Norman's at Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Top Orlando Fine Dining Restaurant

Norman’s restaurant at the glamorous Ritz-Carlton Orlando offers a memorable dining experience and has often been discussed as one of the best ‘hotel restaurants’ in the entire world by top critics. Chef Norman Van Aken is at the helm, fusing his creative blend of Latino, Caribbean and Asian flavours to create a vibrant and healthy menu that can only be described as ‘New World Cuisine’.

The cylindrical dining space screams ‘fine dining’, with plush white table cloths, cream-tiled walls and flooring to match. The long windows around the edge are framed by classical-styled curtains. For those who prefer a less refined dining atmosphere, we recommend the breezy outside terrace that looks over the hotel’s lake, gardens and golf course.

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With Norman’s statement of ‘Latino, Caribbean and Asian recipes with traditional European techniques’, the menu here is undeniably ambitious. Examples for the mains section – which changes seasonally – includes a pan-fried fillet of Yellowtail Snapper, Mongolian marinated BBQ-style veal with Thai fried rice and Japanese eggplant, and pork ‘Havana’ served with black bean sweetcorn salsa.

Price-wise, most of Norman’s appetisers are in the $10-20 range, and mains $30-60, which doesn’t make this the most expensive fine diner in the city, but certainly not the cheapest. For the full Norman’s restaurant experience, the 6-course tasting menu is a must, currently featuring the likes of American bison with Japanese potato and black fig jus, Florida Gulf cobia served with avocado and truffle, and octopus with squid ink aioli. Per head, it’s $110 and wine pairing is an additional $49.

Although Norman’s remains The Ritz Carlton’s signature – and most critically acclaimed – restaurant, the luxury 5-star hotel boasts a long list of other venues, including Highball & Harvest (Southern-inspired cuisine), Primo (modern Mediterranean), Citron (American Brasserie), and a sushi bar. Note that formal attire is required at Norman’s (jackets for men) and bookings are recommended in advance for dinner, which starts at 6pm daily.

Norman's at Ritz-Carlton Orlando

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 10pm
  • Location: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, 4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32837, USA
  • Tel: +1 407-393-4333
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