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choirchic
05-30-2009, 11:52 PM
If you had 2TS credits to trade, and wanted to try a Signature Dining Experience, which would it be and why?
(Just getting Ideas for our Free Dining Trip in September so I can plan our ADR's) :thumbsup2

maddiesmom0116
05-31-2009, 01:11 AM
Narcoossee is awesome- Do the surf and turf!

DisneyGal93
05-31-2009, 01:43 AM
Definantly California Grill, the view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks alone is worth it, not to mention the food is to die for.

The Brown Derby is a close second, but the atmosphere just isn't the same :)

thepwa
05-31-2009, 06:12 AM
Definantly California Grill, the view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks alone is worth it, not to mention the food is to die for.

Right on!

OKW Lover
05-31-2009, 07:28 AM
Tough choice. I'd list our favorites (in order) as:
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Narcoossee's
Artist Point
Citrico's
Jiko
Flying Fish
California Grill (rated solely on the food, not the view).

TomD
05-31-2009, 07:44 AM
We had the same problem and chose Yachtsman Steakhouse for our trip in August :)

Cookie Princess
05-31-2009, 07:52 AM
Our votes:

1. CA Grill:banana:
2. Jiko

Colleen27
05-31-2009, 07:58 AM
Like most things, it depends on what matters most to you. We've tried California Grill, Artist Point, Yachtsman, and Narcoosees so far. On food alone I'd pick Artist Point as my favorite, but if I could only schedule one signature meal, I'd choose California Grill or Narcoosees for the combination of great food and uniquely Disney atmosphere/view.

VegasMike21
05-31-2009, 08:01 AM
Cali Grill, Jiko, Yachtsman

shellybaxter
05-31-2009, 08:59 AM
Jiko - no question - it is our only "must do" in WDW

MickeyNicki
05-31-2009, 09:14 AM
Cali Grill! I have read great things about it and the view looks incredible.

We have been to Jiko (amazing food), Flying Fish (again fantastic food but loud ambiance) and Yachtsman (just eh food) but Cali Grill is the one that I have always wanted to try

lilonstitch12008
05-31-2009, 09:22 AM
I've been to Disney quite a bit recently. We try to find something new each time we go. I got married there last year and our reception was at the Cali Grill. We had been there once before we got married to try it out and once after just because. We have enjoyed it each time. The view is great, if you go at the right time, and they also allow you to come back to see the Wishes show if you had your dinner/lunch already. It is a nice view, but the food is first foremost. The Goat Cheese Raviolis are to die for!

During our last trip back in January, we went to Citrico's on a whim. We hadn't really thought about going here, but we thought we'd try it. We were actually trying to make ressie's at 1900 Park Fare for dinner, but we weren't able to. So the dining lady made that suggestion. We are so glad that we went there, and we would definately go back (if we could afford it. For the 2 of us it cost about $150 and that was with the Tables of Wonderland discount card and no alcoholic beverages) We were there for our anniversary, so I did get the $50 steak, we also got appetizers and dessert. So this was quite a splurge for us! But needless to say, we enjoyed our meal, the service and the atmosphere. I found it comparable to The Cali Grill, but my husband enjoyed Citrico's much better!

Robert P
05-31-2009, 09:26 AM
Artist Point
Flying Fish
California Grill
Yachtsman Steakhouse

choirchic
05-31-2009, 10:10 AM
So many of you have suggested the California Grill, but I hear it's a little crazy during the fireworks, and that can ruin the atmosphere...? Is this true?

I'm leaning toward Jiko because we've never seen the Animal Kingdom Lodge (and highly doubt we'd ever be able to afford to stay there :lmao: )
I hear it's nice to get there and grab a drink, then go watch the animals as you wait for your reservation. :idea:

Oh so many choices... popcorn::

oybolshoi
05-31-2009, 10:33 AM
So many of you have suggested the California Grill, but I hear it's a little crazy during the fireworks, and that can ruin the atmosphere...? Is this true?

