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Emeril's Orlando

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American Restaurants, Creole & Cajun Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs

6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819


Today: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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 ...

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Make sure you call ahead for a reservation!

This restaurant is truly one of my favorites in Orlando. The service is outstanding, the ambiance is intimate, lively, and can be romantic all at the same time, and the food is definitely worth the price. The waiting list is long however, so reservations are a must. If you happen to be in the area and have not called ahead, you may get lucky and have a chance at sitting in the bar area and still have full access to the menu.

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Not your usual International Drive Fare

This place is yummy. We went here with another couple and ordered the degustation menu with the wine paring. Wow! I completely recommed Emerill's Universal. We usually do not like any of the I-Drive, Disney area restaurants, but this one takes the cake. Completely outstanding.

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Very very disappointing

We made reservations 6 mos. in advance, and still had to wait 45 minutes to be seated. Staff was horrible, from manager on down to the busboy. We barely saw the waiter, and the busboy spilled ketchup all over me and my son's diaper bag. No one apologized, and I got a trash bag to take out my diaper bag in. We had to fly home with a ketchup covered diaper bag in the suitcase. We will not be back to overpay for bad service, I don't care how good the meal was!

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28th anniversary dinner

We had salads, pork chop for the missus, fish du jour for me. $85 bottle of red wine was served chilled. Overall, a better choice for the money and atmosphere would have been Fleming's. Was expecting the ""wham"" of Cajun inspired cooking, received at best mediocre over-priced food at best.

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Great Experience!

We celebrated my husband's birthday at Emeril's and the service was excellent. We were seated in the patio area so noise wasn't an issue. We thought the food would be fattening because of the way Emeril cooks on his show but actually it wasn't. There's alot of seafood items on the menu. The Banana Cream pie was excellent! Reservations are definitely recommended. We saw them turn away guests w/o reservations. They say long sleeves are recommended for men but we saw many men w/ short sleeves and shorts!

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Universals best lunch

Disappointing for dinner, loud, crowded, rushed but GREAT at lunch! Keep in mind, though a good experience for kids, soda refills are pricey, if your child is not an adventuresome little gourmand, get a burger

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UNBELIEVABLE BAAAAAM. It was better than expected. I had read that it was a high price for the the value. I was pleasantly suprised. For Orlando prices i thought it was an awesome deal. Food - GREAT
Service - BEST
You have to go!!!!!!!!!!!

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Best Place in Orlando !!!!!!!!!!

This is what a restaurant should be like. The food awesome, the service impecable, the price's right, and ideal location. Can't wait to have my very own Emeril's in Miami (The Loews Hotel, opening Nov.)
This is the place to eat in the Orlando are...no questions asked !!!!

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Five women could not yell loud enough to be heard over the din. They need to do something to absorb sound so that people can talk to each other. Not a good place for a romantic dinner unless you are just into staring in each other's eyes.

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One of the best in Central FL!

I've eaten here at least 10 times over the past four years... Each time, with the exception of one, it has gotten better! Like many popular restaurant's in NYC (where I used to live), you have to know how to get a table, and what to order! Reservations are impossible to get for a w/e less than 30 days out... PLAN AHEAD. (or, call on the day you would like to dine at 3 SHARP!). They release ""unconfirmed"" reservations at that time. Other than that, food, service and drinks are great! They change the menu seasonally, so it keeps us ""locals"" interested! Can't wait to try the new Emeril-owned ""Tchoup-Chop"" nearby!

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Best food/servivce on Int'l Drive

By far, the best food and service in the International Drive/Universal Studios area. Reservations strongly recommended at least 30 days out to get your date. We didn't, so we walked in and got a late lunch at 2:30 on a Wednesday. Very high praise for the attentative and knowledgeable waitstaff. The food lives up to it's billing. Yes, it's that good! We had the Pecan crusted redfish & the pan roasted salmon, both cooked/served/presented beautifully. A place for true culinary delights. Unless you are already in Universal Studios, it will cost $8 to park. Ouch.

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Add $8 for Parking!

After paying $8 for parking and walking for 15 minutes from the parking lot, we were told that we had to eat in the bar because we didn't have reservations. Our experience improved with the good service and presentation of our food. The salad was decent. I would not order the seafood cheesecake again. It was bland and had too much cheese, too little seafood. The Gumbo, however, was to die for. Overall it was a decent meal, but I would not make another special trip--only if visiting the theme park.

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Phone: 504-524-4241

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American Restaurants, Creole & Cajun Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Restaurants, Sandwich Shops, Seafood Restaurants, Steak Houses
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Universal Studios Florida
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Parking: Lot, Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Burgers, American, Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Steakhouse, Seafood, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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