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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4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We ate here while staying at the Hard Rock for one night. A great alternative to the park restaurants or City Walk. Good food, not too busy and good service from Armando.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Mother's Day brunch

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Mothers Day brunch was very well planned and the menu was excellent . We will make reservations for other special occasions at "The Kitchen."

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Wait for food was short

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Food portions were huge and delicious. We loved the pretzel breadsticks that are served with a meal! Apparently characters roam the restaurant on Saturday evenings, which was a fun surprise for us. Be sure to save room for dessert -- and bring a crowd to help you finish!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2016

Concert going on in the hotel lobby could be heard in the restaurant, so it was kind of noisy. The place was full even for a later dinner time, we ate at 8:30. Service was kind of slow due to how busy it was. Food was good with good menu selections and choices for the kids.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2016

Breakfast buffet was great and they were super accommodating to my wife who has a gluten allergy.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 23, 2016

The staff were all very nice. Service was slow but it was busy. Our steaks were cooked perfect but the sides were cold and our daughters chicken was so dry that she couldnt eat it. For the price I dont think I would be back as there are alot nicer out there.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 19, 2016

We stayed at a nearby resort and wanted to try The Kitchen at The Hard Rock Hotel. The food was excellent, and they were very accommodating of my gluten allergy. I mentioned that to our excellent waiter, Bowen, and he put some gluten free bread in the oven. It didn't look like anything special but it was the the best I have had. The only negative that evening was that the restaurant was absolutely freezing with the AC, even with sweaters on, so we decided to eat outside. As nice as it was outside, I would have preferred sitting inside, as it is a beautiful restaurant. The entrees were all excellent! We rarely order dessert, but Bowen brought the sample tray around, and we ordered 4 desserts. They were superb! Overall, it was a great dining experience. We dine out 4 nights a week, even when home, and we will stop back here on our next vacation to Orlando!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2016

We had breakfast here and it was incredible. A must try is the Elvis french toast and fresh squeezed orange juice. We loved our waiter. He was so friendly, outgoing, and helpful. We decided to do the buffet. The buffet is massive. They have an omelet bar( eggs, omelets, eggs benedict) and a grill bar( pancakes, waffles, and french toasts). Then there are 4 other different areas. Ones the regular buffet area that has scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries and a couple others then one with grits and oatmeal where you can put cheese on your grits or raisins on your oatmeal. Then one with fresh fruit and yogurt and then an area for toast(bagels, bread) and then a cereal area. All were amazing. I highly recommend going back again and again!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2016

Delicious food, fun atmosphere and great service! We all enjoyed our meal and had a great dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 9, 2016

Food and sodas are a little pricey, but it is a resort I guess. Mac-n-cheese is the best around ($15...no side choice) but the Caesar salad was overpriced for what it was ($11 for lettuce, a couple of croutons and a few cheese shavings). Server was a little slow, and we were promised bread which never came, but our meals did come fairly fast. This visit was for a "date night" with my 10 year old daughter before a concert at Universal. Minion character paid us a visit which was a great touch for such a night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Absolutely love The Kitchen. Great food, variety and nice outdoor patio area. Characters came by for pictures - Scooby, Woody and the Minion - always fun. Great service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2016

Excellent service. Great breakfast buffet. !

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 30, 2016

Great for breakfast before heading to Universal!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2016

Terrible service.. took forever to put our order in. The food took forever to come to the table, and when it finally did, it was all COLD!
Server was unapologetic. We finally had to speak to a manager.
The staff should know how to service semi large (8 ppl) parties with no problems at this location (Orlando).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2016

Nice meal. Great service. Took us right on time of reservation

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 28, 2016

Little pricey for lunch, but we had a good time and the food was tasty. Would go again if it was a special occasion. Great for families.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 27, 2016

The food and service were amazing. Prices were reasonable. But I have to say the best part was the bread. They served us corn bread and pretzel sticks. I would go back just for that.

