View Full Version : Your top 5 recommendations - signature dining

04-17-2010, 07:37 AM
Planning our 10 year anniversary trip for May 2011. Plan to stay at the Yacht Club for 5 nights (Sunday arrival, Friday departure), and get 2 day MYW park tickets and really "do" Epcot, adult style, for 2 days. The other 2 days will be "whatever days"....DH wants to do Disney Quest, I want to lounge by the pool, resort hop, shop, etc.

We want to do the Delux Dining and really eat it up while there. So, I think I'll plan a signature dining for each evening. Looking for your top picks :)

04-17-2010, 01:57 PM
No one eats at signature places :confused3

04-17-2010, 03:23 PM
I don't know about a top 5 for us, but our all time favorite Signature restaurant is California Grill at CR. The view is spectacular and the food is amazing. And each time we have been there our servers have been top notch outstanding. For the last few years, it was a must do, until this past March when we decided to save the money and skip it. We are returning to WDW in September and my DH said that he didn't care where we ate on that trip just as long as we go to our beloved Cali Grill (so made ADRs for our arrival night). Also, another thing we love about Cali Grill is watching Wishes from up there. We never get an ADR around Wishes time, but rather we get the earliest seating possible (5:30pm) and then when we are done with dinner, we head down to the concourse level to do some shopping and wondering around the resort, or we have been known to hop on the monorail and just ride around. Then once Wishes is about to start head back up and watch (all you need inorder to get back up is your dinner receipt for that night, and they will let you back on the elevator).

The other Signature Restaurant that we have enjoyed in the past was Artist Point at WL. It is a gorgeous restaurant and they have some really unique dishes that are amazing. Good luck with your decision, and have a wonderful trip.

04-17-2010, 03:26 PM
We did the Deluxe Dining Plan last summer and LOVED it. We went to the HDD and Luau and recommend both. Then there's always the castle...:wizard:

04-17-2010, 03:39 PM
Thanks. I definately want to do Cali Grill and catch Wishes. Can't do the castle cause we aren't planning to go to MK (it's just DH and I for our anniversary trip and I would feel WAY too guilty to do MK without DD :guilty:).

Oooh. The luau is on my list too. We had a great time at the one at the Universal resort last summer and the food there was yummy!

04-17-2010, 04:30 PM
We're going to try Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge!

04-17-2010, 05:11 PM
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Cali Grill

I didnt like Citricos and Ive never tried any other Sig. Dining locations.

04-17-2010, 06:44 PM
another vote for Cali Grill, Yachtsman and Artist Point

04-17-2010, 06:47 PM
We are on DDXP this year and are going too..

Yachtsmen- love it here, have eaten here numerous times.Twice this time too!

Fly Fishing Cafe- have never been, very excited to try!

Artist Point- first time, hubby loves venision and bison

Hoopdedu- numersous times, kids love it

Narcosses- have been once and liked very much, dine during wishes.

Next time I would like to try Cali Grill. and Brown Derby

04-17-2010, 06:50 PM
1. Ohana- Polynesian Resort ( great food! )
2. Sci-Fi- Hollywood Studios ( best milkshakes and amazing atmosphere!)
3. Boma- Animal Kingdom Lodge ( great new and exotic foods and regualr foods to lol)

04-17-2010, 07:05 PM
Dinseymom we are practically neighbors!!

04-17-2010, 07:20 PM
not in any real order of prefrence

2)Artist Point
3)California Grill
4)Flying Fish

04-17-2010, 07:25 PM
Definitely Yachtsman. When I am there alone on business I will often eat at the bar. They have a brussels sprout appetizer that is really good, and I dont normally like them.

Shulas over at the Swan/Dolphin is nice too and you are right next door to it.

04-17-2010, 07:50 PM
We're trying Artist Point and Il Mulino (at the Swan) this trip.

04-17-2010, 08:09 PM
Number one by far is Flying Fish, after that in no particular order:

Cali Grill
Blue Zoo
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Artist Point

04-17-2010, 08:17 PM
Brown Derby
Flying Fish

04-17-2010, 08:29 PM
Jiko's has become one of our favorites. We also enjoyed Narcoossee's and Yachtsman's Steakhouse.

04-17-2010, 09:02 PM
Definitely Yachtsman Steakhouse and Jiko. We also really like Le Cellier in Epcot, although it's not considered signature. We are going to Cali Grill this June, and looking very forward to it. I hear all good things about Flying Fish on the BW too.

