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The Princess
04-20-2010, 09:25 PM
Any thoughts on this restaurant?

mkymouse4ever
04-20-2010, 09:34 PM
Its a very pretty resturant. Elegant room, table cloths etc.. . Good service. Nice views from windows. Pretty normal fare. Good food. They do try to change things as requested too. I wanted a rib eye instead of NY strip, but wanted the ny strip sauce and sides. no problem. Taken care of. We like this for any of the 3 meals. Very relaxing.:thumbsup2

BoosGram
04-20-2010, 11:04 PM
We've eaten here twice and twice we've had good food and great service. I thought the salmon was particularly delicious. The low-sugar berry pyramid for dessert was great! We like the GFC, especially as adults traveling w/no kids. It's attractive and not nearly as noisy as some of the other restaurants in WDW.

jemgumby
04-20-2010, 11:13 PM
I agree with the other posters. The food is great, the atmosphere is really nice and I hope you give it a try!

katieam1
04-21-2010, 12:22 AM
We had lunch there last trip. The food was GREAT. The service was not but I have to think maybe it was because they were just ending lunch time and ready to leave/switch to the dinner crew. I was not thrilled with service but we loved the food so we will go back some time, it's not on my must do every trip but it is a great place to eat. I say give it a try!, everyone has such different experiences it is great to try and decide how you like it. That is one of our favorite things about every trip we always plan a new place to eat and then we know how we feel about it. :)

vDunninger
04-21-2010, 12:51 AM
GFC and KC at the Poly are 2 hidden dining treasures at WDW IMHO. Food is great at both, but GFC has the added advantage of a lovely and elegant atmosphere.

Cheshire Figment
04-21-2010, 07:02 AM
In addition to the above comments, if you go for breakfast be sure to try the Lobster Benedict!

Disneylover79
04-21-2010, 07:46 AM
The food we had on our last visit was great. DBF is hard to please and he was very pleased

SusieBea
04-21-2010, 08:37 AM
We've eaten there several times - always for lunch - and have always had good experiences. Food is good; atmosphere is lovely.

livie1205
04-21-2010, 09:11 AM
We ate there last week and I thought it was the worst meal all week....I thought my CS at sunshine seasons was better:sad2: The service was good but i got the NY strip steak and I ate 2 bites and stopped,could not even chew it.We went to Le Cellier the next night which I have always thought was "good" but that made me relize how bad the steak was at GFC because my meal was GREAT! Maybe it was just a bad cut of meat but I dont think I will go there again.We went to ohana also and even the steak on the skewers was better.I am sure everyone has their own thoughts on it though.

BCV23
04-21-2010, 10:00 AM
We have lunch there at least once every trip. We've had breakfast and dinner there a couple times. Love lunch. Great food and service. The restaurant itself is very pretty.

AmongMadPeople
04-21-2010, 12:13 PM
The service was good but i got the NY strip steak and I ate 2 bites and stopped,could not even chew it.We went to Le Cellier the next night which I have always thought was "good" but that made me relize how bad the steak was at GFC because my meal was GREAT! Maybe it was just a bad cut of meat but I dont think I will go there again.We went to ohana also and even the steak on the skewers was better.I am sure everyone has their own thoughts on it though.

It's just the luck of the draw - the worst steak my husband ever had on property was at Le Cellier, and he enjoyed his steak at GFC. I try not to draw too many conclusions on one experience.

I'm glad to see GFC getting so many good reviews. When I was searching for reviews before we tried it for the first time, they were all around pretty terrible. Therefore, we were a little hesitant to go, but it ended up being a great meal, and we'll definitely be going there again!

aesalsa
04-21-2010, 12:27 PM
We LOVE this restaurant! We have never had a bad meal there, and we have had at least 6 of them, either lunch or dinner. We have never ordered the steak from GFC, either. It seems that item is hit or miss there.

The GF Burger, French Onion Soup, and the mussels are all truly delicious and somewhat decadent. The sandwiches at lunch are wonderful, too.

Service can be a bit unpolished, but the servers are usually pleasant.

GFC is one of the best and consistent restaurants (for food) on property in our book. We also love that one can usually be seated without an ADR.

