Dining at Disney: Grand Floridian Cafe Review

By | March 9, 2017

Last week before heading over to Universal Orlando for training with my agency, I spent some time exploring Walt Disney World resorts and Disney Springs with a fellow agent. I’m always excited to try new restaurants, and we decided to take a last-minute visit to a lesser-known restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the Grand Floridian Cafe.

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Grand Floridian Resort Lobby

This café is located on the lobby level of the Grand Floridian and looks out into the nearby courtyard. It was a very drizzly night and there were a lot of other guests looking for dining options at the resorts. Despite some monorail delays, we were seated within 10 minutes of checking in.

Dining at Disney: Grand Floridian Cafe

Grand Floridian Cafe

The Grand Floridian Cafe’s interior feels a lot like the lobby of the Grand Floridian, with little southern-Victorian touches. We were seated near a window, which during the day would have a nice view of the resort.

2017-02-22 19.33.42Since it had been rainy and a bit chilly outside, soup sounded like an excellent way to start, and the Grand Floridian Cafe serves an excellent French onion soup. It had a generous portion of that bubbly, melted Swiss cheese on top (my favorite part). It was flavorful but not overly salty, which is sometimes a problem I have with some iterations of French onion soup.

Dining at Disney: Grand Floridian Cafe

French Onion Soup

While the Grand Floridian Cafe does offer some more standard options such as burgers and steak, both my fellow agent and I felt that having dinner at the Grand Floridian demanded something appropriate for the occasion. We both ordered the Shrimp and Grits, serves with chorizo, fennel, and mascarpone cheese with the grits.

Dining at Disney: Grand Floridian Cafe

Shrimp and Grits

I was extremely happy with this choice. The shrimp were cooked well, the grits were creamy and flavorful, and the chorizo added a little spice to the dish that I enjoyed. We were practically licking our plates at the end.

We had plans to stop at Jock Lindsey’s for a “liquid dessert” later that evening, so we didn’t partake in dessert during our visit. I was impressed with the food here and would happily eat at the Grand Floridian Cafe again. This spot tends to fly under the radar due to the many fine food options at the Grand Floridian, but it’s a good choice if you need a last-minute dinner reservation.


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