There are several restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World Resort where Guests can enjoy a delicious meal of fresh seafood, but none is as indulgent and amazing as Paddlefish in The Landing area of Disney Springs. Combining a completely unique atmosphere and scenery with an extensive menu of seafood favorites, Paddlefish is a must-do Disney dining experience for any seafood lover enjoying a Disney vacation.
Paddlefish, formerly Empress Lilly and Fulton’s Crab House, is located inside of a beautifully restored steamboat that features a calming shade of gray, several levels of decks, and a charming smokestack all nestled on the shores of Lake Buena Vista. The result is an unforgettable meal that offers up panoramic water views as well as glimpses of Disney Springs that Guests cannot find anywhere else.
The interior of Paddlefish continues the beauty of the water views through large windows looking out at Lake Buena Vista that pair perfectly with a modern and bright interior. Vibrant pops of blue can be found throughout the dining area on the chairs, table settings, and mosaic-tiled walls. These bright pops of color are offset with dark wooden accents, curved lines that follow the shape of the steamboat, and individual pendant lights that add a modern industrial flair.
While the inside of Paddlefish is stunning, Guests who want unparalleled views should opt to dine on the outdoor decks or rooftop which offer up vantages of Lake Buena Vista, Disney Springs, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, small boats that offer transportation to nearby Disney Resorts, and even amphicars from The Boathouse. The view becomes even more beautiful at night when the sun sets across the water and the eclectic lighting of Disney Springs comes to life.
Paddlefish is open daily for lunch and dinner and features a very lengthy menu that focuses on fresh and flavorful seafood as well as indulgent steak and land options. Crafted by Executive Chef Steve Richard, the menu is a true seafood lover’s dream with fresh options daily.
Every meal on vacation is made even more indulgent with a specialty beverage and Paddlefish features a menu of soft drinks, beer, wine, and mocktails including the Strawberry Basil Lemonade. Guests can also enjoy a specialty cocktail with delicious options such as Lili’s Steamboat Breeze, Mid-Shipman, The Bloody Mary, Mayan Empress, and Captain Handsome.
Lunch and dinner both begin with identical Starters menus featuring classic options like Calamari, Fred Green Tomatoes, Beef Skewers, and a trio of crab options. Guests can enjoy the Crab-topped Fries featuring blue crab and Louie dressing or two variations of Crab Cakes, one with maque choux, fried green tomatoes, and remoulade and one with crispy chourico, shishitos, and sweet chili aioli.
A variety of fresh salads are also available to begin lunch and dinner at Paddlefish in either a side or full size with the option to add salmon, chicken, or shrimp, and Guests are sure to enjoy the Green Salad, Caesar Salad, or Wedge Salad. Also available is a fresh Caprese Salad as well as creamy and hearty New England Clam Chowder featuring bacon, potatoes, and cream.
No seafood restaurant is complete without classic steamer options, and Guests can dig into Crab or Peel & Eat Key West Pink Shrimp both served with corn and new potatoes. The ultimate indulgence from the steamer menu is the Whole Main Lobster which is decadent, buttery, and also paired with corn and new potatoes.
Guests who are looking for a chilled or raw option at Paddlefish for lunch or dinner can enjoy a classic Shrimp Cocktail or Ahi Poke served with sweet black soy, avocado, cucumber pickle, and tortilla chips. Crab is also featured in two ways on the chilled menu with Crab Ceviche and delicious Crab Guacamole made to serve four with blue crab, onion, tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, lime, avocado, and tajin tortilla chips.
Sandwiches are a staple of American lunch, and Paddlefish features several options on their menu that feature both seafood and land favorites. Non-seafood options include the Chicken Caesar Wrap, Caprese Sandwich, Cajun Chicken with beefsteak tomato, lettuce, onion, and remoulade on ciabatta, and The Burger which tops a brioche bun with a nine-ounce patty, house-made pickles, red onion, and pimento cheese.
Seafood sandwich options include Fish Tacos featuring the market catch of the day, a Blackened Catfish Sandwich, and Crab Cake “BLT” featuring classic bacon, tomato, and lettuce on ciabatta with avocado, cheddar, crab, and remoulade. These are all great options, but nothing is as classic as the Lobster Roll which tops a New England split roll with Maine lobster, celery, and lemon mayo.
Guests who can’t decide on a soup, salad, or sandwich item have two combination options available to them for lunch. The Soup and Salad combines a coup of soup with any side salad and the Half Chicken Caesar Wrap serves the wrap with either a cup of soup or side salad.
The main course options served for lunch at Paddlefish include seafood favorites such as Salmon, Stuffed Cod, and Catfish with a cornmeal crust, edamame-smoked bacon, succotash, and creole mustard. Shrimp can be enjoyed in two ways with the Crispy Shrimp which is flash-fried and served with cocktail sauce and skin-on fries or the Shrimp Pasta which tops linguine with Florida Rock Shrimp, asparagus, tomato, and crab broth.
Non-seafood main course options feature a Vegetarian Pasta, Chicken Breast, and Pork Chop with herb roasted potatoes, marinated peppers, and chimichurri. The only steak option on the lunch menu is the eight-ounce Filet Mignon accompanied by mashed potatoes, asparagus, and house steak sauce.
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The main course options for dinner at Paddlefish are broken down into From the Port and From the Land, and there are several options that can also be found on the lunch menu. Guests can again choose from the Stuffed Cod, Crispy Shrimp, Salmon, Crab Cake “BLT,” Catfish, Shrimp Pasta, Vegetarian Pasta, Chicken Breast, Caprese Sandwich, Filet Mignon, Pork Chop, and The Burger.
Options only available for dinner include the Shrimp & Grits, Mahi, Catch of the Day, and Scallops which are served with a cauliflower puree, haricot verts, and honey saffron vinaigrette. Also available is the sixteen-ounce rib eye which is accompanied by herb roasted potatoes and a house-made steak sauce.
Dessert at Paddlefish continues the indulgence with a New York-style Cheesecake with farm-fresh strawberry compote, Chocolate Layer Cake with fresh berries and whipped cream, and Key Lime Pie with house-made graham cracker crust and meringue.
Paddlefish in The Landing at Disney Springs is the ultimate table service restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort for fresh seafood options served in unique and flavorful ways. With a modern and vibrant interior and stunning views of Lake Buena Vista, Guests should be sure to enjoy lunch or dinner at Paddlefish on each visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!