The Best Crab Dishes at Walt Disney World

Crab Topped Fries at Paddlefish
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While enjoying a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort, many Guests love to indulge in table service dining locations that feature delicious menus served up in unique and charming atmospheres. Throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, Guests can find nearly every type of cuisine imaginable, including plenty of fresh seafood that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.

Guests who love dining on crab dishes have plenty of options to choose from across the Walt Disney World Resort, with everything from over-the-top Alaskan Red King Crab legs to traditional crab cakes and everything in between. Here are the absolute best crab dishes to enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resort, and seafood lovers should definitely sample them all!

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The Boathouse – Multiple Options

The Landing area of Disney Springs is home to The Boathouse, a very popular table service restaurant that welcomes Guests into a nautical setting on the shores of Lake Buena Vista. The Boathouse is open daily for lunch and dinner and for brunch on the weekends and serves up an extensive menu of indulgent steaks and over-the-top seafood options that Guests can enjoy inside in charming dining rooms or outdoors on expansive decks overlooking the water.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake at The Boathouse

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Guests who are looking to enjoy crab dishes have two options at The Boathouse beginning with the Jumbo Lump Crab and Avocado from the Raw Bar menu which is served with a tarragon remoulade. The other option is the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake which is a larger portion that can serve as a full entrée and is accompanied by coleslaw and a chipotle tartar sauce for a hint of spice with every single bite.

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Paddlefish – Multiple Options

Also in The Landing at Disney Springs is Paddlefish, a unique table service restaurant that has Guests board an actual steamboat on Lake Buena Vista to enjoy some of the freshest seafood around for lunch and dinner. Paddlefish features upscale dining rooms that pair perfectly with sweeping views of the water through large windows, or Guests can opt to dine outdoors on one of the ship’s decks to enjoy unparalleled views with their seafood options.

Crab Topped Fries at Paddlefish

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Paddlefish is home to several different dishes featuring crab, beginning with a trio of starters that are equally delicious. There are two different variations of Crab Cakes available, one with maque choux, fried green tomato, and remoulade and the other with crispy chourico, shishitos, and sweet chili aioli, or Guests can opt for the unique Crab-toped Fries which top a bed of skin-on fries with blue crab and Louie dressing.

Crab Cakes at Paddlefish

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Guests who are looking for a more filling crab option at Paddlefish can order the Crab Cake “BLT” featuring bacon, avocado, cheddar, lettuce, beefsteak tomato, remoulade, and ciabatta or the Crab option from the steamer menu which is accompanied by corn on the cob and new potatoes. Both options are excellent as entrée choices at Paddlefish and each features fresh flavors and sides to round out the meal.

Crab Guacamole at Paddlefish

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The final two crab options served at Paddlefish can be found on the Chilled & Raw Seafood menu and are great options for Guests looking to share. The Crab Ceviche features blue crab, avocado, bell pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, lime, and a side of tortilla chips and the Crab Guacamole combines lump crab, onion, tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, lime, and avocado with a side of tajin tortilla chips that is large enough to serve four.

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Narcoossee’s – Shrimp and Crab Cake

A quintessential dining experience for Guests looking for excellent seafood and atmosphere at the Walt Disney World Resort is Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The table service restaurant is open for dinner only and welcomes Guests to dine on coastal favorites while soaking in wonderful views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom in the distance.

Shrimp & Crab Cake at Narcoossee's

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Narcoossee’s menu is heavily focused on fresh seafood options, and Guests can begin their meals with the Shrimp and Crab Cake appetizer which also features a stunning and modern presentation. The dish features a perfectly cooked crab cake on one end served with freshly prepared shrimp, herbed remoulade, and red cabbage slaw, making it a flavorful way to start any meal at Narcoossee’s.

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STK Orlando – Multiple Options

Guests who are looking to enjoy a classic steakhouse menu with modern twists can head to STK Orlando in The Landing area of Disney Springs. STK Orland is a table service location that is open for brunch on the weekends and lunch and dinner daily that features a very modern interior as well as outdoor patio seating where Guests can enjoy elevated and unique takes on classic steakhouse options.

Tomahawk & Crab Legs at STK Orlando

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STK Orlando features two crab options, the first being the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake on the Starters menu which is perfectly prepared with large lumps of crab and is served with whole grain mustard cream, chili thread, and cucumber mustard seeds salad. The more indulgent option is the Alaskan Red King Crab legs which can be ordered on their own from the raw bar or added as an enhancement on any of the perfectly cooked steaks that are served up at any meal at STK Orlando.

