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    • allywdw

      Registered: July 2011
      Posts: 5
      Review Date: Sat April 14, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): delicious food and great service
      Cons: seats by the grill station get hot!

      This was our second trip to 'Ohana for dinner and I was even more pleased than the first time I ate there! Patti our server was so kind and efficient. Someone addressed my shellfish allergy promptly and there were no problems with any of my food. The pork dumplings and grilled chicken with the sauces is soooo delicious. The entertainment had changed since I had been there a year and 1/2 ago. The man who performed had a nice voice, and my husband and I got called up to celebrate our 12 year anniversary with 2 other couples. After our dinner we went out to catch a boat to the Magic Kingdom and we were just in time to watch the fireworks from the dock. I know they play the firework music in the restaurant, but they even play it at the boat dock. It was a wonderful night and I highly recommend eating dinner at 'Ohana.
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      Registered: July 2006
      Posts: 54
      Review Date: Fri April 13, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): lots of food and it keeps coming
      Cons: feeling like a bloated mess when we leave!

      We hadn't eaten here in years and started our trip with dinner here on our first night. It was me, my husband, my 17 year old daughter and my 13 year old son.
      The starters were good. I tried the salad, dumplings and one wing and liked the dumplings best (my son liked the wings). The bread was good too.
      The meats came and did not disappoint. I was worried the beef would be overcooked but it wasn't. The waiter (I wrote his name on my phone but it autocorrected to "Ton", so who knows what his name was) was good about offering us the different types and giving us a few to try.
      We all enjoyed the bread pudding although no one had tried it before!
      The only downside to this meal (besides holiday pricing, including tip it cost the four of us $191) is that you leave feeling like a stuffed pig! Good thing there is so much walking in a disney trip! We skipped the dining plan this time just so we don't eat like this every day!
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      Registered: May 2008
      Location: Wilkes Barre Pa.
      Posts: 32
      Review Date: Wed April 4, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): food, service, atmosphere
      Cons: none

      This is the best restaurant on Disney property in my families opinion. We have eaten here twice and it never disappoints. The wait staff is so attentive. The food is impeccable, and you never feel rushed. The atmosphere of 'Ohana is wonderful. There is nothing bad that I could say about this restaurant. I recommend this place to everyone that I speak too!
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      Registered: March 2012
      Location: United States
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Wed March 28, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 1 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): The bread, the salad
      Cons: Rude waiter, dry meat, not a pleasant experience

      Wow, Seems like O'hanas is either hit or miss and if you are unlucky enough for a miss night it can be a costly mistake. Here is the review I had posted on another Disney forum, sounds surprisingly like the last review I just read on here.
      "I just returned from WDW on 2/20. I had secured one of the "coveted" dining reservations at O'hanas for the night of the 15th. I was very excited as I had never tried this restaurant before and was really looking forward to it. The food was just ok for me, I didn't realize it was mostly just meat. However, the whole experience was truly ruined for us by our waiter, who basically served us the salad and then forgot about us!!! Over 30 minutes went by while everyone around us were served. At this point they were shutting down the firepits in the middle of the restaurant and I asked a waitress if she knew who should be serving us as we had not received anything. She was very kind, seemed to be genuinely horrified that we had been there the whole time without food and she made sure we were served. When our waiter finally showed back up much later and I asked him if we had offended him in some way he laughed and explained he was busy and had a special anniversary table to attend to. When I told him that wasn't a good enough reason to ignore us and that I didn't find it amusing he just simply kept laughing. I guess it was a nervous laughter but all in all, it was an awful experience and I won't ever eat there again."
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      Registered: October 2009
      Location: New York
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Wed March 28, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 1 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): So annoyed, can't think of any
      Cons: Rude staff, too expensive, horrible experience.

      I have eaten here a few times, but this past time was so horrible, I would never eat there again. Long story short, Waitress ingnored us, got annoyed at us because the kids were dancing with the entertainment and she could not get our drink order right away. Basically ignored us the entire time. We waited 20 minutes before we had to flag down someone to pass us any skewers of meat. I mean not one waiter or waitress came by. I finally had to flag down another waiter to get food. At this point the appetizers were cold and my kids were hungry. My husband got so mad, he had to go to the manager and tell them our waitress had not come back to our table in 20 minutes. After that, of course she came back, but we were fuming. She was somewhat more attentive. The restaurant gave us a 20% percent discount, but then added on an 18% percent tip for the worst waitress I have ever had!!! My husband wanted to complain, but to avoid anymore anxiety, I told him lets go and never go back. After dinner we went to watch the fire works in the lobby. My three young children were sitting in seats in front of the window, and two adults walked right in front of them, in front of the window, and blocked their view. I blew a gasket! Could not believe the rudeness of the waitress, and the visitors in the resort. I may not ever go back to the Polynesian Resort Again!
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      Registered: March 2012
      Posts: 16
      Review Date: Wed March 28, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): plenty to eat!
      Cons: wait staff was slow at refilling our food

