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TinkerMunk
07-17-2006, 04:38 PM
Hi everyone, I just wanted to write and share about the wonderul dinner that my family had last night at O'hana at the Polynesian. Everything about it was great from the seater, server, the entertainment and the manager and chef coming over to our table. The food was fantastic; hot fresh and accomodated the needs of a very picky eater. I give the Polynesian an A+ for a truly wonderful experience.

2giddy4wdw
07-17-2006, 07:02 PM
Great review for Ohana's. We tried it for the first time last year and loved it. We will be going back this Nov/Dec trip. It's so refreshing to see people who like Ohana's. :thumbsup2

Donold_Fan
07-17-2006, 08:31 PM
Thanks for posting the review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. We are going on the dining plan in Sept/Oct and this was the one place I wanted to try more than any other.

I have a question though, I have read that the meal is served "Family Style". What does that mean? Do they put a big bowl of whatever food there is and let you dish it out yourself?

Also, do they seat you ate tables with other diners or does each party get seated at their own table?

Thanks

kjs1976
07-17-2006, 09:12 PM
So glad you liked it! It is our FAVORITE!!!

Donold Fan-
They bring the food out to you in bowls/platters. First you get the wonton chips with dipping sauces (DO NOT fill up on these....the are just ok at best), next is the mixed greens with dressing, (very good, bit don't fill up, too much more to come!), then is the sweet and sour shrimp (peel and eat, but DELISH!) and the honey wings (very tasty, but still, just a bite or two, save room for more!) and then the bring out the various skewers of meats and you can control the portion, along with a platter of the maui potatos (ok, you can eat as much of these as you like because they are FABULOUS) and the stir-fried veggies. SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT as the bread pudding with ice cream and vanilla sauce will make you cry!!!!!!! Plus, it is all you can eat, so if you need more, just ask and they'll bring it to you! Let me tell you, with a hungry fam of 6 this last time, we asked for thirds!!!!

Ok, I'm now drooling.....

Ashley80
07-18-2006, 09:11 AM
:rotfl: Thanks for the review and tips!! I CAN'T WAIT until we go! We will be going there our first night (Sept 30 :p ). This is one of the places I'm really looking forward to. :yay:

smep013
07-18-2006, 10:52 AM
We were there last June and are going back in August. Has the menu changed since then?

Can't wait - we loved the food there!

bluejasmine
07-18-2006, 10:56 AM
AHHHH!! I am so hungry right now, craving Ohanas! Cant wait to go in Aug and share this experience with hubby, he didnt get to go with the kids and I last time..

mnjg87
07-18-2006, 11:05 AM
If you can... find out what time Disney World's fire works start and make your ressie's about 30 - 45 min. before. It's an awsome show. :woohoo:
pixiedust:

Minniespal
07-19-2006, 02:56 AM
Enjoyed reading your review ~ Thanx for sharing.

Mulan82
07-19-2006, 06:46 AM
i love O'hana. me and DBF went there during our disney trip this past MAY because of all the great things we heard on this board about the restaurant. however, what we didnt know is that they serve the same size portion to a party of 2 as they would to a family of 6 AND the table was half the size ( since we are a party of two..). the food was literally falling off our small table. we must have looked like such pigs! and boy, i sure was stuffed like one when i left!

bellenbuzz
07-19-2006, 08:10 AM
We are trying Ohana for the the 1st time come November!!!
I have been wanting to eat there, so I am really glad to hear all this yummy stuff!
We have a group of 10 (6 adults/4 kids) I think it will be a perfect place for us!

Is it true they have interactive entertainment of some sort ???? :mickeyjum

Disfan3
07-19-2006, 11:09 AM
thanks for the review

I tell you...after our Sept trip last yr...this is the only TS place we are repeating.

Besides FTBBQ AND Seasons in the lans at EPCOT....

Ohana was our FAV place to eat and the kids LOVE it!

this time we made ressies for our first night, late to watch WISHES!


ask for a table in the main DR next to the window and firepit!

I forgot to add:


we did have a longer wait time than most other places, but asking for the right table and getting it was well worth the wait!

Disney owl
07-19-2006, 01:12 PM
Sounds great

allflgirl
07-19-2006, 04:58 PM
I've heard some great things about Ohana's and decided to make a ressie for this Friday night. My ressie's at 9:10p and the fireworks are at 10p. Question, does anyone know if I must request a window seat now or just when I get to the restauraunt.

I'm so excited! My first time eating here.

mnjg87
07-19-2006, 05:39 PM
I've heard some great things about Ohana's and decided to make a ressie for this Friday night. My ressie's at 9:10p and the fireworks are at 10p. Question, does anyone know if I must request a window seat now or just when I get to the restauraunt.

I'm so excited! My first time eating here.


If I remeber right, you should be able to see the fireworks from where you are seated.
The fireworks and music together....well, my whole crew just LOVED it.
In fact they will tell you that the fireworks are about to start and that the servers will stop what they are doing until the show is over.

