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Disney Dining Be Our Guest Restaurant Review: Dinner

Disney Dining Be Our Guest Restaurant Review: Dinner

Atmosphere: As I was crossing over the stone bridge toward the iron gate at the entrance to Be Our Guest, in my head I am remembering from the movie “Ma chere mademoiselle.  It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents—your dinner.” Thank you Lumiere.  We are greeted at the gate and met by our waiter who leads us to the Ballroom pointing out along the way the restroom, the Beast’s Library, and the entrances to the other dining rooms. We were not given candelabra to carry to our table as the other guests after us had. Those are a nice touch. He said not to go to visit the Beast until we were ready to exit the castle.  Cogsworth does not show up to scold the waiter for bringing us in, so far, so good.

There are three dining rooms in the castle, the Rose Gallery that has artwork on the walls with images from the film Beauty and the Beast but capturing your attention is a 7 foot tall music box in the center of the room with Beast and Belle twirling around. This, I am told, is a wedding gift from Maurice. (My mind is reeling since the Beast is no longer the Beast by the time they are to be married…) This room has the most light and it is beautiful and I think the quietest room. It is not always open at Dinner time but it is tonight. The center room is the Ballroom with floor to ceiling windows on one end with an evening sky complete with snow falling. It is a bit darker in here as there is only candlelight.  There are large chandeliers in this room, the center one measuring a full 12 feet high and 11 feet wide! It holds 84 “candles” and 100 jewels that make the candlelight dance. There is a lovely attention to detail in this room.  The last room is the room many of us are drawn to simply because the Beast says it is “forbidden”, yep, the West Wing.  This room is dark, and can be a bit daunting for children as it is dark and there is loud thunder heard periodically.  When the thunder hits watch the portrait of the Beast as a human, it flashes and changes to only a picture of the Beast.  And oh yes, the glass enclosed rose does exist in here.  As the thunder ends a single petal floats to the table.  On the way back to our table we see wheeled glassed-in dessert carts along the walls giving us a glimpse of what is to come.

We were seated in the Ballroom which has marble topped tables and comfortable chairs and candlelight on each table. The plates before us have beautiful red rose-folded napkins. The tables here are pretty tight together.  I am glad that it is not full tonight.

After the waiter explained the menu to us we ordered our drinks.  We were given a basket of delicious crusty French bread rolls and salted butter.  We then ordered our soup course and our main meal choices. The food was delivered perfectly, the entrée not arriving before we were finished with our soup.

Beverage:

My daughter ordered Fanta, her favorite.  I ordered the waiter-recommended French Chardonnay which was very good, but I was a bit disappointed in the small amount of it in the large wine glass for $11.00 a glass.  I drank water most of the time and sipped the wine to make it last through my meal. The flavor of the wine was perfect with my meal selections.

Soup Course:

French Onion Soup made with real Gruyere cheese and crouton on top which was delicious, but a bit different. It is made with a vegetable broth rather than the traditional beef broth.  It did not have the full body flavor you expect from French Onion Soup. This does make a nice course for Vegetarians though.

The Potato Leek Soup was very good.  I order this soup whenever I see it in a restaurant and love to make it at home for my family.  This was thick and creamy.  I did not find any chunks of food in it but the flavors were definitely there so they must have all been pureed.  I really enjoyed this and would certainly order it again.

Entrees

Chicken Breast Provencal-when my daughter ordered this our waiter explained that the sauce is an anchovy-based sauce and asked if she would like to have that on the side which she agreed as she did not really want a fish-based sauce on her chicken but was willing to try it.  When it came out it looked unimpressive. It is breaded on one side. It is served with asparagus and roast fingerling potatoes. The vegetables were cooked perfectly and were a great accompaniment to the chicken. The chicken was very tender and fresh tasting. The sauce was tasted but not appreciated. The sauté sauce contains Heirloom tomatoes, olives, white wine, anchovies and fresh herbs. I am sure if I bring my daughter back here she would select the Steak because those are only two items on the menu that sounded good to her.

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Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops served in Puff Pastry was delicious and very filling. The only disappointment I had was that there were only two scallops served and they were off to the side of the plate not inside the puff pastry and lobster sauce.  There were several large succulent shrimp, shredded carrots, fresh mushrooms, and a creamy lobster sauce (did not include lobster). The flavor was so good. I really loved this dish and highly recommend it..