      Every time we eat here I have a different favorite of the meats, this time it was turkey. The sides were all very good. My biggest complaint is how slow the staff was at bringing the meats and refilling our drinks. We've gone here our last 5 trips, but will take a break on our next one.
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      Registered: March 2012
      Location: Rhode Island
      Posts: 6
      Review Date: Thu March 15, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): food was delicious
      Cons: waitress was terrible

      We just ate here on March 11th. It was very tough to get a reservation in advance, even 180 days! When we arrived it was incredibly busy, loud and crowded both in and outside the restaurant. We were kind of used to this and didn't really mind, though I was sitting back to back with a child who kept her chair pushed way out so every time a waiter came by he bumped into me, rather than having her push her chair in which got annoying! Our waitress was absolutely terrible. She was friendly but rarely around! We noticed that all of the tables seated around us (and seated after us)that didn't have her were already eating while we were all still sitting waiting. The food was very good, though I personally didn't care for the dumplings or the wings, my husband did. The bread, broccoli and the noodles were excellent as were the sauces that came with the meats. The chicken was delicious as were all the other meats. Our dessert was good, but of course by the time our waitress gave it to us our sauce was room temp, and the ice cream was melted. I have no idea what she was doing with it! My children loved the coconut races and the lady with the ukelele. We would definitely go back here again, and just pray we got a different waiter/waitress as every other waiter around us seemed to be much better and more on the ball! Oh, and I would NEVER suggest you show up without reservations! There was a wait line already winding around the railing and Victorious (the host) told us most of the people waiting would never get a seat as most people making reservations keep them!
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      Registered: March 2012
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Mon March 5, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, Atmosphere, Veiw, Location
      Cons: Wait

      `Ohana is a wonderful restaurant. I've eaten here many times with my family. Everyone enjoys the food -even my younger brother who is a super picky eater. The amount of food you get is outstanding. At the end of the meal your so full you feel like your about to explode-especially if this is your first time and you want to try everything.

      The atmosphere is amazing. If you have a child, they will more than likely love the coconut race and the hula lessons that are free if you eat at the restaurant. Not only that but the kind lady (or gentleman depending on the day) will play a ukelele which just adds to the great atmosphere.

      If your lucky enough to be able to get a window seat (which a lot of the tables are) you will have a spectacular view. Sometimes you can see the magnificent pool and at other tables you can make out Cinderella's Castle.

      If you're staying at a hotel that has a monorail, `Ohana is at the perfect location. I suggest that if you are staying at a hotel that doesn't have the monorail to eat here on one of the days that you go to Magic Kingdom or Epcot so that you can go straight to the restaurant. It's a quick and easy trip from Epcot, one of the other hotels with a monorail, or Magic Kingdom.

      I've been to `Ohana many times and a lot of the time we (my family and I) have a extremely long wait. I understand why-It's a popular restaurant in Disney World but it's till quite crowded and I didn't enjoy it. That's just a warning for everyone but I think the food was well worth it.

      All in all it was a great restaurant and when I return to Disney World I will definitely be eating at `Ohana again.
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      Registered: February 2012
      Location: Tiskilwa Illinios
      Posts: 15
      Review Date: Fri February 24, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, service, atmosphere!
      Cons: dumplings

      Wow, what a meal. Recommended highly. All food cooked over a fire pit and what a meal. Our waiter told us from the start "look out, we'll be bringing food to you like a freight train", he wasn't kidding. All kinds of food and all of it good. The only food I didn't care for was the dumplings. I don't know what is in them but it sure didn't fit the palate of someone from the midwest. Everything else was fantastic though and the interaction with the kids of the group was 'pure Disney'!
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      Registered: April 2010
      Location: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
      Posts: 59
      Review Date: Sun February 19, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, fun (firepit) atmosphere

      Our family of 4 ate at here on Jan 31st. It was our first time there. After checking in on time at a very busy podium, it took us about 15 minutes to get seated. We passed the time browsing at the nearby store.

      We were seated in the main room, next to a window. The fire pit was close (but not too close). We all loved the food. The pineapple/coconut bread was delicious as was the salad that came with it. Then the pot stickers, broccoli and noodles came out and were also great. At about the same time the parade of meat off the skewer started. Chicken, pork, steak and shrimp; all were great. Everything was offered more than once. I love shrimp so I made sure to skip some of the meat to leave room. Be sure to pace yourself or you will run out of steam. Dessert was a very tasty warm caramel bread pudding.

      Our 2 children (7 and 9) did the coconut broom races, learned the hula, marched in a conga-like line and played the maracas. Great fun for families but might not be quite so entertaining if your little darlings aren't part of the mayhem (...I mean fun).

      The end of our meal coincided with the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Our view was obstructed by trees and a very nice family from a nearby table invited our children to watch from their vantage point. We thanked them profusely. A little bit more magic in our day.

