Guest Review: Table Service Dinner at The Diamond Horseshoe in Magic Kingdom

Join us at the The Diamond Horseshoe. Recently guest author, Lori Fries, enjoyed dinner at this iconic spot in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. An all-you-care-to-eat feast will be offered through September 10, 2016.

The Diamond Horseshoe recently re-opened for table-service lunch and dinner in Frontierland.

We made an advance dining reservation (ADR) for The Diamond Horseshoe the first day we could. We ate dinner at 3:30PM, so I guess it was more of a late lunch/early dinner. We read one bad review from opening night, but as a local experienced Disney foodie I was excited to try something new.

Atmosphere

The horseshoe-shaped restaurant looks the same as it has for years.

The Diamond Horseshoe

The Diamond Horseshoe

Diamond Horseshoe Seating and Stage

Diamond Horseshoe Seating and Stage

On the stage sat a beautiful old-time player piano.

I was saddened that it was not operational. I asked if there are plans for entertainment but no one knew.

The Diamond Horseshoe stage

The Diamond Horseshoe stage

The Stage

The Stage

Eats

The Saloon Feast they offer for a main course is a choice of: Barbecue pulled turkey served over cornbread, Spit-roasted ham served with country beans, or Stewed beef served with mashed potatoes. All three choices come with seasonal vegetables.

Everyone at the table can order their own meal, and guests can get whichever entrée they want and can try another at any time.

Menu Cover

Menu Cover

Menu

Menu

Upon arrival, we were seated shortly after checking in. When our drinks came, my lemonade had floaters so I was concerned right away. The cornbread inside the basket was delicious, but the salad, on the other hand, needed some help. Their Frontier Salad – Tossed Greens, Tomatoes, Onion, Roasted Corn, and Cornbread Croutons is served with house-made chipotle-ranch dressing.

The dressing was not tasty and the iceberg lettuce was just soaking in it. I think it sat too long. But mostly the dressing just was not good. And the lettuce was very watery to begin with.

Salad

Salad

Corn Bread

Corn Bread

My ticket was stamped with an allergy note, but the chef never came out. The server said everything was fine. I was a bit skeptical; they didn’t have any fish on the menu, so I just ate with caution.

With that in mind, I tried the barbecue turkey. It was topped with jalapeño slices. It sat on top of cornbread. That’s right, more cornbread. I would have liked to have seen it on some other kind of bread or roll. I would have also liked it to come with the sauce on the side. And I like things saucy.

The cornbread acted more like a sponge then an accompaniment.

The barbecue turkey tasted a lot like the typical Disney parks barbecue pork sandwich that you would get from a quick service restaurant.

I gave it a few bites and decided to try something else. I was not very hungry so I asked for mashed potatoes and enjoyed them.

BBQ Turkey

BBQ Turkey

I did not want to try the ham, but my friends enjoyed it.

Ham

Ham

We asked for the stewed beef for the table with the gravy on the side. I would suggest doing the same in case you don’t like the gravy.

Roast Beef and Gravy

Roast Beef and Gravy

Roast Beef Close Up

Roast Beef Close Up

My favorite part of any meal is dessert and The Diamond Horseshoe offers two on one plate!

Dessert was plated nicely but it was just okay. Frontier Desserts of campfire brownie and apple cranberry tart were nothing special.

Desserts

Desserts

Dessert Close Up

Dessert Close Up

The price is $33 per adult including soft drink. They did give us a discount with our Tables in Wonderland card.

Overview

I was hoping for a western saloon show and I would only go back if entertainment was included. They don’t offer anything different for children. No chicken nuggets or mac & cheese. I have eaten many times at Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe, and hope that the menu changes to be more like that one.

What do you think about table service meals at Diamond Horseshoe? Let us know if you’ll partake during this limited run.

Comments

  1. Carol says

    Nothing about that meal appeals to me in any way and I’m truly not that hard to please. It doesn’t look like they’re even trying, and for $33/adult I expect better than that.

  2. Heather says

    All of it looks like food service slop..not appealing. Makes me wonder if they have a proper kitchen for that location.

  3. Jean says

    My husband and I have read too many bad reviews of this table service offering, so we ended up canceling our reservation for May. I’m disappointed because I’ve never eaten at the Diamond Horseshoe!

  4. Essie says

    I’d love to eat there too because the place is just so cool! But that’s a lot of money for atmosphere.

  5. Melissa says

    I’m super bummed as I’m canceling our reservation for May as I write this… I have never eaten at the Diamond Horseshoe and I searched this whole article for an April Fools disclaimer and found nothing. I’m very upset in the quality diners are getting for 33$. This is about the 10th negative article I’ve read about this dinner. I’m crossing my fingers Tortuga Tavern will be open when I go so I can at least try something new!!

  6. Hannah says

    These are all meals that I could enjoy, normally, but they are the kind of meal you have on a cold winters day. I do not want to eat heavy potatoes and gravies and walk out into 80 degree weather.

  7. Jon says

    I wonder if this lack luster meal is a result of the rumored cuts coming to wdw dining due to Shanghai budget issues. I really hope not, as I was saving up to try many new places on my upcoming June visit to the parks.

  8. Melissa says

    Who’s playing, simple Family Fare like turkey, ham, and roast beef, I don’t see why they would need to add chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese for children. These are standard meals which children are used to eating at home.

  9. JM says

    When I first saw the projected menu, I thought of the Whispering Canyon Cafe platter we ate in 2010. It is a shame to have the stage set, yet nothing happening. For $33, I’ll go eat a character meal and let my kids dump too much dressing on my salad. Gratitude to the reviewer.

  10. DEAN says

    Thanks for the info. My family won’t be going there either. MK restaurants still in last place of disney parks in my book.

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