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Old 08-05-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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Cape May Cafe vs. Garden Grove's Friday Night Seafood Buffet?

I wanted to see how many of you all have been to both Cape May and the seafood buffet at Garden Grove and could give your opinion as to which one you preferred. Cape May Cafe is one of two restaurants to have made our list every trip, so I kind of want to keep that up, but I know Garden Grove has characters and a slightly different variety. I'm from Maryland so I know good seafood when I have it so that plays a role in my decision. I heard that Cape May has gone downhill a bit since my last trip, but I tend not to hear too much about Garden Grove, and my budget only allows for one or the other.

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Old 08-06-2013, 08:38 AM   #2
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My parents have been to both and prefer the Garden Grove's seafood buffet over Cape May. Granted Cape May was one of my dad's favorite restaurants at WDW until he ate at the Garden Grove's seafood buffet. They said it was amazing and the service was outstanding. They had a late reservation and were a big party consisting of my parents, nieces, sisters and brother. The waiter gave them a bunch of items on the table like calamari, lobster tails, etc. And they didn't even pay the extra price for the lobster tails. I would definitely pick the Garden Grove over Cape May.
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Did not even realize Garden Grove did a Friday Night Seafood Buffet. Anyone know where you can get more information? Nothing on the Swan's site nor on Allears.
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On the Disney.com site, buried way down in the Garden Grove dinner menu, there is:

Buffet Features - Meat and Seafood
Prime Rib with Au Jus, Mussel Fra Diablo, Frutti di Mare, Snow Crab Legs, Jumbo Scallops with Wilted Greens, Bacon, and Cabernet Vinegar, Lemon Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Seafood Paella, Salmon with Tarragon Buerre Blanc, Green Beans with Shallots and Toasted Almonds

From the Kitchen - Seafood
Fried Seafood Basket with Fried Shrimp, Popcorn Shrimp, Calamari, and Hush Puppies. Stuffed Half Maine Lobster
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We tried Garden Grove for the first time in July, though on a Thursday (Mediterranean Night). For a buffett, which is usually not my thing, I was very happy, and ate myself happy. Desserts were also a highlight. Not very crowded, either. Impressed, but not blown away. We will return.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:38 PM   #5
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We were planning on trying the Seafood buffet this December. According to swandolphin.com, the dinner at Garden Grove is no longer a buffet. They have menus through their site. There is an all you can eat salad/soup bar, and a dessert buffet, but there are only a handful of entree choices.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:51 PM   #6
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So it is. Or so it seems Weird. Literally (and for once, literally means literally) just ate there on the 4th of July as a Buffet. Ha! I will investigate - I think my brother knows the new GM at that location...

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Confirmed with GM. No more buffet as it was. Swandolphin.com is correct.
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We were planning on trying the Seafood buffet this December. According to swandolphin.com, the dinner at Garden Grove is no longer a buffet. They have menus through their site. There is an all you can eat salad/soup bar, and a dessert buffet, but there are only a handful of entree choices.
I received an e-mail saying the buffets were discontinued. I called to question it because the new menu they sent me did not include Fridays. The women I spoke to said the Friday night seafood buffet is staying, the other nights were discontinued. If anyone else wants to call here is the number from the e-mail:

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Swan and Dolphin dining line at 407-934-1717.
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If you look at the new menu it is a few set choices.there are different sides to choose from based on the day of the week except friday. The kids menu also does not list choices for friday. That is what made me call. I thought it was strange. I am hoping that means it is true that the friday seagood buffet is still on like the woman told me. I will be there in two weeks so i will report back.
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If you look at the new menu it is a few set choices.there are different sides to choose from based on the day of the week except friday. The kids menu also does not list choices for friday. That is what made me call. I thought it was strange. I am hoping that means it is true that the friday seagood buffet is still on like the woman told me. I will be there in two weeks so i will report back.
Well we ate there tonight and it was the Seafood Buffet. The waiter said that is the only buffet that they kept.
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Well we ate there tonight and it was the Seafood Buffet. The waiter said that is the only buffet that they kept.
How was it? And can you describe what was on the buffet and how the lobsters were prepared?
Thanks! Trying to get there this Friday and wondering what to expect
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How was it? And can you describe what was on the buffet and how the lobsters were prepared?
Thanks! Trying to get there this Friday and wondering what to expect
It was ok. The crab legs were very hard to get out of the shell- maybe over cooked? The crab legs at Cape May were better They also had clam chowder, peel and eat shrimp, broiled chicken, a meat carving station, salmon. They brought a basket of fried shrimp and stuff to the table also. Each adult got half a broiled lobster. It was a little plain, but the stuffing was good. Our reservation was for 7:00 and we were seated right away. The place was a little more than half full. They ran out of some of the desserts before we were done and said they wouldn't be putting more of those particular desserts out. I was a little surprised by that bc it was only a little after 8:00. My boys were upset bc they wanted to try the chocolate domes. Overall I was glad I tried it but wouldn't go back.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:49 AM   #12
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Cape May vs. Garden Grove

I have never been to the Garden Grove but would like to try it. We went to the Cape May Cafe years ago and enjoyed it. Is it still the same as in the 90's? Does the Garden Grove have sushi? My kids love sushi. Do they both cost about the same? thanks.
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Do they still have characters at the Friday night seafood buffet? How much is it per person?
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I wanted to see how many of you all have been to both Cape May and the seafood buffet at Garden Grove and could give your opinion as to which one you preferred. Cape May Cafe is one of two restaurants to have made our list every trip, so I kind of want to keep that up, but I know Garden Grove has characters and a slightly different variety. I'm from Maryland so I know good seafood when I have it so that plays a role in my decision. I heard that Cape May has gone downhill a bit since my last trip, but I tend not to hear too much about Garden Grove, and my budget only allows for one or the other.

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I live in Md and like cape mays but have you tried Fultons at Dtd the food is great you might want to give it a try too.
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I wanted to see how many of you all have been to both Cape May and the seafood buffet at Garden Grove and could give your opinion as to which one you preferred. Cape May Cafe is one of two restaurants to have made our list every trip, so I kind of want to keep that up, but I know Garden Grove has characters and a slightly different variety. I'm from Maryland so I know good seafood when I have it so that plays a role in my decision. I heard that Cape May has gone downhill a bit since my last trip, but I tend not to hear too much about Garden Grove, and my budget only allows for one or the other.

Thanks so much!
You will always hear that about all restaurants at one time or another, but we have been going to Cape May for many years, the last being in April, and it's as delicious as ever.

That's not to say there has not been changes - all the restaurants have changes over time. As for going downhill, no way, it's about our most yummy place to eat there. (I'm a Louisiana girl and we too love our seafood).

It's not exactly the way we prepare it, but not too many restaurants prepare seafood the way we do (we always carry extra seasoning with us). But, it's still one of the best seafood places we've gone to at Disney.
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