My husband and I try at least one signature dining restaurant during each trip to WDW, and during our December 2012 trip, we picked Artist Point. We love Wilderness Lodge when it’s all dressed up for the holidays, and this seemed like a great opportunity to combine good food and good atmosphere.
We were not expecting to write a full review, but the experience was so over-the-top good that I just have to share it with you!
My first impression was, “Wow, these people are nice!” From the check-in staff to the waiters to the bussers, everyone seemed genuinely happy to be there and happy to help. Our waitress was very, very pregnant, and she didn’t even seem to mind being on her feet. I don’t know what’s in the water there, but I want some!
We were on the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan during this portion of our stay, so we were able to order appetizers, entrees and desserts. Yum! We walked away from this meal so, so very full. It was one of the top five meals of my life and easily the best service we’ve ever had at Disney World or anywhere else. They even kept our wine chilled in a full-sized, table-side wine bucket and came by to refill our glasses throughout the evening.
To start, we, of course, ordered the cheese plate because, for me, it simply wouldn’t be a signature dining experience without the cheese. We were served a Smokey Blue Cheese, which we’d tried and found ‘just okay’ during the Food and Wine Festival, paired with some lip-smacking honeycomb; a sharp Reypenaer VSOP, which had an incredible crystalline texture, paired with some currants; and “The Drunken Goat,” which is soaked in red wine for an amazing flavor and was here paired with a fig.
We also ordered the signature Smokey Portobello Soup, which had a little island of delicious roasted shiitakes floating in it. The soup was unbelievably delicious, rich and fulsome, and the shitakes had a marvelous texture—almost as if they had been freeze-dried! (We’ve been trying to recreate this at home with, so far, little success.)
For dinner, we ordered a buffalo strip loin and a positively Flintstones-esque tomahawk chop. Both were absolutely divine.
For dessert, we ordered the Apple Upside-Down Cake and the Artist Point Cobbler. Both were delicious but the Apple Cake hit it out of the park. If I could only eat one flavor of ice cream for the rest of my life, it would be the brown sugar ice cream that was served with this cake.
Seriously, seriously delicious things were happening on our dessert plates, and I was too busy enjoying them to take a photo. So I guess you’ll just have to head to Artist Point yourself to check it out!
If you need more convincing, AJ has reviewed it and posted a beautifully illustrated guest review over on Disney Food Blog. And Kevin Carpenter has written a lovely post about the backstory of the restaurant, so you can pull out some awesome facts during dinner.
Have you dined at Artist Point? What did you think?