Tony's Restaurant

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by skeletor40, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. skeletor40

    skeletor40 Don't you know? Cartoon villains walk this world!

    Jan 27, 2004
    Hello everyone. Going down to Disney for my annual trip. Going in less than a month and I'm excited as always to be in my favorite place. Finally booked a reservation at Tony's restaurant. Read some bad reviews but I have to try it once to see for myself.

    Any tips on making it a pleasant experience? Any menu item worth ordering? Thanks in advance,
  2. NoSoup4U

    NoSoup4U I am Art Vandelay

    Mar 31, 2013
    As long as you stay away from their tomato sauce, there's a slight chance you might not hate your meal. Lol. Their tomato/marinara sauce is awful. Most people who hated their food had a dish with that sauce. Everyone who liked it had other things like steak, calamari etc. Good luck.
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  4. bluejasmine

    bluejasmine DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2005
    Tried dinner an lunch & we liked lunch much better! There panini is amazing!

    ASMU/POR Dec 16-22, 2012 & POFQ Sept 8-15, 2013
  5. Nohal

    Nohal DIS Veteran

    Sep 28, 2008
    We've eaten there every year for the last 3 years. We go for dinner and get the chicken parm. I don't think it was the best dinner we ever had at disney, but I also don't think it was the worse. I think you will get good and bad reviews on every restaurant. Since you have never eaten there go and enjoy.
  6. SuzieN

    SuzieN DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2007
    I liked Tony's. Not sure why it gets bad reviews.:confused3 I had the chicken parm, house salad (yum!), and pistachio creme brulee when I went and enjoyed everything. :)
  7. MarkF0wle

    MarkF0wle "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

    Jan 18, 2011
    I've eaten at Tony's twice, once having the meatballs & the other having the steak. I fall into the "no sauce" advice here. The meatballs I did not like but I thought the steak was lovely.

    In fact of all my dining party anyone who ordered an Italian meal went away disappointed & anybody who had steak or something more generic was satisfied.

    As somebody said every restaurant here will have it's supporters & haters. We ate here as there was nowhere else in MK to eat for us, with BoG opening up I am able to say we've ditched Tony's for that.
  8. GoofySon'sMom

    GoofySon'sMom DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2007
    We are also in the "no sauce" camp. I prefer Tony's for lunch, agree the paninis are decent. We have had a few so-so meals, but I do love the restaurant so we are going to go back in August. May just go for appetizers and dessert. Love the zucchini fries and pistacio creme brulee!
  9. dramaticmissy

    dramaticmissy Mouseketeer

    Mar 21, 2007
    We tried Tony's 2 different times and not our favorite, we tried dinner and lunch, but maybe we are just Italian food snobs:) There are other resturants in MK we liked much better, we liked Liberty Tree Tavern better in Magic Kingdom if looking in a park, but we have started to venture out of the park to go to near resorts for dining table service as a nice break and it is only an extra ride on the monorail or boat ride. To us we are not as rushed, service seems better and you get to have a peak at other resorts
  10. AlohaAnnie

    AlohaAnnie DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2006
    My husband really liked Tony's, he is very picky and he enjoyed the sauce.

    I really enjoyed the cheese bread with tomatoes on top. It was good to me.

    I hope you enjoy your experience, there are several restaurants we enjoy at Disney that gets bad reviews here on DIS.

    Enjoy! :)
  11. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Seeing isn't Believing, Believing is Seeing.

