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Old 01-11-2013, 10:14 AM   #16
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1. BOMA (Dinner and Breakfasat)

2. Tusker House

3. Crystal Palace


1. Victoria and Albert's

2. Jiko

There is my top 5, but I didn't want to rank them as the buffet experience is so different from the menu experience.

V&A can't be beat. Jiko is also an amazing dinner that has never disappointed.

The bufffets for the variety and choice as well as good quality. Most of the other buffets are mediocre at best. (I have not tried Cape May yet)
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:15 AM   #17
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I have my fav dishes at these places so that's why they top my list LOL in no particular order!

The Wave-breakfast-Eggs Benie with the key lime sauce, the cheese grits and the home made biscuits

The Wave-dinner-Arctic char or other fish over the edamame stew

Il Mulino-everything I had last time (the special app, garden salad, tortellini,dessert)

FF-the Canadian Chard. Steamed mussels

LTT-lunch-Colony Salad
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:58 AM   #18

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Excludig V&A due to $$$:

Blue Zoo
Flying Fish
California Grill

Just missing would be Il Mulino. It's a great spot, but we do Italian so often at home it's hard to get really enthused for more
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:34 PM   #19
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I've only eaten at places on the dining plan, including many of the signatures.

My ranking of the signatures I've eaten at would be:

1. Artist Point
2. California Grill
3. Jiko
4. Flying Fish
5. Citricos
6. Yachtsman
7. Hollywood Brown Derby

My top two favorite non-signatures are 'Ohana and Via Napoli.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:20 PM   #20
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Top 5, favorites!

Raglands, we enjoy the dancing and the food is very tasty! Braised Beef w/ Horseradish Mashed, and fantastic bread pudding for dessert! It can be a bit noisy but worth it!

Bluezoo, my obsession since it opened. Nice ambiance, more for grown us, wonderful drinks and an imaginative, menu! Appetizers and drinks by the bar also a great option to sit down dinner!

Olivia's at OKW, Love the Conch fritters and one of the best bacon cheddar cheese burgers on WD property!

Yachtmen Steakhouse, nice atmosphere, love the appetizers and the steaks are good!

Sanaa, the bread starter with the dips, yum and then eating with a view of the Savanna, what more could anyone want!

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Kouzzina, the whole roasted fish with fennel rocks!
Via Napoli, Very tasty thin crust pizza, nice addition to Epcot!
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:37 PM   #21
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In no particular order --

California Grill
Kona Cafe
Raglan Road
Via Napoli
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:59 PM   #22
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5. Garden Grill. This one used to be higher on our list. Our visit this past December left us a little disappointed, but that might be because we made it up to be so much more in our minds. The food is always fresh and we love the family style serving because we can try some of everything without stuffing ourselves silly and having to order an obscene amount of food. I really enjoy the character interaction, as well, because Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale will visit you multiple times. I love that the restaurant rotates and so you get to dine in the prairie, on a farm, in a thunderstorm, and in the rainforest. I do feel that the food wasn't quite as good this past time as it has been before. I wish that the turkey and dressing wasn't covered in gravy and the berry cobbler dessert left something to be desired. However, they know how to cook a steak, the child's chicken was very good, and the fish isn't half bad. It belongs in our top 5, but just barely.

4. Mama Melrose. It's a rather generic Italian restaurant, but my husband and I had such wonderful memories of this place on our honeymoon that we have made a point to return here each time we visit the world. We have never been disappointed in the food or the service and the ambiance is just right that it can be a romantic dinner for the two of us, or we can bring our 2-year-old daughter along for a nice family dinner. That's pretty hard to accomplish.

3. Sci-Fi Dine In. Although it has made some changes that we haven't liked since our first visit in 1992, this restaurant still remains a huge family favorite. It is the opinion of my family that no other restaurant on Disney property comes close to Sci-Fi in terms of theming. It can be 3:00 on an overcast or stormy afternoon and you will feel like you are watching a drive in move at 8:00 in beautiful moonlight. The food is also pretty decent. My family and I enjoy the wings and burgers the most, but also feel cheated if we don't help ourselves to the apple crumble or the turtle cheesecake. We miss the popcorn that they used to bring you when you were first "parked" and that the bill used to come out on a parking ticket, but the atmosphere, movies on screen, and food are enough to keep us coming back.

