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Citricos at The Grand Floridian

This wonderful restaurant can be found on the second floor of the beautiful Grand Floridian hotel, just off the lobby. It was revamped in 1997 and is a very inviting place to eat with a great atmosphere, although it is expensive.

Citricos is Spanish for ‘citrus’ and it is obvious that the decor has been heavily influenced by this, with muted yellows and oranges accentuated by shades of blue. This is a stylish restaurant, with a Mediterranean feel, and it is a fantastic place to eat. With its beautiful chandeliers, tiled walls and floors and metal wine racks it is most appealing– and what’s more, if you get a seat in the window you may even be lucky enough to have a view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks while you eat. Or maybe you would prefer to see into the bustling kitchen as some tables offer this view – that is an option, too.

Whilst not the cheapest place to eat it is certainly a great place to celebrate a wedding anniversary or special birthday, and the service you will receive is impeccable. It is definitely necessary to book a table in advance as it is a very popular restaurant. The menu is inspired by the cuisine of Tuscany, Provence and the Spanish Riviera, and there is an award-winning international wine list.

When you arrive at Citricos you will be greeted at the podium, just outside the restaurant’s gated entrance. If your table is not ready there are wicker chairs and marble tables where you can sip a pre-dinner cocktail, and watch the world go by as you relax.

There are three main areas to the restaurant. One area to the left offers views of the show kitchen where you can watch the chefs at work, whilst to the right, tables are placed in front of the floor to ceiling windows which give great views of the pool and gardens. In the middle are more tables.

Each table is set with a white cloth with a single flower floating in a bowl. Your waiter will bring you various breads and plates of butter. One of Citricos’ signature entrees is the braised veal shank, which is slow roasted for six hours, making it so tender that it literally falls off the bone. Normally served with a carrot and potato puree and roasted vegetables this is a classic dish. For the meat lovers you can’t beat the 22-oz Bone-In Ribeye, accompanied by Spanish onions and marble potatoes – a mega meal!

Children are catered for as they have a special children’s menu with more upscale choices than the usual burgers or macaroni cheese.

So if you happen to have a special occasion whilst you are in Orlando, and you want a truly wonderful experience then book a table at Citricos.

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