In the mood for some delicious food but don’t want to pay for a ticket to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, or any of the other Disney World theme parks? Head to Disney Springs!
Disney Springs is the largest shopping and dining complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and features some of the best restaurants you can find on Disney property. Whether it’s a quick bite or a full sit-down meal you’re looking for, Disney Springs is sure to have it. But, with so many dining options at Disney Springs, what are the ones you simply can’t miss out on?
Here’s a guide to the 19 best restaurants Disney Springs has to offer!
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COOLEST PLACES TO STAY NEAR DISNEY SPRINGS
- Best with Disney Perks: The Walt Disney World Swan Resort features include a beach, 5 outdoor pools, and 17 restaurants and lounges. You also get Disney hotel perks, like Walt Disney World early entry and extended evening hours, complimentary transportation to the theme parks, as well as 7 AM daily Lightning Lane selections. Read More: SWAN AND DOLPHIN RESORTS: 9+ ADVANTAGES TO STAYING AT THIS (KIND OF) DISNEY RESORT
- Best near Disney Springs: Located directly across the street from Disney Springs, Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs is a lush lakeside resort that features two pools, a hot tub, and an aquatic playground for kids. You’ll find on-site restaurants here too!
- Best Pool: Located within the Walt Disney World Resort and providing free themed park transfer service, Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is a family-friendly hotel that features 2 swimming pools, a float lagoon, and private cabanas. Several on-site restaurants are also featured including Letterpress, where guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast daily. A covered walkway connects the hotel to Disney Springs.
BEST TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS
CHEF ART SMITH’S HOMECOMIN’
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is widely known as one of the best Disney restaurants overall and is home to some of the best Southern-inspired comfort food around.
The menu is crafted by celebrity chef Art Smith and features a modern take on comfort foods including fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits. You’ll want to come here ready for a full meal though, because you’re going to need to save some room for dessert and drinks.
Start your meal off with a refreshing Florida-inspired cocktail and then finish it off with one of the most popular desserts on the menu – the hummingbird cake! It is made with Chef Art’s famous pineapple-banana cake topped with cream cheese frosting, a seasonal fruit gastrique, and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
Just be warned, eating here once is simply not enough – you’ll want to come back again and again.
WINE BAR GEORGE
If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, then Wine Bar George is a must-try. The restaurant is owned and operated by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Miliotes was part of the opening team at Disney’s signature restaurant, California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and has over 30 years of experience in the wine industry. With those accolades, it’s no wonder that the wine here is outstanding!
There are over 130 different wines available by ounce, bottle, and glass, plus, there’s some great food here too! The menu of small plates and shareable dishes was crafted by Executive Chef Ron Rupert to pair perfectly with all of the wines. No matter what you order, your taste buds are in for a treat. But if you’re not sure exactly what to get, try the cheese curds or the key lime pie!
Wine Bar George is open for lunch and dinner daily and also serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, so there’s always a good time to go!
CITY WORKS EATERY & POUR HOUSE
For a more casual atmosphere, make a reservation at City Works Eatery & Pour House in Disney Springs! The table-service restaurant is known for its expansive selection of craft beers that are sourced from local and regional brews.
When it comes to the food, you can order up classic American dishes from the menu — like loaded fries and burgers.
What sets City Works apart from other dining options in Disney Springs is its spacious patio and TV-filled dining area, which makes it a great place to grab a drink and watch a game.
Morimoto Asia is a fine dining Asian fusion restaurant located in the heart of Disney Springs and has some of the best sushi you’ll find in Disney World. It is owned by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and features a menu that draws inspiration from Asian cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai cultures.
Some of the best things to order here are any of the Dim Sum, the Morimoto Peking Duck, and the Toku-Jyo sushi or sashimi platters. And, the best part is that you’ll actually get to see your meal being made in the open kitchen!
If you’re in a rush and don’t have time for a sit-down meal, Morimoto Asia Street Food is one of the Quick Service restaurants in Disney Springs where you can try some of the same menu items that are served at Morimoto Asia. It features lunch and dinner menus and can be found to the left of the entrance to the restaurant.
HOUSE OF BLUES RESTAURANT & BAR
If you’re a fan of live music, you’ll probably recognize the House of Blues Restaurant & Bar! Located on the west side of Disney Springs, you can dine on some of the best Southern-inspired dishes while enjoying live music performances from local artists, ranging from blues and rock to pop and country.
