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The Best Restaurants at Disney Springs

When it comes to choosing the best restaurants at Disney Springs, the decision gets complicated. Did you know that there are close to sixty (60) different dining options at Disney Springs?

And with so many different places, how are you supposed to know which one is the best Disney Springs restaurant?

Some of the top restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort are located at Disney Springs. And this fact alone makes it extremely difficult to settle on which dining reservation might work best for your family.

With those thoughts in mind, I decided to put together a list of what I deem to be the best restaurants at Disney Springs. Because let’s face it, the number of choices has become pretty extreme. And it wouldn’t be a Disney vacation without having a fantastic dining experience or two scheduled.

On the flip side, it should be reasonably easy to find exactly what you are looking for at Disney Springs if you have a specific food craving. Again, that’s where having this large of a venue can benefit a variety of guests.

Below are my picks for the top restaurants at Disney Springs. The first eight are all table service restaurants. And the final three are all quick-service restaurants. Toward the very bottom, I’ll add a section for a few honorable mentions. Lastly, we’ll finish things up with a few sweet treats like ice cream, cakes, and chocolate! 

Best Disney Springs Restaurants (2021)

To share with you a little history, back a few years ago, Disney Springs underwent a massive refurbishment. The outcome resulted in several celebrity chefs and niche investors opening new restaurants at the Lake Buena Vista destination.

Among these well-known chefs are names you are probably familiar with, like Art Smith, Rick Bayless, Masaharu Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck, and Jose Andres. So naturally, these chefs having dining locations at Disney Springs brings in even more traffic to the popular venue.

Additionally, there are a few other dining stops, including counter service meals worthy of being categorized as the best Disney Springs restaurants. Therefore, the first eight restaurants we will look at are all table service locations. While the last three are a little more casual.

Below you’ll find each location that I’ve selected as the best Disney Springs restaurant. These are not in any specific ranking order, other than the more casual ones toward the bottom.

Additionally, four of these options are considered signature dining, which is the same as fine dining. Disney Springs is a fairly casual place, so there’s no reason to worry about a fancy dress code at any of these locations.

#1 The BOATHOUSE

Our first stop at Disney Springs for dining is probably one of the most popular. Here are a few of the specifics you’ll want to know:

Location: The Landing

Serves: Lunch and Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Table Service, Disney Signature Dining

The Boathouse most definitely comes in as one of our best Disney Springs restaurants. The theming is nautical, there’s a gift shop out front, and they have boats that look like cars! You can even rent them and drive out onto the water.

Additionally, The Boathouse has a waterfront dining location. Their menu includes a variety of fresh seafood, steak, sandwiches, and burgers. This restaurant is popular for a reason and has a wonderful reputation.

You will need to secure a Disney dining reservation in advance to enjoy a meal here in most cases. This restaurant is considered signature dining, and it can be difficult to get reservations here when it’s crowded.

If you don’t have a reservation and want to eat a little more casually, you can always head out back to the Dockside Bar. This location offers the restaurant’s full menu as well.

One of the fun things about dining outside here is that you can enjoy your meal while watching others drive amphicars out onto the water. Who knows? You might even end up wanting to take one of these unique vehicles out for a spin yourself.

#2 Morimoto Asia

If you like Asian cuisine, you’ll love our next top pick for the best Disney Springs restaurant. The famous Food Network TV Star, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, opened this location at Disney Springs a few years back. Here are a few of the specifics:

Location: The Landing

Serves: Lunch and Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Table Service, Signature

There are quite a few reasons I love a meal here at Morimoto Asia. But the main reason is that they serve good food prepared with quality ingredients while consistently providing excellent service.

Below is a look at one of the entree items I’ve enjoyed at Morimoto Asia. This dish is the Duck Ramen, and it was packed with ramen and duck meat. Portion-wise it was so large. I didn’t get anywhere near finishing it.

I’ve had the good fortune of eating at Morimoto at least five times to date, and we have never left wishing we had eaten elsewhere. (Make sure to check out their dim sum menu!)

Another perk at Morimoto Asia is that they offer a variety of dining options. If you want something more fast-casual at a price that won’t break the bank, try Morimoto Asia Street Food.

