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Old 06-24-2013, 08:56 AM   #76
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This please - there are so many generalizations on this thread. Could y'all at least say what dish was bad at a particular restaurant even if you don't want to specify why?
I'd like to know when someone says, "Oh, San Angel was terrible! Never going back!" Was it because they didn't like the food? What food didn't they like?

Although, as I read more of these, the theme seems to be A. service problem (waiter they didn't like, took too long to get seated, etc... Nothing to do with the food) or B. Too bland (which I'm okay with because I would never expect Tony's, for example, to be spicy! In terms of flavor, order something with veggies and herbs. Usually people = flavor with "salt." It's on the table, folks. Feel free to take the cap off and dump it all over your food.)
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:08 AM   #77
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There have been two restaurants we have vowed never to return to during our 6 past Disney vacations:

Prime Time Cafe--terrible food and even the service was terrible (and I mean terrible in that they didn't even make an effort to be funny nor interactive which would have made up for bad food)

Hollywood and Vine--we went there when our kids were young and even they hated it. It was so loud that the girls were plugging their ears. The food was the worst I've had anywhere at Disney.

The rest, even if they have't been our favorite we enjoy. But these two, no way--never again!!
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:27 AM   #78
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Captain Jacks DTD - service was horrible and the food was even worse...

Garden Grill - the food just wasnt good

Rose and Crown - the food and the service were both terrible

Grand Floridian Cafe (dinner only) both our steaks were nothing but fat the server was rude
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Sci-Fi: food was cold, atmosphere was chaotic, and I spent the whole next day (the last of that trip) in the hotel room sick with food poisoning. Maybe they fixed it in the past tenish year but still... Never again.

ABC Commissary has also been consistently gross. Every time I've been in there, the burgers have been GREEN. DHS in general needs to step up the food.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #80
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1. Chef Mickey's ~ This one takes the top spot as we have given it 3 chances and it has gotten progressively worse with each trip. Dirty restaurant, poor/slow service, and foods not being kept at appropriate temperatures. Plus, for a character meal, the characters get so overwhelmed by people not staying at their tables to wait for the characters that they end up totally skipping tables.

2. Hollywood & Vine ~ Dirty and yuck. Just, yuck.

3. Akershus ~ Wanted to love this one, but sooooo did not. My meatballs were cold in the middle (practically still frozen). DH had bland chicken and my girls wouldn't even touch their hot dogs.

4. Captain's Grille ~ Awfully slow service (took 2+ hours for dinner). Nasty food. Scallops undercooked. No chicken, nor noodle in chicken noodle soup And $10 extra for the crab cake meal that "included potatoes" but really, did not...

Those are the only places we have no desire to go back to, and we've probably eaten at 80% of the restaurants on property.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #81
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Not everyone has the same flavor palette, same server or visits during the same times of the year. That being said we usually tend to visit WDW during the value seasons in Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec when the crowds are lower, the temps cooler and everyone seems more relaxed, even the CM's. We also go down every May with my extended family to celebrate Mothers Day. That being said I can't actually say that we have ever had a bad meal or had a bad enough experience that we would ever rule out not returning to a restaurant, but there are a few on our list that we question if we want to give another chance.

Top on that list for me is Hollywood and Vine Dinner. Last year we ate there twice as a part of the Fantasmic Dinner Package. The overall food selection on the buffet was not bad, but the flavor was bland at best. Also found that the menu items were pretty much the same as what we have experienced in the past at 1900 PF and CP. As such I expected much more individuality from a restaurant in DHS then from one in MK. I have read on this thread where some have complained about the servers, but ours was very friendly and attentive as were the CM's tending the buffet and carving stations.

A close second was Whispering Canyon Café' Dinner: My Family and I have only dined there on one occasion. We had our kids (at the time DD6 and DS3) and they loved the extras and the overall atmosphere of the restaurant. Our server was fairly attentive given the size of the crowd and the number of times he was drawn away to participate in the antics. We ordered the Build Your Own AYCE Family Platter. The rub on the ribs was very salty, the chicken was dry and the beef loin was closer to beef jerky. I realize that we may have gone on an off night and we haven't completely ruled out going again, but there are other buffet style restaurants on property that we have enjoyed much more like Boma, Ohana and Cape May.

Chef Mickey's Dinner: Not sure exactly what I expected when the family and I stepped foot into Chef Mickey's for Dinner to celebrate DS1's and DD3's birthdays with the fab five, but I definitely expected more than some dried out hamburgers, overdone Prime Rib and baked chicken masquerading as "tandori chicken." Again our server was outstanding and the character interactions with the kids were priceless, but I felt that it was extremely overpriced for what they were serving. Now, that being said, on another trip years later we chose to dine at Chef Mickey's for breakfast and it was simply amazing and well worth the price of admission.

