Gasparilla Island Grill Review

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Gasparilla Island Grill

Gasparilla Island Grill is the only quick service location at The Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World. It is open 24 hours and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night dining. This is a huge improvement as several years ago this was only open until midnight and there were no late night dining options available at The Grand Floridian. This location is very small but we have never seen it filled to capacity.

Gasparilla Island Grill seatingGasparilla Island Grill booths

Offerings at Gasparilla Island Grill

Gasparilla Grill offers a coffee bar, bakery, grab and go, grill, pizza, and made to order salads.

Gasparilla Island grill has three meal categories:

  1. Breakfast
  2. Lunch/ Dinner
  3. Late Night

Breakfast has options including items from the bakery, classic American faire such as eggs, bacon and tatter tots, mickey waffles, and the croissant breakfast sandwich to name a few.

Lunch/Dinner offers a Mahi-Mahi Ruben, Chicken and Brie sandwich, Mushroom Pizza and create your own salad bar.

Late Night is very limited. Only Pizzas are available.

 

Our Experience

Gasparilla Island Grill is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat. It never really seemed to be busy, no matter what time of the day we were there. Keep in mind that this is during off season. We have yet to stay at the Grand Floridian during peak season so we cant comment on crowd levels during summer. Often Elyse would just run over and order something to go while Kaitlyn was napping or early morning.

If you are staying at DVC you are pretty removed from Gasparilla Island Grill.  With kids in tow you’re looking at a minimum of ten minutes if not fifteen to walk there. If you aren’t DVC though it’s a really quick walk from any other part of the Grand Floridian. When we stayed for our Honeymoon way back when we would often stop off at Gasparilla Grill at night and get a desert and sit outside by the Marina. It was such a nice place to sit down and relax for a little bit.

The only issue we have with Gasparilla Island Grill is the lack of selection. After eating here a few times you begin to run out of interesting choices. Quick service options at the parks can be fairly limited with cheeseburgers, salads and hotdogs. Gasparilla Grill isn’t too far off of what you get in the parks expect for a few stand out items. The burgers are of the exact same quality that you get in the park too so that’s also a bit of a lit down.

Beyond the lack of selection the specialty items on the menu are very good. Having the bakery and coffee options in the morning were also great since we hate going to Starbucks at the park. We love Starbucks coffee but hate having to wait in really long lines. There are so many other fun things to do at rope drop.

We didn’t get much beyond hard boiled eggs from the Grab and Go section but what we saw did look pretty tasty. The fruit and sandwiches looked fresh and they had lots of drink options.

If you are ordering pizza or anything from the grill be prepared to wait for a little bit. When getting items to go it took a good fifteen/ twenty minutes to get our food. It was worth it though as everything was fresh. I’d much rather wait then have something that has been sitting out for a long time.

Waiting for our to go order

 

The Food

We only ate here a few times so we can’t comment too much on the food.

Kids Platter with Eggs, Bacon and Tatter Tots. The only thing Kaitlyn ate on her plate was the Tater tots. I can honestly say that the eggs were not good, they honestly tasted powdered. The bacon was crispy, which we like but it was a bit much for our toddler. Breakfast is also cooked in advance and left under a heat lamp to keep it warm. The food doesn’t seem to be sitting for very long as Breakfast is definitely the busiest meal of the day.

Cheeseburgers are the exact same that you get in the park. This was really disappointing to us, we were hoping for something a bit more. They try to push it more as a specialty burger. It wasn’t bad but with some of the other offerings on the menu I would stay away from the cheeseburger and get something else.

The Mahi-Mahi Ruben was absolutely delicious. The Mahi-Mahi is sliced really thin and served with a coleslaw that has a nice tangy thousand island dressing on it. It’s all held together with fresh Marble Rye bread. It’s one of the best sandwiches we’ve ever had on property.

Mahi-Mahi Ruben

The late night pepperoni pizza was a lot better than we thought it would be. Now we aren’t saying that it’s actually a good pizza but if it’s midnight and there is nothing else available, go for it. They are really heavy on the sauce so you might want them to cut back on that a little. And honestly the only reason we don’t love Disney pizza is the pizza sauce.

The Pina Colada Cupcake is delicious! It’s a white cupcake with a pineapple custard center. Vanilla frosting dusted with toasted coconut. If you aren’t a fan of coconut I would recommend still giving it a shot. Adolfo didn’t like the frosting but thought the cupcake was really good.Gasparilla Island Grill cup cake

Prices are right where they should be with other quick service locations. We can easily spend $30 on lunch (no drinks) and a few small items for Kaitlyn.

Is Gasparilla Island Grill worth leaving the parks for?

No we don’t believe it is. While it’s convenient for hotel guests staying at the Grand Floridian we don’t believe the food is good enough to justify leaving the parks.

 

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