Head to Disney Springs for over 50 different restaurants — some of them are actually better than the ones in the parks! (Sorry, not sorry.) In our expert opinion, there are some restaurants that are without a doubt must-try-best-meal-ever level restaurants, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices in Disney Springs, we’ve got you!
We’re breaking down our restaurant ratings into table service restaurants (where you generally need to make a reservation), counter service (no reservation required), and desserts! If you’re not sure where to eat in Disney Springs, we’re about to make your decision a whole lot easier.
Table Service Restaurants
5. Morimoto Asia
Morimoto Asia was created by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, and its menu features Pan Asian cuisines (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean options), including dim-sum style with small plates, meat plates, noodle bowls, and the extremely pricey (but delicious) Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef.
If you step outside, you can also order from the Morimoto Asia Street Food counter for more pan-Asian options, without the whole table-service business. It’s a little less Disney and it can be expensive, but it’s great for a date night or upscale restaurant experience!
- It’s gorgeous (those chandeliers!)
- Upscale experience
- Quality Pan-Asian eats
- Not for people who don’t like Pan-Asian cuisine
- Not for kids or picky people
4. Raglan Road
If you’re looking for a lively and authentic Irish pub atmosphere, look no further than Raglan Road. Not only can you catch live Irish music and dancing on select dates, but you can also choose from tasty Irish eats like fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, bread pudding, and more.
Even some of the interior of Raglan Road is authentically Irish, and by that we mean some of the bars and furniture were shipped directly from Ireland to Disney Springs. Finish off your meal with an Irish beer!
- Live Irish music
- Authentic Irish food and atmosphere
- Actually GOOD food
- It can get loud
- Live music isn’t daily
- You have to like Irish food
3. The BOATHOUSE
The BOATHOUSE is arguably the best place to go for seafood in Disney Springs! Choose from market fresh fish, Maine Lobster Tail, Shrimp & Andouille Mac & Cheese, and treat yourself to Key Lime Pie in a Mason Jar for dessert!
Next to The BOATHOUSE are the amphicar water cruises in vintage car “boats” as well as a water taxi and retro dream boats. Follow your night of waterfront seafood dining with a 20-minute guided tour of the lake on an amphicar!
- Amazing seafood
- Feel like you’re eating seaside
- Boat tours
- Very expensive (but hey, it’s lobster)
- Not a quick restaurant
- Desserts are meh
2. Wine Bar George
If you’re a wine-lover, head to Wine Bar George for over 130 choices of wine and unique small plates. The restaurant is led by Master Sommelier George Miliotes, and the staff is known for their extensive wine knowledge, so if you aren’t sure what wine to choose they will surely help you! You can dine on small plates most times of the day, but entrees are also served between 12PM to 3PM. Some of our favorite dishes include the Saganaki on Fire and Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites!
If you’re strapped for time, stop by The Basket at Wine Bar George — their attached counter service location. Grab a sandwich and wine slushie and be on your way!
- You want good wine? Go to Wine Bar George
- Variety of small plates
- All of it, literally all of it
- Entrees are not always available
- Small plate prices can add up
- Not super family-friendly
1. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is a table service restaurant in the Landing in Disney Springs. It was created by celebrity chef Art Smith, and the menu features Southern cuisine inspired by local Florida wildlife and agriculture. On the weekends you can even grab brunch!
Get the classic Art’s Famous Fried Chicken or go for artisan options like the Thigh High Chicken Biscuits or the Cuban Sandwich. Don’t forget to splurge on a side of Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits or get the pineapple-banana Hummingbird Cake!
As a popular restaurant, it’s not an easy task to snag a reservation at Homecomin’, and it’s not exactly the healthiest (or cheapest!) meal you can find in Disney Springs. Still, if you’re looking for a comforting and filling meal, this is it!
- Pure comfort food
- Sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients
- You won’t leave hungry
- Can be pricey (Art’s Famous Fried Chicken is $32!)
- Heavy meal
- Not the easiest for reservations
Counter Service Restaurants
5. Polite Pig
Polite Pig is the home of modern, Florida-inspired barbecue, with wood-fired, smoked, and grilled options. Visit the Bourbon Bar to choose from over 50 different kinds of bourbon, or choose from their extensive variety of craft beers available on tap.
The Hop Salt Pretzel with beer cheese fondue is a delicious way to start your meal, followed by options like the Low & Slow Brisket, Burnt Ends BBQ Meatballs, Fried Chicken, and plenty more. On a busy day, you might find a long line to order your food, but there is plenty of space for indoor and outdoor seating.
- Actually GOOD BBQ
- Tasty appetizers
- Bourbon Bar
- Expensive for quick service
- LONG lines
- Not for people who hate barbecue
4. Cookes of Dublin
If you can’t get a reservation at Raglan Road, visit the Irish quick service spot known as Cookes of Dublin. Here you can enjoy the Famous Fish and Chips and Dubliner Irish Cheese & Bacon Soup as well as burgers, sandwiches, and desserts.
The menu isn’t super extensive but you can get pub food that won’t take all day! But keep in mind that this isn’t the place for people who don’t like Irish food or who are looking for a light meal.
