Special occaision? Anniversary? Birthday? And you want to do something DIFFERENT?!?!
You might want to consider Bergamos. I know there will be other Orlando experts that might wince a bit, but the entertainment is IMPECABLE and if you REALLY want something different, this is it.
I have brought many out of towners there as well as locals / family. NO ONE LEAVES THERE UNHAPPY.
It's Fine Dining Italian... it's very good. Prices are above average... but here's the novelty / unique twist: There is a baby grand in the middle of the dining floor and every hour on the hour, they have their wait staff sing. They are all trained vocalist and most operatic style. Some show style singers (Think Broadway trained, not Opera...) The entire restaurant just lights up.
If you just want a restaurant with AMAZING FOOD AND AMBIANCE, well, the Grand Floridian has Victoria and Alberts... (But it's Disney... me sticking finger down my throat!) It's Overpriced and there are still better restaurants off property!
For example, Manuel's on the 28th (Downtown Orlando) is considered the BEST (TRES Expensive, but FAB food and WONDEROUS 28th floor view of Central Florida!)
But if you want amazing entertainment w/ GREAT FOOD for that special occaision where you want a little more beyond food & ambiance, consider Bergamos. (It's kid friendly, but I'd make sure they were well behaved kids. It's a fine dining restaurant.)
One memory I shall never forget at Bergamos: My parents and sister and other family members were there for a grand dinner one night. At the table behind us was a couple - alone - no kids..family, celebrating their 50tH anniversary. Staff was alerted ahead of time... The waitstaff (singers) came to their table and sang them a special song. NO EYE WAS DRY after that... My mom, sister and I were ALL sobbing, and even my dad and brother in law were dabbing at their eyes..
Favorite Dish: Risotto's are GREAT by the way... So is the Bruschetta and the antipasto platter if you want to just nosh off the Appetizer menu and drink wine at the bar. I do that lots!
Good Indian Food. Has Tandori Clay oven. Has South India specialties. Tandori clay oven specialities. Curries are good. Could be hotter, according to Nadia... Casual atmosphere. Serves beer and wine... Nadia even liked the music! Outdoor dining when the weather is nice and they even have hookas!
Favorite Dish: My Lamb Saag was SOOO good... And the Roti was pretty decent. I have gone here lots of times and always thought it was good. But Nadia, knowing here curries, gave it the nod of approval.
We wound up having a seat here to watch the fireworks since its a good viewing location. While we were waiting I had a beer and some nachos which weren't half bad. Liz had an iced tea and a sugary churro. We had a nice table right by the lake which is where all the fireworks are displayed.
Favorite Dish: The nachos($7.95) weren't half bad considering they were fast food. I got some extra sour cream which is always my favorite. Liz loved her churro which was huge and not bad for $2.50. She joked she could sword fight with it. LIz hadan iced tea for $2.50 an I haf a Conga. The Conga is a fruit drink with orange, pineaple and lime juice. It was $3.99 but very refreshing and good.
We were in Downtown Disney and decided to have some lunch here. It's a rather large place with a big bar area, dining room and even an Irish gift shop. It was pretty quiet and we were one of only three tables with diners. The waitress was very nice and the service was good.
The food was surprisingly very good. Liz told me that it's pretty rare to find bad food on Disney property.
Liz ordered the Steak Sanger. It was a Sliced sirloin steak with fried onions, mushrooms and a spicy horseradish remoulade. It came with french fries or should I say "chips". I had the fish and chips which was very tasty. We both had unsweetened ice teas to quench our thirst.
Bistro de Paris is one of the restaurants located in the France Pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase. This is one of the more expensive restaurants in Walt Disney World but in my opinion it is worth it. The service here was excellent and the food was unbelievably good. As we enetered the restaurant we were greeted by the host who took our names, checked our reservation and showed us to our table. It was a nice tabel for two. Our waiter came over promptly with a menu and a wine list. We decided on the Degustation Menu. The menu included a choice of appetizer, entree, dessert and wine parings for each course. We thought this would be the best option and loved the menu choices. As an appetizer we decided on the Saffron mussel soup for Liz ans the Salmon for me. Our entrees were the beef tenderloin and the stuffed chicken breasts. For dessert Liz had to have her creme brulee and I had the fresh strawberry ice cream. It was an incredible meal and the decor of the restaurant was beautiful. It was a perfect night and we left in perfect time to see the Fireworks.
