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KEMdisney
03-03-2011, 12:33 AM
Hello!!
My family and I are heading the world and have decided to do ONE non-character meal. For years I have heard about OHana and have wanted to try it. My BIL can be a food snob, and I'm worried that Ohana is not the best pick for us any more. I'm reading many conflicting reports that the food quality is not good. Help me make up my mind!! Do I want to stick with OHana!??

shuckn
03-03-2011, 12:37 AM
Hello!!
My family and I are heading the world and have decided to do ONE non-character meal. For years I have heard about OHana and have wanted to try it. My BIL can be a food snob, and I'm worried that Ohana is not the best pick for us any more. I'm reading many conflicting reports that the food quality is not good. Help me make up my mind!! Do I want to stick with OHana!??

My parents have taken my brother there for a couple of years now and loved everything about the food and the environment. However, I made myself an ADR this may and I'm interested in hearing what other people thought as well!

Cinderella94
03-03-2011, 12:40 AM
We've done it for years (since '04 I believe?) and love it every time. We haven't noticed the quality go downhill. And the guys in my family would be very vocal if they thought something was wrong with their meat :rotfl:.

Another thing to remember is that you'll read good and bad about every restaurant, and everyone has a different palate. The only way you'll know if its one that you enjoy is trying it for yourself. And if you don't like it, you can put it on your "never again" list, not wonder anymore if you'd like it, and have a great story about your horrible meal for the DIS when you get back :rotfl:.

Disney4us2
03-03-2011, 01:28 AM
We tried it for the first (and probably last) time in December. The food was good, just not great to us. DD didn't like the peel and eat shrimp....too messy. She likes butter with her bread, even though our server said we didn't need it. He did bring it though. The dessert (bread pudding with ice cream and banana's foster sauce) was brought in one bowl with 2 spoons. My DD won't share when people eat out of the same thing.... eww.... germs (she is 11 lol). Our server was kind enough to bring a smaller version for her. Our experience was just ok... not fantastic like I was expecting from all the hype about 'Ohana. I didn't think it was worth the hour and a half wait to be seated. So we will pass on 'Ohana and leave it for those who consider it a must do.

2Tiggies
03-03-2011, 03:05 AM
You must remember that reviews are based on personal opinion and you will get mixed reviews for any restaurant. We loved Ohana and would eat there again in a heartbeat.

Last year we tried Cape May. I booked it for the characters. The food was great, the service was pretty good but the characters were in a rush. I could have rated it as great (if we were only really interested in the food) or terrible as it wasn't a fantastic character experience. I am just trying to illustrate that people are quick to note the negatives and even when they comment on the positives, if it is a mixed review, readers will often pick up on the poor points.

Bottom line for me is that if I really want to know how it is, I have to try it. Personally I think Ohana is a good bet.

Mamu
03-03-2011, 05:48 AM
Hello!!
My family and I are heading the world and have decided to do ONE non-character meal. For years I have heard about OHana and have wanted to try it. My BIL can be a food snob, and I'm worried that Ohana is not the best pick for us any more. I'm reading many conflicting reports that the food quality is not good. Help me make up my mind!! Do I want to stick with OHana!??

KEMdisney I'm one of those who don't care for Ohana's. I wanted to love it, but I didn't.

I did enjoy the sides, but I'm not a big meat eater especially when it cooked on an open fire. I do not like the smokey taste and the dryness of the meal.

I do think it's a restaurant that everyone should try, I've gone 3 times the first was for breakfast, :thumbsup2 We tried dinner twice, It's just not me, this isn't a cheap meal and when you dislike more the 1/2 the meal and only eat the sides it not worth the trip.

heatherandnick
03-03-2011, 07:11 AM
We went to Ohana last August for our honeymoon.

Even though we had many signature dining plans as well, this was one of the meals I was looking forward to the most.

I loved the atmosphere. We sat at the window with a beautiful view of the castle. We also had a decent view of Wishes.

The food...a bit disappointing. I could not BELIEVE the amount of food they brought out for only 2 people. Such a waste.
The best parts about the meal were: the bread, the salad, the noodles, the wings, the dessert, our (busboy/helper?) Cousin Cliff...he was amazing!
The worst parts about the meal were: our main server, the meat, the broccoli.

