Emeril’s Orlando

**** (4 stars)

Emeril’s is one of the original and most high profile fine dining celebrity chef restaurants in Orlando. It’s a strange amalgam of upscale and touristy, an inescapable fact when there is a steady parade of sweaty people in shorts outside the windows. Most of the food at Emeril’s is really quite good, especially the mushroom and pasta appetizer and the calamari with olives. appetizer. Portion sizes tend to be large; the calamari could easily serve as an entree. Given that, appetizer pricing is reasonable. Wine and entree pricing is a bit high, but given the location and big name chef it’s not too surprising. Service is efficient, and sometimes friendly. The biggest problem is the noise level in the main dining room. It’s actually quieter to sit at the chef’s bar facing into the kitchen! Another trick is to ask to sit in the small room along the windows. It’s quieter, and has better ambience than the upstairs rooms. Emeril’s is a good choice for pre-show dining before going to a concert at Hard Rock Live.

Emeril’s Orlando
6000 Universal Blvd, Ste 702
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 224-2424