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Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Steakhouse
Price Range: $$$
Much like its grandfather, New York's famed restaurant of the same name, The Palm's walls showcase the same caricatures and cartoons made famous by its earliest regulars. Unlike its predecessor,... Read More
Much like its grandfather, New York's famed restaurant of the same name, The Palm's walls showcase the same caricatures and cartoons made famous by its earliest regulars. Unlike its predecessor, however, this venture's location inside the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando imbues it with an added cool-factor, making it an ideal accompaniment to an evening of live music (the hotel's "Velvet Sessions," held on the last Thursday of most months, are billed as Orlando's only rock-n-roll cocktail party). The Palm's food and service uphold the New York tradition, though, and the restaurant has built a solid local following in addition to the visitors who rave and repeat-visit. Double-cut lamb rib chops and a 32-ounce N.Y. Strip (sliced tableside, serves 2-3) are among the favorites.
- Universal's Best Restaurants: "Velvet Sessions, held on the last Thursday of the month, are how the Hard Rock does cocktail parties. Past performers include ABC, Foreigner and Joan Jett. Pair it with dinner at The Palm for an unforgettable date night."
- Steakhouses: "Check the Palm's website for great rotating promotions that offer value alongside phenomenal fare."
- Best for Universal's Best Restaurants Because: The Palm is easily one of Universal's most upscale dining venues and budget-wise an undeniable splurge. One your inner raging carnivore will doubtless appreciate.
- Best for Steakhouses Because: It's the Palm. The name carries weight because its rep is well deserved.