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“Rude people, decent food”

Hollywood Brown Derby
Ranked #197 of 3,931 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, open for lunch and dinner in Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, serves contemporary American cuisine. Seasonal specialties include seafood, steak and poultry selections.The fact that the upscale atmosphere harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood is no coincidence. The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort is an authentic replica of the famous Brown Derby, a longstanding Hollywood landmark and haunt for Tinseltown's biggest and brightest personalities.""Meet me at The Derby!"" could often be heard crossing the lips of celebrities. Now you can say it, too, and join the glamorous company.The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant redefines the concept of dining with the stars. The warm wood-paneled walls of this gourmet restaurant are adorned with caricatures of famous faces. The tradition of capturing the likenesses of luminaries began in the original Brown Derby restaurant.Other legacies carried over to The Hollywood Brown Derby can be found on the menu with the signature dishes. The famous Brown Derby Cobb salad follows the recipe created by Bob Cobb, the owner of the historic California Brown Derby. Another Brown Derby original is the light grapefruit cake with cream cheese icing.For an enhanced dining experience, request wine pairings with your meal for Guests 21 years of age and older. The extensive wine list also offers bottle or wines by the glass. Classic cocktails are poured tableside at The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant.
Reviewed December 20, 2005

We walked into the Brown Derby with priority seating reservations. The person at the reservation counter made Cruella DeVille look pleasant. She acted as if she was doing us a favor to look up from her computer. No smile, no greeting, no kindness from anyone until we were taken to our seat. This young lady was nice. When we were seated, our server looked at our seating card and said, "Oh, oh."
My husband and I looked at each other and almost got up and left. We were starving, though, and stayed. The food was good but it never made up for the rudeness of the people working there. We left with the comment that we would never go back there.
Disney needs to clean house there and put some friendly people to work--or, is this how they really acted at the Brown Derby in LA

4  Thank dmspeech
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Reviewed April 26, 2005

I am not normally a complainer, but I know how much I use the trip advisor comments, and I would feel guilty if I did not warn others about my experience at this restaurant, which has apparently also happened to others. First, the service is SLOW!!! (Which is particularly odd because the restaurant never seems that full, perhaps because others have already heard about the bad dining experience.)

Second, and even more important- the food is simply NOT good. My parents went to WDW 5 weeks before we did, and had a similar experience, and they NEVER complain about anything. This was particularly frustrating because it is one of the more expensive restaurants in all of WDW. We could have simply had pasta at the Italian restaurant next door, and even if that food is just average, it is still pasta, which is hard to mess up.

However, in contrast, for essentially the same price, we ate at Flying Fish Cafe at Boardwalk, and enjoyed one of my top 10 meals ever (and I am a bit of a food snob, unfortunately). Because of Disney's typically high standards for food service, I am somewhat surprised that this restaurant manages to survive.

3  Thank NYEagle
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Reviewed March 10, 2005

I went to the Hollywood Brown Derby in March of 2004 with my girlfriend as part of a big weeklong excursion to WDW. We had a "meal plan" where we would use magical wishes to get meals. I do not think they have this deal anymore...probably because so many people must have made out as well as we did with it. But I digress...Some restaurants were only one magical wish per person to eat, and the more upscale places were two per person. The Brown Derby costed only one per person, which included: non alcoholic bev, appetizer, entre, dessert.
So we both had Filet Mignon, mine with a lobster tail, shared a cobb salad for an appetizer, I had creme brulee for dessert and my girlfriend had flourless mousecake for dessert.
The only complaint I would have is that our waiter lacked any personality...but really, this was more of an upscale dining experience, and I really would not want someone who was all that chatty.
I should also mention that the portions were quite small, but considering we had been using our magical wishes all week and had been eating appetizer, entree, dessert everywhere that had enormous portions we were quite glad to see small portions of food that was absolutely delicious.
Had we not been on the magical wishes plan, I do not think I would have been all that pleased with the value. The meal came to like 120 with tip for two people. (The tip was also included in the magical wish)...So if you are paying cash for this, just make sure it is what you want.

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Reviewed December 4, 2004

Booked the fantasmic package through the brown derby. This was our worst meal regardless of cost. We had 3:30 dinner reservations, we checked in at 3:20 and was given a pager. Even though no one else was in the establishment. We were seated at 3:40 and ordered, on the package the meal costs 37 dollars , you get a "starter, entree and desert". There were 9 people in our party, 6 adults, 2 children and an infant. Not certain if the fact the 18% was built in, contributed to the awful service. We waited 35 minutes after ordering to get the starters. Then another 40 for the entrees. One of the meals was not brought out with the others, and we had to get the server's attention to rectify the situation. Never once were our drinks refilled. One of the deserts didnot come out with the others as well. The whole experience took more than 2+ hours, really way to long at a Park. I think it is important to note, that I am not sure anyone elses food came out much quicker than ours, Im not sure if the kitchen was short staffed or what, but the quality of the service was awful. During our trip we ate at California Grill, Artist Pointe, and Citricos, all outstanding, all highly recommended. AVOID HBD at all costs, save your money and eat elsewhere.

4  Thank ewb
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