Disney Springs Dining Options (Podcast 32)

If you are visiting the Orlando area, whether or not you are visiting the theme parks at Disney World or Universal Studios, be sure to visit Disney Springs at least one day for lunch and/or dinner. The dining and entertainment complex has recently been expanded to include many more options, and a number of restaurants will be opening in late 2017 and 2018, as well. And, unlike the theme park areas, it is free to enter the complex!

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Disney Springs – Orlando, Florida

This tour of table service restaurants in the Disney Springs entertainment area at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, highlights 18 table service restaurants on the western side of Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs. This is where you will also find Cirque du Soleil, Splitsville Luxury Lanes bowling alley, an AMC cinema complex with 24 theaters, and many shops in a variety of price ranges.

To begin the tour, park your car or take a taxi to the convenient Strawberry Parking Lot, behind Cirque du Soleil along the lake, and walk toward House of Blues. Or, take the free boat from the Disney Springs Marketplace area, near Rainforest Café, to the West Side boat dock behind House of Blues. The boat also stops at The Landings dock, near where the large Characters in Flight hot air balloon lifts off frequently as a beacon to those throughout the Magic Kingdom. Other large parking decks are available on Buena Vista Drive in front of the Disney Springs complex.

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Disney Springs – Dining Tour – 2018 – Diagram of Relative Locations

All of the selected restaurants that are currently operating take advance reservations and honor at least some Disney Dining plans. Check the official Disney Dining website here for updates on each restaurant, including updates on Dining Plans accepted by each, and to make reservations through Disney:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/

Five of the 18 restaurants will be opening within the year. Stay tuned here, or at the official Disney website above, for updates. (This post and podcast are not affiliated with Disney.)

Listen to a podcast of this tour and my personal reflections by clicking on the bar at the bottom of this post. The podcast is part of the One Perfect Day in Travel podcast series, available on iTunes and Tune In Radio.

1 – House of Blues Restaurant & Bar

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House of Blues – Disney Springs

The Disney World location of the popular chain restaurant offers such Cajun specialties as Voodoo shrimp, Cajun pasta, jambalaya, shrimp po’ boys, and a vegetable muffaletta. It also offers individual and family-style fried chicken, brisket tacos, salads and burgers. There is outdoor seating on the back deck overlooking the lake.

Entree prices range from about $18 to $30.

Tip: Make regular lunch and dinner reservations through www.OpenTable.com in order to avoid the required credit card deposit, as well as the potential cancellation fee, if booking through Disney Dining.

House of Blues – Special Family Style Dining Options:

The Fried Chicken Dinner serves four and includes a whole bird (8 pieces of chicken), coleslaw, corn on the cob, and mashed potatoes with gravy for $50.

The Smokehouse Platter also serves four. It includes a half rack of baby back ribs,

sliced brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and andouille sausage. It includes BBQ beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, and jalapeño-cheese cornbread for $75.

House of Blues – Special Experience – Sunday Gospel Brunch:

Most Sundays, at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm, there are Gospel performances in the concert hall at House of Blues. Tickets cost $43 per adult and include the all-you-care-to-eat Southern-style buffet. Menu items include jambalaya, BBQ chicken, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, bread pudding and made-to-order omelets. Call (407) 934-2006 to reserve. Dining plans are now accepted for brunch. Babies 2 and under are no charge but need a Baby ticket. There is reduced pricing for children ages 3-9 only.

House of Blues – Special Experience – Entertainment on the Front Porch

Free live music performances are held most days beginning at 4 pm on the front porch. Drink specials are available from 3 to 5 pm daily.

House of Blues Official Disney Springs Area:

West Side

2 – Jaleo (opening in 2018)

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Jaleo – Coming Soon to Disney Springs

Jaleo is a Spanish restaurant from Chef José Andrés. Jaleo will feature Spanish cuisine tapas, such as paella cooked over a wood fire, hand-carved Jamon Iberico, and wood-grilled pork. The Disney Springs location will be the first Florida location for Jaleo, which has five locations in the United States and Mexico City.