Street Food has a walk-up window on the far side of the restaurant with a separate menu and outdoor seating area. It’s a fun stop for a counter service meal at Disney Springs when you don’t have a reservation.

Did you spend all day in a Disney park and are now looking for late-night dining? Then, visit Morimoto’s Forbidden Lounge. It’s located on the restaurant’s second floor, offers a full menu, and is open late. There’s even a separate entrance if you want to avoid walking through the main restaurant.

In addition, there’s a pretty nice spot to eat outside on the balcony. Oh, and if you are a sushi fan, you won’t want to miss the offerings here. It ranks #1 on our best sushi at Disney World list!

#3 Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Fried chicken sandwich, anyone? That’s where Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ comes into play. This Disney dining location serves up a menu offering everything Southern from moonshine to various fried chicken dishes.

Location: The Landing

Serves: Lunch and Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Table Service

The menu at Chef Art Smiths boasts Southern favorites like Church Lady Deviled Eggs and Thigh High Chicken Biscuits. There’s even a country-fried steak dish.   For dessert, a few tough choices come into play between the Hummingbird Cake, Hamilton County Chocolate Pecan Pie, and then there’s the Shine Cake. 

By Shine Cake, we’re talking moonshine, and there’s plenty of that on the menu as well.  A few of their specialties include the Blue Hooch and Sweet Tea Shine.  

And don’t be surprised if you run into Chef Art Smith himself. He often frequents his Disney Springs restaurant.  

While I don’t have a formal review of Homecomin’ to provide at this time, I dare say you won’t be disappointed.

A few other things, the restaurant has brunch on Saturdays and Sundays between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Oh, and if you want something vegan and think chicken probably wouldn’t work, think again. They’ll fix you right up with a “Chik’n” sandwich substituting the real deal for Gardein crispy tenders.

Make sure to visit this restaurant after you’ve had a few days in the theme parks. After logging all those miles on Disney property, you won’t feel guilty at all about these indulgent menu items.

#4 STK Orlando

Starting off, I must tell you, I haven’t dined at STK Orlando in the evening. I’m mentioning this because STK is known for having more of a nightclub feel in the evening with live music.

Location: The Landing

Serves: Lunch and Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Table Service, Signature

But I do think it’s a great place to enjoy an al fresco lunch. As you can see in the picture below, the restaurant has a nice covered outdoor eating area.

The reason STK makes our best restaurant list is because of the super delicious menu items. If you are looking for a good steak or juicy burger, you can’t go wrong here.

Additionally, this location offers a separate brunch menu on the weekends. And they generally take walk-up based on availability.

Here’s the burger I had on my last visit to STK Orlando. It was one of the best burgers I’ve had in a long time, and I wouldn’t say that about any burger.

STK is a steakhouse and prides itself on offering quality cuts of meat that are expertly prepared. The food has yet to disappoint.

#5 Wine Bar George

While I haven’t had the opportunity to have a full meal here yet, I would be remiss to leave out Wine Bar George as one of the best places to eat at Disney Springs. The restaurant serves lunch on weekdays and offers a popular brunch on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Here are the details:

Location: The Landing

Serves: Lunch and Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Table Service

Dinner service is available nightly, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Like the name, Wine Bar George is most popularly known for its extensive wine selection.

You might pair a glass of wine with one of their infamous charcuterie boards. I doubt there’ll be any complaints by the end of the meal.

Additionally, Wine Bar George has a second stop for counter service attached to the side of the restaurant. The Basket offers several sandwiches, picnic baskets, french fries, and more.

I’ve even stopped here to pick up one of their famous cookies! This Rosé cookie is quite a tasty treat. I recommend getting one to-go and sharing it! The Basket is also where you can pick up a Corkcicle or Dole Whip Frozcato when available.

#6 Frontera Cocina

Okay, if you were going to ask about my favorite restaurants at Disney World, both Morimoto Asia, and Frontera Cocina would be in my top ten.

Here are the need to knows:

Location: Town Center

Serves: Lunch and Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Table Service

Frontera Cocina is excellent! You can expect unique Mexican cuisine made from high-quality ingredients and attention to detail. Frontera is one of the first places you will run into at the Disney Springs Town Center entrance from the Lime parking garage.

