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kahluacream
06-28-2007, 08:02 PM
I'm second-guessing my ADR for this restaurant... Can anyone help by letting me know about your recent experiences here?

My party will consist of me, DH, vegetarian grandma, and kids (4 & 6). I initially chose this restaurant because we would be in Epcot for Illuminations, the kids would enjoy the characters, and the menu seemed better for children than the ones with the standard new kids' menu choices.

I've been reading some really mixed reviews lately, though. Is it that bad? This will be the last night of our trip, and I really don't want to end on a sour note.

Thanks for your help! :)

danielle782001
06-28-2007, 08:15 PM
We had lunch (believe the dinner menu is the same) there in December and had a very positive experience! Does Grandma eat fish? We really liked the catfish... I know others have said otherwise BUT we enjoyed it. It was very fresh. Speaking of fresh, the veggies are VERY fresh. Grandma will love those. The kids should like the chicken fingers, fries, mac n' cheese, and make-your-own cupcakes, as well as the character interaction. My kids loved the characters... Mickey, Pluto, Chip! It is not fancy by any strech but good for families. We had a great time and we hope you do too!!!!

GoochiGirl
06-28-2007, 09:44 PM
I have taken my kids there for lunch before. I thought the food was good and the experience was wonderful. We had an early luch there so it was very quiet and empty.

Tink2312
06-29-2007, 04:48 AM
We had dinner there last December as part of the CP and it was a great meal. The food was tasty and fresh, the character interaction was the best we've had at WDW and liked the fact the restaurant revolves around scenes from Living with the Land.
I don't know about other bad reviews but we thought it was awesome- highly recommend it!

MICKEEP
06-29-2007, 06:58 AM
Ate there last November. The Character interaction is the absolute best at this place. Thats the good part. The food is just OK. But I found the restaurant to be very dirty. I won't get into detail to avoid grossing everyone out.

G's mommy
06-29-2007, 07:39 AM
We ate there for dinner this past May. The food is good, nothing fantastic but the characters do come around quite a bit. My son loves this place, so we normally end up here at least every other trip. We're planning on going back in December with CP package.

kahluacream
06-29-2007, 09:25 PM
I was feeling pretty good about my ADR here after reading Danielle, GoochiGirl, and Tink's reply... That's kind of cool that the restaurant revolves, didn't know that. Hope it's not too fast as I have motion sickness???

The cleanliness comment from MICKEEP has me a little scared. :scared: I don't think I want to know!

Anyone else with recent experiences at Garden Grill???

Thanks so much!

Snow_White
06-29-2007, 09:40 PM
I was feeling pretty good about my ADR here after reading Danielle, GoochiGirl, and Tink's reply... That's kind of cool that the restaurant revolves, didn't know that. Hope it's not too fast as I have motion sickness???

The cleanliness comment from MICKEEP has me a little scared. :scared: I don't think I want to know!

Anyone else with recent experiences at Garden Grill???

Thanks so much!

I have some problems with motion sickness, but it rotates really really slow. You will barely notice you are moving, other than the fact that the view changes every so often. It's a nice restaurant with great character involvement. I've never noticed it (or any WDW restaurant now that I think about it) to be dirty.

flexsmom
06-29-2007, 09:55 PM
A few years ago they used to have the afternoon "Ice Cream Social" there - it was an awesome break for my DD & I since we had had a late breakfast and had dinner booked - we did a 3pm ice cream treat with Chip & Dale! I wish they would bring that back!

Sorry I'm kind of OT - haven't eaten a regular meal there and just being sentimental!

eeyoresnr
06-29-2007, 10:37 PM
Every time we go on Living with the Land I have wanted to eat at the Garden Grill. So this year we are doing the character meal for lunch and are very excited about it. It never looks real busy so we are hoping for extra attention:wizard:

daandcb
06-30-2007, 12:01 AM
This is one of our must eat at places. We first went two years ago and had a great meal, went again last year and again had a great meal. I ate it all, and I do not care for turkey or catfish....yet you would never have known it! And the veggies were delicious!! The character interaction was great and the movement is barely noticable....I say barely as when i was pregnant the first trip i felt the movement. It was the first place that I thought of when trying to decide where to eat on this upcoming trip. Oh and I never thought of it being dirty either.

bentleygirl22
06-30-2007, 12:07 AM
No Way !!! Its one of our Favorites!!!!!!!1:thumbsup2
Its our kids favorite place.... mine too:banana:

StarLight StarBright
06-30-2007, 07:04 AM
The Garden Grill was our favorite character meal last year, and I have an ADR here for Nov. The Characters are great, and I thought the food was good! Give it a try!

tinkandpan
06-30-2007, 07:10 AM
Character interaction here is the best to be had. We all really disliked the food but we are not big on all our food served on one big plate. Our service was really really slow. Since the character interaction was so good though- we had a good experience.

danielle782001
06-30-2007, 08:27 AM
I was feeling pretty good about my ADR here after reading Danielle, GoochiGirl, and Tink's reply... That's kind of cool that the restaurant revolves, didn't know that. Hope it's not too fast as I have motion sickness???

