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Dining Review of Narcoossee’s at The Grand Floridian, Walt Disney World

CIMG2264Here’s another restaurant review from our recent Disney excursion.  This one is for Narcoossee’s, located at the beautiful Grand Floridian Resort on the grounds of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Narcoossee’s has long been one of our favorite restaurants on the property, however this trip sadly changed that opinion.  We have always loved the atmosphere here, with great service and excellent food to go with it.  Since the restaurant sits on the Seven Seas Lagoon with a bird’s eye view of the castle in the Magic Kingdom, it is also a great place to eat during the nightly

The Grand Floridian at night

The Grand Floridian at night

fireworks show.  The restaurant pipes in the music from the show and also will stop service if you prefer so you can go outside with your drinks and watch from the deck.  It’s fun, and they have it orchestrated to a tee.  This time we had appetizers and then went out for the show.  When we sat back down our entrees were on the table within five minutes.  The service really was excellent.

The food was not though, and it was not just one person who thought so.  I ordered the ribeye steak, and I’ve had

You might see fireworks!

Magic Kingdom fireworks from the deck

many ribeyes, some good and some not as good.  This one was bad, and I probably should have sent it back.  While you expect an certain amount of fat in a ribeye, this steak was 50% gristle.  I literally left half of it on the plate because it was inedible.  Three people ordered filet mignon, with one getting it with a lobster tail.  No one thought the filet to be anything better than OK.  The lobster tail was not really top notch either, being a little tough.  I also found my steak and the accompanying veggies to be overly salted, and not just by a little bit.  They were seriously over salted, and it dominated all the other potential flavors.  The filets suffered from the same fate.  At least the steaks were cooked properly.  Overall presentation could have been better on the plates as well.  The steak dishes looked kind of clunky and the tuna dish was all over the place.  Here’s some pictures:

Mediocre Surf and Turf

Mediocre Surf and Turf

A messy tuna dish

A messy tuna dish


The bad ribeye

The bad ribeye

The wine list here is pretty good, and there is a decent selection by the glass.  We stuck to a couple of reds by the glass which were decent but nothing to

write about.  We also skipped dessert.  There was a general sense of let down after the meal as we had been looking forward to it and it just didn’t live up to expectations based on previous experience.  Unfortunately, should we return to Disney World in the near future, we will not be dining at Narcoossee’s again.  Maybe we just caught them on a bad night.

I’d rate the overall experience good as we saw the Magic Kingdom fireworks and had an excellent waiter, but you’re here for the food.  Narcoossee’s is not inexpensive either, so you really do expect better.  Our wallet is closed.

A votre sante!

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