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Enjoy a Taste of the Bayou at Boatwright’s Dining Hall

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is broken down into two unique sides with Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter celebrating the spirit of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside bringing the stately mansion homes and charming bayous of the South to life. Both sides of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort are home to several dining options, but only one features a table service option that Guests can’t miss.

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Boatwright’s Dining Hall is found at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside inside of the Sassagoula Steamboat Company, a large building that is home to the Disney Resort’s lobby, concierge services, Fulton’s General Store, River Roost lounge where YeeHa Bob performs, and more. Featuring a rustic and charming theme, the main building offers views out to the Sassagoula River that continue from within Boatwright’s Dining Hall.

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Continuing the rustic theme, Boatwright’s Dining Hall is designed to feel like a working ship building location complete with a massive wooden hull for a lugger fishing boat suspended above. The walls continue the theme with various props including specialty ship building tools, nautical items, and artwork depicting various types of boats.

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Guests are sure to feel relaxed and at home in Boatwright’s Dining Hall as they soak in the atmosphere that is perfectly paired with industrial style lanterns mounted on the walls, exposed wooden beams, and charming brick fireplaces. The highlight of the restaurant are large windows which look out at the stunning Sassagoula River, truly creating the illusion that Guests are in the South on the bayou.

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Open only for dinner each night, the menu at Boatwright’s Dining Hall focuses on traditional American Southern favorites with inspiration from Sothern Louisiana and classic bayou cooking styles and ingredients. The result is a hearty and delicious menu that features bold flavors, comforting ingredients, and unforgettable desserts.

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Before digging in to the food offerings at Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Guests should take time to peruse the beverage menu which includes a variety of soft drinks, specialty non-alcoholic options such as a Grapefruit Spritzer and New Orleans Chicory Coffee, as well as beer and wine. Guests can also indulge in specialty cocktails like the Southern Hurricane, Rum-A-Rita, and Citrus Smash as well as dessert cocktails including the Godiva Chocolate Martini and Baileys and Coffee.

Once situated with their drinks, Guests can turn their attention to the food menu at Boatwright’s Dining Hall which kicks off with a wonderful selection of appetizers that bring the flavors of the South to life. A light start to any meal is the plant-based Amelia’s Salad which tops romaine with rainbow carrots, watermelon relish, tomatoes, crispy black-eyed peas, and an avocado-tarragon puree.

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Heartier appetizer options include the festive Mardi Gras Fritters which are house-made pimento cheese fritters fried to perfection and paired with a pepper jelly. Also available are the French Onion Soup au Gratin with traditional flavors and the Boudin Balls which combine Andouille and smoked sausage with dirty rice before being fried and served with remoulade, creole mustard, and pickled vegetables.

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The entrees at Boatwright’s Dining Hall feature delicious and comforting classics that are sure to transport Guests to the bayou in Louisiana such as Boatwright’s Jambalaya which features slow-cooked spicy shrimp, Andouille sausage, and chicken served over a bed of rice. Guests who are following a plant-based diet can enjoy Boatwright’s Harvest Jambalaya which tops spicy tomato rice with mushrooms, peppers, onions, and garlic for a flavorful combination.

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Seafood lovers have two entrée options to choose from at Boatwright’s Dining Hall beginning with the Blackened Salmon which is accompanied by dirty rice, seasonal vegetables, pickled onions, and a brown butter beurre blanc. Also available as an entrée is the Deep South Shrimp and Grits which features a bed of creamy Charleston-style grits topped with sustainable shrimp, Andouille sausage, and a spicy cream sauce.

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Guests looking for some spice with their dinner can dig into the Nashville Hot Chicken which is hand-battered and fried to crispy perfection then paired with barbecue baked beans, collard greens, and house pickles.

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Guests looking for a delicious steak for dinner at Boatwright’s Dining Hall is General Fulton’s Prime Rib which is slow-roasted and rubbed with a chicory-coffee blend and served with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and a horseradish cream.

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All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Chef's Platter

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With so many wonderful entrée options, it can be hard to choose just one at Boatwright’s Dining Hall, but luckily there is a perfect solution. The All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Chef’s Platter features ribs, Nashville Hot Chicken, smoked sausage, barbecued beef brisket, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, roasted corn with Cajun butter, and green beans for the ultimate Southern bayou feast.

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No meal at Boatwright’s Dining Hall is complete without enjoying a sweet ending and Guests can choose from four options prepared by the D’Sert Sisters. The Mississippi Mud Crème Brulee tops a chocolate crème brulee with ganache, chocolate shortbread cookie, and strawberries, the Pecan Pie Cheesecake features a kick from a bourbon-caramel sauce, and the Banana Cream Pie Bread Pudding elevates the classic flavors with bourbon-soaked raisins. Guests who are looking for a lighter dessert option can also enjoy Sorbet which features a trio of flavors.

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Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is a unique location at the Walt Disney World Resort that serves up traditional Southern-style cooking infused with the flavors of the bayou. When paired with the rustic, ship building interior, dinner at Boatwright’s Dining Hall is an unforgettable Disney dining experience that Guests should not miss out on!

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.