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Our trip is five months away but as a typical Disney fanatic I'm obsessing about dining. We are staying at Beach Club so hope to go to Yachtsman and across the lake to Flying Fish. We'll probably indulge with Victoria & Albert's. We hope to get Sunday Brunch to stretch the dinner choices. What are your favorites? We love love love Jiko, and also really enjoyed Artist Point. I'm not sure about the others. Any suggestions are most welcome!
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Sunday brunch at a Sig will still cost you two dining creds at most of them, so I'm a bit vague on how eating that would stretch dinner options if your concern is multiple Sigs on a dining plan. Maybe I'm due to awaking a short time ago? (Self needs ) We did enjoy the one at Narcoosee's shortly after it was first offered. The lobster eggs benny was yummy!
Maybe just us, but I'm personally disinclined to return to Artist Point. We had The Slowest Service EVER there and observed multiple CMs standing around appearing uncertain what they should be doing. We never got drink refills and nearly walked out before ordering dessert (unheard of as much as we both like desserts!)
I've seen others say that service at AP varies that way, either excellent or awful.
As for Sigs we rave about, that would be Citricos. We've never had less than terrific food or service there. Second only to V&A's in our estimation! Monsieur Paul is really good, we think, although like much French food, quite rich. The Boathouse was pretty good but quality a bit uneven. We'll give it another try sometime to see if that was a momentary lapse.
Le Cellier, we weren't thrilled by, considering it only as good as an Outback. Definitely not worth 2cr! We've had much better steaks at Yachtsman. And we've eaten at Brown Derby twice and not been wowed by the food either time. Chef seemed to try for creativity at the expense of flavor.
WDW has more and more really enjoyable high-end restaurants these days. Enjoy choosing!
P. S. If you've never done Queen Victoria's Room or Chef's Table at V&A's, do either! The ten courses are more creative than the standard seven, and servers have more time to regale you with foodie info fun. Well worth the extra cost even without wine pairings, IMO.
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
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We love dining at California Grill - we try to book a table around 8 or 9 pm to watch MK fireworks from there. It's lovely! Also a fan of Flying Fish and Jiko! They can't be missed!
We've a great meal at Monsier Paul twice already. I've mixed feelings about Le cellier - first time was a hit, second a miss - so I'd skip this one. Next vacation we'll try Morimoto Asia and , Citricos for new experiences!
Thanks so much for the input! I probably didn't explain myself. We are being self-indulgent and staying Club Level, so we can use three credits/day for restaurants. And we'll likely do V&A one night, so can justify five signature meals and still have plenty of credits for other meals. We did V&A before, and the food was great but the couple at the next table talked to us all evening. This year is our 25th anniversary and I hope we can make things more romantic. We love Jiko and have been there several times. We have also done Artist Point and it was great as was the Boathouse, but having done them we think we'd like to try some new places. Thanks again!!!
Ahhh, sounds rather like us when we stayed CL. We'd get the Deluxe plan, eat the CL continental breakfast most days and pack as many Sigs as we could into our stay.
You mentioned having 3 credits per day. Are you aware you may use as many credits each day as you wish? You just need to keep track of the total remaining so as not to come up short. Sorry if I'm telling you what you know but wasn't sure you knew this when you mentioned you "can use three" per day.
We've occasionally done an early character breakfast with both lunch and dinner at Sigs, using five credits each that day. Generally, we did CL "free" breakfast, 1cr lunch and a 2cr dinner.
Another restaurant to consider is Tutto Italia. We think it a steal for lunch or dinner at just 1cr. Both food and service have been very good every time we've eaten there.
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
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