Just try it and see what you think :thumbsup2

:wave2:

Px4
04-21-2010, 12:35 PM
This is the one place I recommend to everyone I know. We loved everything about it. The French Onion Soup I had was probably one of the best I have ever had! Even my MIL who is impossible to please, loved it!

Golf4food
04-21-2010, 01:12 PM
We have not been for dinner yet, but love breakfast and lunch. The Maple Vanilla French Toast is some of the best I've ever had, and is far superior to Tonga Toast (which, in fairness, is not really french toast no matter what people want to say - it is VERY different from true french toast). Eggs benedict is also quite good.

The onion soup is fabulous - better than Chefs de France, IMHO. Love the lemon cheesecake dessert - one of the best desserts I've had at WDW and the perfect size.

Very pretty setting and nice view from the wall length windows.

I have a full breakfast and lunch review in my signature with lots of photos.

jamie@dvcstore
04-21-2010, 11:17 PM
Hi The Princess,
Another vote for GF Cafe. I have eaten there several times and it has become a regular place for us to go. We usually have breakfast when we do eat there so I can not comment on any other meal, however breakfast is wonderful. You really can not go wrong. Enjoy. :thumbsup2
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maxiesmom
04-22-2010, 08:31 AM
We had dinner at the Cafe this past October. And out of all the places we ate, it is the one place my 9yr old niece said we have to go back to. The restaurant is very pretty, the service wonderful, and the food very tasty.:thumbsup2

frkymcky
04-22-2010, 09:29 AM
We had dinner at GFC last May which was not on our plans. Our DD freaked out when Cinderella came out at 1900 Park Fare, long story short, the Restaurant Manager helped us get DD out of 1900 and got us into GFC. We thought the food was good as well as the service.

Cptnkirky
04-22-2010, 10:37 AM
Excellent! Their soup is great, and if you like sandwiches, try The Grand (its huge!). It is only on the lunch menu, but if you are there ar dinner and want it just ask for it.

The Grand Sandwich - Open-faced hot Turkey, Ham, Bacon and Tomato, with a rich Boursin Cheese Sauce and Fried Onion Straws

Golf4food
04-22-2010, 12:01 PM
Excellent! Their soup is great, and if you like sandwiches, try The Grand (its huge!). It is only on the lunch menu, but if you are there ar dinner and want it just ask for it.

The Grand Sandwich - Open-faced hot Turkey, Ham, Bacon and Tomato, with a rich Boursin Cheese Sauce and Fried Onion Straws

It is indeed huge and tasty, very rich.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2556/3922005796_85421abfa5_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2638/3922014858_a1372f9393_b.jpg


Some other GFC food shots:

Onion Soup:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2423/3921999506_38f3d8f10e_b.jpg


Lemon Cheesecake:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2523/3922016924_316cf9a0c4_b.jpg

Tiramisu Cake:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2562/3921236359_0687e8326b_b.jpg


Eggs Benedict:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3518/3968917808_010322fa0f_b.jpg

Maple Vanilla French Toast:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2579/3968916102_4e05104238_b.jpg

cseca
04-22-2010, 12:47 PM
We had a really bad service experience with GF cafe at breakfast, and I have yet to want to return there. Maybe in 10 years or so when the manager gets rotated or something.

The food was fine. Nothing to rave about. The host/manager were beyond awful.

We had a reservation at 10:30am for 16 people (the day before our wedding) and the whole party arrived at the same time. We checked in and were told that there's a wait. I said how long, 15min. Ok, 15min isn't so bad.
Well 30min later... nothing, no news.
I came up and asked again.

They said oh a little bit longer because the people in our table won't leave. Hmm... ok I wasn't expecting you to kick out people but at least give me some ideas on how much longer

... "Please wait...", the host came up about 5 mins later... "We just need to wait a little bit longer, they are about ready to leave". I told her that we have kids that really needs to get something to eat by now, could they just give us any table?

So they said it'll be only a little bit. I said OK fine. At this point we have 4 kids ready for a meltdown.

At about 45min, I almost lost it. Came up to the desk and asked what is going on?
"Well, they are leaving and then we have to clear the tables".

