Garden Grove at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

3.9
255 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Guests will feel as if they have been transported to the tranquil gardens of Central Park after stepping into the Garden Grove restaurant in the Walt Disney World Swan Resort. The centerpiece of this unique restaurant is a beautiful 25-foot oak tree, adorned with twinkling lights and paper lanterns, a true spectacle for diners. During the day, families can feast in the park-like atmosphere while bright sunlight from the restaurant"s tall windows illuminates the room.

The young at heart will also enjoy Disney character dining at dinner nightly and for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. Garden Grove is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
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TS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very bad food, cold, no taste, bad bad for $160 I will never dine here again

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Awesome waiter, great food.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A little pricey but worth it for the meet and greet (Goofy and Pluto) without lines like the parks. The seafood was good and the desserts beautiful. Worth it for our family.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Skip this one. There are characters (we had chip/dale and goofy and Pluto) but that was the only interesting thing about this meal. We came because I read a review that it was one of the more economical character dining experiences, and I now know why. Our daughter ate free, no alcohol and our bill was still over $100. Save your money and buy another toy. The food definitely wasn’t worth it.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Garden Grove. The food, service, and ambiance was incredible. The clam chowder was the best I’ve ever had and I’m from New England! If you haven’t tried the Ggarden Grove, you should. You won’t be disappointed! We are heading back there again tonight!

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L
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great buffet and service!

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TP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot thank the staff enough.... Ashley is OUTSTANDING!!THANK you for making my Daughers Sweer 16 Birthday so special!

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DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and a well kept secret that some Disney characters were present for the children. It made it very enjoyable for all.

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G
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The plus of the restaurant is that cast is attentive, especially the person walking around with the characters who was great about offering to take pictures for us. The menu was so limited and sort of a turnoff. We probably would have picked a different place if we had realized that there were only 4 entree choices. What we had was good but expensive.

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K
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good, healthy food options for adults and especially children. Lovely staff.
Disney characters leading us to our table was a bonus!

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EH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Kids loved the characters! They were very interactive and personalized their service. The food was great but rather expensive for a buffet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Everything was great but the waiter didn’t bring the lobster in which he recommended. I think he forgot or did not hear us say “yes”.

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KF
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and it was not busy which allowed the characters to interact a lot more but the food was “ok” and it was expensive for what it was.

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Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The price was high for the quality of food. Kids buffet was expensive considering kids don’t eat that much.

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JS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites. The all you can eat crab legs are awesome and the characters spend lots of time with each table. Lots of options for desserts and the buffet staples are delish! Half stuffed lobster is now a $5 add on, but I only ate it before because they brought it to the table so it wasn’t a huge loss to me

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DK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoy every visit to disneyworld. Great crab legs and seafood

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Do not waste your money. It's an Old Country Buffet on steroids. Total waste of money.

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DW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was mediocre at best.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server peter was AWESOME. Same characters and “specials” as previous night tho

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A
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

I would steer clear of this restaurant for a character dining. The characters were fine but the restaurant appeared very disorganized. The food was terrible. You pay $40 for a buffet that is barely eatable. It’s unfortunate that we ended up paying for a second character dining experience somewhere else to get the full experience. This restaurant has some work to do to meet Disney’s renowned standards with us. Taking the time to explain to your table the menu and what to expect with the buffet menu options is also important—this restaurant did not do this. Save your money with this one and go down the street to Cape May Cafe.

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EL
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was okay, same as most Disney buffets. It did have a nice seafood selection. However, they were understaffed. It’s a problem when you have to clear your own table at buffet restaurant. Service was slow, not up to most Disney dining standards but the same $$ prices.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner. This was our 2nd New Year’s Eve dinner and both times we had Oscar as our waiter. Oscar gave us great service both times and we are going back next year and we will request Oscar as he is one of the deciding factors on returning. The food is excellent with many choices to satisfy even the pickiest of diners. The atmosphere is nice and the characters visit each table. You will not be disappointed going here to eat for an occasion.

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RL
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Overpriced
Overrated
If children do not eat seafood makes an expensive plate of chicken nuggets and fries

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GP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Perfect menu together with the characters .... Did not this option existed

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Eve Christmas dinner

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TG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have been going to the Garden Grove restaurant once a year around Christmas for the past few years. We enjoy the character dining and then walking around the boardwalk to see the Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, our last visit this past week made us decide to choose another restaurant next year.
When we arrived, we found out that they only had the seafood buffet available. In previous years, we were able to order from a menu on Sundays. I should have checked beforehand.
On previous visits, the service was outstanding. This time it was less than average. Our server acted indifferent and less than enthusiastic. Then he added a $21 charge to our bill for my 2 year granddaughter even though the website states children under 3 are free. So we had to get that adjusted before we left.
The buffet was average. There was no bread and only one salad choice. Caesar salad with very little dressing. We had to ask for more which was a hassle.
Overall we were all disappointed this time and decided we would look for another restaurant in the future.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Only problem was crab legs were very difficult to get the meat out.

