Disney’s Boardwalk Restaurants (The Full Guide)

Disney’s Boardwalk has a plethora of restaurants. In fact, this location has over ten different dining options available.

This article covers the restaurants at Disney’s Boardwalk. We’ll look at the counter service restaurants, table service restaurants, lounges, and the pool bar.

Thankfully, in 2022 we have an exciting update. Flying Fish, the Boardwalk’s signature dining location, is now open again!

Now, let’s see where you might like to have a meal!

This article was updated on March 16, 2022.

Disney’s Boardwalk Restaurants

Here are the restaurants available on Disney’s Boardwalk:

  • Boardwalk Bakery
  • Pizza Window
  • The To-Go Cart
  • Funnel Cake Cart
  • Boardwalk Ice Cream
  • Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas
  • Belle Vue Lounge
  • Abracadabar
  • Leaping Horse Libations
  • Big River Grille and Brewing Works
  • Trattoria al Forno
  • Flying Fish
  • The Cake Bake Shop (Coming in 2023!)

*Unfortunately, ESPN Club is now permanently closed.

Related: Considerable Changes Coming to Disney’s Boardwalk

We’ll start with the counter service dining options. After that, we’ll preview the lounges before moving on to the table service restaurants and signature dining.

Boardwalk Bakery

Boardwalk Bakery is our first stop for dining on the Boardwalk. This is the resort’s dedicated counter service dining location.

Unfortunately, there’s no seating at this quick-service restaurant. However, there is some outdoor seating available on the Boardwalk.

The bakery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. They are open from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

I’m not a fan of the Boardwalk Bakery because most of its offerings are premade sandwiches. Unfortunately, this scenario has become a common trend in Epcot Resorts Area over the past few years.

Nearly all the counter services in the area have a menu primarily of premade sandwiches delivered from another location. Imagine paying $500 a night for a hotel whose quick-service food selection is comparable to what you’d pick up at the Seven-Eleven.

That being said, grilled cheese is now on the menu at Boardwalk Bakery. Since this sandwich is not pre-made, I ordered it on a recent visit.

The grilled cheese turned out to be a decent lunch item. It came with a side of chips.

When I picked up this order, I noticed a salad in the case that appeared very fresh. I ended up going back a few days later to pick one up. This turned out to be a good option for a healthy quick meal.

Related: Boardwalk Bakery Review

Other than that, the menu boasts a couple of sandwiches and a Caesar salad. Kids’ meals consist of ham or turkey with cheese sandwiches, which is simple.

You can pick up various pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and a few everyday side items for breakfast.

You can see how most items are premade in the picture of the display case below.

Pizza Window

The Pizza Window is another dining option on the Boardwalk. Usually, this location offers three different types of pizza.

Pizza can be ordered by the slice, or you can get a whole pie. In addition, standard beverage items are available.

Unfortunately, it has been my experience that the pizza here is not that great. I would compare it to something like a cheap buffet pizza or similar.

If you’re staying in one of the larger villas at Disney’s Boardwalk, you might consider adding a frozen pizza or two to your grocery order. I hate to say it, but the frozen pizza will likely be better than the poor Pizza Window.

Related: Disney’s Boardwalk Villas

Food Carts on the Boardwalk

Since Disney’s Boardwalk is designed to mimic an actual boardwalk, there are several stands and carts that serve food during regular business hours.

The To-Go stand is a fairly decent option. The menu offers burgers, hot dogs, and chicken fingers. This location is usually open from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Our next stop on the Boardwalk is the Funnel Cake Cart. As you can probably imagine, they sell funnel cakes.

If for some reason, Funnel Cake Cart isn’t available, you can always pick one up at the American Pavilion when you visit Epcot.

Boardwalk Ice Cream

Moving on, Boardwalk Ice Cream offers a variety of different treats. You can get anything from a scoop of your favorite flavor of ice cream to a Mickey Mouse sundae here.

There’s even a brownie a la mode and strawberry shortcake on the menu. However, if you want a diner-style meal with ice cream for dessert, try to get a reservation at Beaches and Cream. It’s located next door at Disney’s Beach Club.

Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas

For those of you who enjoy a little sweet and sour cocktail, Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas is another stand that sits along the Boardwalk. Joe’s has several types of margaritas, including the Marvelous Watermelon Margarita and the Patron Disney Select Anejo Margarita.

Make sure to pick up a jalapeno stuffed pretzel to pair with it! It sounds like the perfect Boardwalk snack, right?

Belle Vue Lounge

We’ll move back inside the Boardwalk Inn to preview options at Belle Vue Lounge. This location is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m for breakfast. They reopen from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. as a lounge.

Belle Vue serves as the resort’s formal lounge and is a wonderfully comfortable space to enjoy a cocktail.

The lounge is located on the main level of the Boardwalk Inn and serves breakfast items like pastries and coffee. I haven’t had a chance to try breakfast here yet, but it might be a good stop on a morning when you need a quick bite to eat.

In the evenings, the lounge offers a full cocktail menu. You can preview the offerings here. Unfortunately, appetizers are not available.

Abracadabar

Back out on the Boardwalk, Abracadabar is a magician-themed bar with limited food items. This location is open daily from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Abracadabar has a few appetizer items on the menu, including charcuterie, truffles fries, and a flatbread pizza option. However, most of the menu items are elaborate cocktails.

Elixirs, magic tricks, and illusions are the name of the game at Abracadabar. You can preview the menu here.

Leaping Horse Libations

Leaping Horse Libations is the pool bar located at Boardwalk’s Luna Park Pool. This fun pool bar is themed to resemble a carousel.

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While Leaping Horse Libations has a fun cocktail and beverage menu, there isn’t much in the way of food offerings. At the time of this last update, this location offers a choice of premade salads, one plant-based protein bowl, and a pretzel dog on the menu.

Most resorts have a relatively decent quick service at the pool. For instance, Beach and Yacht Club have an exception pool counter service at Hurricane Hanna’s.

I assume that the people who plan these menus don’t actually stay here. While on the surface, there appear to be plenty of options at the Boardwalk.

However, in reality, there’s not a good dining option for the pool, breakfast, or late-night counter service. It’s very frustrating.

Wrapping things up on a few positive notes, we’ll take a look at the table service restaurants at Disney’s Boardwalk.

ESPN Club (Permanently Closed)

Unfortunately, ESPN Club has permanently closed. A new restaurant, The Cake Bake Shop, is expected to open on Disney’s Boardwalk in 2023.

ESPN Club is one of those places where most dads will want to hang out and watch football on those hot Fall weekends in Florida. The restaurant formerly offered a variety of appetizers, entrees, and beverages.

Plus, they had a ton of televisions.

ESPN Club boasts over 100 screens with 30 different programs running at any given time. This sports bar-style restaurant normally serves lunch and dinner seven days a week with extended hours on Saturday and Sunday.

You’ll want to make reservations in advance if you plan to enjoy a meal here. Walk-ups might be an option based on availability. However, due to the popularity of this location, there could be a long wait.

Big River Grille and Brewing Works

Our next stop for dining at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is Big River Grille and Brewing Works. This location is a stop I consider a bit of a hidden gem on the Boardwalk.

Additionally, outdoor dining is available at this table service restaurant. If the weather is pleasant, I highly recommend it.

Big River Grille offers classic American menu items like nachos, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. In the past, I’ve enjoyed several items here, like their club sandwich and Caesar salad.

From my experience, the food is always good, service friendly, and the price is reasonable. And those are the reasons I consider this spot a bit of a hidden gem. Preview the menu for this location here.

Another bonus, you don’t have to have a reservation to dine here. Big River does take walk-ups. But if you prefer a reservation, snag one on OpenTable.

Trattoria al Forno

Next on our list of Boardwalk Restaurants is Trattoria al Forno. Trattoria is an Italian restaurant that’s open for breakfast and dinner.

You can expect elevated dishes like oak-grilled steak and eggs or tiramisu French toast during breakfast. You can preview the entire menu here on Disney’s site.

Trattoria al Forno formerly offered a character breakfast called The Bon Voyage Breakfast. Unfortunately, as of this last update, that experience has not returned.

