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Review: Dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant

January 10, 2013

 

Be Our Guest Restaurant

I don’t know how we did it but we were somehow magically able to get a dinner reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant when booking opened. I was thrilled that we did because I wanted to eat there since Disney first announced the concept.

I’m sure you have looked at lots of photos of the restaurant but they really don’t do it justice. I think it is one of the most beautiful places to dine on property. The main dining room is huge which is both good and bad. Because of its size it can accommodate more guests which means more people will have an opportunity to dine here. But it also takes away from the intimate feeling I was hoping for. They have also maximized the number of tables so they are all pretty close together. We were seated at a table for two and could easily carry on a conversation with the guests seated on either side of us.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

In comparison, the West Wing is much smaller and is where I think I would like to dine on our next visit. I love the dark theme of it. It is where you can find the portrait of the Beast and the enchanted rose which leads to the one problem with dining there. It can get crowded with people just coming to check it out and take photos. We dined really late so there was only a few people left when we ventured in but I could see how it could be distracting with people taking photos the entire time you are trying to eat.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Enchanted Rose in the West Wing

The other room we were able to see was the Beast’s study. During lunch this is where you order your food. At dinner it is where we were able to meet the Beast after we dined.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Now on to the important part, the food. I had the vegetarian option on the menu, Layered Ratatouille. Which is oven-baked zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes, and caramelized onions sliced and layered on quinoa served with a bell pepper sauce. It was beautiful but didn’t really have that much flavor to it. The sauce was more of a red pepper salsa, if that makes sense, and didn’t add that much too it. The vegetables were cooked nicely but it’s not something that I’m in a hurry to try again.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Drew had the Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops with seasonal vegetables served in puff pastry with a creamy lobster sauce. He liked it but wasn’t wowed by it. Everything was cooked great and the flavors were good but he said he would probably try something else next time.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Desserts are currently the same at lunch and dinner, which is one thing that I hope changes. The more dessert options the better if you ask me. 🙂 Your server will bring the cart out to your table so you can see all of your options and choose. I was worried that since we ate so late that they might be a little on the stale side but that wasn’t the case at all.

I tried the Lemon Meringue Cupcake which is a vanilla sponge cake, with lemon custard filling, and meringue icing. If you love lemon you will love this cupcake. The cake was moist and I loved the flavor of the filling. The meringue icing was nice and helped balance the sweetness of the cupcake.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Drew had the Chocolate Cream Puff filled with chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream. This dessert also got two thumbs up. But I think we will start having dessert at lunch since both of these are a dollar cheaper then.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Overall our experience was a positive one. The service was excellent and you the details and theme of the restaurant are beautiful. While the food wasn’t outstanding I’m hopeful that things will improve. We did dine very close to opening and there are always some growing pains. Next time I think we will give lunch a try so we can check out the Rose Gallery dining area (there was a private event going on during our dinner) and I’m curious to try that menu as well.

  • kelly
    January 11, 2013 at 5:10 am

    I did quick service there and I did enjoy the food for that meal. I am interested to try the dinner menu as well. I probably would have ordered what Drew had so thanks for the heads up. I also noticed that at lunch when we dined in the west wing it was a bit annoying that people kept standing in front of the rose and the picture to take pics. :0(

  • JenniferLissak
    January 11, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I’ve been curious about the ratatouille – I think lunch has a 2nd vegetarian option and they both sounded good.. looks like I’ll stick to the meat courses. Thanks for the review!

  • Rich T
    January 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I can’t wait to see this in person. Being a huge fan of lemon meringue pie and cupcakes in general…I’ve got to say the Lemon Meringue Cupcake looks like the best dessert I’ve ever seen!!!

  • Christina Struck
    January 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    We ate there for lunch twice during our visit and it was absolutely LOVELY! My daughter calls it her “happy place” and would love to visit again so we can enjoy another lunch there. We loved the braised pork and the croque monsieur on the lunch menu, both I would have again. (BTW, it was lovely to have veggies for lunch with the pork!) The theming is amazing and I loved taking a break and eating there.