Entree prices are expected to range from about $18 for small tapas to $75 for the special tasting menu.

Jaleo Official Disney Springs Area:

West Side

Jaleo is not yet taking reservations, and Disney has not yet announced an official opening date. Check back here for updates.

3 – Bongo’s Cuban Cafe

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Bongo’s Cuban Cafe

You will hear the Cuban music emanating from Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s restaurant before you reach the door. Menu items are spicy and include Vaca seared shredded beef, roasted pork, seafood paella, Cuban-style skirt steak, and a Cuban sandwich. Cocktail offerings feature delicious mojitos.

Entree prices range from about $10 to $35.

Tip: Make regular lunch and dinner reservations through www.OpenTable.com in order to avoid the required credit card deposit, as well as the potential cancellation fee, if booking through Disney Dining.

Bongo’s Cuban Café Official Disney Springs Area:

West Side

4 – The Edison (opening late 2017)

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The Edison – Disney Springs

This large new complex will reflect the original Los Angeles location of the same name and concept of an electric company of the 1920s. The multi-level “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar, and nightclub will serve American food and offer live entertainment.

Entree prices are expected to range from about $18 for small tapas to $75 for the special tasting menu.

The Edison Official Disney Springs Area:

The Landing

The Edison is not yet taking reservations, and Disney has not yet announced an official opening date. Check back here for updates.

5 – Maria & Enzo’s

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Maria & Enzo’s – Coming Soon to Disney Springs

Maria & Enzo’s, a trattoria inspired by foods from Sicily and Rome, will be adjacent to the Edison. The restaurant is being constructed to appear as if it is located in an abandoned airline terminal from the 1930s. The dining room will have 50-foot tall ceilings and views of the lake. Menu items will include Sicilian baked pasta, eggplant Parmesan, spiral pasta with crab, fish dishes, and steaks. The restaurant will feature an extensive wine list.

Entrée prices are expected to range from about $35 to $60.

There will be “rum running” tunnels under Maria & Enzo’s to Enzo’s Hideaway, a “speakeasy” pouring “Prohibition” cocktails and casual Italian dishes, including spaghetti options. Another new option in the complex, Pizza Ponte, will serve fast-casual pizza, Italian sandwiches, pastries, and Italian donuts.

Maria & Enzo’s Official Disney Springs Area: The Landing

Maria & Enzo’s is not yet taking reservations, and Disney has not yet announced an official opening date. Check back here for updates.

6 – Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas

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Paradiso 37 – Taste of the Americas

This long-time Disney Springs restaurant serves dishes from North, Central and South America, in a building with large windows and a patio overlooking the lake. This is a great place to enjoy tortilla chips with the house guacamole or the Mexican shrimp cocktail Entrées include Brazilian roasted half-chicken, Baja fish tacos, grilled Chilean salmon, South Carolina-style pork ribs, Argentinian skirt steak, as well as delicious burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Entree prices range from about $15 to $35.

Tip: Make regular lunch and dinner reservations through www.OpenTable.com in order to avoid the required credit card deposit, as well as the potential cancellation fee, if booking through Disney Dining.

Paradiso 37 Official Disney Springs Area: The Landing 

7 – The Boathouse

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The Boathouse

This large restaurant directly on Disney Springs’ Lake Buena Vista has indoor and outdoor seating, including an outdoor bar with some table seating over the water. The tables around the bar on the lower deck and on the lower deck beside the marine are first-come, first-served. The full menu is offered at these tables. Menu items feature steak and seafood entrées in a variety of price ranges. The filet mignon sliders, at $14 for two sliders with fries, are a delicious bargain. The hearty buckets of fried clams, shrimp, or grouper with fries are under $20. The baked 1 and ½ pound lobster stuffed with jumbo lump crabmeat is worth every bit of the $48 price.

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Crab Stuffed Lobster

Other popular entrées include the New England lobster roll and a number of steak offerings.

