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Scott Joseph

Narcoossee's Undergoes a Sea Change in its Seafood Menu

Published: June 28, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Narcoossee's, the seafood restaurant at Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, has never been one of my favorites. It seemed to let its commanding view of the Magic Kingdom across the lagoon be its best draw -- the food was secondary.

But now chef Joe Wilson has revamped the menu. It's still seafood centric, and, oddly, Asian influenced, but the quality has skyrocketed. For the first time since it opened in the late '80s, Narcoossee's has earned my recommendation. Here's my full review.

Replies (5)

Anthony Murphy

Published: June 28, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Didn't it used to be more Southern themed? I remember it used to be a favorite of my family, but it kinda fell off the radar about 10 years ago.

Maybe there is another visit for the Murphy family.

Rob P

Published: June 29, 2011 at 2:30 AM

The food, when we ate there, it was fairly good without being outstanding. The service was acceptable without being memorable. The view, which is it's big selling point, was obscured by people standing outside on the verandah.......some without actually having eaten there.
I also recall being ever so slightly miffed when, having been advised of a strict dress code when we booked, we arrived in the requested attire ( long trousers etc ) on a very warm evening only to discover that most of the other guests wore shorts and casual gear and were far more comfortable. If you must have a dress code then stick to it.
Also, having requested a window table to take full advantage of the view and the water pageant, we were given a table down by the kitchen with precious little view even without those people outside. It was because, they argued , we were only a party of two.That would usually have signalled my immediate departure to an alternative restaurant but there we were : dressed up , hungry , hot and it was 8pm.
Despite Narcoosee's misgivings it does have a certain charm and it's location is great.
Let's hope that the new menu also brings a fresh approach too and it could be a winner.

Published: June 29, 2011 at 6:40 AM

I've eaten there twice and neither time was memorable. Well not memorable for the food anyway. I remember not really being able to see the fireworks and the guests next to me kicking their lobster under the table....

Glad to hear that the menu has changed. We might add it to our list for our fall visit.

Published: June 29, 2011 at 7:23 AM

I had the snapper whole fried and it was fantastic. I had been a fan of the restaurant for years but it had fallen off the quality map. From my expereince it is back with a vengance and I will have it on my lis to fplaces to go during my next trip.
Anon Mouse

Published: June 29, 2011 at 7:34 AM

I wasn't impressed from looking at the photos. The appetizers are downright skimpy. They are individual portions. They are not enough to share, which should be the point of them.

The salad? Oh well.

The main dish? Looks better, but barely any sauce. The pairing of the tuna and the prawn is awkward. It doesn't look cohesive.

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