket. That’s NOT what we received. The burger was nothing special at all with a small handful of
fries on the plate. My husband ordered the seafood bolognese... only shredded particles of seafood could be found. We skipped on dessert because we weren’t going to pay for an overpriced dessert to again fall flat.

Sad to say... but that will be our last time visiting the Kitchen for dining. We kept giving it a shot in hopes it was a one time thing but nope... this is the standard now.

I sincerely hope Universal Orlando addresses the hotels and dining because what was a one time... looking to take the top spot over Disney... is now falling short in my opinion. Disney resorts pride themselves on service and experience.

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Toots
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful as was service. Perfect way to end a long day in the parks.

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SarafinaB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very good at the Kitchen! We always eat here when staying at The Portofino Bay Hotel!

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JewelH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service was excellent!

The food was delicious!

The Birthday dessert was amazing!

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MelissaH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, beverages and service were perfection! Our first visited started off with dinner at The Kitchen and it was a wonderful way to begin our fun in the sun!

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JenS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé & I both enjoyed our steak dinners. They were cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful. This was the best meal we had while being @ Universal. The waitress was very good too. I would highly recommend to anyone. Definitely worth it.

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DustinG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Linda our server was very considerate of my mother’s celiac disease needs when it came to choices on the menu. Dawn the manager was very gracious with explaining the steps that the cook takes to prepare the food. Food was excellently done and tasted delicious. The steak was better than Big Fire’s by far, and didn’t cost as much. Both our pasta dishes were perfect. The breaded Calamari wasn’t too rubbery and the breading was crispy and tasty. My party had a very good experience with this restaurant. If we come down again we will make sure to have breakfast.

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ddggrr
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grandson’s birthday

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KeithD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Eggs Benedict were over cooked, basically hard boiled. The food was ok, not at all what I would have expected for the price. Waiter was very attentive!

I would try again for for dinner, perhaps breakfast is not their specialty.

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The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 1282 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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