Villa de Flora at Gaylord Palms Resort

4.3
1211 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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RS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food, wonderful time. Try the Sangria - it was fantastic!

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CB
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best buffet around! Food is always different and delicious. Look forward to eating here every time I am in Orlando.

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ER
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants. It is pricey so we only visit on special occasions or for a special night out. Every time I've been, I have NEVER been disappointed!

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CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and buffet. We had Mother’s Day breakfast there and it was great. I have a 6 and 3 year old hat loved the pancakes and fruit.

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CF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 5

I think is not much selection of food for the price should not be a buffet because buffet is a lot differents options of food

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CK
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have been going there for years the price is really getting to high

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RJ
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exzellent Place for a Sunday Brunch. The Restaurant is very nice and the hotel invites for a stroll, especially if the weather is bad

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TO
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience again. One of our favorite places to eat. Went for our wedding anniversary and was treated great! The Anniversary cake was delicious! I do miss the Tres Leche at the dessert bar. Had to pay for tea. Thought that was included before. Will definitely be back.

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EM
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

I would not recommend this restaurant they do not validate your parking as the other two restaurants in the hotel do and the food was very limited for dinner compare to passed visits

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Will return!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

very delicious but it is the most expensive brunch I have eaten in my life, 3 people $210 dollars 😱😱😱

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f
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

While the actual menu presentation was nothing to write home about, the food was adequately prepared and there was plenty of it. Was surprised there was no carving station and there was no ham to be found! Couldn't believe that! The bread selection was all right. Lots of sliced bread - muffins and one selection of miniature Danish pastry. The cold meat section was good, including the smoked salmon. The bagels were the made from pastry type dough rather than the actual real bagel dough. On the whole, the buffet was ordinary.
Asked if I could get a poached egg and they accommodated the request. It was served to the table. There were two - cooked perfectly and delicious.
Of course, it was Easter and the decorations were done well, especially the array of Easter eggs.

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LM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very busy as it was Easter Sunday. Lots of children running around. We were seated in a quieter area but seemed far from the breakfast buffet. The Easter brunch could have been started earlier than 12:00, there were many many diners that would have preferred that. Reservations for the Easter brunch were impossible to obtain...

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OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch as always but would’ve like desert to be available before noon.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

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d
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Rad was attentive and on point. The food was wonderful and delicious and the atmosphere was great. Me and my children really enjoyed the dining experience and will return.

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Eggs-Stravaganza. Characters were professional and very interactive with the children. It made for great entertainment over an extended breakfast. The price of parking is not family-friendly and the price charged for children’s food is outrageous for anyone under six. The price of adult buffet would be much more palatable at approximately $25. I’m aware you’re paying for a lot of ambience, but it prices the experience out of the budget of most people who would enjoy sharing a venue such as this with children. I would recommend anyone interested in going to this facility park down the street and utilize either a cab or an Uber and it would be much more economical.

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SV
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

So overpriced! $39 for kids 11 and older is a little ridiculous. Server was not attentive and all he had to do was bring drinks. Fairly good choice of food but not many options for kids. Use Uber Eats if you are trying to stay at the resort and not break the bank.... you still would end up ahead.

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l
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have brought many people here for brunch and it is were we take our grandsons all the time for brunch they love it.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday brunch great

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and attentive service. Really enjoyed the beef burgundy and desserts.

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LL
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

At $40 a person for a breakfast buffet- that should be clearly advertised to patrons. We had a college group and that was excessive for breakfast but they did not know until we were already seated. The veggies in the omelet bar were raw in the omelets. Pretty disappointing.

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VF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Buffet style breakfast. Good for fruit and cold cereals. All buffet hot items were served cold. Omelet station was good.

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The prime rib was good, but that’s about it. I wont Return. Definitely not worth the price. Not much variety either and nothing for children.

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PE
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting - first class service from Ali ,who was most attentive . Buffet was most impressive - super selection- all very fresh and replenished quickly! Definitely will return soon!

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LZ
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have enjoyed Villa de Flora for many years. We always enjoy the experience. The staff members are very nice and they seem to know what you need for them to do. They are congenial and helpful. I really like the ambiance and the manner in which the food is exhibited. It makes it fun to try the various dishes and go back for more! It was another great experience at Villa de Flora. I do want to mention that I wouldn't keep coming back to the Villa de Flora at Gaylord Palms if I would have to pay an exorbitant amount for parking at the hotel. I think that the Gaylord Palms needs to keep making sure that the parking tab is taken care of if they want local residents to come there to eat at their restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were at Sun brunch. We usually really our annual vacation brunch but this year it was rather ordinary. The salads were not replenished in a timely manner. The line for an omelet was so long each time we got up that we just gave up. The pork loin was very dry. Every time we needed something we actually had to track down our server. Just not up to usual standards.