Similar to other House of Blues restaurants found across the U.S., full concerts are also hosted here throughout the year, so check to see if your favorite band may be playing here during your visit!
STK Orlando is one of the new restaurants that opened in Disney Springs when it transitioned from Downtown Disney back in 2015. It is known for its chic, modern atmosphere and high-quality cuts of meat. Some of the best menu items are the dry-aged tomahawk ribeye, the filet mignon, and the lamb chops.
The unique thing about STK Orlando, though, is its atmosphere. It stands 2-stories high and features a live DJ in the main dining room, an indoor fire pit lounge area, and a rooftop terrace.
RAINFOREST CAFE & T-REX CAFE
Rainforest Cafe brings the fun, kid-friendly dining experience that is a trademark of the chain to Walt Disney World. The restaurant is known for its jungle-themed atmosphere that is filled with animatronic jungle animals that come to life roughly every 30 minutes during a “tropical storm.”
The adult and kids menu features traditional American fare with burgers, sandwiches, and pasta dishes available. And, while the food may not stand out as the best thing you’ve ever had in Disney World, the immersive experience is sure to be the highlight for your kiddos.
If you want to try a restaurant with different themes but similar dining experiences in Disney Springs, T-Rex Cafe is also nearby. It is a sister restaurant to Rainforest Cafe and has a kids’ menu that your little ones are sure to love and a similar immersive, themed atmosphere with animatronic dinosaurs and a meteor shower every 30 minutes.
Editor note: We’ve been to T-Rex Cafe at Disney Springs many times with my kids, and it is a family favorite. They even have a fun fossil digging sand pit, and a place to mine for gems while you wait for your table!
One of the best places for Mexican food in Disney World is Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs.
The menu was created by 7-time James Beard Award-winning chef and Mexican cuisine expert Chef Rick Bayless (who also owns the restaurant) and features delicious options like carne asada, enchiladas, and tacos.
It’s no wonder that the food is so fresh here – Frontera Cocina is known for sourcing many of its high quality ingredients from local farms and markets. And, you can enjoy it all inside the uniquely styled restaurant or opt to sit outside on the newly renovated covered patio to take in the Disney Springs atmosphere.
MARIA & ENZO’S RISTORANTE
For a traditional Italian meal, look no further than Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante! Located on Lake Buena Vista, the restaurant is themed as a renovated 1930s airline terminal and features a dining room with high ceilings that offers some of the best views of the water. The menu features all kinds of Sicilian cuisine, including handmade pasta, antipasti options, fresh fish, and steaks.
If you want a similar Italian restaurant but prefer a change of scenery, try out the neighboring restaurant, Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar. It is themed as a hidden speakeasy and serves up a variety of Prohibition-era cocktails and a full menu with Roman-inspired dishes. So, similar to Maria & Enzo’s but different!
WOLFGANG PUCK BAR & GRILL
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is a table service restaurant at Disney Springs that has been around for a long time. The restaurant is owned by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who is widely known for his innovative and high quality dishes.
When it comes to the menu, you can find California-inspired dishes with a twist, including things like Truffled Potato Chips, Smoked Salmon Pizza, and Barbequed Tri Tip. Whether it’s a salad, pizza, pasta, or meat dish that you’re looking for, the menu covers it all.
JALEO BY CHEF JOSE ANDRES
If you love Spanish tapas, then you’re going to love Jaleo by Chef Jose Andres! Jaleo is one of the signature restaurants in Disney Springs and is owned by the multiple award winner and TV personality, Jose Andres.
The menu is full of small plates and tapas (with authentic tapas being the specialty here) that have ingredients sourced directly from Spain. Plus, there’s also a selection of paellas, salads, and sandwiches if you’re craving something else.
While you enjoy your meal here, you’ll be treated to live music performances inside the two-story restaurant, making it the perfect place for date night or special events.
RAGLAN ROAD IRISH PUB
Live entertainment is the highlight at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Disney Springs — though the food is equally noteworthy!
The restaurant is known for its authentic Irish cuisine with dishes like Fish & Chips and Dalkey Duo. And, along with the tasty eats, you’ll also have a great time at Raglan Road because dinner with a show is their specialty!
Inside you can see live Irish dancing, and on the outdoor patio there is always live music. Just let the server know where you’d prefer to sit when you check in!
