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Review: Shutters: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

Review: Shutters: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

Reservation: We were a walk-in and were seated with in 10 minutes.

Server: Erin

Welcome to the Caribbean! Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort is quietly tucked away situated just a few minutes down the road from EPCOT and was a delightful surprise. My family and I were just looking for someplace to have dinner last minute on a Saturday evening and thought we would try something new.

The Caribbean Beach resort was very warm, friendly and welcoming with a wonderful tropical feel. The pale pinks, blues, and greens of the hotel itself will automatically relax you as you enter this tropical get away. We first went through the lobby and found Shutters, which is on the far right hand side of the hotel. The restaurant area reminds me of the Mexico pavilion in EPCOT a little bit. It is decorated to make it look like you are walking outside, down a lantern lit street with façades to mimic rustic quiet buildings.

We put in our name and decided to wander outside to the pool bar to grab a drink before we were seated. Not only is the Caribbean Beach resort home to one of the coolest pools on Disney property, but the outside bar was well stocked with lots of different tropical drink choices and very friendly bar staff. We grabbed a few beers and Sangrias and were shortly called back to Shutters to be seated.

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As you could probably guess Shutters serves Caribbean inspired, tropical dishes with plenty of food options for everyone in your party. The specialties here are the roasted sweet plantains, shrimp fritters, and a great selection of tropical drinks. I’m personally not familiar with Caribbean food at all, (I grew up in the Colorado Rockies), Our server Erin was extremely helpful in answering questions and giving awesome recommendations. She was very knowledgeable about the food and drink menu and really helped all four of us out with making our diner selections.

We first began with freshly baked rolls accompanied with creamy cilantro butter as an appetizer. When I usually go to a restaurant knowing I’m about to write a review I try very hard to choose something off the menu someone at my tables has yet to order to get more variety, but this time my friend and I had the same idea. We both ordered “The Jerk-Crusted Tuna”. Like I said I’m a bit new to the Caribbean style of food so I ordered my Tuna Medium well, just to be on the safe side. My friend Cindy ordered hers raw but seared on each side. Our Tuna dishes were absolutely wonderful. A bit of a spicy kick from the jerk spices and he salsa that topped our fish off, with wonderful sides of rice, beans, amazing seasonal veggies, and mashed sweet potato’s.

The guys ordered a “New York Strip Steak” and the “Caribbean Style Beef Short Ribs”. The short ribs were cooked perfectly, the beef just melted off the bone and the spices used were just enough, not too much or too little. The New York Strip was, honestly, your typical Strip Streak. It wasn’t bad by any means but it was a fairly typical dish but accompanied with Pico sauce for some extra flavor.

Shutters offers a Caribbean pasta, Black Bean Soup and salads, as well as your fish dishes for vegetarian options. I will warn you, the “Shutter’s potatoes” has meat in them. We had a vegetarian amongst us who found that out the hard way. The Kids Menu consists of Burgers, Pizza, Fish and Mac n’ cheese.

Like any Disney restaurant, be sure to let your server know of any diet restrictions or allergies to watch out for.

The dessert selection varied from Chocolate cake, Key lime tart, a no sugar added mango moose and and ice cream dish. We went with the Key Lime tart and a dessert our server highly recommended, “Tres Leches”. Tres Leches means “3 milks”, it’s essentially a cake that is left in a man over night to soak up Milk, Coconut milk, and Sweet milk. The Tres Leches here at the Caribbean Beach resort has made my top favorite desserts here at Walt Disney World. It was heavenly. I highly recommend it to any dessert lover out there.

All in all our time spent here at Shutters was great, from the atmosphere to the fantastic service. It was a very laid back, smaller restaurant that just made you feel right at home. That is if your home is on a tropical island. J  I would consider this Resort and restart a little, hidden, Disney gem that shouldn’t be missed.

F.A.S.T

Food- Was very flavorful, a bit on the spicy side. It was This was a new cuisine for me and I was pleasantly surprised. Everything was cooked exactly as ordered and come to the table very quickly.

Atmosphere- the Atmosphere here at Shutters was very interesting. Shutters is a smaller restaurant but it felt more personable and we never felt squished in as you do at other places. I really enjoyed the façade outside of Shutters and the pool area. very relaxing.

Service- We had great services here, from the front gate guard, to the hostess, bartenders and our server. Our server Erin worked very quickly, yet spent time going over key menu items and helping us order. Our food came out exactly how we ordered it and our drinks never ran out. As a server myaself I really appreciated how she worked with us. She also had a table with a few kids and she was very friendly, fun and attentive to them as well.

Tips- I really recommend this restaurant for an older crowd. There are quite a few items on the menu that you wouldn’t exactly find at many other restaurants that I’m not sure all kids would really love. Although they do offer a nice kids menu and some American dishes for adults too, I would say this is more of a great date night place to go. Also be sure to allow yourself sometime to stroll around outside by the pool and enjoy the outside atmosphere as well.

– Karen

 

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