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nutty4wdw
12-29-2006, 07:41 PM
any comments on this restaurant at downtown

Rhonda
12-29-2006, 07:42 PM
We love it! It's on our list for every trip now! We've been there three times, and have not been disappointed yet. :thumbsup2

LoriNSC
12-29-2006, 07:47 PM
We loved it! We didn't have an ADR for one night & just walked in. We only waited about 10 min. The food & atmosphere was great. They had live music & a lady dancing. I think that starts at 8pm every night. We've already made an ADR for our June 2007 trip. Can't wait!:cool1:

tampaguys
12-29-2006, 07:52 PM
Raglan Road is terrific. The food, the decor, the service...all top notch.

jisom12
12-30-2006, 03:52 PM
Ditto the above replies...

I visited a couple of weeks ago.
Started with a Beer Flight - 4 samples of different beers
In addition, I had the Drunk Chicken (Starter), Kevin's Kudo's (Main course) and Ger's Bread and Butter Pudding (dessert). All was awesome.

Here's DIS's menu http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?Restaurant.ID=379

TDC Nala
12-30-2006, 03:54 PM
I like Raglan Road. I love to sit at the bar and eat, they'll serve the full menu there, and the bartenders are great.

They had a guy with a guitar singing folk songs. He had to go and sing that song about the unicorn. After a couple of pints it's funny, though.

Mackey Mouse
12-30-2006, 04:00 PM
We ate there the first week in December.. food was very good and the entertainment was a blast....We had great service as well and I would recommend this restaurant and when I return I will eat there again.. :thumbsup2

BCV23
12-30-2006, 04:11 PM
Agree with everyone. We've been twice and really enjoyed it. Just made a reservation for our next trip today.

We haven't been there late enough for the entertainment though. It is very peaceful in the early evening.

Have they started to serve lunch?

lonegungirl
01-01-2007, 01:13 AM
We went after Illuminations one night, as we were told that they take ADRs until 11pm. It turns out, however, that after about 10pm they offer a limited menu which was a little bit of a disappointment. The ribs we had were good, if a little greasy, but the main problem we had was the volume of the entertainment! There was one guy singing, and it was literally so loud, I would have put in earplugs, but I was afraid of being rude. I asked one of the girls in the shop if it was usually that loud, and she said no, usually they have about 4 guys playing and then that was when it could get a little loud.

Additionally, my DM went to use the restroom, and said when she came out, she saw reflected in the mirror, a guy urinating in one of the stalls with the door open! So frankly, I'm torn--on the one hand, everyone raves about the food there, and I'd like to try the regular menu...but on the other hand, the prospect of the communal restrooms and bleeding from the ears is a little off-putting as well. ;)

SassyLassy
01-01-2007, 02:06 AM
Love the music, food, service and drinks BUT I could do with out the new age irish step dancer....I like my old school, if you want to call it "stiff" Irish step dancing.

Great place, Great people....all people were having a great time and they even played a lot of common irish pub sing a long songs! Have fun! :cool1: :thumbsup2

ely3857
01-01-2007, 07:22 AM
We went twice last October and loved it. The Strawberry & Apple crumble was amazing :goodvibes

:)

Jodie

MJMcBride
01-01-2007, 08:39 AM
We went there and spent over a half hour waiting to see a server. We never did left and had a nice time at the House of Blues. They think Raglan Road is an Irish pub but nothing could be farther from the truth. Its more like TGI Fridays with Irish beer. Its very loud and if you sit in the middle, there are bars in the back of chairs so people are literally hanging over you. I was very disappointed.

Tinkerboy00
01-01-2007, 10:12 AM
I went on Friday night for the first time. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the music and the dancing.

The food was okay................I was expecting a larger menu, its pretty limited actually.

And we had the best server ever. She was great!!


I'd go back!!

Disney Ron
01-01-2007, 01:43 PM
Unfortunately our experience here was very disappointing. We did not like the food - shrimp cocktail was not cooked enough, fish & chip was extremely greasy and the portion was small. Salad was okay. Not only was the food just FAIR but the waiter was the worst waiter we have ever had in WDW.

It could have just been a bad day, but we will never go back. :confused3

We LOVE pub atmosphere's we suggest ROSE & CROWN anyday! :thumbsup2

Cool-Beans
01-01-2007, 01:50 PM
Only been there once. Had good food and great service. The restaurant itself was pleasant for me. Overall, thumbs up. :thumbsup2 But, I'm not dying to go back any time soon.

Aurora_27
01-01-2007, 01:58 PM
It is now my favorite place to eat on Disney Property- my DH's too! We have been there at least 10 times now and plan to go back on our next trip (in 4 days!!) The food is great and the atmosphere can't be beat. I love the live music at night and the Irish dancer.

maggs
01-01-2007, 02:53 PM
We wont ever go back either. The food was reasonable but the portions were small. The air con wasnt functioning properly (August!), the entertainment was dire and the waiter lousy. I was so glad to get out. I loathed the place.

