Which Disney restaurants were you unhappy with?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by SandiR, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. SandiR

    SandiR Mouseketeer

    Jun 23, 2013
    Just wondering if anyone was unhappy with a Disney restaurant and would suggest avoiding it. Our last trip to Disney was our first time there and we were very happy with most of the restaurants except for 50's Primetime Cafe. Yuck! The 50's atmosphere of linoleum, formica, and flowery wallpaper is probably really cute to some but my brain just screamed "remodel!" LOL. However, the main problem was the food which was unedible to me. We all left hungry because we couldn't stomach the food and went to get snacks. :)

    Are there any others to avoid?
  2. OrangeCountyCommuter

    OrangeCountyCommuter DIS Veteran

    Jul 11, 2010
    Le Cellier... They want WHAT for that????? Bad service, so so food, tables packed in like Mickey Ds... The only 'signature' thing about the place is the pricing. RUN
    Nine Dragons. Does the chef have any other spice then salt? All I could taste was salt. No wonder it's a walk in

    (And I have given both of these a couple of shots Not wasting anymore money or time!)
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  4. lovedisney123

    lovedisney123 Mouseketeer

    Jun 22, 2013
    Well it has been a while, so things may have changed. But I love pizza and we went to Pizza Planet at the Studios, and none of us liked it.

    But perhaps they have changed since then. We haven't gone back to see. Usually we are happy with Disney food, so that is the only time we were unhappy.
  5. lhall7

    lhall7 Mouseketeer

    Jun 16, 2013
    There are only a few over the years that I really don't want to return to. Mainly because there are so many other good options. One is 50's Prime Time- just didn't care for the atmosphere either. Food was okay. The other one is Tony's at MK. I LOVE the atmosphere and location, but I thought the food was terrible! Now we pretty much have our favorites and stick to those. My DH still requests Tony's but I keep saying no.
  6. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    Via Napoli. DH got a vegetable appetizer that he felt was just so so. We got the margherita pizza to share, and I could choke down two bites. The second bite was to make sure the first bite had been as BAD as I thought it was. DS is a pizza fanatic, and loves ALL kinds, and he ate just one slice (unheard of). DH didn't like it but ate maybe 2, just because he was hungry and it was late (he has to keep his blood sugars even, and food taste isn't as important to him as it is to me).

    On top of that, the room is a big concrete box with sounds pinging off of surfaces and making it *impossible* for me to hear or physically relax in the space. I'm not sure anyone with a sound-sensitive, on the spectrum, person in their party should go there. And to top it all off, our server was uncaring. I had two bites gone from my pizza when she cleared my plate, and she didn't care at all when I said I didn't like it. Didn't even ask if I wanted to order something else. What kind of server doesn't ask such a question??? You would prefer to let someone leave your restaurant hungry?
  7. DisneyMomx7

    DisneyMomx7 DIS Veteran

    Mar 26, 2004
    Tony's and Hollywood and Vine - YUCK!!!!
  8. Kae

    Kae DIS Veteran

    Oct 21, 2002
    Capt Jack's at DTD.

  9. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Apr 29, 2004
    Wow - where to start? First let me say that there are lots of really good restaurants at WDW. But some of them really need to be just wiped away and re-made.

    • Tony's Town Square - chef BoyRDe
    • Big River Grille & Brew Works - really bad service and food. The beer isn't good enough to redeem this place.
    • Fultons - such a great location and surroundings, too bad its so lack-luster in the food.
    • Le Cellier - tables are way too close and the food isn't up to "signature" restaurant standards
    • Coral Reef - you would think this place could serve a decent piece of fish, but sadly it can.
    • Planet Hollywood - needs to be moved to a different planet and replaced with something that focuses on food, not memorabilia.
    • Rainforest - Again lets focus on food rather than distracting patrons with effects.
    • T-Rex - See Rainforest
    • Whispering Canyon Cafe - "Antics" aren't a replacement for actual service and even mediocre food.
    • Nine Dragons - you have better Chinese food in your home town for much, much less.

    Lets see, is there anybody out there that I haven't offended with this list? :stir:
  10. FiggieFan

    FiggieFan DIS Veteran

    Sep 1, 2012
    Amen! The worst meal we have eaten anywhere, not just at Disney.
  11. Pakey

    Pakey DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    I've dined at all but 5 restaurants in the parks and resorts, most at least twice and some have been dozens of times each.

    Restaurants that I've been really unhappy with are:

    Whispering Canyon Cafe
    San Angel Inn

    There are many that I don't think are great but considering the theme park venue and masses of people served, I consider them average.

