Disney Springs is home to a whole host of extended opportunities that any visitor to Walt Disney World Resort is sure to want to get in on. And while the impressive shopping scene is not to be overlooked, it’s undoubtedly the diverse, delectable dining options that attract so many.
Dining designations, cuisine specialties, and overall experiences may vary across the board, but there are some contested dining venues that tend to be mutually popular picks with the vast majority of folks in general. Here are 12 such table service restaurants that prevail in popularity with most visitors.
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12. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
As you’d expect from any venue associated with renowned, award-winning Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck, this Disney Springs establishment is an all-out hit. Showcasing the finest California regional cuisine specialties with a distinctly Mediterranean infusion, it’s no wonder why the crowds are always flocking to this spot.
The ambiance, with its modern chic touches paired with seemingly vintage-like accents and wooden beans, perfectly blends together the concept of traditional classics with a modern twist. And that’s what the food and drink elements further convey with every presentation.
Whether you’re delighting in a signature entrée take on a classic comfort food favorite or are enjoying a specialty cocktail like no other, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill remains one of the most favored upscale dining destinations in all of Disney Springs.
Chef José Andrés has made a name for himself over the years as not only an award-winning chef with many culinary accolades to his name but also as a humanitarian. He was even named one of the “100 Most Influential People” by Time Magazine back in 2012 and again in 2018. So, it should come as no surprise that such a people person would be behind an establishment that treats folks dining here just like family.
That pretty much sums up the level of comfort and impeccable standards you can expect to find at Jaleo by José Andrés. As for the food, those are all comforts as well, carried out as an authentic showcase of traditional Spanish specialties with the chef’s own personal touches. Come on in and sit awhile, as you enjoy the best Spanish tapas paired with plentiful drink selections in an open, radiant setting that invokes casual comfort and a welcoming vibe. Then you’ll understand on a personal level why this is such a fan favorite.
10. The Edison
While it’s true that the unique steampunk motif is essentially the main draw for curious wanderers coming into this massive multi-story restaurant and bar setup, the praiseworthy menu hits both on the food spectrum as well as on the drink side of things have most folks instantly hooked. And because it’s a rather casual establishment, despite its fancy industrial-gothic décor, it’s hailed as a family-friendly favorite go-to.
What’s more, The Edison boasts a plentiful presentation of reinvented, enhanced American cuisine classics like burgers, sandwiches, and more. Fries just taste better when they come as specialty Electri-Fries. And who can pass on such a shocking dessert as the Triple Chocolate Voltage Cake, after all?
While the whole crew will love The Edison, be sure to bring them well before 10 p.m. The late-night scene is specifically reserved for the over-21 crowd. That’s when the party really gets started. There are even in-house DJs, live musical performers, and aerial acrobats on the scene then.
9. Frontera Cocina
Here you have another celebrity chef-founded favorite that folks can’t seem to get enough of. This time it’s the work of Chef Rick Bayless, winner of Top Chef Masters with seven James Beard Awards to his credit, among other attributes.
Frontera Cocina welcomes diners into a relaxed but refined atmosphere and invites them to experience truly authentic Mexican cuisine presentations. You can enjoy well-known classics like tacos, tortillas, and more all done up in a more loyal format to their original presentations than most folks are used to.
There are also lesser-known entrée enticements you’re going to love. They also offer several changing seasonal specialties worth diving into. And you can’t miss out on their many makings of crafted cocktail specialties either.
8. Wine Bar George
Avid wine-and-dine fans know that this is one of the most highly hailed venues to flock to. It’s the brainchild of Florida’s only Master Sommelier George Miliotes after all, so you know that it’s exceptional in every way. Of course, the wines speak for themselves, with more than 140 options to savor, either by the glass, bottle, or ounce. Many of these wine selections come from well-known established wineries from all around the world, as well as those from newer vineyards just starting out.
As for the food, don’t be so quick to assume that the menu pales in comparison to the dominating wine scene. George Miliotes did, after all, used to be part of the opening team for California Grill over at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. So, you can trust this estate-style winery to present pleasing, palatable foods as well. And that’s just what they do with unique options to pair with refined sips, including charcuterie boards, house-made meatballs, spiced olives, and even family-style plates that can serve between two and four.
Dessert specialties also include Olive Oil Cake, Key Lime Pie, and other delights. Meals served here include lunch, dinner, and even weekend brunch specialties.
7. Raglan Road
Here’s a toe-tapping, always hopping family favorite that needs no introduction. Whether you’re actually Irish or not, your eyes will be smiling given the fabulous food and entertainment presentation combos to delight in. The award-winning flavorful food offerings are enough to entertain any Guest’s taste buds. From well-loved traditions done up to offer something new, like their Shepherd’s to Die for Pie or Bangers + Mash = Yum, there’s just so much to fill up on. And yes, that includes delightful drink pairings in addition.
