Table service restaurants that don't get discussed much

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Masonmj84, May 16, 2013.

  1. >Ash<

    >Ash< Sorcerer Of The Magic Kingdom

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    Hi O.P here are my thoughts on those that i have tried. :)

    EP:
    Nine Dragons

    very traditional style chinese food, i love the fact that the Gung-Po (Kung-Po to most of us in the west) is the traditional hot and sour style dish rather than the sweet westerised version we are all so used to.

    i found the dinner their to be superb been their 2 over the years now. its always high on my list, their is just so many restraunts to try in disney

    AK:
    Yak and Yeti

    always singing its praises over on the other boards, this is a must do everytrip for me and my wife, the pot-stickers or dumplings are always nice to share before the meal, love that they do some nice stirfrys and its very different from the usual stuff you normally find in the parks. we stop every trip.

    POR:
    Boatright's


    jambalaya and corn bread nom nom nom .... nuff said
     
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  3. sephorachick

    sephorachick DIS Veteran

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    My opinion on your questions:

    MK:
    The Plaza - Great banana split!! OMG

    EP:
    Nine Dragons- n/a
    La Cantina de San Angel-my friends LOVE this place but I've never been

    AK:
    Yak and Yeti-n/a

    YC:
    Captian's Grille n/a

    BW:
    ESPN Club- It is okay nothing exciting
    Big River Grille-n/a

    POR:
    Boatright's-n/a

    SSR:
    Turf Club-n/a

    OKW:
    Oliva's-n/a

    CBR:
    Shutters

    CSR:
    Maya Grill-Not too exciting IME

    DTD:
    Wolfgang Puck Dining Room-n/a
    Bongos- I didnt care for it when I went
    Cap n Jacks-n/a
    House of Blues- Last time I went my pasta was SOOOO bland :(
    Paradiso 37- I really enjoyed this place!!
     
  4. River Country

    River Country DIS Jedi

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    almost tried this place but its very loud and my 6yo wont stand for that
     
  5. rcraw45425

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

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    Agree with this about Nine Dragons, the Kung Pao chicken is delicious, the rest has gotten marginal. We live in an era with Chinese restaurants on every corner but none are that great, basically due to the dumbing down required here. The spicing of the Kung Pao makes it a winner, but I'm always surprised that the server goes out of his way to tell me that it's spicy. That's what makes it good. The pricing, like all WDW restaurants, though , has gotten out of hand though. Hard to accept ~$100 for Chinese food
     
  6. ilovebassets

    ilovebassets Animal Kingdom fanatic!

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    We really enjoy Yak and Yeti--have eaten there twice. Food is pretty good (your standard pan Asian affair with some good fish dishes). We enjoy the green bean appetizer. The theming is really nice inside. It has an exotic, breezy feel to it, especially sitting upstairs near a window. I think if AK were open later, more people would eat there for dinner.
     
  7. lizzi6692

    lizzi6692 DIS Veteran

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    We liked Yak and Yeti and would consider it a hidden gem. Captain's Grille, not so much. We went there and it was not busy at all. We got there 15 minutes before our ADR time and it was still nearly 30 minutes after our ADR time when we were seated, surrounded by empty tables that had obviously been empty for awhile. Then we waited another 20+ minutes for someone to take our drink orders and when our food came out it had obviously been sitting under a heat lamp for awhile. The food is nothing you can't find at a mediocre chain steak place at home and I would not call it a hidden gem.
     
  8. sabcook

    sabcook Mouseketeer

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    I love the Plaza for getting out of the crowds and chaos of the MK. No complaints about the food - love the club sandwich and the milkshakes. I personally only have about a half days worth of patience for MK anyway, so if we aren't heading back to the resort I cry uncle and we head to the Plaza.

    We are looking forward to trying Yak and Yeti on our next trip.
     
  9. rcraw45425

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

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    Ha, years ago we were CL at the YC. Tired and didn't feel like going into EPCOT for our ADR, tried to get into CG without an ADR. The entire restaurant was empty yet they told us they were booked up for the entire night! :rotfl: Glad we missed out!
     
  10. BlueStarryHat

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    Nine Dragons was just a run of the mill Chinese restaurant for us, and very expensive, at that.

    I like the Plaza, even though it's nothing really special. Good sandwiches, and I really enjoyed my chicken and strawberry salad the last time I ate there.

    The other places I can't speak to.
     
