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Old 11-25-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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Best TS restaurants for solo travelers?

Hi everyone!

I plan on going on my first solo trip in 2013, and I plan on using the regular dining plan. While I have some TS restaurants in mind, I want to know your opinions. Which restaurants do you think would be best for a solo traveler? The only TS restaurant I've tried at Disney is Crystal Palace (for dinner), so I'm willing to try a lot of new things.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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We really enjoy Raglan Road at Downtown Disney - the bread pudding is fabulous, save room for it. We also really enjoy the Biergarten in Epcot, they will sit you with others since tables are for 8 which always makes me a bit apprehensive but we enjoy the food and muisc. We also love 50's Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios and a trip to Disney would not be the same without it. Have a great time!
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:19 PM   #3
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I like having something visual to keep me occupied when I have to dine alone, so my choices for solo dining are:

- Narcoossee's (Grand Floridian Resort), especially if you dine later, because you will be able to see the Electric Water Pageant on the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom's fireworks from the restaurant

- 50s Prime Time Cafe and Sci Fi Dine-In Theater (Hollywood Studios) - you'll have TV shows, movie clips, and cartoons to keep you busy

- Flying Fish (Boardwalk) - ask to be seated at the counter so you can watch the activity in the kitchen
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for your suggestions!

I already am considering Narcoossee's because of the view and I've heard a lot of good reviews. I've also considered either 50's Prime Time pr Sci Fi Dine In. I haven't considered neither Biergarten nor Raglan Road but both sound like fun.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:46 PM   #5
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Tepen Edo & Biergarden have communal dining...you won't have to sit by yourself. We love Teppen Edo, friends recommend Biergarden.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:17 PM   #6
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I love LeCellier...great food and it gives you a chance to plan the rest of your day. I totally agree with all of the other restaurants... they're awesome!
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:35 PM   #7
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My fave restaurants for dining solo at WDW:

Flying Fish and Jiko - both have counter seating and are just fantastic. Flying Fish has always been bustling with activity even though I go during slow season. I have found Jiko to be a bit quieter. Don't know which type of atmosphere you prefer.

Bluezoo - you can get the full menu at the bar...I did the chef's tasting menu and it was one of the top 5 best meals I have ever eaten. Plus this restaurant just looks really cool inside.

Bistro de Paris - I snagged a table by the window and got to watch Illuminations during dessert. Very quiet atmosphere.

Artist Point - the food was excellent (cedar plank salmon) and the waiter was very attentive. He even took my charger in the back and charged my camera battery while I ate so I had a full battery when I went back to the park after dinner.

I don't know much about the dining plan but I believe all of these are signature restaurants which require additional TS credits. If that is indeed the case, they are absolutely worth it.

I hope you have a wonderful trip!
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:55 AM   #8
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Tepen Edo & Biergarden have communal dining...you won't have to sit by yourself. We love Teppen Edo, friends recommend Biergarden.
Both sound great! I think I'll probably go with Teppan Edo.

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My fave restaurants for dining solo at WDW:

Flying Fish and Jiko - both have counter seating and are just fantastic. Flying Fish has always been bustling with activity even though I go during slow season. I have found Jiko to be a bit quieter. Don't know which type of atmosphere you prefer.

Bluezoo - you can get the full menu at the bar...I did the chef's tasting menu and it was one of the top 5 best meals I have ever eaten. Plus this restaurant just looks really cool inside.

Bistro de Paris - I snagged a table by the window and got to watch Illuminations during dessert. Very quiet atmosphere.

Artist Point - the food was excellent (cedar plank salmon) and the waiter was very attentive. He even took my charger in the back and charged my camera battery while I ate so I had a full battery when I went back to the park after dinner.

I don't know much about the dining plan but I believe all of these are signature restaurants which require additional TS credits. If that is indeed the case, they are absolutely worth it.

I hope you have a wonderful trip!
I checked and unfortunately Bluezoo does not take the dining plan though I might still check it out! All the other restaurants sound amazing!
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:28 PM   #9
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I'll vote for Brown Derby!

Both time I ate there solo, I got extra attention from my server and host (but not intrusive). The host stopped by twice to check on me and chat a few minutes and the server took his time in responding to questions and offering suggestion. I was totally relaxed and able to sit back, have a leisurely meal and take in the surroundings.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:38 AM   #10
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Tepen Edo & Biergarden have communal dining...you won't have to sit by yourself. We love Teppen Edo, friends recommend Biergarden.
The problem with communal dining, as I found out the hard way, is that while you may get some nice table mates, you could just as easily got stuck next to someone who makes you wish you were alone again. That happened to me at Teppen Edo-next to a teenaged girl who obviously had just found her worst nightmare-getting stuck next to a high school math teacher. And as nice as I tried to be, my questions were met with monosylabic grunts (since I taught high school, those grunts weren't unfamiliar). I'd rather be alone than wish I was!
I really agree with the person who said they wanted something visual to keep them occupied, and for that reason I recommend Sci Fi, Coral Reef, Sanaa, Chefs de France (by the window), and Rose and Crown patio at lunch. And I always point out that I'm solo before I'm seated, and ask for something to look at, and I've always found the hostess to be very accomodating. Anothger great place for people-watching is a Character Meal (believe it or not). No one notices that you're solo (they're focused on looking for the characters).
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:40 PM   #11
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I eat out every night at home and sit at the bar. I like the opportunity of the turnover with people waiting for a table or being able to chat with the bartender.

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Yak n' Yeti
50's Prime Time Cafe
The Wave
Cali Grill
Raglan Road
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I'll vote for Brown Derby!

Both time I ate there solo, I got extra attention from my server and host (but not intrusive). The host stopped by twice to check on me and chat a few minutes and the server took his time in responding to questions and offering suggestion. I was totally relaxed and able to sit back, have a leisurely meal and take in the surroundings.
This! I had a great liesurely solo dinner here a couple of years ago and would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:40 PM   #13
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All of your suggestions sound great!

@Simba's Mom It stinks that you had an experience like that I'll have to consider that while making ADRs. Also that's good to hear that about character meals.

@Missytara I didn't think about sitting at the bar, good idea!
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:43 PM   #14
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I just got back from a solo trip and I ate at Donald's breakfast and France by myself. They were both great. The character meal was a little odd by myself at first but I had a great server and she insisted on me getting a pic with Mickey Mouse. The funny thing was the table beside me kept whispering she is by herself, thats so different, and so on. But when the next character was coming around one of the teenage girls got up and offered to take my pic with them. I guess they were just concerend about me getting the most out of the character meal.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:53 AM   #15
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@olliffm1 that's great that you had that experience at a character meal
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