    The above 3 places served me inedible food. I am not picky and have an adventurous palate but I don't like dried out meat or hot entrees served to me cold.
  12. rustyanchor

    rustyanchor Mouseketeer

    Sep 24, 2012
    I'm a little confused on what you expected with '50s... the whole point is that you're supposed to feel like you're in a 1950s kitchen, so yes, it's going to have those kinds of decorations! I think it's actually pretty impressive that they're able to make it so convincing. I understand that it's not everyone's thing (it's certainly not a dining atmosphere that I'd want to be in every day or anything), but it's kind of like going to Sci-Fi and complaining that you have to sit in a car. :confused3

    As for my "disappointments," I have been lucky enough to have been happy with most or all of the TS restaurants we have dined at in WDW; I think only QS places have been a letdown for me, but I don't guess that's really a surprise. We haven't eaten at THAT many TS restaurants though, and I usually avoid the ones that have really terrible reviews.
  13. Fivemuggles

    Fivemuggles Mouseketeer

    Mar 18, 2013
    Pizza planet haha- atmosphere was fun, but when we went they used SO much sauce and barely any cheese- and it wasn't just mine, we had 8 pizzas between our group and they were all like that. Pretty gross. Maybe they were almost out of cheese and were scraping the bottom of the pan or something ha.

    Kouzzina- our server spilled humus all over my husbands lap and laughed it off- didn't offer napkins or anything to clean it up!? I can't stand humus so his smell the whole night was the worst to me lol!

    Akershus- our food was YUMMY but our server was awful- we had a party of 8 and he pretty much ignored us the entire night- we literally had to go search him out to get our check since he had not been back to our table since we ordered (someone else brought the food). In our minds this was because he knew the gratuity was already added- we saw him spending lots of time with other tables, so it wasn't like he was busy in the back or something. We did talk to the manager and they did apologize, and I saw him pull aside the server as we were leaving, so at least we knew he talked to him about it. But the food was very good and the princess interaction was great- and we are going back on our upcoming trip so it definitely wasn't bad enough to sour us on the whole place!
  14. wdwmom0f3

    wdwmom0f3 Disney Bound!

    Aug 10, 2008
    We love 50's Prime Time Cafe so take this for what you want, but we have really been disappointed with LeCellier for the same reasons others have said. I felt like we were having dinner WITH the people beside us. The food is just ok. It's NOT worth two table credits at all.

    We have also been very disappointed with San Angel Inn. We love mexican food but the food is there very bland at best and the service was slow and somewhat rude. We kept going back to give them another try but after three different trips we gave up. It's a shame because its a beautiful place to eat. I just can't see wasting money there.

    Someplace that was a surprise to us was Kona Cafe!! It's very good!! I hate that I waited so long to give it a try because its one of our favorites now!!:goodvibes
  15. BlueStarryHat

    BlueStarryHat DIS Veteran

    Apr 23, 2013
    Tutto Italia. I realize that most people like it, but I've had two bad meals there now and won't ever eat there again. My sauce tasted like Chef Boyardee out of a can and my niece couldn't even eat her dinner-I had to buy her something back at our hotel's food court.
  16. Jillinwonderland

    Jillinwonderland Mouseketeer

    Jun 9, 2009
    Narcoossee's. Maybe we went on an off night but our server was the worst (so rude) and the food was the worst of the trip. I know it's blasphemy to say this but that's my two cents.
  17. pepe of ohio

    pepe of ohio DIS Veteran

    Jul 5, 2001
    I'll chime in.... Back in the day, most of the restaurants had one of a kind entrees... Very few were bad, I'm talking late 70's early 80's....

    This free dining garbage has most of the restaurants turning out food, similar to one another, bland to awful at ridiculous prices... Most people are newbies and believe all the hype... Oh, you gotta eat here and there..we've made enough trips thru the years to see the quality of food go way down hill and the prices up...

    The restaurants don't even need a chef anymore, just a manager like fast food places... There are so many bad and over priced places, I'm not even going to name them....
  18. MarkF0wle

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

    Jan 18, 2011
    The only restaurant I would not return to personally would be Mama Melrose at DHS. The other restaurant that gets mixed reviews is Tony's at MK. Other than I haven't had a bad meal at Disney.
  19. mickeysbestfriend

    mickeysbestfriend DIS Veteran

    Dec 3, 2005
    and have put restaurants on and taken them off.

    Sometimes the reason is for something as simple as poor service three times in a row. 'Ohana one of these but we decided to give it another shot (brought a newbie who HAD to eat there...and we were surprised how good it was but it was because we had an excellent server!

    Those still on the list are:

    Coral Reef
    Sci Fi

    San Angel Inn was on the list until last year when my wife begged me to schedule a Mexican dinner....it had made great strides and is now back in our good graces.

    We used to like Nine Dragons but they changed management and it went downhill from a food standpoint.
  20. Turbanator

    Turbanator Disney Fan

    Apr 23, 2008
    usually we enjoy the food and are not ones to complain but Captain Jacks at DTD was poor :(
  21. tink20

    tink20 DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2008
    DH doesn't like Tony's, Liberty Tree and Boma.

    I don't care for Pizza Planet anymore.

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