When it comes to restaurants, there are plenty to choose from at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin. The resort has a little of everything from multiple signature dining locations to table service and quick-service options.
This dining guide will go over the different Swan and Dolphin restaurants. So, if you are planning an upcoming stay, you’ll be aware of all the in-house dining choices before your vacation.
Additionally, guests staying within the Epcot Hotel area might like to enjoy a meal or two at the Swan or Dolphin since it’s within walking distance.
Disney’s Swan and Dolphin is owned and operated by Marriott to give you a little background. However, the hotels sit in the Epcot area among the other Disney-owned and operated hotels like Disney’s Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn, and Disney’s Yacht Club.
This article was updated on March 27, 2022.
Disney World Swan and Dolphin Restaurants
Below there’s a list of each restaurant at the Swan and Dolphin for reference. We’ll look at each one in more detail as we continue.
Disney Swan Restaurants
- Il Mulino
- Garden Grove
Disney Dolphin Restaurants
- Shula’s Steak House
- Todd English’s Bluezoo
- The Fountain
- Fresh Mediterranean Market
- Cabana Bar and Beach Club
Lounges at the Swan and Dolphin
Additionally, Shula’s, Kimono’s, Bluezoo, and Il Mulino all have separate lounges within their restaurants. Here is the stand-alone lounge, Phins, located in the main lobby at the Dolphin.
When planning a Disney vacation, it’s essential to be aware of dining options nearby your resort. Additionally, you’ll want to make reservations well before your trip.
Walt Disney World is a bustling place, and some of the most popular locations fill up as soon as reservations are released.
However, if you happen to do a little resort-hopping during your trip, you might end up hungry and not know your options. Most deluxe resorts will have a sign near the lobby that indicates what dining options are available.
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For instance, this sign below is posted at the Swan and Dolphin boat dock. It lists all of the dining locations available on the Dolphin hotel side of the resort.
So if you are spending the day wandering the resorts, and find yourself in need of a snack, drink, or a meal, find out what’s available near you and then go from there.
Disney’s Dolphin Restaurants
Next, we’ll go over each dining option at the Dolphin, so you get an idea of what might interest you during your vacation.
Our first stop is Fuel, which is a counter service restaurant. But really, it’s more of a store that mainly offers grab-and-go items.
Fuel is located off the main lobby of the Dolphin hotel. It’s the largest store of its kind at Disney.
Fuel has a variety of beverages, including water, sodas, sports drinks, and juices.
There are plenty of snacks, chips, crackers, and similar items.
Fuel always has various wines on display in all shapes and sizes.
Usually, this quick service has several pre-made sandwiches. In addition, custom coffee drinks are available to order at the counter.
Over on the far side of the store, you’ll find an ice cream bar with toppings.
Additionally, fresh-baked pizza is available on the late-night menu. Late-night pizza is something you’ll want to remember if you stay out late at the parks.
There are a few seating areas inside the quick service. But this location is predominantly a to-go type of counter service.
We usually frequent Fuel for snacks and drinks during our stays at the resort. And sometimes, when I’m walking from Hollywood Studios to Epcot, I’ll stop in for a water and snack mid-way, especially when it’s hot.
The Dolphin’s lobby is a pretty nice place to take a break.
Additionally, it’s always fun to see the latest chocolate creations. There are usually two on display created by chefs at the resort.
Next, we have Fresh Mediterranean Market, located on the ground floor of the Dolphin. This casual table service restaurant serves a breakfast buffet.
The meal consists of various items with the ability to create a custom omelet. You can preview all of the menu items here.
Picabu is located around the corner from Fresh Mediterranean Market and is considered a buffeteria. We have enjoyed several meals here since we started staying at the resort back around 2005.
Picabu used to be open 24 hours, making it a prime location to pick up a meal after a late night at Magic Kingdom. But unfortunately, it’s no longer open all the time, which is why I mentioned remembering Fuel for late-night pizza earlier.
Picabu serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can expect anything from country-cooked vegetables with chicken to pizza and chicken fingers.
The restaurant usually has a selection of Mexican food like tacos and salads. You can preview the menu here on Disney’s site.
This next restaurant at Disney’s Dolphin is truly a hidden gem. The Fountain is located on the ground level of the Dolphin.
This restaurant is located on the immediate left of the escalators when you come in through the resort-side entrance.
The Fountain takes walk-ups on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, it can be quite a popular dining spot, so expect a wait during regular dining hours.
The menu includes burgers, chicken fingers, fries, salads, and soup. It’s similar to Beaches and Cream next door at the Beach Club.
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Additionally, they have several items that are vegan and vegetarian options. And there are a few items that lean toward the healthier side, like turkey burgers.
You can preview The Fountain’s menu here.
