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“A nice little 'quick serve' restaurant in Animal Kingdom Lodge” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mara

Mara
2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL
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Ranked #679 of 2,999 Restaurants in Orlando
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout
Description: Open morning to night, The Mara offers a sweeping selection of soups, sandwiches, salads, pizza and burgers. Dine indoors or poolside.
northern virginia
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“A nice little 'quick serve' restaurant in Animal Kingdom Lodge”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Really I'd go 3.5 stars - it wasn't consistently excellent, but there were times when the cook there was clearly better than the average fare of other days. A fun menu with several African based dishes, and your more usual pizza, chicken fingers, and burgers for the kids. Don't forget to take your free refill cup - the resort gives you free soft drinks, but several times I was there without my cup, lol! Easy access to the main level and the pool, you will likely be at the Mara fairly often during your stay.

Visited June 2013
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Ventura County, CA
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32 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Pretty good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The food choices were limited, but the pastries and desserts were amazing! Pretty nice for a quick service!

Visited June 2013
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london
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“Cold by the time you paid”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

I thought this was pretty rubbish. The food was below average at above average prices. We had breakfast one day and it wasn't a patch on Cracker Barrel yet it cost more. Convenient I suppose but that's it

Visited June 2013
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Princeton, Illinois
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“Good food, confusing ordering system”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

This was our first stay at AKL for our family of six. After checking in everyone was hungry. Mara was the logical choice. We found the ordering system a bit confusing since it's not like the other counter service locations. You select your food and a CM writes down the order. You take a slip to the cash register to pay, and are then given a pager. You pick up the food when the pager buzzes. I understand that Disney is trying to reduce the time you want in line, but this system seems to cause even more chaos. That being said, our lunch was very good. The hand-carved sandwich was tasty and generous. There is a nice condiments bar that was full and tidy. The falafel pita was a hit with my DD age 13. Be sure to order the couscous and not the fries. It was yummy. We also had the black-eye pea soup and the butternut squash soup and both were very good. The pea soup was so filling that it could have been a meal all on it's own. Mara offers more than chicken nuggets and burgers which is a welcomed change. We plan on stopping by again during vacation next year.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stafford, Virginia
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“Nice counter service at a reasonable price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

If I could have, I would have been happy with a big bowl of their couscous, mildly spiced with ginger, mushrooms, and other spices, it could be a meal on its own. The falafel is decent, but would have been better if more thinly sliced to add more "crunch" to the sandwich. The hand-carved sandwich is highly recommended. The roasted chicken was very good. There are also a variety of flat breads, drinks and desserts. The Mara tends to be a little crowded during the evening around 6:30. Outside seating is also available as well as takeout to your "favorite" pool-side location.

Visited May 2013
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