Guest Review: Afternoon Tea at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

A big thanks to Mary Giordano, who just returned from a trip to Disney World! She’s been kind enough to review a special dining opportunity in the Grand Floridian Resort, the Afternoon Tea (which I have done and can highly recommend)! Take it away, Mary!

Nestled in the corner of the Grand Floridian’s massive Main Building is the Garden View Lounge. Every afternoon from 2pm to 5pm, an afternoon tea of sorts is served at the lounge. After many years of hearing about the afternoon tea, I finally found time during a recent trip to check it out and can only ask myself why I had not tried it sooner.

Garden View Lounge

Atmosphere:
The Garden View Lounge is beautifully sunlit from the windows overlooking the garden outside. It is a bright and intimate space despite being within the [Read more…]

Review: Grand Floridian Cafe

Pinvestigator Cody, of the Global Disney Pinvestigation Blog, is back with another round of comments and photos about a recent meal. This time, Cody and his family celebrated his birthday at the Grand Floridian Cafe, one of the lesser known spots at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Thanks for the guest review, Cody!

GF Cafe logo

The Grand Floridian Cafe (GFC) is tucked away in the back of the resort on the bottom floor of the Grand Floridian. I personally had not heard of it until I was searching for restaurants for my “day after” my birthday celebration.

I was looking for somewhere with steak (preferably filet) that I could book on short notice, and I found GFC on the internet. I searched the menu, saw the New York Steak listed, and thought something new and different would be good for my birthday.

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Atmosphere
Our reservation was at 5:30, and while we arrived around 5:15, we weren’t seated until 5:30. We were escorted through the whole restaurant to our table in the very back. The restaurant has a nice theme that holds true throughout the whole area; it’s a “Florida Room,” with floral wallpaper and homey/country items throughout.

Grand Floridian Cafe Decor

Grand Floridian Cafe Decor

Grand Floridian Cafe Atmosphere

Grand Floridian Cafe Atmosphere

Grand Floridian Cafe Decor

Grand Floridian Cafe Decor

Eats
We sat down, and our waiter took our drink order and brought over some bread. The bread was only OK; it was multigrain raisin bread and sourdough, and it was served with Lemon Salted Butter.

Multigrain Raisin and Sourdough Bread

Multigrain Raisin and Sourdough Bread

My mom and I both ordered the New York Strip, and my dad ordered the Grand Floridian Burger. The meals came with salad or soup, and we all ordered the Caesar Salad. My personal opinion is that the salad was one of the best things all night, second to the birthday cupcake (which we will talk about later).

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

The waiter came quickly, cleared our plates, and then moments later brought our dinner. My mom and I, being picky eaters, ordered mashed potatoes instead of the steamed vegetables, but the dishes came to the table with both vegetables and potatoes.

The New York Strip was kind of “blah” and had little flavor, though it was cooked properly. We also realized that the potatoes weren’t normal mashed potatoes; there was something else in them besides the mashed skins.

strip steak menu

New York Strip Steak

New York Strip Steak

My Dad enjoyed his burger, which had lobster and asparagus added under a hollandaise sauce.

burger menu

Grand Floridian Cafe Burger

Grand Floridian Cafe Burger

After the meal, and although we’d decided against ordering dessert, our server came back with two giant cupcakes for my mom and me (we were both celebrating our birthdays at the restaurant). The cupcake was delicious and so large I couldn’t finish it all. I’m pretty sure the cupcake was the best thing all night.

Grand Floridian Cafe Birthday Cupcake

Grand Floridian Cafe Birthday Cupcake

Review
Overall, the meal was OK. Unlike my other meal reviews of Tutto Italia and ‘Ohana’s Character Breakfast, it was nothing special and kind of “blah.” It was definitely no Le Cellier!

Rating: 3 of 5
Accepts Tables in Wonderland Dining Discount Card?: Yes
Food: 2.5 of 5