View Full Version : Kouzzina, Artist Point or Jiko?

03-22-2010, 10:02 PM
My dh and I usually get one dinner away from the kids while at WDW (by bringing our sitter) and we usually go to CG.

But this year I wanted to try something else and have narrowed it down to kouzzina, artist point and jiko.

My dh is kind of picky so please take that into consideration.

All opinions welcome ;)

03-22-2010, 10:40 PM
My hubby is picky too and we're trying Kouzzina this trip but it's kinda in spite of him not b/c of him :-) He's doing this 1 for me though cuz i really want to.
Now he's very excited about Artist Point. The buffalo sounds awesome and from what i understand it's quieter and more intimate than some other places.
Plus I told him that it reminds me of Forks and he's my Edward, so... :lmao:

that being said- we LOVE jiko. Just trying different stuff. The filet and mac and cheese is so delicious and different. mmmm

03-22-2010, 10:42 PM
Definitely JIKO!! As previous post said, the filet and m&c is great. Really ALL of it is great! Can't wait to go back!

03-22-2010, 11:11 PM
Jiko is awesome!:cheer2: It would be our pick! the atmosphere is also very nice! We love AKL!:banana:

03-23-2010, 06:52 AM
Good for you for wanting to try something new.

Jiko is my favorite place at WDW. AP is also very, very good. Kouzzina is nice enough, but not really in the same class as Jiko or AP.

03-23-2010, 08:32 AM
Jiko would be our pick.

We liked Kouzzina a lot, but the food is greek style and probably not the right choice for a picky eater.

We are passing on Artist Point these days. The cedar plank salmon is still excellent (although seriously overpriced unless one is on the dining plan). The mushroom soup is good. We didn't care for the buffalo steak at all. And, due to the DDP, the choices desserts are down to a couple of wholly uninspiring choices for $10 each!

03-23-2010, 09:49 AM
We love Artist Point. We have not done Kouzzina, but we would definitely pick Artist Point over Jiko.

DVC Grammy
03-23-2010, 09:54 AM
Another Jiko fan here! The food and service are wonderful, and as a bonus, you can view the animals on the savanna either before or after dinner (or even both times :goodvibes). :thumbsup2

03-23-2010, 10:18 AM
Well, you have probably alreay checked the menus but of the 3, I'd go with Jiko. Haven't been to Cat Cora's place yet and the menu dosen't excite me. As ElizabethB suggests, Artist Point isn't that great. We haven't been there in 5 years...

03-23-2010, 03:03 PM
I certainly wouldn't recommend Kouzina for a picky eater.

Jiko is great, though, one of our favorite places. The filet & mac is very benign and not weird at all - it is steak & mac, but both are very, very good. If you like apps then the BBQ chicken flatbread is really not that weird. Good desserts, too.

I would like to try Artist's Point at some time, though. Haven't made it there yet.

03-23-2010, 03:35 PM
Another vote for Jiko.

03-23-2010, 05:16 PM
Thanks for all of the input. Although my dh might not be happy initially with my choice, we are going to try Jiko. I looked at the menu and there are a few things that he would eat. And I have wanted to try it for a while now.

I was worried that I wouldn't get a ressie at this late date, but there were a bunch of later times open.

Thanks everyone!! :thumbsup2

03-23-2010, 09:22 PM
Definitely Jiko. Kouzzina is ok, but for a night out for just the two of you, Jiko is much better. In my experience, Artist Point is hit or miss (last month our experience there was just average). We've never had a bad meal or service at Jiko. Enjoy!

03-24-2010, 12:25 AM
Kouzzina was awful, so I wouldn't recommend going there.

I would say Jiko, I had an amazing meal there, but there aren't many options for a picky eater. But maybe you can convince DH to expand his horizons. It will be worth it for you, at least. :rotfl:

I've never been to AP, but they have more 'familiar' menu items there.

03-24-2010, 06:25 AM
Oj Jiko sounds lovely - is that a signature meal?

