That’s what we’re here to find out! The Grand Floridian Cafe is well-known for its brunch, we should know as we previously answered the question, is it brunchtastic? We’re still waiting for Webster to confirm that brunchtastic will make it into the next edition of his famous book. EVOO did, so why not brunchtastic? Anyways, we’re here to answer the next big question about the Grand Floridian Cafe, is it a grandest of dinner times? After a fun-filled day in the parks, we’ve worked an appetite!
It’s the grandest of locations! See what we did there? This is our grandest review after all. Back on topic, we’re talking about the Grand Floridian Resort. Either a monorail or a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom you’ll find the flagship resort of Walt Disney World. Entering the resort you’ll find the restaurant on the first floor towards the back left when facing Seven Seas Lagoon.
The restaurant is an indoor setting with the feeling of being outdoors. With views of the main courtyard, the dining area is lined with large glass windows that fill the area with natural light. We found the dining area to be well laid out with ample space between the tables, which creates a more intimate setting.
Passholder Insights: The waiting area for the Grand Floridian Cafe is shared with 1900 Park Fare and it can get confusing which check-in line is for which restaurant. On busy days it’s definitely worth asking a cast member to make sure you’re in the right line.
The Dining Room Presents…
Some times it just writes itself! Kick-offing our grandest dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe we opted for the cheese plate. We’re always suckers for a good cheese plate. With a collection of cheeses from around the world, brie from France, cheddar from the UK, and a bleu cheese from the US, the plate did not disappoint. Surprising to us was how the accoutrements were the real stars of the show. Served on the side were an apricot chutney, honey-comb, and carrot cake. Yes, carrot cake!
Each of the accoutrements made the cheese plate fantastic. The apricot chutney was perfectly sweet, yet not too sweet, to stand-up to rich creamy flavorings of the brie. Meanwhile, pairing the honeycomb with bleu cheese was delightful in so many ways. The floral aspect of the honeycomb worked well with pungent, upfront flavors of the bleu cheese. What stole the show had to be carrot cake. A dessert that could have easily been served by itself was truly delightful. For a real treat, pair it with cheddar. It doesn’t sound like it should work, but it definitely does!
Passholder Insights: In Epcot’s France pavilion at Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie is one of our favorite grab and go cheese boards. Pair it with your favorite French wine and you’re in for a treat.
Let’s eat! With a Florida inspired menu, it would only make sense to order the shrimp the grits. Right? The Grand Floridian Cafe version of the dish is definitely an evaluated variation from the norm. A half dozen jumbo shrimp are combined with chorizo and fennel, then served atop mascarpone cheese grits. We can’t decide what’s better the grits or gravy. Why not both! By adding the mascarpone cheese to the grits it created a richer flavor compared to traditional grits, which is exactly what the dish needed to stand up to bold spicy flavors of the chorizo. The shrimp were perfectly cooked. Often we find that shrimp tend to be overcooked and more on the rubbery side. Definitely not these shrimp. If you’re a fan of shrimp and grits and looking for a different spin on the dish, we’d definitely recommend this one. Best shrimp and grits at Disney World!
When you think Florida inspired menu, miso-glazed salmon is the first thing comes to mind right? No, most people would be thinking of fried chicken or meatloaf. Both of which came highly recommended by our waiter. On this night, we decided to take a chance and go off-script with miso-salmon. Guess what, we’re glad we did! Perfectly cooked salmon is served atop lemon-scented sticky rice, along with french green beans dressed in a ginger-soy vinaigrette. It’s a toss-up the star of the plate between the salmon and sticky rice. The subtle flavoring of the sticky rice was a welcome balance to the bolder flavors of miso glaze and ginger-soy vinaigrette. If you’re looking for a lighter dish, this is a fantastic choice. We’d order it again.
Passholder Insights: The Lobster Thermidor Burger is another of the famous dishes at The Grand Floridian Cafe. We previously tried at brunch and reviewed in the following article.
Why didn’t we go here sooner! Similar to Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort, the Grand Floridian Cafe definitely gets most of its hype for its breakfast options. We have to say we were very impressed with our dinner and would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a restaurant with a variety of classic dishes. The restaurant itself is perfect for families and great way to enjoy a meal before the Magic Kingdom fireworks or wrap a fun day at the parks. To answer our question, yes it was the grandest of times!