2. Biergarten! What a fun time we had here! Our server was a lot of fun and explained the buffet selections very well. He was excellent at making recommendations on beer and wine, as well. The polka band was fun, but we showed up just as they were finishing their set. Had we been able to dance, there is a strong possibility that Biergarten might have been number 1. We all love German food and the desserts here are, at least in my opinion, some of the best on property. Leaving without having BOTH the strudel and the Bavarian cheesecake is a mistake.

1. Akershus! This restaurant jumped to number one with a bullet after our trip in early December. I honestly can't decide if it was the staff, character interaction, or food that was the best part, though. The character interaction was top notch. Cinderella and Belle were very good. Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were exceptional. Ariel went so far above and beyond anything I could have ever hoped for. She somehow managed to get my shy 2-year-old to come out of her shell (no pun intended) and speak. Then, when she learned that my daughter had been too star struck to talk to Snow White (her favorite), Ariel took matters into her own hands by taking my daughter by the hand and escorting her to Snow White for some special time for just the three of them. Easily the best princess dining I have ever experienced and likely the best character dining experience, as well. The food was also excellent. I loved that they had the cold appetizer buffet because I could be as adventurous as I wanted knowing that I could always go back and get something else if I didn't like it. I don't normally like shrimp and found the shrimp salad to be quite good. For entrees, everyone either had the salmon or the meatballs and no one could agree which was the better dish, though all said that both were very good. I also loved that the desserts were brought out family style. This made it so we could sample all of them and ask for seconds on our favorites. Each member in our group had a different favorite, but no one disliked any of them. Our server was absolutely wonderful, as well! She was very kind at telling us what to expect and describing each of the dishes before we ordered. Oh, and she was so attentive! It felt like we were her only table. Absolutely fantastic experience.

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:08 PM   #23
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1. Via Napoli - the atmosphere was great but the best part was the candlestick pasta and pizza.
2. Kouzzina - this has quickly risen to the top. My son declared that it was our best meal of our recent trip.
3. LaHacienda de San Angel - My family is big into Mexican food so we love the Parrillada choices at this restaurant.
4. Kona Cafe - we always go here for breakfast but I've never been for any other meal. This is a multiple visit each trip
5. Yak and Yeti - I love the dessert and the salmon!

Now I have to go back and read everyone else's responses!
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #24
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blueZoo - best food
California Grill - best all-around for both view & food
Victoria and Albert's - best service (if you want to get semi-formal and wear a jacket/dress)
Il Mulino - best Italian
Akershus - my wife loves the smoked salmon & herring, my princess loves the Princesses

Honorable mention - chocolate souffle @ Shula's
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ABC Commisary (2.5-stars*-food), Akershus (3.0*; 5* princess interaction), Artist Point (3.5*), blueZoo (4.5* - Best (Sea) Food w/o jacket required), Boma (4.0* buffet breakfast*), Bongo's (3*), California Grill (3.5*food; 5*- Best View), Cape May Cafe (4* charcter breakfast w/ Goofy), Captain's Grille (2*), Casey's (4* - Qwik Serve Overstuffed Pulled Pork & Slaw w/ Hot Dog), Chef Mickey's (2* food; 5* characters), Cinderella's Royal Table (3.0* food; 4* characters), Citrico's (3.5*), Coral Reef (3.5* food; 4.5* for the view), Crystal Palace (2*), 50's Prime Time Cafe (2.5*), Flame Tree BBQ (3.0* + .5* for taking TiW), Flying Fish (3.5*), Grand Floridian Cafe (3*), Hollywood Brown Derby (3*), House of Blues (3.0* - BBQ), Il Mulino (4.0*), Jiko (3.5*), Le Cellier (3.5*), Les Chefs de France (3*), Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie (4* - French pastry), Marrakesh (3* - Best Value 1-Credit/bit noisy; 4* belly dancers), Narcoossee's (3.5*), Rainforest Cafe (2*), Rose & Crown (2.5*), Sanaa (4* - View of Animals on Savannah), Sci-Fi Theatre (2.5*), Shula's Steakhouse (4*), Sleepy Hollow (4* Qwik Serve chicken waffles & coffee drinks), Spice Road Table (3.5*), Tamu Tamu (4* - Qwik Serve Hidden Gem) Victoria & Albert (5*- Best Service/Tasting Menu), Wave (2.5*), Yak & Yeti (2*)
-- Items in BOLD are personal favorites.