At this point I looked inside and saw A BUNCH of TABLES open. I was flabbergasted...
I came back out and said, why aren't we being put on those open tables?
"Oh, they can't be put together?"

mmmkay... didn't I say previously just give us any tables as soon as they're open? I never said they all have to be together.

I think steam might have came out of my head by the time they seated us. The manager didn't even look a bit sorry for making us wait in excess of 45min. After that I said to future DH, never again will we come here.

And we haven't since.

On a good note, the servers were good. They still received good tips.

Moral of the story: If you have a large group ADR here, make sure you know you might have to wait AWHILE.

aggiegirl1234
04-22-2010, 01:20 PM
We ate there the first night of our last DW trip. We all thought it was great. It was fun to see the GF, the service was good, the food was all very yummy too :thumbsup2 The desserts were great! My mom got the key lime pie I think, and my sister and I both got the chocolate fondu dessert. I would definitely recommend it!

maxiesmom
04-22-2010, 03:19 PM
We had a reservation at 10:30am for 16 people (the day before our wedding) and the whole party arrived at the same time. We checked in and were told that there's a wait. I said how long, 15min. Ok, 15min isn't so bad.
Well 30min later... nothing, no news.
I came up and asked again.

They said oh a little bit longer because the people in our table won't leave. Hmm... ok I wasn't expecting you to kick out people but at least give me some ideas on how much longer

... "Please wait...", the host came up about 5 mins later... "We just need to wait a little bit longer, they are about ready to leave". I told her that we have kids that really needs to get something to eat by now, could they just give us any table?

So they said it'll be only a little bit. I said OK fine. At this point we have 4 kids ready for a meltdown.

At about 45min, I almost lost it. Came up to the desk and asked what is going on?
"Well, they are leaving and then we have to clear the tables".

At this point I looked inside and saw A BUNCH of TABLES open. I was flabbergasted...
I came back out and said, why aren't we being put on those open tables?
"Oh, they can't be put together?"

mmmkay... didn't I say previously just give us any tables as soon as they're open? I never said they all have to be together.

I think steam might have came out of my head by the time they seated us. The manager didn't even look a bit sorry for making us wait in excess of 45min. After that I said to future DH, never again will we come here.



A few things about this. First off, unless you told the host/hostess that you wouldn't mind sitting apart, I think the normal assumption would be that you all wanted to sit together. If it was ok for them to split you up, you should have told them that.

Second, if there is a lot of empty tables, but people waiting to be seated, it is very possible that the restaurant is understaffed, and have no one to wait those tables. Maybe they had a call in, or were just plain not staffed to handle their guest load. But I would bet those tables were not in use because there was no one available to wait on them.

Third, an ADR is not a reservation in the normal sense. It means that at that time you will be seated at the next table available for your party size. As your party size was 16, and you hadn't told them you would be willing to split up, you had to wait for the next table available for your party size. And as you stated, they won't kick people out that linger over a meal.

I agree it wouldn't be fun to wait 45 minutes for a table. But going by what info you gave, and due to things outside of the managers control, I can understand why it happened.

Golf4food
04-22-2010, 04:03 PM
A few things about this. First off, unless you told the host/hostess that you wouldn't mind sitting apart, I think the normal assumption would be that you all wanted to sit together. If it was ok for them to split you up, you should have told them that.

Second, if there is a lot of empty tables, but people waiting to be seated, it is very possible that the restaurant is understaffed, and have no one to wait those tables. Maybe they had a call in, or were just plain not staffed to handle their guest load. But I would bet those tables were not in use because there was no one available to wait on them.

Third, an ADR is not a reservation in the normal sense. It means that at that time you will be seated at the next table available for your party size. As your party size was 16, and you hadn't told them you would be willing to split up, you had to wait for the next table available for your party size. And as you stated, they won't kick people out that linger over a meal.

I agree it wouldn't be fun to wait 45 minutes for a table. But going by what info you gave, and due to things outside of the managers control, I can understand why it happened.