DH is a HUGE meat guy and I was very excited for him to eat here because of...well...all the meat! We were gravely disappointed. The shrimp were so over-cooked we could hardly peel them, the steak was very well done (we like our med-rare), and the other meat was just a bit dry.

I would go back again to give it another shot, but it will take some convincing to get DH back. Don't get me wrong...we didn't hate it. It's just we are blossoming foodies ourselves, and there are much better choices if you are going for food and food alone. If your BIL is a food "snob" then you may want to opt for something else...perhaps one of the signatures?

However, everything is worth a shot once. Everyone has a different opinion and I know some think Ohana is the best dinner on property. The best thing to do is try for yourself and see what you think. Just prepare your bro ahead of time so no one is disappointed.

Have fun!!

mommyoftwinz
03-03-2011, 07:11 AM
We ate there for dinner last time and loved it! I'd go there again but we wanted to try places we haven't tried yet on our next trip. My husband is a huge meat eater and just loved that they kept bringing more out. I thought the food was very good but I'm not much of a foodie, having a meal that I don't have to cook myself is a real treat. Anyway, the kids had a blast with the activities, limbo, coconut races, etc. which was nice because it allowed my husband and I to take our time and enjoy the meal. The best part too is the location, if you time it right after your meal head out to the beach and watch the fireworks from the MK. It's a bit pricey so if that's a concern you could try the Kona Cafe.

Quin
03-03-2011, 07:49 AM
Pretty much every restaurant on these boards gets "mixed reviews". If the cuisine appeals to you then go. NOT to snark at a prior poster, but if you do not like meat, or meat grilled on an open fire, then a restaurant that specialises in meat grilled on an open fire is not going to be one of your faves. There are so many types of restaurants at Disney that you should be able to find a non-character experience that really appeals most to you.

We do enjoy the food there and plan to go again on our upcoming trip. Your mileage may vary.

gumbo1009
03-03-2011, 07:56 AM
Are there children in the group? If so, you can argue to your BIL that this restaurant is a compromise between kid-friendly, quick, and decent food. You are not usually at Disney World for the food, you're there for the experience/ambiance.

If there are no kids in the group, and the focus of the meal will be the food, then there are probably other restaurants that might be better suited to your needs. If you need something close to MK, there are many restaurants that focus more on the food than on the "Disney experience" (California Grill, Citrico's, Kona, Artist Point, to name a few).

newdeal
03-03-2011, 08:10 AM
I love Ohana, so does my whole family. Its a fun atmosphere and the food is pretty good. Can't say I loved all the meats but there were definately two or three I did like along with all the sides, wings, and pot stickers

3pletprincesses
03-03-2011, 08:47 AM
The caracters are only there in the morning. Last October the breakfast was really good. It's on our list for this May and August. the caracter interaction is really good too. My girls still talk about it almost daily and I'm not kidding.

gillep
03-03-2011, 09:29 AM
I agree with others that everyone has different tastes.

We were very excited to try O'hana for our October 2010 trip and we were very dissapointed. A lot of it had to do with preparation for us, we are just used to our vegetables and meats prepared differently than they do at O'hana.

Bread: okay flavor but very dry
Salad: Good but more like lettuce and dressing not what I call a salad
Pot stickers: They are actually fried/baked dumplings as they are crispy throughout, I by far enjoyed these the most of everything we had.
Sticky Wings: very soggy too sweet for me but DH didn't mind them, we both wished they were actually crispy
Broccoli: Inedible- Overcooked watery mush that was way overseasoned
Noodles: Cold bland - waste of space neither of us really touched these after one bite each
Meat: DH and I like our meat rare to med rare and all of this was either med well or well done, hard, dry, and in general just gross
Chicken: Dry
Shrimp: I don't eat shrimp DH said they were okay
Dessert: Good not really my thing but good

We really ate very little at this meal as it was all just unappealing to us (well done dry meat and soggy vegetables is just not something we can eat) We also had a lot delivered to us cold we asked for some of it to be replaced including the broccoli thinking we had a bad batch and that was usually cold too and still didn't taste good. The entertainment was just horrible, they sat us right next to the parade path and one girl kept hitting our table everytime we walked by and it was so loud that DH and I could not hear one another. DH and I will not be going back the food here is just not prepared in a way that DH and I enjoy.

vinotinto
03-03-2011, 09:32 AM
We went to Ohana last August for our honeymoon.