The restaurant serves Mexican food like you probably haven’t had, and it’s just plain ole good. If you are looking for a tasty salad at a reasonable price, try their Taqueria Ensalada. It’s perfect how it comes, but you can top the salad with carne asada, shrimp, or chicken if you like.

Here’s a look at one of our recent meals, the pork belly tacos. When is the last time you had pork belly tacos?

Another note here is that Frontera Cocina does an excellent job of providing allergy-friendly meals. Chef Rick Bayless keeps his staff well-informed, and the regular menu lists common allergens under each item.

#7 Jaleo by Jose Andres

Jaleo is one of the newest dining locations at Disney Springs. You might be familiar with the popular restaurant as they do have several locations in larger US cities.

Location: West Side

Serves: Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Signature Dining

Chef Jose Andres is the chef and owner of Jaleo and is to be commended for his effort in providing meals for those in need. And for that reason alone, a meal here is worth your patronage.

Not to mention the fine Spanish cuisine and tapas menu that Jaleo is known for serving. So make sure to try a fancy cheese plate! Or maybe try something Jose’s Way (it’s the only way.)

Regarding dining at Jaleo, I don’t think anyone familiar with the proprietor can disagree that it belongs in this best Disney Springs restaurant category. In fact, it probably belongs here more than any other option.

Try here for our full dining review of Jaleo at Disney Springs.

#8 Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill

Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill is my last table service recommendation for the best Disney Spring restaurants. If you are leaning toward Italian cuisine, this is more than likely where you’ll want to secure a reservation.

Location: West Side

Serves: Lunch and Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Signature Dining

The menu at Wolfgang Puck boasts California cuisine with Mediterranean influences. You’ll find items here like calamari, pizza, pasta, steak, and seafood.

Fans of this celebrity chef will surely enjoy a meal here. However, if you aren’t that familiar with the famous chef, Disney+ has a new documentary out in 2021 that’s really worth a movie night. It’s called Wolfgang, and the movie description is available here.

#9 The Polite Pig

Our next stop transitions to quick-service dining at Disney Springs. The Polite Pig is a contemporary barbecue joint, but you probably already picked up on that from the name, right?

Location: Town Center

Serves: Lunch and Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Counter Service

I’ve had the pleasure of eating at The Polite Pig quite a few times over the past few years. And while I’m probably a harsher critic of their menu than most, I couldn’t leave it out of our best Disney Springs restaurants.

Below is their cedar-planked salmon with two market sides. You can probably tell there’s a lot of food involved. So you might want to consider sharing something depending on your level of hunger.

At Polite Pig, you’ll find a variety of barbecue dishes with distinctive sides. The restaurant doesn’t require reservations and will come in a little less in price than the table service options we’ve previously discussed.

#10 D-Luxe Burger

What can I say about D-Luxe Burger? If you are looking for a little fries with that shake (or onion rings), you will enjoy this best Disney Springs restaurant.

Location: Town Center

Serves: Lunch and Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Counter Service

D-Luxe Burger has a variety of different burgers, including some with turkey meat, a chorizo mix, and a plant-based option. The restaurant is family-friendly and has great options for kids’ meals and chicken fingers.

This is one of my favorite places to mobile order food at Disney. Often I’ll leave a theme park like Magic Kingdom and order my food on the way over. Then, when I arrive, I’ll select the “I’m here, prepare my order” and pick it up.

Additionally, they have indoor dining and a pleasant outdoor eating space that looks out to the springs part of Disney Springs.

If you are in a burger mood, you will be more than happy you ate here.

#11 Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is the perfect quick-service restaurant at Disney Springs. Not only that, the food is so good that we knew we had to include it on our list of best restaurants. So here are the specifics for picking up a quick meal:

Location: Town Center

Serves: Lunch and Dinner

Menu: Here

Type: Quick Service

Blaze Pizza provides the opportunity to order custom individual pizza or create-your-own. Blaze’s variety of options and quality makes this a wonderful stop for anyone, but especially when dining with picky eaters.

You can get anything from a veggie pizza to a gluten-free crust at Blaze. It’s also going to be one of your best-priced meals while you’re on that Disney vacation. Sound like a win-win?

