Best Disney Springs Restaurants Reviews and What to Skip

Best Disney Springs Restaurants Reviews and What to Skip

Out of nowhere, Disney Springs has quickly become the new food mecca for Walt Disney World foodies. If you think picking the best restaurants at Disney Springs is an easy task, think again! With so many great places to eat and more opening all the time this post will no doubt change as we catch up on trying all the amazing new restaurants at Disney Springs. See our favorites so far!

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With so many new places popping up at Disney Springs just this past year there are a ton we have not yet tried, so our To-Try list here is pretty long. The best restaurants at Disney Springs we’ve found so far however are really really good. So take our word for it, these are worth your attention. 

The Boathouse Disney Springs

The Boathouse

This waterfront dining restaurant at Disney Springs sits right next to the Amphicar attraction, and includes a specialty gift shop, bar, lakeside patio and multiple rooms for dining. The Boathouse at Disney Springs  is one of the more popular restaurants at Disney Springs for good reason. Offering variety of menu options, you can grab all kinds of seafood here, and casual appetizers to nibble while you sip on the signature drinks. Add in waterfront views and you have a perfect afternoon at Disney Springs in Orlando Florida

  • Where: Disney Springs The Landing
  • Views: the Water
  • Theme: Boating
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: American
  • Table Service: Reservations Recommended
  • Style: A La Carte
  • Cost: $10-$80

We Recommend it Because:

For those that like seafood you really can have your pic of the best here. That said, this restaurant is a little pricey and has limited vegetarian and vegan options. That said, if you’re looking for appetizers and drinks, we love it! The truffle fries here are top notch, and come big enough to share, and there’s  a kid’s menu too. Be sure to order the Duck Duck Razz for the signature rubber duck in your drink.  Boathouse Disney Springs Menu. 

Pie at Walt Disney World for Pi Day, Key Lime Pie at Summer House on the Lake

Summer House On the Lake 

Home to the best Key Lime Pie ever, is Summer House on the Lake at Disney Springs. This newer restaurant offers inside and outside lounge seating that allows for cross breezes off the water. Such a perfect sort of restaurant for Florida, Summer House features a variety of specialties; pizzas, salads, tacos, southern comfort foods and more. Beautiful easy decor, and a cookie bar for grab and go treats make this a must do restaurant at Disney World. 

  • Where: Disney Springs The Landing
  • Views: the Water
  • Theme: Summer, Open Air
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: American
  • Table Service: Reservations Recommended
  • Style: A La Carte
  • Cost: $10-$50

We Recommend it Because:

Open for Lunch and Dinner, and Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM, Summer House also has an extensive wine list, a Cookie and Coffee bar, a great kid’s menu and a variety of vegan and vegetarian items. Frankly, we were absolutely stunned by how wonderful this restaurant is! A varied menu with everything we like, and gorgeous decor means we’ll be visiting here often when we’re in Orlando. There is even a private dining room, no doubt for weddings and special events, that looks perfect for hosting your next celebration. Plus, you can also earn loyalty points from the LettuceEat App, which means free food, and birthday surprises later! We highly recommend Summer House at Disney Springs. Check out the Summer House Menu.

Gideon's Bakehouse Disney Springs

Gideon’s Bakehouse

This bakery in Disney Springs features creepy cute characters that ring in each new month at the bakery, with new cookie, coffee and cake flavors. This small bakehouse routinely has a line due to it’s tiny inside spaces, stuffed with shelves that are lined with strange works of art, aging books, and curious antiquities from the Victorian era. Add in gorgeously decorated cakes, and half pound cookies, and you’ll see why this place is always busy. 

  • Where: Disney Springs
  • Views: Creepy Cute Window Displays
  • Theme: Bakery
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Coffees, Cakes and 1/2 pound Cookies
  • Quick Service
  • Cost: $5-$25

We Recommend it Because:

Known not only for it’s delicious cookies, Gideons Bakehouse also features a Hot Cookie Hour which offers Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies straight from the oven every day between 2 pm and 3 pm and then again between 7 pm and 8 pm! Served with or without Homemade Ice Cream. Check out the Gideons Bakehouse Disney Springs Menu, or shop Gideons Bakehouse Merch on the website. 

Chicken Guy at Disney Springs Guy Fieri Restaurant Disney

Chicken Guy! 

This Food Network Star restaurant at Disney Springs features everything Guy Fieri has to offer. Serving up special chicken dishes served a variety of ways, alongside seasonal milkshakes, makes this a go to Disney quick service restaurant that can feed the whole family. We most like the fact that you can mobile order here to make things easy. Seating is inside and outside.

  • Where: Behind Planet Hollywood
  • Views: None
  • Theme: Guy Fieri style
  • Food: Chicken, Fries, and Sauces
  • Character Dining: No
  • Quick Service
  • Cost: $5-$15

We Recommend it Because:

The sauces. Hands down. The combination of stellar, fresh ingredients ( and chicken) used in these sandwiches alongside 22+ special sauces means you can make your meal anything you like it! Add the freshly cut and fried french fries and you’ll be wondering if you can eat every meal here. Consider this to be your new favorite gourmet fast food place. Check out the Chicken Guy! Menu

fried chicken and powdered donuts at chef art smith's homecomin'

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

This southern comfort food restaurant somehow combines southern flavors, with fresh farm to table ingredients resulting in a varied menu filled with delicious things to eat! Chef Art Smiths Homecomin’ serves brunch, lunch and dinner with a variety of salads, sandwiches, and southern foods like ribs, fried chicken, and more. If you’re a fan of southern cuisine, featuring fresh and local ingredients, make time for this restaurant. Read the Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ review for all the details.

