When I was researching restaurants to try while at Disney the Boathouse was one I was drawn to right away. It has all the feel of a traditional Florida restaurant. It serves seafood, it is on the water, everything needed for a dinner out. This is the Boathouse Restaurant review.
The Boathouse restaurant is located at Disney Springs. This means you can hop on the Disney Bus from your resort and you don’t have to worry about traffic or parking. In fact Disney Springs is an event to explore on its own with a mixture of entertainment, shopping and restaurants. We made sure to stop at the biggest Disney Store, watch the hot air balloons and just wander before we had dinner.
The Boathouse Restaurant Review
One of the perks of dining at The Boathouse is sitting on the patio by the water. However since we were visiting Florida in November and it was cooler in the evening we decided to eat indoors. We still got the feel of the waterfront location by sitting by the windows.
The menu is a mixture of seafood and other restaurant staples like burgers and steak. I had the fish tacos which were good but I think they could have done with a spicier sauce. My Husband and kids each had a burger. The burgers looked good but the fries were really good.
After having what I like to call Disney Culture shock after eating at Boma, the Boathouse was a breath of fresh air. We were able to split a burger for our kids which made more sense since they don’t eat enough to warrant the $25 each they charge at Disney buffet restaurants. Splitting a meal for the kids fit their appetites more appropriately. The Boathouse is participating in the Disney Dining Plan but watch some entrees count for more dining plan points.
We didn’t stay out late enough to enjoy the live music played at the Boathouse each night. But that didn’t taint our experience. The servers were excellent. They totally understood that with kids we didn’t want to spend a long time waiting for the cheque. That we wanted to split a meal for our kids who don’t eat a lot. We even got a table when we came an hour earlier than our reservation. They couldn’t be more accommodating. In fact my husband left some of his belongings at the restaurant and was able to get them back the next day we were back at Disney Springs.
If we had of stayed a bit longer in Orlando, or had flown down instead of driving I could see us spending another night dining at the Boathouse. And if we had of visited Disney a bit earlier in the season I would have insisted we sit on the patio.
If you are planning on going to Disney Springs while at Disney (which I highly recommend), you need to check out The Boathouse as one of your dining choices.