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Get me to Disney!
05-30-2009, 04:48 PM
It reads awesome!! I was going to do Boma because it would enable us to go to the Animal Kingdom Lodge which we will never be able to afford. But, reading about Ohana - maybe that should replace Boma??????? Decisions, decisions.

Pooh's-Honey-Pot
05-30-2009, 04:57 PM
We went for the first time a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed the food (but then we really enjoy Boma as well so I wouldn't know how to choose between them!). Keep an eye on my new foor report in my signature as I will be getting the photo's on shortly!

WAHMto5
05-30-2009, 06:15 PM
This is a MUST every trip. Everyone in the family really enjoys the food and the kids enjoy the activities.

lady_hlh
05-30-2009, 08:49 PM
My DD loved the activities that they did with the kids but my DH and I weren't impressed by the food. My DH is a huge meat eater and not very fussy but even he said that he thought the skewers were tough and told me to never book it again. I know other people love this place but I can't see booking it again unless maybe we were staying at the Poly. We are trying Boma for the first time this year because we are staying at AKL.

vettegirl
05-30-2009, 08:51 PM
We ate there a few weeks ago and it was incredible. All most too much food. The shrimp were soooo good and the dessert lived up to it's reputation as one of the best on property. What was really neat was when they turn down the lights when Wishes started and had the music playing, a truly magical moment.

Wilsonfamily4
05-30-2009, 08:58 PM
It is our favorite restaurant. I love their salad. :) They have such great food and fun for the family. It is a must every trip. BUT we tried Boma last trip and I really enjoyed getting to see the Animal Kingdom Lodge! The food was also good and now it will also go onto our list for every trip. So I don't think you will go wrong with either. they are very different from each other.

penjen
05-30-2009, 10:37 PM
I love the peanut sauce! I ate the whole bowl of broccoli with it drizzled on and dipped the shrimp in the sauce! Is it August yet?? :cloud9:
It is low cal right?

MelanieC
05-30-2009, 11:21 PM
Boma is my favorite, but Ohana is probably my second. I'd replace something else before replacing Boma - but I would definately do both:)

tami82
05-31-2009, 08:48 AM
Do you get all you can eat grilled shrimp?

jimmytammy
05-31-2009, 09:35 AM
Do you get all you can eat grilled shrimp?

Yes!!

We love Ohana!

It is a must do every trip for us. We have had a couple meals there that were so-so, but most times it has been very good. The last two times have been exceptionally good. The meats were all very tasty.

My suggestion, go as early as possible. Food seems better then than later:confused3

PrincessTiffany
05-31-2009, 02:00 PM
Do you get all you can eat grilled shrimp?
It's all you can eat everything! This is mine and my DH's favorite restaurant at WDW. The food is incredible and I love the atmosphere. Our kids also really love this restaurant. They have hula lessons and games for the kids. It's a must for us on every trip.

GinaGrumpyDwarf
05-31-2009, 02:04 PM
We've never done Ohana but DH says it's MUST this trip, but we've done BOMA. I guess i'm in the minority when i say...EW :scared1: I honestly dont like BOMA at all and we just bought DVC at Kidiani..lol. Yeah, no eating in the resort i guess, that's ok..less calories to take in...:laughing:

Crystal_27
05-31-2009, 03:52 PM
We were disappointed with our meal at Ohana. The food was decent, but we had huge server problems and, given that the servers are who bring you additional food, we had problems getting additional servings of food. Also, we had a fairly early ADR and our meal still took an hour and a half (waiting for our check took 20 minutes). We much prefer Kona to Ohana, but good luck with whatever you decide! :goodvibes

kimbo0569
05-31-2009, 03:55 PM
Dh and I discovered Ohana on our honeymoon 10 years ago and it has become our "MUST DO" every time we go to Disney World! We've never left there disappointed, EVER! Even our daughters enjoyed it the last time we went!

disneylove69
05-31-2009, 04:52 PM
We loved it so much we went twice in one week. LOOOTTTT's of good food. Both are a different experience so I would suggest doing both if you can.

magickingdom
05-31-2009, 05:20 PM
We had our wedding rehearsal dinner at Ohana's, WE LOVE IT!!! I even found some of the recipes for the food served there (combined with some of the recipes from the poly luau) and make it for my family here. We can't go long without it !!!! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

ChloroFiend
05-31-2009, 05:42 PM
My wife and I tried 'Ohana for the first time on our honeymoon last week and LOVE it. It may very well turn into an every-trip thing.

magickingdom-

please share the recipes!

blum74
05-31-2009, 05:50 PM
I would suggest O'hana over Boma. And I'd rather walk around the Polynesian after dinner and see the water parade and fireworks than walk around AKL.

I think I'm about the only person who did not care for Boma.

I love the Polynesian and O'hana is a good fun dinner.

MissionMouse
05-31-2009, 09:59 PM
Ohana has a strong following, even on this site. I would not there is a very accurate review within the roundtable archives regarding Ohana.

This is another over hyped restaurant and many people have a good time here. If you had asked me about a decade ago I would say it was a good restaurant,today it is one not on our list. I believe the dining plan and first time guest make this place still a very busy place. Its also been prone to non-polynesian menu changes over recent years...some of which still remain on the menu. Many people visit here for the theme and the ability to eat all you care to eat or shall we say in some cases.. as much as they serve you. Like most tourist traps they offer non-food gimmicks like the kid activities while others obsess in getting a window seat to watch Wishes. You should also be aware that your dining location is important in defining your dining experience too. If you have been here before I would recommend telling them you have never been there before and do not accept a table in the area behind the grill close to the lounge (bar).


