Villa de Flora at Gaylord Palms Resort

4.3
1153 reviews
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Mediterranean
We welcome you into the magnificent Villa de Flora, a Mediterranean marketplace. Our chefs have created a feast for the senses, making this one of the most popular restaurants of its kind in the state of Florida. Chefs stationed at six markets invite you to sample their culinary creations, including a seasonal market-inspired menu with entrees from the Mediterranean.

In addition, the staff has an impeccable eye for hospitality, from the minute you enter until your warm send-off. This epicurean dance begins with a “market tour” and explanation of the day’s offerings, generously displayed in each station. A delectable wine list is offered, including the restaurant’s famed sangria.

Sunday Brunch is an additional treat, named Critic’s Choice for Best Brunch by the Orlando Sentinel.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, just a little pricey

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely fabulous.

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BC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

This restaurant used to be so good. The food would just melt in your mouth. I was very disappointed. Brunch was only breakfast foods that were dried out and nothing to brag about. The price was outrageous for what we got. We meal and value of any of the restaurants we ate at during our stay.

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PE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exelente servicios y buenos precios!
Lo recomiendo a todos mis amigos y familiares!

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f
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Hostess and servuce and food awesome.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

We went for the Valentines Day special. The small touches like a rose for every female and speciality chocolates at the end were a nice touch. I loved the small chef special apps and dessert drink too.

Overall we enjoyed the food experience. The service sucked though. Drinks went unfilled and finished plates were left on the table. For a bill that was $175.00 including a 18% tip the service was awful.

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DN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took my wife here for a Valentines dinner. I had not been to this restaurant, but had been to Gaylord Palms previously and loved the setting under the atrium. We arrived 30 mins. early but we were seated immediately in a most romantic two seat table outside under the atrium. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, the food and the entire experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that enjoys Mediterranean style food. Exquisite!

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LG
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this restaurant, but I cannot give it 5 stars today for the shear reason that they did not put the cream out for the bread pudding. They had some raspberry sauce instead which was disappointing. I asked someone if they had it, but she looked and said no. The bread pudding with cream sauce/glaze is the star of the buffet! It’s not the same without it :( Please keep it as an option!

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N
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual brunch was great

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K
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good as normal and a good variety, our server was terrible, unfortunately too busy talking all night to the table next to us, we gave up asking for anything we needed she was just not interested, think she forgot she was supposed to have been working that night.

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

Everything was good

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Ron was brilliant. We were a little disappointed that there was no french cost left and the pancakes had been under the lamp for too long and were dried out. Otherwise the buffet breakfast was excellent as usual

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MW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good, but not very hot. $30 a person is a bit much for traditional breakfast food. The waiter was nice at first, but then unpleasant after a while.

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SB
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good option of food, attentive and sympathetic staff.

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O
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, excellent foods, excellent attention, very nice everything, very good, we love it!!!! Thanks for exist.

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a
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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LL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were awesome! First time for brunch and it was as good as dinner buffet!

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic great tasting food all around and wonderful service

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TW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was fantastic food was amazing so many choices.staff was friendly and always around.they helped any way needed.

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SS
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch and it was delicious. There was a nice variety of foods and desserts. A great place to bring family and enjoy a nice buffet.

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LN
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My waitress was amazing, extremely attentive and a pleasure!

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Character breakfast

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R
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I left something on the table and did not get it back. The table was in a corner and not many people passed by. I assume it was picked up by someone from the restaurant.

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JV
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was just okay. Service was very slow, and they were not busy. The highlight of the evening was the bread pudding. If you do go, leave room for the bread pudding.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elf on the Shelf breakfast

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A
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice setting. Food is good and lots of choices. Service was a little slow and a coffee cup and fork was still dirty. Price is a little steep especially for kids. All in all it was alright.

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!
Food....service.....atmosphere
GREAT!!!!

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious food and great service! This is an annual activity for us and love your restuarant.

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1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to the Villa de Flora for over 15 years. There is nothing lik3 that great buffet where in a Sunday you can have prime rib, shrimp , eggs and more. We live our waitresses that we have come to know through going there a couple of times a year. We take our friends and family there when they come to visit because it is such a great place to eat and it pleases everyone.

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JE
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great birthday/Christmas treat. For the money, a mimosa or wine, or something comparable should be offered complimentary.