The cleanliness comment from MICKEEP has me a little scared. :scared: I don't think I want to know!

Anyone else with recent experiences at Garden Grill???

Thanks so much!

Don't worry. It goes so slow that my hubby didn't know we were moving until half way through our meal. And I too have BAD motion sickness issues and I didn't feel a thing

danielle782001
06-30-2007, 08:30 AM
Ate there last November. The Character interaction is the absolute best at this place. Thats the good part. The food is just OK. But I found the restaurant to be very dirty. I won't get into detail to avoid grossing everyone out.

We did not have the same experience with the dirt. Maybe you hit it on a bad day. Although there is no excuse any day. Sorry to see you had that problem. It should never be dirty. Thankfully it was clean the day we were there!

Pumbaa_
06-30-2007, 08:39 AM
While I don't think GG is THE best meal on property, it is somewhere we like to go for a good meal.

Mu hubby loves the catfish. I like the rotating restaurant. It is very slow! Our meal usually takes one rotation. We like to sit in the booths on the outside, I think it is a better view than then the upper, inner ring seating.

We have had our BEST ever character interaction here on the night we had the worst service ever. We had a server who had just finished her training and this was her first night of service. She forgot us. For a long time. But Pluto came to the rescue! He tracked her down, dragged her to our table and showed her we had nothing! No drink no food nothing!

She went to get our drinks and Pluto went about his visiting. When Pluto came back, we had drinks but alas, we were forgotten again and had no food. Pluto hopped up on the seat and started pounding on the railing to get our servers attention. He had us in stitches. He also went to the little girl at the next booth and got her leftover cupcake decorations to share with us :rotfl2:

So while our service was really bad that night, it will be for us one of our best meal memories ever. :love:

happygirl
06-30-2007, 08:55 AM
the food to me is okay nothing great, but to me it's the best character interaction in all of Disney

disneynewbeemom
06-30-2007, 08:55 AM
We are going there in October. The food does not overly excite me, so hopefully the character interaction will be good. We are a party of 7 and are hoping to sit downstairs. Are there biggish tables downstairs?

sotoalf
06-30-2007, 08:58 AM
Ate there last November. The Character interaction is the absolute best at this place. Thats the good part. The food is just OK. But I found the restaurant to be very dirty. I won't get into detail to avoid grossing everyone out.

No, by all means, tell us.

kahluacream
06-30-2007, 08:58 AM
Thanks so much for the replies! I'm really enjoying reading them. Pumba- Your story about Pluto is really cute. It would be hard to be mad for bad service with great character interaction like that!

Does anyone know if the kids still get to decorate their own cupcakes? My little guys would love this!!! It seems like the changes in the DDP have eliminated so many of the fun kid desserts many restaurants used to have. :confused: I hope Garden Grill hasn't changed as well.

happygirl
06-30-2007, 09:12 AM
When we were there in Feb mine didn't

luvmarypoppins
06-30-2007, 10:47 AM
We usually pick it for our Candelight Processional. I agree with the other posters that the character interaction is great. We also always get a table on the lower part. I have heard people dont like it if they are sitting in the upper area. Also you have to ask the server for the cupcakes usually since they are not the regular dessert offering which is served family style. Maybe some servers automatically bring it to kids, our kids are teens and I asked for the cupcakes since they didnt care for the family style dessert. Also are the food offerings going to be enough protein for your grandma. I know she could have the salad, mashed potatoes, stuffing and the vegetables are baby carrots and snap peas also bread. Would that be o.k. for her? Does she eat macaroni and cheese? That is served to the kids in a smaller sized bowl. My ds says its gross and tastes like kraft.

michygoomy
06-30-2007, 12:02 PM
We had dinner there a few weeks ago, and I loved it! It was a relucant ADR for me (couldn't get into any other character meals for dinner) and boy, was I surprised! The food was very good, the service was great, the character interaction was excellent, and the dessert was the best I had all week.

We had two adults, two "Disney" adults, and one "free" toddler--when it came to dessert, he came out and asked how many make-your-own cupcakes he should bring. Both of my daughters ended up having those, and the rest of us had a berry/custard/pastry-thing.

eeyoresnr
06-30-2007, 12:19 PM
I too have enjoyed reading all the replies here. I am so looking forward to our meal there, 5 months 2 weeks seems like forever:sad2:

jess20k
06-30-2007, 03:46 PM
Does anyone know if they still serve the vegetables from the greenhouse for the Living With The Land ride? I read that once in either the Unoffical Guide or Birnbaum's and wondered if they still do that.

mrzrich
06-30-2007, 03:48 PM
Not sure if they still serve this, but they used to have a yummy roasted vegetable stew as a Vegetarian alternative offering:thumbsup2

jw50
06-30-2007, 04:44 PM
But I found the restaurant to be very dirty. I won't get into detail to avoid grossing everyone out.

