Cousins Who Geek
Review: Dinner at 'Ohana
'Ohana means family and family means no one is left behind!
'Ohana has been one of the dining experiences that has been on our bucket list for a while now. It is one of the most popular restaurants on property and since it's location does not require a park ticket, reservations are super hard to score.
First, just like with Be Our Guest, if you want any hope of getting in for dinner at 'Ohana, set those alarms for 7 am ET on the day your dining reservations open up (180 days if staying at a WDW resort), and even then, be prepared to possibly eat dinner super early or super late i.e. 9:00 PM. The upside of eating around the 9 PM hour will be a view of the Magic Kingdom Fireworks.
Second, 'Ohana is an "all you care to enjoy" aka all you can eat meal and is served family-style and while breakfast is a character meal (Mickey, Pluto, Lilo, and Stitch), dinner is not. So if you are coming with kiddos, breakfast might be more your speed. We ate there for dinner, so this is going to focus on the dinner aspect.
Cost-wise, dinner is going to be around $60 per adult plus the cost of any drinks. 'Ohana is also included on select Disney Dining Plans.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, on to the good stuff, the food!
As you're brought to your table, the hostess will start you off with some 'Ohana Pineapple Coconut Bread. This bread is fluffy, warm and just flat out delicious, but do not fill up on the bread, though you'll be tempted.
After your drink order has been placed, you'll be brought a skillet full of steamed veggies, teriyaki noodles, pork dumplings, and honey-coriander glazed chicken wings, along with peanut and sweet and sour sauces.
All of these were options were really good but the standouts to us were the teriyaki noodles and the pork dumplings. The wings were good but a little too sweet.
Again, these are all you can eat, so if you ever want more, just let your server know.
Full yet, well make sure you save room for the main course aka the meat skewers.
Your server will bring you options of sweet-n-sour chicken, Szechuan sirloin steak, and spicy grilled peel-n-eat shrimp fresh off the grilled. You can have as much (or as little) of these as you want.
The chicken was the clear standout here. It was the perfect combo of sweet and sour and paired really well with the different sauces and the noodles. The steak, while good, was a little overdone for our tastes. The shrimp was seasoned but not so much that it overpowered the overall flavor of the shrimp.
Similar to Be Our Guest, there is only one dessert option, the 'Ohana Bread Pudding. Now bread pudding is very hit or miss in our opinion and thankfully this falls into the "hit" column.
The bread pudding is well baked with a good tropical flavor that is served with vanilla ice cream and topped with warm caramel sauce.
The only problem, we were almost too full to really enjoy it.
This dining experience is 100% worth the wait. Not only is the food excellent but the service and atmosphere are wonderful. As a bonus, we got to see the new fireworks show from Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
We should note that 'Ohana does offer a full vegan version of their menu that we've heard is top-notch. Just make sure to ask your server for all the details on that.
If you've eaten at 'Ohana, let us know your thoughts in the comments.