    Aug 8, 2000
    Our Ratings of Tony's Town Square: (rev 1/20/2013)
    . . . food price value: C
    . . . food quality: D
    . . . food quantity per serving: C
    . . . food prep speed: B
    . . . food selection: C
    . . . seating quantity: C
    . . . seating comfort: C
    . . . eatery atmosphere: C
    . . . eatery convenience: A
    . . . staff friendliness: B
    . . . staff attentiveness: B
    . . . character interaction: n/a

    NOTE: Not something to write home about. Meat dishes are
    average and Italian entrées are akin to CHEF-BOY-AR-DEE; well,
    using CHEF-BOY-AR-DEE could be considered an insult to that
    famous Cleveland, Ohio chef. The sauce may be tomato sauce,
    but it is definitely not a marinara. The appetizers are average.
    In a pinch, Tony's will do, but there are far better choices. On
    the plus side, the desserts are simple, but pretty good. Hard
    to justify going the first time, let alone going back.
  12. vettegirl

    vettegirl Dole Whip Queen Moderator

    Oct 16, 2007
    My friend and I had a lovely lunch there back in Sept.
  13. RobynPrincess

    RobynPrincess Looking around

    Nov 14, 2010
    Ask for James as your server, he will make sure you have a great experience :) he's from the uk :)
  14. skeletor40

    skeletor40 Don't you know? Cartoon villains walk this world!

    Jan 27, 2004
    Seems quite a few people are not Tony's tomato sauce fans. I was actually thinking of ordering either spaghetti or the lasagna. Guess I'll have to cross my fingers that the food will be some kind of edible. :)
  15. Chevyscool

    Chevyscool Mouseketeer

    Apr 27, 2008
    To each his own, honestly. Is it the best Italian food? No. Can you go there and have a good meal? Yes. I think it really depends on what YOU enjoy...order that and you'll probably have a good meal. ;) Tony's gets a bad wrap, but we've eaten there several times and enjoyed it. They do some things really well...our family loves the Appetizer Bread dish, (although I heard it has recently changed). I enjoyed a wonderful Caesar salad at Tony's and it's worth saying that it's nice to not have to leave the park and still have a good "sit down" meal.
  16. wiigirl

    wiigirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 29, 2012
    Agree...only have had the panini but it was amazing! :)
  17. lmhall2000

    lmhall2000 May the road rise to meet you....May God hold you

    Aug 11, 2002

    Just go in with low expectations, then there is room to be amazed. It became a comedy sketch when we went there...server took 20 minutes to take our drink order, we were not willing to chance another delay so had our order ready..this annoyed our server :confused3 he was not slammed many empty tables..the kids meals came out 10 minutes before ours, their meatball was so hard and impossible to chew..we just let it go thinking they could fill up on bread, that came out later and was hard as a brick. We all began to laugh wondering how they could mess up my steak (medium rare)...when it came an additional 10 minutes after my husband's cold pasta, we had to contain our flabbergasteries! The steak was burned so badly you could not cut it, the server never asked how the food was but we complained about the steak, he acted put were so hungry and tired of waiting we said we would take itto go...never came so we left and first time ever no tip...both husband and I were servers in the past and never would leave no tipping, it was awful.
  18. Cinderella's Fella

    Cinderella's Fella DIS Dad #215 Maryland, The Land Of Merry!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Any advise on getting porch seating to watch the parade?
  19. NoSoup4U

    NoSoup4U I am Art Vandelay

    Mar 31, 2013
    :scared1: Wow. Awful experience you had! :eek:
  20. M2B

    M2B Mouseketeer

    Sep 11, 2012
    We were there last week and enjoyed our meals. The only issue we had was confusion in the reservation time, but that confusion was on both their part and mine. I had spaghetti, and liked it. DS had the pizza, dh had panini. Service was quick. We would go back and didn't understand the bad reviews. I figure we went on a good day.

    For Italian though, there is a little place in Epcot that we enjoyed far more. I went to Tony's because it's Tony's.
  21. cbeeindisney

    cbeeindisney DIS Veteran

    Feb 7, 2012
    Before we went in August, I read many, MANY bad reviews of Tony's and I was just like you, I had to try it for myself. We were happy with our meals, Chicken Parm and Spaghetti and Meatballs, and the pistachio creme brulee was very good! We went earlier than our reservation had specified and were seated right away, the server noticed that we were just engaged and she brought out a piece of spaghetti to re-enact the scene from Lady and the Tramp at Tony's and took a picture for us. Great service and good food, but we probably won't go there again though, just because we would like to try new places. It's nice to try at least once!

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