With so many recent changes due to the ongoing pandemic in Walt Disney World, guests might feel as though they are going to miss out on the excellent dining offerings that are normally available throughout Walt Disney World. While there are certainly a fair share of locations that are impacted by closures, Disney Springs is still home to some amazing dining experiences that are fully operational for guests to enjoy. From fresh seafood and Southern cooking to an amazing wine list and classic pub fare, there are plenty of excellent meals to be enjoyed while exploring the popular destination. Here are the top five restaurants guests can currently enjoy a meal at while spending time in Disney Springs.
1. The Boathouse
Situated right on the shores of the beautiful lagoon that flanks Disney Springs is the popular Boathouse restaurant, a full service location that is open each day for lunch and dinner. Located in The Landing area of the entertainment district, The Boathouse offers upscale dining with an extensive menu of land and sea favorites. The dining room of the restaurant offers beautiful views of the water, including some outdoor seating, that pairs perfectly with a nautical theme that can be found throughout the menu print, décor, and overall atmosphere. In addition to the soothing ambiance, guests can enjoy menu offerings including Oysters on the Half Shell, Jumbo Lump Crab and Avocado, Coriander-Seared Ahi Tuna, Maine Lobster Tail Oscar, Coconut-Fried Shrimp, Grilled Mahi Tacos, Filet Mignon Sliders, NY Steak & Fries Porterhouse, Boneless Ribeye, and much more. While the menu at The Boathouse is filled with indulgent meals, guests should be sure to save room for dessert and sample favorites including Key Lime Pie in a Mason Jar, Macadamia Turtle Pie, and S’mores Baked Alaska as well as specialty cocktails such as the Blueberry Lemonade and Lemon Drop Martini.
2. STK Orlando
Throughout Walt Disney World there are several fantastic dining options to choose from when guests are looking for an upscale steakhouse meal, and one of the best options can be found in The Landing area of Disney Springs. STK Orlando welcomes guests into an ultra-modern steakhouse with beautiful atmosphere and décor including a white curved ceiling, dark wooden accents, exposed brick exteriors and patios, and an in-house DJ playing unique music. STK Orlando is open daily for lunch and dinner and features an indulgent menu including options such as Tuna Tartare, Crispy Calamari, Wagyu Burger & Fries, Shrimp Scampi, Filet 10 oz, NY Strip 14 oz, Cowgirl Ribeye 16 oz, and Dry-Aged Bone-In Sirloin 18 oz. Guests who visit Disney Springs on Saturdays and Sundays can also enjoy brunch at STK Orlando and choose from menu items including Lobster & Eggs Benedict, Hot Chicken and Waffle, Truffle Steak and Egg, Cinnamon French Toast, and Smoked Pork Belly Eggs Benedict in addition to the normal steak offerings.
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3. Wine Bar George
Another full service dining location in The Landing area of Disney Springs has gained much popularity in the previous few years thanks to its upscale interior, delicious eats, and extensive wine list. Wine Bar George is the creation of Master Sommelier George Miliotes and welcomes guests in for brunch, lunch, and dinner, depending on the day, to enjoy an industrial dining area including outdoor patios. Guests love enjoying the location for menu items including Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites, Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, Eggs Benedict, Burrata, Iberico Pork Pluma, Chicken Skewers, and Fried Fish Sandwich. Wine Bar George also offers up the popular Artisanal Cheese Board, Charcuterie Board, and The Big Board, all of which serve up outstanding cheese and meat selections with specially paired accompaniments. While the food at Wine Bar George is always delicious, the wine list is the real star and guests can choose from countless options that are offered by the glass or bottle for their enjoyment.
4. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Also found in The Landing at Disney Springs is another very popular full service restaurant headed by famous Chef Art Smith, well known for his delicious Southern-inspired cooking. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ features a warm and inviting indoor and outdoor dining area that highlights cozy wood, tropically colored accents, and a central bar area. Open for lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends, the menu at the restaurant focuses on southern classics paired with fresh Florida ingredients and flavors, making for some unforgettable menu choices. Guests are sure to love digging into options such as Church Lady Deviled Eggs, Hallelujah Biscuit, Short Rib Hash, Fried Egg and Avocado Toast, Key West Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Art’s Famous Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken & Doughnuts, Braised Short Ribs, and Country Fried Steak. In addition to the delicious food options, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ also features some unique specialty drinks including Moonshine Mash, Fig and Berries, Royal Sangria, Cucumber Cooler, Apple Pie A La Mode, and Muleshine.
5. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
Guests looking to enjoy both delicious food and amazing live entertainment in Disney Springs can head to a lively and popular location. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant brings the music and dance of Irish culture to life with live Irish Step Dancing in an interior designed to feel like a classic pub with dark wood paneling and tables, lengthy and cozy bars, and lots of photos of Irish locations and legends. Open for lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends, the dining areas of Raglan Road are focused around stages where performers entertain with live music and dance throughout each day. Guests will love enjoying the performances which digging into menu options such as Nom Nom Wings, Pork Hash Tagged, Hipsters Lament, OMG Burger, Bangin’ Bangers & Mighty Mash, Shepard’s to Die for Pie, Fancy that Salmon, Braised Be Beef, Fish & Chips, Ragan Risotto, and more. The food options are always wonderful at Raglan Road, but not pub experience is complete without also indulging in a specialty beverage including a lengthy beer list as well as specialty cocktails including the Raspberry Mint Lemonade, Strawberry Fields Mimosa, Blood Orange Bourbon, Dublin Donkey, Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Coffee, and more.