Orlando >Food & Dining > Emerils Restaurant Orlando
6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL | Directions 3281928.472275 -81.467609
Neighborhoods: Florida Center, Southwest
I really enjoyed the dining experience in this place. The floor is not that crowded and all I can think of after the experience is how is it that cheap.
Good food; poor service for this caliber of restaurant – Ate there last evening. Server made my husband and I feel like second class citizens- she was clearly angling for a tip from a party of 5 at the expense of the other dining patrons in our area. I waited tables for 8 years during college and graduate school- will think twice about going back.
Dress code??? – I cant really revu this restaurant cuz Ive not been there ... why am I writing then ... cuz when we finally got there after a full day at Universal 'Island Adventure', we couldnt go in cuz most of us had on sleeveless tshirt ... go figure ...
Ive always enjoyed Emerils TV shows and his recipes; and Ive always wanted to eat at one of his restaurants ...
I was there with my family (12 total), were all from Seattle, enjoying the Disney parks and Universal parks. I suggested it to my family, and we were all excited to try out one of Emerils restaurants ... but when we finally arrived at the front door, the sign outside said "no sleeveless shirts allowed", and yes I had on a sleeveless shirt ... Really?! Its about 103-degrees outside with the humidity ... OMG ... it was brutal ... of course Im wearing a sleeveless shirt and shorts ...
My main complaint is that Emerils restaurant is located at the Citywalk, front entrance of Universal Studios, not downtown Orlando ... yes the likelihood that people are in shorts and a tshirt in August is about 95% ...
So the 12 of us turned around and went over to the Italian restaurant 'PastaMore' about 50 feet away, it was great; the next day, we went to 'NBA City Restaurant' ... Emeril, it was your lost, not ours ... you mite want to reconsider your dress code, at least at that location ...
AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL – This was probably the most disappointing experience we have had at a restaurant in a very long time. We have always enjoyed Emeril's restaurants and when we were in New Orleans had most of our meals at an Emeril restaurant. But Emeril should be ashamed to have his name on this place. We chose the tasting menu with wine pairings. The wine was great. But nearly every single dish-- from the amuse bouche to the dessert was terrible. The taste, the look, the preparation, the temperature, every single thing was horrible. We couldn't eat most of it-- the spiny lobster was impossible to chew, the steak was tasteless, the dessert was disgusting. This really spoiled a full night of our all too short holiday.
Overpriced - Poor service, Unedible food – Oh My God! We just experienced the worst dining experienced ever on Jul 10. We were in town celebrating our 20th anniversary. Huge mistake. We have dined in some of the best restuarants overseas and stateside (Japan, SIngapore, DC, Thailand, Europe, TN, FL) , paid top $$$ for great food and superb service, this is undoubtedly the worst! The steak was cold and greasy, the gumbo tasked like Zatarians watered down., dirty plates, the fish was fishy! Yuk. The suited wait staff visited every table but ours, they really need to invest in diversity training. What a waste of $150. We dared not try the dessert. Definitely does NOT cater to refined taste buds. Those folks who gave this restaurant raving reviews, need to evaluate themselves and learn to difference between fine dining and glorified Red Lobster/Olive Garden. A waste of money , folks!
Excellent food, ambiance and service!! – My husband and I have been to Emeril's Orlando twice--the first time as a couple dining alone (5-06) and this last time with our toddler son (5-08). Both times were awesome and a wonderful experience! The food is outstanding, it's so hard to stop eating to save room for dessert!! I went out on a limb and tried the Fried Green Tomatoe's appetizer and I was not disappointed!! My husband loved the Andoulle Sausage appetizer. Both times, we had an excellent waiter and wonderful service--this last time, they were also very accomodating to our toddler son, letting us order his food early, making a side of "over cooked" veggies for him which were perfect--we were able to feed him before our meal came so we could enjoy our fantasic dinner's--every bite was a pleasure!! I had the special fish for the evening, Chilean Sea Bass over purple sticky rice, oh my, it was soooo good!!! We don't go out to dinner very often, it's something we enjoy doing when we vacation--we save calories and money on a daily basis but evey calorie and dollar spent at Emeril's is worth it!!
