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monte
09-10-2007, 03:32 PM
Which restaurant do you prefer and why? Thanks.

monte
09-10-2007, 04:04 PM
Anyone?

madalex
09-10-2007, 04:09 PM
They are both great, but I prefer FF. I like the food and the ambience just a little better than at CG. I also like the fact that people at FF don't linger over their meals for an hour or more just so they can see some fireworks.

webray
09-10-2007, 05:54 PM
We used to say FF without a doubt..but our last few visits to CG have been outstanding..so either these days for us would be an outstanding choice.

Just would depend where we are and what we are doing..as to where we would eat at.

refillable mug
09-10-2007, 07:10 PM
California Grill. I really think the FF is over rated considering the cost.

If you have a car I'd consider going offsight. Resturant row on Sand Lake Road has some great venues.

Robert P
09-10-2007, 07:14 PM
Either CG or FF would be a great choice, but I would pick FF.

ehagerty
09-10-2007, 07:49 PM
...for what it is worth, here are some pictures and other people's comments about the California Grill

Click here for pictures of the California Grill (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1331459)

TigerKat
09-10-2007, 08:13 PM
That's really a very tough choice, the food is excellent at both. I'd check out the menus and see what looks the best to you! You'll be happy with either one.:thumbsup2

Peter Pirate 2
09-10-2007, 09:17 PM
California Grill. I really think the FF is over rated considering the cost.

If you have a car I'd consider going offsight. Resturant row on Sand Lake Road has some great venues.

(Especially) given the reviews on this thread thus far I REALLY think you should cite some examples of why FF is "overated" aside from cost (which is on an equal par with all the other WDW Signature restaurants).:confused3

IMO, FF has been far and away the best restaurant over the years. We had some problems after Chef Jens left (a couple of years ago) but they have rebounded.:thumbsup2

Restauant row does have nice choices (Ruths' Chris and Capital Grill to name a couple) but oh the traffic!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Ruths' Chris but that congestion isn't worth it.:scared1:
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Tinkerbelll
09-10-2007, 10:11 PM
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Ruths' Chris but that congestion isn't worth it.:scared1:
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OMG! I LOVE Ruths' too! I've never been served a bad steak there! And the Mississippi Mud Pie.... :cloud9: :cloud9: :cloud9:.

TO the OP -- I've never been to FF, as DBF isn't a seafood lover. But CG is fantastic. I've never had a bad meal and the service is outstanding. And if you end up doing FF, you should go up to CG anyway. If they are not over crowded, you can ask at the check in desk if you can go upstairs for a drink. We have done this many times and we order some sushi and a glass of wine at the bar. It's a way to eat some of their great food and take in the atmosphere without sitting for another full meal (or paying the price for one ;) ).


Have fun!

disneyfav4ever
09-11-2007, 07:39 AM
I can let you know in a month. :goodvibes

monte
09-11-2007, 08:47 AM
Thanks for the help...I'm really torn about choosing. I'm leaning towards the Flying Fish because I love the excitement of the Boardwalk. Decisions, decisions...what to do?:goodvibes

salmoneous
09-11-2007, 10:27 AM
CG by a wide margin. FF is a good restaurant. CG is a magical experience.

monte
09-11-2007, 04:02 PM
From reading the menues it looks like FF has more seafood offerings than CG? This is a hard decision...maybe I'll do both. lol;)

MinnieGirl33
09-11-2007, 05:33 PM
Can't coment on FF as we have never been but we just had an outstanding experience all around at CG on 8/25.

dnbent
09-11-2007, 09:50 PM
Absolutely no question here. California Grill all the way. Food, view and service. The best.

Celtics33
09-11-2007, 11:27 PM
I have never eaten at FF, but have dined at CG 5 times. So far each experience has been a 10 on a scale of 1 -10. It is by far by favorite restaurant at WDW and only Napa Rose at DL comes close.

odd1
09-12-2007, 05:31 AM
It's interesting to see the variety of opinions on this thread.

