Today, I’m continuing my tour of Disney World’s bars and lounges with a trip to Mizner’s Lounge. Tucked into one end of the second floor at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Mizner’s takes full advantage of views to the outside as well as the atrium.
And if you’ve ever been in the Grand’s lobby in the evening and heard some bouncy jazz, this is where it was coming from!
I’m always interested in finding out what these spots serve. You can usually find some really interesting dishes in Disney’s resort lounges that reflect the theming of the hotel. Let’s check it out.
If I were to describe the vibe of Mizner’s decor in one word, it would be relaxed elegance. Here’s a pre-reno pic!
Theming here is understated, but the setting is comfortable. During the day, tons of natural light floods the room, giving it an airy feel.
Potted palms and ornate carpets hint at the Victorian theme. Rather than heavy furnishings, you find lighter woods with a woven touch. It’s relaxed, but still feels a little dressier than most Disney lounges.
Part of the reason for the suggestion of subdued opulence is the live music. A band plays live jazz music most evenings from a bandstand located just in front of Mizner’s.
This is a favorite of guests who are calling the resort home for a bit, or those just passing through for an evening dinner date.
But in addition to the relaxing, refined atmosphere, Mizner’s Lounge also has some really delicious small plate offerings. Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian and the Territory Lounge at Wilderness Lodge have both recently been the setting of some really enjoyable tapas-style encounters lately. Would Mizner’s be equally as fantastic?
The menu here is a great mix of Old Florida with cutting edge continental style. In addition to appetizers, you can also choose desserts — and cigars! Well hey, why not? Having a selection of fine cigars gives Mizner’s the feel of a gentleman’s club.
Immediately, I settled on a couple of different items. I knew that I had to try the Tamarind-grilled Pork Belly with Mascarpone Spiced Cream Corn. 1. I love Pork Belly of any kind. 2. Cream Corn is my favorite. So this dish was perfect for me!
The sour, sweet tamarind glaze was sticky and perfect for cutting through the rich flavor of the pork belly. And then! It’s served on the most beautiful, silky cream corn! The extra bit of tamarind glaze used as garnish also acts as a foil to the cream here. Loved it.
The Four-Cheese and Taggiasca Olives Flatbread was also very good (but paled a bit in comparison to the pork belly and corn dish). Its description seemed somewhat simple, but the imported Italian olives made it all kinds of fancy!
While I’m not a big fan of olives, I was impressed with the generous amount spread across the flatbread. And the crisp-tender crust worked well with the simple ingredients.
While Mizner’s may not have the superior theming and menu of Territory Lounge, or the world’s best cocktail (cough…Lapu Lapu) like Tambu Lounge, it has a good ambiance and some delicious dishes. And the fact that you can walk in and order all of these without an advance dining reservation is a nice plus.
If you need a cool place to meet with friends over drinks, I definitely suggest that you head up the staircase from the Grand’s lobby and give Mizner’s a try. And could you bring me an order of that killer pork belly while you’re at it?
Is Mizner’s Lounge a regular stop on your Disney food and drink tour? Leave a comment and let us know!