Even though we had many signature dining plans as well, this was one of the meals I was looking forward to the most.

I loved the atmosphere. We sat at the window with a beautiful view of the castle. We also had a decent view of Wishes.

The food...a bit disappointing. I could not BELIEVE the amount of food they brought out for only 2 people. Such a waste.
The best parts about the meal were: the bread, the salad, the noodles, the wings, the dessert, our (busboy/helper?) Cousin Cliff...he was amazing!
The worst parts about the meal were: our main server, the meat, the broccoli.

DH is a HUGE meat guy and I was very excited for him to eat here because of...well...all the meat! We were gravely disappointed. The shrimp were so over-cooked we could hardly peel them, the steak was very well done (we like our med-rare), and the other meat was just a bit dry.

I would go back again to give it another shot, but it will take some convincing to get DH back. Don't get me wrong...we didn't hate it. It's just we are blossoming foodies ourselves, and there are much better choices if you are going for food and food alone. If your BIL is a food "snob" then you may want to opt for something else...perhaps one of the signatures?

However, everything is worth a shot once. Everyone has a different opinion and I know some think Ohana is the best dinner on property. The best thing to do is try for yourself and see what you think. Just prepare your bro ahead of time so no one is disappointed.

Have fun!!

This is basically what we thought of it. We have kids, so it was an enjoyable experience overall, and the food was fine, in fact the shrimp that we got were nicely cooked. However, there just wasn't anything that I couldn't cook or get from take-out cheaply and quickly at home. Basically, the food is fine, but nothing special and they bring out waaay too much. It's basically a quantity vs quality type of place. I would recommend that everyone does it, especially if you have kids, because they bring the food quickly and there are multiple choices on the table for them to choose. The little parades/games they do are also fun. Snobs and foodies will likely not be pleased.
P.S. - We were staying at the Poly, and this was an MK day for us, so it's not like we trekked to have dinner here, in fact it was one of the most convenient options for us.

livvylivvie
03-03-2011, 10:01 AM
We Go to O'hanas Every trip. We really enjoy it. But We also travel with those who aren't afraid to ask for another dish of Broccoli, if the first was over cooked. Also They would request their meat medium. :) I guess you can do that. Our first round of meat was WELL done... YUk... couldn't really chew it.. haha But we just asked for medium steak.
Don't be afraid to speak up and ask for what you want. :) Its your Dinner after all. :goodvibes
It is one of our favorite meals. Try it for your self. :) and make sure you speak up, about how you like your meat. :) I am sure they will accomodate you.
Have fun!!

mickeysgirl17
03-03-2011, 10:31 AM
I've gone twice for dinner and Ohana is both my DH and my favorite restaurant. We love everything about it. Food is tasty and cooked right, the servers was excellent, and the atmosphere is very nice. I would go again without a doubt.

cdtommie
03-03-2011, 12:49 PM
My wife and I are Dis vets (spend about 30 days a year at the world) and we are "food snobs" but still fairly easy to please and we do not like Ohana's at all. Last visit was December 09 at my sister's insistence and we thought the food was lousy. The place is dark, the chairs are low relative to the height of the table. We recommend Kona Cafe over this place if you're looking to dine at the Poly.

bluejasmine
03-03-2011, 04:38 PM
Its a mus do every trip for our family since 2005 (we go atleast once a yr) never had any problems.. Now in 2008 on our honeymoon I noticed the meats kind of dry so they were just over cooked, I just asked for some that werent so cooked and they happily obliged.

The wings, dumpling, noodles, salad, and veggie are great and oh my that bread pudding and Im NOT a bread pudding fan..

lady_hlh
03-03-2011, 08:50 PM
I have a culinary degree and I'll admit to being a food snob. I was dissapointed in all the food except the yummy bread pudding. My DH is not fussy at all and he is a huge fan of grilled meat. I thought during the meal that at least my DH should be enjoying the meal because of the endless grilled meat. However as soon as we left my DH told me to never book that place again because it was the worst meal that he had ever had at WDW. He thought all the meats were way too chewy and poor quality. The only one that enjoyed the meal was my DD because of the kids games that she got to play.

