Hollywood Studio’s iconic restaurant, the Hollywood Brown Derby, is a replica of the 1930’s famous California dining hotspot, complete with a chic dining room, upscale menu, classic cocktails, and legendary service. You would almost expect to run into Old Hollywood celebrities here and will love the open feel of the restaurant as well as the smart seating arrangements. This is a not a budget-friendly establishment, but one for a special occasion or treating yourself to a fantastic meal.
Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby
My family spent the day exploring Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. We always book a restaurant at the park to enjoy a break in the day. Plus, a sit-down restaurant helps to break up our day. I had always wanted to try the Hollywood Brown Derby but could not get a reservation. We scored one at the last minute; Merry Christmas to me!
Hollywood Brown Derby’s menu has several tantalizing offerings. After much debate, we ordered The Brown Derby’s famous Cobb Salad, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, the Original Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, and a grilled Wagyu Beef Burger.
I love that the restaurant uses white tablecloths and cloth napkins, a nice touch in my book. It feels very fancy, but the atmosphere was actually relaxed. Fun Hollywood heroes and heroine caricature celebrity prints adorn the walls of the restaurant. It was fun to look at them out while waiting for our table and our food.
Best Part of the Meal
Allegedly, the Cobb Salad was created in the 1930’s at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in California. It quickly became the restaurant’s signature dish. Named for the restaurant owner, Robert Howard, the ingredients are diced tomatoes and eggs, blue cheese crumbles, avocado, chives, bacon, and turkey breast (nearly ground in size) atop very finely chopped greens. The salad is tossed to perfection and drizzled with the special dressing. In fact, our server tossed the salad at our table. I really loved it and was pleased with my order!
The Original Fettuccine Alfredo was topped with a slice of crispy prosciutto. Yum! My daughter thought it didn’t have much flavor (the chicken itself) and needed salt and pepper at the least. The Lump Crab Cakes were tasty and very filling, while the burger was good but nothing out-of-this-world, and there were only 4 fries. Be sure to check out the Brown Derby’s classic cocktails list. They all sounded so good.
All-in-all the Hollywood Brown Derby is a great place to eat. Come for the rolls and herbed butter if for nothing else. Yes, it was that impressive. I also love to sit at their outdoor patio part and have a dessert trio or share an appetizer. The tables have umbrellas that shade you from the intense Orlando sun.
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