Location

Disney's Hollywood Studios in Hollywood Boulevard

Entree range

Lunch and dinner $16–$43 (child $6–$14)

Summary

The Brown Derby is one of the top theme park restaurants at Disney World. It’s expensive, yes, but also a wonderful way to relax and regenerate. The decor is so perfect you’ll feel as if you’re in a Fred Astaire–Ginger Rogers movie. Service is outstanding, as is the food.

If you don’t have reservations, the patio lounge opens at noon and is first come, first served, with a menu of small plates and cocktails, and a good place to have a drink and wait until your table is ready. Shaded by big umbrellas, the outdoor tables are great spots for people-watching. The menu ($9–$29) is all small plates: Cobb salad, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, Wagyu-beef sliders with Cognac-mustard aioli and Gouda cheese, and desserts. (You can also order from the regular menu.) Drink choices include various flights—martinis, margaritas, Champagnes, white and red wines, Scotches, and Grand Marnier vintages—along with wines by the glass or half-bottle and classic cocktails.

Setting and Atmosphere

An oasis of civility in the middle of a theme park, this is a replica of the original Brown Derby (not the one shaped like a hat) in California. The sunken dining room has a certain elegance, with tuxedoed waiters, curved booths, and white linen. Tall palm trees in huge pots stand in the center of the room and reach for the high ceiling. Ask for a seat on the second-level gallery; it’s much quieter and affords good people-watching in the hectic main space.

House Specialties

Cobb salad (named for Bob Cobb, owner of the original restaurant), the famous grapefruit cake made from the original Brown Derby recipe, grilled Wagyu-beef burger, and original fettuccine Alfredo at lunch; beef Wellington, lamb “two ways” (chop and pulled), charred fillet of beef and an odd tofu noodle bowl at dinner. Expensive add-ons of lobster tail or scallops that should be entrées but aren’t. The kids’ menu includes grilled black grouper, whole-grain penne pasta, and grilled chicken breast.

Other Recommendations

Togarashi-pumpkinseed-crusted ahi tuna, crispy jumbo lump crab cake appetizer.

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Details

Requires Credit Card to Reserve: Yes
Requires Pre-payment in Full: No

Discounts

Type Discount Valid Weekdays Valid Meals
Tables in Wonderland 20% All All

Disney Dining Plan

2016

Requires 2 credits

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