We Tried It! Brunch at Palo on Disney Fantasy

by Kayla Becker

We Tried It! Brunch at Palo on Disney Fantasy

by Kayla Becker
We Tried It!

Sure, if you're booked on Disney Fantasy dinner at Palo, the adults-only Northern Italian restaurant, is probably on your list. After all, it's one of the most coveted dining experiences on board (along with French restaurant Remy), and it's an elegant, intimate space. But while most people try to get a reservation for dinner, we actually think the brunch is the better choice. Here, we take you through the three-course afternoon meal that’s nothing short of magic.

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Brunch at Palo / Disney
Palo's dessert buffet
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What It's Like

Named for the colorful poles that gondoliers use to navigate the canals of Venice, the restaurant has Italy written all over it: a wine cellar, blown Murano glass sculptures (look closely, they're inspired by pasta shapes), a wall depicting Piazza San Marco in Romanov crystal, and classic Italian music playing.

As soon as we were sat, our knowledgeable server Predrag pulled our attention from the blue water outside the windows and gave us the rundown. Brunch has three courses: an appetizer buffet, a plated entrée, and a dessert buffet — so you'll want to wear comfy clothes for this feast.

We chose a complimentary mimosa to start, and then hit the all-you-can-eat appetizer buffet. There were three tables piled high with pastries, seafood, and antipasti. We were impressed by the sheer range of choices here, and after we noshed on cinnamon rolls, fresh parmesan with balsamic, prosciutto with melon, and mussels, caviar, and lobster salad, we ordered an entree from the menu. Since the plates are small and our waiter recommended two dishes, we chose Eggs Florentine and Italian artichoke ravioli. The eggs came out perfectly-cooked and the ravioli was a small enough portion not to overwhelm us. 

At this point we were stuffed, but one look at the dessert table — where small bites are arranged artfully around a sculpture of sugar roses — gave us newfound determination for the grand finale. We indulged in Italian classics, such as tiramisu and cannoli, plus Palo’s signature chocolate-covered strawberries. 

Named for the colorful poles that gondoliers use to navigate the canals of Venice, the restaurant has Italy written all over it: a wine cellar, blown Murano glass sculptures (look closely, they're inspired by pasta shapes), a wall depicting Piazza San Marco in Romanov crystal, and classic Italian music playing.

As soon as we were sat, our knowledgeable server Predrag pulled our attention from the blue water outside the windows and gave us the rundown. Brunch has three courses: an appetizer buffet, a plated entrée, and a dessert buffet — so you'll want to wear comfy clothes for this feast.

We chose a complimentary mimosa to start, and then hit the all-you-can-eat appetizer buffet. There were three tables piled high with pastries, seafood, and antipasti. We were impressed by the sheer range of choices here, and after we noshed on cinnamon rolls, fresh parmesan with balsamic, prosciutto with melon, and mussels, caviar, and lobster salad, we ordered an entree from the menu. Since the plates are small and our waiter recommended two dishes, we chose Eggs Florentine and Italian artichoke ravioli. The eggs came out perfectly-cooked and the ravioli was a small enough portion not to overwhelm us. 

At this point we were stuffed, but one look at the dessert table — where small bites are arranged artfully around a sculpture of sugar roses — gave us newfound determination for the grand finale. We indulged in Italian classics, such as tiramisu and cannoli, plus Palo’s signature chocolate-covered strawberries. 

Palo's Artichoke Ravioli
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The Verdict

We think it’s worth every penny of the $30 fee.

Both the food and the service at Palo are impeccable. The knowledgeable staff will get to know you by name and give you honest tips (“personally, I think you shouldn’t fill up on the pancakes; the real treat is at the seafood station.”) Our waiter also went into detail about the mozzarella, which was imported from Italy, and surprised us by making roses out of napkins while we were in the restroom.

It's important to note that, while there is a dress code, brunch at Palo has a decidedly lighter atmosphere than dinner. The upside is that you can drop the kids off at daytime activities beforehand, and it doesn’t take as long as the dinner service, making it a better choice for parents with very little children. Plus, choosing brunch means you don’t have to miss out on dinner in the other dining rooms.

One last note: You must book the reservation in advance — the earlier the better — and preferably before you board.

We think it’s worth every penny of the $30 fee.

Both the food and the service at Palo are impeccable. The knowledgeable staff will get to know you by name and give you honest tips (“personally, I think you shouldn’t fill up on the pancakes; the real treat is at the seafood station.”) Our waiter also went into detail about the mozzarella, which was imported from Italy, and surprised us by making roses out of napkins while we were in the restroom.

It's important to note that, while there is a dress code, brunch at Palo has a decidedly lighter atmosphere than dinner. The upside is that you can drop the kids off at daytime activities beforehand, and it doesn’t take as long as the dinner service, making it a better choice for parents with very little children. Plus, choosing brunch means you don’t have to miss out on dinner in the other dining rooms.

One last note: You must book the reservation in advance — the earlier the better — and preferably before you board.

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