Disney Springs is the most popular place to go when it comes to dining and top hotels at Walt Disney World. You’ll discover a wide range of restaurant options with everything from counter service to upscale eateries, and of course, plenty of kid-friendly fare. With so many options, it can be hard to choose where to go, but these spots rank as some of the very top picks.
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Enzo’s sits within a unique space, tucked underneath of what was once an air terminal for Disney Springs. They say it was actually used as a hideaway during the dry years of prohibition for a team of flying rum-runners. Today you’ll discover a fantastic eatery that was designed to feel like a speakeasy from the 1920s. It offers authentic Italian dishes providing a total foodie experience, with everything from Roasted Chicken Saltimbocca to Eggplant Parmesan, along with Prohibition-era cocktails. Enzo’s specializes in barrel-aged cocktails and offers the most extensive selection of rums and scotches than any other Disney Springs restaurant.
The dining room at Morimoto Asia is worth the visit alone, with its dazzling chandeliers that hover over magenta orchids. On the second floor is a quieter sushi bar that’s popular with adults looking for a night out on their own. Grab a center booth and you’ll see the Peking duck hanging in the kitchen and you’ll get to watch the chefs at work while you dine on mouthwatering Asian fusion fare, which includes Korean, Chinese and Japanese delights. In addition to Peking duck, you can dine on dim sum and other signature items like Spicy King Crab.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
As its name belies, Raglan Road is the place to go to enjoy a slice of Ireland that goes beyond its authentic Irish fare with daily dance performances and live music. Guests are encouraged to clap, sing and dance, and kids are even asked to come up on stage and learn some of the dance steps with the Raglan Road Irish Dancers. Dining includes traditional favorites like its signature beer-battered fish ‘n chips and tasty Shepherd’s pie along with seasonal farm-to-fork specialties and fresh, flown in cold-water seafood. Of course, you can also expect an extensive selection of Irish brews along with creative cocktails.
Jaleo by José Andrés
Jaleo recently made its debut in Disney Springs, becoming the fifth and largest location for the highly-acclaimed activist chef. It showcases Chef Andrés’ authentic Spanish fare with a variety of shared plates along with Spanish cheeses, paellas cooked on a huge wood fire paella pit, wines, sangria by the carafe much more. The nightly paella selection balances out modern takes on traditional cuisine, such as chicken croquettes served on a Cinderella glass slipper “pillow.” The setting is colorful while being both whimsical and upscale at the same time – diners can even sit at the Foosball Table to enjoy a delicious meal. If you’d prefer to dine al fresco, there’s an outdoor patio too.
The Boathouse is a massive waterfront eatery that offers memorable boat excursions and serves high-end cuisine like seafood towers, steaks and chops. It lies on Lake Buena Vista and is the world’s only restaurant that offers guided tours in vintage Amphicars, of which there are less than 400 across the globe today. The unique vehicles drive on land and water, taking passengers on a 25-minute tour of Disney Springs landmarks. After taking a spin, enjoy indulging in one of the several different styles and cuts of steaks or dishes like Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos and DisneCedar Plank Salmon. The desserts have become especially famous, thanks to the massive four-person Baked Alaska that’s about the size of Goofy’s head featuring a graham cracker crust, rocky road ice cream, marshmallows and chocolate.
Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' Restaurant
Local chef Art Smith, an award-winning celebrity chef, offers home-style, farm-to-fork southern comfort dishes showcasing the freshest flavors of Florida. Enjoy the views of the busy open kitchen from a table inside, or grab a table on the screened-in porch that overlooks the springs. Expect to find dishes like some of the best-fried chicken in the region, Shrimp & Grits and Church Lady Deviled Eggs along with decadent desserts like Shine Cake – a butter cake soaked in moonshine syrup. Needless to say, this is not the place to go if you’re on a diet, but you’re guaranteed to leave full and probably in need of a nap.
Bongos Cuban Cafe
Bongos Cuban Cafe is opening in Fall 2019, check here for updates.
Bongos Cuban Café was opened up by singer Gloria Estefan and her husband-producer, Emilio. Blending authentic Cuban cuisine with salsa tunes and a fabulous Old Havana-style atmosphere, you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here. Signature dishes including the world-famous Vaca Frita (seared shredded beef), Roasted Chicken, Lechón and Seafood Paella, best enjoyed with one of the refreshing mojitos or a frozen cocktail. The kids will enjoy it too with a menu that features their typical favorites like Mac & Cheese and burgers along with desserts like Traditional Flan, ice cream and Natilla, a Cuban-style vanilla custard.
Paradise 37 offers paradise along the waterfront providing a delicious gastronomic tour of North, Central and South America – in fact, there are dishes on the menu from nearly 40 different countries. Its the place to go for tasty tapas for sharing and margaritas, along with live music, DJs, and dancing. It also hosts a famous tequila bar and what’s arguably the coldest beer around.