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“Very good food and wine, but pricey” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Primo

Primo
4040 Central Florida Parkway, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL 32837
+1 407-393-4444
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Ranked #245 of 3,007 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $48
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: John Young Parkway
Description: Primo specializes in Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, an outstanding wine list and exceptional service. The restaurant features on-site organic gardens. Located at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes with a captivating view of a tropical paradise and Greg Norman designed golf course, you will enjoy the Primo experience.
Tampa, Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Very good food and wine, but pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

While you should expect to pay a premium for food and beverages at Primo simply because it is located in the JW Marriott property, the food was quite good -- soup and salad with very fresh ingredients, followed by pasta dishes with freshly made pasta. You can get the pasta dishes in half-portions, which were totally sufficient for us. The wine was wonderful, but, again, really pricey. If you choose to stay on the property at the Marriott, Primo is a fine place to dine.

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Cleveland, Ohio
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Make reservations as soon as you check in!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Excellent food and service. As I noted above, this place gets booked in a hurry every night, and for good reason1

Visited April 2013
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United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Wow! You must visit this restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Primo is situated at the JW Marriott hotel, grande lakes and is one of the greatest restaurants I have ever eaten in. From service to food the ambience is first class and I highly recommend others to experience it, don't just take my word for it.

Visited May 2013
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Sanitation”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

I watched the sous chef reach down and pick up a ticket off the floor with his bare hand and proceed to season food at the expo counter and grab plates without washing his hands. Plus the pork dish I had was dry and bland. Could have used the piece of pork as a hockey puck at the Stanley cup. Terrible, Terrible, Terrible. I've had better food at Arbys.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Orlando, Florida
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87 reviews 87 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great service but food falls below expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Primo at the JW Grand Lakes is an elegant setting and the service was as good as any restaurant where we've fined this year, but the pork Saltimboca was far too salty and the spiciness of the sauce on my pasta course overwhelmed the flavor of the fresh rigatoni. The Chicken main course was outstanding. A pasta course and a second course with one drink for each of us totaled $140 before tip, about 20% more expensive than better restaurants nearby. That said, the service was perfection, which I have to again commend, and I recognize that even the best chefs have off nights. With all the positive reviews, it's worth a try if you're staying at Grand Lakes.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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