Best DTD Table Service?

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Best DTD Table Service?

What's everyone's pick for the best Downtown Disney table service restaurant?

I think I'm probably in the minority but I really enjoy Portobello. What's your pick?

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We liked Paradiso 37 when we tried it last year. Really imaginative menu -- and FUN! You can go out and ride Characters in Flight right after your meal.

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I know it's the usual chain stuff, but we like Planet Hollywood. Our nearest at home is in central London, over an hour and a half away (a bit far to go for a meal). Trying to work out what film some of the stuff is from without looking at the tags can be fun. It's big, it's noisy, but we like it.

We really should try some of the smaller places on a future trip, so I'll be watching this thread for ideas.

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It would have to be Fultons for us. We have had dinner there 3 times and loved it every time. It was warm enough during one trip to eat out on the deck. That was very nice. However, to be fair though, we have not had dinner anywhere else in DTD though.
Oops, just remembered we have had dinner at both Rain Forrest and Planet Hollywood.

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Tony, I have to confess I've never eaten at a Planet Hollywood. I've done a Hard Rock Cafe though, I believe their pretty similar ideas, correct?

Scrappy, Lots of people seem to love Fulton's. Are there any options for those who aren't really into seafood?

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I do not eat seafood at all and still love it. I always have a steak and have never been disappointed with it. Mrhub is the seafood eater.

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dsoup wrote:
Tony, I have to confess I've never eaten at a Planet Hollywood. I've done a Hard Rock Cafe though, I believe their pretty similar ideas, correct?

Very similar concepts ans menu's, just depends on whether you prefer movies or music. We've been to the Hard Rock Orlando too and it would be tough for me to pick a winner.

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scrappy wrote:
I do not eat seafood at all and still love it. I always have a steak and have never been disappointed with it. Mrhub is the seafood eater.

Did MrHub have to drag you there the first time?

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Very similar concepts ans menu's, just depends on whether you prefer movies or music. We've been to the Hard Rock Orlando too and it would be tough for me to pick a winner.

That's one thing that's really appealing about visiting another country. I'm sure you have Hard Rock Cafes and Planet Hollywood in Britain, or will soon, but when you visit another country even the chain restaurants often seem interesting. When I read the UK message boards I always get a kick out of some of the restaurants they rave about. I've had the same experience when I've traveled where I'm just in love with something that is the local equivalent of Chili's. (Although America does do chains to a degree that isn't usually matched by other countries.) Have you tried any other chains here that you liked Tony?

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The only other international chain we've tried in Orlando is TGI's, we have loads of those in the UK and the menu is virtually identicle. The atmosphere in the TGI's nearest us isn't as relaxed as the ones on I-Drive, Orlando and the service is a bit slower (although that can be said of most UK restaurants).

We have loads of Frankie and Bennys too, but I've not tried a state side one to compare.

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Tony wrote:
The only other international chain we've tried in Orlando is TGI's, we have loads of those in the UK and the menu is virtually identicle. The atmosphere in the TGI's nearest us isn't as relaxed as the ones on I-Drive, Orlando and the service is a bit slower (although that can be said of most UK restaurants).

We have loads of Frankie and Bennys too, but I've not tried a state side one to compare.

I've never heard of Frankie and Bennys -- is it like a TGI Fridays?

Our favorite DTD Disney table service at the moment (have to say that, because it always changes) is probably Portobello. Since the change to the menu, it's been quite good. I'd really like to try Capn Jack's though.

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I love Wolfgang Puck's. The dinner, dessert, and drinks were all fantastic. Atmosphere isn't fantastic but the food was so great it made up for it. I had an amazing ravioli dish, a mojito and some chocolate cheesecake. I can't wait to hit here again in August.

Though the atmosphere isn't 100% I like eating here aroun 7 so I can head somewhere else in DTD for drinks and entertainment.

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I've heard a lot of great things about Wolfgang's ravioli! I think we'll book here on our next trip. The chocolate cheesecake sounds great, too!

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ChipnDaleFan wrote:
I love Wolfgang Puck's. The dinner, dessert, and drinks were all fantastic. Atmosphere isn't fantastic but the food was so great it made up for it. I had an amazing ravioli dish, a mojito and some chocolate cheesecake. I can't wait to hit here again in August.

Though the atmosphere isn't 100% I like eating here aroun 7 so I can head somewhere else in DTD for drinks and entertainment.

I always find that the places without atmosphere don't work for me while I'm in Disney. We have good food here locally that I can enjoy, but when I travel I want some "magic!" I find that's why I don't tend to do the DTD restaurants as much, because I want to eat in a Old-Style Soda Shop, or a Colonial restaurant. Or at least with a view of animals or whatever. I will say enough people have said good things about Wolfgang Puck's that I might try it anyway...even if it doesn't have as much magic.

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I think I hear the most positive reviews of Fulton's and Wolfgang Puck's. I've never been to either. sad

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Few years ago, we first time made reservation of Disney dining plan at Planet Hollywood and had a great experience. The food and services were admirable and the price was reasonable as well.

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