Grand Floridian Cafe: A Florida-Inspired Favorite

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The Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort has long been one of our team’s favorite resort dining locations and the perfect place for a relaxed meal during a Magic Kingdom day!

Located on the first floor of the Grand Floridian Resort between the lobby and Gasparilla Island Grill, this delightful restaurant is bright and airy with a Victorian flair but also much more casual than the resort’s other table-service locations.

Guests dining here can expect American fare but with Florida flavors, such as Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Lobster ‘Thermidor’ Burger, and Key Lime Pie.

What You Need to Know

The Grand Floridian Cafe serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., lunch from 11:05 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All meals range in price from $15.00 to $34.99 per adult.

Guests can make reservations in person or advance dining reservations on the My Disney Experience, which we strongly recommend. However, if you happen to be within that 60-day window, be sure to check out our handy TouringPlans Reservation Finder.

Now even though the Grand Flo Cafe isn’t one of the more hyped restaurants on Disney property; we’ve received 529 reviews of the Grand Floridian Cafe since February 13, 2020, with a 90% “thumbs up” rating.

After dropping by the cafe for ourselves for a lovely breakfast, we’re happy to report that it’s as reliable – and delicious – as ever! Here’s what we enjoyed during our visit:

Biscuits & Orange Butter 

Bread service at breakfast? Yes, please!

The biscuits and butter are complimentary with your meal, and your server will keep bringing them if you keep eating them.

Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail – $16.00

The shrimp were super fresh and served with a perky cocktail sauce. Ask for some prepared horseradish or hot sauce to make this dish a 10!

Avocado Toast – $13.00

One perk of being in Florida is the outstanding fruit and veggies! For instance, the tomatoes served with this toast were perfectly sweet and delicious, and the avocado was just right. Overall, this is a hearty and filling plant-based option. Another hit from the Grand Flo Cafe!

The Grand Breakfast – $16.00

The Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole was the real standout here. Within that golden crust is a ton of savory, cheesy, salty goodness. The eggs were standard, and the sausage was decent, but the casserole is what’s worth getting again.

Lobster Benedict – $22.00

Sadly, this is the one dish we wouldn’t get again. The eggs were a bit overcooked, and the Hollandaise was fine, but there was just no “wow” to this entree.

Buttermilk-fried Chicken & Mickey Waffle – $26.00

So this was the crunchiest, sweetest, most savory, juicy, fantastic combination! The Sriracha-Honey Drizzle was the perfect mix of punch and love. Just ask for an extra side of it because you’re going to want it.

The chicken itself was juicy and perfect, and the crust has a loud, wonderful crunch. Oh, and there’s a giant Mickey waffle as the base too. Be sure to bring your appetite or plan to split this one as there’s more than enough for two.

Have you ever visited the Grand Floridian Cafe? What are your thoughts? Let us know your favorite dish in the comments!

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Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

6 thoughts on “Grand Floridian Cafe: A Florida-Inspired Favorite

  • March 7, 2022 at 12:12 pm
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    The “Grand Breakfast” doesn’t look very grand to me – I can see a lot of empty plate on the photo. I would expect a lot more food on my plate before I called it a “Grand Breakfast” although I suppose the word grand is used because it’s served at the Grand Floridian rather than because of the size of the breakfast lol

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    • March 7, 2022 at 12:21 pm
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      I guess it ties into that announcement from the CFO about the “reducing portions at Disney parks, as it would be good for guest’s waistlines” with higher prices so Chapek can continue to lighten your wallet too

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    • March 7, 2022 at 4:49 pm
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      I agree about the “Grand Breakfast.” Looks more like something a guest would get at their resort’s quick-service location.

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  • March 7, 2022 at 4:15 pm
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    I’d much prefer quality over quantity. I would expect GF to more interested in serving the former as well.

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  • March 7, 2022 at 10:29 pm
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    Do they offer the bread service at lunch too, or just breakfast?

    I love this restaurant since the breakfast and lunch menus are identical. So I can have breakfast later in the day without giving any valuable morning hours at the Magic Kingdom. But I’ve never been offered bread service at lunchtime.

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  • March 8, 2022 at 9:12 am
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    Please don’t share this with Disney.

    Every time Disney finds out that a restaurant is really great and a fan favorite, they tweak it down, close it or refurbish it.

    GF Cafe is fantastic. Now stay away Bob Chapek.

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