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“Top 10 meal of all time - best al fresco dining spot - maybe anywhere?” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Norman's
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Ranked #128 of 3,749 Restaurants in Orlando
Price range: US$40 - US$80
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: John Young Parkway
Description: NORMAN'S showcases the menu of legendary Chef, Norman Van Aken. Chef Norman is known internationally as "the founding father of New World Cuisine". His cuisine is a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. Chef Norman is the only Floridian to be inducted into the prestigious "James Beard list of 'Who's Who". Located at The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando Grande Lakes, NORMAN'S offers picturesque views of the Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, lake and gardens. Enjoy dinner in our Main Dining Room, on our Terrace, or book your next get together in our Private Dining Room. The team at NORMAN'S is ready to create a memorable evening for you and your guests. Whether a small family gathering or a large corporate function we will take care of your every need.
Syracuse, New York
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Top 10 meal of all time - best al fresco dining spot - maybe anywhere?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

This was our 2nd visit to Normans. The first visit left us feeling somewhat indifferent. An interesting menu but an uncanny number of items were over seasoned which gave us the lingering thought of being over-priced for the quality. On our first visit - as well as the 2nd visit - service was exceptional, but the dining room seemed a bit stuffy.
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I've a very immature palate when it comes to wine. Wine falls into one of three categories "dont like it", "its good" or "wow, its really good". After many years Ive come to learn that I can not tell the difference between a $10 bottle of wine - and a $100 bottle. On the first visit we were recommended to one of their least expensive bottles a $140 cab. It landed in the "wow, its really good category" A good bottle - but not at that price for these taste buds.

We decided this week to give Normans a 2nd chance - and are so glad we did.

We opted for the Prix Fix with wine pairing - leaving the smart decision making of wine & food pairings to those who know better. The meal was outstanding, the wine were all in the "wow, its really good category". At one point during the meal I became a bit sad ... it would take me hours and hours of cooking - and perhaps hundreds of dollars of ingredients to replicate just one of the delicate tastes in this meal (if I could even pull it off).

The food was great - not over seasoned this time. The wine was great.

HOWEVER .. Let me explain how this meal will become a permanent resident of my culinary memory.

Normans recently renovated and opened an outdoor dining patio that over looks a picturesque golf course and lake. The patio is one of the nicest al fresco venues in Orlando. The covered patio is protected from the elements with plastic curtains; and with ceiling fans in the summer and heaters during our so-called winters in Orlando. Though still a very warm 90 degrees at 5:30, a gentle breeze cooled things off nicely before the afternoon storms arrived from the east. Service was attentive and courteous - but dining outside, the service was lighthearted and personal .. you felt as though you were in tandom with your servers. They came to know out likes, our personalities. We got to know a bit about them and heard about what made them most proud about being affiliated with Normans. With a bit of wine, outstanding service and a great atmosphere the meal became not just great for food - but an experience of joy, happiness and happy experience. Though my wife has a compliment of pretty smiles - the one I saw on her last week was new - Happy, light-hearted blissfulness'nothing matters other than hear and now' smiles. Im smiling remembering that magical evening - thank you Normans!

(Ive got this idea - I will need to call Normans ... can we stop by just for dessert and after-dinner cocktails? Their desserts are freaky good)

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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NormansNewWorld, Public Relations Manager at Norman's, responded to this review, 17 June 2014
Thank you, Bill!
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time at NORMAN'S.
We are very excited about our "new" terrace also!
Thank you again, we look forward to seeing you and your wife soon!
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Southlake, Texas
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“Awesome Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

Everything was great! The Lamb Chops were the best I have ever had. All the appetizer sample we tasted were delicious, especially the ceviche!

Visited March 2014
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent service, food was great, $$$$$$$”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Lots of fish options, a pork option was really good, and the night I was there they had a filet option that was very very tender. Very pricey, but to be expected, I guess

Visited April 2014
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Windermere, Florida
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is best restaurant in the Orlando area.
The food is amazing and such a wide variety of menu items. Try the tasting menu and sit on the terrace and watch the sunset over the water and gold course.
The service from the all is flawless and they have amazing attention to detail.
The entire staff from the General Manager down all want this to be the best you have ever had, and use this restaurant to compare all others too.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Tom A
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New London, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Recent reviews of this restaurant all ring true based on my recent visit. The views of the golf course and overall ambiance was lovely. Service was excellent. There were waiters everywhere but they were the right combination of friendly and unobtrusive. Our waitress was kind and friendly and didn't just take our order and disappear to let others bring food, water etc. She checked in with us and still kept up with our service. The food was beautifully presented, flavorful and was served quickly and hot ( it was a little over salted). Dress code was appropriate for the fine dining but sometimes hard to pull off when you are packed for an Orlando vacation. Definitely worth trying if you can.

  • Visited May 2014
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