Thanks to Heather Montgomery from Running With Sass for this great review of lunch at the Grand Floridian Cafe in Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort!
The Grand Floridian Café is located on the bottom floor toward the back of the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. We arrived five minutes early for our 12:45 reservation and were immediately seated after being greeted by a friendly hostess. I was very happy to see we were being seated in the back along the windows looking out over the beautiful Grand Floridian gardens. Having just arrived in Disney World and checked into the Grand Floridian, we were very excited to have our first meal of the trip.
This café fits in so well with the Victorian era décor. It uses a lot of light colors and florals in its palette, and it also gives off a relaxed vibe for those wanting to escape the busyness of the parks for a little while.
All of the tables had a cute little vase on them with a beautiful single rose.
After taking in the surroundings, we began to look over the menus. We have eaten here several times before, and I already had a good idea of what I wanted to order. Soon after we were seated, our waitress arrived and took our drink orders. She also explained the menu, the specials of the day, and the deluxe dining plan to us. By the time she came back with our drinks, we were ready to order.
It did not take long for our appetizers to arrive piping hot to our table. I ordered the chicken noodle soup, and my husband ordered the crab cakes.
The soup was tasty, with very large pieces of chicken and vegetables in it. It was a rather large bowl, so I did not finish it all (I knew we still had a lot more food coming!).
Bobby enjoyed the crab cakes, and they were presented very well on the plate, too. He has always gotten this appetizer and keeps going back to it time and time again.
About five minutes later, our entrees were placed in front of us. Being the meat and potatoes girl that I am, I of course got the New York Strip Steak with mashed potatoes. The meat was good, but slightly fattier than I like. It was, however, cooked how I asked, which I feel can be hit or miss in Disney restaurants. The potatoes were creamy and buttery, and went very well with the steak. This entrée also came with seasonal vegetables.
Bobby ordered the Tilapia, which was one of the specials of the day. He ate the entire thing, and said it was very good.
When it was time to order dessert, our waitress brought us a replica of the sampler platter we could order, and told us about the other choices as well. The platter looked so delicious, we decided we had to have it!
This dessert sampler came with four mini desserts. They were clockwise from top left: Chocolate hazelnut mousse cake, Tiramisu, New York style lemon cheesecake, and Key Lime pie. My two favorites were the tiramisu and the chocolate mousse. Bobby liked the ones I mentioned and the lemon cheesecake as well. We both agreed that the key lime pie was our least favorite. (I also ate about half of the “celebrate today” chocolate in the middle!)
We really enjoy eating here. It’s convenient, relaxing, and has good food as well as consistent service. There is a range of menu options to suit the different cravings of your party. We had a great view, never felt rushed, and our drinks stayed full. We will be returning to the Grand Floridian Café on a future Disney World trip!
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