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ntsammy5
08-12-2006, 05:00 PM
I've just been on DIS for about a month, but have been to WDW a lot and eaten at most if not all of the restaurants that have been reviewed. I find reviews interesting, but not always reflective of the experience I had. Some are more critical, some less. Of course everyone has an opinion, and no group of people will EVER agree on anything, but my advice is that if you want to eat at a restaurant and find only bad reviews, try it anyway. Your experience will probably not be the same as those people who didn't like it! ENJOY.

BTW one of the restaurants I haven't eaten at is le Cellier and I'm eating there, for free, in September. I'm really looking forward to it!

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sandys
08-12-2006, 05:10 PM
The reviews are fun to read-I especially like the photo thread. I take everything with a grain of salt! I look forward to forming my own impressions in October. I haven't changed any of my ADR's from things I've read.
Sandy :sunny:

llqool
08-12-2006, 05:12 PM
you are right, and reviews are always subjective. in fact, there is a particular reviewer in a FL newspaper that my mom gets and I disagree w/this person's tastes so much that if he likes a place, it is a flag to me that i will *hate* it! So if i am reading a DIS reviewer's thread, and he or she likes the same places i like, then i generally will think that they have the same tastes as i do (and vice versa)!

but subjectivity aside, i like to read reviews b/c I find out what people ate (the menus online are not always accurate) and what they were able to get on the DDP. i also find out about atmosphere, view, etc. Until i read a bunch of reviews, i had never wanted to try CG, for example.

and i get to vicariously sample fine dining without the weight gain!

MickeyMonstersMom
08-12-2006, 05:46 PM
Useful? Hmmm, not sure. My family had our list of must-eat places two years ago, so reviews weren't going to make a difference, I guess. At the same time, I've been keeping a close eye on WCC reviews because we did not care for it in 2002 and are going to try it again, so I wanted to be as informed as possible to avoid another disappointment. It seems that the most useful reviews are the ones that answer specific questions people have - I've learned a lot that way.

I love to read the reviews because I love food, love talking about food, so this forum is quite addictive. That and the fact that it's food at WDW - reading the reviews can almost put me back there for a little while.

In my experience then, the review are far more entertaining than useful - which does not diminish their value at all!

bluejasmine
08-12-2006, 06:25 PM
My family always seems to enjoy the restaurants that are given the bad reviews but I LOVE reading these reviews... I especially love the pics..

Viki
08-12-2006, 06:32 PM
I love reading the reviews - especially when accompanied by photos - and they do influence me to the extent of making me think about restaurants we haven't visited, which is getting to be fewer and fewer! :rotfl2:

For example, after reading a few this evening, I just said to DP that we'll have to try Kona Cafe some day.

jarestel
08-12-2006, 06:37 PM
I appreciate the folks who take the time to share their views on WDW restaurants with the rest of us. I can't say it changes the way we make ADRs, but it can be useful to read about the "issues" a certain establishment may be having prior to my trip. Fore-warned is fore-armed!

Disney owl
08-13-2006, 05:00 AM
As someone who's only visited a couple of times, I find them very useful.


I appriciate people taking time to write them & share their experiences.

jpolak
08-13-2006, 05:45 AM
I do not know if they are as useful as they are fun to read. I have found reviews for the same place on the same day that were complete opposites :confused3 . I would not rely on them totally as my basis for making ADRs. Instead we check out the menus on try to use that instead. Doesn't everyone know what they want to order for dinner 180 days from now? :rotfl:

dclwdwlover
08-13-2006, 07:21 AM
I definitely find them useful. Of course, in every review you will see responses that agree & responses that completely disagree. That doesn't make me not want to try someplace, it actually works in reverse. I take into consideration everyone's comments regarding service, taste of the food, best dishes, etc. & it helps in my planning. I have found some really great new places because of the reviews given. I

If someone's opinions of a variety of restaurants appear to mirror mine, then I am more apt to try some of the other places that they have mentioned that they enjoyed. On the contrary, if they dislike certain places, although I probably will try that restaurant at some point, I may shy away from it for a special occasion. :)

aubriee
08-13-2006, 07:36 AM
I too appreciate the people that take the time to share their experiences, and especially their food pictures. People's taste varies, but if everyone is having bad/rude service or the food is reported to be cold/lukewarm by several posters then yes I may avoid that restaraunt. I also like hearing about the atmosphere and what is allowed on the DDP.