Entree prices range from about $14 to $65.

Tip: Make reservations through www.OpenTable.com in order to avoid the required credit card deposit, and potential cancellation fee, if booking through Disney Dining.

The Boathouse – Special Experiences:

Amphicar Tours:

From the outside dock of The Boathouse, watch guests in Amphicars that Disney Boat Captains drive right into the water. The Amphicars then become boats as the Captain takes guests on a 20-minute lake tour of Disney Springs. The price is $125 for 1-3 guests in a car.

Fleet of Vintage Boats at the Marina:

Nineteen rare, vintage boats are on display outside The Boathouse at the marina. Feel free to walk around for a closer look at this multi-million dollar display.

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Vintage Boats – The Boathouse Marina

Venezia Champagne Cruise

Take a champagne cruise on the 40-foot Italian water taxi, Venezia. Your Disney Captain will guide you on a tour of the lake as you enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries and a champagne toast. The price for a 30-minute cruise is $75 per adult, $13 per child under age 14. The price for a 60-minute cruise is $115 per adult, $75 per child under age 14. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission. Call (407) 939-2628 to make reservations.

Venezia Wine-Tasting Cruise:

Take a one-hour wine tasting cruise on the Venezia. Your Disney Captain will guide you from the lake down a river way and back as you taste award-winning wines and enjoy appetizers. Keep your souvenir wine glass. The cruise is available on weekends only for $125 per individual guest or $225 for a couple. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission. Call (407) 939-2628 to make reservations.

The Boathouse Official Disney Springs Area:

The Landing

8 – Terralina Crafted Italian (opening late 2017)

This fall, Chicago-based Levy Restaurants is introducing a new Italian concept at Disney Springs, with James Beard award winner and “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano leading development. The new restaurant, Terralina Crafted Italian, replaces Levy’s Portobello Country Italian Trattoria and will feature dishes inspired by Mantuano’s adventures in Italy.

Allow flavorful dishes curated by James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano to transport you to a tranquil escape in another part of the world. Make yourself at home and gather around the kitchen hearth, mingle outside at the veranda bar or settle in one of the dining rooms.

When you’re ready to dine, indulge in inspired cuisine cooked in Chef Tony Mantuano’s signature olive oil—imported directly from Italy. The restaurant’s wood-burning oven will fire up a selection of artisanal, hand-tossed pizzas and fresh vegetable dishes. Fan favorites from Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, such as the antipasti platter and signature pasta dishes will remain on the menu.

Entree prices are expected to range from about $20 to $60.

Terralina Crafted Italian is not yet taking reservations, and Disney has not yet announced an official opening date. Check back here for updates.

Terralina Crafted Italian Official Disney Springs Area:

The Landing

9 – Paddlefish

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Paddlefish

Board an iconic paddleboat anchored on Lake Buena Vista to feast on fresh seafood and savory steaks. Anticipate fan-favorites such as Maine lobster, jambalaya and ceviche—as well as eclectic dishes like tableside lobster guacamole made right before your eyes.

Bowl of clam chowder for $9, Crab cake BLT $20, Fish Tacos $17, 8 oz Filet Mignon is $44, Seafood Boil options range as high as $70 for the Dutch Harbor King and Queen crab legs served with Plant City farmer’s market corn, new potatoes, and cornbread. Also serves pork chops and chicken.

Entree prices range from about $15 to $60.

Tip: Make regular lunch and dinner reservations through www.OpenTable.com in order to avoid the required credit card deposit, as well as the potential cancellation fee, if booking through Disney Dining.

Paddlefish Official Disney Springs Area:

The Landing

10 – T-REX

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T-Rex – Disney Springs

This dinosaur-themed café is large, loud and quite popular with children. Guests are seated in a variety of themed rooms from a color-changing ice cavern to a fern forest buzzing with giant wasps. Feel free to walk through the different areas and see all of the “sets” including the 15-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex. Menu offerings include burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, salmon, and a New York strip steak.