Honorable Mentions (Best Restaurants at Disney Springs)

While they didn’t make our top picks, there are still a few restaurants that I feel guilty about leaving out. For instance, Raglan Road, an authentic Irish pub, offers nightly live entertainment and delicious food items. (Menu here.)

Those looking for the best places to eat at Disney Springs for families (with smaller children) might consider a restaurant with theming. For instance, there’s Disney’s Springs Rainforest Cafe and T-REX Cafe, which are both geared toward children.

Neither of these is going to be the highest quality of food. However, they should be similar to your local neighborhood chain restaurant. And the overall experience is usually fun for the family.

As far as dining with children goes, there is no character dining at Disney Springs.

Related: Disney World Character Dining

Fans of Indiana Jones will want to check out Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. This might be a good stop for an appetizer-style meal or prelude to a later supper! View the menu here, and don’t miss happy hour!

Looking for another quick-service restaurant that isn’t pizza or burgers? Well, look no further than Chicken Guy! This is Guy Fieri’s (Food Network) chicken finger location. And there will be plenty of sauce. Speaking of Guy Fieri, the Planet Hollywood Observatory offers his exclusive menu at the Disney Springs location. (Menu here)

Additionally, Earl of Sandwich is a tried and true classic at Disney Springs for picking up a sandwich. This is another great option if you want to take something to eat back to your hotel room.

Lastly, for those of you who want to throw something different in the mix, try Splitsville Luxury Lanes on the West Side. It’s a retro bowling alley with a full dining room. You can check out their menu here.

Reservations for these Best Disney Springs Restaurants

Securing reservations at Disney Springs might be a little challenging if you try to use the My Disney Experience app.  And while this is an option for securing those coveted reservations at the best Disney Springs restaurants, I prefer another way.

I have found over the years that I have much better luck reserving a table on a website called OpenTable.  They have an app, but I usually visit their website from my mobile phone’s browser and select a dining option.

Often when you search the My Disney Experience app, there won’t be an available reservation. However, from my experiences, when I visit OpenTable, I can typically have my pick of preferred time.

Here’s how to use OpenTable.

  • Step 1–Visit the Open Table Website here.
  • Step 2–Select how many are in your party, the date, desired time, and location.  If you are already in the area and have location services turned on, Disney Springs restaurants will automatically come up.
  • Step 3–Select the desired restaurant and preferred time for your reservation.  You will then be instructed to confirm your reservation.
  • Step 4–After confirming your reservation, OpenTable will email you a copy.  One of the things I like about OpenTable is that if you don’t hit the signup button, they won’t continue to email you.  

I’m usually wary of so many things like this because companies tend to bombard customers with emails. Thankfully, that has not been my experience with OpenTable.

Final Thoughts on the Best Restaurants at Disney Springs

Before wrapping things up, I felt like I should add a few spots to pick up sweet treats. Sometimes you might enjoy a meal and be too full for dessert. But after you walk around and do a little shopping, you might decide to pick up something sweet after all.

Amorette’s Patisserie is my go-to for picking up a cake or pastry-style dessert. You really can’t go wrong here no matter what you choose.

And Gideon’s Bakehouse is now open, providing out-of-this-world cookies! (There will probably be a line!)

The Ganachery is THE place to visit for chocolate. Good luck deciding which flavors you want to try. I’m a sucker for the coconut and orange ones. We usually like to pick up a box of six selections and savor one each evening of the trip.

This concludes our list of the best restaurants at Disney Springs. Hopefully, this review has provided you with the information needed to make that next reservation.

If you are uncertain of the best route to reach one of these dining venues, make sure to check out my complete guide to using Disney Springs transportation. It includes how to get to Disney Springs and how to get around after you arrive.

Additionally, you can read every Walt Disney World Dining review here on the site.

Planning a Disney vacation? You might want to browse our Disney Resort Reviews. Resorts Gal specializes in providing updated information about resorts, characters, and dining at Disney World.

Now that we’ve wrapped up our look at these restaurants, what do you think? Do you agree with these choices, or have you had a chance to dine at them? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me what you think is the best restaurant at Disney Springs.

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