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Old 05-10-2013, 09:31 PM   #16
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I ate there in June. The cobb salad was way too big for me as an app. It was good though not great. I remember the bread and butter was very good and our waitress was great too. I had filet which was good too. I didnt care for the dessert choices and tried the grapefruit cake which was just ok. I personally woudn't go back just because the prices don't justify the food.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:42 PM   #17
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The Brown Derby is one of my favorite restaurants in WDW! I almost always get the pork chop, which is fantastic and I love that they change the sides and sauces with the seasons so it's always a little different,. I'd like to try the Cioppino sometime. Best creme brulee we've ever had (on property and off) came from HBD. The cobb salad has been mentioned, but it's great!

The restaurant can be a bit noisy, but like others have said it's in a park so to be expected. Always had good service, though it can be a bit slow at times. The servers are knowledgeable about both the food and the wine menus. Definitely not a waste of money!
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:39 AM   #18
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That food is good but I'm not sure I would pay out of pocket for it. We always use the Deluxe Dining Plan so that is why we have been there. Never had a bad meal and the atmosphere isn't too bad. A little too "stuffy" for my wife and I while on a vacation though. We are in our 30's and enjoy fun energetic places. I would say that if you are looking for a "signature/Fine dining" place to eat that isn't at DHS then I would go to Le Cellier or Yachtsman's at Epcot/the Yacht Club are definitely better and aren't far from DHS. Maybe a 15-20 minute walk (go through the International Gateway at Epcot and the Yacht Club is on the same walkway to Epcot). You can also take a boat which will take you about 20-30 minutes to get from DHS to the International Gateway at Epcot.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:00 AM   #19
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Brown Derby is on of my favorite restaurants in WDW. I love how quiet, unrushed, & relaxing it is inside. I've eaten there twice, and I wouldn't hesitate to return.
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Also one of my favorite restaurants at Disney! Love the spring rolls, the Cobb Salad and the noodle bowl is my absolute favorite vegetarian meal anywhere!
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:36 AM   #21
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We have eaten there twice and enjoyed it both times.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:47 PM   #22
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We've eaten there for lunch and dinner and it's one of my favourites. One of the few places that can cook pork nicely without overcooking it. Great atmosphere too. Last time we sat near the back in a booth and it was very private.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:49 PM   #23
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I ate there in Nov. 2012. The Chefs salad appetizer was great, the pork chop meal I got was mediocre.

I couldn't get my servers attention to get me a 2nd drink so I'd say the service was so-so. I should've grabbed the manager but didn't want to deal with it. I just decided to pay and leave.

That being said I'm booked to try it again and this next time I plan on getting the chef salad as my meal, try the grapefruit cake for dessert and hopefully get more than one drink.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:48 PM   #24
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I am going to be the odd man out here but we had a TERRIBLE meal there and thought that it was not worth the money spent. Our server was terrible, We were seated outside and kids kept jumping the wall. Now we have children of our own but the staff was alerted to the situation and chose to do nothing about it. We even asked to be moved but they wouldn't. The food was okay. My cobb salad was nice but my pork was not.It was over done and by the time the server came back to check on us it was cold. The lack of service however was what put us over the edge here I have worked in the restaurant industry and am not a complainer by any means but I wanted to let you know how our experience stacked up. Others seem to have really enjoyed theirs though. I would let your family try it to see for themselves. To each their own, right?
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:58 PM   #25
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We had a great experience at Brown Derby last November. We went for a late lunch as walk-ups, and were seated immediately. Our server was wonderful -- attentive and thoughtful, and we went out of our way to find the manager on our way out to commend him. Our meal was great -- I had the Cobb Salad and I'm pretty sure some lobster bisque. My husband had the coriander grouper, which he raved about. I'll admit I've read a few dicey reviews of it myself, but I wouldn't hesitate to eat there again.
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We always pay OOP w/TIW & would choose HBD over many of the WDW run signature restaurants. We think it has excellent quality for the price. The park atmosphere is it's biggest negative, but some of the other signatures (i.e. Flying Fish) are just as loud.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:47 PM   #27
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We went for the first time January since a friend had highly recommended it to us. DH liked it more than me. It was alright but I won't rush back. There wasn't anything wrong with our meal but there are plenty of restaurants I like better The service was fine just not a stand out for me. Our favorites are California Grill, Narcossee's, Le Cellier. Actually I would go to Prime Time Cafι or Sci Fi Diner before I'd go back to Brown Derby.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:39 PM   #28
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We ate there in January and we had a good meal there for the adults, not so much for the kids, they didn't like any of the child offerings. We both had the filet and it was excellent. The creme brulee was a bit sweet for my tastes ( I like the one at the french bakery in Epcot much better) appetizers were small but tasty. hubby had the prawn with grits and I had the mushroom and blue cheese napoleon.

I was pretty weary of certain restaurants jamming the 'the kids will eat healthy or not at all' message home. My son is autistic and pretty much lives on only a couple of items, and whole wheat anything is not part of his list.

We had Moses, who was a great server. Didn't hover, but didn't stay gone for long periods either.
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I was pretty weary of certain restaurants jamming the 'the kids will eat healthy or not at all' message home. My son is autistic and pretty much lives on only a couple of items, and whole wheat anything is not part of his list.

We had Moses, who was a great server. Didn't hover, but didn't stay gone for long periods either.
If it ever goes on his list, that grilled cheese is seriously tasty.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:42 PM   #30
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I loved brown derby. The only bad thing was the dessert, which granted I not much into but the triple chocolate thing was not my favorite. This time I'm going to try the grapefruit cake.
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