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CV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Went there for Sunday Brunch; buffet was OK, lots of choices -- the usual brunch foods, nothing special. Egg station did not open until half hour into brunch time, so we had no eggs. Our waiter was great, even though it was very busy, our drinks never ran dry :) Be aware...this venue is very cramped and crowded, with a very poor seating layout...lots of people banging into seated diners while trying to avoid the columns/waitstaff/people in the walkway. And I don't know what staff member thought it would be a good idea to seat people with strollers at tables in the main hallway? There's like, 4' (if that much) of room to walk in, and the stroller handles jutting out took up about 2' of it. If you had regular sit-down dining it might not be a problem, but this was during a buffet...when everyone is having to walk back and forth down that hallway to get to the food. I will probably not return to, nor recommend, this brunch. There's other restaurants in this area (and I'm talking non-mouse ones) who do Brunch better.

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PT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom & I stayed overnight at the Gaylord this past weekend. Last year was our first year staying & experiencing ICE. We had dinner our first night (Saturday) and it was fabulous as always. Sunday we did the Character Breakfast and it was very very good!! We are planning on making this our Annual Christmas Getaway from now on.

Patty & Gail

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OH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, great food and lovely place to share with family

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P
Orlando
32 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We’ve eaten at Villa de Flora several times over the years, mostly around Christmas / New Years and Mother’s Day or Fathers Day. We’ve always enjoyed the good food and the wide variety of the buffet. But this time there was not as much of a selection, and even less dessert options, although the price per person remained as high as usual especially for a family of 4. In addition, although there were many empty tables at the time of our 6:45 PM reservation, and this was the busy holiday weekend between Christmas and New Years, we were first seated way back on the side. When we requested to sit up front in the main dining floor area instead so we could hear and partially see the large electronic Christmas display, which was very nice, we were still seated off to the side in the dark. While empty tables in the center remained empty throughout our time there. In spite of the smaller buffet options, the biggest disappointment came when it was time to leave and we asked them to validate our parking which we were shocked to discover they no longer do. No wonder the restaurant was empty during a big holiday weekend. The only people who would go to Villa de Flora now are the hotel guests and yet since the restaurant was the emptiest we’ve ever seen it, their guests didn’t even want to pay for the buffet. So if you live in Orlando as we do, you are no longer welcome at the restaurants at Gaylord Palms. They charged us $24 for parking which is outrageous. That’s almost the price of parking at the theme parks, except you’re at the parks all day and evening. Meanwhile The Palm at the Hard Rock Hotel and Shulas at Disneys Swan and Dolphin Resort still validate your parking. All the good hotels here do. So this was the last time we’ll be eating at Villa De Flora and I guess the restaurants at the Gaylord Palms will remain empty.

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JC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and i were there for our 35th anniversary celebration. what a great find.

superb food service and the deserts were great.

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KL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We went after the ice sculptures. I would like to say some of the table seating is a bit dark. Was hard to see what you were eating. Depending on where you sat. I think they need to put a good lighted lamp or oil candle on those specifics dark tables to give off asequate light. Otherwise the food was very good. Plenty to choose from the Buffet. Very disappointed with the table. I would go again. And recommend to others.

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YT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent . and the ambience is wonderful. I love to eat there. Especially the dessert variety. I just wish the bread pudding will be cold instead warm.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very satisfied with the buffet dinner, wonderful food. The display, ambience and value were excellent. We will be back and also recommend to family and friends.

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N
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined (breakfast & dinner) everyday at Villa de Flora during our stay at the Gaylord Palms Resort (23rd Dec - 29 Dec’18). Excellent food, service and ambience. Outstanding service by Jin (manager), Philippe, Ronald (Ron), Amanda and Ana.
PS: Lali needs more training...poor customer service.

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HC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Made a reservation for 7pm and when we arrived there was a line out the door, since the free show had just let out. I approached the hostess station to inform them we had a reservation and was told I had to wait in line. While in line I received an email that my reservation was cancelled, since we were late. About 10 parties were seated before they finally got to us. We were seated in the far back part of the restaurant next to the waitress station, despite my father being in a mobility chair, which made it difficult to navigate getting to the food bars. Service was disorganized, my hudbands ginger ale was filled with water before he could stop them and waiters hung out at the station popping bubble wrap until I finally asked someone to tell him to stop. The table are so close you get bumped everytime someone walks by.
At the buffet, there were visable stations that were empty and nobody seemed to be attending to the food, which resulted in entrees running very low and not being replenished. I had hoped for more given the location, but this was just your typical run of the mill, mediocre buffet.

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