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pkp
08-04-2006, 03:25 PM
We kind of ended up eating at the Garden Grill as a fluke. We were walking past the place to go get our fast pass at Soarin and realized we would probably be ready to eat around that time. The Garden Grill is right there, so we thought, what the heck - we'll give it a try. We were not dissapointed. It is probably one of the best meals we've ever had a Disney - great home cooking and all you can eat plus great service. Plus, we had 6 or 7 characters come by 2-3 times each - Pluto hit on my wife for five minutes. It was hilarious! Other than the resturaunt revolving very slowly, the scenery was uneventful. However, we will not miss eating here again on future trips. Apparantly, it must not be very popular - it was not even half full at noon in the middle of July - please try this place out - you will not be dissapointed!

dawgfan
08-04-2006, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the review. It was very helpful. Ate there on a fluke as well and had a great meal.

disneyfav4ever
08-05-2006, 09:29 AM
What were the desserts? Were they any good?

nephthys43
08-05-2006, 07:58 PM
ooh... yes... tell us about the desserts. :Pinkbounc

lovesdumbo
08-05-2006, 10:03 PM
I went for the first time in May with my DD for dinner. Desserts were GREAT! Kids got a decorate your own cupcake and adults got a platter of pecan pie type thing, lemon square, cheesecake and brownie. We saw Mickey, Pluto, Chip & Dale.

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Simbee3
08-06-2006, 04:12 AM
We kind of ended up eating at the Garden Grill as a fluke. We were walking past the place to go get our fast pass at Soarin and realized we would probably be ready to eat around that time. The Garden Grill is right there, so we thought, what the heck - we'll give it a try. We were not dissapointed. It is probably one of the best meals we've ever had a Disney - great home cooking and all you can eat plus great service. Plus, we had 6 or 7 characters come by 2-3 times each - Pluto hit on my wife for five minutes. It was hilarious! Other than the resturaunt revolving very slowly, the scenery was uneventful. However, . we will not miss eating here again on future trips. Apparantly, it must not be very popular - it was not even half full at noon in the middle of July - please try this place out - you will not be dissapointed!
My family and I, have an ADR for the Garden Grill on 8/18. Can you tell me what they serve? Though knowone in my party, are picky eaters (basically they will try just about anything atleast once). I have heard so many bad reviews and was really becoming a little nervous about going. So, any information would be gladly appreciate.
Also I read that there was about 7 characters there. Could you please tell me which one's were actually there. It would really be a big help with planning for pictures and autographs.

ToyStory#1fan'sMom
08-06-2006, 04:20 AM
For dinner-
(Updated: 05/06)
Entree/Main Course

Adult Gardener's Dinner Menu (ages 10 & up) - Fresh tossed caesar salad, Grilled Flank Steak, Rotisserie Turkey Breast, Southern Fried Catfish, Tillamook cheddar casserole, Baby Vegetables, Fresh Pastry selection, Fudge brownie, Chocolate Swirl cheesecake, Lemon Bake and Chocolate Pecan Tart. Non-alcoholic beverage included. - $22.99 *

For lunch-
(Updated: 01/06)
Entree/Main Course

Adult Gardener's Lunch Menu (ages 10 & up) - Roasted Meats, Vegetarian Selections, Fresh seafood, Fresh baked breads, and Family dessert. - $19.99 *

Kid's lunch-
(Updated: 01/06)
Entree/Main Course

Young Gardener's Lunch Menu (Ages 3 to 9) - Choice of...Chicken tenders, Macaroni & cheese, French fries, Fresh veggies, and served with a Special dessert. Non-alcoholic beverage included: choice of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Orange soda, Lemonade light, Root beer, Orange juice, Apple juice, milk, and Chocolate milk. - $10.99 *

Kid's dinner-
(Updated: 05/06)
Entree/Main Course

Young Gardener's Dinner Menu (Ages 3 to 9) - Fried Chicken tenders, Macaroni & cheese, French fries, Fresh veggies, and served with a Special dessert. Non-alcoholic beverage included: choice of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Orange soda, Lemonade light, Root beer, Orange juice, Apple juice, milk, and Chocolate milk. - $12.99 *

As for the characters, I've heard Chip, Dale, Mickey, and Pluto are usuals. Not sure about the other 3?

