Citricos has long been a staple at Disney's Grand Floridan Resort and Spa but it recently underwent a rather lengthy refurbishment which had it keeping the Citricos name but introduced touches of Mary Poppins Returns throughout the restaurant and gave everything a little refresh. The restaurant remains a Signature Dining experience and is open for dinner service. We of course had to check out the changes but didn't want to be tied to a reservation time so opted to try for the lounge instead which is walk-up, first come, first serve seating. There are three small tables with cozy chairs and couches and a small bar area.
The details are beautiful from when you first walk in, the choices of fabrics on the chairs to the intricate lighting. There is so much to see and take in. We were lucky enough that there was an open table when we arrived so we had no wait and sat right down. There are also lovely windows here for views of the Grand Floridan grounds.
This is a lounge so of course we started with some cocktails. There is also a great selection of zero-proof cocktails for kids and those who prefer drinks sans-alcohol. I don't often mention servers by name in reviews, but our server was Alexa and she was just incredible. She anticipated our needs before we even knew we had them and just really went above and beyond for us throughout the evening. But I digress, back to the cocktails.
The first two pictured are an Orange Blossom Martini (Diplomatico Rum, Orange Blossom Honey, Lemon Juice and Ginger Foam) and a 212 Manhattan (Angels Envy Bourbon, Bertrand Banyul’s and Chocolate Bitters). Both were delightful but the martini was the definite winner. It was so light and refreshing with the little zing of the ginger foam. The Manhattan was a classic and we are Angels Envy fans but at the end of the day it was still pretty much a Manhattan, great but not as special at the martini.
|Orange Blossom Martini - Diplomatico Rum, Orange Blossom Honey, Lemon Juice and Ginger Foam and a 212 Manhattan - Angels Envy Bourbon, Bertrand Banyul’s and Chocolate Bitters|
|Passion Margarita - Don Julio Reposado, Chef Orange Reduction, Passion Fruit and Passion Fruit Pearls|
|Magical Beacon Cocktail – Gin, blue curaçao, Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, orgeat (almond) syrup, lemon, hibiscus grenadine, and a souvenir glow cube.|
|Smoked Duck Breast with Fresh Tagliatelle Pasta, Celeriac Purée and Duck Confit|
|Sweet Corn Bisque with Pickled Fennel, Popcorn and Fennel Oil|
|Guava Barbequed Short Ribs with Aged Cheddar Creamy Grits, Roasted Poblano, Curtido Slaw and Brussels Sprouts|
|Agent Elizabeth showing off her latte|
|Chocolate Torte: Chocolate Financier, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Morello Cherries and Vanilla Mascarpone Cream|