We spend Thanksgiving in Orlando and had reservations at Citricos at the Grand Floridian in Walt Disney World. It was not what I expected: here is my review
I should know better than to dine at Disney on a holiday. The problem wasnt the children. The children at this restaurant were very well behaved. A table of eight cousins were seated next too us and it was wonderful to watch how they interacted with each other and observe the lovely table manners they all had. I had to wonder at one point if they had been ordered from central casting at Disney studios. The problem was totally with the kitchen.
The room at Citricos is light, open and brightly and pleasantly decorated. The service was just adquate reminding me of the kind of service you might get at a Carrabas or Outback. Definitely not up to the venue. All of this would be fine if the food had been wonderful. It was definitely not.
The chef here has a good reputation but this meal certainly did not show his talents. The restaurant chose to do the first course and dessert buffet style. These were mediocre and worse. The first courses were quite poor and not all that unique. Rock shrimp salad with Israeli cous cous was bland and insipid, pale pink and beige with nary a seasoning. The aspargras salad was unpeeled and basically raw aspargras with a very cheap feta and kalamata olives. There was a huge pile of roasted caluflower that had some seasoning and was tasty but not very festive. The best was the duck salad with wild rice and cranberries. Indifferent bread with no interesting textures or tastes.
The entrees were to order. I ordered medallion of pork tenderloin with polenta and my husband ordered the turkey with dressing. Both of these entrees were terribly disappointing. The turkey was steam table bland with flaccid skin and overcooked white meat. There was no sage or thyme in the seasoning. There was not even an effort at creative seasoning. There was little flavoring other than onion. My pork was tender& tasty but the polenta was an unpalatable glue with the parmesan providing a discordant flavor.
Dessert was appalling. Just a bunch of partially thawed food service pap. Little cheesecakes, some sort of breakfast pastry, little petit fours etc. All removed from their freezer trays a little late. The wines were well chosen and reasonable. At $45 prix fixe this dinner was an disappointment.
I also will note that the Grand Floridian lobby seems to be overdue for refurbishment. The cushions on all the seats are compressed and worn and the decor looks faded at this point. Too bad for this grand dame of Disney World.