Walt Disney World’s newest resort (until the Riviera opens in December 2019), is the Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs. The Tower is decorated in a Spanish style with subtle Disney touches, and nods to Walt Disney’s 1940s collaboration with Salvador Dali, Destino. There are 15 floors in Gran Destino, with the table service restaurant Toledo on the 16th floor (since they skip 13). Last month I was able to dine at Toledo and had a great experience. Here are 5 things that I think will have you logging in to make a dining reservation at Toledo ASAP:
5. The Wine List
Toldeo features an extensive wine list, along with a large display wall in the dining room showcasing the bottles. While some California wines are included, 80% of the wines offered are from Spain which makes a wonderful complement to the food menu. The list is divided into regions of Spain, and you may choose from a 5 oz., 8 oz., or full bottle for most of the selections. We found some servers were more knowledgeable on the wines than others when asking for recommendations.
4. Dahlia’s Lounge
Next door to Toledo on the top floor is the Dahlia Lounge which features a balcony overlooking Walt Disney World property. The views here are pretty spectacular, especially if you can time it during the fireworks at the nearby Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There is seating inside and out, so it makes a great stop for pre-dinner cocktails (which is what we did), or after dinner drinks. Even if you don’t have time for either of those, it is worth stepping out on the observation deck to check out the view. The cocktail list here is very unique and inventive. The same drinks are available in Toledo. I chose the Tequila Daisy which was quite good.
3. The Desserts
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but Toledo’s dessert menu has a lot going for it. We were tempted by the “Toldeo Tapas Bar:” a progressive dessert tasting with the flavors of Spanish coffee, crunchy chocolate, raspberry mousse, and lemon curd to go along with the theme of our meal. And we were intrigued by the Chocolate-Avocado Mousse. But in the end I selected the Classic Crema Catalana: Valencia orange, chocolate tuile. It was the perfect choice—light and citrusy with the texture of a good crème brulee. I would highly recommend it.
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2. The Amazing Setting
Stepping inside Toledo is a little bit breathtaking. Your view varies on the time of day you arrive and where you are seated. There are window side seats which provide sweeping views of the Coronado Springs resort and Lago Dorado, or of the Walt Disney World resort including Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the other side. Down the center of the restaurant are rows of seating that are anchored by trees. The ceiling I think is the most stunning feature with a color changing stained glass effect. If you have cruised on Disney Cruise Line it really has the feeling of one of their restaurants. It is truly a beautiful restaurant to enjoy a meal. My only complaint is that it was very loud without much to absorb the sound, but that could’ve been where we were seated in the center under the color changing ceiling. We also found the tables to be very close together which seems to be the new normal at Walt Disney World restaurants. If they could improve the acoustics Toledo would be a great place for a quiet, romantic dinner . . . but with so much glass overlooking the views and hard surfaces I’m not sure there is anything they can do about it.
1. The Tapas
Toledo’s full name is: Toldedo Tapas Steak & Seafood. The very creatively designed menu easily designates between the various services of food you can order at the restaurant. While we were tempted by appetizers like Jamón Serrano and Compressed Melon, and entrees like the Manhattan Filet (olive oil-potato purée, grilled onions, dates, sherry vinaigrette) and Golden Tilefish (petite potato, cauliflower, fennel, Valencia orange sauce), we decided to stick with just Tapas for our meal . . . so we could order a big variety. The menu also features salads, creative sides, and House Boards (such a cheese and charcuterie). We started with the Pinxtos menu which features small plates each ranging around $3 currently. These are small bites, so you’ll want to order multiples if more than one person wants to enjoy a particular selection. They were served on a board, perfect for sharing. We ordered: Traditional ‘Tortilla Española’ – Spanish Potato Omelet; Valdeón Blue Cheese; Olive Oil-poached Tuna with Lemon; and Chilled Marinated Mussels ‘Escabèche’. The favorites of the table were definitely the Blue Cheese and the Tuna—of which we ordered more. Moving on to the Cazuela menu (which means a cooking pot and are served in terra cotta), we ordered the Tronchón Cheese Gratinado with lavender and honey; and Stuffed Piquillo Pepper. Both were very good and unique flavors. We chose one appetizer in the end, Savory Churros (chorizo, oregano, romesco, lemon). This was the only disappointing option we ordered. I think the variety of the menu makes Toledo a very repeatable restaurant. I could see going for a light meal, or a complete multi-course meal.
There were a couple of things that I would caution diners about. While our service was not bad, it was a little “off” the night of our visit. I don’t know if it is because the restaurant is relatively new still, or if it has something to do with the style of service in a Tapas restaurant. Or perhaps it was just a fluke that night. Also, while I think this restaurant is great for adults, you will want to check the children’s menu before making reservations for your family. For pickier kids there are more limited options (currently) than at other Walt Disney World restaurants.
Have you had the chance to try Toledo at Gran Destino? What did you think?