Garden Grill – Epcot

Trip Report – April 27, 2009

Want a restaurant that allows your kids some time to meet Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale? The Garden Grill in the Living with the Land Pavilion at Epcot might just be your choice. Open only for dinner from 4:00 pm on our family really enjoyed this restaurant.

Customers are seated in a booth on a large rotating disc. The center stays stable and the booths slowly rotate to make one rotation in about an hour. During this time you will be facing a painted tree scape scene on the wall, the other diners waiting outside the ring for their reservations (yes, they gawk and look at your food to see what they too will be having) and the best part for my children was looking over the Living with the Land boat ride. During your one hour rotation all four characters will make their way to your table for pictures, hugs, high fives and autographs at least once and sometimes twice.

In between you will be served your dinner family style. Childrens’ dinners include macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. Adult dinners include rolls, green garden salad with buttermilk bacon dressing (edited – 10-31-09 this was recently changed to a Zinfandel vinaigrette dressing), a platter with roasted turkey with cranberry sauce served over cornbread stuffing, catfish served over fresh garden vegetables and beef with a Burgundy reduction sauce over roasted potatoes. (see picture below).

But save room. The night we were there they served blueberry cobbler with fresh whipped cream for dessert.

One of the biggest complaints that I have heard from others regarding this restaurant was that the catfish or such and such was over cooked or dry. Just tell your server. Our first batch of catfish was a little overcooked and dry and when we informed him of this he immediately brought us a fresh batch. If something is wrong with your meal tell the server and see if they can take care of it. This is a business. They want to make you happy so you will go and tell others about your experiences and they will visit. If they can fix something most of the time they will.

Note: It has been pointed out that the restaurant has since switched to state on its menu that it features – a sustainable fish of the day. It may be Mahi-Mahi, Catfish or some other fish on any given day. I would again emphasize that if you are unhappy with any part of your meal you let your server know. If your server is not up to pare ask for a manager. They need to know to improve their service. On the other side if you are particularly pleased with a server or food ask for a manager and let them know. If you are going to take the time to complain we should also take the time to give praise when it is due.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Barry Johnson says:

    We eat at Garden Grill Saturday 8th August and had looked forward to this meal. They no longer served the catfish, but had substituted Mahi mahi , which was tasteless. The vegetables consisted of 1 sugar snap pea, Sliced squash & 6 small new potatoes roasted. This was for 3 adults.

    This used to be one of our favourite meals the 6 previous times we have been ,but I am afraid we won’t be back again.

  2. koolaidmoms says:

    I am so sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience. One thing with WDW is that one meal can completely turn you off a restuarant. When we were there in May they were still serving the catfish.

    When we asked for new fish or anything from our server they were very attentive. I hope you spoke to a manager or someone at the end of your meal. The problem too often with WDW is that no one talks to someone about a bad meal they just walk away and say they will not go back. The restaurant can not make improvements unless they know customers are not satisfied. Send an e-mail or follow up with someone in dining services if you feel it warrants it.

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