Big River Grille & Brewing Works

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by bowlingchicaroo, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. bowlingchicaroo

    bowlingchicaroo Mouseketeer

    Jul 25, 2007
    o.k. i have my ADR's booked already for our trip in January...i just happened across the BIG RIVER GRILLE & BREWING question is: is this place better than SPOODLES? because the menu at big river looks yummier than spoodles...if it is i will cancel spoodles and booked at big river grille...

    HELP ME!!!
  2. disnut8

    disnut8 DIS Veteran

    Jan 21, 2005
    The Disney dining reservation system doesn't take seatings for Big River Grille. I've heard of people calling the restaurant directly and getting a reservation but it's advertised as first come, first serve.

    Now you will be getting a lot of negative review of Big River Grille. I'm not one of them. We like it, wouldn't say we LOVE it, but it's decent and I like their menu alot better than Spoodles.

    Before the negatives come barreling in, I have never had cold food, rude server, bad experience, or whatever you are going to hear. We wouldn't go back to it if that was the case. The beer sampler is the best bargain in Disney World.

    Go with what YOU want to do and don't pay attention to reviews.
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  4. Hopefully

    Hopefully DIS Veteran

    Nov 3, 1999
    It does get many, consistently bad reviews here. But we too enjoyed it and we have been several times, although the most recent time was more than 5 years ago.
    If the menu appeals to you, and you realize what it is - a brew pub - and you set your expectations accordingly you will probably be happy.
    Know that every hotel and restaurant at WDW gets both positive and negative reviews here on the DIS all the time. We all have different likes and dislikes.
    Enjoy whatever you decide.
  5. crushonmickey

    crushonmickey Mouseketeer

    Aug 6, 2003
    The beer is great. The food is okay. I don't like the atmosphere at all. It is very loud in there. We've been twice, and we probably won't go again. There are too many other good restaurants in that area.
  6. i3utterfli82

    i3utterfli82 Disneyliscious

    Aug 13, 2006
    DON'T DO IT! While I have never eaten at Spoodles, it HAS TO BE better than Big River Grill.....seriously.
  7. gatour

    gatour DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2002
    I would stick with Spoodles, but don't find Big River to be horrible. If I were you I would at the menus to help you decide. Does one appeal to you more than another.
  8. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Apr 29, 2004
    ITA. And I have eaten at Spoodles.
  9. MickMan

    MickMan DIS Veteran

    Dec 8, 2000
    I personally have Big River Grille at the top of my list for places I will never go to again. Had the worst service I have ever had at a restaurant. The place was practically empty and we had to keep flagging people down to get service. The food was below average at best.:headache:

    Ate at Spoodles and loved it. The service was exceptional and the food was awesome. I would not hesitate to eat at Spoodles again.:thumbsup2

    Just one person’s opinion.
  10. awatt

    awatt <font color=CC66CC>My pontoon boat is like a float

    Oct 6, 2002
    We love Spoodles. Big River was simply put teh worst meal I have ever eaten in a restaurant, with bad service to match the poor food quality. Never again. And we're not picky.
  11. Disneymoon678

    Disneymoon678 A dream is a wish your heart makes...

    Feb 17, 2007
    I think Big River is a great brewery and pub.

    The jalapeno cheese dip is awesome and so is the beer cheese soup! The Rocket Red Ale is definitely great, as are all of their microbrews. I have never had poor food or service there.
  12. dznymom1

    dznymom1 DIS Veteran

    Feb 7, 2001
    I always enjoy both Spoodles and the Big River. But for me, dining at Big River outside on the Boardwalk is one of my favorite places to eat in all of Disney World.
  13. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

    Mar 20, 2000
    We had terrible service, rude hostess, dirty table and burnt/frozen (at the same time) food. We won't eat there again.
  14. Hawk

    Hawk DIS Veteran

    Aug 22, 1999
  15. Uncleromulus

    Uncleromulus Plain grey will be fine

    Jan 28, 2001
    If all you want is a burger and a beer, BRG is fine. Otherwise, I'd skip it.
  16. eeyoreiscool

    eeyoreiscool DIS Veteran

    Oct 10, 2005
    I would probably keep Spoodles as well. While we didn't have a bad time at BRG, it defiantely wasn't one of our favorite places to eat.
  17. TommyTutone

    TommyTutone Mouseketeer

    Aug 23, 2005
    We ate at both Spoodles and Big River last year and very much prefer Spoodles. Spoodles was a 'nicer' environment, the waitress was MUCH friendlier, and while both menus have limited entrees, the food at Big River was terribly disappointing. My 'melt off the bone ribs' did anything but and were tough and chewy. The others at the table had slightly better luck with the (unremarkable) meatloaf, but it was nothing great. Also, as a huge beer fan, I was very disappointed with the two types I had (the pale ale and their seasonal brew). I would go so far to say that the only time I've had worse beer at a restaurant was in Hilton Head's microbrew pub.

    Now with that said, and I mention this in every post about this place, if you ever go to Chattanooga, DO go to Big River. Many more beer options, much larger menu with my favorite two being their bbq chicken pizza and their spicy shrimp and grits, options conspicuously absent from their Orlando menu.
  18. G&J's Mom

    G&J's Mom DIS Veteran

    Jul 25, 2003

    ITA! :thumbsup2 Love that place. Can't EVEN compare the two. Was not impressed with Big River on the boardwalk. Food was not up to par and service was bad.

  19. bowlingchicaroo

    bowlingchicaroo Mouseketeer

    Jul 25, 2007
    i just want to thank everyone for the comments. i will definetley take them all into consideration.------however after much talking with dh he insists we keep our SPOODLES ADR because with this being our 1st trip ever everything will be a new experience for us...SO SPOODLES IT IS!!!
  20. MissionMouse

    MissionMouse DIS Veteran

    Sep 10, 2004
    One is a bar with bar food ( food thats it) and the other is a depends what you are looking to experience. Walked by many times and most dinners are either drinking with happy faces or their...well playing with their food with few smiles.
  21. sixcats

    sixcats DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2000
    We sometimes eat more than once at Big River Grill on one trip. The kids like the burgers and dip. I love the cajun Mahi Mahi sandwich. If we aren't visiting during the heat of summer we like to sit outside on the boardwalk while we dine. We've never had bad service there.

    I can't compare it to Spoodles though, we'll have to eat there someday.

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