If you could choose 5

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Nicolejean, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Nicolejean

    Nicolejean Earning My Ears

    Dec 10, 2012
    What 5 restaurants would you choose for dinner?

    3 children, 2 adults. My husband is a pretty bland eater. No dining plan.
  2. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

    Mar 29, 2011
    Here are my suggestions:

    -BOG lunch or dinner
    -Via Napoli for the amazing pizza. If you want pasta, Tutto. If you wanna see Remy, then go to Chefs/France. All 3 restaurants are great.
    -Crystal Palace or Tusker House breakfast. Both great!
    -Plaza lunch, yummy food. Pretty cheap too!
    -At Downtown Disney I normally suggest WGPE cause its heaven, but since youre paying OOP i'll suggest Earl of Sandwich. Its cheap (its a quick service). If you want a sit down restaurant thou, i'd suggest TRex. Very fun atmosphere, and yummy food.
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  4. pumba


    Dec 28, 1999
    dad who would not like fancy foods.., children...
    I would pick some buffets...that way the kids get their food without having to wait...plain dad can get just about anything he wants from the buffets..

    Crystal palace...great food and the kids (any age) would enjoy it..

    Biergarten....good food and music entertainment is awesome..

    Hollywood and Vine buffet.. Fantasmic Pkg good choices..

    O'Hana..good food and even kids would like it

    T-Rex or Rainforest Cafe would entertain the kiddos too..

    LTT...very traditional American Food...
  5. Talli16

    Talli16 Earning My Ears

    Jan 30, 2013
    kouzzina, rose and crown, citricos, kona, ohana
  6. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

    Mar 29, 2011
    For a bland eater, I dont think these are good choices to be honest. Theyre not bad, but not great options in a case like this. But I guess it all depends on the type of food he likes.

    I agree with the PP re: picking buffets. Thats a safe choice for everyone. But it can be pricey. Ordering from a menu is cheaper and usually better quality food.
  7. JennaDeeDooDah

    JennaDeeDooDah My oh my what a wonderful day!

    Mar 29, 2012
    I would start off with Sci-Fi at Hollywood Studios. Very run-of-the-mill food here with burgers. sandwiches, wings, and ribs, but I really like it. It is a family favorite for me, my husband, our daughter, my parents, and my sister. The theme in here is top notch and, at least in my opinion, the absolute best theming on property. It's very fun for the kids and adults.

    Biergarten would also be a good choice. It is in the German pavilion at Epcot and is a buffet so it would be likely that everyone would find something that they like. The band makes for a very fun atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to get up and dance. I'm sure you children would love that. And, does your husband like beer? You can purchase it in a liter glass here. That's pretty fun. Make sure to try both the apple strudel and the Bavarian cheesecake as both are quite good.

    Crystal Palace is a great choice at the Magic Kingdom. I would likely go for Breakfast, but any meal is good here. Also a buffet, so again, everyone can find something that they like. It is character dining with Winnie the Pooh and friends.

    Garden Grill at Epcot might also be a good choice. It is all served family style so there is no getting up to get more food, but still all-you-can-eat. The food is very fresh as much of it is grown right there at The Land pavilion. You will have beef, fish, and turkey with various vegetables, a salad, rolls with homemmade maple butter, and a dessert. The kiddos get their own meal with chicken, macaroni and cheese, and a vegetable of some sort, but they are welcome to eat the adult food, as well. This is also character dining with Chip, Dale, Mickey, and Pluto and the set up is such that they will visit your table multiple times while you dine.

    And finally, might I suggest 50's Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios? The menu consists of homecooking and is very good. But, the best part is all of the antics that go on. You sit at a table that looks like you are in a 1950's kitchen and your waitress is your mom/cousin/aunt. She will remind you to keep your elbows off the table and to eat all of your vegetables. As long as you have a good sense of humor, it is a good time. However, if you are the kind of person who doesn't enjoy these antics, this might not be the right place for you. Try the peanut butter and jelly shake or the smores!
  8. jwfla422

    jwfla422 DIS Veteran/Philly Native

    Apr 21, 2000
    1. The Wave
    2. FF
    3. Il Mulino
    4. Jiko
    5. The Wave (oopps did I say that already :goodvibes)
  9. JZCubed

    JZCubed DIS Veteran

    Mar 7, 2010
    1.) Any buffet. Choices, choices, choices.
    2.) Monorail Resorts - Grand Floridian Cafe
    3.) Boardwalk Resorts $$$ - Shula's Steakhouse (what's more bland than steak), BlueZoo (or a plain piece of grilled fish), Il Mulino (great Italian).
    4.) Boardwalk $ - ESPN Zone and Big River Grill - burgers and wings.
    5.) Parks - see #1
  10. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Seeing isn't Believing, Believing is Seeing.