KarlaG4Kids
03-03-2011, 09:03 PM
We love the atmosphere, the fun and especially the food. We have had great luck with it all being very good. That was the one place I HAD to convince my sons to go to on our upcoming trip. They haven't been before and I'm so excited to share it with them.

pixarmom
03-03-2011, 09:15 PM
I loved Ohana before our three boys started becoming "Disney adults" because it was a relatively good value and the appetizers, salad and dessert were all quite tasty. With little kids, it's plentiful food in a fun atmosphere. With with two pre-teen "Disney adults," it ceases to be such a great value and we can find better food elsewhere.

So when we're looking for good food (that may appeal more to OP's BIL) we enjoy California Grill and Le Cellier. When trying to demonstrate that Disney food can be interesting, I recommend those places but not Ohana.

On the other hand, the character breakfast is so fun and the early morning atmosphere is great - that's when we want to be at Ohana!

pixarmom
03-03-2011, 09:18 PM
We love the atmosphere, the fun and especially the food. We have had great luck with it all being very good. That was the one place I HAD to convince my sons to go to on our upcoming trip. They haven't been before and I'm so excited to share it with them.

Karla, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your signature and how much we agree that a vacation IS a great investment in your family. :)

Micca
03-03-2011, 11:01 PM
We've done it for years (since '04 I believe?) and love it every time. We haven't noticed the quality go downhill. And the guys in my family would be very vocal if they thought something was wrong with their meat :rotfl:.

Another thing to remember is that you'll read good and bad about every restaurant, and everyone has a different palate. The only way you'll know if its one that you enjoy is trying it for yourself. And if you don't like it, you can put it on your "never again" list, not wonder anymore if you'd like it, and have a great story about your horrible meal for the DIS when you get back :rotfl:.

In all my years on the Dis, I don't think there's every been total agreement about anything. We came close one time when 99% of people agreed that Disney World is in Florida, but even then there were a few dissenters.;)

tavettava
03-03-2011, 11:29 PM
I was a little worried when went this time, because of the reviews. We were there 2/15 for our first visit for dinner (had been to breakfast 6 times) and loved it. The shrimp and chicken wings were a hit with ds(12). I loved the pot stickers, chicken wings, and the steak (didn't try the pork or chicken I liked the others so much.) Dh loved everything. Dd (15) is allergic to gluten and the chef made her her own food and even made her a flourless choclate lava cake, which she loved. The kids say that its a keeper for future trips.

TheRustyScupper
03-04-2011, 06:03 AM
Our Ratings of Ohana:
. . . food price value: C
. . . food quality: C-
. . . food quantity per serving: A
. . . food prep speed: B
. . . food selection: B
. . . seating quantity: B
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: C+
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: B
. . . staff helpfulness: B-
. . . character interaction: B

NOTE: As a character meal, it is one of the better choices.
However, as with most character meals, you are paying for
the characters and not the food. After labor costs, there is
not much profit left for great food. The food quality is neither
good nor bad - it is just dependably average.
For characters, go -- for food, select another eatery.

MrsLS
03-04-2011, 11:51 AM
We didn't like it but there are restaurants that we love and people hate it. But we've only been for dinner.
The character part is only for breakfast (I'm not sure if you knew that and that is what you were referring to), not dinner and most of the pp have mentioned/reviewed about dinner not breakfast. Its not a regular buffet either for either meal & if your BIL is a food snob, it might not be the best choice, although I don't think a buffet would be a good choice for a food snob as you call him anyway - lol...

nicole0992
03-04-2011, 12:35 PM
We dined at "Ohana twice during our vacation 2 weeks ago. During both visits the food was fantastic. I didn't notice any decline in the quality of anything food-wise. Service, however, was like night and day. We had the best server and the worst server. Amazing how different dining experiences can be at the same restaurant based on service.

GoofyKidd
03-04-2011, 12:52 PM
We love Ohana. It is a must-do every trip. We are in love with the wings and the bread pudding. It's nice to solicit opinions, but everyone likes something different-give it a try!