Happy anniversary and have a wonderful trip.

04-18-2010, 07:15 AM
Definitely Yachtsman. When I am there alone on business I will often eat at the bar. They have a brussels sprout appetizer that is really good, and I dont normally like them.

Shulas over at the Swan/Dolphin is nice too and you are right next door to it.

Does Shula's participate in the DDP?? DH would LOVE that :)

04-18-2010, 07:37 AM
Non of the resaurants at the Swan/Dolphin participate in the DxDDP.
We love Jiko. It is quieter than most WDW restaurants and the food is great. They have an excellent wine list as well.
We are not fans of Yachtsman Steakhouse and will not return. Each time we have gone we have been disappointed in our meal.

Cookie Princess
04-18-2010, 08:50 AM
In order, we enjoy:

CA Grill :lovestruc

04-18-2010, 09:53 AM
In no special order... we liked them all.

California Grill - great food and service... I like the sushi appetizers. The filet steak was great! Superb service. ADR at 5:30pm... enjoyed the sunset. Kind of noisy here.

Citrocos - great food and service. Quieter restaurant. Visiting the Grand Floridian lobby before/after dinner was nice too. Small orchestra playing music alternating with piano player. A few nice shops. Lots of nice floral arrangements.

Narcossees - food was very good. Service great. Food at Citrocos was a little more "fancy" in presentation.

Jiko - great food and service. I liked the gift shop in the lobby. Quieter, I'd say more romantic than the others.

Have not eaten at the other signatures yet. We are looking forward to trying Flying Fish and Hollywood Brown Derby, and definitely returning to California Grill, Citrocos and Narcoosees.

Hoop Dee Doo show (2 meal credits) was a lot of fun and you might enjoy that if you have never seen it. Kind of like the old Hee Haw show that was on TV years ago.

Spirit of Aloha was OK... the food menu was fixed but I thought it was good. We had front row seats, and I think a lot of the other seats had a very poor view.. the place just is not designed well for views. The fire juggler was the best part.... BUT, you can see the fire juggling in front of the Polynesian Resort as part of the welcome the night ceremony. It's 15 minutes of drumming and fire juggling in preparation for lighting the resort's tiki torches. When we were there in 2009, it was Tues through Sat. at 6pm. Then you could enjoy a nice meal at Ohana - Aloha style.

04-18-2010, 10:21 AM
We love California Grill, always had great food there and the view is fabulous. I can highly recommend the pork tenderloin with polenta, very very yummy. The food at Yachtsman has always been wonderful but the service had been poor for our last 2 visits. Last time they put us under an A/C outlet and it was freezing, they wouldn't or couldn't move us so we were stuck there :sad2:

Jiko was also very good and the AKL is worth a visit if you've never been. The staff were very friendly and the food was awesome, the fillet steak with mac and cheese was sooo good. I would also recommend Artist Point, it seems a bit of a hidden gem as it has always been quiet when we have been in August. Wilderness Lodge is also gorgeous to look around, we like to walk from Fort Wilderness to WL at dusk. The wildlife is starting to become active and we have seen all sorts of things including deer, armadillos and lizards and ofc the ever present bunnies.

We are trying flying fish and Narcoosee this time, looking forward to both.

04-18-2010, 10:28 AM
1. California Grill
2. Blue Zoo
3. Narcoosee's
4. Flying Fish
5. Fultons

04-18-2010, 10:47 AM
We just got back from our anniversary trip and had DxDP. Our favorites were Artist Point and Cali Grill. They both had awesome food and bent over backwards to help us have a great anniversary meal.

Yachtsman- the service was fine, but we were on day 3 of the DxDP and a big steak was just so overwhelming at that point. It's a lot like Morton's if you have them.

We also ate at Flying Fish. The service was great but I didn't care for the food- it just depends on your taste I think.

We did not get to Jiko because it was too much planning and time to get there, we ended up cancelling our ADR and going to Yachtsman since we were staying at the BC. I have a feeling we wouldn't have been crazy about the food wherever we ate that night anyway. Soooooo full!!!

We ate at Narcoossee's last year and the ambience was better than the food or service.

Happy anniversary and happy planning! One good thing about sigs is that, with the exception of Narcoossee's and Cali Grill, they really don't fill up. We changed two ressies the day of with no problems.

Silver Queen
04-18-2010, 10:56 AM
1. Flying Fish
2. Citrico's
3. Jiko
4. Bistro de Paris
5. Artist's Point