What do you think of Prime Time Cafe and Biergarten Restaurants?
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I'm with Ashli on 50's PTC. We had horrid service, took forever to get the food and it was "eh". We waited a solid 15-20 minutes once we sat down for someone to take a drink order. The whole meal lasted way too long, IMO, and granted we were a party of 8 but didn't have those waits at every other ADR we had. I had done 50's PTC a few yrs back and loved every minute but won't be returning anytime soon. Felt like it was a colossal waste of time.
I have never been to Biergarten but have been to 50's PT a few times. We like 50's PT more for the experience than the food. The decor reminds me of being a kid at my grandparents house. The food is good but not great. Everytime we have ate there it has been packed. We had to wait quite a while after our ADR time to get in.
PTC however...I gave it it's fair share of chances....never had a great experience there, didn't get any server into their roll, general bad service and the food only so-so. The milkshakes are great though and the decor is awesome.
I'm sure we'll get back there eventually, but for now, we're pretty much done with it....
We LOVE Biergarten and go every trip. As for PTC...it was awful for us. Terrible food and service. I'm still not getting where the rave reviews come from for food, etc. there. But none of us have ever wanted to go back. It was worse than Mama Melrose, which had lousy service but good food. Try Biergarten.
We have never been to Biergarten, but we tried PTC for the first time last month. I have to say we were very disappointed. The atmosphere was great, and our server was too, but the food was awful. We all ordered different things, and not one of us enjoyed our meal. We have high expectations at Disney - because there are so many wonderful restaurants. This one just didn't compare.
Beirgarten is one of DD#2's favorite places to eat. She is disappointed we will not be eating there this Christmas. My mother really doesn't care for it - nothing to do with atmosphere or food, she hates buffets. So when she comes along we try to limit the buffets to one place and Tusker House won out this time.
PTC is where we are eating for Christmas Dinner - we love it that much! I will say the server does make a difference on the experience. The first time we went our server was rather dull. Other return trips have been great! Again, I enjoy the food but my mother finds it only mediocre. But then she didn't want to try the other places at HS.
Another fan of Beirgarten here. The food, show, and service are great. The Prime Time Cafe is hit or miss for us. If we are in the mood for "that kind" of food, we will eat there. However we have never had great service and the food does taste a bit like a reheated TV dinner.
....have had nothing but great experiences at 50's PTC. The food has always been stellar ....not 'fancy' dining ...but good solid menu choices. It lends itself well to those families that have a "picky eater" ...since it's common fare prepared well each time.
....if you hit it at 'rush hour' (4pm to 7pm) ....the interaction with the server may be a bit hurried. We had dinner reservations there at 8:30pm once ....and the interaction with the server was phenomenal. My wife can give as good as she gets when it comes to the word-play with the server .....and when she was told "eat all your veggies or no dessert", ...she replied, "okay ....but just remember, your tip is contingent upon how yummy the veggies are and good the service is". So...when her food came out, her veggies were on a separate plate...and the server was singing a song to her about the veggies and how tasty they were.
Interestingly, when I asked my son19 last year about where he wanted to eat, his only stipulation was "not at the place where they pretend to be your aunt or uncle and keep your elbows off the table". So he would not recommend.
We did eat at Biergarten that trip and had a bad time actually getting seated. They forgot about us, basically, after giving us our pager. We started to see a lot groups go in that came after us and finally asked at the podium. We basically missed all the entertainment while waiting outside the doors. While we enjoyed the food, that whole problem put a damper on our meal.
I love both and have grown up spending time at both places.
My family would grab lunch at 50s Prime Time and enjoy ourselves immensly. My brother got the experience of a flying airplane fork (you know that old trick that parent would do to feed their toddler) for his birthday.....lol (he was 13) They also said "Here is your apple juice", when they handed my grandfather a Beer. It was sooo much fun just be prepared to keep your elbows off the table and finishing your dinner plate....or else...no dessert for you. LOL (but really you can still order dessert) Its a great atmosphere if your willing to play along.
As for the Biergarten, I come from a German family and would go here for dinner in the evening as we would snack around the world during the day. Its a fun experience and absolutely love the Oompah band and dancing around. It feels like your at an old German Festival in the town square and is sooo wonderful The night sky "is" above you & old tudor homes surrounding you inside this fun eatery. The food is great, at least my family says so. I grew up on traditional german fare and love it and Disney gets pretty darn close. Its a unique experience and puts you into the feel and fun of Old Germany. Just sit back, relax, enjoy your meal and a boot of beer or two while you are there. Its all worth experiencing.
Have a fun experience at both places and dont forget to keep those elbows off the table or Aunt Susie might scold you.....
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Have not tried Beirgarten, but love 50's PTC. We've eaten at the tables and even sat at the bar and grabbed a sandwich! A couple times I've been, have not been too interested in the 'bantering' and just wanted to eat and had no problems, and other times have been and enjoyed the playfulness of the staff. One time I went I was on a restricted diet and the chef was great about preparing a special meat just for me! Though it was done really well, it was my least satisfying of all the times I've eaten there, not because of the food, but because I just didn't feel like I got that old time home cooking I enjoy from that restaurant. I would definitely go back, but there have been times with long waits, so I do take that into consideration.