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“Walk a few steps to the Dolphin and bypass this disaster” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Garden Grove

The Garden Grove
1200 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, WDW Swan Hotel, Orlando, FL 32830-8429
407-934-1613
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Ranked #1,147 of 3,000 Restaurants in Orlando
Price range: $18 - $35
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The SWAN and DOLPHIN resorts are not Disney properties, but are in DisneyWorld. Both have excellent restaurants and are included in the Disney transportation routes.
San Diego, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Walk a few steps to the Dolphin and bypass this disaster”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Located in the Swan Disney World resort. Our family went for breakfast; looked like all the buffet food had been sitting under warming lights FOREVER. Really horrible. The omelet plate was not working so they had to make the omelets at one of the other restaurants. By the time they brought it over, of course, it was cold. The food selection is realy poor; bland and no selection. I can find "characters" at Disney World, at least I won't be hungry, don't pay for that. Our server, who was wonderful, spent most of her morning apologizing to all the guests. We had breakfast across the way at the Dolphin's Fresh Mediterranean Market the day before...Delish, go there; fresh, lots of variety with healthy eating choices. Excellent service and if you do like buffets, this one is much better. $$$ are all comparable so bypass the Garden Grove.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Jackson, New Jersey
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90 reviews 90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Most reasonable character dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We ate here on a Mediterranean night. The buffet had plenty of good choices. On this particular night, Pluto and Goofy were at dinner. They seemed to give a lot of attention to the kids in the room (we were 2 adults, so while we did get pictures with the characters, they didn't spend a ton of time with us). We were staying at the Swan (that's where it's located), so it was very convenient. If I wasn't staying there, I probably wouldn't make a a special trip, but it was very good. If you are a family who wants a reasonably priced character experience, however, this is a good bet- some of the others are outrageously priced and hard to get reservations at.

Visited June 2013
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Nokomis, Illinois
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“expensive breakfast”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

My daughter and I had the breakfast buffet at this restaurant. The food was average tasting, nothing special. It was breakfast, scrambled eggs, French toast, etc. but when the bill came and it cost $51.50 for the two of us to eat, I about fell off my chair!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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York, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Not the best service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Sat for 20 minutes before finally asking for some service! Not what we are used to in the USA. Finally when we did get service we had to remind the server twice for a glass of water and coffee. However food was good so satisfied in the end.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, South Carolina
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Way to much for OK food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

The food was just OK and had to ask twice that the buffet be restocked. Staff seemed to be preoccupied with other things. At almost $60 a person - way too much for the price. Characters were very friendly and made my daughter's (8) day!

Visited June 2013
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