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“Great Food and Experience”
Review of Ohana

Ohana
Ranked #99 of 3,829 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Asian, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Description: 'Ohana restaurant in Disney's Polynesian Resort offers a Character Dining breakfast and a Polynesian-inspired dinner menu. Both meals are served family-style—quite fitting since 'ohana means family in the Hawaiian language.Character Dining at BreakfastJoin Lilo and Stitch for 'Ohana's Best Friends Breakfast! Feel like you're a part of their intergalactic 'ohana when you join them for an American breakfast influenced by the exotic tastes of the Polynesian islands. Menu selections include scrambled eggs, Island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, smoked bacon and a variety of fresh fruits and breads.Family-Style Polynesian DinnerWhen the doors open for dinner, the bellow of conch shells welcome you to 'Ohana. Adding to the island ambiance are tikis, storytellers and coconut races, in which children sweep coconuts with brooms across the hardwood floor down the center of the restaurant. The family fun continues as everyone is encouraged to play with hula hoops and dance to island music.The 'Ohana servers add to the festive atmosphere, as they dash between tikis and tropical greenery to bring plates of Polynesian specialties to your table. Choose from skewers roasted over an expansive 18-foot oak fire pit, and side dishes include stir-fried vegetables, fried dumplings, lo mein noodles and a salad starter.
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great Food and Experience”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

We went to Ohana for dinner. TIP- give yourself plenty of time going to the Polynesian. We took a bus from our hotel to MK, and then rode the monorail to the Polynesian. We gave ourselves an hour...we JUST made it. Also, make your reservations early- I booked a few days past 180 days in advance and could only get a 450p rez.

The hotel itself transports you to the islands. The restaurant is no different. When you check in for your rez, they give you a handheld buzzer. We waited maybe 5 minutes, there are couches in the lounge area for waiting guests. We were greeted by friendly faces the whole time. When we were being seated the host reminds you what Ohana means- family. Everything here is served family style. You don't order food- everything is just brought out. Our waitress took our drink order, and almost immediately food started coming.

You start out with sweet Hawaiian rolls- very tasty. I can usually fill up on rolls, but new this was a lot of good food coming and resisted temptation. The salad we received was mixed greens with some sort of papaya vinegarette. The greens were fresh and the dressing tart and sweet. A perfect balance.

The appetizers are Honey BBQ Chicken wings- obviously with an asian flare- I had one. My husband devoured the whole plate. They were sticky, sweet, with a small kick of heat- fantastic!! At the same time came out the Pork dumplings. I don't usually eat pork (by preference), but tried one for the experience. The pork and veggies inside the steamed dumpling had a great blend of spices. The sauce poured over was a little sweet for my liking, but didn't stop me from eating it.

The entrees are Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Shrimp. These are all grilled on huge skewers and then brought around to the tables. You tell the waiter how much you'd like cut off and they put it on your plate. Again, I didn't do the pork. The chicken was breast meat, moist, grilled, and fabulous. The marinade used was perfect. You got the smokiness from the grill, and the heat from the spices- mouthwatering. The beef was cooked to a perfect medium. Again, spices on point. The shrimp had a nice garlic flavor to them- and were my favorite. I had 6 along with my chicken and beef. You peel them yourself, but I didn't care about getting dirty- they were worth it.
Along with the meats you get stir fried veggies and some noodles. These were average, nothing overly exciting. The veggies seemed fresh, and complimented the meats well enough.

The real shiner here was dessert. Kids have special little brownies they get, but who cares about that. For us big kids, they have Pinapple Upside Down Cake Bread Pudding with Banana Caramel Sauce. I have never enjoyed Pinapple Upside Down Cake IN MY LIFE, but this was one of the best desserts I've ever had. Served with a side of icecream this decadent dessert was out of this world. The warm bread pudding with the cold ice cream, topped with the sinfully sweet and rich caramel sauce. Perfection. My husband tried a few bites, but resigned to his beer as his dessert. Good thing too, I wanted to eat it all myself...and did.

  • Visited April 2014
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Statesville, North Carolina
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“Quite a treat”
Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

Character meals are an expensive treat, but at Ohana, you'll not be disappointed. We went fur breakfast with my 2 boys, 6 and 8 years old. Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch walk from table to table signing autographs and taking pictures. There is a parade where kids are invited to participate, similar to Crystal palace Pooh experience. Food is wonderful and plentiful. Sweet bread is great. Fresh fruit, Mickey waffles, sausage, bacon, eggs and home fries and biscuits add much as you want.coffee is available. Stitch juice is refreshing! It was nice to take monorail to the restaurant add the boys like trains. I would allow about 25 minutes if you are coming from Epcot by monorail. Meal for 2 adults and 2 children was $83 plus tip. We ate at 11 and were so full didn't eat again until 8 pm.

  • Visited May 2014
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“great dinner and fun time!”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

another top notch expearnece at disney world! first a very reasonable meal price for what you get. so much food you cant eat it all. we also enjoyed the live music around the dinner floor!

Visited May 2014
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Chambersburg, PA
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“Great concept, not so great follow through”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Made these reservations long before leaving home as they are tough to get. Restaurant is in the Polynesian Hotel and that alone is a good reason to eat here. Reservation was at 9:00PM and we were shocked to see (and hear!) so many babies and toddlers at the tables. So much screaming and crying. Tables are very close together so there is no escape. Servers are to continually deliver skewers of beef, shrimp, and pork to accompany salad, dumplings, low mien, vegetables, etc. Only problem was they came by once and never came back. Eventually we just asked for the check and left. Too many diners crammed into the space, not enough servers.

Visited May 2014
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Frankfort, Kentucky
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“Nice family style breakfast”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

We waited a long time to get seated and the restaurant was running behind. The construction makes the parking lot confusing. The breakfast platter is all you care to eat with fresh fruit, coconut bread, scrambled eggs, biscuits, mickey waffles, sausage, bacon, and potatoes. Food was delicious and fresh. The stitch juice is refreshing and tasty. Our waitress was very kind and attentive. The characters missed our table so we had to ask the waitress to get the handler to get them to come around again. The family picture they take in front of the restaurant is included with memory maker and its a nice memento. Its the only place to see lilo and stitch together so it will probably remain on our list despite the character issues since we received stellar service and loved the food. The meal took almost 3 hours between waiting to be seated, waiting for characters, food refills etc so be prepared and leave ample time.

  • Visited April 2014
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