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Old 07-07-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Grand Floridian Cafe thoughts...

Has anyone been to the Grand Floridian Cafe for dinner? I am thinking about cancelling our ressie's at Liberty Tree Tavern for our last night (will be doing MNSSHP on Oct 16th - last night is Sunday Oct 19th)

Our group is 3 adults and my Mom LOVES the Grand Floridian so I thought we could do dinner there one night! Will we be missing eating at the Liberty Tree Tavern?

Plans as follows:
Oct 15th: Fly in - DTD Raglan Road Dinner
Oct 16th: Bkfst @ Captains Grille, Day at AK, Dinner at Boma - go to MNSSHP!!!!!!
Oct 17th: Epcot Day - Lunch @ Wine/Food Fest, Dinner at O'hana
Oct 18th: DHS Day - Lunch Mama Melrose (Fantasmic), Dinner @ 50s PT
Oct 19th: MK Day -Kona Breakfast, Lunch BOG FP hopefully, then either Liberty Tree or Grand Floridian Cafe?!

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p.s. - posted this on Dinner Review boards also - this board seems to get a bit more traffic!
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:51 PM   #2
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I have enjoyed dinner at grand Floridian cafe several times. I usually get the New York steak and it's been cooked perfectly. My husband loves the shrimp and grits and the service has always been fabulous. We eaten dinners on our first night since we arrive in the early evening from our flight and it's always been a wonderful option. I see your going to try to get a bog lunch pass so I am assuming your in MK your last day ... I personally would dine at Liberty tree tavern my last night and then ride a few rides for your last evening : )

Our last day at disney world is also a magic kingdom and we are doing an early lunch at Liberty tree tavern, early dinner at BOG and the wishes tomorrowland dessert party that evening. So you can tell I'm all in for MK that last day : )

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Old 07-07-2014, 05:08 PM   #3
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thank you!

My only concern is that our dinner is planned for Liberty Tree Tavern at 6:50pm and right after dinner we would have to leave because the MNSSHP is also being held that night!
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:16 PM   #4
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I've been the GFC twice, but never to LTT for dinner. I would probably give LTT a try because it'd be new/different and because the GFC didn't wow me either time I was there. The food at GFC was good, but nothing really remarkable. The service on the other hand had issues both times. The first time (at opening) it seemed like they started seating tables but the kitchen wasn't ready. Everything was very slow. The second time, it was still very slow, but this time the server wasn't very good. She seemed more like she's used to working at a fast food venue where it would be okay to drop plates onto the table and then slide them across the table to the diner and very rarely stop by to check on drinks. A bad server is not the restaurant's fault (per se), but the slow meal service seemed chronic. I would plan on dinner taking about 2 hours from when you are seated, which is on the long side for a non-Signature dinner.

If you are at the GF and you have the budget for it, I would consider one of the two Signatures (Citricos and Narcoossee's). Narcoossee's is my favorite restaurant at WDW and Citricos generally gets good reviews here on the Disboard.

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thank you! My only concern is that our dinner is planned for Liberty Tree Tavern at 6:50pm and right after dinner we would have to leave because the MNSSHP is also being held that night!
I don't think that's really a problem...for a lot of folks, that's how they like to plan a non-MNSSHP day. They get the latest possible ADR so they can maximize their day in MK and then have dinner. Be prepared to be escorted out of the park after you eat, but from past reports it sounds like they're very nice about it and it's not really a problem.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:18 AM   #5
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Great thread! We are going to the Grand Floridian Cafe for dinner in Dec. MK has the MVMCP that night but we're not going to the event. So we chose dinner here, first timers!
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:22 AM   #6
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Our Ratings of Grand Floridian Cafe: (*rev 5/21/2014*)
. . . food price value: C
. . . food quality: B
. . . food quantity per serving: C
. . . food prep speed: B
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: B
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: B
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: A
. . . staff attentiveness: B
. . . character interaction: n/a

Our recommendtions:
. . . appys:... Crab Cakes, Onion Soup
. . . entree:.. Grand Sandwich (lunch), New York Strip (dinner)
. . . dessert:. Boston Cream Pie