As for the entertainment, you can always count on dancing, live music, and merriment around the clock. The Main Stage happenings take place every weekday evening between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., as well as from noon to 10 p.m. on weekends. The Patio Stage offers up fun from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily as well.
6. STK Orlando
This modern chic steakhouse succeeds at presenting something novel, innovative, and new. Spanning 14,000 square feet and with two stories to its credit (including rooftop dining), this chophouse/lounge combo can accommodate many at a time. And that’s a very good thing given its vast popularity. Here you can sink your teeth into some rather impressive steak entrées along with other alternate plate fixtures, done up in the most savory, refined ways you can imagine. And their expertly crafted signature cocktails only add to the flavorful culmination.
Live entertainment can be enjoyed at select times while dining here. And on that note, it’s worth mentioning that the hours in which they serve their plated palate pleasures extend beyond those of other steakhouses. They feature both a Late Night Eats menu as well as a Weekend Brunch.
5. Morimoto Asia
As far as Pan-Asian fusion cuisine fixings go, you can’t get any more stunning or impressive than Morimoto Asia. Owned and operated by renowned Iron Chef Morimoto, no less, you know you can expect an exceptional experience.
The lavish décor is enough to awe anyone who comes in to be seated. But then, after viewing the expansive menu and then watching such options dished up in such a refined, plentiful format, it’s nothing less than mastery. And for Sushi fans, in particular, you will find the epitome of all sushi fixings right here, guaranteed.
4. Maria & Enzo’s
You’re in for the ultimate experience here if what you seek are traditional Italian cuisine classics served up at a lavish airport terminal-like setup complete with a fun backstory explaining it all. From the elaborate posters and reminders going back to the Golden Age of Travel to the stellar 50-foot ceilings, the overall experience is nothing short of amazing.
As far as the entrée selections go, you’re sure to be impressed by the vast and versatile range of house-made pasta, decadent desserts, fresh-caught fish, steaks, and other novelties. And of course, they have plentiful libations to rejoice in as well. It’s an all-family affair to enjoy and even offers up a novelty Italian brunch experience every weekend — something many other Italian restaurants cannot boast.
Who doesn’t want to enjoy the epic opportunity to dine within this iconic, permanently docked steamboat vessel of legendary Disney fame? It’s had a long and endearing history, housing many different restaurant venues over the years, and is now home to that stellar standout seafood epitome known as Paddlefish.
Because you are in a boat, after all, the waterfront views surrounding you all around are uncontested. And the rich, bountiful menu enticements speak for themselves in addition, with lavish offerings brought forth exclusively by Executive Chef Steve Richard. From changing Daily Catch specialties to exceptional Seafood Boils, Filet Mignon, and even King Crab among other things, Paddlefish remains a fan-favorite dining spot at Disney Springs.
As for fine wine pairings and plentiful crafted cocktails, it’s all nothing short of simply inspiring, especially when you come out on a Saturday or Sunday evening when there’s live entertainment taking place right onsite as well.
2. The BOATHOUSE
Another seafood-specific location worthy of an ovation is none other than this fan favorite. Boasting three bars inside as well as an exterior floating dock, you know you can embrace great sips in addition to savoring both sea fare-specific specialties as well as land-locked tastes. Some of their most praiseworthy menu standouts include a traditional Clam Bake, Main Lobster Tail Oscar, Hoison Chili Calamari, Shrimp Andouille Mac & Cheese, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, and so many others.
The impressive vintage-like boathouse theme sets the mood so perfectly, making this a fun, relaxing place for the entire family to enjoy. Remember also, this is the place where you can opt for those on-the-water sightseeing tours via Water Taxi or Vintage Amphicar.
1. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
This is by far one of the most popular all-around dining venues in all of Disney Springs. A familiar fan favorite with families and singles alike, the ambiance here pairs perfectly with the masterfully cultivated menu in a celebration of the down-home essence of Southern Florida. Award-winning Celebrity Chef Art Smith is the mastermind behind it all, and he brings his skill and knowledge in culinary craftiness to the forefront here, dishing up all the works.
Enjoy immaculately prepared novelty entrée features and classic farm-to-table comforts alike, around the clock. Some fan-favored eats Guests are always raving about include the Church Lady Deviled Eggs, Bee Haven Bay fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Chicken & Doughnuts, and so many others. Their Hummingbird Cake is also beyond delectable!
In addition to serving as a most notable lunch and dinner destination, they even offer up a delectable Rise N’ Shine Brunch on weekends. And as can be expected from a home-cooking establishment, many of the spirited cocktail favorites here incorporate southern goodness as well, including their moonshine features, Bloody Marys, mimosas, and more.
Disney Springs boasts plenty of other exceptional dining spots worth checking out in addition to these top 12 picks. Also take note of all the many other opportunities among quick service establishments, along with the exciting food truck scene. Disney Springs is definitely the place to go for versatile cuisine options that are sure to satisfy everyone in your group.