I would also think this is a possibility at any WDW restaurant when you have a party of 16...

cseca
04-22-2010, 04:13 PM
A few things about this. First off, unless you told the host/hostess that you wouldn't mind sitting apart, I think the normal assumption would be that you all wanted to sit together. If it was ok for them to split you up, you should have told them that.

Second, if there is a lot of empty tables, but people waiting to be seated, it is very possible that the restaurant is understaffed, and have no one to wait those tables. Maybe they had a call in, or were just plain not staffed to handle their guest load. But I would bet those tables were not in use because there was no one available to wait on them.

Third, an ADR is not a reservation in the normal sense. It means that at that time you will be seated at the next table available for your party size. As your party size was 16, and you hadn't told them you would be willing to split up, you had to wait for the next table available for your party size. And as you stated, they won't kick people out that linger over a meal.

I agree it wouldn't be fun to wait 45 minutes for a table. But going by what info you gave, and due to things outside of the managers control, I can understand why it happened.

Oh I understand about them not knowing we are ok to be split apart. But I specifically told them that yes I don't mind. Even after knowing that, they didn't seat us.

If they are understaffed, they could say so and explain it'll be a longer than expected wait. And I would definitely try to think of a different option. I could call wdw dining and see what open seatings are around the area or even just scrap the whole thing and go with Gasparilla.

Their decision to make us wait (we are the only people waiting throughout 45min btw) and not give us any update is what making me upset. It's not like they have PILES of people waiting and they couldn't possible remember who are the party of 16. We were it! :lmao:

I still think they acted rather undisneylike. And no, I'm not talking about getting us in before our ADR time, or kicking people out for our ressie or getting us unexpected exceptional service or even an apology. All I wanted was the decency to be updated on the situation, after having to wait 30 minutes and going up to the host a couple times. I think that was reasonable wasn't it?

Heck, they could've said listen we're in over our heads you probably will have to wait an hour is that ok? I probably would be a little upset in the beginning but then be grateful that at least I could try to find another option. Y'know?

Anyways, that's water under the bridge. I just want to let people know when they go to GFC with a large group that they might have a long wait... they've been warned... :thumbsup2

I would also think this is a possibility at any WDW restaurant when you have a party of 16...

BTW, with our large group we've gone to Spoodles (bfast), Akershus (dinner), Cape May (dinner), and GFC (bfast). The other 3 were exceptional. Akershus promptly asked us "Do you want to wait for a big table or separated into 2 and get in now?". Spoodles had a large table for the whole group ready within minutes. Cape May had a room just for us and seated us within minutes... :lovestruc

At all locations the servers were good to amazing (including GFC).

Anyways, sorry OP for the OT... I really apologize. :flower3:

aesalsa
04-22-2010, 04:15 PM
WOW!! Thanks for posting these pics. It brings back some great food memories! I have thoroughly enjoyed the dishes below.

:wave2:


It is indeed huge and tasty, very rich.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2638/3922014858_a1372f9393_b.jpg


Some other GFC food shots:

Onion Soup:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2423/3921999506_38f3d8f10e_b.jpg


Tiramisu Cake:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2562/3921236359_0687e8326b_b.jpg

brunette8706
04-22-2010, 04:25 PM
We had a really bad service experience with GF cafe at breakfast, and I have yet to want to return there. Maybe in 10 years or so when the manager gets rotated or something.

The food was fine. Nothing to rave about. The host/manager were beyond awful.

We had a reservation at 10:30am for 16 people (the day before our wedding) and the whole party arrived at the same time. We checked in and were told that there's a wait. I said how long, 15min. Ok, 15min isn't so bad.
Well 30min later... nothing, no news.
I came up and asked again.

They said oh a little bit longer because the people in our table won't leave. Hmm... ok I wasn't expecting you to kick out people but at least give me some ideas on how much longer

... "Please wait...", the host came up about 5 mins later... "We just need to wait a little bit longer, they are about ready to leave". I told her that we have kids that really needs to get something to eat by now, could they just give us any table?

So they said it'll be only a little bit. I said OK fine. At this point we have 4 kids ready for a meltdown.

At about 45min, I almost lost it. Came up to the desk and asked what is going on?
"Well, they are leaving and then we have to clear the tables".

