‘Ohana is one of those restaurants that is considered a staple at Disney World. It’s a place everyone should try once, but up until the last trip I had never been there.
Lucky for me, the group I was traveling with this time was able to snag reservations at this extremely popular eatery. Melissa, who was kind enough to share her DVC points with us, makes a stop at this restaurant during most of her trips and I can understand why.
When you arrive at the Polynesian head to the second floor, this is where you will check in and be given a buzzer. You can sit in one of the many chairs that are positioned around the waiting area and wait for your buzzer to buzz.
Once it’s time to go in, the cast member will lead you to your table, but they will pick up your ‘Ohana pineapple-coconut bread first. The bread is so good. I could seriously eat an entire loaf by myself. You and your bread will be taken to your table and the cast member will brief you on how things work at ‘Ohana. On your way to the table you will pass tikis and lots of tropical plants. Love the tropical feeling of the restaurant!
So here’s how it works, the food is brought out family style and it is all-you-care-to-enjoy. First, you will be brought salad with Lilikoi dressing. The salad is something else I could finish all on my own. The dressing is really good. If there hadn’t been so much food still on the way I definitely would have had more of the salad.
Next up was the platter with the pork dumplings that are tossed in garlic-ginger sauce, honey-coriander chicken wings, noodles tossed in teriyaki sauce, and stir fried vegetables. Oh my, this was a delicious platter. My favorite was the pork dumplings, but the noodles were pretty good too. Since it’s all-you-care-to-enjoy you can get refills of the platter, which is fantastic because those dumplings are really good.
Next, the skewers start to arrive. The cast member will bring sweet-n-sour chicken, Szechuan sirloin steak, and spicy grilled peel-n-eat shrimp all served on skewers. It’s a pretty impressive presentation and they will bring the skewers back as much as you would like. Of the three, the steak was my favorite, followed by the chicken. I wasn’t too crazy about the shrimp, but it definitely wasn’t bad. The oak fire-pit that the food is grilled over is pretty impressive too. You can see it from the dining room.
To go along with dinner I finally got to order the drink I have wanted to try for a while now. I ordered the Lapu Lapu. This is definitely one of my new favorite drinks on property. First of all, it is served in a fresh pineapple. Here is the description from Disney’s website “Myers’s Original Dark Rum and Tropical Fruit Juices served in a fresh Pineapple topped with Gosling’s 151 Rum.” Tropical fruit juice mixed with rum and then topped with rum? Yes please! This drink was delicious and it’s just fun to drink it out of a pineapple!
Last, but not least, is dessert. Each table is brought out ‘Ohana’s famous banana bread pudding with banana caramel sauce. If you are not completely stuffed, I highly recommend trying a least one piece of this dessert. It’s famous for a reason.
If you have kids with you they can take part in activities that happen throughout the evening, like the coconut races. They did one of these races while we were there and all the kids who took part loved it. Also, if anyone in your party has allergies or can only eat certain foods, make sure to note that on your reservation. They will take care of you and make sure everyone has something they can eat. If you time your reservations right, you may also have a chance to see Wishes from the dining room.
You definitely won’t leave ‘Ohana hungry! Everyone there is so friendly, you can see why the restaurants name is ‘Ohana (it means family). The cast member that helped us was wonderful, she was very helpful and so nice. It was a great experience!
Sometimes when a restaurant gets hyped as much as ‘Ohana does it can be a let down when you finally try it, but that wasn’t the case here. We’ve had meals on property that weren’t great and others that were really good. ‘Ohana definitely falls in the latter category. So I recommend trying to get reservations, I know that it will be on my list of reservations for the next trip!
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