Heard02
03-04-2011, 02:07 PM
Went for breakfast and it was pretty good. Went for dinner a couple years back and the service was terrible. Absolutely terrible. Called the restaurant manager to discuss twice and never received a return phone call. Needless to say, I will NEVER go back.
Hope you have a better experience!

1hero2princesses
03-04-2011, 04:02 PM
We love Ohana and went twice our last trip! It just really is personal I guess. I like me meat well done, loved the sides bread and salad.

princess aleya
03-04-2011, 04:44 PM
Some love Ohana and some don't, I think you should give a try for yourself.:thumbsup2

Peter Pirate 2
03-04-2011, 04:53 PM
'Ohana is different kind of restaurant. It is primarily a carnivore's heaven. The meat is cooked on skewers over a fire so it will always taste smokey and it will always be a bit drier than other alternatives, the same with the shrimp, which is peel and eat, which is ALWAYS going to be messy. Despite this many people will still go there, eat and then be unhappy because they don't like smoked or drier meat or find the shrimp messy and overcooked (it's not overcooked, it's grilled). With regard to the temp. of the steak ... If you want med-rare or med-well you ask for it specifically, otherwise you'll get what they have on that particular skewer.

'Ohana is great for what it is but it will never please everybody.

AuroraMeansDawn
03-04-2011, 05:17 PM
We went in November and I booked it 180 days out to get the primo time so we could watch Wishes.

I was very excited but after waiting 45 minutes for the table in what was a pretty loud and crowded waiting area and not getting a window seat and then standing to take my special needs nephew who was 17 at the time over where we stood in front of a pillar to along the walkway to watch Wishes where we weren't blocking anyone's view but a woman at the table next to us louldly berated us for being so rude and commenting that I "didn't even have any kids with me" and I was rudly "creeping on her table" He was so embarrassed he was nearly in tears. She couldn't possibly have known that he had special needs but I think it probably colored my take on the experience.

So....afterall of that and all of the struggle to get there I didn't find the meal memorable enough to want to return. I'm sure the food was fine and the CMS was nice. It just seemed the deck was stacked against us and it didn't turn out to be a calm and relaxing meal with the magic of Wishes over the castle I'd hoped for. Maybe it's my fault for building it up too much in my mind but I don't know that I'd return. I do recall really enjoying the salad though.

disneywatcher
03-04-2011, 06:04 PM
We ate here on our trip in July '10. I have to say that the sides were great (could have just eatten the noodles alone or the potstickers with them). I can honestly say the reviews about the meat served varies from night to night /service to service. The night we went the steak was tender and juicy, the shrimp was cooked just right, I dont remember the other 2 meats they served because I declined them in favor of the shrimp and steak. As for the bread pudding, I had special ordered a cake so they only brought out a small portion which myself and my daughters tried (DSis is allergic to dairy so she had a special desert brought out for her) and thought it was pretty good.

You will tend to hear lots of mixed reviews of O'hana.

Sea-Donkey
03-05-2011, 04:16 PM
So, if the food is so terrible, why is this place booked up 5 months out?
The meat is great...shrimp, chicken, steak, pork...tough to beat.

MAMA GRAVE
03-05-2011, 04:29 PM
So, if the food is so terrible, why is this place booked up 5 months out?
The meat is great...shrimp, chicken, steak, pork...tough to beat.

I was thinking the same thing. We are going in May and every dinner reservation is booked for the whole week between 4-8 pm.

JerseyJanice
03-05-2011, 04:36 PM
We love Ohana for dinner. We go every trip and have enjoyed it thoroughly each and every time.

If the meat is too dry, use some dipping sauce or ask for it rarer.

The entertainment is always fun, and frankly, the cocktails there are some of the best you can get in Disney World. The Lapu-Lapu's and Backscratcher's are unique to Ohana and are very good.

KEMdisney
03-06-2011, 11:05 AM
Wow! Thanks for the replies!!!!!!! I think we are going to give it a try. I didn't realize thered we entertainment? What can I expect????

marlaine8
03-06-2011, 11:11 AM
I know it's not cost effective, but can I order my DS chicken nuggets instead of the meats and sides? My DH and I are excited to eat there, but if my DS can't order something different, we won't be able to go. :sad1:

traylorc
03-06-2011, 11:29 AM
So, if the food is so terrible, why is this place booked up 5 months out?
The meat is great...shrimp, chicken, steak, pork...tough to beat.

