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Big River Grille

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by earthiejen, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. earthiejen

    earthiejen Mouseketeer

    Jan 17, 2009
    Had anyone tried Big River Grille and Brewing Company?

    I am trying to make a list of restaurants we want to try this trip. This is a restaurant I don't think I have ever heard someone talk about. I hope there isn't a reason for that. :confused3
    We want to try new places this time. If anyone wants to throw out some less talked about restaurants feel free. I guess that could differ from person to person.
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  3. Figee17

    Figee17 Mouseketeer

    Apr 20, 2012
    we have eaten there and it was good. nothing exciting but good basic sandwiches. we also enjoyed il mulino at the swan on that trip.

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  4. AlohaAnnie

    AlohaAnnie DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2006
    It is good, I wouldn't make a trip out of the way. If you are staying at Boardwalk it would be a great option.
  5. MinnieLovesMickey12

    MinnieLovesMickey12 DIS Veteran

    Dec 16, 2012
    I was looking over WDW meus on allears and noticed the Big River Grill and decided we are going to try it on our next trip. But I am not familiar with the Boardwalk area at all.

    I'm curious...do you park at the Boardwalk hotel parking lot then go through the hotel to get to all the restaurants along the boardwalk?
  6. cladams

    cladams Earning My Ears

    Jan 8, 2013
    My wife and I go here every trip. It's weird because I kinda groan when she tells me we are going there but after our meal I am pleased. In fact, I've never really had a bad meal or a bad experience there. I love the Boardwalk so it makes for a nice evening to stroll around after dinner.

    MinneLovesMickey12, if you drive or take a bus to the Boardwalk you can go through the hotel and then downstairs to access all the restaurants, shops, etc. If you leave EPCOT through the International Gateway, the Boardwalk is a short walk. Or you can take the boat from either EPCOT or Hollywood Studios.

  7. fd1972uk

    fd1972uk Mouseketeer

    Apr 21, 2009
    Looking forward to trying this too on our trip to the boardwalk.

  8. debbie1996

    debbie1996 Earning My Ears

    Jan 3, 2013
    This was actually one of our favorite meals - we were just there for lunch on Saturday 1/5. We were staying at the Beach Club and spent the morning at Hollywood Studios. We took the boat over (actually getting off at the Swan & Dolphin and walking over the bridge) and saw open tables outside and decided to stop. The pork sandwiches were yummy - the beers were tasty (I was bitter that they only have the wheat seasonally-but got over it). I think my kids ordered burgers, but whateve they ordered they ate and enjoyed. We just sat and relaxed for an hour or so. Or kids wandered the boardwalk a bit when they finished while we just relaxed and watched the water. In the middle of the day the boardwalk is really quiet and was a really nice break from the insanity of HS.

    We had tried the Beaches and Cream the day before and frankly enjoyed the Grill much more - we are never going to be the type to order the Kitchen Sink anyway and for actual food B & C is crowded and a long wait for lunch.

    I would definitely go back. We headed back to HS later in the day. I think it makes a great lunch spot from either HS or Epcot, and lets you get out of the chaos.
  9. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

    Jun 22, 2001
    It's not in a park (it is at the Boardwalk resort), there is no theming or characters, that may be why you do not hear much about it. The parks are usually where the action is, outside the parks it's themed restaurants, unusual cuisine or restaurants that offer a view of something. It isn't operated by Disney and ADRs can't be made there.

    I like it OK, the beer is good (craft beer aficionados will only find it passable) and the food is regular pub-style chain restaurant food.
  10. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    We found it to be incredibly loud and it didn't smell very good. The food wasn't great, and the service was pretty bad. I don't plan on eating there again.
  11. Ro Z

    Ro Z DIS Veteran

    May 22, 2010
    We like it and usually go once a trip when we stay at BWV. The nachos are great. DH likes the steak and shrimp. I usually get the chicken dish. I have even ordered the chicken sandwich which is only on the lunch menu. But after nachos I didn't want a big meal. No problem! Desserts are good too, cheesecake.........yum! FYI they don't have fries.
  12. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Common sense is so rare, should be a Super Power.

    Aug 8, 2000
    Our Ratings of Big Rive Grille and Brewing: (7/16/2012)
    . . . food price value: D
    . . . food quality: C
    . . . food quantity per serving: C
    . . . food prep speed: B
    . . . food selection: B
    . . . seating quantity: B
    . . . seating comfort: C
    . . . eatery atmosphere: C
    . . . eatery convenience: B
    . . . staff friendliness: B
    . . . staff attentiveness: D
    . . . character interaction: n/a

    NOTE: They have a good selection home brew, naturally. They
    also have a nice variety of "bar food" appetizers, and a good choice
    of dinner entrees. Surprisingly the food is above average. We like
    the Artichoke Dip, the Blackened Mahi Mahi Caesar Salad, and their
    Meatloaf. (We think the ribs need a lot of help. Flame Tree BBQ has
    far better ribs.) They do not take ressies, but you can call the eatery
    direct and get "call ahead seating". Usually the service is quick and
    friendly. The big negative is that they are far too overpriced for the
    quantity of food they serve.
  13. AngiTN

    AngiTN DIS Veteran

    Mar 7, 2011
    Oddly enough, Big River is actually a local restaurant to me here in my home town. It was started here. We eat at the one here all the time but have not eaten at the one in Disney. I have thought about stopping in there to compare them but there is always so much other to pick from it seems wasteful to eat at a place we can go to on any night we wish. Maybe we need to stop in for a beer from home on our trip next month
  14. ready2vacation

    ready2vacation Mouseketeer

    Jun 27, 2010
    We've eaten at the Chattanooga, Nashville, and Disney locations and don't think any of them are very good, but of the three, Disney is my least favorite - no atmosphere, poor service, overpriced menu (well, I guess that is par LOL), and dirty seating area.
  15. rcraw45425

    rcraw45425 <font color=darkorchid>I'm a 43 year old mom with

    Aug 26, 2004
    Ate there the evening of Jan 1, give it a "meh". Meatloaf, grilled chicken salad, quesadilla, ribeye and grilled fish sandwich with sodas were well ove $100. Food was wrong when it came out, as in wrong items delivered to table. Meatloaf tasted odd, extremely heavy on the Italian Sausage (?), did not taste like any meatloaf we'd ever had before. My salad was okay, not worth $15 though. Ribeye was stringy, but the teenager ate it. It was available with no wait for a reason ;)
  16. mhnewcomb

    mhnewcomb Mouseketeer

    Mar 22, 2010
    We have one here in Nashville...food is good, but there are other, better Disney options.


    If you happen to be kicking around the Boardwalk in the fall, and find yourself in the mood for a good beer, you absolutely positively cannot go wrong with Big River Octoberfest brew. WOW. ::yes::
  17. JustBusiness

    JustBusiness Earning My Ears

    Nov 5, 2009
    I will echo others, it's decent for a break from DHS for lunch if you want beers, and mediocre, but passable food. It's overpriced for what it is. Food quality on par with ESPN.

    As far as other less talked about restaurants, we just found a new one we really like, the Turf Club at SSR. It's great for a day you're not going into parks. We like the Brie en croute! Rack of lamb and prime rib. They also have themed cocktails, like Mint Juleps.

    We also enjoyed Artists Point for a signature dining meal. It's probably $20 more, per person, if drinking and having apps. Just ask for a table by a window, the middle of the restaurant is fairly loud, lots of kids the night we were there.

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