What's been your Biggest dining disappointment at Disney?

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What's been your Biggest dining disappointment at Disney?

Okay, I'm beginning to think about dining for Febuary and we always like to try new places and a few favorites. So, not counting bad service, atmosphere etc. what's the worst table service meal?
Our two least favorites were signature table service: Narcossee's & Fultons. Food was lackluster, felt like we could order it at our local seafood restaurant.

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I was majorly disappointed with Chef Mickey's. We went for breakfast and the food was really no better than the local Golden corral! Not only that but the ONLY thing I could eat were the mickey waffles. There were 6 of us and the total including tip was more than any dinner we had eaten offsite. Plus some of the characters completely skipped our table Sad I doubt I would ever go there again.

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San Angel Inn...food was not good, service was crappy, and ended up with food poisoning. The only good thing there is the atmosphere

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Tony's in MK. The pasta was Butoni's which I can purchase at my local Giant Eagle for considerably less. No impressed.

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RobynPrincess wrote:
I was majorly disappointed with Chef Mickey's. We went for breakfast and the food was really no better than the local Golden corral! Not only that but the ONLY thing I could eat were the mickey waffles. There were 6 of us and the total including tip was more than any dinner we had eaten offsite. Plus some of the characters completely skipped our table Sad I doubt I would ever go there again.

I have to agree with Chef Mickey food wise. It was so loud and the food was lousy.

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i have not had a bad experience as far as bad food or service, but i think the most dissapointing was the breakfast we had at Hollywood and vine, just kinda plain compared to some of the other breakfasts we have done

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It's not horrible, but we've been disappointed with Mama Melroses. Our first time there was fantastic in 2001, but the last few times it has been mediocre at best. Enough that we just don't book it any more because we don't want to be disappointed again. It was disappointing only because our expectations were so high after the first trip, and it was "our restaurant".

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Awwww, Jeff- Mamma's was on my to try list! So, Hollywood & Vine or Mamma's?

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Le Cellier was a big letdown for us. Outback steaks have been more impressive. Crammed together, hurried service. Won't go back.

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Chef Mickeys - the food was nothing to write home about and the service was lousy.

Le Cellier - I just wasn't impressed

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Wolfgang Puck Cafe the food was just ok not exciting to many other amazing options at Disney. I have wondered if this was because we had dinner there after having lunch at Raglan Road and were still too full or just expected more; not really sure.

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I think pretty much everybody has had a less then memorable experience at one restaurant or another and at some point, and not to offend anyone, but I think everyone over exaggerates how bad there meal really was to some point, myself included.

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The Wave when it first opened. Food awful and pricey.
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No offense taken MrHub but I have truly been disappointed in some restaurants at Disney. Granted, I could have just ordered the wrong thing. So, Im always ready to give any place a second try. However, overcooked crab legs at Fultons was not acceptable, as a previous poster said Tonys menu was about like Olive Garden. I think it's perfectly fine to be disappointed in a Disney restaurant. I just love to read others opinions.

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I don't think I've ever had a truly bad meal at WDW (hoping that will continue on our upcoming trip). But I've had a few that disappointed: (1) Wolfgang Puck's at Downtown Disney, because I was expecting an awesome meal and got an average one for twice what it would've cost elsewhere; (2) Les Chefs de France at Epcot for the same reason; and (3) Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater, because I was expecting a good meal and got one that was no better than some WDW counter-service restaurants for twice what counter service would've cost.

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mars1990 wrote:
No offense taken MrHub but I have truly been disappointed in some restaurants at Disney. Granted, I could have just ordered the wrong thing. So, Im always ready to give any place a second try. However, overcooked crab legs at Fultons was not acceptable, as a previous poster said Tonys menu was about like Olive Garden. I think it's perfectly fine to be disappointed in a Disney restaurant. I just love to read others opinions.

I agree. I like Le Celliers mushroom risotto. Is it the best steak I have ever had? No,but Le Cellier is the only place I know to get it and the pretzel bread is a bonus. Some people love it, Some people don't. Places like Tony's advertises that it is sponsored by Butoni's, so you know the quality will be less then some of the resort hotels.