Previously, the breakfast offered the opportunity to meet Ariel and Prince Eric with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Hopefully, we’ll see characters return in the future.

Related: Character Meals at Disney World

During dinner, you can anticipate a variety of Italian entrees, pizzas, kids’ meals, and more. The dinner menu is available here.

If you are looking for a meal with characters at this time, you might look into having breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace. Those of you staying at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn can take the Disney Skyliner (that sits outside Epcot’s International Gateway) to the Riviera for that meal.

Related: Disney Skyliner Resorts with Travel Times

Flying Fish

Our last stop for dining in this area is the infamous Flying Fish, not to be confused with the Flying Fish Cafe. Flying Fish is one of Disney’s signature dining locations.

If you enjoy seafood and are looking for a lovely dining experience on your Disney vacation, this restaurant is an excellent choice.

Flying Fish reopened in February of 2022 after a long, extended closure. You can preview the menu here.

Unfortunately, this is one of the few signature dining locations I haven’t tried to date. However, I have never heard a single complaint about the restaurant.

Make sure to get reservations for this Boardwalk restaurant well in advance. It’s quite a popular location.

For other fine dining experiences at Disney World, try these:

*Brown Derby is located within walking distance of the Boardwalk. However, valid theme park entry will be required, along with a reservation to dine there.

Additionally, Yachtsman, an excellent choice for steak or seafood, is only a few steps away from the Boardwalk at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

The Cake Bake Shop (Coming in 2023)

While we don’t know an exact date or many specifics, Disney recently announced a new table-service restaurant would debut on the Boardwalk in 2023. The Cake Bake Shop is a chain restaurant from Indiana.

We’ll cover this restaurant in detail when more information is available.

Restaurants Near Disney’s Boardwalk

There are plenty of other restaurants near the Boardwalk. For example, guests can walk over to Disney’s Beach Club Resort and enjoy a counter-service meal at Beach Club Marketplace or seafood at Cape May Cafe.

And the lounge at Beach Club, Martha’s Vineyard, has an excellent early evening menu that includes appetizers and entrees.

Related: Disney’s Beach Club Review

Disney’s Yacht Club sits next door and has another of our favorite off-the-radar restaurants, Ale and Compass. We have a review of several breakfasts at Ale and Compass.

Don’t miss the chocolate waffles! They are a long-time favorite item.

In addition, the Yacht Club has two lounges, Ale and Compass Lounge and Crew’s Cup. Both are excellent locations to enjoy dinner with no reservations.

Related: Disney’s Yacht Club Review

Several other dining locations are available nearby at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort. While this isn’t a Disney-operated hotel, these restaurants are available in the My Disney Experience app.

Related: Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Restaurant Guide

Another breakfast spot worth mentioning is Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney’s Grand Floridian. This location is ideal for a leisurely morning when you plan to visit Magic Kingdom afterward.

Related: Breakfast at Grand Floridian Cafe

Final Thoughts on the Restaurants at Disney’s Boardwalk

Disney’s Boardwalk and the surrounding area have you covered when it comes to restaurants. But unfortunately, the Boardwalk doesn’t have a great selection of counter service options.

Those planning a stay at the Boardwalk Inn might consider park-hopper tickets for access to dining at the nearby theme parks. For instance, we nearly always enjoy pizza at Epcot’s Via Napoli when we stay in the area.

It’s great to spend the day at one park and then come back for a break at the resort early in the evening. For example, you might walk to Epcot for a late dinner and fireworks. And don’t forget to take advantage of any extended hours offered to resort guests during your stay.

At this time, the Disney Dining Plan has not returned. However, Disney has announced its plans to offer the dining plan again in the future.

If you like, we have a complete list of all the Walt Disney World Dining Reviews we have available to date. That list might help you get an idea of what other dining options are available.

Planning a stay at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, all of our articles related to the resort are available here.

Related: Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Review

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In the comments: What are your thoughts on the restaurants at Disney’s Boardwalk? Do you wish the resort had one large counter service dining location like the other resorts? Or do you like the setup here better?

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