Located on the second floor of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Citricos is a beautiful signature-dining restaurant with an award-winning wine list and impressive menu. There are floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beautiful courtyard of the Grand Floridian Resort. In the distance, you can see the Seven Seas Lagoon. There is also an onstage kitchen that is entertaining as well. If you arrive early, have a beverage in the Citricos Lounge while you wait for your table and enjoy one of their signature cocktails if you are so inclined.
The menu is American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. As with many restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort, the menu is subject to change. Last summer, there were five of us dining at Citricos. It gave us the opportunity to order appetizers to share. And I’m so glad that we did. We ordered the Rancini (Crispy Risotto with Sweet Italian Sausage, Creamy Mozzarella, and Poma Rosa Tomato Purée), the Artisanal Cheese Platter, and the Charcuterie (Prosciutto di Parma, Sopressata, Dry Pork Coppa, Beef Bresaola, Palacios Chorizo, Domestic “Olli” Artisanal Salame, Pecorino Romano, Medjool Dates, Bread and Butter Pickles, and Marcona Almonds). We were not disappointed with any of our choices!
For dinner, I had the Berkshire Pork Two Ways: Rotisserie-roasted Tenderloin, Slow-braised Belly, Natural Pork Reduction, Sweet Pea Tarragon Risotto, Braised Escarole, and Pork Natural Reduction. It was beyond delicious. The slow-braised pork belly, in particular, was so tasty. My husband enjoyed the Red Wine-braised Beef Short Ribs: Melted Leek and Parsnip Purée, Wilted Ice Spinach, and Hand-harvested Mushrooms with Natural Jus.
We made sure to leave a little bit of room for dessert. Make sure you do! The desserts are amazing as well. Citricos offers seasonal desserts in addition to some of their regular items. There is a Warm Chocolate-Banana Torte with Vanilla Ice Cream that is served with a handcrafted Belgium Couverture Chocolate Crown. We were celebrating a birthday and asked if we could get the Chocolate Crown with the crème brulee. Being Disney, they will accommodate you as much as possible! They only make a limited number of Chocolate Crowns and they are very detailed. Luckily, they were able to do this for us.
As a signature-dining restaurant, Citricos is more expensive and if you are on a Disney Dining Plan, it will take two table-service credits per person. There is a dress code. Men may wear khakis, slacks, jeans or dress shorts and collared shirts. Sport coats are optional. Women may wear capri pants, skirts, dresses, jeans or dress shorts. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.