People go to places like Chef Mickey's for the experience with the characters not the food. Like Robyn said it is Golden Corral food, but you can't go to Golden Corral any weekend and see Mickey or get Mickey Waffles. People go to TREX or Rain Forest because they want atmosphere. It just depends on what you want. Some go to certain restaurants because it has a favorite dish you can't get near home or has a favorite character experience. I don't love the food at Ohana breakfast, but we go at least once every trip because we are guaranteed to see stitch every trip.

As a chef, I can say every restaurant has it shining moments and has it less then shining moments. We just go to enjoy the experience.

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Nicely said Angel.
Sometimes I just disappointed because I study menus before I go and when the food comes out it doesn't taste like what I imagined at all!

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mars1990 wrote:
Awwww, Jeff- Mamma's was on my to try list! So, Hollywood & Vine or Mamma's?

If I had to choose, I would choose Mamma's. biggrin

I'm still determined to get it back on our favorites list, dang it! And to earlier points, it was not bad and the food was still good, just never seemed to be as good as we remembered from that first time.

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mars1990 wrote:
Awwww, Jeff- Mamma's was on my to try list! So, Hollywood & Vine or Mamma's?

If I had to choose, I would choose Mamma's. biggrin

I'm still determined to get it back on our favorites list, dang it! And to earlier points, it was not bad and the food was still good, just never seemed to be as good as we remembered from that first time.

Ah, first times!! Walking down Main Street, riding the Monorail. . . muchlove

I have a soft spot for turkey legs because I was so blown away by my first one. It was the whole WDW experience and then this tasty turkey leg ala Fred Flintstone! The last couple of times with that monster drumstick just haven't measured up. But I am ever hopeful! crossfingers

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Ah, first times!! Walking down Main Street, riding the Monorail. . . muchlove

I have a soft spot for turkey legs because I was so blown away by my first one. It was the whole WDW experience and then this tasty turkey leg ala Fred Flintstone! The last couple of times with that monster drumstick just haven't measured up. But I am ever hopeful! crossfingers

Ollie, the first time usually is the best! awesome

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I was a smidge bummed by Coral Reef. I had heard lots of wonderful things about the food, and it was just kind of ... okay. I may give it another try, but likely just for the atmosphere and not the "stellar" seafood.

I wasn't Over the Moon about 50s Prime Time, either, but I think I had certain expectations about the "performances" that would be given by the waitstaff. I think our waiter was having an off-day. Wouldn't stop me from trying again, though.

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I wasn't Over the Moon about 50s Prime Time, either, but I think I had certain expectations about the "performances" that would be given by the waitstaff. I think our waiter was having an off-day. Wouldn't stop me from trying again, though.

I think this is part of why I wasn't impressed with Le Cellier. I had certain expections that it just didn't live up to. My friends love there but I was expecting more.

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Nancy D wrote:
I was a smidge bummed by Coral Reef. I had heard lots of wonderful things about the food, and it was just kind of ... okay. I may give it another try, but likely just for the atmosphere and not the "stellar" seafood.

I wasn't Over the Moon about 50s Prime Time, either, but I think I had certain expectations about the "performances" that would be given by the waitstaff. I think our waiter was having an off-day. Wouldn't stop me from trying again, though.

The first time we were at 50's we had a "mom" and it was fun. The second time we had a teenage male "mom". He reminded us to eat our vegetables without much enthusiasm. It is also strange to be told to eat my vegetables by a kid young enough to be my son. laugh Don't get me wrong his service was great, but it just wasn't the experience you expect from 50's when they tell you "no dessert if you don't eat your vegetables" or "elbows off the table" from mom in their advertisements .

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angels444 wrote:
Nancy D wrote:
I was a smidge bummed by Coral Reef. I had heard lots of wonderful things about the food, and it was just kind of ... okay. I may give it another try, but likely just for the atmosphere and not the "stellar" seafood.

I wasn't Over the Moon about 50s Prime Time, either, but I think I had certain expectations about the "performances" that would be given by the waitstaff. I think our waiter was having an off-day. Wouldn't stop me from trying again, though.