HTH!
Kate

swankybeth
08-06-2006, 08:41 AM
Thanks for sharing your review, DH and I are planning to try Garden Grill on our next trip. :mickeyjum

english rose 47
08-06-2006, 09:13 AM
The dessert plate looks great but what if 2 people want the same thing? DGS 5 will love decorating the cupcake but DGS 11 x2 might both want to do thatt or want a brownie /

Disney owl
08-07-2006, 12:35 PM
Thanks for posting your review

chigirl
08-07-2006, 12:47 PM
When I was booking my ADR's for my upcoming trip, the CM said "Oh, that's a great choice! They have great food there!" when I booked Garden Grill..which I took as a good sign, I mean I also booked Brown Derby & Le Cellier and he said nothing about those, so I figure I am up the right alley here. Glad to hear you had a nice experience. Plus, even if it is bad, theres still characters!!!!

Disney Crazy Debbie
08-07-2006, 12:53 PM
Thanks for the review! We have never eaten there but we have ADRs this year so it is very encouraging to have a good review.

pkp
08-07-2006, 04:20 PM
The dessert plate looks great but what if 2 people want the same thing? DGS 5 will love decorating the cupcake but DGS 11 x2 might both want to do thatt or want a brownie /

We went for lunch and both got a puff pastry with chocalate and whip cream - I can't remember what was on it, but it was delicous - we were just too full to eat it.

magsmom
08-07-2006, 05:01 PM
Thanks - I ended up doing some juggling on my ADRs our upcoming trip and DD requested this one. We have never eaten there either. The deserts look great!

SLM
08-12-2006, 07:11 PM
We ate there in June and it was one of the nicest dinners we've had at WDW. The vegetables are fresh and crisp-some of them are grown in the Land we were told-someone asked what if two people want the same dessert? They bring you more! We had them bring us more vegetables and catfish-don't be afraid to try it-it's a very mild white fish in a crispy coating-delicious! I think it's great character interaction for the kids-the characters are very attentive-they come to each table, "talk" to the families, pose for pictures-they must come around at least 5 or 6 times, and the night we were there the restaurant was nearly full.

imageid
08-12-2006, 08:40 PM
We ate at GG in June. I have to say, we had a great meal! :thumbsup2 The characters came around numerous times! The food was very good, we loved the desserts!! :thumbsup2

MeLaNie9
08-16-2006, 03:30 PM
Thanks for posting this about the Garden Grill. DH and I ate there in 2000 on a whim. I mean, what do two adults with no kids need with a character meal? We absolutely loved it then. We had seconds and thirds of everything and really enjoyed the characters. So, when planning our recent trip with our DS2, we knew we had to put this one on our list and we were not disappointed. The food was fantastic - DH loved the catfish and I loved the flank steak. DS enjoyed his food too. It is a pretty calm, quiet atmosphere for a character meal and all of the characters came by multiple times as our DS warmed up to them over time. We like the revolving restaurant and not having to get up to get food from a buffet! ;)

twinmomplus2new
08-16-2006, 10:10 PM
I have to say this was the standout meal on our October trip as well.

The vegatarian selection was great. I can't remmber if it was spinach or mushroom ravioli. but it was ravioli in a light tomatoe sauce with vegatables. It was excellant!

sarhenty
08-17-2006, 07:56 AM
Once again I post on GG! I'll never stop....

GG holds the best family memories for us, going thru the rotating scenes of American Farm Life is just the best!

The potatos, oh the potatos, I could eat two of those platters. All the food is wonderful and the catfish is surprisingly good (not a big fish eater). Dessert is wonderful. As said before, most of the food is home grown so you know its fresh. 4 Stars from us.

Sara

mickeysgirl17
08-17-2006, 07:08 PM
I couldn't decide between Garden Grill or 1900 Park Fare. We definetely want to meet Cinderella and I have booked Cindy's royal table too , but I'm told she won't be at the dinner. I also have Chef Mickey's. Should I go with Garden Grill or 1900 Park? Any suggestions?

sherreis
08-18-2006, 01:31 PM
Thanks for the review. We'll be eating lunch there in November. Now, that it sounds so yummy, it's going to be hard to not eat too much. We have early dinner reserv. for Le Cellier that day.

julia & nicks mom
08-18-2006, 01:38 PM
GG is on our family's must do list too!! It is always such a fun and relaxing meal - and the food is fabulous!! I hardly ever hear bad reviews about it but hardly anyone knows about it!!

I would pick it over dinner at 1900 Park Fare or Chef Mickey's - I was not impressed with the buffets or the character interactions and I always seem to miss a character when I go to the buffet!! But if Cinderella is important to you - you should stick with 1900 Park Fare

Minniespal
08-21-2006, 04:58 AM
Enjoyed reading your review ~ Thanx for sharing.

english rose 47
08-21-2006, 06:55 AM
Dgd has braces and is worried she can't eat the steak orthe pork and is NOT afish eater Is the steak hard to chew . melt in your mouth or in between? She can always eat the mac & ccheese and potatoes, so she wont starve!!!