First timer
07-20-2006, 03:19 PM
thanks for the review

I tell you...after our Sept trip last yr...this is the only TS place we are repeating.

Besides FTBBQ AND Seasons in the lans at EPCOT....

Ohana was our FAV place to eat and the kids LOVE it!

this time we made ressies for our first night, late to watch WISHES!


ask for a table in the main DR next to the window and firepit!

I forgot to add:


we did have a longer wait time than most other places, but asking for the right table and getting it was well worth the wait!



DisFan - what time did you make the ressies for (to watch wishes) at Ohana's? I am curious because I would like to do the same but do not want to arrive to early - also hope to get a seat by the window!

boxerdog
07-22-2006, 09:58 AM
I have got a reservation for 8.00pm and I have just checked and the fireworks start at 8.00pm, do you think that I should try and change my reservation or leave it.

Ron from Michigan
07-22-2006, 11:20 AM
Thanks for the review. We will be eating at Ohana's for the first time in December .

Swimnoid
07-23-2006, 08:30 AM
We went to Ohana in May for my birthday. It was our first time and everybody in our party LOVED it. Our ressies were for 8:50 and we were finished in time to go out by the pool and watch the fireworks at 10:00. we will definitely go back in December. Ohana still gets mentioned nearly every day! :cool1:

ReneeA
07-23-2006, 09:44 AM
I'm glad you had a great time.

It is the only TS from last year we are repeating, also. :thumbsup2

richard_andmel
07-23-2006, 06:32 PM
Glad you enjoyed it. Making an earlier seating and then watching Wishes from the beach works pretty well too.

bellenbuzz
07-24-2006, 09:51 AM
Have ADR's for 1st time in November for 10ppl.
We heard there are some " Interactive Fun " Stuff they Do While Dining.
Can Anyone give us a few details ????

We are really looking forward to this meal too !!! ::yes:: ::yes:: pooh:

bdklein
07-24-2006, 10:04 AM
My family (4 of us) spent a week at the Poly last month. We had 1 dinner at Ohana, and it was the worst meal of the week. The shrimp were overcooked, and sitting in way too much liquid. The potatoes were greasy and bland. There was some sort of lousy vegetable. The steak was tough and not very tasty, the turkey was overcooked, and the pork was fatty. The sausage was just ok, but had no taste. Plus, they brought out things in the wrong order (potatoes before salad, then salad, then meat). Restaurant wasn't crowded, so no excuse there. However, the salad was good.

We had 1 breakfast at Ohana, which was just ok. By the way, we found the rest of the food at Disney to be very good. I had 3 dinners at Kona, 2 breakfasts at Kona, plus mutliple meals at Captain Cooks. We also had 2 dinners at GF, 1 lunch at GF, plus lunches at MK and Epcot.

Ohana was our first meal, and glad we got the bad one out of the way. I don't think I would go back for dinner-but I might go back for breakfast.

Komplex
07-24-2006, 01:44 PM
So many great reviews. It'll be hard to turn this down on my first trip next spring

BostonTink85
07-25-2006, 09:52 AM
Have ADR's for 1st time in November for 10ppl.
We heard there are some " Interactive Fun " Stuff they Do While Dining.
Can Anyone give us a few details ????

We are really looking forward to this meal too !!! ::yes:: ::yes:: pooh:

When we went last year they had hula hoop contests which were fun to watch and a few other things that I can't remember right now. I want to say coconut races or something like that, but I'm not sure.

Also, to the person asking about the time to make reservations to see wishes...Last year I did it accidently, the fireworks just started while we were in there. This year, Wishes starts at 10, so I made an 8:45 reservation. I would really like a window seat so I'm planning in some extra time to possibly wait for one. (Last year we were a little in from the window, but could still see the fireworks, I just want an even better view this year :wizard: .) Hope this helps!

Sinderelli
07-25-2006, 11:54 AM
In regards to entertainment, they invite the kids to pick a broom and a coconut. The kids race around the restaurant, pushing the coconut with the broom. It's really cute and LOUD! This is a picture of my DD during the race:
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/ksinderelli/100_0415.jpg

Also, when we were there a Polynesian singer was walking around the restaurant. She was entertaining- she invited all of the kids to come by her. She called up everyone who was having a birthday and the whole restaurant sang to them. She gave out leis to the birthday celebrants. We love Ohana's. The entertainment is sporadic, not constant, so you are not constantly jumping up and down out of your seat.

bellenbuzz
07-25-2006, 01:11 PM
It sounds wonderful !
I am really looking forward to this restaurant.
We have done the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show a couple times, so looking for something new. I think the Poly Resort is so beautiful!

As for the Menu Changes I keep reading about, we have never dined there before so have nothing to compare it to, so I think we will be pleased.

Thanks DIS'ers :lovestruc :wave2: :butterfly