Dinner at ‘Ohana

Helllooo! Happy Tuesday!

I hope you all had a great start to the week and had a wonderful Monday! After I typed up that blog post about Cape May Cafe in the morning, I headed to my hair appointment, and eventually made my way on over to my sister’s house to hang out with her and play with my nephews. I also went to a local bakery to get the boys some big cookies, and headed back on over there. The boys were LOVING those cookies, I mean like fingers and face were full of frosting and ‘mmm’ sounds were coming out of their mouths and everything! Auntie win!! I also did a quick grocery run (ugh, I literally go to the grocery store every single day) for apples, bananas, and grapes. It never fails, a new list starts the second after a full grocery shopping trip happened, like I still need to go back today to get watermelon, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and water. It really never ever fails. Anyone else? 😉 Anyways, I spent the night watching Christmas movies the Hallmark Channel..I just LOVE Christmas in July and I am totally taking it all in, as you can tell.

This morning started in a not so great way; I had a text from my credit card company informing me to call them because of fraudulent charges on my card…..$475 worth of fraudulent charges to be exact!! OMG!!! Totally not a good way to start a Tuesday, especially since Tuesday is ‘my Monday’. Along with that, my hard working husband couldn’t sleep last night, so I felt bad. And his wicked smelly, wicked disgusting jujitsu gi that he wore yesterday to training was just left in the washer (lid opened) all night, smelling up the room and smelling up the washer, which meant that the piles and piles of laundry I didn’t do yesterday (I know, shame on me) will just have to wait until later to get done until this wicked stinky thing is washed and the smells are gone. YUCK! (And I know, you just read “wicked” many times in that paragraph, because hello I am from Massachusetts and we use wicked ALOT haha).

Anyways, I figured a good workout would cure the already bad morning, so I put on my favorite 10 minute Bikini Abs from Tone It Up (omg, abs on FIREEE!), and hopped on the treadmill for a 45 minute run. And since that didn’t do the trick, I put on my worship music and have been praising the Lord  all morning trying to shake this, because I know it is just little things and I have SO many reasons to be happy because I am blessed!

I’m here today to share some more about our Disney trip! Missed any of the other posts? Have no fear! Find a review of our room HERE, dining at the Grand Floridian Cafe HERE, dinner at Chef Mickey’s HERE, how I take so many vacations HERE, and dining at Cape may Cafe HERE. 🙂

Dinner at ‘Ohana

So to start this out, I just want to say that this post is specifically all of MY own thoughts on our experience(s) at ‘Ohana. This restaurant holds a very special place in my heart because I just love it so much and have great memories of the Polynesian resort from my childhood, so to say that I was disappointed in this place during our recent vacation is an understatement. I really hope everyone else’s experiences are/were different than ours, because like I said…I really love it. I also must say that there ARE good waiters and waitresses at this restaurant….we just got stuck with some of the not so good ones. We dined here twice during our vacation; after a not so great service the first time, we gave it another chance on our last night with hopes that it would turn our not so great experience around, but that wasn’t the case. Anyways, here we go!

‘Ohana is located inside Disney’s Polynesian Resort, on the second floor (the same floor as the monorail). Like I said, I just LOVE the Polynesian Resort. It smells so good (not as good as the Grand though, haha) and is just so pretty! When arriving, make sure you get a lei and say aloha to all of the cast members around!

‘Ohana offers breakfast from 7:30am-12:00 and dinner from 5:00-10:00. Their dinner is served family style, bringing Hawaiian Hospitality to life with their Polynesian-style all you care to enjoy cuisine. During your meal, there is hula dancing and games, along with Hawaiian island music being played and island storytelling. Along with all of the fun, you are literally given a FEAST! This feast includes ‘Ohana pineapple-coconut bread, salad, pork dumplings, chicken wings, noodles tossed in a teriyaki sauce, stir-fried vegetables, along with the main courses of meats being brought around by your waiter/waitress of skewers filled with sweet and sour chicken, spicy grilled shrimp, and sirloin steak. The finale (dessert) includes a ginormous bread pudding that comes with ice cream, and caramel sauce and bananas.

