Disney’s Toledo – Tapa’s, Steak, & Seafood is a newer dining location at Disney’s Gran Destino Tower. Located on the top floor of the tower that resides within Coronado Springs Resort, Toledo promises some of the most scenic dining views available.
For me, Toledo has a lot of positives, but still a few low notes as well. Some of this might attribute to the restaurant being new. After all, it is said that a restaurant has to survive the first five years of operation to potentially become successful.
Let’s delve into an initial look at Toledo and see what’s a hit and what might be a miss for your visit.
Disney’s Toledo Location
Disney’s Toledo is one of the restaurants listed in our full Coronado Springs Restaurant Guide. You will find it on the top floor of the newer Gran Destino Tower that is at the front and center of the resort.
Disney’s Toledo – Tapas, Steak, & Seafood Address
Address: 1000 W Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830
The tower is a wonderful addition and Toledo fits right in with the modern elegance vibe of the building.
Above is a picture of the entrance to Disney’s Toledo – Tapas, Steak, and Seafood. Once you exit the elevator you will step out into a grand foyer area. To your left will be Toledo, and to your immediate right will be Dahlia Lounge.
For reference, a restroom is also located in this breezeway to accommodate both of the dining establishments.
Additionally, you will find a door that leads to the exterior observation deck. Make sure to arrive a little bit early or stay later to enjoy the area. You might even do both.
Disney’s Toledo Review
My review is based on several different factors including the selections we had at dinner this particular evening. At some point, I do plan to return to Toledo for a follow-up review. That will be after they’ve had enough time to operate for a while under normal circumstances.
Please keep all the points I’m making in mind. I think that most of you will probably want to eat here because it’s so new. But I also think a few things are a bit over the top in a not so positive way.
Ambiance at Toledo
The ambiance you experience at Toledo is going to largely depend on where you are seated in the restaurant. When we arrived at the restaurant on this particular evening, we were immediately seated. Due to the lower lighting, I had to go back one afternoon before the restaurant opened to get better photos.
Disney’s Toledo does have a bit of a dark undertone. The ceiling lights up in a nice way providing a bit of a romantic vibe with the red to orange shades that enhance as darkness falls outside.
On this particular evening, there was a major lightning storm going on all around us. Needless to say, it felt a bit eerie. Each long side of the restaurant is a full wall of windows.
There is a variety of seating options in the restaurant.
If you are lucky you might even get a table with a view. I’m sure if you are willing to wait, that you could make that request when checking in.
The Menu at Toledo
One of the things I wasn’t crazy about at Disney’s Toledo was the menu. Sure it looks pretty and it’s a bit unique. But after trying to decide what I wanted from each section it felt awkward.
It seemed difficult not only to read but to remember what you had chosen. For example, we ordered tapas, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. There are basically three different menus right here on this one board.
The tapas section of the menu offers a lot of small bites that run on average around $3.00 per bite. There are also appetizer-style portions that are shareable for an average of $15.00.
Furthermore, before you get to the entree portion, there’s another section within the menu. This section is for charcuterie-style items that run all the way up to $35.00.
Flipping back and forth between the menu while discussing what to share with others felt very confusing. I also feel like this type of confusion leads to a longer meal experience creating more wait times for others.
I mention this because a long unplanned dining experience could potentially cause you to miss late evening plans.
For a full list of menu items check Disney’s site here.
Tapas and Appetizers at Toledo
Since tapas is actually part of the name of the restaurant, we ordered a few along with an appetizer to start. If you order tapas, know that they all come out on one tray to the table.
Therefore, you have to remember which one you ordered and try your best to recognize it from the bunch. The server we had this evening was extremely knowledgable. Thankfully, she named off each one when she left the tray on the table.
However, our party was still left wondering which one was which. Personally, I felt that since they were individual bites, it would have been easier to receive them on individual plates. Below is how they came to the table.
From the left to right we have the Valdeon Blue Cheese, Spanish Potato Omelet, and Olive Oil poached Tuna with Lemon. They were all nice amuse-bouche type items and I was pleased with the offering for the price point. It’s a good way to start the evening.
Below we have the Tronchon Cheese Gratinado. There are three types of cheese melted over toasted bread drizzled in honey and Marcona almonds. Offering so many ingredients that I enjoy, I was really looking forward to trying this dish. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a disappointment.
The server warned that the dish was extremely hot. And the plate was very hot. But after taking photos and then going in for a bite, it didn’t even really taste warm.
The cheese had hardened and the dish just felt generic. Kind of like putting a Costco sampler of goat’s milk cheese on a slice of bakery bread at home for a snack.
Entree’s at Disney’s Toledo
Next, we’ll take a look at a few of the entree options at Toledo. First up, we have the Hangar Steak. I have some thoughts about the presentation here.
One thing is that none of the dishes came with sides. And they were all presented in a bit of a strange side plate style. Is that even a thing?
I almost felt as though the chef had thrown everything on one side of the plate so they could make a bit of splatter art on the other side. Having eaten at quite a few Disney restaurants, this is really not what I was expecting presentation-wise. I also noticed that all the plates were the same way.