BrerMama
08-13-2006, 12:31 PM
I don't know if I find them useful -- I have a good grasp for what my family will/won't eat and already know that we'll do mostly buffets next trip because they work for us. But I definitely find them entertaining. I love to live vicariously though the reviewer and imagine trying some more exciting food.

MickeyNicki
08-13-2006, 06:29 PM
I do! I never would have tried School Bread or Tangerine Cafe if not for these reviews

MissMagnolia
08-13-2006, 07:04 PM
I do enjoy the reviews. I especially like it when they include photos.

mom2my3kids
08-13-2006, 07:07 PM
Yep, I love the reviews and they are very helpful. I also like it when they add pics.. :surfweb:

Stacerita
08-13-2006, 11:20 PM
I do find them useful. Do I base everything on the reviews I read? No, but they sure do help me steer the right direction. We have some faves that aren't main stream. But we find it helpful to hear other's opinions of places.

tndisneyfan
08-13-2006, 11:54 PM
I love the reviews and have found them helpful. I think the most important thing is not to make a decision on a restaraunt based on one or two reviews. When I was planning our ADR's for our last trip, I looked at alot of reviews and looked for trends. If a restaruant had way more bad reviews than good ones, I would mark it off the list.

I also just love reading different opinions on places I've ate.

CrzyforPiglet
08-14-2006, 04:12 PM
I agree with TNDisneyfan - I look for trends in the reviews to see if something is worth trying or not. We had considered Alfredo's in Epcot but I was reading reviews on another Disney site and of all the restaurants in Epcot (including counter service), Alfredo's had the worst review, not only for food but also that it was loud and crowded which wouldn't sit well with our son. I think you also need to take others opinions with a grain of salt and try to read between the lines.

cdtommie
08-14-2006, 04:47 PM
I find them useful if I think the reviewer's food/drink choices are aligned with my dining preferences.

MScott1851
08-14-2006, 05:33 PM
Sometimes they are more helpful than others. Some reviews are: "Me and my mother ate at XYZ on June 16. We loved it, it's a must-do for us now!" and that's it. Not so helpful.

I like the more detailed ones with pictures. Disney makes their food descriptions on the menus so freaking hard to imagine, that what I order is almost NEVER what I expect. They can take a chicken breast with a mushroom sauce and turn it into a thirty line menu description.

eliza61
08-14-2006, 06:07 PM
I always enjoy the reviews, I just don't take them as written in stone. Alot of diser's seem to not like the Sci fi diner in MGM but we've always had a wonderful meal there. I just like to read what other folks are eating in the "world"

HACAM
08-14-2006, 06:15 PM
I love reading the reviews, I am not sure I would have picked some of the restaurants that I did otherwise. My family has only been to WDW twice, and the first time was off-site, and not nearly as great as our trip this past March when we stayed at POR. So, I would have to say that the reviews really help me make decision on where to eat.

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angelmav
08-14-2006, 07:29 PM
I find them useful for two reasons, first they describe the menu and type of food at places we might not have tried to go to like Bomas which is now at the top of our list based solely on its reviews, and secondly, they help to illustrate all the great places their are to sit and eat which is why we are getting the dining plan! Plus their just so darned fun to read!

F4disneyfan
08-14-2006, 07:33 PM
I've just been on DIS for about a month, but have been to WDW a lot and eaten at most if not all of the restaurants that have been reviewed. I find reviews interesting, but not always reflective of the experience I had. Some are more critical, some less. Of course everyone has an opinion, and no group of people will EVER agree on anything, but my advice is that if you want to eat at a restaurant and find only bad reviews, try it anyway. Your experience will probably not be the same as those people who didn't like it! ENJOY.

