The Artist’s Palette Review
The Artist’s Palette is the main quick serve restaurant at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Its home is just off the main lobby, steps away from the spa facilities and the hotel’s main swimming pool. To walk into the area surrounding the eatery is to walk into a high ceiling, light-filled space highlighted by colorful glass light fixtures. The Artist’s Palette is intended to catch the eye as well as the appetite.
On a Sunday afternoon, my daughter and I sat down for lunch. Well, actually, I shouldn’t say sat down, at least not right away. The Artist’s Palette is an “order at the counter” restaurant that shares a space with a small marketplace and the hotel’s gift shop. It makes for a confusing set up since you are instructed to go through the gift shop to order food but to walk in through the exit area to get to the marketplace food stuffs. All this in not to suggest that The Artist’s Palette is an afterthought. The food is deliciously good and the portions are generous.
Being lunch, we were both in the mood for sandwiches. My girl was hungry and opted to not go with the typical children’s meal of chicken nuggets. She pointed through the glass front counter to the Turkey Club in a whole wheat wrap. The thinly sliced turkey breast was very fresh as were the lettuce and tomato. My girl loved the fact that the bacon was mixed in “in pieces instead of a long strip just stuffed in there.” An adult portion, half a sandwich proved to be enough and we took the other half with us for later. That was easy enough to do as the sandwiches are served in a to-go type box.
I couldn’t wait to order the Lobster Club served on grilled whole grain bread. To be blunt, I found this panini sandwich totally delicious despite being somewhat drippy. The lobster salad combines mayonnaise, herbs and chopped celery with sweet pieces of lobster (think tuna salad but made with lobster). The sandwich is made complete with two strips of bacon, tomato, and lettuce. If I had to pick a flaw, the lobster salad itself was a bit salty.
Both sandwiches came served with Saratoga Chips – crispy, homemade potato chips that are a specialty of the house. My daughter and I found them so amazingly crunchy we couldn’t stop eating them.
These two sandwiches aren’t the only ones you can choose from. There is a large Italian Hoagie, Beef on “Weck,” and a Bistro Buffalo Chicken Panini. In addition to a few green salads, including a Cobb Salad, The Artist’s Palette offers some tasty sounding flatbreads. These included BBQ Pork Flatbread; Caprese Flatbread; Chicken, Spinach, and Artichoke Flatbread; and Cheeseburger Flatbread.
The lunch and dinner menus are the same, except for after 5pm they add a hot entrée according to the day of the week. Currently, Meatloaf is available Sunday and Tuesday; Chicken Parmesan is served on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and Apple BBQ Pork Loin is the option on Thursday and Saturday.
All of this means, no matter what time of the day or day of the week, The Artist’s Palette stands ready to inspire you.
Food –A tad more pricy than you would expect for sandwiches, but the portions are generous and the freshness is great.
Atmosphere – With soft classical music playing in the background, lots of natural light, and the bright, artistic chandeliers you’ll begin to feel creativity spark inside you. Seating may become difficult to find, however, during peak meal times.
Service – The cast members are smiling and helpful, especially as they deliver your ordered meal to you. Keep in mind, however, that this is the resort’s primary quick-serve restaurant so expect lines during the main breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours.
Tips – Here it is very easy to split a sandwich with someone or take half back to your hotel room to enjoy later on.
The DisDining Mama Says – Let the children create! In the dining area there are table-top easels with white sheets of butcher paper and plenty of crayons so kids can draw whatever they can dream. The staff may even choose your child’s drawing to be the featured artwork of the day.