Downtown Dining

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by DodgerMessa, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. DodgerMessa

    DodgerMessa DdogerMessa

    Feb 4, 2008
    I don't see many things about the dining in downtown. I am curious of your thoughts of Fulton's, Portabello's and Paradis 37. I LOVE Raglan Road but I also am looking at places I have not tried yet. Any feedback would be appreciated.:)
  2. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Seeing isn't Believing, Believing is Seeing.

    Aug 8, 2000
    Our Ratings of Fulton's (Lunch / Dinner): (rev 8/5/2012)
    . . . food price value: B / C
    . . . food quality: B / C
    . . . food quantity per serving: B / B
    . . . food prep speed: C / D
    . . . food selection: B / B
    . . . seating quantity: B / B
    . . . seating comfort: C / C
    . . . eatery atmosphere: B / B
    . . . eatery convenience: C / C
    . . . staff friendliness: C / B
    . . . staff attentiveness: D / C
    . . . character interaction: n/a

    NOTE: Fulton's, as several other DTD eateries, like Portobello
    and Wolfgang Puck, is part of the Levy chain. Most seafood is
    quite good, but many think overpriced. The crab claws are
    good, but pass the lobster or crab legs, as major disappointment
    lurks. One would expect far better service considering the price.
    However, the "riverboat" is a nice environment, but the staff does
    not keep the place clean enough for our taste. Be prepared to give
    CPR to your wallet when the bill comes, and try not to gasp too
    loudly. If we stop for lunch we use it as a QS-type meal. I usually do
    an appetizer (shrimp cocktail) and soup (either Lobster Bisque or
    Clam Chowder) with a few libations. It makes a good/filling lunch and
    doesn't injure the wallet or cripple the budget. We normally do not
    do the sandwiches or specialties, as the pricing is too steep, so we
    cannot vouch for them


    Our Ratings of Portobello: (3/21/2012)
    . . . food price value: C
    . . . food quality: B
    . . . food quantity per serving: C
    . . . food prep speed: B
    . . . food selection: B
    . . . seating quantity: C
    . . . seating comfort: C
    . . . eatery atmosphere: C
    . . . eatery convenience: B
    . . . staff friendliness: B
    . . . staff attentiveness: B
    . . . character interaction: n/a

    NOTE: Portobello is owned by the Levy Group, along with Fulton's
    and Wolfgang Puck's at Disney. The Italian is surprisingly well above
    average for a WDW eatery. Good variety of pasta, and a good choice
    of seafood and beef. I would skip the Chicken and the Osso Buco. Like
    most of the Levy eateries, they are a little over priced for the quantity
    and quality.


    Our Ratings of Paradiso 37: (rev 6/9/2012)
    . . . food price value: C
    . . . food quality: C
    . . . food quantity per serving: C
    . . . food prep speed: B
    . . . food selection: D
    . . . seating quantity: C
    . . . seating comfort: D
    . . . eatery atmosphere: D
    . . . eatery convenience: C
    . . . staff friendliness: B
    . . . staff attentiveness: B
    . . . character interaction: n /a

    NOTE: A major disappointment for an E-Brand chain
    restaurant.Had great hopes, but the eatery does not
    seem to improve. In fact, over the last year, seems to
    have retreated. Additionally, the eatery is always much
    too loud. Lunch was adequate. Dinner was seriously lacking.
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  4. sephorachick

    sephorachick DIS Veteran

    May 9, 2011
    We were surprised how good T-rex was :) great huge cold beers too
  5. Figee17

    Figee17 Mouseketeer

    Apr 20, 2012
    DH and I love Paradiso 37. They have excellent drinks and everything we've had to eat there has been very yummy! We love to sit on the patio or by the windows overlooking it and watch the river and Saratoga Springs.
  6. KeroKero

    KeroKero DIS Veteran

    Jul 11, 2011
    We were at Portobello this past September, and while the food was tasty and the atmosphere good it was nothing special. We would probably return one day, but not until hitting a ton of other places around The World.
  7. AppleSister1

    AppleSister1 DIS Veteran

    Nov 3, 2002
    We really like Fultons. My nephews ask for it every time. I know not everyone agrees, and I do feel it is overpriced for what it is, but we like the food. It's not necessarily "signature" experience, and we don't expect that. (Although it's priced that way. :confused3)

    I tried Paradiso this last trip while waiting for my family to arrive. Loud. And the food (fish tacos) was pretty tasteless. It was oddly dry for a fish taco. The waiter brought me some hot sauce when he saw my expression, so likely I am not the first to feel that way. :) Nice wine selection. I mainly chose it because it was Christmas Day and PACKED everywhere else, and since I was alone I was able to grab a seat at the bar fairly easily.

    Haven't done Portobello, but have heard good things. We really disliked T-Rex. Tried it a few years back when the boys were still into Dinosaurs. But when we walked past it this last trip, the younger one said "NOT eating there ever again!" :lmao: I didn't even think he remembered!

    Rainforest is's chain food, and it's pretty chaotic. When the boys were young (really young) they enjoyed the ambience.
  8. jwfla422

    jwfla422 DIS Veteran/Philly Native

    Apr 21, 2000
    We've enjoyed Paradiso 37 on a few occasions, although I do agree it can be loud there. It seemed to get loud between the "live" music sets when the musician is on break. We have enjoyed the food there though and have always had good service.

    Feel free to check out my review with photos:
  9. Ro Z

    Ro Z DIS Veteran

    May 22, 2010
    Trex, RFC and Paradiso are some of our fav places. DS loves the filet at Paradiso, but it is only offered on the prix fix meal and is $$. None of us are thrilled with the other 2 courses, but they won't let him get the filet only. Luckily we have TIW and get 20% off. But this is something I don't like about Paradiso!! RR is great too. But you already know that!
  10. Robert P

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

    Oct 24, 2002

    Fulton's - a better value at lunch than dinner. We do lunch here every trip. One of the better lunch options at DTD.

    Portabello - Did it last year, won't be back this decade. Overpriced, quality lags behind even chef boy ardee. Also, only the pizza is baked. No chicken parm, eggplant parm, or lasagna options. Seating WAY too tight. Service was poor as well.

    Paradiso - tried this in October. Surprisingly good. Menu is so diverse it can be confusing, but the food we had was solid. With the screwed up menu mess that HOB has become recently, this may be a new dinner stop for us in the DTD area.
  11. DodgerMessa

    DodgerMessa DdogerMessa

    Feb 4, 2008
    Thank You everyone for all the great feedback. Catching the plane to WDW in 5 hours. So EXCITED!!!!!!:cool1:
  12. Canooknic

    Canooknic DIS Veteran

    Dec 20, 2012
    Have an amazing time!

    BEASLYBOO 2017, watch out!

    Oct 5, 2007
    Our DTD faves:

    Ragland, Wolfgang Puck Express, T-Rex, House of Blues

    Acceptable, better than Tutto Gusto but not as good as Il Mulino:


    Rest. we skip or seldom eat there:

    Paradiso, we live in S. Florida where we have so many wonderful Cuban rest. so we don't bother! The drinks however are good!

    Wolfgang Puck Cafe, I prefer express!

    Planet Hollywood, haven't eaten there in years, I can't even remember if we liked it or not at this point!

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