So some of you might remember Courtney from Orlando Fun Tickets. She and I worked together back in the day when I was OFTEric. We are known for having epic Orlando and Vegas adventures.
Well Courtney wanted to take me out for my Birthday, so we saw it fit to dine someplace we have both not experienced.
So we settled on T-Rex Restaurant at Downtown Disney. Mind you I read Kevin Yee's review of it, and it was part of the reason why I didn't take the first flight out of Salt Lake to Orlando and experience it. But now that I am living back down here I might as well give it a chance. So before I get into my nit picking let me just rate on a scale of 1 to 5 in a few areas.
I can't even begin to explain how to me personally (a single male in his late 20's ... yes 29 is late 20's) this experience was like dragging my knuckles over a cheese grader.
So we walk in, get seated very quickly. There was a line, but we got taken aside and whisked to a table. So they sit us next to a triceratops, he instantly starts moaning like he is trying to pass a Kidney Stone. I ask if there is anywhere quieter, the person sitting us, smiles and politely says no, and kind of chuckles.
Our server, wonderful, the staff honestly wonderful. Everyone was terrific. How they keep a smile while working in that environment is amazing.
The meteor shower every 45 mins, along with the Triceratops roaring every 10 mins, was enough to make me want to throw my plate.
I had to have the waiter pretty much explain what everything is, because I do not like decoding menu names. If you aren't serving a Mastadon, or Brontosaurous, then your menu item shouldn't make it sound like you do.
The food came, I had grilled chicken breast, with vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes, and Courtney had the Mahi Mahi fish tacos.
Mine was seasoned, well, but the chicken breast was injected with broth, and in the end everything was a tad too salty for my personal liking, but it was edible.
Courtney expressed server disappointment in the quality of the Mahi Mahi in her fish taco.
We had some specialty mixed drinks, Cave Man Punch (basically orange fanta with rum) and a Raptor Rita (simple margarita).
Everyone came and sang to me for my birthday, which was nice and embarrassing, but keeping with the "chilis" quality experience it was par for the course.
In the end the bill totaled to $88.64 for 2 mixed drinks, an appetizer, 2 entrees, and a desert.
I think this is probably a GREAT restaurant if you have small boys, and girls who like dinosaurs. I saw kids freaking out over how cool the dinosaurs were, one even climbed the back of my chair trying to touch one.
However for a young or youngish single or couples, avoid this at all costs. The noise level doesn't allow for any conversation, the kids running around makes it feel a bit like a chucky cheese, and the food quality and price makes you feel like you paid double to eat at Chili's.
Would I dine there again? Even though the service really was great, I would never dine there again.