The Boathouse at Disney Springs Offers Unique Dining Experiences
A few months ago Walt Disney World opened the Boathouse at Disney Springs! Yesterday we stopped by for a visit to this amazing venue. The restaurant offers plenty more than just typical dining, it’s actually one of the more unique dining experiences at the complex. In addition to some top quality dining, there are Amphicar rides, water taxi cruises, A navy of floating art cars, uniquely themed interior decor from the team that brought you T-Rex and Rainforest Cafe, and seaside style Entertainment!
The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs is not a Landry’s restaurant. It’s a one-of-a-kind venue managed by Gibson’s Restaurant Group out of Chicago, which is highly regarded for its steak and seafood.
Soon as you walk in, you know you’re in for a very unique experience. The decor is super nice and elegant (yes a boathouse can be elegant)! One of the cool features is that this place has no doors. As we walked in, we were greeted to a huge main bar in the front open area of the restaurant.
Inside the venue features a small stage for live music, gift shop, lots of boat parts, motors and of course an actual boat with a dining table in the center of it!
The first thing guests may notice when walking in is fresh seafood in the case, including shrimp, lobster, and Anastasia Gold caviar. Most of the items have a label, sp it’s easy to figure out what everything is even if you’re not a big seafood fan.
There are three bars inside that offer a nice variety of items and an even more extensive meal menu. The only thing missing here is beers on tap, bottles were the only choice available.
There are 400 inside seats, and approximately 200 outside. Just about anywhere you sit offers a nice view since there are windows literally everywhere! The Boathouse sits either on water, or has a water view from just about every seat.
The first dining room is decorated with metal fish and clear teardrop lighting.
The second dining area is designed to look like a typical “boathouse” making you feel like right at home… in your living room. It was decorated with beautiful black and white photos, teal walls and glass blown animals. There’s also large, elegant wine cases that show off the restaurants extensive list of wines!
This room is decorated with lots of dark woods and burnt orange with pictures of boats.
We started off our evening with a margarita which was pretty big and tasted like.. well a margarita.
Now for the dinner! We stated the meal with lobster bisque, and it. was. amaing! Some of the best we ever had!
For our main course, we had the original lobster bake for 2. The dish was cast iron baked and offered a 1¼ Whole Maine Lobster, Clams, Mussels, Andouille Sausage, Red Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, and the famous Boathouse Lobster Broth for $60.00. Everything tasted fresh and was very good, especially the lobster!
Everything is brought in fresh every day. yes, EVERY DAY! What guests are eating today, was swimming in the water yesterday. Although our portions weren’t very big, we heard the higher priced meals do offer much larger portions. The taste sure was better than any red lobster, Joe’s crab shack or similar seafood joint. We will definately be back. Oh… and we must mention that our service was top notch! We never had to flag down our waitress once, She was very tentative and on her A-game, which was was awesome!
The menus are printed daily, so you’ll notice that the menu has the current date in the top right. To see their full menu with prices, click here.
We didn’t give it a try, but if you’re looking for something REALLY cool, they also offer an interactive experience by land and water! The Boathouse marina offers guests private cruises and live entertainment.
Guests can cruise around on spectacular dream boats from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. Take a romantic guided tour aboard the Captain’s Italian Water Taxi or the 19th-century steamboat Lady Rose and enjoy a champagne toast and chocolate-covered strawberries. Or experience the excitement of Amphicar tours in vintage vehicles, where you’ll enter the water with a splash, embarking on a 20-minute tour of Disney Springs with a cool view of Characters in Flight in Flight!
Tours are offered hourly (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each Amphicar seats up to three guests (three adults or two adults and two small children). The adventure will set you back $125 per car for this the experience, but The BOATHOUSE is the ONLY place in the world to ride in these vintage vehicles. They are currently accepting walk up reservations.
Boathouse Harbor Master festivities throughout the day and evening offer even more nostalgic charm, with flag ceremonies and lively bugle standards performed aboard the Lady Rose. Meanwhile, a multimillion-dollar fleet of 19 rare boats on display and the maritime-themed Ship’s Store demand a closer look!
The boathouse is so massive, it really is hard to capture all the cool and crazy features. While it may be a little pricey for some, it really is a unique place everyone should experience at least once.. even if it’s only for a burger or a quick stop for a drink or two.
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