Dining at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

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Of all the Moderate Disney Resorts, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is a favorite of many Guests, as it brings the charm of the South to life through beautiful details and immersive theming. The Disney Resort is a sprawling beauty with different areas like Magnolia Bend and Alligator Bayou along the Sassagoula River that evoke the quiet beauty and serenity of the South.

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Guests who stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside have plenty of amenities to enjoy, including pools, bicycle rentals, boats to and from Disney Springs on the Sassagoula River, and also several dining options. Each dining option serves up a wonderful array of American classics as well as Southern favorites, including bold flavors and ingredients. Let’s check out all of the wonderful dining options available to Guests at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside!

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Boatwright’s Dining Hall

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is home to one table service dining option that is open each day for dinner only and serves up American favorites infused with Southern Louisiana flavors and cooking styles. Boatwright’s Dining Hall features a rustic interior that showcases the art of shipbuilding, with the large hull of a boat suspended overhead and lots of antique tools on display on each wall.

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The cozy table service restaurant also features charming vaulted ceilings and wooden beams, rustic lantern lighting, and a large wood-burning fireplace where Guests can soak in the charm and atmosphere. Guests who enjoy dinner at Boatwright’s Dining Hall are sure to enjoy the ambiance just as much as the wonderful views of the Sassagoula River gently flowing by just outside of the large windows.

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The dinner menu at Boatwright’s Dining Hall begins with appetizers including French Onion Soup Au Gratin and Amelia’s Salad featuring rainbow carrots, watermelon radish, roasted tomatoes, black-eyed peas, and an avocado-tarragon dressing over romaine. Guests are also sure to love some true Southern classics with the Mardi Gras Fritters that are made with pimento cheese and served with pepper jelly and the Boudin Balls which are made with Andouille sausage, smoked sausage, and dirty rice, fried to perfection and served with rémoulade, creole mustard, and pickled vegetables.

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More Southern classics and flavors are found in the entrée choices on Boatwright’s Dining Hall’s menu beginning with the Boatwright’s Jambalaya, which features slow-cooked spicy shrimp, Andouille sausage, chicken, and rice and Guests looking for a plant-based option can also enjoy Boatwright’s Harvest Jambalaya. Shrimp is also the star in the Deep South Shrimp and Grits which pairs the seafood with Andouille sausage, spicy cream sauce, and Charleston-style grits.

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An indulgent dinner option at Boatwright’s Dining Hall is the General Fulton’s Prime Rib which is rubbed with a chicory-coffee blend, slow-roasted, and served with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and horseradish cream. The Nashville Hot Chicken is a great option for Guests who love spice, and it’s perfectly crispy from frying and served with barbecue baked beans, collard greens, and house-made pickles. A lighter option with big flavors is the Blackened Salmon served with dirty rice, seasonal vegetables, pickled onions, and an absolutely delicious brown butter beurre blanc.

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The final entrée option at Boatwright’s Dining Hall is the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Chef’s Platter which features many items from the menu including ribs, Nashville hot chicken, smoked sausage, barbecued beef brisket, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, street corn, and green beans. This hearty and amazing option is very popular with Guests, as they get to sample many different food items and ask for seconds (or thirds) of their favorites!

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No meal at Boatwright’s Dining Hall is complete without enjoying a decadent dessert, and the menu shares that each option is prepared by the “D’Sert Sisters.” Guests are sure to love every single bite of Banana Cream Pie Bread Pudding, Pecan Pie Cheesecake, Sorbet, and Mississippi Mud Crème Brulée which features a chocolate crème Brulée topped with chocolate ganache, chocolate shortbread cookie, fresh strawberries, and more ganache.

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Riverside Mill Food Court

The main quick service option at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is Riverside Mill Food Court, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The quick-service restaurant features a rustic theme to match the rest of the Disney Resort, and Guests can enjoy fresh options from several different ordering bays, making each meal quick and convenient.

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Breakfast at Riverside Mill Food Court features various options like classic Mickey Waffles, Egg and Cheese Bagel Sandwich, Breakfast Bagel Sandwich, and a Ham and Cheese Omelet. Guests who follow a plant-based diet can also choose from Overnight Oats, Plant-based Mickey Waffles, or a Chipotle Seitan and Vegetable Sauté.

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Heartier breakfast options can be found in the Bounty Platter which features scrambled eggs, a Mickey Waffle, bacon, and sausage, or the American Platter which features the same components minus the Mickey Waffle. Guests who are looking for a light breakfast choice can grab fresh fruit, yogurt, granola bars, and more or opt for the Continental Breakfast which includes blueberry Greek yogurt, a banana, and a croissant.

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Lunch and dinner at Riverside Mill Food Court feature identical menus that start off with burger and chicken options including a Cheddar Cheeseburger, Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger, Chicken Strips, and House-seasoned Grilled Chicken Sandwich. A popular choice is the Signature Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger which tops a juicy patty on a brioche bun with bacon, pimento cheese, lettuce, and tomato and serves it with fresh fries.

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Another ordering bay offers up fresh sandwiches including Prime Rib Dip, Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwich, Turkey Sandwich and Pimento BLT which elevates the classic by adding a generous portion of pimento cheese. Other popular lunch and dinner choices at Riverside Mill Food Court are the Cheese Pizza and Pepperoni Pizza which can be enjoyed by the slice or pie as well as the Chicken Parmesan Pasta and Pasta with Meatballs.

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More traditional Southern meal options found at Riverside Mill Food Court include the Roasted Turkey Dinner served with mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy, the Roasted Salmon dinner with lemon-butter sauce, roasted potatoes, and green beans, Pot Roast cooked in a red wine gravy and served with an array of vegetables and Walt Disney’s Favorite Chili in a Bread Boule. The star of the menu when it comes to Southern cooking is the Jambalaya which is packed with flavor featuring chicken, Andouille sausage, vegetables, rice and a spicy sauce.

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River Roost

Guests looking to kick back and relax while enjoying some light food and specialty cocktails at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside can head to River Roost. This popular lounge is open to the main lobby and features a rustic theme with comfortable tables and seating surrounding a small stage where the Guest favorite YeeHa Bob performs on select nights.

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In addition to the specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks available, River Roost serves appetizers from five to ten each evening including popular options from nearby Boatwright’s Dining Hall such as the Mardi Gras Fritters and Boudin Balls. Guests can also enjoy Loaded Potato Puffs topped with pulled pork and beer cheese sauce, Bayou Wings that are smoked and tossed in a sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce, or the Po’ Boy Seafood Flatbread topped with fried shrimp, oysters, cheddar, Italian cheese, arugula, tomato, and rémoulade.

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Muddy Rivers

The final dining option at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is Muddy Rivers, an open-air pool bar on Ol’ Man Island with convenient access to the nearby pool. Guests who stop by Muddy Rivers can enjoy specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and a small menu of food options that they can indulge in at stool seating at the bar, tables, and chairs spread out throughout the patio, or at the pool.

Muddy Rivers features a very limited menu of food options including a Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken, Ham and Cheese Sub, Turkey Sandwich, and Chicken Salad Sandwich, all of which are served with an individual bag of chips. Guests who are looking for more of a snack item can also order up a hot and fresh Pretzel with Cheese Sauce, which is the perfect indulgence for lounging poolside!

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About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.