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 (Miami)·Dined on March 27, 2016

I expect bad service on Holidays and we were in Orlando for Easter. Buffet food was great. All waiter had to do was get drinks and clear plates. We saw him once. Others cleared for us. For the price I would have eaten at the park.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Service a awful. Received a check before we received drinks and never was offered a refill on anything. We have learned our lesson and will not eat at The Kitchen again.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Service was slow, but food & atmosphere was great. We go every Easter brunch & this is the second year they ran out of the wine we were drinking by the bottle.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We are Orlando locals that were looking for an Easter Brunch our entire family would enjoy. Kids ages 13 to 2 years old. The Hard Rock Kitchen Easter Brunch was perfect! The food, service and decorations were amazing. My two year old enjoyed meeting the Easter Bunny, and decorating cookies while the bottom less Mimosa was a real treat for Mom. Dad enjoyed the Lamb and extensive dessert selection. Overall a great place for Easter Brunch. We will be back next year!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 27, 2016

This is an excellent Easter Brunch offering. So many choices all tastily prepared: yummy pastries, hand-carved meats, pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruit, omelet station, vegetables, cheese and crackers, delicious desserts, and Easter candy galore. The servers are attentive and friendly. Reservations required. resort atmosphere. Tables available outside as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 26, 2016

Reservation time was not honored

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 25, 2016

We went for lunch during our day at the pool and had excellent food and service. We went back for a dinner and loved both the service and entertaining magician. The food was great again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2016

It was a nice place, interesting, liked the way it was set up

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2016

This is a fair option of staying in hotel. Convenient.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2016

David is an exceptional server. We look forward to seeing him at breakfast each day. He makes our trip so fun

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 23, 2016

It's a convenient choice if staying at the property but I couldn't see making a special trip to property to go here. Thier angle is comfort food with a twist. The outcome is only average as the dishes are none over-the-top and in several cases they would have been better served stinking with the traditional preparations as thier "twists" we're not successful.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on March 22, 2016

Great place for a family meal.
Opportunity to sit inside or outside by pool deck.
It has become a tradition to have one meal at The Kitchen every family vacation!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 22, 2016

We had a great time at The Kitchen! We were excited to see what Characters were going to be there for the Character Breakfast. The kids were very excited. The food was great...a nice variety of items and the service was excellent as well. We would for sure come back on another trip down to Florida!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 22, 2016

We had an excellent breakfast, quality and variety was excellent. My only criticism would be that there was only 2 characters.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on March 17, 2016

A group of us had dinner here and everyone was satisfied. Nothing stood out but it was all satisfactory.
However, the breakfast buffet was wonderful! They have all the usual station but also a station where they will make you fresh pancakes or French Toast- Elvis style with peanut butter and bananas. Their pastries and bread items were all fresh and tasty.
We stayed at the Portofino and their buffet was not good in any way- this was $2 less and there was no comparison in the food.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 11, 2016

The whole experience was fantastic from our server Jonathan, the apps and desert. Thank you for helping us celebrate our daughters 18th birthday!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 7, 2016

Outstanding!! From start to finish. All of the food and drink were excellent. Service couldn't be any better

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Great service appetizers were very good. Entrees were ok. ( I like a lot of spice )

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 21, 2016

We were seated exactly at our reservation time. Great service. Easy to serve yourself from the buffet. Unfortunately the hollandaise sauce was bad. Tasted like vinegar and looked like clumpy pudding. It was horrible. The coffee was very strong. Even diluted, it was undrinkable. The orange juice was fantastic.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2016

Service excellent! Breakfast buffet highly recommended! Anton makes an awesome omelette and benedict.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2016

For those not familiar with Hard Rock restaurants, it's a chance to try something different. Legends of rock and roll are everywhere. Good choice of drinks. For groups with kids, the noise at the bar will shock a little, but you just have to avoid the central bar and everything will be fine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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