2015 ADR's: blueZoo, Il Mulino, Brown Derby (Fantasmic), Coral Reef, Be Our Guest (dinner), Sci-Fi Theater (child's first time), Tusker House (family first time), and 1900 Park Fare (family first time). On 'to dine' list: Monsieur Paul, Ohana, Yachtman's Steakhouse.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:58 PM   #25
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1. Hollywood Brown Derby - maybe it's because I'm from Northern VA, where the local "Great American Restaurants" group of restaurants has conditioned me to love sitting in booths with lots of wood around me, but I just LOVE this restaurant. The food is excellent - and I love that it's always pretty much the same core menu. I've had consistent food quality and service, and I love their mini wine-flights. I love how well-lit the place is. I love the atmosphere of all of the caricatures on the walls. Clearly, I love a little too much about this place. But enough on that ....

2. Narcoosee's. In complete contrast to my first recommendation, I love how dark this place is, especially at night - they really let you focus on the view. I love their lobster, and despite not eating much normally, I was enticed to polish off the whole thing AND the accompanying orechiette mac and cheese. Their service was good; their sommelier was phenomenal.

3. Flying Fish. Fish is superb. It's a fun, classy place with great seafood. 'Nuff said.

4. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre. SO DISNEY. SO MUCH FUN. I just choose not to care about the food and I have a great time (although I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of my steak & iceburg wedge salad! It was actually quite yummy!).

5. Be Our Guest. Haven't even been there yet, but I've convinced myself it's going to be awesome (I know, some will hate on me for saying that, but I'm that type of gal - if I've decided I'll have fun, then my gosh, I WILL find a way to have it!).

The only time I've had a truly unpleasant experience was at V&A. Don't get me wrong - the meal was fantastic. The service was flawless. There was just so much MAUVE. I mean, didn't the Victorian era have at least ONE other color to it that they could have used? Dusty rose just makes me feel so blegh! I walked away thinking "Great meal. Weird Room. Not coming back." Which made me so sad!
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:03 PM   #26
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1. Via Napoli
2. 'Ohana
3. Coral Reef
4. Le Cellier
5. Boma
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:54 PM   #27
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Via Napoli
California Grill
Tutto Italia
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Crystal palace breakfast. Lunch and dinner are good too.
Tusker house breakfast
Cape May cafe breakfast

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Old 01-11-2013, 05:50 PM   #28
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In no particular oder:

Flying Fish- convenient as we usually stay at BWI, good food and service, nice atmosphere

Le Cellier- love the pretzel bread and mushroom filet

Liberty Tree Tavern- a must visit for lunch while at MK. The food is consistent and plentiful and it provide a great respite from the heat.

Via Napoli- Enjoy the pizza and desserts here.

Citricos- always a relaxing dinner
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:20 PM   #29
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Thanks all for the great recommendations!! We have not been to Disney in 2 1/2 years -- it is amazing how some of the favorites have changed.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:27 PM   #30
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1. Victoria and Albert's - knocked my socks off! I had the wine pairing and it made the meal very special. We had the most amazing server who was very knowledgeable. It was the best dinner experience I've ever had.

2. Jiko - wonderful wines from South Africa, great food, beautiful atmosphere

3. Artist Point - love the Northwest theme, and loved the bison steak and cobbler for dessert. Have had really excellent servers here

4. California Grill - wonderful views, great food and service

5. Tokyo Dining - I was not expecting to like this one so much! We had a party of six and everyone was happy. Not one complaint. Usually one of my kids doesn't like something, but they ate every bite, and ordered more sushi!

Honorable Mention:
Sanaa - less expensive but still a treat. I love the quiet atmosphere and the indian spices in the food.

Disclaimer: I have not tried Flying Fish or Blue Zoo yet but plan to!

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