A newly-enhanced Guest-favorite experience is returning to the Walt Disney World Report on April 1–no foolin’!
On Monday, Disney World announced the grand reopening of one of the most popular restaurants on Disney property. Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa near Magic Kingdom, Narcoossee’s has long been a favorite of Guests visiting Disney World. But the signature dining venue closed for an extended refurbishment over the summer in 2022, and Guests were uncertain about its reopening. (“Extended” can mean a lot of things at Disney World!)
When the closure was announced, Disney promised a refurbishment that would bring Guests an “enhanced table-service experience,” especially for those who enjoy the coastal cuisine coupled with gorgeous panoramic views across Chef Noah Estabrook and Pastry Chef Kristine Farmer have been hard at work crafting a wholly-refreshed menu at Narcoossee’s. Disney says the new menu will feature “a perfect balance of updated classics and new epicurean delights,” including Beef and Ricotta Tortelloni, and Narcoossee’s Guest-favorite bisque–now coupled with an exciting tableside presentation.
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The new space incorporates the concept of “land and sea,” and that’s exactly what the culinary teams drew inspiration from when developing the new menu. Upon sitting down for your meal, you’ll be greeted with a recipe created by Chef Kristine specially for this location – an Artisan Boule of Sourdough made with a perfectly toasty crust and baked daily in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa bakery.
As you enter your first course, you’ll continue to be met with masterfully crafted dishes. For years, the Bisque has been a mainstay on the menu, so flavor connoisseurs will be thrilled to see it return, but now with an enhanced tableside presentation. The culinary team has also created two new starters. First up, the Beef and Ricotta Tortelloni accompanied by luscious brown butter, parsnip puree, and sultana raisins.
Next, the Ocean-inspired Charcuterie Board is a fresh take on a classic featuring ahi tuna pastrami, charred octopus, and house-made sausage from the sea. This plate is a true collaboration, with each component representing the style of a different chef on the Narcoossee’s team.
Moving on to the main course of your dining experience, the team has sourced sustainable seafood from both local waters and around the globe, including Chef Noah’s signature dish, the Blackened Redfish. This meal is served with a crispy chorizo-sunchoke hash with hominy, Florida sweet corn, and red pepper rouille. What makes this fish a standout is the secret blend of blackened spice, which has been passed down from chef to chef of the location, with each culinary mastermind finding their own unique way to feature it on the menu.
Plant-based diners will be delighted with the Roasted Vegetable Paella featuring market vegetables, cannellini beans, and preserved artichoke finished with charred Meyer lemon. Those looking for land-based fare will savor the new Dry-Aged Pork Ribeye Chop served with creamy goat cheese-potato pave and turnips with onion jam and a touch of fig jus.
The chefs have kept several of Narcoossee’s most popular dishes on the newly-enhanced menu, including the Plancha-seared Scallops with Parisian Gnocchi and Surf and Turf featuring tender filet mignon and butter-poached lobster tail.
And there’s always room for dessert! At Narcoossee’s, the dessert course features Chef Kristine’s Almond-Crusted Cheesecake with Lambert cherry sauce and Chantilly cream.
The dessert menu also includes the Berry Pavlova and the Pineapple Bavarouis, made of a roasted pineapple center and house-made blackberry buttermilk ice cream.
Narcoossee’s is known for its beautiful location and near-magical vistas of Magic Kingdom fireworks spectaculars, making it the perfect date night spot. The waterfront hideaway is the Guest go-to spot for relaxing with a beverage, whether a cocktail or one of Narcoossee’s zero-proof options. A team of sommeliers at Narcoossee’s keeps the wine list diverse, and the selection allows for the perfect pairing for any dish at the newly-refurbished restaurant. Mixologists keep it interesting at Narcoossee’s with the restaurant’s signature Empress Lime Gimlet, made with Empress Gin, Rockey’s Botanical Liqueur, and cold-pressed lime.
While the restaurant doesn’t open to Guests until April 1, the reservations window opens on March 1, giving Guests plenty of time to reserve a date to enjoy this newly-enhanced experience at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.