However, just like the other Disney restaurants, if you have any allergies/dietary restrictions like me, you can tell the hostess at check in and then speak to a chef as you are seated at your table. Since this is not a buffet restaurant, you are not given an allergy menu but instead you get to directly talk to both the allergy specialist and the chef, which is a big plus. The chef(s) and allergy specialist at ‘Ohana are PHENOMENAL…seriously, they are more than accommodating and are very attentive and willing to create anything and everything for you no matter what you ask for. Once we were seated, they came over to chat with me (both times), I informed them that I am gluten free/vegan and requested the salad with their dressing on the side (dressing is gluten free and vegan), their stir fry with only the veggies and the teriyaki sauce on the side, and some gluten free/vegan rolls. The rolls during our second time dining were so so yummy, I know they were the same (maybe they werent?), but I don’t know if I was just super hungry or something because I was chowing down on those babies like no tomorrow. Lol! After dinner, the chef came out with a dessert of a gluten free, vegan banana bread (I think?), ice cream, chocolate sauce, and berries.

Okay so apparently I didn’t care to snap pictures of Michael’s food, but that is only because with each time our food came out at different times, which is alright with us, butttt it was kind of all over the place. This may be because of my special food requests? I am not sure. It was super chaotic the first time we dined there, because the restaurant was really busy and our waiter just seemed way too overwhelmed and stressed out by everything, so that red “allergy” on our slip must have thrown him off or something because he was always at other tables and hardly ever coming over to ours. We weren’t even given refills on our water or unsweetened iced teas for a while, and given the fact that we have dined there MANY times…we know how things go there; you get hot towels for your hands after the appetizers (which we never got), you get pita bread with different dipping sauces (Michael never got it, both times), and you get the pineapple coconut bread plate as you are seated (Michael never got that both times, only after asking several times for it). So things were definitely not up to expectations for us.

And let me tell you about our second time, which I must add, we were really really hoping that our experience would be turned around for the better, but only to find out that it was WORSE than the first time. We were seated at 7:00pm, as it said on our slip, and waited around 16 minutes until I asked someone walking by if we had a waitress (ummmm like what is going on here), and then waited another 8 minutes to ask the manager what was going on. I have no idea what our waitress was thinking because she walked by us several times and never said anything to us. Luckily the manager was kind enough to bring us over some water and ask if we needed anything else (well hello, some food?) so Michael asked for some bread. A little after, the chef and allergy specialist came over to chat with me and had my salad out in no time, but we still haven’t talked to our waitress or anything so Michael was clearly without food. It was a hilarious sight as I saw other people who were seated after us and was already given their appetizers and everything, and I was pretty much so confused. Was it this way because we had that red ‘allergy’ label on our slip? Was it this way because the Lord God wanted to teach us patience and give us a little hint that mayyyyyybe this restaurant wasn’t for us anymore? I don’t know. But whatever that lesson was, we learnt it…the hard way, people. I was really trying to not let it ruin our last night, but Michael was clearly annoyed. Luckily at ‘Ohana you are given a waiter/waitress and an assistant waiter, so we saw the assistant more than our waitress. My food was good, thanks to the chef and allergy specialist, but our service during BOTH of those times dining here were NOT good at all. Like I can’t even make up any excuses for them as to why it was as bad as it was, so this is why we have X’ed this restaurant off of our favorites list and will not be dining there again unless that is the only restaurant available to us when we are starving fools. (Highly unlikely in Disney World, by the way, there are so many restaurants).

So, there you have it! My honest opinions about our TWO times dining at ‘Ohana, and how greatly disappointed I am in their service. Luckily we had many many good experiences at other restaurants, as you have read, and will read coming up, so it doesn’t matter that much that this one is no longer on our favorite’s list! 😉

Have a fabulous day, beautiful people, and don’t forget to count your blessings! Xoxo ♥♥

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2 thoughts on “Dinner at ‘Ohana

  1. I feel the same way about O’hana! It’s definitely gone down hill the last couple of years – poor service and the food hasn’t been as great as I remember it. I used to LOVE this place and now it just angers me how terrible the service is for the price and how hard it is to get a ADR. Hopefully Disney will notice and make some changes here.

    1. Oh girl, I am so glad it wasn’t just us, but I am sorry you have had similar not so great experiences! 🙁 I hope their service gets better, especially with the price of it, because I was totally disappointed and we won’t go back there.

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