LeCellier: As far as the restaurant itself I feel that it is completely overhyped and the reason that it always seemed to be impossible to book reservations is due to the maximum capacity of the restaurant (160 I believe). If I had a place like WDW with thousands of patrons committed to staying at my resorts on my property, attending my theme parks and dining in my restaurants located in those parks then I could probably squeeze several tables and chairs into my garage and declare that it was an exclusive "Signature" restaurant, but it doesn't change the fact that it's still a garage. That being said, the quality of the food is very good and we had a fun time with the servers (We're people persons and always try to have a good time with the CM's). As a 1TS restaurant I can see where LeCellier was a very popular and in demand restaurant, but it's not Signature Dining worthy except for the aforementioned limited seating capacity. If I'm on the DDP and I'm going to use 2TS credits on a steak then I'm dining at the Yachtsmen. However, if I could still get in to LeCellier for a late lunch on the 1xDDP, then I'd be fat, dumb and happy, but I believe it's now 2TS all the time...

I'm trying to think if there are any Quick Serve locations that we would not recommend or go back to again, but none seem to come to mind.....

Some have mentioned Toy Story Pizza Planet: We ate there once upon a time, but I recall it being neither outstanding nor blatantly horrible.

Others have mentioned ABC Commissary: We have eaten there on several occasions and while the food is nothing to write home about it helped fill a void in our lives and gave us comfort in our times of need... namely the rumblies in our tumblies.

The only one I can imagine having any issue with at all is Casey's Corner. I already know that this may be sacrilege to some, worthy of having me thrown off the DIS or forced to walk the plank , but I mention Casey's Corner not because the Cast Members are rude, because they are not. I say this not because I've ever had a bad meal there, because the food is pretty rocking for what it is. I say this not because it's dirty or not well ran, because it is not dirty and always well stocked when we go in. I say this because I have a HUGE mental block about paying $9.49 for the same chili cheese hot dog I can get at any 7-11 for $1.89. That's my biggest issue: price point. That being said I can't wait until September when I can sit at one of the outdoor tables, gaze at Cinderella's Castle and dive into one of Casey's Chili Cheese Dogs, large Coke and a mountain of French Fries.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:09 PM   #82
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I'd like to know when someone says, "Oh, San Angel was terrible! Never going back!" Was it because they didn't like the food? What food didn't they like?

Although, as I read more of these, the theme seems to be A. service problem (waiter they didn't like, took too long to get seated, etc... Nothing to do with the food) or B. Too bland (which I'm okay with because I would never expect Tony's, for example, to be spicy! In terms of flavor, order something with veggies and herbs. Usually people = flavor with "salt." It's on the table, folks. Feel free to take the cap off and dump it all over your food.)
I disagree with this since the restaurant I would not visit again is Marrakesh. I ordered the vegetable couscous, something with veggies and I would assume the herbs and flavors of Morocco. I did not like it since it was bland. I don't care about salt, I am not a huge salt fan, but I did expect it to have the flavors or at least some flavors of Morocco. It did not. I could and have made a more flavorful couscous dish myself.

It also was very skimpy, i.e. five chickpeas for protein on the entire plate. Just overall disappointing.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:51 PM   #83
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Chef Mickey's - Been there twice. Last time was for breakfast, my thoughts are it's tough to screw up a breakfast buffet. Give me some scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, toast, maybe a pastry and I'm all set. NONE of the food was hot. all lukewarm. After a couple bites it made me kind of sick to even look at the food. I ate nothing. The place was an unholy mess. Food everywhere, the buffet hadn't been straightened and cleaned, areas of the floor were just covered with food.

Le Cellier - They got three strikes from me and they are now out. I don't like sitting an eighth of an inch from my neighbor, though I could put up with it if the food were decent. 2 grisly, fatty steaks and 1 grisly fatty steak sandwich. I was really shocked this place couldn't give me a decent steak. I eat my steaks well done so I am used to eating steaks a little less juicy and charred. I am not, however, used to pulling gristle out of my mouth in every bite.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #84
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Boy oh boy. Soooooo many. Our trips to WDW are usually one week in length and we try to do a nice dinner 5 out of 7 nights. We typically end up in the MK during two of those nights, and when we go to the MK, food is a very low priority and we usually do QS for L and D. Fortunately, we have a rotation of about 10 places that keep us satisfied for our nicer meals. While we have dined at almost every restaurant at WDW, there are many, many places that left us with no desire to go back after a couple of tries. Some because of atrocious quality and some because of the Price/Quality ratio. Among these are:
  • 'Ohana
  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Narcoosee's
  • Whispering Canyon
  • Akershus
  • Nine Dragons
  • Chefs De France
  • Le Cellier
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • CRT
  • Pizza Planet-(what was I even thinking?)
  • Hollywood and Vine
  • Capt'n Jack's
  • Coral Reef
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I disagree with this since the restaurant I would not visit again is Marrakesh. I ordered the vegetable couscous, something with veggies and I would assume the herbs and flavors of Morocco. I did not like it since it was bland. I don't care about salt, I am not a huge salt fan, but I did expect it to have the flavors or at least some flavors of Morocco. It did not. I could and have made a more flavorful couscous dish myself.

