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  • 4000 Central Florida Pkwy. Map It
  • South Orlando
  • Eclectic
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/24/2015

Fodor's Review

Celebrity-chef Norman Van Aken brings impressive credentials to the restaurant that bears his name, as you might expect from the headline eatery in the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. Van Aken's culinary roots go back to the Florida Keys, where he's credited with creating "Floribbean" cuisine, a blend that is part Key West and part Caribbean—although he now weaves in flavors from all continents. The Orlando operation is a formal, sleek restaurant with marble floors, starched tablecloths, servers in ties and vests, eight certified sommeliers, and a creative, if expensive, menu. In addition to exceptional ceviches and a signature appetizer called Down Island French toast made with Curacao-marinated foie gras, favorites include a Mongolian-marinated veal chop, pan-cooked Florida snapper with citrus butter, and pork Havana with "21st-century mole sauce." A six-course tasting menu is $99, $49 more with beverage pairings. Covered terrace seating is also available.

Restaurant Information


Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, 4000 Central Florida Pkwy., Orlando, Florida, 32837, United States

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Website: www.normans.com

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch

Published 11/24/2015


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