You KNOW we’ve been eating our way around Disney Springs since it reopened on May 20th.
So far, we’ve eaten at Terralina Crafted Italian, D-Luxe Burger, T-Rex, Pizza Ponte, and many, many more table service and quick service restaurants. And, it’s another day, so it’s time for another Disney Springs meal! This time, we checked out the recently reopened Paddlefish to see how this seafood and steak spot is handling health and safety measures, and of course, to see how good the food is!
So, what is Paddlefish like during this initial phase of Disney Springs’ reopening? Let’s find out…
Before entering Paddlefish, we noticed social distancing markers on the ground for guests to wait behind.
And when we got to the host stand, we were greeted by a masked employee, bottle of hand sanitizer, and a sign saying that Paddlefish was offering contactless menus via a QR code.
There were also markers on the floor letting people know where to wait for their tables.
If you don’t want to get food in the restaurant, Paddlefish is offering to-go drinks at the bar, but note that you cannot sit at the bar.
Additionally, the restaurant is practicing social distancing by limiting capacity and marking some tables as closed for seating.
We were led to our table by the hostess, and when seated we were offered a paper bag to store face masks.
In addition to the QR code menu, Paddlefish is also offering paper menus.
Paddlefish is currently offering a limited menu. Items like the items such as the Lobster Bisque Soup, the Maine Lobster Roll, Table-side Lobster Guacamole, the Chilled Trio, and Seafood Boil with 1¼ Pound Maine Lobster are missing from the menu.
We opted to start with the New England Clam Chowder, which comes packed with bacon, potatoes, and of course CLAMS!
The cream-based soup was strong on the bacon and potato. While it was a tad salty for our taste, it’s still a great option for a hearty soup for a decent price. A cup of New England clam chowder is $6.00, and a bowl of clam chowder is $9.00.
For our second appetizer, we got the Beef Skewers, which were $13.00. It came with a hazelnut romesco and pickled onions.
If you love a good char-grilled flavor, these skewers are for you! While the meat itself was a little bit on the tough side, that grilled flavor really came through.
The hazelnut romesco was nice and tangy, but the pickled onions were a refreshing final touch on the whole dish. While this wasn’t our favorite thing, the beef skewers could be a great choice for all the land lovers who are not as comfortable with seafood, or those on a low-carb diet dining at Paddlefish!
After our two appetizers (we came hungry!), our entree came out. We opted for the Crab Cake “BLT.” In addition to a crab cake, this $20.00 sandwich came served with bacon, avocado, cheddar cheese, lettuce, beefsteak tomato, and a rémoulade sauce, all of which was piled onto Ciabatta bread. It was served with house-made chips.
The crab cake was definitely the most prominent thing in the sandwich, and it was a really good crab cake. There was a healthy amount of shellfish in the blend, and it had a satisfying smooth texture.
However, we found the crab cake itself was overpowered by the bacon, avocado, rémoulade, and other ingredients. The delicate crab is the star of the plate, but honestly, it was lost in all the loaded BLT toppings. Just the bun and remoulade would have been plenty to let the crab cake shine.
We were unable to finish all of our food and asked for a doggy bag. The restaurant handed us containers and we packed our food to-go ourselves, as opposed to our server boxing it up for us in the back.
Nosh or Not
Row on over to Paddlefish if:
- You LOVE seafood and are looking to get your crab on while at Disney Springs.
- You’re trying to have a nice meal out with waterside views.
Swim elsewhere if:
- You’re not a seafood person.
- You want big portions for your buck.
- You want to a quick meal on the go at a quick-service spot.
Paddlefish is taking the new safety procedures in place very seriously, which the service was still EXCELLENT! If you’re looking for seafood while shopping, this is a great bet as soups and sandwiches are LOADED with shellfish. DO note that they’re operating with a limited menu and many of their seafood hits aren’t being served at the moment. However, the meal can be a bit expensive, so if you’re on a budget, you’d be better off going to one of Disney Springs many quick-service locations. Paddlefish is great for date night, especially if you’re looking for some great views and atmosphere!
Have you eaten at Paddlefish before? What did you think?