*This gluten free dining experience took place in April 2018.
Dinner at Turf Club Bar & Grill
The Turf Club Bar & Grill is a table service located at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. It’s one of those Disney restaurants that I think is often overlooked, as it’s a bit tucked away. While I won’t say it’s my favorite place on property to eat, I have enjoyed several meals here. On this particular occasion, we stopped by for an impromptu dinner one night when we could not get any seating at the restaurants at Disney Springs.
The Turf Club’s atmosphere includes dark wood features. On several occasions, we have found the restaurant to be a bit dark. But, on this visit, it was fairly bright inside.
Because it had been pouring rain, and we were soaking wet from the downpour, I did not take a lot of photos inside. We were just happy to be inside!
The Turf Club does have a lounge area outside of the restaurant’s entrance. It’s a nice place to sit and grab a drink before dinner.
There is a small bar outside of the restaurant too that offers a full bar menu, including the classic Disney drinks served at most bars and lounges on property.
The Turf Club does carry an allergy-friendly dinner menu. And, guests always have the option to speak with a chef before ordering to discuss options.
Before our entrees arrived, I was served Deanna’s Gluten Free Rolls which are gluten free and dairy free. I found them to be well-heated at the Turf Club, which was nice.
I also asked if they had any Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread on hand. Even though I have re-introduced dairy back into my diet, I do prefer the Earth Balance over regular butter. Thankfully, they had some on hand.
Our server kindly topped my Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread with some gray sea salt, which was a very nice touch. This was super tasty with my Deanna’s Gluten Free Rolls.
For my entree, I ordered the Grilled New York Strip with Hand-cut Rosemary-Parmesan Fries, Grilled Asparagus, and Roasted Garlic Butter. This dish was marked as safe for Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Fish/Shellfish, Milk, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Allergies. But, this is definitely a dish that I would speak to a chef about, as it was marked safe for milk allergies but contained both cheese and butter. This is one of the many reasons I tend to speak with a chef instead of just ordering off the menu.
The dish actually can be made dairy free. But, they do need to remove the butter and cheese from the dish.
Overall, I enjoyed the steak. I thought the portion was huge and everything was well cooked. My French fries were really crispy and super delicious as was the asparagus. I wouldn’t say the dish was special, but I’d definitely order it again.
For comparison, here is a photo of Brandon’s steak. He also ordered it, but his was served with the butter on top of the steak. He did also try my fries for comparison and said mine tasted fresher and more crispy. We both thought his looked like it had been fried in older or more used oil.
Our friend who dined ordered the Grilled Verlasso Salmon with Fingerling Potatoes, Carrot Puree, Crispy Bacon, Asparagus, and Creamy Cucumber Salad. This dish is marked safe for Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Allergies. He really enjoyed this and said he would definitely order again.
I had ordered this on my last visit to the Turf Club Bar & Grill, and I have to be honest that I was not a huge fan. The salmon itself was good, but I did not enjoy the cucumber salad. So, I do think it really depends on your personal preference and taste when it comes to ordering dishes.
Our unexpected meal at the Turf Club Bar & Grill turned out to be a solid meal experience. While we wouldn’t necessarily pick the Turf Club as our top choice for dining at Disney, we have always found the food to be decent. Add on top of that some decent size portions, and you have a good option if you’re staying at Saratoga Springs or nearby at Disney Springs and want a low-key meal.
Have you been to the Turf Club Bar & Grill? What did you think of the options when you dined there?