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'Ohana Experience

Discussion in 'WDW Restaurants and Dining' started by disney4life2008, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. disney4life2008

    disney4life2008 Well-Known Member

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    Had a late dinner at 'Ohana last night. And for the first time in many years the food was incredible. The noodles actually had flavor a little salt, the pot stickers were crispy, the steak was actually cooked and not read and juicy. The chicken tasted amazing and the shrimp was the winner. The updated salad was good too. And I didn't get seated until 10pm. I was worried about the late time but now I think it's my preferred. At least any time after the fireworks to avoid the exodus of people.

    My only complaint, the second server kept calling me boss. I hate that. It's something a lot of people in Orlando say, it goes under my skin.
     
  2. DisneyPrincess5

    DisneyPrincess5 Well-Known Member

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    So glad to hear a good experience. DH and I have been a few times over the past 5 years and yikes the food quality went downhill. Glad you enjoyed it.
    What was updated about the salad?
     
  3. StarshipDisney

    StarshipDisney Active Member

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    We love 'Ohana. It is one of the very best single Table Service credit restaurants in all of WDW. What a feast it is!

    Been there in 2000, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, & 2015. Always great.
     
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  4. JusticeDisney

    JusticeDisney Well-Known Member

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    Glad you had such a great experience! The place was horrendous when I was last there, so maybe they have turned things around.
     
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  5. disney4life2008

    disney4life2008 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    The salad was more appetizing. They put some wontons (I think that is what they are called), it was really good.

    I really do think its hit or miss. My biggest issue is with the grilled meats. On many occasians the steak has been so raw that it is not even accepetable. The chicken has tasted rotten. But last night both were supurb. i will say, for the first time I saw a female grill cook, I do not think I have ever seen a female on the grill. The meats were perfection.
     
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    zurgandfriend Well-Known Member

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    It's good to hear that, we have not been in a long time so maybe we will try it again. I don't mind boss but my DW hates when a waitress calls he "Hon or Honey."
     
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  7. GregorClegane

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    Are you able to ask your server for well done steak? I know that you can at Brazilian steakhouses, but i wasn't sure if that was the case here.
     
  8. COProgressFan

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    You can definitely ask. In my experience when someone at our table did so, however, it took a while.

    I will say we also had a great experience here a few weeks ago. Everything was flavorful and cooked perfectly.

    But in my experience over the years, I agree it can really be hit or miss. For whatever reason, there seems to be a lot of inconsistency in the cooking of the meats.
     
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  9. GregorClegane

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    Well it is nice to know you can ask them. My wife and I are really looking forward to trying this place out.
     
  10. Phonedave

    Phonedave Well-Known Member

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    I stopped going there years ago. The food really was not good - just because you can consume mass quantities does not mean is good.. Maybe it is time to give them another try.
     
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  11. eb3257

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    Are there ever cancellations at Ohana for dinner? Is the best way to find one to keep checking the website or to call the restaurant directly? We are planning a last minute trip in November (I hope) and I would love to give Ohana a try.
     
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    Yes people cancel all the time. You can check the website daily but your best chance will be the day before you want to dine there, as folks may hang on to their ADRs right up until 24 hours prior and then cancel so they will not have to pay the $10/per person cancellation fee.

    We have scored hard-to-get ADRs many times at the last minute (day before or even day of.)
     
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  13. eb3257

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    Thank you! This is so helpful. :)
     
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  14. COProgressFan

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    I find this applies to pretty much every dining location on property, not just Ohana. Just keep trying, every day until your trip. People definitely do make tentative plans and cancel them as it gets closer to the actual dates. As has been mentioned, often times lots of cancellations pop up in the last week up until the last day before the $10 fee kicks in.

    It also depends on your party size -- we've had better luck finding tables of 4 rather than tables of 6 or 8 when we've traveled with grandparents/in-laws (which makes sense).

    Keep trying, and good luck!
     
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    The food was always pretty terrible and I quit a while ago... Maybe it's improved, but I think people like it bc you can get a ton of food for the price...
     
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    Another way to go is to use the Reservations Finder at touringplans.com. While the site is a fee site, you don't have to join to use the Finder. It's worked very well for me in the past, scoring me hard to get rez's at just the time I wanted.
     
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    Laughed at this - I hear that too, but just when I travel for some reason - can't stand it

    Great to hear about 'Ohana - looking forward to our next visit there now more than usual, it's been a few years
     
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    That was my experience my one and only time going. Food was plentiful, but I think I was disappointed as the bar was set rather high due to the hype the place gets. Since then, I've never gone back and maybe never will as there are other places that though they don't offer up all you can stomach, what they do offer up is prepared better. I know I'm in a minority as Ohana is seemingly sacred to some, but no thanks, until someone I know personally with similar tastes bothers to give it a shot and convince me to return.
     
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    No such thing as meat that is to raw
     
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  20. disney4life2008

    disney4life2008 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Ummm steak should not be red.
     
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