We run into Todd English’s Bluezoo on the right-hand side of the escalators. This Disney signature dining location gets rave reviews.
Bluezoo is known for its high-quality seafood menu selections. However, if you aren’t a fan of protein from the sea, several other choices include pasta and beef.
This Dolphin restaurant has a modern vibe and is worthy of securing a reservation. You can preview the entire menu here.
More than likely, most of you have heard of Shula’s Steak House.
As you probably know, Don Shula was a former Miami Dolphin head coach that led his team to many wins. His team even went undefeated for an entire season.
Since I’m from Alabama, I like to think I know a thing or two about football. And an undefeated football season is a pretty big deal.
Likewise, a meal at Shula’s will get you a pretty good steak. Well, really good.
Shula’s Steakhouse is open for dinner only and is considered signature dining. You can preview their menu here.
The restaurant is located on the second floor of the Dolphin in a corridor off the main lobby. So naturally, the restaurant specializes in steaks, but other options are available.
Before we head over to the Swan, we’ll briefly touch on Cabana Bar and Beach Club. This poolside restaurant is located out at the fabulous Grotto Pool.
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This restaurant doubles as the pool bar, and there is a separate seating area where they take walk-ups. Mobile ordering is available if you prefer to enjoy your meal out by the pool.
Recently, I was touring the area and ended up enjoying a salad and order of fries at the Cabana Bar and Beach Club.
The atmosphere was perfect, the service excellent, and overall it was delightful. Make sure to get in a meal here while staying at the resort. You can preview the menu here.
Disney Swan Restaurants
Across the lake, we have the Swan hotel. Since the resorts are only a few steps apart, guests can enjoy the amenities offered at each one.
The Swan is more of a boutique hotel with fewer crowds. While the Dolphin has a convention center attached and can be fairly busier.
Java is a coffee bar of sorts located on the ground level of the Swan. Unlike the Dolphin, all of the resort’s dining, lobby, and retail stores are located on the hotel’s first floor.
Java is an excellent place to grab a coffee or a pastry.
Additionally, they have a decent selection of grab-and-go items.
Chill is another dining stop unique to the Swan hotel. You can pick up a variety of juice, cocktails, beer, and wine here.
Make sure to check out their sandwich options here too! There are several items you can order that are freshly prepared.
The following two restaurants on the Swan side are Garden Grove and Kimonos.
Kimonos is another signature dining location well-known for its Asian cuisine and sushi menu. It’s probably the only sushi stop at Disney that I’ve yet to dine at, but it’s definitely on my list.
They’ve even been voted the top Orlando restaurant for sushi by Orlando Sentinel readers.
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Garden Grove sits next door to Kimonos and was formerly known for its character dining option. Unfortunately, the character dining option is not available at this time.
However, they are now open from Fridays through Sundays from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. If you are looking for this type of experience, check out the Disney character dining guide before your trip.
As for Garden Grove, it’s designed to resemble New York’s Central Park with the large tree that stands in the center of the dining room. At this time, they offer a selection of items for breakfast on the weekends. You can preview the menu here.
Lastly, we have another popular signature dining location at the Swan. If you weren’t counting, that’s four fine dining restaurants between the two hotels.
Not only that, there are several signature options within walking distance of the neighboring resorts. For instance, Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club and Flying Fish at Boardwalk Inn are nearby.
Related: Yachtsman Steakhouse Review
Il Mulino is an Italian restaurant featuring menu items like risotto, pasta, and a commendable antipasti selection.
While I don’t have a current review of the restaurant, we dined here a few years back, and the food was superb. I wouldn’t hesitate to return.
You can preview the menu here, but fair warning, it might make you a little hungry!
Final Thoughts on Restaurants at the Swan and Dolphin
This wraps up our look at the different restaurants at the Swan and Dolphin. Hopefully, this article provided you with a good overview of dining options for your upcoming vacation.
The hotels are both very beautiful, and you can’t beat their prime location on Disney property. Additionally, with the new Swan Reserve now open, even more dining options are nearby.
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I’ll have a separate dining guide coming up that includes restaurants at the Swan Reserve. In the meantime, we did a walk-through of Grounds if you’d like to preview the Reserve’s main counter service.
Related: Grounds at the Swan Reserve
For more dining options in the immediate resort area, you might try the Ale and Compass for breakfast one morning. And the Boardwalk Bakery is a decent place to pick up sweet treats, and I love their grilled cheese.
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For more information, all of our articles for the Swan and Dolphin are available here, or you might enjoy our entire resort review.
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Don’t forget to plan a few character meetings for your trip if you’re into characters. The Disney World Characters list is a great place to get started.
In the comments: Do you have a favorite restaurant at the Swan and Dolphin? Do any of these restaurants sound appealing?