- Cuisine: Southern European inspired American
- Meal Style: Signature Dining
- Meal Seatings: Dinner
- Character Dining: No
- Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney Dining Plan Credits: 2 Table Service Credits
- Tables in Wonderland: Yes
- Reservations: Required
- Price Range: $$$
Citricos is located at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort. Cuisines from Europe as well as the United States are fused together to create the dishes at Citricos. Citricos has a proper four course meal comprised of appetizers, soups and salads, entrees and desserts is offered for your enjoyment.
Citricos being a Signature Dining restaurant means that when you make your reservation, you are asked for a credit card and the new more stringent reservation cancellation guidelines are in place for this restaurant. There is also a dress code for Citricos Restaurant, but it’s been relaxed a bit, you’re ok in t-shirt and jeans as long as nothing is ripped up and the t-shirt is inoffensive, but no tank tops, hats, cutoffs, torn clothing, or swim wear is allowed and I would suggest trying to dress a little nicer since Citricos is an expensive restaurant.
The entire menu at Citricos includes wine pairing ideas for each item, as well as an extensive wine list and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic offerings.
The Citricos appetizers served in this restaurant include Italian, French, and Spanish dishes as well as American food. A crispy risotto made with Italian sausage, cheese and a white truffle sauce, along with a panada spiced with beef and pork served with tamarind sauce are served here as appetizers. Other Citricos appetizers include the selection of three cheeses which showcases offerings from Florida, as well as Spain and France and the sautéed shrimp which is served with Tuscan pasta, lemon, white wine, tomatoes and feta cheese.
The Citricos Soup and Salad offerings are heavy on the salads, none of which are your traditional garden salad. There is a special heirloom tomato offering made with mozarella cheese, olive oil, basil, balsamic glaze and served with a breadstick. The Romaine lettuce salad is probably the most tradidtional salad offering, being lettuce served with anchovies, parmesan cheese, and a citrus-garlic emulsion. The soup is a gazpacho made with tomatoes, shrimp, cucumbers, and a vinegar-lime ice. But the most unique offering for this course is probably the Charcuterie, made with multiple types of meat; plus cheese, dates, fennel, and almonds.
Citricos entrees consist of dishes made using chicken, pork, veal, beef, fish and tofu. Vegetarians can opt for the seared tofu which is accompanied by mushrooms, a sun-dried tomato puree, lentils, and ratatouille. The braised short ribs are served with pasta, mushrooms and crème fraiche. The chicken breast is pan roasted with a nectarine glaze, served with a sweet potato hash, summer squash, and bacon sherry vinaigrette. The pork dish is cooked and served in two different styles, as a rotisserie pork tenderloin and as a braised pork belly served corn salsa and cheddar polenta. The Braised veal shank is served with carrot-potato puree, toasted citrus gremolata and roasted vegetables. The beef filet is oak grilled and served with Spanish onions, several different peppers and Quattro Formaggi potatoe puree. The black grouper is pan seared and served with pasta and a variety of shellfish. The salmon is served with a green pea dish and a cabernet risotto.
The desserts served here at Citricos includes a seasonal berry dish, a flavored cheese cake, and tiramisu as well as the gelato trio which contains three flavors of gelato, the tropical fruit crème brulee and the chocolate banana torte. The no sugar added option is the granny smith green apple sorbet.
As with pretty much all Disney restaurants, there is a separate menu for kids available at Citricos. However, unlike some restaurants at Disney World which offer a kids meal that includes appetizer, entrée and dessert selections for one price, the kids menu at Citricos is a la carte, meaning if your little one wants an appetizer, entrée, and dessert you will be paying for each item. But on the other hand, if they only want an entrée then you don’t have to worry about paying for food that will go to waste. The appetizers for kids are carrot and celery sticks, cheese and grapes or the romaine salad. The chicken noodle soup is available for kids who like soup. The entrees for kids include peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pasta, macaroni and cheese, crisp fried shrimp, grilled beef tenderloin and the grilled chicken breast. The desserts for kids include a plain ice cream scoop, build your own ice cream sundaes, fruit salads and éclairs.
Citricos is a nice restaurant worth trying, you will find the menu to be filled with dishes that tend to be very good. The food at Citricos isn’t for everyone, so I would review the menu to make sure that there is food that fits your tastes before making a reservations. We ate at Citricos last night and I found the food to be much better than I was expecting. We tried the three cheese appetizer and found it to be tasty, but wished it had maybe one more type of cheese for the price. I had the veal shank and my husband had the pork two ways. The veal came out and it looked amazing, and the taste wasn’t far off. It is hard to get used to eating the marrow from the bone, since it has a fatty consistency, and I’m not really into it.
John had the pork two ways and both were good. The pork belly has a fat layer that is also hard for us to get through, but not thinking about it made it a very nice flavor of meat with a sweet undertone. Not being into brussel sprouts, I found this side over the polenta to be very good.
Citricos really surprised me, I always looked at the menu and didn’t think the flavors were for us. What this tells me is that you need to try new foods and you can be amazed at the flavors you end up liking. Check out Citricos, as we really liked it.