BTW one of the restaurants I haven't eaten at is le Cellier and I'm eating there, for free, in September. I'm really looking forward to it!

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Dining reviews are honestly useless they are fun to read but no one has the same eathing habits or tastes as me that I have ever met so to read a review of teh food etc is kinda pointless albeit fun to read people rave over some places and swear up and down they were poisoned by other places does make me laugh.

Robert P
08-15-2006, 10:42 AM
I appreciate the time and effort people put into writing them. It is information on a subject, but it's up to me as to what I do with that knowledge. That's why I write them as well.

I also look for 'trends' vs. one-time events (both good and bad), and to get an idea about trying new places.

But, I mainly read reviews from people who I have found to have either similar tastes to my own, or I like the detail or style of their review writing. Over time, I have come to know those that have similar tastes, and I keep an eye out for their reviews especially.

That's not to say I don't enjoy reviews from other posters (and the humor of many), it's just that I don't find much useful info in a review from someone who 'loves everything everywhere every meal', nor the one who just says 'hated it and will never go back'. I enjoy the level of detail that provides additional information, then I can decide how to use that to help shape my dining decisions.

MickeyMonstersMom
08-15-2006, 03:17 PM
I appreciate the time and effort people put into writing them. It is information on a subject, but it's up to me as to what I do with that knowledge. That's why I write them as well...

I also look for 'trends' vs. one-time events (both good and bad), and to get an idea about trying new places...

... I enjoy the level of detail that provides additional information, then I can decide how to use that to help shape my dining decisions.

Excellent points! I hadn't consciously thought about the impact a review trend may have, but come to think of it, if a lot of people start complaining about a place, it would make me less likely to dine there. The more detail, the better, too - in some cases that helps me decide how valid the review is, whether glowing or disparaging.

MickeyCrazed
08-17-2006, 08:03 PM
Depends on who is giving the review.

Most reviews I take with a grain of salt. I let most of them go in one ear and out the other.

However, over the years, I've learned to always, always trust Uncleromulus.
His tastes are very similar to ours... even when it comes to beer instead of wine! :drinking1

He has never steered us wrong!

01Sweetpea
08-18-2006, 08:48 AM
I enjoy the reviews. If they are "helpful"...not sure. We have a handful of restaurants that we MUST eat at, don't care what anyone says, we enjoy them. There are others that we will NEVER eat at again, and yet some people rave about those.

We are trying WC this trip because of all the reviews.

purpliequeen
08-19-2006, 11:33 AM
Reviews are helpful- they give you a little of what to expect. I like going in to a restaurant with the negatives on hand, therefore I can be pleasantly surprised.

But previous posters are right- everything is relative. Your taste buds are so different than others. It's really not far to judge a place on a single person's view.

I also thinks it's important to remember that people (waiters/waitresses/chefs) can have off nights. People make mistakes. I've read reviews where the host/hostess has forgotten about them on the wait list. This has nothing to do with the entire food experience and should be ignored since it's unlikely that it will happen to you.

Funny reviews are also a must- love reading them and keep them coming! :teeth:

Torjohnson
08-20-2006, 10:37 AM
they really helped me get a flavor(no pun intended)of the place. I had never been before so I really liked the informed guidance......but I run all of it through my own filter. I know that my family is not very picky, and into the unique experience as much as the food. Sci Fi dine In might get the call over Le Cellier, even though the reviews for the latter are much better. My reviews are always positive. This is the way I lead my life.
But it really allowed me to get a pulse on it. Then I would ask questions. "I am thinking of experiences like Ohana , Prime Time and Sci Fi. Are there other such experiences I am missing? " I got WCC suggested to me, and we liked it a lot....
but I take all crticism with a grain of salt because a lot of it doesn"t bug me.

I just pick through them to see what sounds fun, and go from there.

I let them guide my knowledge, but I didn"t cancel my ressies for Ohana because they don"t grill shrimp anymore. As a first time visitor, this stuff didn"t effect me.

Minniespal
08-20-2006, 11:03 AM
I love reading the reviews and seeing the piccies of the food.