The first time we were at 50's we had a "mom" and it was fun. The second time we had a teenage male "mom". He reminded us to eat our vegetables without much enthusiasm. It is also strange to be told to eat my vegetables by a kid young enough to be my son. laugh Don't get me wrong his service was great, but it just wasn't the experience you expect from 50's when they tell you "no dessert if you don't eat your vegetables" or "elbows off the table" from mom in their advertisements .

I think when you go there we go so infrequently compared to a restarant you might go to in your own home town that if you have an off experience it seems worse than it is because you are expecting the same great experience you had the last time which could have been 6 months or a year or even longer. I know with us 50's prime is always hit or miss as far as the server and how much they get into the act, but the food has always been good. also if you have never been somewhere and are getting your reviews from other people it kind of builds up your expectations a bit and we all have different tastes, i know what i like my wife does not ususally agree as far as food goes because she likes things very plain

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I agree with those above who said Chef Mickey's. It was just awful and we even got food poisoning once. Not a fan. Tony's Town Square is also like opening a can of chef boyardee. Blah. hehe

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Chef Mickey's wasn't the greatest and we won't go back for a while just becuase we think there are better buffet breakfasts if thats what you want. We have had some excellent meals at Tony's and would go back in a second if came to it.

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We go several times a year and always try to eat at the nicer restaurants for dinner. My least favorite has to be Coral Reef. Even though the first waiter helped us move next to the glass with a different waiter, I was not impressed with the wine list or the food. I guess I had higher hopes for it considering how hard it is to get reservations there sometimes. The same could be said for Le Cellier. We finally got to eat there this year and I found that the food was too rich for me so I didn't enjoy it as much. I do have the recipe for the Cheddar Cheese soup, though and make it pretty often so that makes me happy.

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Jess wrote:
San Angel Inn...food was not good, service was crappy, and ended up with food poisoning. The only good thing there is the atmosphere

Totally agree! This was a big dissapointement food wise, also it is way too cramped in there. We felt like we were sitting on top of everyone else.

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I agree about not liking Chef Mickey's, the food is just average, it's loud and chaotic with slow service. The Wave and San Angel Inn I also find lack luster, but not bad. I would go back if someone wanted to.

There's one place at Disney that I will NOT return to, and that's Tony's in the Magic Kingdom. The service and atmosphere was great, the food however was just plain bad. That's not an exaggeration, even my kids (ages 11, 16, 17 at the time) said that we never ever have to go back there again. The marinara was bland, the pasta wasn't drained well enough so it was watery, the meatballs were served to us dry and ungarnished on a different plate, the chicken was burnt (we're talking black) and they put that side down on the bottom of the plate. Dessert was good, but everything else was really substandard.

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If you're going to Chef Mickey's you're going there to meet for the characters and that experience. That should be the only reason you are going there. Any other way and you will likely be disappointed.

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We went to Mama Melrose for dinner while we were there last week, and the service was TERRIBLE! Food, AMAZING. Drinks, AMAZING. Service, Terrible. We walked in and their computers were down so they had to do everything on paper, which is fine, things happen. BUT they had a line out the door, and weren't telling people until they got to the front that it was reservation only at that time. We had a reservation, so I was fine, but they should have had someone outside and talking to the people in line making sure they have a reservation. Once seated we were at our table for about 10 minutes while someone cleaned the tables around us. I said to my wife, "that better not be our server.". It was our server, and he didn't acknowledge us until he was finished cleaning. He took our order, someone brough the appetizer, then he took our entree order, and someone else brought that VERY quickly. We hadn't even had half of our calamari yet when the food came, which was fine, we were just surprised by how fast it was. When we commented on how fast it was she said, "oh yeah, we're very slow tonight." If you're slow then why are you turning away people at the door? And there were quite a few empty tables at the time too. During dinner I had to wait 10 minutes to get a drink refill because he was only paying attention to one table at a time for about 15 minutes at a time. After dinner the server brough us the dessert menu. He came back about 10 minutes later with 2 more dessert menus because it had been so long that he had forgotten giving them to us already. He asked for the dessert orders, and then told us that we actually don't get to choose our dessert, the chef chooses them for us because we are on the Fantasmic dining plan. We got dessert that was good, but not what we like or what we wanted, and went on our way. He was so bad that I felt bad giving him as much of a tip as I did.

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