Dining Recon: Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace!

Good morning, my friends!  What a fantastic and memorable day!

No, I’m not referring to today, necessarily.  It is only a Thursday, after all.  But, then, as I think about it, every day is “fantastic” and “memorable” in some way or another!

Actually, the day I’m referring to was a Friday last fall.  It was the last time that Mrs. All in WDW and I spent an entire day visiting Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  We had a blast!

Morning coffee and pastries at Kona Island.  Lunch at Captain Cook’s.  Afternoon cocktails at Tambu Lounge.  The crowning “finale” of that day was a visit to Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace!

Not to be confused with its partner venue – Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (found inside the resort) – Tiki Terrace is Sam’s colorful, outdoor “patio”!  It is a fun and lovely setting!





It serves the same menu of drinks and appetizer-size “meals” as Sam’s Grog Grotto.



For instance, on this visit, Mrs. All in WDW and I couldn’t pass up the Nautilus.


It was a delightful blend of rums, liqueurs, and tropical fruit juices.  And, yes, filled to the brim, it was as big as it looks.

Be warned!  It is served in a souvenir submarine, but you have to pay for the “glass”.  It isn’t cheap!

Our “dinner” was a duo of Sam’s apps.  First, we shared the Kalua Pork Tacos.  They were very good, and we’d recommend them to anyone.


Next, we tried the Roasted Chicken and Pork Pâte Báhn Mì Sliders.


We found the unique “buns” to be a bit dry, so we asked our server for some sriracha aioli.

Looking at the menu, you’ll see that the aioli condiment is served with Sam’s Hawaiian Poke.  Trust me, it made the sliders much easier to enjoy.

Folks, we love spending our non-park days at the resorts, and the Poly is one of our favorite places to visit.

If you’re ever looking for a quiet fun evening, please visit Sam.  With the Grotto (inside) and the Terrace (outside), he’s got you covered!

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