Breakfast Review: Disney’s Grand Floridian Cafe

Breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe is a great way to start your day at Walt Disney World. Located inside the iconic Victorian-style hotel, this restaurant features a traditional breakfast menu and a fun atmosphere. You’ll feel like royalty as you dine on Mickey waffles and other delicious options!

We recently had an opportunity to enjoy breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe. So in this review, we’ll look at a few of the options you might enjoy here for a morning meal.

Additionally, if you are considering dinner here, you might enjoy our entire review of the restaurant here. That review includes lunch and dinner items.

The Grand Floridian Cafe is located off the back of the resort’s lobby. It’s an oblong-shaped restaurant that fans out into an octagon towards the very back.

While the cafe takes reservations, you can possibly join the walk-up list for a meal. However, it is recommended to secure a reservation in advance for guaranteed seating at all Disney table service restaurants.

Outside the entrance, there is a menu and a list of the restaurant’s operating hours. You can preview the entire menu here on Disney’s site. Breakfast prices range from $11-$27.00.

Grand Floridian Cafe is casual with soft tones and a Victorian ambiance. Window seats look out to the resort area.

On this visit, I enjoyed breakfast with a group of friends. Between the six of us, we ordered four different menu items and a hot chocolate. I’ll warn you now, the chicken and waffles were very popular.

Our server brought a platter of biscuits with butter to the table while we waited for our meal. They were delicious.

My friend, Jessica, from Firefly Travels, ordered a hot chocolate. When the waitress brought this to the table, she exclaimed, “Alright, NOBODY JEALOUS!” Needless to say, we all envied the drink. And with this presentation, who wouldn’t?

Jess also ordered the Brioche French Toast. This item is described per the menu as Madagascar Vanilla Bean-scented Brioche French Toast served with Bacon or Sausage.

The French toast was an excellent dish, and the vanilla sauce made for the perfect accompaniment to the toast. The sausage was pretty standard but tasty nonetheless.

Going into this meal, I was planning on ordering the chicken and waffles for myself. However, several of the girls were ordering that item. So, for the sake of blogging, I went with the old-fashioned pancakes. This item comes with a choice of bacon or sausage.

These pancakes were traditional. While they were good, they weren’t anything to brag about, like the pancakes I recently had at Steakhouse 71.

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If you are looking for something standard or have a picky eater, pancakes are a satisfying choice. However, they are not something I would order on a return visit.

Next, Stacey went with the traditional eggs benedict. Per the menu, these are described as Two-poached Eggs, Toasted English Muffin, Canadian Bacon, and Hollandaise served with Marinated Tomato Salad.

Okay, so she substituted the marinated tomato salad for the Grand Floridian Cafe’s famous cheesy hash brown casserole for this order.

Since I’m avoiding eggs, I didn’t try the eggs benedict, but she said it was terrific. However, I think we would all agree that the real star of the dish was the casserole, which I did try. Let me tell you. I’ll order a side of this stuff next time I dine here for breakfast. It was good.

Lastly, for this visit, the other ladies ordered chicken and waffles. Oh my goodness, these were the best!

To give you a little backstory, a few days before, I had met some friends for drinks and appetizers at the Enchanted Rose Lounge. One of my companions had mentioned that I had to try the chicken and waffles next time I ate here.

He had told me how the chicken had this scrumptious batter, and the dish was a “secret menu item” the last time they ate breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe.

Fortunately for us, this item now sits proudly on the menu and is described as Hand-breaded Chicken Breast and Malted Waffle with Sriracha-Honey Drizzle.

Yes, it even comes on a huge Mickey waffle!

My friend was right. The breading on the chicken was perfection. It was similar to a cornflake cereal coating. (Thanks for the recommendation!)

And that sauce provided just the right amount of heat while balancing the sweet flavor.

On my next visit, I’m looking at you, chicken and waffles. And maybe you should too!

Before we wrap things up, I wanted to share a few other items we’ve had at the Grand Floridian Cafe for breakfast. Since the restaurant offers a brunch menu, you’ll have the option to order breakfast items or lunch items between the hours of 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Given the combination of menu items, I think this restaurant works well to serve as both breakfast and lunch on a day you might sleep a little late. We love to enjoy a meal here right around 11:00 a.m. before heading over to Magic Kingdom.

I even consider this restaurant a hidden gem and have it listed as one of the best places to enjoy breakfast at Disney World. Several resort restaurants sit proudly on that list if you’re looking for a good breakfast stop during your vacation.

Anyway, the avocado toast is an excellent breakfast option here at the restaurant. The menu describes this as Avocado, Fire-roasted Tomatoes, and Micro Greens on Multigrain Toast (Plant-based).

Grand Floridian Cafe Avocado Toast

For this order, I substituted the tomato salad with a side of fruit. The toast was filling and had an almost buttery-like sauce that sat underneath the avocado slices. I would not hesitate to order this again in the future.

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Another popular item you might enjoy is the chilled jumbo shrimp cocktail, described as Citrus-Avocado Salad and Red Rooster Cocktail Sauce.

I have to restrain myself from not re-ordering this on every visit. But constantly ordering the same thing would not help you decide what to order for your next visit. So, I don’t.

Regardless, if you like shrimp, this is the way to go. The citrus and pickled onions provide a nice balance to the high-quality pink Florida shrimp. Top that off with the zesty cocktail sauce, and you’ve got a real winning flavor combination.

And lastly, my son usually orders the Grand Floridian Cafe breakfast, prepared in an allergy-friendly version.

This actual menu item comes with two eggs served with bacon, sausage, and cheesy hash brown casserole. He changes things up a bit to make it work for him.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with planning breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe. The restaurant is charming and convenient to Magic Kingdom or the surrounding Magic Kingdom Resorts.

As far as the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa goes, we have several other articles you might enjoy:

Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World? If so, you might like to preview our complete list of Disney World Restaurant Reviews. Some of the most popular include our guide to character dining and our list of the best restaurants at Disney Springs.

What are your thoughts about having breakfast at Disney’s Grand Floridian Cafe? Have you dined here before? Do you prefer to eat breakfast early before hitting the parks or enjoy a leisurely morning that includes a great meal? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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