Restaurant recomendations for DDP table service

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by Pattil1960, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Pattil1960

    Pattil1960 Mouseketeer

    Sep 20, 2013
    My husband and I are going to WDW the end of Feb. for 9 days. What table service restaurants should we eat at and is California Grille worth eating at to see the fireworks?
  2. The Great Oz

    The Great Oz Mouseketeer

    Apr 3, 2013
    It's worth it to eat at the California Grill without the fireworks. We have been twice to watch the fireworks from there. It's less crowded but you lose perspective from there. I think the fireworks look best from in front of Cinderella's Castle. However if you've never seen them from the CR roof you might think differently.
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  4. Pattil1960

    Pattil1960 Mouseketeer

    Sep 20, 2013
    Thanks for your input. I am really looking forward to WDW.
  5. Fivesacharm

    Fivesacharm Mouseketeer

    Sep 15, 2013
    Our favorite TS restaurants:

    O'hana @ the Polynesian (we don't go to Disney without eating here)

    Hollywood & Vine @ Hollywood Studios (great breakfast and dinner buffets--do the Fantasmic dining package!)

    Yak & Yeti & Animal Kingdom ( we always do lunch here on our AK days)

    Coral Reef @ Epcot (amazing food and really cool dining experience)

    Paradiso 37 @ Downtown Disney (an accidental discovery on our last much we wanted to try! Great appetizers)

    San Angel Inn @ World Showcase (great Mexican)

    Cape May Cafe @ Beach Club (amazing seafood buffet)
  6. figment_jii

    figment_jii DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2006
    I really like California Grill (albeit I haven't been to it since it re-opened) and it's worth going. However, you mentioned you're on the DDP and very few Signature venues are economically "worth it" when on the DDP. The problem is that they take two credits per person. This is roughly how I break down the DDP:
    $17.50 QS Credit (entree, drink, and dessert, on average, with tax)
    $4 Snack Credit
    $37.50 TS Credit
    So for a 2TS venue to be economically efficient, you'll need to spend at least $75 per person (including tax or $70.50 pre-tax). Assuming a drink is $3 and a dessert is $12, then you'll need an entree that about $55.50 to break about even).

    Other venues that I do like (when considering the DDP) are:
    'Ohana (dinner)
    Les Chefs de France (dinner)
    Via Napoli (all day menu)
    Raglan Road
    Akershus (dinner - the food was okay, but it's a good use of a credit from an economic stand point)
    Fantasmic Dining Package (same cost as the non-package, but you get an appetizer at MM and HBD)
  7. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala 1937, what a year that was

    Jun 22, 2001
    It is not worth spending 2 credits per person on the California Grill if all you are interested in is seeing the fireworks.
  8. SGMCO

    SGMCO Vintage Style is Sweet--Rumbleseat Fashions

    Jan 17, 2007
    We loved on regular DP:

    Tutto Italia--Epcot (sang Happy Anniverary in Italian)ate here twice
    San Angel--Epcot--had one of the best meals of the week--Romantic
    Ohana--Breakfast or Dinner
    Via Napoli--love the pizza

    My Sister was on DDXP and loved:
    Hollywood & Vine
  9. babydoll65

    babydoll65 I need a Dole whip

    Aug 31, 2011
    We love Kona cafe(breakfast), The Wave has a great breakfast buffet but also does ala cart. Via Napoli(great pizza) Trails End in the campground has some of the best fried chicken on property and they have a great breakfast buffet too only a short boat ride from the mk. This trip our new choices are The grand floridian cafe and mama melrose in Hollywood Studios and the Rose and Crown pub.
  10. Pattil1960

    Pattil1960 Mouseketeer

    Sep 20, 2013
    Thank you all for all the advice. I have made more reservations with all the recommendations. I am thinking of cancelling the California Grille, but still have time.

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