Burgers and sandwich prices range from about $17 to $20. Other entrées are under $35.

Reservations are accepted. Reservations can be made only through Disney Dining. Book online at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/ or call (407) 828-8739.

T-REX Official Disney Springs Area:

Marketplace

11 – Frontera Cocina

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Frontera Cocina – Disney Springs

 

This casual Mexican restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating. Enjy authentic Mexican cuisine by Chef Rick Bayless, an eight-time James Beard Dining Award winner. Chips and salsa can be accompanied by several different guacamole options. Menu items include Soft Tacos, Red Chile Chicken, Carne Asada and Rib-Eye Steak. Cocktail choices include a variety of freshly made margaritas and agave flights.

Entree prices range from about $14 for soft tacos to $45 for the rib-eye steak.

Tip: Make regular lunch and dinner reservations through www.OpenTable.com in order to avoid the required credit card deposit, as well as the potential cancellation fee, if booking through Disney Dining.

Frontera Cocina Official Disney Springs Area:

Town Center

12 – Raglan Road

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Raglan Road – Disney Springs

Menu items in this large, authentic Irish pub include Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, Lobster Club Sandwich, other Irish food choices, and hamburgers. The two large bars were brought in from Ireland. Even if you are not eating, this is a great place to come and have a drink at the bar. There is live Irish music with Irish dancers performing on the stage inside during a 90-minute portion of the evening nightly from 4:30 pm until at least 10 pm. Some nights the bar and entertainment continue until 1 am. There is a limited late night menu served when the restaurant is open after 11 pm.

Entree prices range from about $15 to $35.

Raglan Road – Special Experience:

Have a great time listening to live Irish music and watching professional Irish dancers during the special brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Brunch is served from 10 am until 3 pm, but the live music and dancing starts at noon. Ask to sit in the main dining room with a view of the stage. Brunch options range from the chef’s Full Irish Breakfast with sausage, black and white pudding, bacon, roasted tomato, mushrooms and fried eggs with roasted potato, pancakes maple syrup and berry compote. Regular lunch menu items are also available.

Tip: Make brunch, and regular lunch and dinner reservations through www.OpenTable.com in order to avoid the required credit card deposit, as well as the potential cancellation fee, if booking through Disney Dining.

Raglan Road Official Disney Springs Area:

The Landing

13 – Wine Bar George (opening in late 2017)

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Wine Bar George – Coming Soon to Disney Springs

Also opening in late 2017 is Wine Bar George, with Master Sommelier George Miliotes bringing his expertise to Disney Springs with an unparalleled wine list including more than 100 selections by the bottle and glass in a range of varietals, vintages and prices. Shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie will complement the wine list, featuring local artisans and seasonally relevant dishes. Look for some fun wine education, including special events and visits from winemakers. Miliotes is widely regarded as one of the industry’s foremost wine experts, and is one of only 236 professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers. 

Wine Bar George Official Disney Springs Area:

The Landing

Wine Bar George is not yet taking reservations, and Disney has not yet announced an official opening date. Check back here for updates.

14-Morimoto Asia

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Morimoto Asia – Disney Springs

Japanese master chef Masaharu Morimoto oversees the preparation of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese dishes in exhibition kitchens. Menu items range from Whole Lobster Wok Fry, Sea Bass in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Peking Duck, and Dim Sum small plates. The large two-story restaurant has a second-level sushi bar and lounge with a separate entrance. The restaurant has an extensive sake selection, including Morimoto Signature Aged Sake, and Morimoto’s own specialty beers. The downstairs lounge area serves small bites and a late night dining menu that starts at only $8. There is a happy hour there daily from 3 – 5:30 pm.

Entree prices range from about $17 to $45.

Tip: Make regular lunch and dinner reservations through www.OpenTable.com in order to avoid the required credit card deposit, as well as the potential cancellation fee, if booking through Disney Dining.

Morimoto Asia Official Disney Springs Area:

The Landing

15 – Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Disney Springs

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ serves home style comfort food. Menu items include fried chicken, fried grouper sandwich, pulled pork, fried catfish, Florida grouper, chicken biscuits, deviled eggs, desserts and assorted other comfort foods are served inside and on the screened porch.

Entree prices range from about $16 to $30.

Reservations can be made only through Disney Dining. Book online at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/ or call (407) 828-8739.

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Official Disney Springs Area:

The Landing

16 – STK Orlando

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STK Orlando – Disney Springs

STK Orlando is the Disney Springs version of this energetic chain restaurant offering a variety of steaks with a selection of sauces and toppings. Other entrées include glazed beef short ribs, chili rubbed rack of lamb, grilled lobster Rockefeller and rock shrimp. Sides include mashed potatoes, sweet corn pudding and parmesan truffle fries. The 2-story restaurant has an outdoor patio.

Entree prices range from about $22 to $62.

Tip: Make regular lunch and dinner reservations through www.OpenTable.com in order to avoid the required credit card deposit, as well as the potential cancellation fee, if booking through Disney Dining.

STK Orlando Official Disney Springs Area:

The Landing

17 – Planet Hollywood Observatory

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Planet Hollywood Observatory – Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood has been redesigned. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri has updated the menu, too. There is an exclusive selection of burgers and sandwiches, as well as appetizers and a New York strip steak. The World-Famous Chicken Crunch has returned. A DJ spins tunes nightly. Be sure to have cocktail at the Stargazer’s Bar on the covered patio upstairs.

Entree prices range from about $15 to $30.

Tip: Make regular lunch and dinner reservations through www.OpenTable.com in order to avoid the required credit card deposit, as well as the potential cancellation fee, if booking through Disney Dining.

Planet Hollywood Official Disney Springs Area:

Town Center

18 – Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (opening in 2018)

Also in 2018, a new concept from Wolfgang Puck will open in the Town Center at Disney Springs. The Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will “modernize the traditional bar and grill concept” in a location designed by Tony Chi. The menu will highlight many of Puck’s signature dishes along with handcrafted specialty cocktails, beer, and wine.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Official Disney Springs Area:

Town Center

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is not yet taking reservations, and Disney has not yet announced an official opening date. Check back here for updates.

The Polite Pig 

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Polite Pig – Fast Casual Restaurant

Another new restaurant in the Town Center area of Disney Springs, The Polite Pig, is a fast-casual restaurant recently opened by local husband and wife chefs, James and Julie Petrakis, who have won acclaim for their Central Florida restaurants Cask & Larder and The Ravenous Pig. Here there are indoor and outdoor tables, and customers order at a counter. Try the Southern Pig Sandwich made with pulled pork and fennel-apple slaw with a side of Crispy Brussels Sprouts with whisky caramel. You won’t be disappointed. The innovative Bourbon Bar is an indoor/outdoor bar serving over 60 varieties of whiskey.

If you want to learn more Disney World in Orlando, check out my earlier post and podcast with 10 tips for visiting:

10 Tips for Visiting Disney World in Florida

For a map and information about Epcot World Showcase Dining Options, visit here:

Epcot World Showcase Dining Info, Map, Podcast

For reviews of over 30 hotels in and near Disney World, click here:

Disney World Hotels – Resorts in and near Disney

For much more information, check out my Amazon books ($5.99 – paperback, $2.99 Kindle version).

One Perfect Day in Disney’s Magic Kingdom – paperback book link

One Perfect Day in Disney’s Magic Kingdom – Kindle book link

One Perfect Day in Epcot – book link

One Perfect Day at Epcot – Kindle book link

Until then, I hope all of your travel days are just perfect!

Cindy

P.S. If you would like a pdf of this post with the diagram but no other pictures for easy reference when you visit Disney Springs, just send me an email to cindy@oneperfectdayin.org and put “Disney Springs Dining” in the subject line.


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