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mzliza3
07-01-2007, 05:52 AM
I've been reading A LOT of negative posts about Mama Melroses at MGM. Is is really that horrible? We booked the Fantasmic dinner package & our choices were MM, the character buffet, & the Brown Derby. Since we have already booked 3 buffets on the DDP & don't want to waste 2 credits on the Brown Derby, this seemed like the best choice. The menu posted seems good, but... Am I making a mistake? Should I give it a try or reschedule for one of the other restaurants?:confused:

nhdisnut
07-01-2007, 10:57 AM
We have enjoyed MM both for lunch and dinner over the past couple of years. While not our favorite restaurant on property, it serves decent food (and plenty of it) and we have always had good service. I enjoyed the Wood-Grilled Chicken and pasta for dinner, and their flatbreads are quite tasty. DW had the chicken parm. and probably would not order it again - a bit dry.

Of your choices for the Fantasmic plan, I think you made the right one. We did H&V a couple of years ago and it was, by far, the worst buffet we have had on property.

Starr W.
07-01-2007, 11:07 AM
We ate at MM for the dinner package in May. Not bad, but we have been spoiled by our local Italian place. Had great service!

MickeyNicki
07-01-2007, 11:39 AM
We tried for many trips to get into MM...we finally did it Dec 06..the food smelled so good from outside the restaurant. It was anything but...it was served cold...the bean ragu with the eggplant napoleon was not cooked..the beans were hard as rocks. There was zero flavor in any of the food. Olive Garden is gourmet compared to this place.

druidia
07-01-2007, 01:04 PM
We tried for many trips to get into MM...we finally did it Dec 06..the food smelled so good from outside the restaurant. It was anything but...it was served cold...the bean ragu with the eggplant napoleon was not cooked..the beans were hard as rocks. There was zero flavor in any of the food. Olive Garden is gourmet compared to this place.

I would have to agree with you. We ate dinner there in December 2005 and really enjoyed our food. We ate dinner there again in December 2006 with my parents and brother and it was TERRIBLE. We were really disappointed. I don't know what happened, but we won't be back until we hear of improvements. :sad2:

Brown Derby is the only place at MGM that has been consistenly good, IMHO. And the portions there are quite large, so it's worth it if you can share.

aangel9114
07-01-2007, 02:12 PM
We went 12/06 as part of the fastasmic dinner package and it was good, not excellent. Many of the other places we had eaten were far better, but of the choices for this dinner package it was not all that bad. We had good service, and went at a time when it was not overly crowded. the chicken and pasta was not bad and served hot. Not sure what my mother got, but I do remember that she did enjoy it.

whatever you decide, have a great time!

dmslush
07-01-2007, 03:25 PM
I would have to agree with you. We ate dinner there in December 2005 and really enjoyed our food. We ate dinner there again in December 2006 with my parents and brother and it was TERRIBLE. We were really disappointed. I don't know what happened, but we won't be back until we hear of improvements. :sad2:

Brown Derby is the only place at MGM that has been consistenly good, IMHO. And the portions there are quite large, so it's worth it if you can share.

We also ate there in December 2006, and I agree, it was just awful. The food was subpar and the service was spotty at best. We will NEVER go back there again.

Tam1067
07-01-2007, 05:35 PM
We had dinner there in July 06 and liked it a lot. We're returning on July 10 for the Fantasmic package.

I really think that with all the Disney restaurants, they're hit and miss. Also, those in the theme parks tend to be less consistent than the hotel places. I personally think that for being in the middle of a theme park, MM is pretty good.

LisaDKG
07-01-2007, 07:17 PM
Strangely, our experience was amazing. The butcher steak was the best steak I ate in 10 days at WDW (including CG, Jiko's Le Cellier). You might want to go with the majority although I think it is the best choice for the Fantasmic package.

dalt01
07-01-2007, 07:46 PM
to the OP. if you ask for reviews its just like movie critics, everyone likes something different. for most places your reviews end up about 50-50. give it a try. ive eaten at just about everyplace on property and havent puked up anything yet. some i liked better than others and sometimes i see a scathing reveiw of someplace and i think " are they trippin?" for the record, Momma Melrose is on our ADR list each and every trip and yes sometimes it is better than other times but the way i figure lifes a crap shoot anyway might as well try it all.

aruss
07-01-2007, 07:56 PM
I love WDW and generally like the restuarants - but Mama Melrose was poor - the service was slow and the food mediocre at best. It is the one place I'll never return to.

yellowfish78
07-01-2007, 08:03 PM
I agree with Dalton above. Everyone will have different opinions. Definately search out a menu from this site and see if anything appeals to you...menus do help me figure out what looks good to me!
I've eaten at MM twice, May 2001 and October 2006, and both times have had excellent service and food. I love their veal, and in 2006 they had this new lemon custard type dessert that was heavenly. I'd go back just for the dessert.
Enjoy the food, no matter where you pick!

SnwflkCts
07-01-2007, 08:08 PM
I agree with dalt01 that you will hear both good and bad. My friend went in Feb for the Fantasmic dinner package and liked MM just fine. DH and I went in Feb 2006 and DH loved it. I thought it was good - certainly better than any counter service eatery. I was full and couldn't even touch my gelato! We are going back again in Feb 08.