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W
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Dinner buffet food not impressive/very limited. Extremely poor value for families with preteens who are still charged adult price. Service was outstanding and breakfast there has always been good!
Would not return for dinner.

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B
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent, wide selection. Very nice atmosphere. Pricey but very good

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CF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Well second time I Ben there difference food price and the server not good service

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S
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cesar was the best waitor we have ever had going out to eat. So attentive to us with our 6 year old son and also my wife who has celiac disease. Cesar should be recognized for his excellence.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Royal Easter breakfast was a royal treat! These characters paraded, played games and put in a fabulous time. Thank you for a great experience!

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Best buffet you will ever go to, trust me. They have simply everything. It is worth the drive no matter how long. AMAZINGLY GOOD

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AB
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Range of food options fairly limited but quantities good. The entire evening was ruined however by the ridiculously exhorbitant parking fee of $24. The last time I dined here parking fees were waived for diners. As there were very few people in the dining room I now understand why. This restaurant used to be very busy and used/recommended by people living locally. Clearly this totally unreasonable parking charge will completely deter anyone not staying at the hotel from booking any of their dining experiences. I have never had to pay for parking at a restaurant that I am already paying a lot of money to eat in...and now never will. Pity, as it looks as though the hotel needs the customers.

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KK
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Villa de Flora ia a favorite of our family. We love almost everything about it, and dine there regularly, whether we are staying at the Gaylord or not. The tomato basil soup is our teenager's absolute favorite, and he looks forward to having it every time. For spring break this year, his request was to stay at the Gaylord and eat "his" tomato soup at Villa de Flora. Unfortunately, this time, the famous soup was not on the buffet. We have been there countless times, & it's ALWAYS there...so we were surprised, disappointed and were chatting about that as we stood there looking for it. (The other two were very good, but not what he had been looking forward to) We were not complaining loudly, nor speaking to anyone other than each other, but one of the employees, Maria, overheard us and asked if she could help us. We explained we were looking for the favorite soup, and kind of chuckled about the fact that we had picked a night it was not served when it was our main reason for going. She apologized, we of course said "no problem, we will be back another time for sure". It was literally a 20 second chat, and we went on with our dinner. A little bit later, Maria and our server came to our table with a big crock of THE TOMATO SOUP, and gave it to our son!! Maria had taken it upon herself to tell the chef about his disappointment and the chef made a special serving of it just for him!!! We we SO surprised and touched by that kind gesture. We would never have asked for special treatment or for the employees to go out of their way for us, but they did it on their own! We can't even express our thanks enough. We have told this story everyone we know & recommended they go! What an asset Maria and that chef are to your company! Please give them our thanks again, recognition and huge KUDOS (and maybe a raise? lol!) for how special they made our family feel. We are loyal Marriott guests and this kind of service is one of the reasons. Thank you again!
Kelly Karman

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KM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service at all the Gaylord restaurants is consistently fantastic, year after year. My only complaint is that I wish there was an option to order smaller portion breakfast items from a menu as most other restaurants with a buffet option offer. When you're with a mixed group for breakfast, not everyone has the same appetite to justify a $30 per person spend.

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SG
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was later in the night. It seemed that the staff was more interested in getting the dining room prepared for the next day. I had to wait at the carving station for over 5 minutes for someone to come from the kitchen to carve some meat. Overall this was a pleasant experience.

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NZ
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Better than we expected! We stay at the Gaylord a couple times a year and have avoided this restaurant because the food had not been that great in the past. There were plenty of good options for our dinner. The waiter ‘ Angel’ took time to offer a wine choice from your selection and it was very good! Will try it again.

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Paella was not available although it was one of the items advertise for the buffet. Polenta was too watery. When with the Osso Bucco which it was next to it made a watery gravy soup. Pasta was uneventful to tastebuds.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the process of securing the reservations to the payment exit all encounters were genuinely courteous and accommodating. I arrived early to announce arrival of the party. I inquired about where were to be seated, and was invited to select a table and location of my choice. Our Server "Rod" was affable and attentive. This was a special occasion and every aspect of expectation was met or exceeded.
Thank you.

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