In our opinion and experience that is exactly true. We think the food and service have begun to suffer somewhat from this mania to "dine" at CA Grill for the view. We may be in the minority but we choose restaurants primarily based on the quality and variety of the cuisine. We've never had a bad meal at CA Grill, so I don't want you to think the food is terrible, but I think that there are better places to try with better food and ambience.

I'm leaning toward Jiko because we've never seen the Animal Kingdom Lodge (and highly doubt we'd ever be able to afford to stay there :lmao: ) I hear it's nice to get there and grab a drink, then go watch the animals as you wait for your reservation. :idea:

Oh so many choices... popcorn::

Jiko is very good. The bar can get very crowded, though, and to see any animals at that location you would need to go outside the hotel and wander a bit ... I'm not sure how good the view is from Victoria Falls, either ... anyone here know?

We're also quite fond of Flying Fish and Citricos ... Flying Fish serves some of the best seafood on property outside of Bluezoo. And Citricos was just plain incredible when we dined there last October. :goodvibes

ntsammy5
05-31-2009, 10:42 AM
Our votes:

1. CA Grill:banana:
2. Jiko

I agree. The view from CG is awesome and Jiko is probably the best signature at WDW IMO.

madalex
05-31-2009, 10:51 AM
So many of you have suggested the California Grill, but I hear it's a little crazy during the fireworks, and that can ruin the atmosphere...? Is this true?

Yes, definitely. If you are looking for a quiet, intimate dining experience, CG is not the place to go.

I've been to virtually all the signature restaurants many times and my favorites are Jiko, Citricos, Flying Fish (also can be kind of loud), Artist Point and Il Mulino.

kbmaggs
05-31-2009, 11:10 AM
I am a fan of Citricos..... wonderful food, great service, and a bit quieter, more adult atmosphere.:thumbsup2

choirchic
05-31-2009, 05:20 PM
I've been to virtually all the signature restaurants many times and my favorites are Jiko, Citricos, Flying Fish (also can be kind of loud), Artist Point and Il Mulino.

This is the first time I'm hearing of Il Mulino...where is it? Is it on the Dining Plan?

Thanks everyone for these suggestions! So many great places to try!
We can't wait! :banana:

oybolshoi
05-31-2009, 05:25 PM
This is the first time I'm hearing of Il Mulino...where is it? Is it on the Dining Plan?

Thanks everyone for these suggestions! So many great places to try!
We can't wait! :banana:

Il Mulino is an Italian restaurant at the Dolphin - they don't accept the dining plan so I assume that knocks them off your list.

ntsammy5
05-31-2009, 05:28 PM
This is the first time I'm hearing of Il Mulino...where is it? Is it on the Dining Plan?


Swolphin - it's not on the Dining Plan - I've never eaten there because I'm not a big Italian fan, but as long as we're including this - how about Shulas? It's not on DDP either but I thik it is the best steak house in all of WDW

Robert P
05-31-2009, 06:58 PM
Il Mulino is located at the Swan. If we pull in Shula's to the conversation, we need to add BlueZoo as well, for 'off DDP deliciousness' discussion.

oybolshoi
05-31-2009, 07:01 PM
Il Mulino is located at the Swan. If we pull in Shula's to the conversation, we need to add BlueZoo as well, for 'off DDP deliciousness' discussion.

ooops ... my bad ... thought they were at the Dolphin. Meh ... swan ... dolphin ... swolphin ... it's all the same. ;)

and yes ... bluezoo must be considered for non-DDP scrumptiousness but I thought the OP was looking for DDP signatures only.

