Garden Grove at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

3.9
236 reviews
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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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New York Area
2 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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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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GP
1 review
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 25, 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 22, 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
1 review
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 12, 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 9, 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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AR
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 5, 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 30, 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 23, 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
12 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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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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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was not great. Seafood buffet was the menu option of the night. The ceviche was tart and overpowering. Steamed crab legs were luke warm at best. The fried fish basket was cold. The character visits were the only saving grace. Overpriced.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a such a beautiful dinner for my daughter birthday. Just amazing food and service. Thank you

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Gross. Gross gross.

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JC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Disney’s best kept secret. This place is rarely busy so it is quiet and they don’t rush you out to turn the table. Great place if you want to a break from crowds. The seafood buffet (Thurs- Sun evenings) is fantastic and worth the price if you like to endulge. An added plus is that the characters get to spend extra time with the kids because it isn’t crowded. Goofy and Pluto visited our table twice to interact with our baby girl. Great staff and servers make all the difference, too. And the desserts are always very beautiful and tasty. We come here every time we are at Disney!

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C
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted a casual seafood dinner for two and was very happy with the selections of food, wine, and atmosphere. Our waiter was outstanding in providing us with an excellent experience.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

All you can eat lobster was outstanding. However some of the food on the buffet was cold.

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DM
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

Almost no one there so you would expect service to be great. Waiter was inattentive. They brought food to the table as we were getting food from buffet line so the food got cold while eating what we got off the line. Crabs legs were part of the buffet, some tables got pails to put their shells while we had to juggle the shells on our plate with the food we were eating Waiter saw and did nothing. Would not repeat...even with the character experience.

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L
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, service & ambience. Can't wait to go back!

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Big thank you to Pluto and Chip n Dale who made our trip extra special. Food was very good. Excellent staff .We will be back again.

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LP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this character dinner from start to finish. Only wish maybe another character or two had come out.

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BC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Waiter was on par, but the quality of the food was not very good. The food was over salted and luke warm temperature at best.

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j
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great price for a Disney character dinner. Was not crowded or rushed. Seafood buffet highly recommended.

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L
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding! Christopher, our server, was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The waiter and manager went out of their way to make us feel comfortable

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IH
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Our server was fast and friendly. The food was over salted and the portions were too large for my 15 and 13 year old and very high in price. We did not finish our meals. It was not worth it. Spent a lot of money just to see Minnie Mouse and Chip & Dale, not worth the price. Character dining is very over-rated.

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was very lackluster for the cost

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with one of the Disney Characters without the craziness of the parks.

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AS
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was awesome and very accommodating after our long day at the parks. The food is always great and snapping photos with the characters (Goofy & Pluto this trip) is an added bonus!

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