- Pub food that won’t take all day
- Raglan Road fans who want quick food
- Comfort food
- Lots of heavy food
- Limited menu
- Not for people who hate Irish food
3. Earl of Sandwich
There’s tons of seating and the food is easy to take on the go, but you might also find an Earl of Sandwich in your hometown, so it’s not super unique.
- Affordable sandwiches
- Tons of seating
- Tasty and easy to take on the go
- Not unique to Disney World
- VERY long lines at times
- Limited to mostly sandwiches (hence the name)
2. D-Luxe Burger
D-Luxe Burger is a quick-service burger joint that serves what could very well be some of the best burgers in Disney World. Choose from gourmet burger flavors like the Dublin Burger, the Barbecued Burger, the El Diablo Burger, and more, and grab an artisanal gelato shake with flavors like s’mores, strawberry, and cookies ‘n cream!
You can also order freshly-cut fries, and if sauce is your thing, you can choose from several housemade dipping sauces for your fries! If you’re looking for a GOOD burger in Disney World, D-Luxe is the place to visit.
- Delicious burgers that aren’t typical quick-service Disney burgers
- You’ll leave FULL
- Milkshake options
- You have to like burgers
- Not a table service environment
- Not the healthiest menu
1. Chicken Guy!
Chicken Guy! is Guy Fieri’s quick-service chicken restaurant, where the main feature (besides chicken, obvi) is the sauce. This restaurant offers 22 different dipping sauces to choose from! You can get usual sauce flavors like buffalo, buttermilk ranch, and honey mustard, but why not step out of your comfort zone to try wasabi honey, bourbon brown sugar BBQ, spicy mayo, sweet sriracha BBQ, and more?
So what are you actually dipping into your sauce? Grab an order of chicken tenders or try a signature chicken sandwich, and don’t forget to order fries covered in the Chicken Guy!’s signature seasoning!
- For sauce people
- Picky eaters can enjoy it
- Quick service and reasonable prices
- Not exactly adventurous
- Very limited seating
- Can have a very long line
3. The Ganachery
The Ganachery is actually tied with the next restaurant so we’re counting them down the same! This gourmet chocolate shop serves house-made ganache, truffles, and chocolate bars, and guests can even watch the chocolatiers making chocolates.
You can also find limited-time and seasonal offerings like drinking booze out of a chocolate bunny (yes, for real), so if you’re a big chocolate person you might want to make The Ganachery a must-visit.
- Perfect for chocolate fans
- Watch your chocolate being made!
- Limited-time menu options
- Another sweet shop in Disney Springs
- Not a chocolate person? Skip this spot
3. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
Ghirardelli is such a delicious dessert spot that you can literally SMELL it from a distance. We’re not kidding — the smell from Ghirardelli is all around the building and no one is complaining. It doesn’t have a totally groundbreaking menu, but you can order tasty chocolate squares, sundaes, shakes, cocoa drinks, and more.
This sweets shop features both indoor and outdoor patio seating, but it CAN get crowded at times. Still, the smell alone might tempt you into a visit.
- Smells good
- Delicious ice cream
- Tons of seating
- It’s all about the sweets here
- Can be crowded
- Not super adventurous
2. Vivoli il Gelato
Vivoli il Gelato is where you can get authentic gelato at a family-run gelateria, and they’re willing to take risks with special temporary offerings. From the regular menu, you can order gelato, fruity sorbetto, milkshakes, floats, cannolis, and more!
Although the menu can be pricey, the limited-edition offerings are sometimes worth a try because of how unique and interesting they are. Plus, we’re talking authentic Italian gelato! How can you say no?
- Authentic Italian
- TONS of menu options
- They take risks
- Can be expensive
- No free water
- Limited to gelato-type sweets
1. Gideon’s Bakehouse
Gideon’s Bakehouse is a local Orlando bakery that opened its second and flagship location in Disney Springs, and it has been a hugely popular spot ever since. They serve the most ginormous cookies you’ve probably ever seen, plus other sweet treats with special monthly offerings. You can also get a slice of cake and sip a tasty cold brew!
The inside of Gideon’s is small and the demand is high, so you’ll generally find a LONG line to enter the store. If it’s later in the day, you may find a virtual queue with a 2+ hour wait! But the cookies, the spooky vibe, and the overall theming are WORTH the wait.
- Amazing desserts
- Rotating menu options
- Spooky theming
- LONG WAIT
- Tiny store
- GIANT cookies and only sweet treats
Salt & Straw
Salt & Straw is the newest ice cream spot in Disney Springs, serving quite possibly the funkiest ice cream flavors you will ever taste. We’re talking flavors like Arbequina Olive Oil, Freckled Mint Chocolate Chip, Bottomless Limes!, and Adventurous Llamanaut, among many others.
Though they do serve some typical ice cream flavors, this isn’t the best spot for picky eaters, and there’s no seating inside or outside. But still, if you want to step out of your ice cream comfort zone, head to Salt & Straw.
- Truly unique ice cream flavors
- Incredible ice cream
- You can take a pint home!
- Weird flavors
- No seating
- No fancy sundaes
If you’re planning to visit the BEST Food Park on Disney World property, you want to eat at the BEST restaurants, right? Well, here ya go! It’s hard to go wrong at any of these spots but it might take you a few trips to try every one.
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