Service is consistently inconsistent depending on your servers attitude and ability. There are also server assistants who consistently bring out side dishes to your table who tend to throw or drop dishes on your table and leave without a word. Servers totally disappearing is frequent and when in view may normally be observed catering to first time guest identified with all the extra treatment and information.

Food preparation is also inconsistent with many meats served overcooked (tough), while shortages of specific meat items (beef) during meals is common to a point it should make you think it is a Disney cost control measure. I would also note the shrimp served here is rock shrimp.

Camamile
05-31-2009, 10:32 PM
Missionmouse makes some good points. At 'Ohana we had mostly great food but lousy service. The food and fun for the kids (and adults) made up for what lacked in service. At Boma, the food was interesting and the service amazing. You really cannot miss if you choose either of these restaurants. Can you fit them both in?!?

kar0066
05-31-2009, 10:32 PM
I went to both places last December - I enjoyed Boma more. :thumbsup2

disprincess2002
05-31-2009, 10:57 PM
OHANA!OHANA!OHANA!OHANA!OHANA!OHANA!
chant with me now!!:worship:

PrincessBelle39
06-01-2009, 03:08 AM
We did both of them last trip and loved both. This time we are planning on just Boma as we are staying at AKL and want to try a few new restaurants. But I'd love to try and squeeze in Ohana somewhere.

PrincessTiffany
06-01-2009, 10:03 AM
Ohana has a strong following, even on this site. I would not there is a very accurate review within the roundtable archives regarding Ohana.

This is another over hyped restaurant and many people have a good time here. If you had asked me about a decade ago I would say it was a good restaurant,today it is one not on our list. I believe the dining plan and first time guest make this place still a very busy place. Its also been prone to non-polynesian menu changes over recent years...some of which still remain on the menu. Many people visit here for the theme and the ability to eat all you care to eat or shall we say in some cases.. as much as they serve you. Like most tourist traps they offer non-food gimmicks like the kid activities while others obsess in getting a window seat to watch Wishes. You should also be aware that your dining location is important in defining your dining experience too. If you have been here before I would recommend telling them you have never been there before and do not accept a table in the area behind the grill close to the lounge (bar).


Service is consistently inconsistent depending on your servers attitude and ability. There are also server assistants who consistently bring out side dishes to your table who tend to throw or drop dishes on your table and leave without a word. Servers totally disappearing is frequent and when in view may normally be observed catering to first time guest identified with all the extra treatment and information.

Food preparation is also inconsistent with many meats served overcooked (tough), while shortages of specific meat items (beef) during meals is common to a point it should make you think it is a Disney cost control measure. I would also note the shrimp served here is rock shrimp.
I always appreciate an honest review and while your review was honest in regards to the fact that you do not like O'Hana and do not like the food or the service, it was quite condesending to the people who do enjoy it. We've eaten at O'Hana 5 times since 2004 and we've always had good food and good service, as apparently the other 90% of people on this board. I'm sure that any restaurant can have an "off" night in regard to food or service, but you seem to be suggesting that all of us that continue to go to O'Hana are just a bunch of mindless drones that don't know what good food or good service is and are just going because of the hype. Of course, what do I know, I'm just some tourist that falls for "gimmicks" like hula lessons and coconut races for my kids at a family-themed restaurant. All this time I thought those were enjoyable fun activites for my family, now I know they are just a ruse to cover up the horrible food and service that I'm too ignorant to notice for myself.

scotas
06-01-2009, 10:14 AM
One person mentioned the food was better earlier, maybe that is right. We went last September, 9:30 pm. We were served cold wings, raw turkey, burnt shrimp, we did not have dipping sauces. We had a nearly impossible time trying to get extra bread. No refills for drinks, well maybe you can get them if you get to see your server more than once. Ours dropped off the first round of drinks and came back later with the bill. All the food was dropped off by other random CMs. When we asked them for drinks we were told our server would be right over, and she never came until we were done. Oh and we asked for beef done medium instead of rare and it arrived after dessert.

Maybe it was just the time of day, but the place was still pretty busy. Its not like they were shutting down around us or anything.

Dreamfinder2
06-01-2009, 10:24 AM
Here's my recent take on 'Ohana - we've been going there for years, and this is from a couple of weeks ago. Post #9, and I have some words on Boma, too.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2184481

PatsMom
06-01-2009, 10:38 AM
I know that my family is in the minority here but Ohana is on our list of restaurants that we will probably not return to. DD kind of liked the turkey. I was very much looking forward to the shrimp and found them very disappointing. The steak was just so-so - very overcooked and dry. The dipping sauces didn't help - the flavor of the shrimp was so strong already that I can't imagine wanting to add to it. And they were extremely messy and our server was no where to be found when I wanted extra napkins.

The noodles might have been good if they hadn't been cold. DD and DH liked the bread but again we could not locate our server to ask for more.

We left not really understanding what all the fuss was about. The kids did seem to have fun with the ukelele lady and dancing. If I had a young child I might go back for that.

Not the worst meal I've ever had but certainly not something I'd go out of my way to get to again.

Corwin
06-01-2009, 11:16 AM
We went on our last trip--we had very late reservations (9:20 p.m.) because of the restaurant's popularity, so right off the bat, our 10-year old son was tired and cranky.

As far as the food was concerned, it was the only meal at WDW that we disliked. The meat was overcooked, completely dried out, and tasted like lighter fluid. The wonton chips tasted like they came out of a snack-food bag. The bread pudding was good, though.

In any event, we're not going back on our next trip.