*This gluten free dining experience took place in May 2019. It includes information about peanut free, fish/shellfish free, and chicken and turkey free options.
Dinner at Enchanted Garden
Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream is one of the three main rotational dining restaurants. On our recent Disney Cruise in May, we had dinner here on our second night, which was also pirate night on the ship. After our last several cruises, Enchanted Garden has become one of our favorite restaurants to dine in for its charming theme and delicious entrees.
Enchanted Garden is themed after the gardens of Versailles. So, you’ll see lots of beautiful garden-inspired touches throughout the restaurant.
From the moment you step inside, you’ll see beautiful garden murals and lights.
The lighting does change throughout your meal and goes from day time to sunset. I love some of the charming seating options in here, including the tea-cup inspired booths. We’ve been lucky enough to have been seated in these several times and always love them.
The centerpiece as you walk into the restaurant is a beautiful water fountain. I absolutely love getting photos of it after our meal when the lighting looks more like twilight.
We always look up, down, and all around whenever we’re in a Disney restaurant. That’s because you’ll see so many beautiful and themed elements just about everywhere. My favorite in Enchanted Garden are these beautiful flower lights.
We were seated towards the middle of the restaurant, and we had a good vantage point of the restaurant without being in too congested of an area.
Because we were on a 3-day cruise, even though we dined at Enchanted Garden during pirate night, the menu was still Enchanted Garden’s regular rotational dinner menu.
For our bread service, we were both brought the Ener-G allergy-friendly rolls, which are gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, vegan, and free of the top common allergens, with some hummus. While Brandon ate the rolls, he’s not a fan of the hummus, so he skipped that. Overall, I enjoyed the bread service. If you’re a hummus fan, you’ll enjoy this version which is fairly mild in flavor.
I have to shout-out our assistant server, Cristel from Mexico. She was a total rockstar throughout our cruise and really took great care of us. She was also super on top of beverages. In fact, she learned quickly what drinks we liked to order and brought us double drinks at all times throughout the meal.
She was also awesome when I saw her during breakfast at Royal Palace and even insisted on bringing me gluten free pastries when she saw I didn’t have any. And she wasn’t even my server during that meal! She was really excellent and definitely went above and beyond during our cruise, so if you get a chance to have her as a part of your service team, you’ll be well taken care of.
While we absolutely love Enchanted Garden’s theme and the entrees served there, sometimes we go a little off-book when we dine there. Luckily, we learned several cruises ago that you can order items served at any of the three main rotational dining options during your meal. Because I’m not a big fan of any of the appetizers at Enchanted Garden, I requested the Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp that is normally served at Royal Palace.
This dish is marked gluten free on the Royal Palace menu and can be made dairy free by omitting the sauces. This is always one of my favorite appetizers. And, I like it so much that I ordered it twice on this cruise. If you’re a seafood fan, this is always a great option.
Brandon was also not feeling any of the appetizer choices from Enchanted Garden that night. He ended up getting the French Onion Soup from Royal Palace again. This dish is fish/shellfish free, peanut free, and chicken & turkey free. He really enjoys this soup a lot. And, he was still so glad that he could get soup on the cruise pretty much as much as he wanted. This continues to be a real winner in his book.
Because I wasn’t all that excited about the Indian food options I had the previous night at Animator’s Palate, our server Allen wanted to make sure I got some options that I really loved. I was served a plate of curry chicken, scented rice, and curried potatoes. This was all gluten free.
This second serving of Indian food did not disappoint. And, as you can see in this photo, I was one happy camper.
My favorite main dining entree is also at Enchanted Garden. So, Allen brought me a plate of the Marjoram Scented Roasted Chicken too. Although I couldn’t eat everything, I did put a major dent in the dinner. The roasted chicken is so flavorful and tender, that it continues to be tops for me for entrees. I also really enjoyed the whipped sweet potatoes, sautéed spinach, and the chicken jus served with this too. This entree is marked gluten free on the Enchanted Garden menu.
For Brandon’s entree, he ordered the Slow Roasted Prime Rib. This was a gluten free (marked on the menu), fish/shellfish free, peanut free, and chicken & turkey free. Overall, Brandon really liked it, but did think the prime rib was quite fatty for his taste. We both totally forgot until after he’d ordered that he had loved the seared pork tenderloin medallions served at this restaurant on our last cruise. He could have ordered this, but chose not to because he was already feeling pretty full.
Even after stuffing myself silly with all the food I ordered, I still managed to have some room for dessert. Though it’s not marked gluten free on the menu, I was served the Orange Yogurt Cake. Having been to Palo many times, this was absolutely the same orange almond cake served there for dessert.
The cake itself is gluten free and dairy free, but the accompaniments contained dairy. I loved the actual cake itself — it’s one of my favorite desserts on the ship. But, the solidified yogurt rectangle served on the plate was just weird and kind of gross. Next time, I’d just ask for the dessert minus the yogurt and cream sauce.
For Brandon’s dessert, he ordered Chocolate Garden Torte which came with a coffee cream and was peanut free. Even though he’s not a big dessert person, he loves chocolatey desserts. This one was a real winner, and one he’d get again.
We both really enjoy the atmosphere and entrees served at Enchanted Garden. With a beautiful garden theme and pleasant dim lighting, we always look forward to our dinners at this rotational dining location.
Have you been to Enchanted Garden? What did you think of the restaurant and food?