For me, FF is the winner, hands down. The food is unbelievable. I'm a foodie, and I'd have to say that two of the best meals I've ever had in my LIFE were at FF. Service is going to vary by server at either restaurant, obviously, but the service at FF is impecable.

I'm not so impressed with CG. Yes, the view's fantastic, and watching Wishes from the top of the Contemporary is magical. But the food and service, imo, was only good. In fact, I'd have to put the service down as fair. As I said earlier, service will vary by server and by night, so I don't assume it's that way all the time, but on our last visit we waited 20 minutes for water. We saw our server maybe 5 times throughout the evening -- she wasn't available to check on us, to refill drinks, etc. The entrees were good, but not exceptional (I don't remember what we ordered), and the dessert selection was abysmal. And disappointing when we got what we ordered.

I don't even have to think about it -- FF is a must-do, and CG is probably never going to happen again.

monte
09-12-2007, 10:27 AM
Wow, I'm getting a wide margin of tastes and opinions....this is the hardest meal decision that I've ever made.lol. Keep them coming and I'll tally them up at the end and see who wins....I may end up eating at both restaurants. How are they set up for solo diners? I really don't want to sit at the bar and eat, so I'm wondering how each restaurant seat solo diners?:confused:



Can't coment on FF as we have never been but we just had an outstanding experience all around at CG on 8/25.

psupple
09-12-2007, 11:16 AM
It's interesting to see the variety of opinions on this thread.

For me, FF is the winner, hands down. The food is unbelievable. I'm a foodie, and I'd have to say that two of the best meals I've ever had in my LIFE were at FF. Service is going to vary by server at either restaurant, obviously, but the service at FF is impecable.

I'm not so impressed with CG. Yes, the view's fantastic, and watching Wishes from the top of the Contemporary is magical. But the food and service, imo, was only good. In fact, I'd have to put the service down as fair. As I said earlier, service will vary by server and by night, so I don't assume it's that way all the time, but on our last visit we waited 20 minutes for water. We saw our server maybe 5 times throughout the evening -- she wasn't available to check on us, to refill drinks, etc. The entrees were good, but not exceptional (I don't remember what we ordered), and the dessert selection was abysmal. And disappointing when we got what we ordered.

I don't even have to think about it -- FF is a must-do, and CG is probably never going to happen again.

I totally agree, don't need to add any further comments!

TiggerAlli
09-12-2007, 12:45 PM
If you can I'd say do both. If you can't do both then I would definitely go with CG.

My experiences at CG have FAR outweighed those at FF. My food at FF has never been anything but okay :confused3 while I've had many wonderful dishes at CG. Likewise the service at FF has been mostly okay but never outstanding. While I can't say the service at CG has always been outstanding it has hit the mark much more often. :)

I do have to admit the noise & confusion level at CG can be overwhelming :eek: around the times of the fireworks but I've not really found FF to be a quiet dining experience either! ;)

I would also classify my husband & I as 'foodies' if that makes a difference to your decision.

MissionMouse
09-12-2007, 01:02 PM
Wow, I'm getting a wide margin of tastes and opinions... Keep them coming and I'll tally them up at the end and see who wins....I may end up eating at both restaurants...I'm wondering how each restaurant seat solo diners?There are always tables for two, but if you walk-in without ADR and their busy...if you are lucky..the bar/counter area may be all that is available.

Counting opinions is not really going to help you. I would recommend that you eat at both, if you have the abilty to eat at both. We have eaten at both and their both good choices, but if you desire the Disney touch, then you should consider California Grill.

Ron from Michigan
10-02-2007, 11:03 AM
I would have to pick California Grill.

Doc Goofy
10-02-2007, 06:43 PM
I've been to FF twice - most recently in February - and CG once (a number of years ago). I liked the food and atmosphere at FF enough to go back, BUT I'll make some observations here: It felt loud, hectic, and crowded the last time I went. The server was almost surly. Food was good, not excellent.

When we return to WDW in December, we'll revisit CG as I recall it to be elegant and relaxing with excellent food... I think I've gotten my fill of FF for awhile.