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MG
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the seafood buffet at the Swan, Garden Grove. We were seated and served right away by our courteous server. Everything we tried at the buffet, along with the fried seafood basket and lobster was fresh and delicious. We had both the red and white wine sangrias with our meal and both were very tasty as well.

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s
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good except for the clam strips being overdone, they were so hard you could barely bite threw them. The crab leggs were also overcooked, did not detrsct from the flavor, just made them hard to get the meat out of the shell. The split stuffed maine lobster was fantastic. The rest of the food was good but there really was not much of a variety snd the dessert bar was lacking. For the price I expected better.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great all you can eat soup, salad, bread and dessert bars. Ordered the pasta which came out over cooked.

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KS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had the worst experience ever! Our first time here and expected to have an amazing experience but it was the opposite! Our server was behind from the beginning, he greeted us anout 10 mins after we sat! We needed refills on drinks and he didn’t notice our glass was empty, my husband ask for another ginger ale and he said ok and brought it out 10 mins later! He got sat two big parties on the bottom floor area where and he totally neglected us! I has asked him for more clams and shrimp and he said I don’t know I’ll have to ask the cook.. I thought it was all you can eat so I didn’t think it was a problem to ask for more! He never came back to tell us no. He just didn’t come back! The food was not good, the New York strip was tough and my one lobster that my dinner came with was undercooked (so i didn’t eat it) my husband burned his hand while trying to scoop mussels onto his plate, the ladle was scorching hot, the guy behind him cursed when he picked it up! After the longest most unpleasant dinner ever we finally got our check and he didn’t even apologize for making us wait, we gave him our parking ticket to get validated and he brought it back with our payment and we thought he validated it. But as we left the parking lot they charged us $25 so he obviously ignored our request to validate the ticket! This is not a cheap dinner to blow off, we paid good money and chose this establishment to dine at hoping we had made a great choice! We will not recommend this place to anyone ever! Just horrible.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was pretty good. We had no trouble getting a reservation. There were 5 of us (one was under 3 and free) and our bill came to $168. The kids got to meet Goofy and Pluto, which they loved, but I'm not sure it was worth that amount of money. It was seafood night and even though I like seafood...nothing was "amazing" on the buffet. My girls barely at anything...a chicken nugget and a couple bites of mac n cheese...so the bill seemed really pricey to me for that. Oh well...done and over with.

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Loved coming back to Disney World now that I'm all grown up and adulting. Perfect for anyone staying at the Dolphin/Swan. Parking available at the Swan to those driving over.

Had a memorable experience. Made reservations on a weeknight, buffet included in price of main that you choose. My partner and I ordered the prime rib and chicken, both large portions. Despite the other reviews, I thought the pricing was fair. It was quiet and not busy, which was a plus. Enjoyed the clam chowder soup and selection of desserts. Nothing was spectacular, but good. Our waiter was polite and attentive.

Main reason to go here is to meet the Characters. Best way to meet them than waiting forever in line to get a photo. More interactive and Characters spend more time with you. I think for the future, they could offer a few more variety of Characters at the restaurant on different nights, would have tempted me to go back on another day! You can meet Goofy, Pluto, as well as Chip & Dale if you go on the weekend. Catered more towards families with children, I still had fun coming here for a date. Can't get the Character experience back home! A highlight of my trip, and recommend.

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JM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The night we went was Seafood Buffet. Food was okay and exceptable. Nothing outstanding but we had a child with us and they had Pluto and Goofy visiting at the table. After a day at the park it was nice to sit in a quiet atmosphere and have a relaxed dinner. For those that do not eat seafood they had chicken and prime rib. Large selection of salads and very good dessert selection.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Wait time was way too long. Even we had a reservation,we still have to wait over half an hour after we checked in.

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TF
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a reservation and most reservations were running 1 hour behind.

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LM
Mississippi
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanksgiving lunch was delicious. A bountiful buffet with selections to please everyone no matter how young or old. Spending the holiday with Disney characters was the way to go. Service was fabulous and had a great experience!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only complaint was the prime rib had no flavor or the au juice

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. Disney characters and a very fun ambiance!

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