      This is now on our must do list for future visits.
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      Registered: February 2012
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Thu February 16, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): flavorful food, fun for the kids
      Cons: food arrives all at once

      We have eaten here twice. The food is excellent with lots of great flavor. The room is large and loud, but fun for the children. The courses all arrive one right after another. If your looking for a quiet relaxing meal, this would not be the best fit for you. I would highly recomend this restaurant for the quality of food, just be prepared for the atmosphere.
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      Registered: May 2010
      Location: New York
      Posts: 18
      Review Date: Wed February 15, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Everything
      Cons: None

      I've been to WDW 15 times and this was my first time at 'Ohana. I usually went with my daughters and one is very picky so I didn't want to spend the money on her dinner just to have her eat some noodles. With that said, let me say, OMG, this is one of the best WDW restaurants that I have eaten at! My boyfriend likes to eat but isn't much at saying "Mmmmmm, this is good". I don't usually know if he likes what he is eating unless I ask him. Let me tell you...he couldn't stop raving about this restaurant and I absolutely LOVED it too. We had both a server and helper. They start you off with a little loaf of pineapple bread followed by a delicious salad served family style with a honey lime dressing. The dressing was so good I printed the recipe from this website. We then received 3 little dishes with dipping sauces which they explained was for the meat. A peanut sauce, a sweet and sour and a spicy mustard. All along our waitress Danielle explained everything to us knowing we had never been there before. By the way, we had a table at the window which was so nice. A large plate of wings and pork dumplings came out for the two of us which easily could have fed 4 people. Again, so good I wanted to keep eating those dumplings but knew there was a lot more food to follow so I limited myself to two or three. Next was a large serving dish of steamed broccoli and noodles and shortly after that the skewers of meat started coming out one after the other. Chicken, moist and juicy, pork, the same, beef tenderloin cooked a perfect medium and then the largest shrimp that my boyfriend just couldn't get enough of! The grand finale was a pineapple coconut banana bread pudding with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and after our server Danielle put it on our table she poured a warm caramel sauce over the top from a little pitcher. We thought we died and went to heaven. It was so delicious! Everything was so flavorful and tasty. The room is loud but who cares. It was filled with atmosphere from the fire pit where they were cooking the meat and a Hawaiian man playing music and singing and getting the children all playing maracas. After dinner we went down to the Polynesian's beach and watched the fireworks at The Magic Kingdom. The whole night was fabulous! I will go back at least twice next time. Just sorry we couldn't have taken the leftovers with us. One of the best meals we've ever had!
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      Registered: March 2011
      Location: Milwaukee, WI, US
      Posts: 23
      Review Date: Mon February 13, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): so much food
      Cons: not a lot of variety

      Awesome food from start to finish - however, if you are picky eater, you might find yourself limited. The salad was good, as well as the skewers of beef, chicken, pork and shrimp. However, a lot of people at my table filled up on chicken and pork first; it was only about 20 minutes later that the beef and shrimp came by. The waiter was very friendly and even though we had a coconut allergy in the group, the chef was super accommodating. While we all snacked on banana-coconut bread pudding (YUM!), my mother got a nice warm chocolate brownie with ice cream to avoid her allergies.
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      Buckeye Chuck

      Registered: February 2011
      Location: Ohio
      Posts: 13
      Review Date: Sat February 11, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 2 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): food was very flavorful
      Cons: atmosphere, noise, and pace of meal

      From the other reviews, I will assume we hit an off night, but from our experience, I have no clue why anyone would like this restaurant nor why anyone would EVER return! I will say that the food was very, very good -- but if I have to eat it in that noisy of a restaurant with that rude of a waitstaff and at that ridiculous pace, forget it! Our waiter plopped us down at a table and started hauling in the food. He knew it was our fist time there but never explained anything and brought everything at such a pace that you couldn't enjoy one before having another shoved in your face. The shrimp didn't come by until after two rounds of chicken; the steak came by once, never to return despite being requested. The chicken was so dry you couldn't eat it and the steak so well done that a knife wouldn't cut it(I was willing to try the steak again to see if a less well-done piece would be better but...). One waitress pulled off a piece of chicken; it slid off the table and dropped into my lap. She said "oops!" giggled, and off she went, never to return. Trust me, the glaze on that chicken is heck to get out of your clothes! Our waiter disappeared for long periods of time, never asked what more we'd like to have(we even had to ask for refills on our drink); he brought our dessert and then disappeared a while longer. When he did bring our check, he stood there, waiting for us to fill out the tip. And then the limbo line came through! Can we say over-the-top NOISY?!?!? I enjoy things like that as much as the rest of the world, but not while I'm trying to have dinner with my family. The announcer was so loud that we couldn't even have conversation across the table; we had to sit there silently. The rest of you who like the place -- be happy! You're more than welcome to our seats -- we won't be back!
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      Registered: February 2012
      Posts: 5
      Review Date: Thu February 9, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, unique Disney experience, Hookila Song
      Cons: on the noisier side, but that should be expected

      This is one of our favorite restaurants and they continue to improve. The food was hot and fresh, recently updated to include nice pewter serving dishes (helped with space on the table and temperature), beef and other meat quality was very good and came around frequently. Dipping sauce was also very good. Only drawback is this was a noisier restaurant, that said, it is family style so we expected this and it did not detract from the evening. Make sure to save room for dessert, the bread pudding with bananas foster sauce was fantastic!!!
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