I consider the Hollywood Brown Derby the fanciest restaurant out of the options at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. This upscale signature dining restaurant serves American cuisine. Hollywood Brown Derby is themed to the Golden Age of Hollywood and is an authentic replica of the famous Brown Derby.
Hollywood Brown Derby Quick Breakdown
Type of Food: Italian, Vegetarian-Friendly, Allergy Options
Location: Hollywood Studios
Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 2 Credits
Discounts: Annual Passholder, Tables in Wonderland
Features: Reservations, Alcohol
Good For: Casual Dining
Menu: Official Disney Dinner Menu
A Tour Around Hollywood Brown Derby
Hollywood Brown Derby Dishes
The following is a few of the dishes we have tried from their menu.
Famous Cobb Salad – with Finely Chopped Greens, Turkey Breast, Bacon, Egg, Tomatoes, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Avocado, Chives, and Cobb Dressing
The famous Brown Derby Cobb salad follows the “recipe” created by Bob Cobb, owner of the original Brown Derby when he was raiding the fridge late one night to prepare a dish for a celebrity. This is my favorite menu item to order here because it is delicious and super affordable. Pictured above is the appetizer portion. This is more than enough food, especially when combined with the complimentary bread. It doesn’t overfill you so you can still fit in dessert later.
Inside the crab cake
I was hoping for it to be more lump crab meat versus’ this more shredded texture I got. It was pretty good but I would probably skip this appetizer next time.
Bell & Evans Chicken Breast
My husband really enjoyed this dish. The chicken was nice and tender and full of flavor.
Roasted Cheshire Pork Chop
Charred Filet of Beef – Mushroom, White Truffle-Potato Croquette, Jumbo Green and White Asparagus, Toy Box Tomato, Rainbow Carrot, Watercress Salad, Bacon and Sweet Onion Jam, Bin 27 Port Wine Reduction
Filet is always a good bet to go with at Disney restaurants. It was cooked perfectly and the sauce was the perfect pairing.
Hollywood Brown Derby Recommendation
The Hollywood Brown Derby easily serves up the best meals at Hollywood Studios. While we all enjoyed our meals on this trip we were a little disappointed in our service. Just like every restaurant, a huge part of your experience is how the service is and you can just hit some people on an overly crowded day, off day or bad day. It took a long time for our order to be taken, to receive drinks or get refills. I have been here a few times in the last few years and it seems when I go with a large party of 6 or more they struggle with our service every time. In smaller groups, I have experienced stellar service here.
If you are interested in booking a reservation for the Hollywood Brown Derby you can do so through My Disney Experience. We find reservations are rather easy to make here last-minute so you don’t have to rush when booking this restaurant.
Want more dining tips? Check out our Best Disney World Restaurants recommendations along with Worst Disney Dining Sit Down Restaurants. If you are visiting with young ones read our Best Places to Eat with Kids at Disney World.
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