Walt Disney World’s resorts are destinations unto themselves, which is why taking a day of your vacation to explore a few of them is always a great idea! Whether you’re resort-hopping, or staying at one of Disney’s moderate level resorts, you will be spoiled for dining options. Here are some of the restaurants we love at WDW’s moderate resorts.
7. Sebastian’s Bistro
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has undergone a lot of changes lately, and its dining locations are certainly no exception. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat at this colorful resort, and we’d suggest starting with Sebastian’s Bistro. This table service restaurant combines fine dining with laidback, casual style, so you’ll always feel comfortable here, even without dressing up. One of the best things about Sebastian’s Bistro is its proximity to the resort’s pool, allowing for pleasant water views that fit the Caribbean theming perfectly! Get started with the Caribbean Pull-apart Rolls that you can share with the family, and then try the Sustainable Mahi Mahi with Coconut-Orange Rice, or the Caribbean Vegetable Curry. Desserts full of island fruit flavors abound!
6. Maya Grill
We were delighted to discover this Mayan-themed table service restaurant at Disney’s Coronado Springs resort – and we were lucky enough to walk in and get a table without a reservation, no small feat at Walt Disney World! You’ll find all of your favorite Mexican dishes here. Start with the Queso Fundido (because who doesn’t love melted cheese?), and then try the Tacos de Camarones (Mexican Beer Tempura-battered Shrimp), or maybe the fish of the day. Can’t decide on a dessert? Can’t blame you. Just order dessert shots so you can sample each delicious offering!
5. Boatwright’s Dining Hall
There is no table service restaurant at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, but don’t let that worry you! You can always take a scenic 15-minute stroll to its sister resort, Port Orleans Resort – Riverside for a meal at Boatwright’s. The backstory Imagineers cooked up for this unique restaurant is that of a boat factory, which will be clear as soon as you see the massive hull of the fishing boat hanging above you, surrounded by shipbuilding tools. Don’t feel like sitting under a boat to eat? Make a beeline for the cosy, roaring fire instead. Soul-soothing favorite here include slow-roasted prime rib, crawfish mac and cheese, and house-made bread pudding, complete with bourbon-salted caramel sauce. Yum!
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4. Three Bridges Bar and Grill
Dining al fresco has never looked so good. Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort looks out over Lago Dorado, allowing guests to enjoy beautiful vistas in an open-air dining setting. As its name suggests, there are indeed three bridges that converge here at Villa Del Lago, in the centre of the lake. There’s a ton of seating here; choose the Art Garden Court with its kinetic wind sculptures, or maybe the Palm Court, with its lounge atmosphere and fire pit. Unwind with a signature cocktail (or mocktail), and try Three Bridges’ creative twists on some of your favorite dishes, including smoked paprika fries and churros with pepper sugar.
3. Hoop-de-Doo Musical Revue
If you like to be entertained while you dine, head to the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, where the Hoop-de-Doo Musical Revue will provide you with two hours of riotous fun as you munch on all-you-can-eat BBQ ribs and fried chicken, cornbread, salad, baked beans, and strawberry shortcake. We bet you’ll find yourself singing and clapping along as the Pioneer Hall Players show off their singing and dancing skills – and wacky humor. Kids and adults alike will be thoroughly entertained, and no one will leave hungry!
2. Riverside Mill Food Court
If you’re staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, you’re bound to frequent the Riverside Mill Food Court. But we enjoyed the ambience so much, it might just be worth the walk over from Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, too! With plenty of options ranging from pizza to pasta to salads, Riverside Mill Food Court specializes in comfort food inspired by Southern Louisiana cooking. But the biggest reason to eat here is the unique atmosphere; the food court is right beside the resort’s huge, working mill wheel, which gives it an ambience of times gone by. Riverside Mill also tends to be less chaotic and more peaceful than other food courts on property, which is a win in our books.
1. Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood
Of course, no list of great restaurants at moderate level WDW resorts would be complete without a nod to a restaurant with some of the best views on property; namely, Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Featuring loads of surrealist art, the star of this rooftop restaurant is the stunning panoramic view that encompasses Hollywood Studios and Epcot. No matter where you’re sitting, the floor to ceiling windows allow you to see for miles! The menu of tapas and starters is extensive here, so you might not make it to the rest of the menu! But if you do, entrees include Manhattan Steak, Plant-based ‘Seafood’, and Red Wine-braised Chicken. Conclude your meal with a signature cocktail, and if you time your meal right, you may even catch a glimpse of fireworks.