Ohana- First Dinner Experience

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by kermiebudge, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. kermiebudge

    kermiebudge Mouseketeer

    Nov 2, 2012
    We just got back from a December trip with Dining Plan. We planned our dining reservations months in advance and continued to "fine tune" reservations even during the first part of our stay.

    For some reason, one of the reservations we were most torn about making was Ohana. We had only been for breakfast and enjoyed it. I had been scouring the boards daily prior to the trip and started to get nervous about the dinner reviews here. The reservation I most looked forward to started to look like it may be a mistake...maybe even a waste of a dining credit. So I made reservations for dinner, cancelled them, made them again...AND cancelled them. While in Disney, and not exactly thrilled with our reservation I had made on the second night of our stay (Rainforest Cafe), I decided to look and see what other options may be available. An Ohana dinner reservation popped up. So, hesitantly...I grabbed it. I was a little concerned that 1 of our 2 kids may not enjoy the offerings...and I was also concerned about some of the bad reviews...but went with it anyways.

    We were seated promptly and the food started streaming in right away... CONTINUOUSLY. Soon after, all doubts went out the window as we enjoyed our bread, salad, dumplings and wings... All fantastic. Then the skewers started.....OMG, they were all tasty, so tender...and plentiful. I have to say, surprisingly the chicken and shrimp were our favorites. Noodles were yummy too... We thought there was absolutely no way we'd be able to fit in dessert, but somehow managed ;). Service was amazing too as they went out of their way to make sure the kids had fun and that we were not left wanting for a morsel- and we definitely didn't feel rushed. Kids did the coconut races and dragged me up with them to learn Hawaiian dance.

    It was the best night ever!!! I'm so glad we decided to try it out... Like any place, I'm sure they have "off" nights, but this will absolutely be another must-do for us on our next trip.
  2. AlohaAnnie

    AlohaAnnie DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2006
    So glad you discovered Ohana! We also love it and return every trip.
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  4. ktnryansmom

    ktnryansmom Mouseketeer

    May 11, 2008

    for your post. This will be our first dinner meal when we arrive and I've been so worried based on what everyone has been saying...

    I am so happy to read your post. Puts my mind at ease a bit!
  5. blackacex2

    blackacex2 Mouseketeer

    Jan 31, 2011
    O'hana is FREAKING AMAZING. I dream about that place. The dessert is ... there just aren't words. Can't wait to go back!!!!!
  6. jfoster

    jfoster Earning My Ears

    Oct 9, 2012
    Yes, Thank you!
    We will be dining here for the first time when we go this May. I must say, Ohana receives a great deal of very mixed reviews. I have second guessed myself a few times, but I want to give it a try! Thanks for the reassurance!
  7. IllinoisMommy

    IllinoisMommy Mouseketeer

    Mar 31, 2011
    Glad you loved it, I wanted to try there but decided against it. Need to leave something for the next trip...
  8. DisneyFansInNYC

    DisneyFansInNYC DIS Veteran

    May 28, 2012
    We went through the same thing several years ago. We were so glad we did. We return every year and love it each time. Glad you went and enjoyed it. Our kids love the coconut races and the hula dancing too. It is always a greàt night. :cool1:
  9. teesott

    teesott Earning My Ears

    Jun 8, 2011
    This makes me happy :) Ohana is one of the only places I have not dined on property (for dinner) and am definately doing it during our next trip.
  10. sissy1

    sissy1 Mouseketeer

    Sep 25, 2011
    This gives me hope, we are going next month and I have been trying to get ressies for weeks now to no avail. Getting ressies while there, WOW, I will keep trying. Thanks!
  11. DisneyHardin

    DisneyHardin DIS Veteran

    Jan 20, 2010
    We ate there for the first time last fall and loved it. DH, who doesn't ever remember the name of any of the Disney restaurants, asked me the other day if we were going to eat at the "meat fest" again this year.
  12. Scrappy_Tink

    Scrappy_Tink DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2009
    'Ohana is always our first night celebration dinner. I swear I could eat my weight in wings!!!!!
  13. amcnj

    amcnj DIS Veteran

    Sep 10, 1999
    Glad you had a good experience. Your description sounds exactly like my last visit there. It never ceases to amaze me that others can have a totally negative visit there. I hope I never have one of those off days as I would hate to fear going there again.
  14. pigletto

    pigletto DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2007
    We go on every trip and while we did have one pretty bad meal, that was the server and nothing else. In 7 or 8 trips we've never had a horrible Ohana experience.

    I think sometimes expectations are the culprit. If you read over and over that something is amazing, it can be a let down because you are expecting so much. On the flipside.. you had been reading some unfavourable reviews and had low expectations so your dinner surpassed them.

    It isn't the greatest restaurant on the planet..but it is usually pretty good and we enjoy it!:)
  15. JerseyDevils

    JerseyDevils Mouseketeer

    Apr 10, 2009
    We tried Ohana for the first time on our trip last May. It was easily the best meal of our stay! All of us cannot wait to return!


    May 17, 2004
    Glad you enjoyed it. Ohana's is one of our favorites. It's a must do every trip. On our last trip we were a group of 11, our family of 3 were the only ones that had ever dined there. Needless to say, it is now the fave for the rest of the group too.
    I usually don't put much stock in others reviews. Every ones likes/dislikes are never the same.
  17. ssleblanc

    ssleblanc How many posts until I'm not a Mouseketeer anymore

    Jul 9, 2006
    Thank you for your review.

    Our trip is in just over 2 weeks and I've been fretting over my dining choices (I made ADR's at 180+10 and haven't looked back ... now I'm starting to question based on some mixed reviews). This was one I was worried about based on mixed reviews.

    This was one that I was most excited about (it's our first time at Ohana - and I booked a breakfast and a dinner), and then I've been reading some reviews that were not stellar. I'm going to stick with it.
  18. Masonmj84

    Masonmj84 DIS Veteran

    Jul 28, 2011
    I think one of the tricks to 'Ohana is getting an early ADR.

    We've always had ADRs before 5:30 (easier said than done as the early ADRs go fast) and have always had very good food and service (for example, have not experienced the dry meat that some complain about).

    This is not to say that you can't have a great meal at this restaurant with a later ADR (it just seems that most of the negative reviews I've read have come from folks with later ADRs).

    Another trick is not expecting the same level of quality as you'd get in a higher end Brazilian steakhouse (for example, if you frequent some place like Fogo de Chao, you may come away disappointed).

    A final trick is to COME HUNGRY (and save some room for dessert:goodvibes).
  19. mfd25wife

    mfd25wife DIS Veteran

    Jun 24, 2008
    I'm glad you liked it. We have never had a bad experience there. Our reservations have almost always been late enough we could see wishes. We tend to eat later lunches and then later dinners.
  20. Miss Ang

    Miss Ang Mouseketeer

    Feb 16, 2009
    We love 'Ohana!:thumbsup2 And I'm so glad you had the same experience we did.

    We return every time we go. Just my teen daughter and I are going in March and that was one of the reservations she wanted me to make sure to get!

    It's such a fun atmosphere and the fun is uhh-mazing!!!!!
  21. MickeyGs

    MickeyGs Mouseketeer

    Feb 10, 2012
    We also loved it and I'm always shocked by the negative reviews. We tried to book for this trip but its crazy how packed it is and had no luck.

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