Favorite Dish: The appetizers were very good. Liz loved her Saffron and mussels soup. My salmon with blue crab was excellent and it was presented like a work of art on my plate. I felt bad messing it up to eat it. Liz enjoyed her beef tenderloin which was perfectly pink. My chicken breast was delicious. I loved the mushrooms on top of the chicken. The macaroni with black truffles and cheese on the side was unbelievable. Liz of course loved her creme brulee which is her favorite dessert. I really liked my strawberry ice cream. It was perfctly creamy and not too heavy after such a good meal.
I agreed to dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table for two reasons: Liz wanted to go and I had never been there before. We were fortunate enough to make advanced reservations for 8pm, whicj was perfect timing for the fireworks. Upon checking in we were escorted up the stairs and to the restuarnt. We were seated at a nice table by one of the windows. Our server came over rather quickly with menus and took our drink order.
A Dinner at the castle is $42.99 adult, which includes an appetizer, entree, dessert, beverage and coffee. We made our selections and waited for our meal. The service was very friendly and fast. The food is okay, nothing to rave about but I guess you come here for the experience not the food. The experience Is a good one especially when the lights are dimmed during the fireworks show. Liz has fond memories of eating meals at the castle both as a child an as an adult, so it was fun to share this experience with her as well.
Favorite Dish: For appetizers we had the castle salad and the spring roll. Liz liked her salad and the chunks of bleu cheese. My spring roll was okay. We both had the beef for an entree and it was quite good in a red wine sauce with potatoes and asparagus. For dessert Liz had some variation of creme brulee which she enjoyed. I had some chocolate cake with cream cheese filling which was a bit too sweet for my taste.
If you are visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios this is a great place to grab a meal. Full of nostalgia from the 1950's, you feel transported back in time like Back to the Future. We were seated at a table and "Mom" came to give us menus and bring us drinks. The menus is filled with comfort food like pot pie, milk shakes and meatloaf. You are reminded to eat your vegetables when your meal arrives and to clean your plate if you want dessert.
It's a fun theme restaurant experience with good food and fun service. Everyone here has a smile on their face no matter if they are a family of two or ten.
Favorite Dish: The meatloaf is very good as well as the onion rings. The caesar salad is quite good. The milkshake was ultra thick and almost too much to finish. Liz's Root Beer float was overflowing and gave her a "brain freeze".
After spending the morning in the Spa we decided to see if we could have Tea in the Garden View Lounge. The Grand Floridian does a good job at creating a tea house atmosphere that makes you believe you are not in Florida. We were seated almost immediately at a nice table for two. The room is bright and suny with large windows lookig out into the garden. The room is filled with tables and chairs in soft tones of cream, green and peaches. The room is accented with trees, plants and flowers. We were handed a menu and pondered the selections. It took us a bit to finaly decide on The Grand Tea. The waitress took our order and in a few minutes our teas and the trimming arrived. The tea is served in beautiful white china painted with roses and gold.
The service here was excellent as was the tea, pastries, sandwiches and trimmings. Disney once again brought something to a higher level for me.
Favorite Dish: We chose The Grand Tea at $25.50 per person. The Grand Tea includes: a selction of two teas, Liz had the Jasmine White and I had the Russian Earl Grey. We were each served a nice glass of Champagne as well to accompany the tea. The tower arrived full of scones, jam tarts and sandwiches. Liz enjoyed the apricot jam tarts and the watersress asandwiches the best. I liked the strawberry scones, chicken sald with almonds and the pear tart with gorgonzola. There was so much food we has leftovers which they wrapped for us to take back to our room.
I would recommend this experience to anyone. The service was incredible and the food delicious. It was a nice snack after a nice day at the spa.
Wolfgand Puck Cafe is right in Downtown Disney by Planet Hollywood and the shops. The reatsuarnat itself has two levels the lower level id for more casual dining and the upstairs is more formal. The restaurant has some nice views of the lake and is very open and airy.
We were seated upstairs at a nice table and handed menus. We both had unsweeteened ice tea to start. As we were looking over the menu a basket of warm bread was put on the table. It was hard to decide on an entree, the choices were all so appetizing. After some time we finally decided and ordered. Our waiter was very nice and was actually from Upstate NY. The service here was great and the food even better. I was a bit hesitant at first to try this place since it seemed so "commercial" but I was glad we did.
Favorite Dish: For starters I had the wild mushroom soup and Liz had the Gnocchi with Braised Boar Bolognese. Both were incredibly good and we finished all of it. For a main course Liz had the Shrimp Scampi Risotto and I had the Filet Mignon. The meat was very tender and had sqwuash, spinach and portolbello mushrooms on the side. For dessert we had the Apple Streudel which was delicious. The vanilla ice cream with the streudel was so creamy and rich. The meal was unelievable and I'm glad I tried this for myself.