Mickey4me!
08-21-2006, 06:02 PM
DH and I were discussing what ADRs to make for our annual trip in Nov and he asked me "what about that place we ate at in '95 in EPCOT? You know the one where I had to wear a cowboy hat? That was good, is it still there?" Usually his only request is for a night at CG and I was shocked that he even remembered it because I had totally forgotten about it. I added it to our list for Nov so it's nice to hear that it's got a loyal following. Can't wait to try it again!

DisneyConvert
08-21-2006, 10:47 PM
We've done the Grill twice now - Jan'06 most recently and I agree completely with these comments.
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Garden Grill, for whatever reason, has gone out of favor a bit. Possibly with the refurbishment of the Sunshine Seasons Food Court downstairs, which is now quite nice.
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Still, it's an excellent plated meal that delivers to all tastes (my wife is a very picky eater), where you can overlook the gardens that have grown your delicious food (sort of like Coral Reef, but different!). We love the characters and I believe GG (along with LTT) have some of the best character-vs.-table ratios of the non-Cinderella variety.
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Can't go wrong here. :thumbsup2

BlindTyldak
08-21-2006, 11:17 PM
The steak is in between. It is cut into very thin strips and from someone who had braces, she would have NO problem with it. The pork she may need to cut into smaller bites.

I'm a bit disappointed they didn't have the apple crisp and cinnamon ice cream for the adults any more! that was SOOOOOOOO GOOD!!! And they had it every previous trip. :( Last trip was my first time there with kids and the children's food was just as good (we adults and the kids did LOTS of swapping around!) and the kids got worms in dirt (chocolate pudding with oreo dusting and a gummy worm).

This is my favorite restaurant anywhere in the World, you just can't beat the food here for "just plain good".

english rose 47
08-22-2006, 07:13 AM
The steak is in between. It is cut into very thin strips and from someone who had braces, she would have NO problem with it. The pork she may need to cut into smaller bites.

I'm a bit disappointed they didn't have the apple crisp and cinnamon ice cream for the adults any more! that was SOOOOOOOO GOOD!!! And they had it every previous trip. :( Last trip was my first time there with kids and the children's food was just as good (we adults and the kids did LOTS of swapping around!) and the kids got worms in dirt (chocolate pudding with oreo dusting and a gummy worm).

This is my favorite restaurant anywhere in the World, you just can't beat the food here for "just plain good".
Thank Thank you I love you dissers. You understand little things can be so important

wendypooh
08-22-2006, 10:50 AM
I just added this to our ADR's this morning!!! I'm now glad I did!!!! Can someone just clarify where exactly GG is located!! Thanks

Denise Thies
08-22-2006, 11:17 AM
Sounds like I made the right choice. We will be there in September! :thumbsup2

serendipity
08-22-2006, 12:19 PM
I must say I never had ANY interest in the garden grill until I read all of these postings, but you've all sealed the deal for my November trip! Thanks!

MinnieMommy
08-22-2006, 01:09 PM
This is on our list for Dec. We made an ADR for lunch. We were a bit undecided between lunch and dinner.

Can anyone comment on the differences, if any, between the two meals?

Thanks!

C.Ann
08-22-2006, 01:13 PM
This is on our list for Dec. We made an ADR for lunch. We were a bit undecided between lunch and dinner.

Can anyone comment on the differences, if any, between the two meals?

Thanks!
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There are only two differences - with dinner you also get a salad - and the price is a lot more! I just reserved the last lunch reservation on Dec. 6th for our upcoming trip - 3 p.m..

jess20k
08-22-2006, 04:05 PM
Hi, I made all of our ADR's for our Feb. trip, but after hearing all of the fantastic reviews for Garden Grill, I just may have to change one of them. :rolleyes: I always hear great things, even in other threads or boards. Anyway, does anyone have any photos of the catfish and/or flank steak? I am curious. It may help me make this hard decision. :goodvibes

sherreis
08-22-2006, 08:54 PM
From all these replies, I'm really glad we're eating lunch there on our first Epcot day. Only problem, is that is the day we're eating an early dinner at Le Cellier -LOL!

princessbride6205
08-22-2006, 11:33 PM
Someone asked where GG is exactly...It is in The Land on the upper floor. When you walk in, it will be opposite you on the far side of the building. Just walk around (either way). Instead of going down the stairs or escalators for the food court or Soarin' - you will be just steps away from the GG entrance. HTH!

