Published: May 29, 2013 at 11:43 AMRobert you hit it right on the head with this post! I too, thought the roll was kind of a deal buster with the sandwich. I would have liked to have it toasted as well, but it was just a cold (seemed like a couple days old, but considering their volume it probably wasn't) bun with overly dressed lobster in it.
I did think it was a fair portion of lobster considering the price. Although it was not a terrible sandwich, it is one I will not order again.
Published: May 29, 2013 at 11:47 AMThe clam chowder is very good. This is our favorite over the counter restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. We've always had good meals there.. The portions are decent for the price, also. It's great to sit upstairs where it's relatively quiet & less crowded. Columbia Harbour House may be counter service but it has the ambiance of a sit down restaurant. It's actually a very attractive restaurant inside & out.
Published: May 29, 2013 at 11:51 AMI love the tuna sandwich at Columbia Harbour House. Surprisingly tasty, a little heavy on the mayo but it's the right zip and tang. Especially if you grab a seat in the bridge across over the walkway.
Published: May 29, 2013 at 12:09 PMAnother aigh-aigh for the clam chowder. Had it as a late afternoon snack once and quite enjoyed it. Certainly held me over till dinner later that night. Since we're not big on table-service dining, CHH is a top choice for us every year.
Published: May 29, 2013 at 12:26 PMI love Columbia Harbour House! I rarely eat at the Magic Kingdom outside of an orange or a soft pretzel with cheese sauce, but if I do, it's CHH 9 out of 10 times. I always get the Grilled Salmon. I love the side of couscous, and the salmon is usually really good. Sometimes it can be a little on the dried out side, but not always. Plus, the nice portion of broccoli, which if I recall, was always a little on the raw side. But for health reasons, I love the Grilled Salmon with an iced tea. And the prices are good for what you get at a theme park. Heck, the salmon, couscous, and broccoli would surely be $12.95 at Red Lobster at a minimum.
I've had the Lobster Roll as well, and agree that the bun could really use some improving. I don't expect it to be like the EPCOT Food & Wine Lobster Roll at the America pavilion, but they could surely toast and butter the bun. I don't see it causing a price increase or much delay at all in the delivery of the meal.
Published: May 29, 2013 at 12:40 PMI think the solution to the lobster roll bun problem may be more complicated than some may understand. Chances are there's no actual grill on the back line in the restaurant, and obviously no bun toaster. A bun like the one used for the lobster roll would probably have to be toasted on a grill or in a custom-designed toaster (can't be toasted on a burger grill for allergies/pescetarians), which means a special piece of equipment for one dish---not likely to happen in the world of mass-appeal kitchens. Now, if the kitchen staff wanted to start toasting other buns or fresh-grilling the salmon, then they could warrant the need for a bread/fish grill/griddle on the line. It really comes down to a poor job of the chef designing the kitchen and menu around the equipment available to cook/prepare the dishes.
We ate here last fall, and the fish and chips is a really good value that offers a large enough portion to split between 2 adults.
However, my top CS restaurant in MK would still be Pecos Bills because of the fixin's bar.
Published: May 29, 2013 at 4:57 PMI've had the tuna sandwich, which is pretty good for theme park food. I agree that the roll needs to be buttered and toasted with less mayo, but $9.99 for a lobster is a good deal. We just paid $22 for one last week in NE, but the roll was buttered and toasted.
Published: May 29, 2013 at 5:50 PMI remember having a terrific plate of fish and chips at what was then the only Florida Disney park, back in the early-mid 1970's. I'm pretty sure this was the place. Can anyone confirm if it was indeed around back then?
Published: May 29, 2013 at 9:03 PMThe second floor seating in this restaurant is pretty neat and gives the most "relaxed atmosphere" of any Magic Kingdom quick service restaurant. Pecos Bill, Pinocchios Village Haus, and that big restaurant in Tomorrowland are all more hectic and loud.
Published: May 30, 2013 at 6:28 AMI'm in complete agreement with you about the sandwich. While the lobster roll price is better than expected, it definitely is no culinary masterpiece. This same sentiment applies to the clam chowder. All in all, it is still good food. The Columbia Harbour House is one of my favorite restaurants within Magic Kingdom. After spending all day speedily stuffing down burgers, fries, and Mickey Mouse ear ice cream bars, it is a welcome reprieve to sit back, relax, and delight in some better than lackluster seafood.
Published: May 30, 2013 at 6:28 AMWe always have a meal at CHH when visit the World. My wife enjoys the vegetarian chili and I love people watching from the 2nd floor windows.
They used to serve Monte Cristos? After having one at Blue Bayou a few years ago, I was disappointed to learn they didn't serve them at WDW. (Please correct me if I'm wrong)
Published: May 31, 2013 at 5:22 PMWe ate at Columbia Harbor House for lunch on a packed day last June. The food was good (better than your typical theme park food), but the upstairs dining area was an oasis from the heat and the madness outside (and even downstairs). It was amazing how very few people even knew you could sit upstairs (which was fine with me). We are returning to Disney in July, and we will definitely eat at CHH again on our visit to the Magic Kingdom.
Published: June 2, 2013 at 12:35 PMLove this QS Restaurant. My son had the grilled salmon and loved it while i had the Fried shrimp platter. There were so many shrimps on my plate i couldnt even finish the meal!! This could easily be shared between 2 people. I highly recommend checking it out if youve never eaten there. We will eat there again.
Published: June 3, 2013 at 7:46 AMThe Lighthouse Sandwich is one of my favorite quick service meals on property! Super tasty and a great vegetarian option.