So, my advice is give it a try -- then you know for sure.

We have enjoyed every place we ate in WDW - there isn't one that I would cross off the list. There are just so many to choose from we don't often eat places twice (exception being KONA - we've eaten there multiple times!).

Snowysmom
07-01-2007, 09:36 PM
We really did not care for Mama Melroses. The food was mediocre. Our waiter was very disinterested in helping us. We wouldn't go back. But, other people have liked it so it might be a good idea to go and judge it for yourself. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. I read that the Rose and Crown wasn't very good any more and the menu limited. We went and really liked it even with the limited menu. So you never know!

VernRDH
07-01-2007, 10:01 PM
We have done Mama Melrose twice with the Fantasmic package and loved it both times!!! I loved the pipette pasta with the wood fired chicken so much that I asked for the recipe (they had pre printed index cards with the recipe on it).

Everyone is a critic-some love it, some hate it. I think you have to just buck up and try it, hoping for the best experience. I know there are restuarants that everyone is gaga over (like LeCellier), but I don't always "get" why. :confused3 Maybe my tastes are different, maybe I am just easier to please, perhaps I have lower expectations.

Go, enjoy. You may find it is really something you like and if not, then nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Have a great trip!!!

GrandFloridianGirl
07-01-2007, 10:02 PM
Whenever we do the Fantasmic package, we always eat at MM. It's always delicious and we never want to spend 2 TS credits on Brown Derby. H&V is just a regular buffet- average to our tastes.
Be prepared for TONS of food at MM with the package. I think you get bread, salad, flatbread, entree and dessert. (someone correct me if I'm wrong). It's all yummy but, for the love of Pete, someone may have to roll you out of the restaurant.:laughing:

dzneelvr
07-01-2007, 10:33 PM
MM is that GOOD:love: We've just gotten back from our 8th trip over probably 11 years and never had a negative experience there.:woohoo: We love the service, the ambiance, and all the dishes we've had over the years have been outstanding. My advice is always to try out the eateries and see if they fit your family. For example, we HATED 50s Prime Time and H & V both in MGM....but I wouldn't advise others not to go there--to each his own.:cool1:

dalt01
07-01-2007, 10:41 PM
MM is that GOOD:love: We've just gotten back from our 8th trip over probably 11 years and never had a negative experience there.:woohoo: We love the service, the ambiance, and all the dishes we've had over the years have been outstanding. My advice is always to try out the eateries and see if they fit your family. For example, we HATED 50s Prime Time and H & V both in MGM....but I wouldn't advise others not to go there--to each his own.:cool1:i know what you mean i never got the whole 50's prime time cafe thing food wise. i think the theme is cool. but a lot of people rave over the meatloaf and roast beef.

lovindonald
07-01-2007, 10:47 PM
I've been reading A LOT of negative posts about Mama Melroses at MGM. Is is really that horrible?

YES!!

Katiebell
07-01-2007, 11:15 PM
We did the Fantasmic package at MM's in May. The food was good -- not the best Italian we've ever had, but it was good. The breads and spreads appetizer was ok, not great, and the bruchetta was tasty but had a lot of onions in it, which I don't care for. Our entrees were very good -- I got the grilled chicken and pasta w/artichokes, peas, and tomatoes, I think DH got chicken parmesan. The cheesecake dessert was wonderful -- honey hazelnut and ricotta with a blood orange sauce drizzled on it, really delicious. Our waitress was friendly and helpful -- I'd say give it a try.

Jambo!424
07-01-2007, 11:54 PM
I LOVE Mama Melrose! I've never had a bad experience there, and I just went there a couple of weeks ago. The flatbread pizzas are delicious! Definitely give it a try.

mzliza3
07-02-2007, 02:52 AM
Thanks a lot for the feedback! I really appreciate it! :) I see now that not all of the reviews are negative. With anything, I guess it's just a matter of taste & on what day you go to the place. I going to stick with it; if it's dreadful, then we will never go back. I agree w/nhdisnut, H&V was one of the worst buffets we've ever had; reminded me of the cafeteria at the hospital where I work, but 50x more expensive. It even had that awful cafeteria smell. I've never had had a problem w/Disney dining too much, *** my expectations aren't that high either! Have a great trip everyone!

eeyoreiscool
07-02-2007, 06:29 AM
We have eaten at Mama Melroses several times and haven't had a bad meal there. We generally wind up just asking for some normal things instead of what is on the menu and they haven't had any problem with that.

The Sweetness
07-02-2007, 09:37 AM
Last month we ae at at MMs and did not have a bad experience at all. I thought it was odd that there was no bread on the table (only italian place Ive ever seen that) so I just ordered it as my ap for the table to share. The food and service were good. The only problem was that my dd2 was having one of her academy award winning fits, and I left the restaurant with her before dessert ( I love, love, love dessert :sad2: ) And it took my DH forever to settle the bill and get out of there. It figures that service would be slow when we really needed to haul our cookies out of there in a big hurry:guilty:

I certainly rate the food to be equal to at least Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill (I like those places too)

ThreeAngels
07-02-2007, 10:36 AM
We tried this last October and it was the the one place we really did not care for on our trip. DH and I both had the Veal Osso Bucco, which I usually LOVE, but it was not very good at all (I notice it's no longer on the menu). Can't remember what the kids had, but they weren't thrilled with this one either.