Great point.....I just tried making reservations at the 180 day mark for our Aug 2011 trip and the place is booked solid. When I tried booking reservations for O'hana for our Aug 2009 trip the place was booked solid 90 days out.

My advice to the OP, if you want to try O'hana then just do it. Come to your own conclusions. If I listened to all the negative comments on disboards regarding certain restaurants I would have missed out on some great eating experiences.

Pink Mouse Ears
03-06-2011, 11:31 AM
I like it a lot. I don't expect the food to be amazing at any buffet, esp in Disney. There are very few restaurants that I think are "amazing" in WDW, esp now with the dining plan. But, we'll be making our 3rd trip the in Nov. Why?

#1- the bread pudding- YUM!!! (And a pp said something about sharing, but I know our server brought separate plates for us to scoop on to without us asking)

#2- the entertainment for our little ones- coconut races, limbo, etc

#3- location- we like going to the Poly and then watching wishes from the beach or going back to the MK

#4- Value on the DDP (but not a good value for OOP.)

dlhvac
03-06-2011, 11:37 AM
popcorn:: i just loved it if meat was well done you ask for rare after all you are paying for it We went to Ohana last August for our honeymoon.

Even though we had many signature dining plans as well, this was one of the meals I was looking forward to the most.

I loved the atmosphere. We sat at the window with a beautiful view of the castle. We also had a decent view of Wishes.

The food...a bit disappointing. I could not BELIEVE the amount of food they brought out for only 2 people. Such a waste.
The best parts about the meal were: the bread, the salad, the noodles, the wings, the dessert, our (busboy/helper?) Cousin Cliff...he was amazing!
The worst parts about the meal were: our main server, the meat, the broccoli.

DH is a HUGE meat guy and I was very excited for him to eat here because of...well...all the meat! We were gravely disappointed. The shrimp were so over-cooked we could hardly peel them, the steak was very well done (we like our med-rare), and the other meat was just a bit dry.

I would go back again to give it another shot, but it will take some convincing to get DH back. Don't get me wrong...we didn't hate it. It's just we are blossoming foodies ourselves, and there are much better choices if you are going for food and food alone. If your BIL is a food "snob" then you may want to opt for something else...perhaps one of the signatures?

However, everything is worth a shot once. Everyone has a different opinion and I know some think Ohana is the best dinner on property. The best thing to do is try for yourself and see what you think. Just prepare your bro ahead of time so no one is disappointed.

Have fun!!

RoundtownGirl
03-06-2011, 11:41 AM
I never knew that you could ask for your meat med-rare. My DH wants everything well done so this is one of his favs. I always use lots of dipping sauce and don't complain because he's put up with a lot of "weird food" for me. (think chef's tasting menu) Thanks for the tip!

crostorfer
03-06-2011, 11:43 AM
We loved Ohana. :thumbsup2 We rebooked it for our trip in May and can't wait to go back.

One thing I don't understand though, for everyone that is saying that their steak wasn't cooked to the temp they normally like, why didn't they ask the server if you could get some that was med. rare? I guess I just got lucky, when my steak came around it was cooked perfectly, brown outside, pink fading to red in the middle. I will admit, the chicken was really dry, but I think that is part of the reason they give you so much dipping sauce, LOL. Sauce makes it all better.

And I am not a bread pudding fan at all. I normally don't touch the stuff, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bread pudding dessert!

MINNIEANN MOUSE
03-06-2011, 12:41 PM
We love eating here! My DH is a hard person to please, and he couldn't get enough. We have ADR's for our trip in August already made and when I called 180 days out, times were already slim picking. If you like steak, shrimp, chicken or pork...this is a great place to try.

Sweettears
03-06-2011, 12:48 PM
We love eating here! My DH is a hard person to please, and he couldn't get enough. We have ADR's for our trip in August already made and when I called 180 days out, times were already slim picking. If you like steak, shrimp, chicken or pork...this is a great place to try.