Maggs

kt-scarlett
01-01-2007, 03:52 PM
Love the music, food, service and drinks BUT I could do with out the new age irish step dancer....I like my old school, if you want to call it "stiff" Irish step dancing.

:thumbsup2

You have piqued my curiosity, SassyLassy. My DD has been Irish dancing for over ten years now, I have to admit I have never heard of 'new age' step dancing.:confused3 DD does both soft and hard shoe dances; jigs, reels, ceili dances, etc. Could you please describe the dancing done at Raglan Road? Thank you! :shamrock:

BillSears
01-01-2007, 04:06 PM
I've been twice and I loved it both times!!! It was our favorite meal of both trips. The food was pretty good, the Fish and Chips were great and the Bread Pudding was amazing, but some items on the menu weren't great(the Shepards Pie). I loved the music and the dancer. I can't wait to go back again!

SassyLassy
01-01-2007, 05:45 PM
Hey KT!

Well first off the outfit was a bit more provocative :rolleyes1 then I was expecting. Dont get me wrong...she didnt look ****ty or anything, just more provocative than I was expecting! Secondly, there were the flaring arms!! Above her head, flaring around, side to side....all over....just odd to me. :confused3 I have seen this done before but very rarely at never in competitions.

One of my friends and I nearly spit our out our beers laughing so hard because of the "flaring arms". We just weren't expecting it since I thought that this was suppose to be more of a traditional pub. The pub was nice, dont get me wrong but I think it was just so-so.....but I realize that it is also Orlando not Southie, Dorchester, NYC or even Providence where they have a lot more "home" feeling.

I was also a bit peeved (as was a group of guys behind us) that the dancer was the only being tip. Only very few tip the band who were fabulous IMHO.

I hope your daughter still dances! I never formally took classes but growing up in Dorchester and Southie we had a few Irish weddings and parties where you learned it from. We were taught hard & soft shoe, slip jig a but mainly just from friends who had been doing for life.

Gosh, I hope i didnt sound :snooty: ?!

hmp2z
01-01-2007, 05:58 PM
We like Raglan Road. We get the Smokie City app, which is good, and then we usually split an entree (last time it was the fish & chips) and a dessert (we had the Banoffi Beauty).

When we get fish & chips, I ask for the chips to be cooked American style, because I like my chips crispy. The first time we went there, they were soggy & some were even partly raw - the potato was still kind of crunchy, not soft. Our server told us that was Irish style, so we just request American style chips.

The scallops app is also delicious - very light - but I don't think that 6 scallops count as an appetizer for two people.

And speaking of provocative dress, we were there on Christmas day, and the hostess was wearing a teeny, tiny little elf costume. I seriously think it was a negligee from Frederick's of Hollywood.

They did have dancing, but we luckily got seated in one of the side rooms, and the noise didn't bother us. We were able to enjoy a dinner with a volume low enough for us to converse comfortably. If you don't like noise, I'd suggest getting there early, around 5 pm, and asking to be seated at a distance from the performers.

Cheers!
Heather W

BillSears
01-01-2007, 07:36 PM
For those wondering here is a picture I took of the dancer after she had stopped dancing. As an unknowing tourist type, not that there's anything wrong with that :), I thought she was good. Of course I've never been involved in competitive Irish dancing. :goodvibes

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2/BillSears/RR3.jpg

Gabby&Liv's Mommy
01-01-2007, 10:25 PM
How is the atmosphere for small kids....3 & 5? It sounds like it would be loud enough that, even if they were a bit loud they wouldn't disturb anyone.

hmp2z
01-02-2007, 08:11 AM
It depends on when you go, where you sit, and what kind of loud they're being. If you're going during a busy time, when the restaurant is naturally loud, and ask to be seated in the center area near the dancer, I don't think that two kids getting excited & a bit loud about the entertainment would be a problem. There were plenty of drunk people getting a bit loud about the entertainment when we were there Christmas day.

If the kids are screaming & crying, I would think that would disturb anyone, no matter where you're seated. So it depends on the kind of loud your kids get. We had a family near us whose child kept shrieking and shrieking throughout dinner. The restaurant was loud, but this noise was exceedingly unpleasant. There's a big difference between loud music and the loud wailing of an unhappy child.

We've also been there during slow times (5 pmish), when there were very few people in the restaurant, and, in that case, I think anyone getting loud would be heard throughout the restaurant.

Cheers!
Heather W

Cplofdisneynutz
01-02-2007, 11:45 PM
glad to see there are a lot of positive responses. We are trying this place for the first time...we couldn't squeeze it in last 2 trips right after it opened. We are very excited, plus it is our last meal before our late night flight home and I don't do well with flights so I can drink a few (or so, besides who counts) pints of Guinness and DW will be happy that I'm not freaking out on the plane:lmao: :rotfl2:

GOOFYFREEK
01-03-2007, 06:16 AM
We definatly make it a stop on every trip. And usually a couple trips to the Cookes of Dublin on the outside.

JamesMom
01-03-2007, 09:40 AM
I am excited to see the positives about this place. Hope to get an ADR after 6pm Cirque Show. Just gotta remember
1. fish & chips - American style
2. expect it to be loud.
Got it!

