The range of food available to try at Walt Disney World truly is incredible. Tasting international cuisine is a fun activity for foodies, and what better place to get adventurous than on vacation? Obviously, Walt Disney World has delicious Italian, Japanese, and Mexican cuisine, but you can find less-prevalent types of cuisine available to sample as well.
Today we are dining on food from the land of clovers, leprechauns, rolling hills, and stunning coastline. Ireland! Irish food is known for hearty comfort staples like cottage pie, stout brews like Guinness, and delicious seafood like oysters harvested off the coast. You don’t have to travel all the way to Ireland to enjoy Irish cuisine, you can have some delicious meals right at Walt Disney World Resort. This is no ordinary theme park food, folks. Here are some of the best restaurant options for Irish food at Disney World.
Fish and Chips
When you think of Irish food, you likely think of Fish and Chips. We do not blame you, flaky white fish perfectly fried in a beer batter breading and doused with malt vinegar is hard to beat. Paired with crispy and fresh chips (fries) this is absolutely a “heavy” dish, but gosh is it delicious. There are several excellent spots where you could enjoy this dish on vacation, but we recommend you definitely try the Fish and Chips at Cookes of Dublin. The Fish and Chips at this dive are $14.99 and make an excellent lunch item to enjoy during a day of shopping.
Located at The Landing at Disney Springs, Cookes of Dublin is an authentic Irish pub that brings the flavor and culture of Dublin, Ireland to Orlando, Florida. Owned by John Cooke and Paul Nolan, this eatery has been incredibly popular at Disney Springs since it opened. This menu is full of hearty and delicious dishes like Dubliner Irish Cheese & Bacon Dip, a creamy and stout side perfectly paired with a cheeseburger. At only $5.50 this is an affordable and delicious small bite.
Pork lovers should consider trying the Hog in a Box. At only $14.99, this combo consists of succulent slow-roasted pork shoulder with baby Potatoes, sage and sweet onion stuffing, caramelized onions, and apple sauce. Not only is this entrée an excellent value, but it is also so incredibly delicious.
If you are looking to chow down on a burger, consider trying the BBQ Dream Burger with Jameson Irish Whiskey BBQ sauce, the Dubliner Burger slathered with delicious garlic mayonnaise, or the Cookes Classic Battered Burger.
Shepherd’s Pie made with lamb — or cottage pie made with beef — is a staple dish in the United Kingdom. Composed of ground beef or ground lamb as the base and layered with fluffy mashed potatoes, vegetables, and sometimes covered with melted cheese, this is a really hearty and delicious dish. Shepherd’s Pie can be found on several menus at Walt Disney World Resort, but my favorite place to indulge in this dish is Rose & Crown Dining Room at EPCOT.
Located in the United Kingdom Pavilion in EPCOT World Showcase, Rose & Crown Dining Room gives an authentic pub feel with delicious food and drinks right in the Park. There are so many delicious options on this menu, but the Shepherd’s Pie is always my pick. Nothing beats enjoying such a warm, delicious dish on a winter evening in EPCOT.
Bangers and Mash
It does not get much more traditionally Irish, than Bangers and Mash. Basically, sausages and mashed potatoes, Bangers and Mash is a typical pub food enjoyed around Ireland and other parts of the United Kingdom. The origin of sausages in the United Kingdom is said to date back to the Roman invasion of the islands, when the Romans brought the tasty art of sausage making with them.
Serving sausages with boiled or mashed potatoes was popularized in the 1800s. From that point forward, it’s been game-on for Bangers and Mash, with the Irish often serving them drizzled with savory brown gravy and with a side of cooked cabbage.
You can sample a Bangers and Mash entrée at Rose sand Crown Dining Room in EPCOT for $22. If you are dining with a larger group, order different staple dishes on the menu and share, so you get to taste more food. Pair this dish with a craft beer or an Irish whiskey for a delicious dinner. You never know, you may just find a new favorite!
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Pudding is a traditional, beloved dessert in the United Kingdom. Rose and Crown Dining Room gets this dessert right, so it is not to be missed. The Sticky Toffee Pudding is the perfect sweet end to a meal at this EPCOT staple.
Coming in at $9 this dessert is made from a steamed cake served with a warm and silky vanilla custard and a hot butter-rum sauce. Even if you are unsure about indulging in dessert, we recommend you order one of these to share with your dinner mates. It is too delicious to miss! Fun fact: this steamed cake is considered a pudding, but “pudding” is a term used interchangeably for dessert in the United Kingdom.
Chicken Pie Do Try
Savory pies are another staple menu on many menus in the United Kingdom. If tasting a savory pie is on your must-eat list, head on over to Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs. Located in The Landing at Disney Springs, this Irish pub is perfectly themed and always full of action. Visit this spot to enjoy live music and performances of traditional Irish step dancing.
The menu is full of delicious options of Irish fare, as well as more American dishes like burgers and chicken. You cannot make a bad selection, but we suggest you try the Chicken Pie Do Try. This pie consists of flavorful chicken, wild mushrooms, and leeks in a white wine cream sauce. The filling is wrapped in a flaky, buttery, pastry and is served with mashed potato and sticky glazed carrots.
Talk about a filling and delicious meal, this savory pie hits the spot! Other delicious honorable mentions on this menu include the Pull the Boxty, Scallop Forest, and Ger’s Bread and Butter Pudding. Pull the Boxty is an excellent starter consisting of Irish-style crispy boxty potato cake, pulled ham hock, and caramelized red onions slathered with a Dubliner cheese sauce. Seafood lovers should consider the Scallop Forest, a shareable starter of Georges Bank sea scallops in a battered and served with a citrus lime dipping sauce and sweet chili jam.
For dessert, splurge on an order of Ger’s Bread and Butter. This bread pudding is a sweet and savory end to the meal that you will not want to miss. Pair any of these menu offerings with a pint of Guinness and you are good to go!
To try smaller plates of Irish cuisine, consider visiting EPCOT during the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival and stop by the Irish festival booth. Walt Disney World dining is incredible, and they deliver on Irish cuisine in a big way. No doubt you will feel the luck of the Irish when dining in any of these delicious Irish eateries at Walt Disney World Resort.
We hope you enjoy some of the best Irish food at Disney World!