As far as the Hangar steak goes, it was a good option and the sauce added a nice kick. There is a bit of a salad garnish on top and a bite of potato or two appears to be in the mix.
It seems, though, that the way the food is plated makes a glaring case for the lack of side items. Side items at Toledo are available as a separate menu item. Make sure that you remember between drinks, tapas, appetizers, entrees, and potential side items that the price tag could easily add up to more than you realize.
The next entree we had this evening was the Golden Tilefish. I was able to sample a bite of this one and it was a big win. I have never eaten Tilefish but it did remind me of Halibut, which I really love. It’s a nice white fish and was complemented by the cauliflower, fennel, and orange glaze.
I would easily order this on a return trip. This dish came with a few potatoes and a piece of cauliflower to accommodate the Tilefish. So you really don’t need to order a side item with this entree.
But I do feel strongly that this could be better presented. Maybe it’s just me but it feels like they left something off the plate here.
Because I apparently don’t know what plant-based means, and I was craving seafood I went with the “Plant-Based Seafood.” What a surprise! I’ve really considered going vegan since I tried this one. It’s wonderful and you would have a hard time convincing me that it wasn’t really seafood I had for dinner that evening.
I was a bit perturbed by my plate splatter though. It looked like they had murdered the veggies. And looking at it now, it just looks like a dirty plate.
Thankfully, this dish was extremely well executed. There is a faux crab cake, scallops, and calamari that comprise this dish. Most of the items are constructed with mushrooms. I felt it was overall extremely well thought out and perfectly seasoned.
I’ve even caught myself thinking I need to go back and have this one again. There are over 200 dining locations at Walt Disney World to try folks, I don’t think that often.
Desserts at Toledo
The real star of the evening came unexpectedly with our desserts. Dessert is not always something I’m willing to try after a large meal. But I was very pleased with the different desserts we tried.
I went with the chocolate avocado mousse. The menu promises bites of strawberry, basil, and coconut crumbles. This dish delivers on all accounts. In fact, it’s hard to remember a time when I have been this pleasantly surprised by the combination of flavor and texture.
The center of the plate offers a swirl of chocolate avocado that has a smooth creamy texture. That texture contrasts nicely with the cookie-like crumb sprinkles around it. Unexpectedly, there’s a note of basil that comes through in the accompanying strawberry ice cream.
My dish was topped with raspberries and edible flowers, probably from Living with the Land if I had my guess. Anyone with a sophisticated palate will more than likely be happy with this selection.
Our next dessert dish is the Classic Crema Catalana. This dish is a play on a creme brulee and another intriguing option for dessert.
Mark my word the dessert game is strong at Toledo. The Catalana really cames together with flavors of Valencia orange and chocolate tuile.
The flavors are simple, yet extremely pleasing. I took a bite of this dish before trying my own and was wondering if I had made the right choice.
Our third dessert this evening was the Toledo Tapas Bar. If you are a chocolate lover this might be the dish for you. It is full-on chocolate and reminded me of the ganache dish in the Tiffins restaurant review.
The menu describes this dish as “progressive” offering flavor of Spanish coffee, crunchy chocolate, raspberry mousse and lemon curd. You can see in the photo how all the different bites come into play with the toppings on the chocolate bar.
It was another extremely well-received dessert at our table. If you are a fan of chocolate in any way you can’t go wrong with this option.
Dining Views from Disney’s Toledo
Here are some of the views you can expect to see from Toledo with an early evening dining reservation. The Swan and Dolphin hotels are easily findable. You can also see Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror and Galaxy’s Edge a little further to the right.
Even further down you can see Blizzard Beach across the way.
I haven’t had the opportunity to try Dahlia Lounge yet, but I would feel remiss if I didn’t mention the option. If you have some time to spare before or after dinner you might want to pick up a cocktail here. No reservations? I suspect you can also enjoy a meal here.
Here is a look inside the lounge. It does feel very formal just looking in but I don’t actually think anyone expects you to dress up. This hotel is also a convention center so there might be a few suit and tie travelers wandering around. But for the most part, you are still at Disney and the average person will be in casual attire.
They have a menu offering several food and drink selections. I’ll update with a review when I have a chance to try out the place.
You can tell there’s plenty of room at the bar for guests.
Different types of seating arrangements are available throughout the lounge.
I would elect to sit outside if something is available.
Would I dine at Toledo again? Yes by all means. After leaving a restaurant or dining experience I like to dwell on it a bit before processing a review. I actually had reservations to eat at Toledo this same week, but my friend Kristen at Firefly Travels reached out and asked me to dinner.
Thankfully, I was able to cancel those plans and meet up with friends for dinner. Thank you Kristen for the invite! If any of you are in need of a travel agent I am confident she will do an excellent job taking care of you.
As far as Toledo goes, the restaurant offers a lot of promise. I feel there are some really good dishes and a few that might need a little tweaking. And I think that is typical for most new restaurants.
We walked away pleased with the experience overall. Hopefully, these observations can guide you in the right direction as far as the menu goes. I would have a hard time not ordering that vegan dish or mousse again.
Let me know if you have had the chance to dine at Toledo yet and your thoughts on the restaurant. As always, I’d be happy to answer any questions pertaining to my personal experience here as well.
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