At this point I looked inside and saw A BUNCH of TABLES open. I was flabbergasted...
I came back out and said, why aren't we being put on those open tables?
"Oh, they can't be put together?"

mmmkay... didn't I say previously just give us any tables as soon as they're open? I never said they all have to be together.

I think steam might have came out of my head by the time they seated us. The manager didn't even look a bit sorry for making us wait in excess of 45min. After that I said to future DH, never again will we come here.

And we haven't since.

On a good note, the servers were good. They still received good tips.

Moral of the story: If you have a large group ADR here, make sure you know you might have to wait AWHILE.
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Hi! I think I would have been a tad upset myself, especially since all those tables were empty. I think 45 minutes to wait for a table, especially since you had an ADR and there were empty tables in the restaurant WAS NOT ACCOMODATING. Sorry, you had that bad experience.

On a positive note we ate at this restaurant twice and both times had very good service. We had lunch once and breakfast, the food was very good and the waitress was very pleasant. I would try and give this restaurant another chance if possible.

Take care.
Brunette

Sammie
04-22-2010, 05:16 PM
Very good breakfast and lunch place. Beautiful decor, great location and good service.

Dinner is over priced, especially the desserts.

maxiesmom
04-22-2010, 06:32 PM
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Hi! I think I would have been a tad upset myself, especially since all those tables were empty. I think 45 minutes to wait for a table, especially since you had an ADR and there were empty tables in the restaurant WAS NOT ACCOMODATING. Sorry, you had that bad experience.


Brunette

Usually, if a restaurant has empty tables but is not seating anyone, it is because they do not have wait staff for those tables. So it would do no good to sit anyone at them. Unless you wanted to make them really really angry.:mad:

I'm just wondering, where does it become outright rude to sit at a big group of tables after you are done eating? You shouldn't have to shovel your food down, but people should have some awareness that taking up a large group of tables long after your meal is done is a bit rude.

brunette8706
04-22-2010, 09:36 PM
Usually, if a restaurant has empty tables but is not seating anyone, it is because they do not have wait staff for those tables. So it would do no good to sit anyone at them. Unless you wanted to make them really really angry.:mad:

I'm just wondering, where does it become outright rude to sit at a big group of tables after you are done eating? You shouldn't have to shovel your food down, but people should have some awareness that taking up a large group of tables long after your meal is done is a bit rude.

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You may be right about the number of wait staff, BUT as the party that was "finishing up" and obviously done, and simply dawdling, they did NOT require much if any of the wait staff's attention. At some point the restaurant manager really needs to make a decision.

Brunette

GenieCat
04-24-2010, 09:20 PM
Glad to see the good reviews. This will be arrival night dinner for our stay at the Polynesian in October.

RCharnay
04-25-2010, 01:25 AM
We loved the GFC burger. It's one of the few foods we've talked about since our last trip and look forward to having again. A burger with lobster-yum!

Cookie Princess
04-25-2010, 03:41 PM
We enjoy it for breakfast...the maple vanilla french toast is DELISH!

I will say that our last dinner there was a SERVICE NIGHTMARE!! We waited an hour over our reservation time to be seated only to have a waitress who was interested in helping a very large table vs. the smaller tables she was also assigned to. We were so frustrated we left without dessert...my favorite part of any meal.

DisneyFan83
04-25-2010, 03:55 PM
We went here last trip for the first time and loved it. So much that we canceled some ADR's and ended up having both dinner and a breakfast there. We preferred dinner, but both were great. Our server was better at dinner too, but we never really had much of a problem with that. Great food! :)

BurghFan111
04-25-2010, 04:27 PM
The food was great. We had the pork chop and the steak. The atmosphere was very nice. The service level made it feel more like a Signature Dining. The staff seemed very aware of their location but were not stuffy at all.

Jiminy_78
04-25-2010, 05:31 PM
DH and I had breakfast here on our last trip. We both enjoyed our food, but the service was rather lackluster. Our server didn't appear to be that busy but she focused more on busing other tables than checking on us. It was kind of strange because she kept walking by our table and looking at us but she never stopped to check on us once we had our food. I had to wave her down to ask for something. Other than that, we enjoyed our meal.