03-24-2010, 09:37 AM
Oj Jiko sounds lovely - is that a signature meal?

Yes it is a signature meal. I am now excited about it. I think that there a quite a few things that dh will eat on there and I don't think that he has ever been to AK to I would him to see it.

We are already eating as a family at WCC so we will see WL already.

Hopefully it will be fun :thumbsup2

E&K's Dad
03-24-2010, 11:07 AM
Jiko. . .beyond the food being great the atmosphere as well. It had the lowest noise level of anywhere we have eaten in WDW. We found it had the least amount of children as well so it was a great place to get my wife's mind off of the fact that we left the kids at home! :woohoo:

03-24-2010, 12:15 PM
Mmmmm Jiko. I get the maize crusted fish (last time was wreckfish) and get the mac n cheese instead of the veggies. The sauce is good on the mac and cheese too :worship: (Last time I got WAYYY to much mac n cheese and the server commented that I must know the chef or something). Last time we went here we were staying at the resort so the chef sent us a special amuse bouche and it was tasty too!

Artist Point is also DELICIOUS! I do not eat beef or pork (and also no venison, bison, etc... basically no land animals - just fish and birds) and I loved it. I got the mushroom soup for app which was delicious. And then I got the cedar plank roasted Salmon. I am not usually a salmon person but this was delicious! And they plated it tableside (brought it out on the plank and put it on my plate) so that was nice.

Kouzzina we have done breakfast at once (and did breakfast at Spoodles once) and we didn't love it. It's ok and it's pretty inside but the food wasn't our style. That's why we def haven't done dinner or lunch here.

03-24-2010, 12:31 PM

03-24-2010, 01:53 PM
Just back from a week at the Poly, we ate dinner at Artist Point Saturday night and agreed best meal/experience of the trip -- which included a dinner at Cali Grill as well.

DW had the mushroom soup and salmon, I had the soup and berkshire pork.

Also had DD9 and DS 4 along -- they did a special half portion filet mignon for the 9 year old and our son is allergic to eggs and he had the adult macoroni and cheese (a side order on the adult meni) which was incredibly good. Chef came out and talked about the egg allergy, we decided on the mac and cheese, and he offered the filt to out daughter. Special dessert for allergy boy too -- sorbet.

Service (from Stephanie) was great - personable, efficient, fun.

Wines from the Pacific quite good too

personalized menus for our anniversary.

Quieter than most restaurants, nice room

We would go again in a heartbeat.

Seems you are sold on Jiko but just throwing my two cents in. Enjoy!

Ron from Michigan
03-25-2010, 12:02 PM
Jiko would be my choice. We dined at Kouzzina in December and really enjoyed it. We have dined at Artist Point several times in the past and always been disapointed.

03-25-2010, 01:33 PM
We love Kouzzina! They have a great feature smoothie (can't recall the name), that is a berry flavor, and is very good! Desserts are all great...I LOVE the chocolate cake (again, can't recall the name!). You put your fork in, and fudge comes flowing out! It is very rich and very good, and I really do not want to think about the calories in it! I have had the lamb shank this past time and the lambburger our first time. I preferred the lambburger with the sweet potato fries! It tastes like someone took a gyro wrap and made it into a patty (it has the feta and kalamata olives cooked into it) and added the gyro sauce on it. It was one of the cheaper items on the menu ($16), but was SO good! My husband had the whole fish. It really is a whole fish...head, bones, and all. It had mediterranean spices and feta cooked right in. It was a lot of work deboning it and taking off the head, etc. I prefer my food ready to go when it is served, so I am glad I didn't get it myself. Last time my husband had the Fisherman's Stew. It was fabulous...I definitely recommend it! I would suggest looking over the menus for each restaurant and see which would best suit your DH. My being picky may be his favorite. :goodvibes :wizard:

03-25-2010, 01:42 PM
We have eaten at both Artist Point and Jiko. If I had to pick one it would be Artist Point hands down. The food was amazing, the atmosphere very relaxing and the service was excellent!