Having said that, we want to do the Fantasmic package on our next trip, so we're trying it again. Hollywood & Vine doesn't appeal to us at all and we won't use 2 credits (we're on the dining plan) for The Brown Derby, so it's our only option left. I do realize that restaurants are often hit and miss and we're more than willing to give it another shot. Can't wait to try something new.

Give it a try. You could love it!

dizneydiva2005
07-02-2007, 10:42 AM
MM is the only on property restaurant we won't go back to. Went there a few years back for the first time- food was OK, service was not so great.

My 7 year old had the chicken parm- he bit into a piece of chicken and it had a big piece of bone- and when he bit down a tooth came out. That really hurt, and he was bleeding. The waiter came over and I told him what happened- I showed him the bone and tooth and of course my son was crying and bleeding... all he said was I'm sure the tooth was ready to come out anyways.
NO moron, it wasn't. So needless to say, MM is OUT for us. Again the food was OK, not great Italian food- and service stunk. :eek:

CamColt
07-02-2007, 11:03 AM
We have dined at Mama Melrose on almost every trip and always enjoy our meals very much. We are going back in 18 days and I cant wait for the Penne alla Vodka.

CamColt
07-02-2007, 11:07 AM
Last month we ae at at MMs and did not have a bad experience at all. I thought it was odd that there was no bread on the table (only italian place Ive ever seen that) so I just ordered it as my ap for the table to share.

Am I reading this correctly? They no longer give you bread with the dipping sauces to start? :sad2:

Poohbear123
07-02-2007, 11:34 AM
We also ate there in December 2006, and I agree, it was just awful. The food was subpar and the service was spotty at best. We will NEVER go back there again.

I went there for Lunch in Nov. 2006, and got a little teeny tiny plate of Eggplant Parmagiana, and it was really really really small, and I paid over 10.00 bucks for it, it had NO flavor and I won't be eating there again for lunch.:sad2:

Cruella's Hubby
07-02-2007, 01:21 PM
We ate there in July last year as part of the Fantasmic package. We were also nervous because of all the bad reviews we read but we went ahead and ate there and loved it! We booked the fantasmic package at MM again for this August and can't wait to eat there again. I say go for it!

mrp4352
07-02-2007, 01:40 PM
For our family, this has become our go-to restaurant IN THE PARKS. It's generally calm, quiet, and cool inside. We've always had friendly service, maybe a bit slow, but good. I highly recommend the steak with gorgonzola butter or the penne alla vodka!

Luv4Disney
07-02-2007, 02:34 PM
We went back to MM this past May after a 2 year hiatus (not because of food or anything, but because we couldn't get the FDP for it). It was excellent. I had the artisan breads and spreads and DF had the mozzarella alla caprese appetizers. For dinner, I had a flatbread and DF had the Penna alla Vodka (he asked for it with chicken) and loved it. Since we we wanted to head to Fantasmic (no FDP), the waitress was kind enough to put our gelato into to go cups so we could take it with us. Everything was wonderful for us! :)

mariacj
08-08-2007, 07:10 PM
I was thinking the same thing about MM's. I think I will go to the Brown Derby as the Charatcers at Hollywood Vine are not for me. Unless they are ony there for lunch... I dont know. How long are the Characters there?

bigskyernurse
08-08-2007, 07:44 PM
we ate there in Jan 07 and it was one of our favorites! (and we ate at teppenyaki, ohanas, coral reef, whispering canyon, liberty tree tavern and others). I had the chick parm and loved it!! The cheesecake was my fav dessert of the trip. It is one of only a few we will repeat in Jan 08.

EpcotGuy
08-08-2007, 11:54 PM
It's not that it is so bad in my opinion.... it's just not that good. I'd actually rather just have a hot dog while watching fantasmic

jessyj1977
08-09-2007, 12:15 AM
We ate at MM on our trip in May. It was a very last minute lunch ADR while we were already in the park. I must say that we were presently surprised because we had such low expectations due to all of the post we have read. The food was good and the service was great. My advice would be to try it for yourself and see. What is the worst that could happen? If you don't like it then you know you should never go back. On the flip side you could love it and maybe you would have missed out due to the opinions of others.

disneykate28
08-11-2007, 05:20 PM
Just did the MM Fantasmic Package on Wednesday. I came into it with low expectations after reading the board but I was very pleasantly surprised! The service was a little slow but that worked to our advantage- we wanted to stay in the ac as long as possible to beat the heat! I had the woodgrilled chicken & thought it was delicious! DBF had the rigatoni with italian sausage & he liked it as well. I'll admit it- for me, this was a better meal than California Grill. The only restaurant besides CG that we didn't enjoy was Wolfgang Puck Cafe.

byoung
08-11-2007, 06:59 PM
We enjoy eating there.