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Top Disney Springs Restaurants

When considering dining at Walt Disney World, many often think only of the options in one of the four parks, as that is where most people spend their days. With over 60 restaurants to choose from, Guests tend to disregard (or just forget!) about the fabulous dining choices at Disney Springs! Some are fancier than others, but many offer amazing ambiance and delicious food, and provide a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of the parks. And with a hop on Disney transportation (or your own), Springs is so easy to get to! 

Let’s dive in and explore some of the best options! And read until the end for tips and tricks for securing a dining reservation at one of your top choices.

The Boathouse 

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Sunset view and an upscale feel make The Boathouse one of our top choices. 

The Boathouse is one of the more popular restaurants in Disney Springs. Not only is the food delicious, the restaurant is right on the water and the views are magnificent. If you are lucky enough to have a reservation at this restaurant around sunset, the skies make for a gorgeous backdrop as you wine and dine.

The Boathouse is considered fine dining at Springs, but don’t worry, the atmosphere and the dress code are still casual. Their menu has some of the best choices of all the restaurants on this list, and includes seafood, steaks, burgers and sandwiches. 

Just looking for a few drinks instead of a full sit-down meal? Head out back behind the restaurants and visit the Dockside Bar. This is first come, first served seating. Change your mind and want something to eat? You can order from the full menu at the bar. 

You can’t go wrong with the Boathouse. It does get pretty crowded though at times and it is definitely recommended to have a reservation.

  • Location: The Landing
  • Serves: Lunch and Dinner
  • Price Point: $$
  • Menu: Visit here
  • Type: Table Service, Disney Signature Dining
  • Reservations: Difficult

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

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Fried chicken, anyone? Southern cooking at its finest, Homecomin’ is one of the most down to earth restaurants to eat in all of Disney Springs. Looking for that momma’s kitchen feel, well you found it here. 

All your favorite southern dishes are on the menu, from biscuits and grits to sweet tea and moonshine cocktails. Nothing beats a down home southern meal. I will warn you though, there is nothing too light on this menu – be prepared to rack up some calories eating here. Don’t worry though, all those miles you walk in the parks will shave it right off!

The restaurant also hosts a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. 

Next time you’re in Springs, be sure to stop by. You may even run into Chef Art Smith yourself, he frequently visits this Orlando location. Reservations are recommended.

  • Location: The Landing
  • Serves: Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
  • Price Point: $$
  • Menu: Visit here
  • Type: Table Service
  • Reservations: Difficult

Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar

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It’s just like stepping into a bygone era – Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar is one of my favorites at Springs. Not only is it super casual and easy-going (my preference), its offerings and atmosphere are unique and have a fun background story! The space that Enzo’s Hideaway is located once served as a hideaway during the Prohibition’s dry years for a team of flying rum-runners. The tunnel is connected to the abandoned power plant next door, known now as The Edison. As a matter of fact, these two eateries share bathrooms. If you do visit the restroom during your visit to Enzo’s, you’ll actually be entering The Edison to find them.

Step inside this 1920’s speakeasy and enjoy a prohibition-era cocktail, craft beer or wine with any specialty dish highlighting Rome and its surrounding regions. The food is good, the drinks are stellar and the atmosphere ties it all together.  Visit on Sunday for Sunday Family Supper at the family table! It’s a feast for everyone! 

Reservations are recommended, although I do find it rather easy to get a table without issues most often. If you are unlucky to find a reservation using the Disney website, try OpenTable. They usually have a ton of options. 

  • Location: The Landing
  • Serves: Lunch and Dinner
  • Price Point: $$
  • Menu: Visit here
  • Type: Table Service
  • Reservations: Moderate

Polite Pig

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Looking for a great BBQ spot while shopping? Look no further! Polite Pig is one of the best quick service restaurants located in Disney Springs. While this restaurant does not offer reservations, it does often get quite crowded. 

Known for its amazing BBQ flavor and unique side dishes, the food here is plentiful! Consider sharing if going to Polite Pig, or plan to take some home as leftovers! 

  • Location: Town Center
  • Serves: Lunch and Dinner
  • Price Point: $
  • Menu: Visit here
  • Type: Quick Service
  • Reservations: Not required/needed

Wine Bar George

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For all the wine lovers out there, Wine Bar George is a must do! This restaurant serves lunch and dinner on weekdays and a very popular brunch on weekends from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. 

Peruse the very extensive wine menu or chat with the friendly and knowledgeable sommeliers for wine recommendations and pairings. There is no shortage of options here and I think you will be happy with any of your choices.  

  • Location: The Landing
  • Serves: Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
  • Price Point: $$
  • Menu: Visit here
  • Type: Table Service
  • Reservations: Moderate; Not required for bar only

Dining Reservation Tips & Tools

If you are looking to make reservations at these or any restaurant on Disney property, here are some tried and true tips that will help you. Not all restaurants require reservations, and for those that do, it could be difficult to obtain them.

First and foremost, be sure to have a Disney account setup and know when your 60-day window opens to make reservations. If you are unsure of that date, use this Walt Disney World date calculator to help you plan. As some of these restaurants are hard to get, you want to be sure you are logged in and ready to grab your reservations the minute the window opens. In some cases, reservations are gone in seconds.

Tips

Starting at 6:00 am EST you can search on the website or phone browser, or both.  It’s best to have as many windows open as restaurants you are trying to book.  The more options you give yourself, the better chances you have.

  • If you are staying on property, the booking window opens on day 1 for the entire duration of your trip.
  • If you are staying off-property, you will have to book each restaurant day by day for the duration of your trip.
  • Start searching a little before 6:00 am. Sometimes reservations open up a bit before 6:00 am and you can book before everyone else even starts looking.
  • Search by lunch or dinner, but if nothing pops up, choose a specific time instead.
  • If nothing is popping up, try adjusting your party by 1 (either less or more). When you check-in you can add or delete a member of your party, so you can always make adjustments later.

And after all that, if you still can’t find a reservation, just keep trying! Persistence will pay off. I promise. People cancel reservations all the time and you will find something – usually within 12-24 hours of when you want to dine.

Tools

You can always use a service that will provide you notifications when a reservation opens up. The downside is that notifications may come at the wee hours of the morning when you’re sleeping. Other times you might luck out! Try Touring Plans and MouseDining. I’ve had luck with both, and I think you will too.

Marnie Raimondo
Marnie Raimondo
Hi there! I'm Marnie, Disney blogger and writer. My passion is helping people plan magical Walt Disney World vacations. I love sharing Disney tips and advice based on my personal experiences from many, many magical trips over the years. I hope through my writing I can help you navigate your way through Disney news, the parks, dining, resorts and so much more! Happy planning!
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