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Restaurant Guide: Disney’s Swan and Dolphin

When it comes to restaurants, there’s plenty to choose from at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin. From multiple signature locations to table service and even quick options, the resort has you covered.

In this dining guide, we’ll go over the different Swan and Dolphin restaurants. So, if you are planning an upcoming stay, you’ll be aware of all your in-house choices before your vacation. Additionally, guests staying within the Epcot Hotel area might like to enjoy a meal or two at either the Swan or Dolphin since it’s within walking distance.

To give you a little background, this resort is owned and operated by Marriott. 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.

The Swan and Dolphin hotels are connected by a bridge that services Disney’s Friendship Boats traveling to Hollywood Studios and Epcot, plus the surrounding resorts. Both the Swan and Dolphin have their own signature, table service, and counter service restaurants.

Below is a quick list of each restaurant at the Swan and Dolphin for reference.

Disney World Swan and Dolphin Restaurants

Disney Swan Restaurants

  • Il Mulino
  • Kimonos
  • Garden Grove
  • Java
  • Chill

Disney Dolphin Restaurants

  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Todd English’s Bluezoo
  • The Fountain
  • Fresh Mediterranean Market
  • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
  • Picabu
  • Fuel

Lounges at the Swan and Dolphin

  • Phins

Additionally, Shula’s, Kimono’s, Bluezoo, and Il Mulino all have separate lounges within their restaurants. Here is the stand-alone lounge, Phins, that’s located in the main lobby at the Dolphin.

It is important to be aware of your dining options and make reservations before your Disney vacation. Walt Disney World is an extremely busy place, and some of the most popular locations fill up on the dates that reservations are released.

Secondly, have an idea of where you can get counter service meals around your resort. And if you happen to do a little resort-hopping at Disney, look for these signs around the main areas of the hotels. For instance, the one 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.

Most of the Disney deluxe resorts will have these signs in their lobby. I mention this because, given the vast size of Disney World, it’s easy to get turned around. And more then likely, all of the resorts will have good options available. You just need to know they are there.

So if you are spending the day wandering the resorts, and find yourself in need of a snack, drink, or a full 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 at Fuel, which serves as a counter service restaurant. But really, it’s more of a store with grab-and-go items.

Fuel is located off the main lobby of the Dolphin hotel. It’s the largest “food-only” store of its kind at Disney.

Fuel has a nice variety of beverages including waters, sodas, sports drinks, and juices.

There are plenty of snacks, chips, crackers, and the likes available.

Fuel always has a variety of wine on display in all shapes and sizes.

Normally, they have various ready-made sandwiches, and 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.

And fresh-baked pizza is available on the late-night menu. That’s something you’ll definitely want to remember. Because Picabu (further down) is no longer open all night.

There are a few places to eat inside, but this is mostly a to-go type 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, which is located on the ground floor of the Dolphin. This is a casual table service restaurant that serves breakfast, and they do take walk-ups.

The meal consists of a breakfast buffet with the ability to create your own 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 had 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. Unfortunately, it’s no longer open all the time, which is why I mentioned remembering Fuel for late-night pizza earlier.

Picabu does serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can expect anything from country-cooked vegetables with chicken to pizza and chicken fingers. They usually have a Mexican food selection as well, with 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 type of place. The Fountain is located on the ground level of the Dolphin. When you use the back entrance of the resort underneath the fountain, the restaurant will be to the immediate left of the escalators.

The Fountain takes walk-ups on a first-come, first-serve basis. It can be quite a popular dining spot, so expect a wait during normal dining hours. Items on the menu include burgers, chicken fingers, fries, salads, and soup. It’s extremely similar to Beaches and Cream next door at the Beach Club.

Additionally, they have several items that are vegan, vegetarian, and healthier. There’s even a turkey burger available. Those looking for meatless options at Disney World might want to check my Disney World Vegan Food Guide.

You can preview The Fountain’s menu here.

Moving on, we run into Todd English’s Bluezoo on the right-hand-side of the escalators. This is a Disney signature dining location that 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, there are several pasta and meat selections on the menu.

This Dolphin restaurant has a modern vibe and is definitely 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 also know Don Shula was a former Miami Dolphin head coach that lead his team to many wins. Included in those wins was an entire season where his team went undefeated.

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 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.

Before we head over to the Swan, we’ll briefly touch on Cabana Bar and Beach Club. The restaurant is located out at the Swan’s fabulous Grotto Pool.

This restaurant serves as the pool bar, and they have a separate seating area where they take walk-ups. If you prefer to enjoy your meal out by the pool, they have a mobile order option as well.

Recently, I was touring the area and ended up enjoying a salad and order of fries at Cabana Bar and Beach Club.

The atmosphere (right at sunset) was perfect, the service great, and overall it was delightful. Make sure to get in a meal here while staying at the resort. You can preview their menu here.

Disney Swan Restaurants

Across the lake, we have the Swan hotel. Technically, the resorts are only steps apart so that 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 can all be found on the hotel’s first floor.

Java is a nice place to grab a cup of coffee or a pastry.

Additionally, they have a decent selection of grab and go items.

Chill is another nice 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!

Our next two restaurants at the Swan are Garden Grove and Kimonos.

Kimonos is another signature dining location that is 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.

Garden Grove sits next door to Kimonos and was formerly known for their character dining option. Unfortunately, the character dining option is no longer available.

However, they are now open from Fridays through Sundays from around 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. If you are looking for this type of experience, make sure to 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 nice selection of menu items for breakfast on the weekends. You can preview the menu here.

Lastly, we have another popular signature dining location at the Swan. In case you weren’t counting, that’s a total of four fine dining restaurants between the two hotels. Not only that, there are several options within walking distance at the neighboring resorts.

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!

That wraps up our look at the different Swan and Dolphin restaurants. Hopefully, this review was able to give you a few ideas for dining during your Disney vacation.

The hotels are both very beautiful and you can’t beat the prime location on Disney property. If you would like to learn more, I have a full Swan and Dolphin Hotel Review.

For more dining options in the immediate resort area you might try the Ale and Compass for breakfast one morning. The Boardwalk Bakery is a decent place to pick up sweet treats and I love their grilled cheese.

Or you could take the Skyliner over to Disney’s Riviera Resort (review) and try a character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace. And they have one of the best Disney counter services at Primo Piatto.

Resorts Gal specializes in providing information pertaining to resorts, characters, and dining. You might enjoy browsing our our full Disney Resort Reviews section, it links to every single resort review we have available. And the full list of Disney Restaurant Reviews has every dining experience listed along with our restaurant guides similar to this one for the other resorts.

If you’re into characters, don’t forget planning a few meets into your trip. The Disney World Characters list is a great place to get started. And the Blizzard Beach water park guides with rides is wonderful for anyone planning a day at a water park.

Do you have a favorite restaurant at the Swan and Dolphin? Let me know in the comments below. Or you can ask any questions and I’ll be happy to answer them based off my experiences.

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