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Raglan Road Reviews

In the Pleasure Island thread, someone mentioned Raglan Road which is probably to me the most appealing place to try at DTD, but I have never made it. What are it's strong and weak points?

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I remembered that there are a few comments about Raglan Road on this DTD Dining thread, but I'll weigh in and say that I found it to be about a 6.5 out of 10 experience. It was decent food, but the crowds were kind of night-clubby (of course, it was Pleasure Island at the time) and I didn't really feel like I was anywhere that different from a chain restaurant (think "Elephant and Castle Pub").

It's a decent place to try out if you happen to be in DTD, but I wouldn't make it a destination.

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I think you definitely need to be in a pub kind of mood.

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Brad wrote:
I think you definitely need to be in a pub kind of mood.


laugh And what might that look like?

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SpaceAce wrote:
Brad wrote:
I think you definitely need to be in a pub kind of mood.


laugh And what might that look like?

Well there's a definite difference between having dinner at a restaurant and a pub in my opinion. Neither is better per se, but it's just a different mood. As a grumpy old man, for example, I have to prepare for going to a pub by putting in my ear plugs. silly

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We ate there in January.

One positive is the atmosphere. Very authentic looking; a real "Old World" feel. The furnishings and decor seemed very old and Irish looking to me. Just what you'd expect a pub to look like were you to go to one in Dublin.

The food, what we tried anyway, was good but nothing remarkable. The Shepherd's Pie was not traditional, but still pretty good. I think Joy had a soup to start which I tried and remember it being pretty decent.

The usual beer selection is there, so, like someone else said, if you're in a "pub" mood, you might like it here.

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I like Shepherd's Pie, but traditional can often mean bland. What was non-traditional about it?

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I woud not go back here.

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Kelly wrote:
I woud not go back here.

Not a fan eh? Food, atmosphere or both?

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the better question is whether the brews are good.

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My wife and I went here last June. I must say, I LOVED the atmosphere. I'm suprised people have complained about the atmosphere, but also failed to mention the live Irish musicians and step dancers. To me, they were great and the whole place was involved in the performance. My wife had the Raglan Risotto for dinner and still talks about how rich and tender the rice was. She wants us to go back here when we return in the fall, even though I prefer to try new places. cool I had the Kevin's Heavenly Ham and it was succulent. The apple potato cake was a perfect pairing to the salty, hearty meat. I don't recall if we had dessert and I had some sort of a cider to drink. My only complaint is that we arrived just on time for our reservation made through Disney and had to stand and wait (no benches or chairs anywhere near the restaurant) after a long day walking for like 35-40 minutes. They need to get a place to sit down, and need to honor the times reserved. But a really great atmosphere overall!

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The restaurant's decor is gorgeous and the Fish N Chips are excellent!

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windycityben wrote:
My wife and I went here last June. I must say, I LOVED the atmosphere. I'm suprised people have complained about the atmosphere, but also failed to mention the live Irish musicians and step dancers. To me, they were great and the whole place was involved in the performance. My wife had the Raglan Risotto for dinner and still talks about how rich and tender the rice was. She wants us to go back here when we return in the fall, even though I prefer to try new places. cool I had the Kevin's Heavenly Ham and it was succulent. The apple potato cake was a perfect pairing to the salty, hearty meat. I don't recall if we had dessert and I had some sort of a cider to drink. My only complaint is that we arrived just on time for our reservation made through Disney and had to stand and wait (no benches or chairs anywhere near the restaurant) after a long day walking for like 35-40 minutes. They need to get a place to sit down, and need to honor the times reserved. But a really great atmosphere overall!

Hi windycityben and welcome to WDWFG, glad you found us and thanks for your review of Raglan Road.

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I had lunch there once, but it was a few years ago. The food was good, though aside from dessert, it wasn't really anything special. I think it would be better for dinner with the entertainment. The Bailey's brulee tart is really good though, I'd have a hard time not ordering that if I eat there again.

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We've been to Raglan Road four times since they opened, almost five. I really want to like this place but I just can't get behind it. Every time we go there, we have issues. Sometimes it's bad service (refills, bill accuracy, attitude, communication), food temperature issues, menu inconsistencies, seasoning, or portion size. Over four visits, those things happened off and on. The fifth time, we waited an hour past our ADR time and left in favor of counter service. Every time, we found the music too loud making it feel more like a bar than a restaurant. Is it horrible? No. Sure, there's live music, a pretty dancer, and some of the food is quite good. The problem is, you never know which Raglan Road you're going to get... the one with great food and service or the one desperately in need of a week with Gordon Ramsay.

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