    Aug 8, 2000
    1) We prefer
    . . . fine food
    . . . excellent, top notch service
    . . . innovative dishes with flair and quality
    . . . overall great value
    . . . relaxed and soothing dining atmosphere
    . . . behaved and somewhat quiet patrons

    2) The only sit-down restaurants, besides V&A, we patronize at WDW (in order)
    . . . Sanaa - Animal Kingdom Villas Resort
    . . . Artist Point - Wilderness Lodge Resort
    . . . Citricos - Grand Floridian Resort
    . . . Shula's Steakhouse - Dolphin Resort
    . . . Il Mulino - Swan Resort
  11. eliza61

    eliza61 DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2003
    Via Napoli
    Yatchmans steakhouse
    Rainforest cafe
    Il Mulino
    Artist point

    Outside of Epcot, we don't eat in the parks.
  12. iloveeeyore

    iloveeeyore DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2003
    What are you looking for in your meals? Something uniquely "Disney" in the experience? Delicious food? Fun atmosphere? Good value? How you answer these questions would definitely influence how my family would answer this question.

    When we go to WDW, we are generally looking for things that we can't find at home or most other places where we travel. That said, our top 5 picks would be HDDR, 'Ohana (dinner), Via Napoli, Biergarten, and Cinderella's Royal Table (we haven't yet tried Be Our Guest, because we haven't been to WDW since it opened).

    I have to add that for FOOD alone, the only one above that would make our list of top 5 would be Via Napoli. We have also had spectacular meals at Yachtsman's Steakhouse, Artist Point, Citricos and California Grill...if it's food you're looking for.
  13. lemondog

    lemondog <font color=darkorchid>My twins fight over who too

    Oct 5, 2004
    We are same as you...2 adults, 3 children (our 1yo has not accompanied us yet). Hubby is fairly picky. Our top 5 dinners have been...

    Hollywood Brown Derby
    Yachtsman Steakhouse

    We have always done the DxDDP but this next trip our oldest will be an "adult" so we are not doing the meal plan at all. She will want to order from the kids menu at all non-buffet restaurants. Because no DDP we are not doing any signature restaurants this time and we are doing fewer TS overall, but we are trying 4 new locations for dinner - Raglan Road, Via Napoli, 50s Prime Time and Be Our Guest.
  14. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2007
    1. Boma
    2. Ohana
    3. Cape May
    4. Yachtsman Steakhouse
    5. Artist Point
  15. ErinsMommy

    ErinsMommy And though she be but little, she is fierce.

    Apr 20, 2011
    Ah my husband's appetite is as bland as they come.

    1. Coral Reef
    2. Plaza
    3. Yachtsman
    4. Raglan Road
    5. Le Cellier (haven't been yet, but DH is already certain he'll like it)
  16. Happyjen27

    Happyjen27 DIS Veteran

    Apr 23, 2012
    1. Chef Mickey's - a must do for the kids. Food was not great, but I had low expectations and they were met.
    2. Via Napoli - great pizza, fun enough for the kids watching the pizza ovens

    I can't really make any other recommendations, our ADRs were based on maximizing our character meals and picking what we thought would be good culinary choices. Here is where I won't be returning:

    CRT--did it for lunch. Felt much like a dairy cow must feel when she goes to the milking station because we felt so pushed through. I realize it's a business, I realize it's just a routine meal for them. But for me it was my chance to eat in Cinderella's Castle on my very first trip to Disneyworld. They should keep that in mind.
    'Ohana -- completely underwhelmed by the food. Have heard that the good sauces are gone now too, just down to peanut and I have a peanut allergy kid.
    Chefs de France--did this as a spur of the moment dinner, it was very unfrench. The short ribs were awful, the sauce was supposed to be cabernet based and instead tasted like Heinz canned gravy. Were snotty about my children being there, even though the French bring their children to fine dining all the time.
  17. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

    Mar 29, 2011
  18. Minnesota!

    Minnesota! Shoeless in Minnesota

    Sep 15, 1999
    Our must do list - Boma (I love dinner, Dh loves breakfast), Cape May Cafe (dinner), Sanaa, San Angel Inn, Ohana...

    Honorable Mention:

    Sci Fi
    Rose and Crown
    San Angel Inn
  19. PDXDuck

    PDXDuck Earning My Ears

    Jan 7, 2013
    If we make a reservation here for dinner at 5:15 do we automatically get the Fantasmic package as can't find a way online to specify this is what we want or a way to "add it".
  20. JennaDeeDooDah

    JennaDeeDooDah My oh my what a wonderful day!

    Mar 29, 2012
    No, you will need to specifically book a Fatasmic Dining Package. It is separate from Hollywood & Vine on the Disney dining board. Go here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/ And put in the date for which you want the reservation. I also like to choose dinner so I get a later meal, but that is your choice. Then, make sure to select Dining Events in the "Dining Experience" drop down. This should bring up things like Candlelight Processional, Citricos wine tasting, and Fantasmic Dining. Click on Fantasmic Dining and it will tell you times for all 3 restaurants that are still available for Fantasmic Dining. Choose one, enter your credit card info, and you are booked.:thumbsup2
  21. wdwpirates

    wdwpirates Don't lose ya soul cuz it's all ya got. - DH

    Feb 5, 2005
    I love these sorts of threads!!!

    As of this moment my top 5 would be:

    Raglan Road
    Cape May Cafe
    Mama Melrose

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