Disney Springs is home to a host of delicious dining venues, including versatile tastes and distinctions from all around the world. From seafood to Italian, elegant to casual, you’ll find it all right here. Deciding on where to go and what to eat may pose a difficult challenge, as there are just so many great options to pick and choose from. To help you out, we’ve rounded up nine of our very favorite places to eat at while out and about at Disney Springs.
1. Raglan Road
Where do you go in Orlando to find authentic Irish pub grub paired perfectly with step dancing and live musical entertainment? It’s all waiting for you up the road—the Raglan Road, to be precise. This famed Disney Springs establishment came imported directly from Ireland. For this venture the owners brought forth the very best of the best among Dublin’s own top chefs, in order to present the dining public with award-winning novelty kicks to classic regional cuisine favorites. From extended weekend brunch fixings to delectable detours down other venues for lunch and dinner (and even late night roving), the road to discovery for food here is a long one. Some of the most highly enjoyable mealtime selections to be found include Bangers & Booze, Fish & Chips, Rack of Heaven (slow-roasted Guinness-glazed baby back ribs), the Proud Porkie, Crispy Cluck Sandwich, and loads more. Sweet picks for dessert are plentiful with decadent favorites like the Apple and Peach Crumble, Fluffy Lemon Clouds (lemon curd tarts with fluffy meringue), Our Pie to Try (daily pie features), Granny Dundon’s Famous Steamed Orange Pudding, Ger’s Bread & Butter Pudding, Dundon’s Delight, Dunbrody’s Kiss, the Triffle Sinful, and the unique gluten and dairy-free Chocolate Heaven flourless cake with berries, ganache, and whipped cream. And remember, you’ll find the perfect drink pairing for any food choice available from one of the various imported bars onsite here. Also, every day, you can enjoy the sounds traditional Irish melodies and songs from live performers on the Patio Stage between 8 p.m. and midnight, and from 4:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. on the restaurant’s Main Stage. The in-house 90-minute dance show, The Rhythms of Raglan, is presented four times a day between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. as well as during the Rollicking Raglan Brunch on weekends. Right next door to Raglan Road you’ll also find the quick service pick Cookes of Dublin where you can enjoy a host of hearty Irish food traditions served up in a casual on-the-go setting.
2. The Polite Pig
Renowned for their modern take on barbecue and taps in addition to bountiful Florida-inspired original entrées prepared using locally sourced ingredients, you’ll discover for yourself why pigging out has never been more mild-mannered than it is at The Polite Pig. Still one of the younger establishments making up the Disney Springs dining scene, The Polite Pig is owned and operated by James and Julie Petrakis in partnership with Brian Petrakis. This team of culinary star players is also known for several other notable “swiney” establishments. Guests who frequent The Polite Pig know to expect great quality takes on comfort classics as well as novel approaches to wood-fired, grilled, and smoked variations. Some of the enticing favorites the restaurant is famous for include Baby Back Ribs, USDA Prime Brisket, Pork Shoulder, Cedar Plank Salmon, Half Chicken, BBQ Cobb Salad with many different customizations available, Polite Rub Chicken Wings, Grilled Sweet Corn, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, BBQ Cauliflower, Sweet Potato Tots, Mac and Cheese with aged cheddar and breadcrumbs, BBQ Waffle Fries, and so many others. For dessert, three highly enjoyable signatures are waiting for you—the Orange Blossom Honey Cake, Carrot Cake, and Buttermilk Chess Pie. And don’t forget all those spirited accompaniments served up on tap, from beer to wine, bourbon, rye, whiskey flights, and even small batch cocktails.
3. The BOATHOUSE
The all-around nautical niceties and savory sea of possibilities make for smooth sailing at this upscale table service establishment located right along Lake Buena Vista. Also the home base for those popular sightseeing Amphicar & Italian Water Taxi Tours you may have heard are all the rage, The BOATHOUSE stays afloat with many distinctive balances. First there’s the overall regally riparian style and décor, successfully blending old seafaring nostalgia with a clean and modern twist. Then there are those universally appealing elements that make this elegant fine dining hub a place that families with children can also relate to—especially when considering the aforementioned Amphicar & Italian Water Taxi Tours along with the convenience of the adjoining boardwalk, always abuzz. But above all, it’s the food that stands out most of all—a metaphorical lighthouse drawing in guests from all around. This is not surprising considering they are managed by the award-winning Gibsons Restaurant Group, the first restaurant group in the country to have its own USDA Certified Angus Beef. This should please land-lovers coming here for an exceptional steakhouse experience that isn’t limited to just seafood. Other grounded tastes on the menu include the “Award Winning” Cherrywood-smoked BBQ Chicken, Sautéed Vegetables & Cavatappi Pasta, the FBA State Champion 2017 Pulled Pork Sandwich, the BOATHOUSE Barbecue Bacon Burger, numerous steak variations, and plenty of diverse salad fixings. For those who do come here seeking a deep dive into fresh catches there are seemingly fathomless fan favorites to “scale” that include, but are in no way limited to: Wild Caught Sea of Cortez Shrimp, Local Anastasia Gold Osetra Caviar, Fried Wild Caught Atlantic Surf Clam Strips, Main Lobster Bisque, Baked Steamed Mussels in Cioppino Broth, Cedar Planked Gulf of Main Salmon, and the Crispy Panko-fried Fish of the Day. And you’re going to want dessert with the delectable array of options to choose from, some of which include Key Lime Pie in a Mason Jar, NY Style Blueberry Cheesecake, Double Chocolate Bundt Cake, the BOATHOUSE Signature Root Beer Float, and S’mores Baked Alaska—comprised of graham cracker crust, rocky road ice cream, toasted marshmallows, and milk chocolate.