I was skeptical prior to our last trip due to the negative comments on the DIS. We gave it a try anyway and found it to be wonderful. Based on advise we asked for medium rare and received it cooked perfectly without any issues. Also we are not big dessert eaters but the CM insisted on giving it to us since it comes with the meal. Best dessert I've had. We ended up eating the entire dish.

I would definitely give it a try.

jess20k
03-06-2011, 12:53 PM
'Ohana used to be a must do for every trip. However, over the past few years we have had some good experiences, but also some bad. Years ago we always had a great time. The food seemed to be of a better quality and service was wonderful. Over the past few years..maybe six or so..we have noticed a decline in the food and also bad service. We now go every other trip. So, I guess the bottom line is..it just is hit or miss. We are going again for our next trip, which is this upcoming May. I am hoping for a good experience!

Peter Pirate 2
03-06-2011, 01:53 PM
'Ohana used to be a must do for every trip. However, over the past few years we have had some good experiences, but also some bad. Years ago we always had a great time. The food seemed to be of a better quality and service was wonderful. Over the past few years..maybe six or so..we have noticed a decline in the food and also bad service. We now go every other trip. So, I guess the bottom line is..it just is hit or miss. We are going again for our next trip, which is this upcoming May. I am hoping for a good experience!

This is a hard post to respond to because I agree that compared to 6-8 years ago the food and especially service at 'Ohana are not as good but then the DDP's have become big and aside from V&A's I think every single restaurant is not as good as it once was (I can speak definitely for 'Ohana, Flying Fish, Artist Point, Cali Grill & Jiko - All still good, none nearly as good as they once were).

movie77
03-06-2011, 02:29 PM
depends on your definition of a foodie... I would imagine many foodies will find little they approve of at WDW

Peter Pirate 2
03-06-2011, 02:40 PM
depends on your definition of a foodie... I would imagine many foodies will find little they approve of at WDW

I agree. My definition of foodie would probably try V&A's and that would be it.

GOOFYsince71
03-06-2011, 03:32 PM
We went based on the Dis board glowing reviews....But,,,like any restaurant,,anywhere,,,there are good days and there are bad...
Our main server,,,never came back,,,,seemed to be pre-occupied, and the (gaucho) meat server,,,never returned for any seconds...We got to try one skewer,,,one time....We loved the wings...good thing we had them to fill up on.
When I mentioned I was allergic to the dessert,,,He said,,,sorry,,,and left...Unlike any other Disney restaurant that takes care of you and your concerns.....It was just a bad day for him,,,that causes a pretty unfavorable review for us.....But Look at all the other lucky people that absolutely loved it....

crabbygal902
03-06-2011, 03:49 PM
I'm firmly in the 'love it' category. Last visit was in early January with a table of 18. The food served family-style was a great fit for our multi-generational celebration (ages 5-65.) Love the entertainment, the fireworks during dinner, the lapu lapus, the dumplings, the sauces, the bread pudding dessert, the service from our 'cousins', the special attention that my gluten-free child receives.

The food is good, but this is not the reason we return. We return for the good feelings and happy times that my family has here.

GeneralTso
03-06-2011, 06:20 PM
We were just there this past Thursday night and it was fantastic. Service was great, fun atmosphere and the food, oh my goodness the food. It was wonderful. I posted some pictures of it on the Review board. I think the title is ~Smile, I have some food pics for you. You can take a look and see some shots there.

The food was served hot, fresh and often. No problems at all. Kind of a hard place NOT to have fun and enjoy. I say go, you'll have fun!

KEMdisney
03-12-2011, 08:36 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the responses! We have a 7:05 ADR for our first night there. I'm excited! Everyone mentions the "fun atmosphere". What can I expect??

KarlaG4Kids
03-12-2011, 08:43 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the responses! We have a 7:05 ADR for our first night there. I'm excited! Everyone mentions the "fun atmosphere". What can I expect??

Be Prepared. It will be LOUD! But it is fun and family oriented. There are coconut races, or limbo games for the kids. Take your camera and be ready to take some fun pictures. The food is yummy, but it is sometimes hard to eat enough with so much going on. Depending on the time of the fireworks the night you are going you will be able to watch them over the Castle. They even pipe the music in. I love that! Enjoy! I will be there with my family in May and I can hardly wait. :thumbsup2