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Enchanted Rose – Crab Macaroni & Cheese

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa features an upscale and elevated theming of Victorian charm that can be enjoyed throughout the Disney Resort’s lobby, room buildings, and various dining locations. Enchanted Rose is a wonderful lounge in the main lobby building that welcomes Guests to enjoy upscale opulence and theming inspired by Beauty and the Beast while sipping on elegant cocktails and specialty martinis and indulging in small bites.

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Crab Macaoni & Cheese at Enchanted Rose

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Guests who stop by Enchanted Rose can enjoy several different rooms which are each inspired by a different location from Beauty and the Beast and those who visit between five and ten each evening can order from a limited food menu. The Crab Macaroni & Cheese is one of the delicious options available and is perfectly creamy and filling with a combination of crab, gnoccheti sardi, mornay sauce, and citrus breadcrumbs on top for a crunch.

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Steakhouse 71 – Multiple Options

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to Steakhouse 71, a popular table service eatery that celebrates the year that the Walt Disney World Resort opened as well as popular foods that were personal favorites of Walt Disney’s. Guests can enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner at Steakhouse 71 while soaking in the retro, yet modern décor and a menu of steakhouse favorites with a blend of classic and updated ingredients.

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Lump Crab Cakes at Steakhouse 71

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Guests who are looking to begin their meals at Steakhouse 71 with a crab dish can opt for the Lump Crab Cakes which are served at both lunch and dinner and are accompanied by Old Bay Remoulade, corn has, and house-made saltine crackers. The lunch menu at Steakhouse 71 also features the Crab Cake Sliders which top brioche buns with lump crab cakes, Old Bay Remoulade, tomato, and pickled slaw with the choice of a Petite Wedge Salad, Parmesan Fries, or Pasta Salad as a side.

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Shula's Steak House

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Shula’s Steak House – Maryland-style Crab Cakes

An often overlooked, yet delicious upscale steakhouse option that Guests can enjoy for dinner each night can be found at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. Shula’s Steak House celebrates the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season under head coach Don Shula and features an upscale interior decorated with memorabilia from that season that pairs perfectly with a menu of classic steakhouse favorites.

Maryland-style Crab Cake

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Guests who dine at Shula’s Steak House for dinner can enjoy some of the most delicious and perfectly prepared steaks at the Walt Disney World Resort as well as a great crab-based starter that is the perfect start to the meal. The Maryland-style Crab Cake starter features a generous portion of jumbo lump crab combined with mustard and Old Bay seasoning and served with a remoulade sauce for a flavorful option that is great for sharing.

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Tokyo Dining – Crab Salad

EPCOT’s World Showcase is home to some of the most delicious and diverse dining options at the Walt Disney World Resort thanks to the eleven different pavilions that celebrate countries and cuisines from around the world. The Japan Pavilion is home to several popular eateries including Tokyo Dining, a table service location that brings the modern elegance of Tokyo to life with beautiful views of World Showcase Lagoon and a menu of authentic Japanese cuisine.

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Crab Salad at Tokyo Dining

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Open for lunch and dinner each day, Tokyo Dining is a favorite location of Guests who are looking for amazing sushi options, but the menu also features some other indulgent choices including a crab-based appetizer. The Crab Salad features a bed of mixed greens topped with three crab legs, two crab claws, and a yuzu gari dressing for a light and fresh start to any lunch or dinner at Tokyo Dining.

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Buffet at Cape May Cafe

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Cape May Café – Steamed Crab Legs

Disney’s Beach Club Resort brings the charm and elegance of a seaside New England beach resort to life, and Guests who enjoy visiting the Disney Resort also have several amazing dining options to choose from. Cape May Café is a very popular table service option where Guests can enjoy a seafood feast at dinner each night with fresh options and bold flavors.

Steamed Crab Legs at Cape May Cafe

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Currently, Cape May Café is serving dinner family-style and Guests can enjoy heaping platters of delicious coastal cuisine as well as several indulgent enhancements to further elevate any meal. The Steamed Crab Legs are one of the best options to make dinner at Cape May Café even more indulgent, and they are served by the pound so Guests can decide what quantity they would like for the table.

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Ale & Compass

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Ale & Compass Restaurant – Multiple Options

Just steps away at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is Ale & Compass Restaurant where Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a cozy interior with nautical details designed to feel like the interior of a lighthouse. The menu at Ale & Compass Restaurant focuses on coastal cuisine with lots of fresh seafood, and Guests have several crab-based dishes to choose from.

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Crab Cake Benedict from Ale & Compass Restaurant

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The breakfast menu at Ale & Compass Restaurant features the Crab Cake Benedict entrée which tops jumbo lump crab cakes with a perfectly poached egg, peppery arugula, and lemon-herb hollandaise for an updated version of the classic. Guests who dine at Ale & Compass Restaurant for lunch can also enjoy the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake starter which is served with stone-ground mustard cream, lemon emulsion, succotash, and greens.

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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.