It also was very skimpy, i.e. five chickpeas for protein on the entire plate. Just overall disappointing.
No, I agree with you. You would expect some level of flavor at a Morocco restaurant. However, not usually from the couscous. Maybe the tabouleh. The couscous salad that comes with the shawarma platter at the Tangierine Cafe has a bit of flavor, but it's not overwhelming. I think that's (again) the problem with saying that WDW is too bland. It has to be. The masses won't eat anything that is remotely flavorful. A vast majority of them probably believe that adventurous dining means bacon on your cheeseburger.
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Just returned from yet another wonderful vacation...this time 6 days at WDW and 2 days at USF. I am a huge WDW fan, planner and obsessed w/ the World...so my opinion is biased TOWARD WDW restaurants...

BUT...by comparison to the offsite restaurants, Disney came up short. I have always wondered why my dining at Disney does not taste as good as I expect and assumed I just became saturated with dining out since at home it is a once a week treat.

After 6 days of WDW dining, though, Tchoup Chop at Citywalk clearly stood way above any WDW meals. Even Perkins for breakfast had better flavors than most WDW meals.

The Back Bay lunch (bar and grill at Bonnet Creek) ranked 3rd out of 17 meals with a 8.5 score, beating Be Our Guest dinner by 2 places which ranked 5th with a score of 8.0 in our survey of 5 (3 adults and 2 teen boys).

Now, I am not saying we had any bad meals or bad experiences. All the WDW meals were good and we enjoyed almost all of them, the flavors are just not as great as the hype we see on here.

Here's the complete list of where we dined, by rank, restaurant, which meal, and our score (for those of you who really like the details):

1. Tchoup Chop, dinner, 10.0
2. 50's Prime Time (fried chicken and PBJ shake), lunch, 9.0
3. Back Bay (Bonnet Creek), lunch, 8.5
4. Crystal Palace, dinner, 8.5
5. Be Our Guest, dinner, 8.0
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8. Sanaa, dinner, 7.5
9. Sci-Fi, dinner, 7.5
10. Beaches n Cream, lunch 7.0
11. Churrascarria, dinner, 7.0
12. Margarittaville, lunch, 7.0
13. Perkins, breakfast, 6.5
14. Plaza, dinner, 6.0
15. Three Broomsticks, lunch 6.0
16. Flame Tree BBQ, lunch 2.0
17. Katsura Grill, lunch 1.5
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The only place I've gone and been truly disappointed has been Coral Reef. The restaurant seemed tired and dirty, the food bland and uninspired, and the service disinterested.


From a food and service perspective, CRT breakfast was also disappointing (especially given the price tag). But this is compensated by the experience of walking down an empty Main Street with a pre-park opening ADR, eating in the castle and being visited by princesses, and being able to get a jump start on Fantasyland after the meal.
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I don't know where to start because I find Disney food consistently horrible. The worst meal I ever had in Disney was at the ABC Commissary. My elementary school hot lunches were better.

As far as sit-down places go I'll agree with all the Le Cellier comments not because the food was horrible. It was passable. But definitely of a "Boston Market" type quality. I don't get the hype over anything there. The pretzel bread? Seriously? You can get those at the grocery store.

I also think the Wave is downright bad. The food is bland and unmemorable and the atmosphere is mystifying. The waiting area and bar is so cool in terms of the way it's lit up and then you go inside the restaurant and it's like beige, beige, beige. Very boring.

I also thought the old California Grill was super hyped up. Once again, the food was bland and the sushi was grocery store quality.
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I usually don't expect too much EXCEPT for the signature restaurants that take 2 DDP credits. I have to say that Wolfgang Puck Dining Hall was a huge disappointment.
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Just wondering if anyone was unhappy with a Disney restaurant and would suggest avoiding it. Our last trip to Disney was our first time there and we were very happy with most of the restaurants except for 50's Primetime Cafe. Yuck! The 50's atmosphere of linoleum, formica, and flowery wallpaper is probably really cute to some but my brain just screamed "remodel!" LOL. However, the main problem was the food which was unedible to me. We all left hungry because we couldn't stomach the food and went to get snacks.

Are there any others to avoid?
This! I am not going to say I will never ever go back, and I'm glad we tried it, but...yuck! I had the pot roast and it was super dry and my fiance's fried chicken looked disgusting even though he seemed to like it. I felt like I was in a time warp!
This is the only sit down restaurant I dislike (so far).
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