You can find comments like this about every restaurant at Disney if you read enough of these threads. Just ignore the comments that say either it was horrible or the best they have ever had since these are obvious exaggerations.

There are a few people on these boards that have a tendency to embellish a little;)

SGMCO
06-30-2007, 06:01 PM
I eat a mostly vegetarian diet but occationally
I do eat fish so when I 1st looked at the menu for GG
I was comfortable about the choices.
But and there is a but, I was very disappointed in
the food selection especially the Fried Catfish
because it was made to taste and look like chicken fried steak
(thick batter-heavy black pepper) and there was enough meat already.
The vegetables did not seem fresh to me but taste as if
they open a can and heated it up.
Sorry to be so negative but I thought it resembled and taste like very
expensive Cafeteria food.
:scared1:

mrzrich
06-30-2007, 06:11 PM
I eat a mostly vegetarian diet but occationally
I do eat fish so when I 1st looked at the menu for GG
I was comfortable about the choices.
But and there is a but, I was very disappointed in
the food selection especially the Fried Catfish
because it was made to taste and look like chicken fried steak
(thick batter-heavy black pepper) and there was enough meat already.
The vegetables did not seem fresh to me but taste as if
they open a can and heated it up.
Sorry to be so negative but I thought it resembled and taste like very
expensive Cafeteria food.
:scared1:

Did you ask about the vegetarian entre?

Tink135
06-30-2007, 06:17 PM
My family and I try to go to Garden Grill every time we visit Disney World. And each and every time we have had a positive and great experience. So I reccomend that you keep your ADR.

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danielle782001
06-30-2007, 07:33 PM
Thanks so much for the replies! I'm really enjoying reading them. Pumba- Your story about Pluto is really cute. It would be hard to be mad for bad service with great character interaction like that!

Does anyone know if the kids still get to decorate their own cupcakes? My little guys would love this!!! It seems like the changes in the DDP have eliminated so many of the fun kid desserts many restaurants used to have. :confused: I hope Garden Grill hasn't changed as well.

Yes, they still do make-your-own cupcakes! We did it when we eat there this past December. It is a lot of fun!!

danielle782001
06-30-2007, 07:35 PM
Does anyone know if they still serve the vegetables from the greenhouse for the Living With The Land ride? I read that once in either the Unoffical Guide or Birnbaum's and wondered if they still do that.

Yes, the veggies come from the Greenhouse there at the Land whenever possible. That was according to our server in December. The veggies were so FRESH that we had to ask and there is mention of it during the ride.

daisyduck123
06-30-2007, 09:07 PM
A few years ago they used to have the afternoon "Ice Cream Social" there - it was an awesome break for my DD & I since we had had a late breakfast and had dinner booked - we did a 3pm ice cream treat with Chip & Dale! I wish they would bring that back!

Sorry I'm kind of OT - haven't eaten a regular meal there and just being sentimental!

That's the only time we've eaten there too.
We loved that ice cream social!! :thumbsup2

MeLaNie9
06-30-2007, 10:31 PM
This is a place that we always enjoy.
DH and I ate at GG way back in 2000 and again with DS3 during our May 2006 trip. Both times the food was great, DH loves the catfish and I love the beef and potatoes. DS did get the decorate-your-own cupcake for dessert and child's meal - he was a free and supposed to be eating off of our plates (we didn't ask for him to get his own stuff, they just brought it out to him). The character interaction was the best we had during that trip (we also went to CP and CM) - all of the characters came to our table twice for a good amount of time.
We have ADRs for GG again for our upcoming trip and are looking forward to it. The restaurant revolves quite slowly but it is neat to be able to see the Living with the Land attraction. We have sat at both the top and the bottom section of the restaurant and really have no preference. We did not notice it being dirty.

PeggyPup
06-30-2007, 11:21 PM
My first and only character meal, so I can't really compare it to others...but I was extremely pleased. It was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Chip, Dale, Mickey and Pluto all visited at least 3 times each. Mickey danced with me, Chip had the hots for my friends mom, and at one point, Pluto stole my salt and sugar holder and we chased him around the restaurant trying to get it. Afterward, he felt bad and stole the holders from other tables and put them all on our table. We got a kick out of that(Pluto is a real kick at the restaurant, isn't he?). Really fun, Dale sat down with us at one point to take pictures and admire the meal. The meal? We loved it, the veggies were fresh, the potatoes were delicious. It was crowded that day, and our server seemed stressed, but he was still very polite and brought our food quickly. A delicious dessert. The scenery change added to the fun. Really just an all around awesome experience. On a VERY busy day, we got great service, great character interaction, great food, and a clean restaurant.