Robert P
05-31-2009, 08:13 PM
as "did I, yet here we are"

(and yes, its a paraphrase from a Simpsons episode)

oybolshoi
05-31-2009, 08:23 PM
as "did I, yet here we are"

(and yes, its a paraphrase from a Simpsons episode)

do you think Homer would give Bluezoo eight thumbs up? :lmao:

ROEDISNEY
05-31-2009, 08:27 PM
Cali Grill
Citrico's
Narcoossee's

uncspin
05-31-2009, 08:28 PM
We would say California Grill. Reasons: DH loves the Contemporary; menu is great; atmosphere is pretty good (minus a few crying kids occassionally)

emmabemmainc
06-01-2009, 08:38 AM
I've been to Jiko, CG and Narcoossee's--I liked them all. Food alone-Jiko. However, I'd probably pick Narcoossees--the setting was beautiful and the food was good, too.

Robert P
06-01-2009, 08:52 AM
do you think Homer would give Bluezoo eight thumbs up? :lmao:

Probably. I'm sure it would the 'Coach's Lock.........' of the week. A sure fire winner.

irunnoft
06-01-2009, 09:02 AM
Definantly California Grill, the view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks alone is worth it, not to mention the food is to die for.

The Brown Derby is a close second, but the atmosphere just isn't the same :)

I totally agree with this!!! Two thumbs up!!! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

JMD
06-01-2009, 10:07 AM
Swolphin - it's not on the Dining Plan - I've never eaten there because I'm not a big Italian fan, but as long as we're including this - how about Shulas? It's not on DDP either but I thik it is the best steak house in all of WDW


LOL at Swolphin. Never heard that before. :lmao:

choirchic
06-01-2009, 08:29 PM
bluezoo must be considered for non-DDP scrumptiousness but I thought the OP was looking for DDP signatures only.

SWOLPHIN! LOVE IT! :rotfl:
We're staying on property this trip, but I'd venture off the beaten path if it were worth it...keep the suggestions coming! :thumbsup2

PatriciaH
06-02-2009, 04:28 PM
I found it comparable to The Cali Grill, but my husband enjoyed Citrico's much better!

Yes, our friends were down from NJ last week and Citrico's blew every other restaurant right out of the water. They spend a lot on food and wine. Narccoosse's the food was good but the waitress was surly. California Grill 3 of the meals had to be sent back and taken off the bill they were so bad (new crusted fish dish.) The soup was also awful and salty (not eaten.) Server was awesome. $600+ bill too. Artist Point we spent $300+ for the table and the waiter acted like he was on drugs (sad.) The soup was great, scallops and muscles were good, boar OK venison potstickers were awful. Our meals in Celebration (Town Tavern and Columbia) were also MUCH better and cheaper than Disney. Citrico's the food was awesome, service awesome and the chef awesome!

Pakey
06-02-2009, 06:04 PM
If we are counting non-dining plan, my order is V&A, Bistro, bluezoo, Flying Fish, Citricos, Jiko, Il Mulino, CG, Brown Derby, Yachtsman, Artist Point, Narcoosees. I've never dined at Shula's.

Red=not on dining plan. The order sometimes changes except for the top 4, those stay consistent.

tnd
06-02-2009, 07:20 PM
We had the deluxe dining plan in January and we did CA Grill, Jiko and Narcoossee. When we go back in August, CA Grill is our only must do again. Jiko was good but not amazing but we found the location a little inconvenient without a car (ended up taking taxis), but I wasn't impressed by Narcoossee at all.

We loved CA Grill, the food was great, as was the service. We also loved the fireworks. Can't say enough good things about it.

choirchic
06-02-2009, 10:24 PM
If we are counting non-dining plan, my order is V&A, Bistro, bluezoo, Flying Fish, Citricos, Jiko, Il Mulino, CG, Brown Derby, Yachtsman, Artist Point, Narcoosees. I've never dined at Shula's.

Red=not on dining plan. The order sometimes changes except for the top 4, those stay consistent.

Wow Pakey...thanks! :worship:

Disnsyncey
06-02-2009, 11:09 PM
another vote for Jiko :-D