A few years ago I had a very good meal at Citricos and had been wanting to return ever since. My friend Amanda and her hubs T had never eaten here, so it was as good a time as any to come back!
The restaurant is located on the second floor of the Grand Floridian Resort and is just outside of the very prestegious Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant. While it is a signature dining location, it is definitely less formal than V&A’s. The ambiance is very low key in the dining room, but there is also an open kitchen that provides a lot of excitement.
One thing I didn’t remember about Citricos, was the nice bar area there when you walk in. There are also a few lounge tables where you can enjoy a cocktail or something off the small tapas menu. Sarah from Eating WDW recently had Tapas & Cocktails there and really enjoyed it!
We were seated towards the back of the dining room near the large picture windows that overlook the Seven Seas Lagoon with the Magic Kingdom in the background. Unfortunately, we were seated next to a table with 3 very rowdy children, but luckily they had just finished their GIANT desserts and were on their way out. I know we’re in Walt Disney World, but that is not what you want to experience when at a signature dining restaurant. So while they were wrapping up, we ordered cocktails of course!
I had my usual Grey Goose Martini, which was very good. Amanda order the Tropical Mojito off of the specialty cocktail menu which has rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, mint, agave and seltzer. I’m not a bit fan of sweet drinks, but this was very good! It was kind of dangerous because it didn’t taste like it had any alcohol in it.
The service was pretty slow considering there weren’t many people in the restaurant and it was a while before we received our drinks. Luckily we had a bread basket that had a delicious multi-grain bread and an olive bread. Clearly we visited here before I cut gluten out of my diet, so I devoured the bread 🙂 We were also give an amuse bouche of blue cheese and dried fruits that was delicious…I just wish there was more!
The menu at Citricos is Mediterranean inspired with very simple preparations. Here’s a look at the menu:
I ordered the Sauteed Shrimp for an appetizer, which I really enjoyed. It came in a lemon and white wine sauce with tomatoes and feta…perfect for dipping the bread in. B ordered the Macerated Heirloom Tomatoes that he thought was just ok. There definitely wasn’t enough cheese for the salad and the greens were very bland. Amanda ordered the Arancini and T had the Zellwood Triple Sweet Corn Soup both of which looked delicious.
For the main course, I went with the Madiera-braised Short Ribs. It is very hard for me to turn down short ribs when they are on the menu. They were very good, but I didn’t love the pasta it was served with. It would’ve been much better with a simple potato puree to soak up all the delicious sauce. The last time I was here, I also had the short ribs and I remember them being MUCH better probably because it was a different preparation.
Amanda also ordered the short ribs and wasn’t very impressed. T ordered the Braised Veal Shank which was HUGE and he enjoyed. B had the Oak-grilled Filet of Beef that once again he found to be just ok. It wasn’t anything special and he definitely has had better steaks on property (Flying Fish Cafe for example!).
Dessert was definitely the highlight of the meal. We shared two Warm Chocolate-Banana Torte and they were DELICIOUS!! Rich dark chocolate with just a slight hint of banana…this was perfect for B. I also had a double espresso to go with it.
While the food was good, none of us were overly impressed and the service was definitely lacking. It was all just mediocre. For the price, I would much rather go to Jiko or California Grill, which is what I’ll probably do on my next trip.
Have you been Citricos? What are your thoughts?