Rudy6
06-30-2007, 11:45 PM
We have been there two or three times. We like it a lot. If you have to pay, then I would go at lunch - it is the same meal, but without a salad or somehting like that, but less expensive. I plan to schedule it for our upcoming trip, as a Candlelight Processional meal. You can make those reservations starting July 2nd. It usually is uncrowded - nice, and the characters come a lot. Usually, you see them twice. You also get nice photos with the characters, since the kids sit on the outside of the booth.

chipndales
07-01-2007, 12:16 AM
I'm second-guessing my ADR for this restaurant... Can anyone help by letting me know about your recent experiences here?

My party will consist of me, DH, vegetarian grandma, and kids (4 & 6). I initially chose this restaurant because we would be in Epcot for Illuminations, the kids would enjoy the characters, and the menu seemed better for children than the ones with the standard new kids' menu choices.

I've been reading some really mixed reviews lately, though. Is it that bad? This will be the last night of our trip, and I really don't want to end on a sour note.

Thanks for your help! :)

My DD is here having a fit about the fact that people gave mixed reviews about it. She said, and I quote, "It's GREAT!" The food is very fresh, and the family style service, while hard to adjust to, was a great change up from the typical sit down. Of course, Chip and Dale made the whole thing memorable, so much so that it was number one on my DD's list of places to eat when we return in October. So we're giving it a definite thumbs up and go for it. :thumbsup2

Cookie Princess
07-01-2007, 06:28 AM
I am also very nervous about scheduling this meal as we really don't care for catfish. It is just too fishy tasting for us. We prefer haddock. Would we be wasting our time eating here or are the other offerings enough to make it worthwhile?
:confused3

danielle782001
07-01-2007, 06:44 AM
There is turkey, mac n cheese, veggies, bread and you can order chicken fingers & fries for the kids. DH does not eat catfish either. He filled up on all the other stuff including the kids food. Just tell the server not to give you the catfish and to double up on the turkey. It is family style and all-you-can-eat, so they bring you more of what you ASK for.

mrzrich
07-01-2007, 07:51 AM
There is turkey, mac n cheese, veggies, bread and you can order chicken fingers & fries for the kids. DH does not eat catfish either. He filled up on all the other stuff including the kids food. Just tell the server not to give you the catfish and to double up on the turkey. It is family style and all-you-can-eat, so they bring you more of what you ASK for.


There is also delicious flank steak, surprised that you found it forgetable because it was wonderful!

Dallas_Lady
07-01-2007, 11:29 AM
My SIL and her family were there a week ago. They loved it, they said the food and character interaction was great :goodvibes

calliemom
07-01-2007, 12:50 PM
Ate at GG last November and was sick all night long. I was the only one in our family to eat the "fish" so perhaps it was that as my dh and dd8 were fine. Service was also a little slow. Won't eat there again.

cdrn1
07-01-2007, 01:31 PM
...the restaurant revolves around scenes from Living with the Land.

That's intriguing...can someone tell me about this? I have never noticed anything out of the ordinary while riding the boat.

daandcb
07-01-2007, 01:53 PM
I am also very nervous about scheduling this meal as we really don't care for catfish. It is just too fishy tasting for us. We prefer haddock. Would we be wasting our time eating here or are the other offerings enough to make it worthwhile?
:confused3

I too prefer haddock....but i loved the catfish and i never eat anything but haddock. The catfish is just a part of it...but even if you don't care for the catfish, the turkey and flank steak are delicious too in my opinion and I do not eat turkey. Both times we've been there, the servers were great at bringing us what we were eating and not what we were picking at.

kahluacream
07-01-2007, 08:13 PM
Thanks so much to all of the helpful DISers who replied to my questions! I'm feeling much better about my ADR after reading these... though maybe I'll avoid the catfish! :sick:

It sounds like my kiddos will have a blast with the characters. We've eaten at Chef Mickey's, CP, and Donald's; but didn't have nearly as much interaction as people described on this thread. It should be fun! :)

Echo queen
07-01-2007, 11:29 PM
Great tread, I,m glad I made ARDs there.:cool2:

Chris
07-01-2007, 11:32 PM
I'm second-guessing my ADR for this restaurant... Can anyone help by letting me know about your recent experiences here?

My party will consist of me, DH, vegetarian grandma, and kids (4 & 6). I initially chose this restaurant because we would be in Epcot for Illuminations, the kids would enjoy the characters, and the menu seemed better for children than the ones with the standard new kids' menu choices.

I've been reading some really mixed reviews lately, though. Is it that bad? This will be the last night of our trip, and I really don't want to end on a sour note.

Thanks for your help! :)

we went last year during our trip and loved it. I actually may see if we can get in this trip too!