Perhaps that’s why Disney’s Coronado Springs, a moderate resort, often gets overlooked when it comes to food. But we’re here to tell you — don’t sleep on dining here because there are some great eats. We’re going to break down all the dining options at Coronado Springs (and there are A LOT) and give you some ideas of what to order at each one!
The one thing that sets Coronado Springs dining apart is that there are SO many options. You’ve got standard quick-service, but you’ve also got some great bars and lounges, as well as table-service restaurants. You’re sure to find something to please everyone at Coronado Springs, so let’s take a look at your options!
If you’re in the mood for Spanish-style tapas and drinks, you’ll want to head straight to Barcelona Lounge. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, but in the afternoon, you can grab some artisanal cocktails you can’t find anywhere else in Disney World. If you have a chance, be sure to order up the Passion Fruit Sangria — you will NOT be disappointed. It’s a secret menu item, so you’ll have to request it by name.
If you’re a charcuterie kind of person (and who isn’t these days?), the charcuterie here is not only delicious but also a great bargain!
Although Cafe Rix is mostly grab-and-go items, it’s got one thing that sets it apart from most quick-service restaurants in Disney World — it has a GELATO BAR.
We’re just going to say it — you can never go wrong with gelato. But if you’re also wanting a quick and easy bite to eat, this is your go-to at Coronado Springs.
Okay, you know location is EVERYTHING, right? Well, Dahlia Lounge is at the top of Coronado Springs’ Gran Destino Tower, meaning you get great views of just about everything! There’s also a rooftop patio, where you can enjoy a drink while enjoying views of EPCOT, Blizzard Beach, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is a great place to get away from Disney-esque theming for a bit without having to actually leave Disney.
If you find yourself craving things with tequila and mezcal, be sure to drop by the Laguna Bar. We especially like the margaritas here.
You’ll also get a lovely view of the lake at Coronado Springs, Lago Dorado. If you need to relax and destress, this is the place to do it. Sometimes all you need is a place to chill with a margarita, right?
If you’re lazing around the pool near the Dig Site at Coronado Springs, drop by Siestas Cantina for a refreshing drink. We can assure you that the bartenders here are some of the best you’ll find in Disney World! However, be sure to order up the Firecracker Shrimp — it’s one of our favorite things to eat at this resort!
Seriously, we LOVE that shrimp.
Okay, so Maya Grill is one of those restaurants that often goes overlooked at Disney World, and that just makes us sad. The atmosphere AND food here are incredible, and we’ve had some great dining experiences here. The setting is all Mayan, and it does make you feel like you’ve stepped inside a Mayan temple. This is also where you’ll find some of the best churros in all of Disney World.
However, we also highly recommend the Margarita Flight, Cochinita Pibil, and the Baja Fish Tacos. Do NOT skip out on this restaurant!
Yes, El Mercado de Coronado is a food court, but this is one of the few food courts in Disney World that serve up some unique Spanish-themed options. You’re not going to find things like Roasted Mojo Pork Loin, Ancho Rubbed Bone-In Chicken Breast, and Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf at any other food court in Disney World.
So if you want a quick bite to eat that isn’t standard food court fare, now you know where to go.
Maybe you think places with the words “bar and grill” in them are boring, but Rix Sports Bar & Grill will change your mind. Yes, the food here is standard bar food, but there are some standouts here that you need to try like Watchos (nachos made with waffle fries!!!) and the Cotton Candy Cheesecake.
If you’re in the mood for table service, look no further than Toledo. One, you’ll get a great view because this restaurant is next to Dahlia Lounge on top of the Gran Destino Tower. Two, it’s got a romantic atmosphere that is PERFECT for a date night in Disney World, especially if you time your reservation during the EPCOT fireworks. Be sure to order the Chef’s Signature Meal For Two — we liked almost EVERYTHING about that meal.
You can get that Tequila Daisy here, too, along with a great selection of wine. Like we said, this is THE date night spot in Disney World.
Three Bridges is another of those hidden secrets at Disney World. It’s patio dining with a water view, and the food is outstanding. There are also a lot of fun details that even include nods to DuckTales! What’s not to love? If you want some amazing Guacamole, you’ll find it here.
So if you find yourself craving something a little different in Disney World and are either staying at Coronado Springs or don’t mind taking the time to get there, be sure to stop by for some great dining you might have missed out on otherwise.
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For table-service restaurants, be sure to make those reservations as soon as you can — you can do so 60 days before the first day of your Disney World trip. Otherwise, be sure to check out the Mobile Dine Walk-Up Waitlist to snag a table.
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