The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is right on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. The inside gives you the feeling of a turn of the century ice cream parlor. They have a variety of ice cream flavors to choose from in a cup, conefloat or sundae. We were waiting for the midday parade to begina and felt like a nice ice cream treat. So we headed a few feet over to grab us a cone. Liz had a vanilla cone and I had a double strawberry cone. The ice cream was very good and hit the spot. Now we could watch the parade without the stomachs grumbling.
A regular cone was $2.69, the double cone was $3.69
Favorite Dish: The ice cream was very good and creamy and the cones tasted fresh.
The Turf Club Bar & Grill is locate din Saratoga Srings Resort. It's primarily frequented by the golfers who use the nearby course. The club looks like a typical golf course club room with wood accents. The place wa sfullof golfers having lunch and drinks. The menu has the typical pub grub items as well as desserts.
We stopped in the bar when we were waiting for one of the ferry's to Downtown Disney. Liz had an iced tea and I had a Blackberry Lemonade. he lemonade was unusual but quite nice. It was a bit on the pricey side at $3.99 a glass but I'd pay for another.
The Land Pavillion of Epcot has their own Cafeteria style food court called Sunshine Seasons. They have a little bit of something for everyone from Asian dishes, soups, salads, sandwiches, chicken, desserts and ice cream. This place does get packed full of people so finding a seat an be an issue.
Liz has eaten here before but we were not in the mood for a meal. We decided on a snack of vanilla ice cream cones. It was a perfect treat before hopping on the Soarin ride.
In the France Pavillion of Epcot there is a tiny kiosk selling crepes and ice cream. Liz loves crepes and we decided to stop for some. Liz had a plain sugar crepw and I had one with Strawberry preserves. It was fun to watch the man make the crepes fresh in front of us just like in Paris. The crepes were warm and sweet....a perfect snack to continue our walk around Epcot.
The crepes were a pricey snack at $4 each but definitely worth it to me.
Great restaurant, homey atmosphere, nice servers and good prices. You can't go wrong. I will say this. There are some reviews of the restaurant that rag on the service. I go here all the time and get OK service (it's not the tops, but its far from the worse). I suspect the problem with service has to do with the fact it is a VERY busy restaurant. I have never been turned away (as I have at Seasons or Roys or Timpano's). But you pay the price. They are busy. FIRAS is a great young server and if you get a chance to be at his station, you will be taken care of well and with a great smile.
Typically I go there with a few people, and sort of luck dim sum, we order a meza (bunch of apps). I have had their entrees / mixed grill, and it just doesn't do anything for me. Not that it is bad, but I love to mix n match. I would say you can't go wrong if you are adventurous and go for a few cold and hot apps and then maybe split a mixed grill among your party.
They have a full bar setup, do private parties (my photos are from a party for 30 on their outdoor deck, and have hookahs too!
If you go, call me / post me. I'll meet ya. Love this restaurant THAT much! ; )
Favorite Dish: You asked... I'm telling:
The Mousakkaa is my favorite!%c
Spinach Pies (Fatayer) baked pastries stuffed with spinach, walnuts, onions, olive oil & lemon juice. (4.50)
Sautéed Chicken Livers… w/garlic, lemon juice.& cilantro. (5.00)
Meat Pies (Safiha) baked pastry w/minced meat, onions, tomatoes & pine nuts. (5.00)
Rakakat Beljebneh… deep-fried pastry shells stuffed w/cheese, roasted red pepper & sun dried tomatoes. (5.00)
Hummus… a blend of chickpeas, garlic, sesame purée & lemon juice. (4.00)
Grilled Eggplant (Moutabal/Baba Ghanouj)
Mousakkaa… eggplant, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, garlic, mint & onions cooked to perfection in a tomato sauce. (4.50)
Shanklish… Feta Cheese marinated in cayenne pepper, thyme & other spices topped w/onions, tomatoes & olive oil (5.00)
Mouharama… made w/chopped walnuts, breadcrumbs, cayenne pepper, oriental spices, savory pomegranate molasses, olive oil.(5.00)
Laban Salad… delicious homemade yogurt w/chopped cucumbers, mint & garlic. (5.00)
Golden Coral Restaurant offers great buffet. They have wide selection of foods from appetizers to main course, from soup to dessert. They have about 20 main to choose from including steaks and seafoods. Their desserts are equally sinful :-) Pies, cakes, pastries and ice cream! yummy!
Although it may take awhile before you can have your seat its really worth the wait. Reasonable price for a great meal!
Price per person:
Adult : $10.00 + tax
Child (4-9) : 6.00+ tax
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