Eating Near HS

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by 4under4, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. 4under4

    4under4 I believe

    Mar 15, 2010
    We will be at HS for two of the 3 days of the last Star Wars weekend. I have ADRs for Playhouse breakfast and Sci Fi for dinner, but I'm really not excited about the Sci Fi (not sure the 4 yr olds will like it, and we can't all sit together). None of the other restaurants really thrill me. I could go back to H&V for a dinner buffet, but it seems silly to eat at the same restaurant twice when there are so many to choose from.

    How hard would it be to leave the park for a resort dinner and go back (we plan to see Fantasmic both nights so we would be going back)? I don't want to go too far or waste too much time, but I really want to have a nice meal. We are on the dining plan and have two picky-eaters (ds8 & ds6) / two adventurous eaters (DS/DD4).

    Any thoughts? I wold love to try Kouzzina but I can't find a kids menu. Or the Maya Grill looks good too. ANY suggestions would be welcome (or just tell me to stick with the Sci Fi ressie and be happy!). :scared:
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  3. eelkmj01

    eelkmj01 DIS Veteran

    Jul 7, 2008
    Kouzzina would be relatively easy since it's at the Boardwalk. You could take a ferry or walk. I think the Maya Grill would be a bit more time consuming since you'd have to go to CS. Here's the link to Kouzzina's kids' menu
  4. PictureJumpr

    PictureJumpr At Least 'til it Rains

    Jan 12, 2007
    I haven't yet tried Kouzzina, but the general reviews are not great.

    Maya Grill would be quite a trip - I'd check out the options at the Epcot resorts...

    Beach Club does the Cape May Clambake (seafood buffet)
    Beach Club also has Beaches & Cream (burgers & ice cream); they do not accept ADRs, so you'd have to gamble with time on this one
    Yacht Club has the Captain's Grille - one of my personal favorites (steaks/chops/crab legs)
    Boardwalk has the aforementioned Kouzzina, and also the ESPN Grill.

    We also like the 50s Prime Time in DHS; it's not fancy but the food has always been good. It's next door to the H&V.
  5. mouselovenfamily

    mouselovenfamily DIS Veteran

    Jul 23, 2007
    We are leaving HS too for dinner and are going to try Big River Grill. You may wnt to check out that menu.:goodvibes
  6. Tinkerbellie16

    Tinkerbellie16 <marquee><font color=deeppink>Certified <font colo

    Apr 3, 2009
    I LOVE 50s primetime cafe at HS. Great food, ambience, and fun for the whole family!

    You can hop on the boat to Swan/Dolphin if you want. Bluezoo is fabulous (I've eaten there) but I'm not sure if the kids will love the seafood. The Swan has the Italian restaurant too which has gotten good reviews.

    I haven't tried Kouzzina but unlike others, I have been reading a lot of good reviews (and yes, some bad ones too - but no restaurant appeals to everyone).

    The ESPN club at the Boardwalk might appeal to the kids more if they are into sports.
  7. jdisnut

    jdisnut DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009
    We had a wonderful experience at Kouzzina, and I strongly recommend it. I suggest skipping Maya Grill and sticking with the restaurants in the Epcot resort area. There are plenty of tasty options within walking distance.

    The ferry is comfortable and pleasant, but I typically choose the pathway. Traveling by foot is not always appealing after a long day of touring, but it's a lovely walk on a nice day. By the time you reach the restaurant, you will have built up a big appetite and will feel less guilty indulging in a sundae at Beaches & Cream after so much exercise.
  8. MinnieLovesMickey

    MinnieLovesMickey Peyton Manning's #1 Fan!

    Mar 18, 2010
    Have you thought about doing the the Fantasmic Dining Package? DH and I eat at Mama Melrose's. It's $32.99pp (not sure how much for kids:sad2:). Each gets an app, entree, dessert and non alcohol drink. They have a pretty good menu. I've tried the pepperoni flatbread (thick slices of pepperoni) and the chicken pipette pasta, both are very good.

    Also love the food at 50's!:thumbsup2
  9. pixarmom

    pixarmom DIS Veteran

    Oct 20, 2009
    We really love Mama Melrose! We haven't done the Fantasmic! package there, but we think they have good food, reasonable prices and relaxing atmosphere. When we were there last month, the service was outstanding, too! (And we have 3 boys - aged pre-school to pre-teen.)

    We stayed at BC last trip, and thought the walk around Crescent Lake was really nice, and easy to get to the Boardwalk for restaurants if you decide to go that route.

    P.S. Also loved Brown Derby - my new favorite restaurant at WDW - and our pickiest eater found some great options on the kids' menu!
  10. levisfam

    levisfam Mouseketeer

    Apr 11, 2010
    I have to agree that The Big River Grill was awesome! The whole family loved it and we have 2 very picky eaters (DD 5 & DS 9).
  11. itchin2go

    itchin2go When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

    May 8, 2007
    Don't forget about Flying Fish. :)

    For families, I really think Mama Melrose has an appealing menu. There's also 50s Prime Time ....

    Beaches & Cream might not qualify as a *nice* dinner, but it's cute and fun, and definitely has a family friendly menu.

    Getting from DHS to the Epcot resort area (BW, BC/YC, Swan/Dolphin) is SO easy and SO fast.

    If you have hoppers, you could HOP on over to Epcot for dinner too ....

    I wouldn't go past that Epcot resort area/Epcot and try to get back for Fantasmic. If you're done for the night, you could go anywhere, but to go somewhere and then come back, I think you definitely need to stay in that area.
  12. auntie

    auntie <font color=darkorchid>It's a really lovely way to

    Jan 7, 2003
    I'd also recommend Mama Melrose. You really can't go wrong there.
  13. Robert P

    Robert P GLOBEX - taking over your world one country at a t

    Oct 24, 2002
    For a nearby meal, I would say the Swan/Dolphin are the best bet. You can go fancy (Il Mulino, BlueZoo, Shula's) or casual (Cabana, The Fountain, Picabu). The S/D boat ride takes 7-8 minutes of travel time, and you could easily walk it in 15 minutes if you just miss the boat.
  14. Witherbark

    Witherbark Mouseketeer

    Feb 9, 2010
    Personally, I find the dining choices at HS appeal the least to me. I didn't have a good experience at Mama Melrose's last year. I do love The Fountain at the Dolphin. It's convenient to HS (boat ride) and has a diner style menu - great vegetarian sloppy joe's.

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