Which Disney restaurants were you unhappy with?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by SandiR, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. bcanterbury

    bcanterbury Earning My Ears

    Jun 23, 2013
    I agree with those who can not stomach H&V or 50's diner...you can tell the food comes out of the same kitchen and it is a mass produced mess. Am not big on buffets to begin with, but H & V takes the cake. We always go on a meal plan, but unfortunately the time we ate there we planned a spur of the moment trip w the fam over a break...Good reservations were hard to come by. it seems like they get harder to come by every year. so book early friends or you may be spending a small fortune on food you think they need to pay you to eat.

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  3. cymbaldiva

    cymbaldiva DIS Veteran

    Jan 1, 2001
    Maybe you should have done a little research beforehand since you have food restrictions - looking at menus and reading reviews? 50's is a themed restaurant that serves comfort food - I wouldn't suggest it for vegetarian/pescitarian. I believe they used to have a fish special though.

    Also, please forgive me if I can't take this entirely seriously - you said you only ate one bite, so how do you know the whole meal literally tasted like cardboard?

    Perhaps if you told us more about what was wrong with everyone else's meal it would help...?
  4. Claudia Kellenberger

    Claudia Kellenberger DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    For me - I have always loved the 50's Prime Time. Months before vacation I already knew that I was going to order the "sampler" dinner. This is some of the pot roast, some of the fried chicken, and some of the meat loaf. I already knew that I probably would not eat the entire thing. MOST of the dinner was good, except the meat loaf was truly disgusting. The fried chicken was fabulous. The next vacation that I ordered there, I told the CM that the fried chicken was as wonderful as the meat loaf was gross. So .... they just gave me the plate of the pot roast and two pieces of chicken instead of one.
    This worked out well.

    I usually vacation solo, and I find that the 50's décor, and the TV sets entertain me while I am eating. ( I grew up in the 50's )
  5. theelfqueen

    theelfqueen Mouseketeer

    Jun 11, 2013
    My worst Disney Dining Experience was definitely at the 50s Prime Time Cafe -- the food was TERRIBLE.
  6. cymbaldiva

    cymbaldiva DIS Veteran

    Jan 1, 2001
    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?
  7. mrcarder

    mrcarder Mouseketeer

    Jul 28, 2010
    Tony's - dessert was ok, but food was very average or less, and service was not good. Off our list.

    Yak & Yeti counter - food was all mushed together, not fresh, no flavor.

    LeCellier - we kept giving it chances, because it was the best dinner experience my wife and I had the first couple of times we went years ago before kids. Great meals, great friendly servers, etc. It progressively got worse, to the last time we went ~4 years ago was the worst dining experience we had. They didn't check with us down at kidscot (we double checked before going), so we had a loooong wait past our reservation (just 4 of us), hostess was very rude, very crowded (more crowded over the years), rude careless waiter, messed up our orders, messed up our ticket, just terrible. I wrote Disney when we got back to the room, and cancelled a second reservation we had there for our last night that week. I did get called, and the manager person I exchanged messages with to seemed to be understanding and accommodating, we were offered a return reservation, but would be called back. We were called late late on the last night, so that didn't work out either. I don't think I'm doing justice just how bad it was. Off our list forever, and we go through this whole story whenever it comes up.

    Edit - just read through the other posts, surprised by a few (we love ohana), but forgot about 1900 PF - ok the first couple of times we went, but the last couple of times were painful. Last time was 2 years ago, they weren't terribly busy, but made us wait 30-40 minutes past our reservation time and the host/hostesses were rude and seemed to be lost in what they were doing. Food was so so, desserts were minimal, over all experience was not worth it. Off our list too.
  8. Ro Z

    Ro Z DIS Veteran

    May 22, 2010
    We usually order 2 of the chicken or pot roast as we do not like the meatloaf either! I like the decor. I am a 1959 baby so this is a little before my time but I still luv it!
  9. capegirl

    capegirl DIS Veteran

    Jan 1, 2003
    I suppose you could say that eating at Disney is consistently inconsistent. Disney food is very expensive, and I think we have high expectations based on cost and hype; we're disappointed when the food doesn't measure up to our standards. I have had many memorable dinning 'experiences' at Disney, but to be perfectly honest I have never had what I consider to be a truly spectacular meal. On the other hand, I have enjoyed some fabulous desserts, snacks and drinks. Our most dreadful meal was at Tony's; a shame considering it's charm factor, and location.
  10. dizzwizz

    dizzwizz DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2013
    We most likely will not try Le Cellier again. Claustrophobic, dark setting. Sardine seating. Salt with optional pretzel bread. Chaotic waiting area. Our favorite aspects were the Beer Cheese Soup (yum!) and the helpful waitress.

    We've been to the Kona Cafe many times and it's either really great or really bad, depending on your server.

    Our first waitress acted like she didn't care about being there at all. She couldn't even crack a pretend smile for the life of her!

    Our next waiter was the best. He had been there for years and his love for people and experience showed. He told us he was being transferred to Be Our Guest. Their gain, Kona's loss.

    Finally, the third waitress we had was an older woman who was busy sweeping the floors at our feet and told us it was "time to go!" Really? You don't say. Needless to say, her attitude was indeed reflected in the tip we left for her!

