The Cabana Bar and Beach Club is located on the Dolphin side of Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts. If you find yourself in the area looking for a freshly prepared meal, I recommend stopping in for a visit. The outdoor dining venue is pleasant and offers a slightly different experience than most of the surrounding eateries.
Cabana Bar and Beach Club is a poolside restaurant that provides a walk-up bar. The restaurant casually sits alongside the resort’s lap pool and is bordered by semi-private cabana-style seating areas. The main dining area has standard tables and chairs to help accommodate larger or smaller groups.
Now, you might be wondering how I ended up here.
A few weeks back, I was visiting Epcot and decided to head over to Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club to see if I could find a decent late lunch. Unfortunately, the only vegetarian item I was able to find at both of the resort’s quick service was a premade sandwich. And there was a snack option at Hurricane Hanna’s.
These choices were not ideal. So I decided to walk over to the Swan and Dolphin Hotel to see if I could find something more suitable. I already knew Picabu’s wasn’t open. I hoped that The Fountain had re-opened, and I could try their plant-based burger. As it turned out, I was a few days early. Thankfully, they are now open.
By this time, I had gotten fairly hungry. I also needed to stay in the area to get a few photos of the Dolphin’s Grotto pool for the site. Insert the Cabana Bar and Beach Club, which turned out to be quite satisfying.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by a sign indicating to wait in the area to be seated. While I was waiting, I noticed there was a walk-up bar available. Anyone can join the line and order the beverage of their choice to enjoy while lounging at the pool.
Additionally, the restaurant has a mobile order service if you would like to pick up a to-go order. Within a few moments, I was greeted and taken to a seat. Here is a look at the different seating areas.
I thought the pergolas were a nice touch and added to the ambiance of the outdoor dining space.
The menu is available via a QR code. It’s nice to be able to scan the code with the photo application on your phone. The menu pulls right up.
If you are reading this on your desktop, you can scan the code above with your phone to pull up the current menu. I actually took a screenshot of the menu that day on my phone.
You can look over it here as well. I think that most will be impressed with the variety of offerings and reasonable pricing.
The specialty cocktails are a bit high on the pricing side, but they align with standard Disney pricing. Meaning you aren’t going to do any better or worse while on Disney property. However, they do offer a unique drink menu. I can’t tell you how many people I saw with the Strawberry Basil Lemonade Jar.
I went from complaining over icky pre-made sandwiches to having a tough decision on what I wanted to eat. Everything on the menu looked so good.
The options for kids’ meals are also nice here at the Cabana Bar and Beach Club. I have a feeling an adult could easily order one of these to enjoy at the pool.
Not only that, but there is a full appetizer menu with shareable items, salads, and bowls.
I ordered the grilled watermelon and spiced ricotta and a side of waffle fries.
The salad actually comes with tomatoes, but I ordered mine without. The ricotta was smooth and creamy, complementing the fresh bites of watermelon. The dish was topped with frisee lettuce.
The ricotta had a spicy seasoning mixed in, and I wasn’t for sure if I actually liked it or not. Overall, I enjoyed the bites when I combined them all. But I didn’t care for the taste of the cheese mixture on its own.
The waffles fries were great and I ended up being really glad I ordered them.
As far as dining here goes, I had to wait approximately five minutes to be seated. Then I ordered within a few moments of sitting down and received my meal shortly after. The service at Cabana’s Beach Club was excellent.
One of the things I noticed when dining here was that everyone seemed relaxed and to be having a nice time. You don’t always feel that way when you are in a busy theme park, and you sit down for a meal feeling starved. All the while, worried about how long it will take to finish because you have things you haven’t gotten to yet. And it’s your last day in that particular park. That sounds stressful, doesn’t it?
I guess that’s why I started Resorts Gal. Over my years visiting Disney, I’ve taken the time to find the places where you actually feel like you are on vacation. And the Cabana Bar and Beach Club is one of them.
For those staying in the Epcot Resorts Area, make sure to add this one to your list of places to grab a meal near your hotel. And if you are looking for an early morning meal, try Ale and Compass for breakfast. They have a great breakfast.
I hope you enjoyed this mini-review of the Cabana Bar and Beach Club at Disney’s Dolphin Hotel. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on dining here or the resort itself.