BEST QUICK-SERVICE RESTAURANTS
Don’t have time for a sit-down meal? Disney Springs has tons of different quick service restaurants to choose from as well. And, one of the most popular spots for a quick bite is Chicken Guy! It is located next to Planet Hollywood Observatory and serves up some of the best fried chicken tenders around.
Chicken Guy is among the restaurants owned by celebrity chefs in Disney Springs and was created by Guy Fieri (who you’ll probably recognize from The Food Network).
Fried chicken is the main menu item here and you can pair it with one of 22 different specialty sauces that are made exclusively for the restaurant. Of course, there are also other ways you can get your fried chicken, including chicken sandwiches, chicken and waffles, and salads.
BLAZE FAST-FIRE’D PIZZA
If you’re traveling with picky eaters or want to dine at a restaurant your kids will likely recognize, you can find Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza at Disney Springs!
This popular counter service restaurant opened up back in 2016, bringing delicious, customizable wood-fired pizzas at a reasonable price.
Just keep in mind that Blaze Pizza has over 300 locations throughout the U.S. so you won’t find a dining experience that is unique to Disney here, aside from the fact that it is in Disney Springs.
EARL OF SANDWICH
Earl of Sandwich is another chain restaurant that can be found at Disney Springs and has been a personal favorite of Disney-goers for over 20 years now!
The restaurant serves up delicious, high-quality sandwiches that you won’t find anywhere else. Some of the most popular items on the menu are the Chipotle Chicken Avocado Sandwich or the Thanksgiving Sandwich, which can only be ordered around the holidays. There are also a number of vegan and vegetarian options, making it a great choice for those with dietary restrictions.
Note that Earl of Sandwich is one of the only quick-service restaurants in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs and because of this, the line can get pretty long if you’re visiting during popular meal times.
Almost all of the restaurants in Disney Springs are operated by third parties, with one exception – D-Luxe Burger! It is one of the quick-service restaurants available and serves up some of best burgers in Disney World in a relaxed atmosphere with a view of sparkling blue water from the outdoor seating area.
Some of the standout menu items include the Barbecued Burger, the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, and the Plant-based Burger, which is served on a Parker House Roll. Every burger comes with crispy fries that can be paired with any of the six specialty sauces made exclusively at D-Luxe Burger.
As one of the only Disney Springs restaurants that offer Mobile Ordering, D-Luxe Burger is a great place to visit if you don’t have time (or want) to stand in line.
For a more casual dining experience, stop by the Food Trucks at Exposition Park on the West Side of Disney Springs!
There are typically four different food trucks available including Local Green Orlando (which features an almost entirely plant-based menu), 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck (where you can find the signature Taco Cone), Hot Diggity Dogs (which features a menu full of unique hot dogs), and Mac & Cheese (where you can find delicious twists on the classic American dish).
Because of the variety of food offerings in one location, the food trucks are a great option if you’re visiting with a group that can’t agree on a restaurant that everyone will like.
THE POLITE PIG
Barbecue fans can get their fix at The Polite Pig in Disney Springs!
Located in Town Center, the menu features a variety of sandwiches, platters, and traditional sides that you’d whip up for a backyard BBQ. In fact, The Polite Pig has one of the largest menus of all the quick service restaurants in Disney Springs.
THE DAILY POUTINE
Not in the mood for a full meal but need a snack to hold you over? The Daily Poutine is one of the best options!
This fast casual dining spot specializes in poutines, which are a popular Canadian dish consisting of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. But, you can find more than just the classic poutine here – there are also versions that feature Latin, Italian, and French twists on the dish.
Unlike other quick service restaurants in Disney Springs, The Daily Poutine does not have much seating, so it’s best for those who are looking for a quick and satisfying meal on the go.
BEST RESTAURANTS DISNEY SPRINGS FAQ
Do restaurants at Disney Springs take walk-ins?
Yes! All of the restaurants will take walk-ins if they have space available, and of course a lot of the quick service restaurants don’t offer reservations.
When can I make a reservation at a Disney Springs restaurant?
Reservations are recommended for the table service restaurants and can be made up to 60 days in advance through Disney’s website or the My Disney Experience app. If you can’t find a reservation that fits with your schedule there, check the Open Table app. Several Disney Springs restaurants can also be reserved through Open Table, and often have more availability.
Does Disney Springs allow water bottles?
Yes! You can bring your own food and drinks into the Disney Springs area, but glass containers aren’t allowed.
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