Emerils' Orlando - Very Disappointing and WAY OVERPRICED - BAM! – 11/26/07 We ordered BBQ Shrimp, Mushrooms and alamari. When the shrimp came it was very disappointing. It was not the Jumbo shrimp swimming in a luscious BBQ sauce. Instead it was very small shrimp, no head and a tablespoon or so of ?BBQ? sauce drizzled on top. mushrooms were small sliced mushrooms on a ? c of angel hair pasta with very little if any sauce, hardly enough for one person let alone an entire table. The calamari was tasty but a bit chewy and a small portion. We have had much better at other restaurants in the area for ? the price. It took a while for our main courses to arrive. When they did my friend that had ordered the pork chop attempted to cut through it with a knife but it proved difficult. It was the toughest overcooked pork chop we had ever seen. Even with the steak knife it proved a challenge. When she asked the waiter if it was suppose to be this tough; he suggested that she didn?t like the taste or texture instead of realizing it was overcooked and tough. She got the chicken instead. While the rest of us were eating she ordered another drink and about 20 minutes later her drink came out and it was not what she ordered so it had to be sent back. I had the duck which was very good but the rice was just plain white rice. The men at the table all had the Kobe Beef which was very good but again the sides were terrible. The chicken arrived at the table when most of us were just finishing our meals. The disappointing fact was despite the interesting sounding dish on the menu; it was just plain chicken with nothing interesting or extraordinary about it. The point is we could have chosen several other places in the area for ? to ? of the price and received much better service and a more satisfying meal but we paid almost $1,000.00 for a meal where one of our guests left hungry and none of us were totally full or satisfied that that meal was worth the price.
Tourist trap...bad service and atmosphere inside – No reservation..seated by the bar..decent service..overpriced menu..food was decent. We had to wait over 30 minutes for our entrees...will not come back.
Food excellent, service and atmosphere not so much – They ask you if you are celebrating a special occasion, and if you want a candle on your desert. They sing happy birthday like as if you are at Chili's. I said I wasn't sure if we were ordering dessert, but if we did, then yes. We had a reservation and were asked to have a seat in a waiting area when we arrived, even though there were quite a few open tables. I was hoping since it was our anniversary they would tuck us away in a quieter room, but we sat right there by the kitchen with tables very close together. Not romantic at all, very loud and cold. We were wondering why there was only one wine glass on the table when we saw the big sticky fingerprints on the glass. I said "I hate to be a pain but this glass is kind of dirty, do you think you...." before I even finished my sentence, the annoyed waiter turned from me and took both glasses...I said "the other glass is fine" but he was gone. The waiter was buddy buddy with the large table next to us, chatting away, but since he was mad at us about the wine glass, he was very brief, and a little rude when we ordered. When he would forget about us for too long, which was quite often, back up waiters would notice and pick up the slack but sometimes it was too little too late. I can't go into too much detail since space is limited, but our waiter was so mean he almost made me cry. The service was slow but the food was amazing. I recommend the calamari. The redfish was pretty good and my husbands fillet mignon was delicious. THe desserts looked amazing and the house pinot grigio was worth the $10 per glass. I think our waiter's name was Michael, the server number on our receipt is 10206.
VERY DISAPPOINTING, Tourist Trap! – We have eaten in the Atlanta Emerils and had a wonderful experience. So when we found out we were going to Orlando for a cheerleading competition I immediatly made a resveration at Emerils Orlando. The experience was nothing like our Atlanta one. Restaurant was noisy, dirty and crowded. Definatly a tourist trap. We started with a cospomolitian martini that tasted fruit juice. Went thru the wine list, which is extensive if you want to spend $100 or more on a bottle of wine. We found something that we liked on the by the glass list for $16.00/glass and asked if we could have a bottle of that, waiter said sure they would charge us 4 times the glass, so $64.00, when the bill came they charged $70.00.
Our steaks were tough and the twice baked potato was so dry it crumbled when you put your fork in it.
Overall I have nothing good I can say, our bill was $270.00 and I don't mind paying that when you get a good meal but for what we got the meal wasn't even worth $25.00.
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