Thanks!


BTW - GoofyFreak love the siggie list - LOL!!

kt-scarlett
01-03-2007, 10:02 AM
For those wondering here is a picture I took of the dancer after she had stopped dancing. As an unknowing tourist type, not that there's anything wrong with that :), I thought she was good. Of course I've never been involved in competitive Irish dancing. :goodvibes

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2/BillSears/RR3.jpg

Thanks for the dancer's pic, Bill and for the description of the dancing, SassyLassy. Let's just say my daughter's step dance costume looks absolutely *nothing* like this one. Hers has quite a bit more material and is made of heavy velvet with long sleeves and a cape. I don't think it would draw the crowds like this dancer's dress. :rotfl:

SassyLassy, yes, DD Molly is still dancing at age 15 and hopefully will continue into college. Irish dance is not as widely popular here in RI as it is in the Boston area so she didn't grow up surrounded by it as you did. Lucky you!! (Aside to SL, why isn't this dancer's hair curled and why is she wearing a bracelet?!?! :rolleyes1 )

DD, DH and I will be eating at Raglan Road next month for the first time. I hope we get to see and hear the entertainment that evening. I can't admit to being as excited about eating 'Irish Cuisine', I must admit. To me, born and bred of Irish grandparents, and where the running joke was that a six-pack and a potato is a 7-course meal, Irish Cuisine has always been the original oxymoron. :laughing: I hope I am surprised. ::yes::

Mary

*NikkiBell*
01-03-2007, 12:14 PM
I just got back from the World and will be posting a complete dining trip report very soon.

In the meantime...keep a few things in mind...

Raglan Road is *NOT* Disney owned or operated.

There is only ONE Raglan Road and that is at DTD.

Staff at the restaurant are not employed or trained by Disney.

Our experience there was horrendous. More to come.

Laurafoster
01-03-2007, 01:40 PM
I have to say that i found Raglan Road to be a lot more authentic than some other the other Irish Pubs i have encounted in Florida. I visit Ireland Frequently, especially Dublin and Belfast and there are many pubs like this there. The only major thing that is not particularly authentic is the size - Irish pubs tend to be a lot smaller and thus darker.

oybolshoi
01-03-2007, 02:13 PM
Like any restaurant anywhere, there are good and bad responses from people based on the experiences they have. So...taking that into consideration, my DH and I loved our dinner at Raglan Road - service, food, atmosphere, entertainment, and portion size were all very good in our opinion.

We enjoyed ourselves so much that we plan on giving it another go in May.

I hope you have as much fun as we did. :goodvibes

DVC~OKW~96
01-03-2007, 07:23 PM
Raglan Road reminds me of The Dubliner in Jury's at Ballsgate. It's dark(ish) and has some wonderful wood and other features.

The food is pretty run of the mill. It's not fantastic, and it's not terrible. If you want fish and chips do not order them inside. Order your fish and chips from Cookes of Dublin (the counter service). The portions are large, and the food is cooked properly.

I've never heard of Irish chips being cooked improperly. Some of the best chips I've ever had in my life were in pubs in Ireland, and yes they were cooked through and not greasy.

The music is like the food. OK. If it's true pub music (NOT Irish Rovers) then it's fine. It's not always though.

The dancer? Weelllll, she's not traditional in the least.

I love the atmosphere, when I go there with friends. Order some nice bits off the appetizer menu (that's were the better food resides) and keep the Guinness flowing and you'll have a grand time.

AladdinsPrincess
01-03-2007, 08:54 PM
We also love Raglan Road and have been there several times and never had a bad experience. I love the music and the dancing and - of course - the food! If you're going to get the fish n chips though, it's definitely a better value at the counter service place nextdoor. Stick with the other entrees if you eat inside!

MJMcBride
01-03-2007, 09:56 PM
For those wondering here is a picture I took of the dancer after she had stopped dancing. As an unknowing tourist type, not that there's anything wrong with that :), I thought she was good. Of course I've never been involved in competitive Irish dancing. :goodvibes

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2/BillSears/RR3.jpg

hmmmm. I may have to re-think my previous criticisms. hubba hubba

hmp2z
01-04-2007, 07:53 AM
I've never heard of Irish chips being cooked improperly. Some of the best chips I've ever had in my life were in pubs in Ireland, and yes they were cooked through and not greasy.



I didn't say they were cooked improperly; they were just soggy & too undercooked for our taste. I had them and my MIL had them, and we both agreed they weren't crispy at all. On our next visit, I asked the server whether I could request crispy chips, and he was the one who told me that they made them soft on purpose, because that was the Irish way. I don't know whether that's true or not, but that's what the server told us Raglan Road does. All I know is that, when I request American style crispy chips there, I get them, and when I just request chips, I get soggy ones.

So if you like your chips crispy, you will probably have to specially request them at Raglan Road.

On another note, my husband had the Not Bleeding Chowder, and said it was great: very creamy & delicious. Our favorite is still the Smokie City.

Cheers!
Heather W