  11. jwfla422

    jwfla422 DIS Veteran/Philly Native

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    MK:
    The Plaza--We enjoy this restaurant very much. Feel free to check out my review here:
    Our Dining Experience at The Plaza with photos

    EP:
    Nine Dragons--I'm not a big Chinese food person but my db and family were just there and gave me a review and they did enjoy it. Feel free to check it out here:
    Nine Dragons Dinner Review with photos

    YC:
    Captian's Grille I--we always enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner here. We dine here for one or a few meals when we stay in the Epcot Resort area. Feel free to check out my breakfast review:
    Our Captain's Grille Breakfast Experience with photos

    OKW:
    Olivia's--we were just there a week and a half ago for breakfast and it was pretty good. Currently working on a review for that.:thumbsup2

    DTD
    Paradiso 37--LOVE THIS PLACE!!!:thumbsup2 Just there on Cinco De Mayo and had another great meal! Just posted my review too! Feel free to check it out:
    Our Paradiso 37 Dinner Experience with photos
     
  12. roselark

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    Here are the ones I have been to:

    La Cantina de San Angel: as others have said, this is counter service, but I LOVE it. The tacos de carne are awesome. If you actually meant La Hacienda de San Angel, well, I LOVED that too! I would call that a hidden gem and hope it stays hidden so I can continue to get ADRs there! :)

    Yak and Yeti: Ate here last year only because I had a Landry's gift card. I was VERY pleasantly surprised. Going back on my next trip in 2 weeks.

    Olivia's: I had heard such great things about this place that I decided to give it a try for breakfast when I stayed at OKW in January. I was horribly disappointed.

    Big River Grill: My sister-in-law and I ate here a few years ago and got horrid service. I won't be going back.
     
  13. MFMont

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    Big River Grille has improved over the last 12 months. Did not like it much last year. We got stuck there this year just because of timing and it was much improved. We liked it so much we had a second lunch there and will go again.
     
  14. AndreaDM

    AndreaDM <font color=red>Yeah...we mainly colored that day<

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    I'll answer for the ones we've eaten at.

    MK:
    The Plaza - Liked it, great place esp. if paying out of pocket.

    EP:
    Nine Dragons - Ate here once in 2010, it was good, nothing special except that we had a good view of Illuminations from our table.
    La Cantina de San Angel

    AK:
    Yak and Yeti - Liked it, really liked the won ton dessert. I know everyone raves about Tusker House, but when we are hot and tired we prefer a nice, cool place to sit instead of a buffet.

    YC:
    Captian's Grille

    BW:
    ESPN Club
    Big River Grille

    POR:
    Boatright's

    SSR:
    Turf Club

    OKW:
    Oliva's

    CBR:
    Shutters

    CSR:
    Maya Grill

    DTD:
    Wolfgang Puck Dining Room
    Bongos
    Cap n Jacks
    House of Blues
    Paradiso 37
     
  15. VillianDiva

    VillianDiva Falling in LOVE with Disney!

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    I've never tried the others mentioned though.
     
  16. cluvsdisney

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    As mentioned, a lot of these places are out of the way or have a general theme that is overshadowed by nearby restaurants. The menus aren't super special or have anything that guests generally can't get at home.

     
  17. brerrabbit

    brerrabbit Sixth Generation Native Texan

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    We tried the Plaza for the first time last trip. Walk up waited 20 minutes and were seated. We really enjoyed it because the wife wanted a banana split the whole vacation and finally got one there. I had the Rueben and it was great. We usually pay OOP so no issue with credits.

    La Cantina, the food is okay and on busy days before 2:00 you can actually sit inside in air conditioning in what is the back of Hacienda San Angel. We found out by accident and the ac made that meal very pleasant.

    Nine Dragons, have not been there in 10 years.

    Yak and Yeti. Don't spoil this one for everyone. We enjoy it and eat there almost every trip. No ADR and very little wait. The food is good not great but we like the atmosphere and the ac. It is actually a Landry Resturaunt which is the group that owns Rainforest Cafe and T Rex. THey are based out of Houston so we are very familiar with them and eat at their resturaunts enough to have their discount card which we can use there.

    The rest we have not tried and probably won't.

    The one other place we have found and really enjoyed is not really a secret but was the Food Court at the Art of Animation Resort. We went there just to see if we would want to stay there on future trips and walked through it and wound up having lunch. The make your own salad and make your own pasta areas were good and we had fruit smoothies for desert as we toured the resort.
     
  18. bennifer

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    Nine Dragons - We ate there 10 yrs ago with my VERY picky son and he loved it. He actually still talks about that meal. ;) But...we haven't been there for at least 5 years because it just kept getting progressively worse.

    Maya Grille - Pleasantly surprised! We stay alot at the CSR, but only tried this on our last visit, and what a shame to have waited so long! We will be going back!

    The rest - still on my list to try.
     
  19. shannyk

    shannyk Earning My Ears

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    Raglan Road. Good food and fun for both young and old.
     
  20. Itinkso

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    Turf Club: Mint Lamb Chops served w/honey polenta is very good! DD enjoys their Root Beer Pork Chop! Turf Club has become our arrival day destination.
     
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