The Beast was announced loudly and entered near the West Wing bowed, walked to the Ball Room, bowed again, then to the Garden Room, bowed again then retreated to his Library.  I have never seen a character move so fast before.  My camera was on the table ready to shoot and I literally just got off one shot as he quickly moved through the room, to the applause of everyone. The West Wing is loud but the Ball Room I think is even louder so if you are coming for a romantic dinner I would suggest asking for the West Wing.  There are a very low number of tables for two in there so make that request early.

Dessert

Triple Chocolate Cupcake is a chocolate sponge cake that was moist but not all that flavorful which happens often with chocolate cake. Inside there is a very small amount of a light chocolate mousse filling and on top a rich chocolate ganache and chocolate shavings. The chocolate ganache has a deep chocolate flavor and sweetness which brings the chocolate taste to the more subtle cake. There is a small, edible chocolate, square on top with “Be Our Guest” inscribed on it. For me, this is one of those over-the-top chocolate desserts that I don’t expect to order again.  There are other options I would choose.

NOTE: The cupcakes are delivered to the table with a plastic wrapper which was impossible to remove without ruining the cupcake and getting chocolate ganache all over your fingers, which I did and was still unable to get it off. When I asked our server for a knife he told me all I needed was a fork. I told him I wanted to take a photograph of the cupcake cut in half and he did retrieve a knife for me but it was not sharp enough to cut the plastic.  I brought the cupcake in a container back home where I could get something to cut the plastic off. I would prefer to eat the cupcake out of the plastic anyway so I have to say I am not a fan of this delivery.

Chocolate Brownie with the Grey Stuff was a long brownie with the famed Grey Stuff on top with candy ball sprinkles. My daughter really liked this dessert but said the Grey Stuff didn’t taste like anything unique to her, just sweet without any specific flavor.  The brownie was moist, dense and just the way she likes brownies.

Our bill was delivered along with dessert.  I asked for a box for take home and it was retrieved quickly. There was no waiting to settle the bill it was done very efficiently. There is the feeling that tables need to be turned over quickly. Our waiter was not rude, he just conducted himself as they normally needed to in handling the crowds trying to get in here, but tonight, there were many empty tables so there really wasn’t any reason to rush us.

Upon reaching the Library you will be guided in through the curtained doorways, walking around the kiosks where you order your meal if you come at lunchtime.  At the far end is a fireplace and the Beast is sitting in his chair.  As you approach he stands up, and this is the great part, Lumiere and Mrs. Potts’s must be so proud, he bows and greets you! None of those “So, you’ve come to stare at the beast?” comments.  He is a total gentleman offering his arm as the Cast Member takes a photo of me with my camera.  He bows as I leave. Darn, I was hoping he was going to show me to my room. On your way out you will pass through a hall from the late neoclassic Baroque period with knights in armor whispering to each other.

F.A.S.T. Review

F-FOOD-We enjoyed the bread, soups and the Scallops and Shrimp dish and the brownie very much. The rest was good but not outstanding in any way. So the value is a bit lacking here compared to other restaurants with these prices.  The food and service are good, the value could be better, and I wish the menu was not so limited.

A-ATMOSPHERE- If anyone in your party is a big fan of Beauty and the Beast, Disney theming, or must have a photo with the Beast than this is a must do Dinner reservation.  The atmosphere is what makes this place soar.

S-SERVICE-Our waiter was efficient, but possibly too much so as we felt rushed about halfway through our meals.  There were many open tables in the Ball Room alone so on nights like this it would be nice if they could slow down the wait staff to let guests linger over their meals longer.

T-TIP-If you want a romantic table for two try to get in the West Wing. The Ball Room was set up almost like a cafeteria with rows and rows of tables set very close together. Still, the beauty of the furnishings and the idea of eating in Beast’s castle are so appealing.  If you are not able to get a Dinner reservation don’t be afraid to stop at the kiosk and ask if there are any tables available.  Your other option is to dine at lunch time when it is only quick service because you can choose which room and table you want to eat at.  It is one of the few quick-service locations where you can get free refills on your sodas too.

By Cassie

About Cassie

Cassie L. I am a lifelong Disney fan. I attended Walt Disney World in 1971, and was there during the opening week of EPCOT, and have visited the Disney Parks for than 30 times. I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland as a child, and then again with my children. My family recently moved from the northeastern United States to the Walt Disney World area. I now have cast members in my family and enjoy hearing the magical stories at the end of a shift. I love visiting all of the parks and getting to try more Disney food and being able to share it with you to help you plan your own magical day at Disney.