    So, Kona is not out as we love their food, but if we get anymore grouchy gulches, it might be time to look for something else!
  11. brockash

    brockash DIS Veteran

    Jul 16, 2008
    Hollywood & Vine and San Angel Inn.

    H&V: Food was just horrible, service was okay, but we literally left hungry. We'd go back for breakfast possibly, but never again for a lunch/dinner.

    San Angel Inn: Worst service I've ever had in my life. Honestly, it's been almost a year and I am still angry when I think about it. This guy was the rudest server I've every encountered. I really liked the atmosphere, and was really the reason we went in the first place, but the server was completely rude our entire meal and then it literally took 40 mins. to get our bill once we asked for it. He'd come back and clear dishes, came back and filled waters...-obviously didn't ask for as we just wanted to get on with our day. I had to ask the guy 3 different times for the bill. I was so infuriated by the time we left. The food was so-so for us, but I'll never go back purely because of him.

    Now, a couple places that I can't imagine not going to during a trip Plaza and Liberty Tree Tavern.

    Plaza: Really like the food and location. It's a nice low-key break.

    Liberty Tree Tavern: Tried it for the first time last year, and really enjoyed ourselves. Food was good and our server was just perfect. -Seriously we ate here after our crazy encounter at San Angel Inn last trip and I could have just kissed our server. He was great, very polite, very timely and honestly it was like he read our body movements at the table and knew when we were done with something, were getting low on a drink, were ready for the bill etc. If I could have hired him to be my personal server for the entire trip, I would have. I even emailed Disney about how great he was when we got back. I can't remember his name now (started with an E, I think) but I have it written down somewhere. We'll be looking for him next trip.
  12. MinnieLee

    MinnieLee DIS Veteran

    Sep 24, 2007
    There are not too many that we were not happy with but these came to mind immediately.

    Tony's - Agree with pp - Chef Boy-R-De.

    Coral Reef - atmosphere was good but the food was not. Service was not that great either

    Whispering Canyons - Dinner - we really had enjoyed the breakfast but were really disappointed in the new dinner menu. Just Ok but not one we will rush to go back to
  13. MrEVILdrPorkchop2u

    MrEVILdrPorkchop2u DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2012
    Be Our Guest for dinner was a disappointment for our family. We love it for their lunch however.
  14. catho72

    catho72 DIS Veteran

    Jan 17, 2008
    Our least favorite restaurants:

    Tony's.....I see we are not alone with this assessment.

    Pizza Planet....I am not a fan of waiting an hour in line to order our food (never waited that long at any other QS and we are at WDW during peak times) and then be served cardboard-tasting pizza.

    And the one I'm most shocked about making its debut appearance on this thread is ABC Commissary. We've eaten there twice...once because we didn't know any better and once because we were hot and tired and it is air conditioned and had no line. Yuck. Hamburgers are bad and even the prepackaged desserts were bad. The only tasty item...the prepackaged grapes.

    I am not a fan of the Electric Umbrella but the rest of my family enjoys it.

    Pinocchio Village Haus has lost points since they removed Figaro Fries from the menu years ago. Now we prefer to dine at Pecos Bill's or Columbia Harbor House.

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  15. pumba

    pumba DIS PUMBARIZER Moderator

    Dec 28, 1999
    thankfully we all have likes and dislikes...PHEWWWW....if the case was "everyone" loves just loves one particular restaurant ...we would never ever get a reservation..
    SOME of the dislikes on this post ..I found not bad...but some peoples LOVES just didnt hit it for me.
    IT wasnt because of the food..but it just wasnt our type of food..

    have a good day
  16. GillianP1301

    GillianP1301 DIS Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    I'm basing this only on our trip last summer since we did DDP and for the first time really got into Disney dining, my other trips are way too long ago. I found the majority of our meals to be mediocre, not disappointing at all and also not anything I would rave about. A couple were really great and a couple were just awful. I didn't have really high expectations going in, so I was not upset at all with the mediocre stuff.

    The one that stands out in my mind as being the most disappointing was Flame Tree BBQ. The food was cold and stale tasting, like it had been sitting out for way too long and the ribs were tough. The service was horrendously slow and it wasn't even all that busy. I had 3 people in front of me in line and it took nearly 20 minutes to get my food. Just seemed like mass confusion behind the counter.
  17. MichiganDVC

    MichiganDVC Can barely see my Kool-aid bath with these Rose-co

    Sep 1, 2010
    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.)
  18. NC Disney Fan

    NC Disney Fan Live long Disney Lover and visitor

    Mar 28, 2013
    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!!
  19. irishtigger

    irishtigger DIS Veteran

    Mar 12, 2010
    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
  20. wicked.witch.of.wdw

    wicked.witch.of.wdw Are you my jolly sailor bold?

    Jul 11, 2010
    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. :sick: DHS in general needs to step up the food.
  21. Mousemommy1

    Mousemommy1 DIS Veteran

    Dec 6, 2010
    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. :crazy2:

    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. :scared:

    4. Captain's Grille ~ Awfully slow service (took 2+ hours for dinner). Nasty food. Scallops undercooked. No chicken, nor noodle in chicken noodle soup :rolleyes1 And $10 extra for the crab cake meal that "included potatoes" but really, did not...:confused3

    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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