  • Where: Disney Springs The Landing
  • Views: Southern Decor
  • Theme: Southern
  • Food: Southern fried chicken, biscuits, cakes, everything
  • Character Dining: No
  • Table Service: Reservations Recommended
  • Cost: $15- $35

We Recommend it Because:

We visited Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ for the Rise and Shine Brunch and were blown away by the choices, fresh food options and atmosphere. Such great food, and not what you think of when you think ‘southern cooking’ either. Perfect fried green tomatoes, chicken and donuts, mimosas, everything. You can also grab a slice of the Hummingbird or coconut cakes. Both are Southern delicacies that no one does better. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Menu

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Earl of Sandwich

One of the Top 10 Quick Service Restaurants in the Country, according to TripAdvisor, Earl of Sandwich serves up fresh hot sandwich options complete with kettle cooked chips, a pickle and chocolate chip cookie. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this sandwich spot also offers a lineup of breakfast sandwich and wrap options too. 

  • Where: Disney Springs Marketplace
  • Views: Marketplace
  • Theme: Classic Sandwich Joint
  • Food: Sandwiches, salads, wraps
  • Character Dining: No
  • Quick Service
  • Cost: $5-$15

We Recommend it Because:

We love that the history of this place intertwines with the creators of the “sandwich”. A favorite among just about everyone, Earl of Sandwich is just a bunch of sandwich options with the best flavors. Thanksgiving, Southwest, Avocado, and Chicken, so many. Perfect for a quick lunch or late dinner. Some say it’s a little pricey for a sandwich, but this tends to be our go-to place when we need a quick meal. It’s always good. Earl of Sandwich Menu

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Amorette’s Patisserie

If you’re looking for Mickey Mouse Cakes, seasonal treats, delectable pastries, or cupcakes, then Amorettes is the place to be. While you won’t find real food here, you can definitely grab a glass of champagne and a pastry, cookie, cake or two. 

  • Where: Near World of Disney Store
  • Views: None
  • Theme: French Bakery
  • Food: Baked Goods, cookies, cakes
  • Bakery
  • Cost: $5-$15

We Recommend it Because:

It’s just the most decadent little pastry shop. With beautiful little cakes, you can share, treats, cookies, even Mickey champagne options, we could eat everything here. An excellent option if you missed dessert or need a light treat while you browse around and shop. Order something extravagant here. That’s what they do best. Amorette’s Patisserie Menu

Disney Springs Restaurants Terralina Crafted Italian Restaurant

Terralina Crafted Italian

This Italian restaurant at Disney Springs is all about regional cuisine, from the Northern Italian lake district. With really great menu options, Terralina Crafted Italian has pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas, and tons of antipasti options. Honoring a farm to table menu, you’ll find plenty of fresh food options here; seafoods, salads, pastas and wine. 

  • Where: Near Starbucks
  • Views: Old World Italian
  • Theme: Italian
  • Food: Italian
  • Character Dining: No
  • Table Service: Reservations Recommended
  • Cost: $15- $50

We Recommend it Because: 

Authentic Italian, in some oversized portions, if we’re honest, makes a great dinner. But mind you it’s a big dinner! The food, though, regardless is quite fantastic. Everything from arancini to tiramisu is on the menu, elevating this Italian dinner above the other places at Disney Springs.  Terralina Crafted Italian Menu

D-Luxe Burger Disney Springs

D-Luxe Burger

  • Where: Near Zara
  • Views: None
  • Theme: American
  • Food: Burgers

We Recommend it Because Really good burgers and a black bean burger option for the vegetarians. Lots of special sauces and amazing fries. D-Luxe Burger has industrial decor with a rustic feel and is a great place to just “hang out!” Add a gelato shake on a hot afternoon and you’re golden. Check out the D-Luxe Burger Menu 

The Ganachery

  • Where: The Landing
  • Views: Waterfront
  • Theme: Chocolatier
  • Food: Chocolates, Treats, S’mores

We Recommend it Because:

This specialty chocolate shop offers handmade s’mores, which is definitely a Disney Must-Do. Cute Chocolate treats you won’t find anywhere else and specialty chocolates make this a great place to grab a small treat. We love grabbing special chocolates here during the holidays. 

Morimoto Asia Street Food

Truth be told, the food here is fantastic! It didn’t make the list because it’s also really pricey when you add it all up. And when you consider it’s just food in a bowl, you start to wonder what you’re paying for. All the spring rolls were like 8 bucks each, bowls like 12, and another 4-6 for a drink. In fact, we’d venture to say you’d get more for your money if you just ate at Morimoto Asia. Check out the Street Food Menu and make your own call on price.

The Boathouse Disney Springs

Disney Springs Restaurants You Can Skip

T-Rex: We know there’s a bit of a cult following for T-Rex, and if you LOVE dinosaurs by all means head to this restaurant. It’s actually like a theme park all-in-one experience. You can eat, peruse the gift shop, watch the dinosaur animatronics growl, and move and send the kids to the play zone. Check out the menu . All dishes are dinosaur themed and you’re paying for the prehistoric atmosphere more than the quality of the food. For us, this restaurant doesn’t necessarily enhance our “Disney” experience. Personal opinion of course.

Rainforest Cafe: We can same pretty much the same things about Rainforest Cafe. The restaurant features a “dated” concept and offers the basic themed foods you would find in a place themed after a Rainforest in the Amazon. During one meal we were seated near a gorilla that came to life every 5 minutes or so throughout our meal. Not necessarily our cup of tea. We’re definitely more Jane than Tarzan. 

The Best Restaurants in Disney Springs

With new restaurants arriving in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World all the time, we figure we’ll be slowly adding to this list as we try them all! What are your favorite restaurants in Disney Springs? 

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Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.


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