Disney’s Boardwalk Bakery serves as the primary counter service dining location at Boardwalk Inn. This quick-service dining location offers a variety of grab-and-go items.
In this Boardwalk Bakery Review, we’ll preview the menu and what might be available on your visit. Unfortunately, most of the items at the bakery are pre-made.
Since I’ve stayed at the Inn multiple times, I’ve had a good deal of experience with Boardwalk Bakery. Those experiences date back more years than I would like to admit.
On one particular vacation, I remember having a late check-in. So I headed straight to the Boardwalk Bakery to get something to carry back to my room before they closed.
The pre-made sandwich I received was terrible. I had to replace it with a microwaveable frozen pizza that I picked up at the Screen Door store.
And had we not been staying in one of the villa rooms, we wouldn’t have had a microwave to heat anything.
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After that experience, I’ve been hesitant to return to the Boardwalk Bakery for a meal other than picking up a pastry.
Thankfully, though still heavy with pre-made items, the menu has improved. In this review, we’ll look at two recent meals I’ve had and see what might interest you.
Since Boardwalk Bakery is the dedicated quick-service at the Boardwalk, you’re pretty much stuck with what they offer unless you visit a nearby resort.
However, Boardwalk has a Pizza Window that offers pizza by the slice, or you can purchase a whole pie.
Additionally, a kiosk called To-Go cart sells items like chicken fingers, hot dogs, and such.
However, both of these locations are only available for lunch and dinner.
While that might sound like a decent amount of options for the area, it’s not. My main complaint about the Epcot Resorts Area is the lack of counter service dining.
Unfortunately, all of the resorts on Crescent Lake have quick service menus primarily made up of pre-made items.
I don’t know about you, but if it’s 8:00 p.m. and I’ve just arrived at my Disney hotel after a long day, I don’t want to eat a sandwich that may or may not have been made at 7:00 a.m.
It’s not that any of us are too good to eat something pre-made. But when paying several thousand to spend a week in a deluxe hotel, shouldn’t we expect more?
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Anyway, Boardwalk Bakery is located on the Epcot-side of Disney’s Boardwalk. It’s one of those restaurants where you walk in on the left side, move along the counter to order, and then exit on the opposite side.
The quick-service is typically open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. You can preview the menu here.
The bakery does have plenty of treats, so it’s a wonderful place to pick up a dessert. And some of the salad items are decent options, albeit pre-made.
But as you can see, a majority of the lunch and dinner selections are sandwiches that were pre-assembled “earlier in the day.”
Here is a look at the veggie sandwich. It’s the same pre-made sandwich sold next door at both Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club.
There is usually one sandwich on display, and all of the others sit in boxes behind it.
The sandwiches include:
- Ham and Swiss
- Jersey-style Italian Hoagie
- The Veggie Sandwich
- Grilled Cheese
- Gobbler Sandwich
Since I initially wrote this review, the gobbler sandwich has been added to the menu. It’s described as “oven-roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, turkey gravy, and cranberry mayonnaise on ciabatta.” Let’s hope it’s made to order.
I elected to mobile order a meal on my last visit and enjoyed it out on the Boardwalk. It was nice to see the grilled cheese on the menu. I was sure it had to be made freshly, given that the sandwich was an item served hot.
When I went to pick up my order, I noticed that they had a mixed berry salad that was not on the mobile menu. So I asked the cast member about the salad, and she said that several of the items were not listed on the menu.
From my comings and goings at Disney, this is a bit unusual. Most of the counter services have everything listed on the menu down to the grab-and-go items in the cooler.
The grilled cheese ended up being an excellent choice. It was served on yummy grilled sourdough bread and came with a bag of chips.
You can’t tell from the picture, but a decent amount of cheese was involved between those slices. The grilled cheese was a good size, and I found it filling for the $9.99 price point. It was also pleasant to enjoy a meal out on the Boardwalk in the sunshine.
Which reminds me, there is no seating inside Boardwalk Bakery. However, there are tables and chairs out on the Boardwalk.
But if the weather isn’t nice enough to sit outside, you’re on your own. You could take the meal back to your resort room.
A few days later, while staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach, I decided to return to the Boardwalk via the Skyliner for another meal.
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This time I picked up the clam chowder at Beach Club Marketplace and then walked over to the Boardwalk to see if the salad was still available. Then, I got off the Skyliner at Riviera and picked up a treat at Le Petit Cafe for dessert on my way back.
By the time I was finished, I had a soup, salad, and a dessert that I enjoyed back in my room. This is a fun idea and a great way to utilize the Skyliner on a day or evening when you aren’t visiting the parks.
Thankfully, the mixed berry salad from Boardwalk Bakery turned out to be a good option. I was a little skeptical, given the fact that it involved fresh fruit. But this is something I would try again, even though it was pre-made.
The salad was a mixture of strawberries, blueberries, pecans, and pumpkin seeds on a bed of spring mix. A raspberry vinaigrette came on the side.
Overall, you should be able to find something suitable at the Boardwalk Bakery. But as far as going out of the way for a meal here, I probably wouldn’t.
There are so many other good counter service options at the Disney resorts. For starters, you can’t beat Primo Piatto at the Riviera. They are setting the bar for quick service right now.
And Polynesian’s quick service Captain Cooks has a great variety of options. Plus, the ambiance is so relaxing at the Polynesian.
Or you can try Hurricane Hanna’s near the pool at Beach Club for lunch or an early dinner. They usually have cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, and chicken strips.
And if you’re visiting the Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Mara is usually excellent. These restaurants make our list of best quick services at Disney World.
Hopefully, we’ll see a better variety of counter service options at the Boardwalk Bakery as time progresses.
For more information, all of our articles for Disney’s Boardwalk are listed here. Or you might enjoy the following:
- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Review
- Restaurants at Disney’s Boardwalk
- The Pools at Disney’s Boardwalk
- Boardwalk vs. Disney Springs
In the comments: What are your thoughts after reading this Boardwalk Bakery review? Do you think the resort should have a better counter service dining option?