Until reading a little more about GG today, I would never have picked it for an ADR for us. I did some reading, checked out the menu, and everything sounds yummy. I know it's not been that popular in recent years, so I had NO idea it was a character meal! We'll be adding this to our list of places to try.

wendypooh
08-24-2006, 09:20 AM
Someone asked where GG is exactly...It is in The Land on the upper floor. When you walk in, it will be opposite you on the far side of the building. Just walk around (either way). Instead of going down the stairs or escalators for the food court or Soarin' - you will be just steps away from the GG entrance. HTH!

Until reading a little more about GG today, I would never have picked it for an ADR for us. I did some reading, checked out the menu, and everything sounds yummy. I know it's not been that popular in recent years, so I had NO idea it was a character meal! We'll be adding this to our list of places to try.


Thank You so much!!! I am the one who asked where it was located!!! We never considered it either, but a friend just got back and RAVED about it!! So, we'll give it a shot!!!

Thanks again!

MamaQuack
08-24-2006, 12:33 PM
I am thrilled to find this thread. We always loved the character breakfast but have been leery of trying lunch or dinner. We are definitely going on Jan 3 for lunch. We love The Land and enjoy seeing everything that is grown there. I don't eat meat but ds15 does. We both love catfish too.

Keep the reviews coming :Pinkbounc

Brygida
08-24-2006, 01:27 PM
I pledge never to eat at the Garden Grill again! Hands-down the worst restaurant we ate at in WDW. Much of the food was inedible (the turkey, the beef). The mashed potatoes and pea pods were okay, but not good enough to overcome the badness of everything else. After about 10 minutes, my younger sister had to leave as the food had made her ill. Or maybe it was looking at the bad food. Or maybe the turning restaurant? Anyway, she had to leave and was really bummed that our last dining experience at WDW (on August 19th) had left her sick to her stomach. She was mad at me for ruining that day! As the Garden Grill had been my idea from the DIS. Cost for 3 adults was $78. Certainly not worth a 1 TS credit.

C.Ann
08-24-2006, 01:38 PM
I pledge never to eat at the Garden Grill again! Hands-down the worst restaurant we ate at in WDW. Much of the food was inedible (the turkey, the beef). The mashed potatoes and pea pods were okay, but not good enough to overcome the badness of everything else. After about 10 minutes, my younger sister had to leave as the food had made her ill. Or maybe it was looking at the bad food. Or maybe the turning restaurant? Anyway, she had to leave and was really bummed that our last dining experience at WDW (on August 19th) had left her sick to her stomach. She was mad at me for ruining that day! As the Garden Grill had been my idea from the DIS. Cost for 3 adults was $78. Certainly not worth a 1 TS credit.
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Sorry to hear your sister had such a bad experience.. :( However, if it was the food, it would have taken much longer than 10 minutes to make her ill and the "turning" of the restaurant can't be felt at all.. Believe me - I would know - because no one suffers from motion sickness as easily as I do - LOL..

Probably just a stomach bug or something.. Out of all the sit-down meals we experienced (character meals or otherwise), the Garden Grill was the best - especially the cat fish.. :) Kind of odd because all 3 of us adults don't really care for fish, but that was the best ever!! :thumbsup2

Laurafoster
08-25-2006, 06:51 AM
Glad you had a good experience! Im looking forward to eating there in Dec.

MamaQuack
08-25-2006, 07:19 AM
Just want to recheck: its character meal for both lunch and dinner, right?? We are doing lunch. I absolutely adore Chip & Dale. DS15 thinks its a hoot to take pictures of Mom with the characters now ;)

Brygida
08-25-2006, 08:09 AM
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Sorry to hear your sister had such a bad experience.. :( However, if it was the food, it would have taken much longer than 10 minutes to make her ill and the "turning" of the restaurant can't be felt at all.. Believe me - I would know - because no one suffers from motion sickness as easily as I do - LOL..

Probably just a stomach bug or something.. Out of all the sit-down meals we experienced (character meals or otherwise), the Garden Grill was the best - especially the cat fish.. :) Kind of odd because all 3 of us adults don't really care for fish, but that was the best ever!! :thumbsup2

It was not a stomach bug. She was fine later when we flew home that evening. It was either the look or taste of that bad food at GG.

midge3426
08-28-2006, 10:57 PM
We have always eaten at the Garden Grill for dinner and we have always enjoyed the food. My kids always want to eat there and they are older children. The character interaction is wonderful.

The food seems to to tailored for Southern taste, therefore, if you do not enjoy Southern food, then I would not eat at The Garden Grill. :woohoo: