Talk about a hard list to narrow down. Over the past few years Disney has really stepped up its game with Disney Springs. So much so that the New York Times listed Disney Springs as one of the top 52 places to visit in 2018. Not Walt Disney World . . . specifically Disney Springs. That is a pretty amazing accolade. The world class shopping and beautiful setting definitely make Disney Springs worthy of planning into your Walt Disney World Vacation. And I would highly recommend planning a meal or two there, whether it is quick service casual bite, or a sit down table service meal. Here are my picks for the top 10 Disney Springs Eateries (really in no particular order because they are all just that good—and more are coming!)
10. Earl of Sandwich
Earl is a sentimental favorite that has been around the Marketplace area of Disney Springs forever. If you have a hankering for a good sandwich you really can’t beat the value here. Great flavor combinations served up quickly with some delicious sides (try the Mac & Cheese!) and some really great desserts. My personal favorite is the Holiday Turkey sandwich, it is like Thanksgiving leftovers every day. The line here can look intimidating, but it moves quickly and it is worth it.
What is more fun than good, old-fashioned bowling? Bowling with some delicious food! The menu at Splitsville is very impressive, and you can enjoy the food just on its own or reserve a lane to bowl and eat. The food is well prepared and very good—even compared to restaurants without the gimmick of bowling to go with it. The Sushi here is some of the best you will find on property. Especially good on a rainy day, plan an afternoon to bowl and eat on your vacation.
8. Blaze Pizza
While I hesitate to include Blaze Pizza on my list because they have locations across the US, I feel that it is really good and a great value. Like Earl of Sandwich, the line can be long and intimidating, but the pizza chefs really know how to move it along. You choose your individual pizza ingredients and they fast fire it in their oven. Everything is fresh and just the way you want it. We love to hit Blaze at an off-peak time and enjoy our pizzas outside by the “Springs.”
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7. Morimoto Asia
When Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto opened this Disney Springs eatery we knew it would be good. The Pan Asian menu features dishes from China, Japan, and Korea made with fresh ingredients and modern takes on traditional classics. Dim Sum, Sushi and all types of Asian entrees are featured on the menu, which is complimented by some very fun desserts including the popular Chocolate Cream & Crunch: oreo tempura, mandarin orange jelly, dark chocolate gelato, hazelnut chocolate crunchies. Also check out the more casual Morimoto Asia Street Food located just outside the restaurant where you can walk up and order dishes inspired by various Asian street foods.
6. Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
Relatively new to the scene at Disney Springs is Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante. This very large addition to the restaurants at Disney Springs is set in a 1930s airline terminal to go along with the theming of the Disney Springs Landing area. Inside you will find Sicilian and Southern Italian style dishes that make my mouth water just reading them: Eggplant Parmesan, pastas, meats & pork. Yumm!
My family loves D-Luxe burger—I have some very “meat & potatoes” kids. This quick service eatery in Disney Springs is known for elaborate (& huge) burgers that are delicious. The burger itself is extremely fresh & the toppings make the flavor pop. Accompany it with an order of fries for the table and if you are lucky you will have room for one of the artisanal gelato shakes . . . maybe even one of the “adult” ones.
The setting of Paddlefish alone makes it a destination in Disney Springs. Set on the paddleboat formerly known as the Empress Lilly, the menu here features all manner of Seafood dishes include boils, lobster rolls, crab, lobster, you name it . . . . here fish are food. If you have seafood fans in your family it is a tough choice between this and #1.
3. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Chef Art Smith is a Florida native and has ties to Disney before becoming private chef for Oprah Winfrey. His Disney Springs eatery Homecomin’ features southern cooking with Florida Fresh ingredients. I’m pretty sure I gain 10 pounds just walking up to the podium to check in. The restaurant itself is bright & airy, and decorated in a “farmhouse chic” style that looks like Chip & Joanna Gaines themselves designed. The menu features all of the southern/home/soul cooking you want: Fried Chicken, Barbecue, Shrimp & Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes . . . I am so hungry. You want to share some plates around the table so you have room for one of their decadent desserts. You can’t go wrong with the Shine Cake or the Hummingbird Cake. Oh yeah, did I mention they have Moonshine on tap?
2. The Polite Pig
Continuing in the vein of Southern Cooking with a modern twist, the Polite Pig is one of my go-to restaurants at Disney Springs. This quick/casual service eatery has divine barbecue selections including your choice of meats like pork, ribs, chicken, sausage & brisket. I have an equally high regard for the delicious and creative side dishes here—the BBQ Cauliflower and Grilled Corn are my top two. The locally sourced Orange Blossom Honey Cake is another must have. Here you will also find an extensive selection of whiskeys to compliment your ‘cue.
1. The Boathouse
The Boathouse is a highlight of Disney Springs eateries partially due to its location. Right on the water the views are hard to beat if you eat out on the deck, but thanks to huge windows you can also take advantage of the view inside. The menu has a lot of variety for seafood lovers and landlubbers alike with some of the best steaks on property. I tend to choose one of the daily fish specials—those fish were swimming just a few hours earlier, or the cedar planked salmon. So good! Also, the kids’ meals are served in little paper boats, how adorable is that!! If you dine at the Boathouse be sure to walk down to the dock where all of the vintage boats are parked and take a look at those. And look into the option of hiring a ride in an Amphicar. There are some discounts available for dining in the restaurant (even if you use the Disney Dining Plan—note this is a signature 2 credit restaurant) for an Amphicar ride, and I can tell you it is super fun to take a spin around the lake in one!
As I said, it is hard to narrow down the great eateries at Disney Springs to just 10, much less rank them in any sort of order. They all have their strengths and it just depends on the type of food and dining experience you want at the time.
What is your favorite restaurant at Disney Springs?