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Old 03-24-2013, 02:48 PM   #1
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Suggestions considering our "limitations"

We are still missing 3 nights of dinner reservations because I am not sure what to choose. Our group has the following limitations: no buffet( granpa refuses to eat at them) , no signature restaurants (we have reviewed menus and just have too many picky eaters, &/or are worried they arent the place for kids), and we have 4 children in the group under age 5. I know every restaurant in Disney welcomes kids...but so does Mortons, doesnt mean I woudl take a 3 year old there. We also expect decent food if we do a table service reataurant. If the food is below average, we might as well save the money and just do a quick service meal. We are not on the dining plan and we will have park hopper. We have reservations for Ohana, Teppen Edo, Mama Melrose, and Raglan Road. Appreciate guidance.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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Grandpa won't do buffets, but how does he feel about family-style service? That would open up Garden Grill in Epcot for a character meal, LTT (dinner) in MK, and HDDR (Signature price, yes, but good basic-style food plus entertainment for the whole family).
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La Hacienda in Epcot

The Turf Club at Saratoga Springs Resort

50s Primetime in HS

Via Napoli in Epcot

These are all great choices for food and families. Some of our favorites.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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I like Kona Cafe a lot. I have also heard good things about Grand Floridian Cafe, but haven't eaten there myself. I plan to try it my next trip.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:46 PM   #5
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We are trying Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch next trip...have hear food things about their lunch...an option for lunch on your MK day.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by seasidespences
We are trying Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch next trip...have hear food things about their lunch...an option for lunch on your MK day.
Whoops...just re-read your post...you're looking for dinner, sorry...in that case, what about BOG for dinner?
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:55 PM   #7
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If you are looking for not park-typical food, we really like Captain's Grille. Also, maybe look at the menu for The Wave? We eat primarily lunches so I'm a bit at a loss.

Eta: we love the Plaza. It's "just" sandwiches, but it's priced like a CS.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:00 PM   #8
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try wolfgang pucks express at downtown Disney. it's pretty good
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:13 PM   #9
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I second Liberty Tree Tavern

Rose and Crown

The kids might enjoy Whispering Creek Canyon
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:18 PM   #10
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WPE in DTD is very good but if you are looking for table service Wolfgang Pucks TS restaurant is awesome too.
I second Kona Cafe at the Poly.
We also have fun and pretty good food at Whispering Canyon Cafe.
Olivia's at Key West was one of our hidden gems too.
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I would also suggest T-Rex. It is a TS and my kids love it!

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:15 PM   #12
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I know every restaurant in Disney welcomes kids...but so does Mortons, doesnt mean I woudl take a 3 year old there.
They do limit kids at one place, Victoria&Albert's, which means the places that don't have that restriction actually do welcome them. Now if the menus don't make you happy, then don't go there.

T-rex is fun but with 4 littles the chances are high that someone would end up scared. It's a LOUD place and there are "meteor showers" and dinosaurs...it can be really overwhelming.

We really like the Brown Derby. But we only get one thing there, the coconut tofu noodle bowl, and we don't use the dining plan (if we did we would pay OOP for that restaurant...two TS credits for the noodle bowl, LOL). It looks fancy, but you don't have to BE fancy, LOL.

Love Kona for breakfast, though that's not what you're wanting.

Gosh, everything else on our "must do" list doesn't work for you, and the rest is CS (like Sunshine Seasons and Columbia Harbour House).
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:48 PM   #13
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Epcot has Via Napoli, Rose and Crown and San Angel Inn.
DHS has SciFi Diner
Resort dinners -- Kona Cafe, Whispering Canyon Cafe.

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Old 03-24-2013, 08:14 PM   #14
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Garden Grill and Via Napoli are two of our favorites.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:32 PM   #15
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We take our kids to signature dining - the youngest has been 9 mos our oldest is now 6 - we go every year and dine at Signature. Kids are welcomed very heartily (though we do try for earlier reservation times so our kids are less likely to be crazy). Both of our last 2 trips, as well as our upcoming trip we'll have 5 kids age 7, 6, 4, 4, and 2 at signature. Citricos has been our fav with Jiko a close second, Many love le cellier, the food is good, but to us it isn't worth a signature label - maybe b/c we're Canadian?

Otherwise, you already have our fav: Raglan Road.

Coral Reef at EPCOT or Garden grill (family style, but quite nice). We also love La Hacienda (inside the mexico pavilion).

We all enjoyed Kouzinna - On Boardwalk and Kona - Polynesian (their ginger crusted steak is great - and if they ever added the duck to the menu it's the best ever - if Katrina is the chef).
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