NOTE: The Cafe is on the ground floor overlooking the pool and courtyard. It is airy
and light inside, with a sophisticated coffee shop appeal. The food is tasty, with quality
well above average, but selections nothing too out of the ordinary. Our service always
has been outstanding. Worth jumping to for breakfast or dinner. The lunch menu has
changed and now not worth the journey, unless you are already there. We like Onion
Soup and The Grand Sandwich, which is close to an open-face club with an interesting
Boursin cheese sauce and fried onion straws, which we like to share as it is so big. For
dinner, the Bone-In New York Strip Steak is always tasty; the Shrimp and Grits not so
much. By the way, a good place to take young kids to start learning manners as it is
seldom very crowded.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:10 AM   #7
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We've eaten at GFC multiple times and always enjoy it. The food is great and a lovely atmosphere.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:13 PM   #8
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Has anyone been to the Grand Floridian Cafe for dinner? I am thinking about cancelling our ressie's at Liberty Tree Tavern for our last night (will be doing MNSSHP on Oct 16th - last night is Sunday Oct 19th)

Our group is 3 adults and my Mom LOVES the Grand Floridian so I thought we could do dinner there one night! Will we be missing eating at the Liberty Tree Tavern?

Plans as follows:
Oct 15th: Fly in - DTD Raglan Road Dinner
Oct 16th: Bkfst @ Captains Grille, Day at AK, Dinner at Boma - go to MNSSHP!!!!!!
Oct 17th: Epcot Day - Lunch @ Wine/Food Fest, Dinner at O'hana
Oct 18th: DHS Day - Lunch Mama Melrose (Fantasmic), Dinner @ 50s PT
Oct 19th: MK Day -Kona Breakfast, Lunch BOG FP hopefully, then either Liberty Tree or Grand Floridian Cafe?!

TIA

p.s. - posted this on Dinner Review boards also - this board seems to get a bit more traffic!
We ate there for dinner. Loved it. It's beautiful and we had a great table near the window looking out over the grounds. The food was really very good. It was one of our favorites of that trip! The dessert sampler was VERY good!

(Yes, this was from an early dinner!)


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Old 07-08-2014, 01:16 PM   #9
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We enjoyed the GF Cafe the couple times we went for both lunch and dinner. To be honest, in terms of bang for your buck, we would opt for the Cafe over Citricos. We felt Citricos was fine, but no better than most nice places in North Jersey and priced too high. Just my opinion though.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:41 PM   #10
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I would do dinner at GF Cafe over the LTT anytime.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:47 PM   #11
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I had dinner (and two breakfasts) at the Grand Flordian Cafe in May, and I absolutely loved it. The food was really good (though typical Disney overpriced), and the staff was probably the best staff of any Disney restaurant that I have eaten in--they couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. For dinner, I started with a great ceasar salad, then got a steak with mashed potatoes (best potatoes I've had in a long time), and some refreshing pineapple sorbet for dessert.

I like LTT at lunch, but I'm not a fan of their family style dinner. I just found the food to be very bland and boring.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:33 PM   #12
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We love the GL Cafe and consider it one of the hidden gems of DW. We love everything about this restaurant, especially the quietness that you don't find in many places at Disney. We have dined here many times over the years and it is always our go to place. We have also dined at LTT, but only for lunch and we were not overly impressed at all. I say give it a try, you may be surprised by what find.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:16 PM   #13
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We've eaten dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe several times and always enjoyed it. The food and service are very good and then we walk around the hotel afterward...very relaxing. The shrimp and grits were excellent!
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:31 PM   #14
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GFC is one of my favourite places to eat Lunch and dinner are both great. I think I would choose it over LTT, especially since you arent doing MNSSHP that night anyways. The service has always been good and the food is great! I love the grand sandwich at lunch and the pasta for dinner.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:22 PM   #15
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Thank you all so much for the comments!!!!

I think I may cancel my LTT ressie and switch!

Thanks again
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