If you’re heading to Walt Disney World, chances are you are about to be inundated with dining options. Don’t overlook options at Walt Disney World resorts outside the parks. Disney’s BoardWalk restaurant area in particular is filled with dining options that can accommodate every age and budget.
Disney’s BoardWalk is easily accessible from multiple Epcot resorts, including BoardWalk Inn & Villas, Yacht Club Resort, Beach Club Resort and Villas, Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin and Disney’s Riviera Resort (coming soon). If you head out the back entrance of Epcot (near France), you’re almost there. Take the ferry there from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can ride Disney’s new Skyliner gondola system to the International Gateway at Epcot and stroll over to the BoardWalk.
Staying near Disney Springs or elsewhere in Orlando to save a little cash? The BoardWalk is a great option to do something different in Disney dining.
Disney BoardWalk Restaurant Guide for Families
We’re going to go through all of the Disney BoardWalk restaurants. If you’re looking for entertainment options near the Disney BoardWalk, head on over to this post.
Flying Fish (Dinner)
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience at one of Disney’s BoardWalk restaurants, Flying Fish is going to be a winner. This dining experience is one you’ll remember. While Flying Fish’s focus is sustainable seafood, there are multiple options on their menu ranging from Hokkaido Scallops to Sea Bass to a Tomahawk Rib-Eye Steak for Two. Entrees start at $36.
Be aware of the dress code before you head over. At first glance, you may think there are no vegetarian or vegan options. Never fear. Disney has you covered. There is a “secret” menu that you need to ask for.
We recommend making reservations if you’d like to eat at Flying Fish. There are opportunities to get in without them, but they’re usually not at ideal times. Disney Dining Plan is accepted as is the Tables in Wonderland card discount.
Hint: If you’re looking for more of a steakhouse. you can wander over to the Yachtsman at Yacht Club.
Want the full breakdown on Disney’s Dining Plans and what each includes? We have a Complete Guide to the 3 Disney Dining Plans.
Big River Grille & Brewing Works (Lunch, Dinner)
Visit a micro-brewery at Disney! Don’t worry; it’s family-friendly and features traditional brewpub favorites like nachos, giant salads, meatloaf, sandwiches, burgers and creamy macaroni and cheese. Six beers are brewed onsite and you can witness the brewing process. Prices are in line with normal quick table service spots you’d visit “in real life.”
ESPN Club (Lunch, Dinner, Bar)
Worried about missing the game while you’re in Florida? At the ESPN Club, you can pop over to see your favorite sports on the big screen and grab some late-night snacks.
Trattoria al Forno (Breakfast, Dinner)
Billed as a “boisterous tavern,” Trattoria al Forno serves a varied Italian menu ranging from pizzas to Osso Buco and steak. This location previously housed Kouzzina with Chef Cat Cora at the helm.
One of the things we really like about Trattoria al Forno is the variety of dishes as well as prices. With kids ranging in age (and appetite). the appetizer options can be great stand-in entrees and a pizza for two of them to split weighs in around $19. Also to note – this location has an open kitchen.
BoardWalk Bakery (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The only restaurant on the BoardWalk serving all three meals, the BoardWalk Bakery was a winner with my family for breakfast. From the bagel egg and cheese sandwiches to the Ooey Gooey Sandwich (better than it sounds, a roll with egg, cheddar, mozzarella, capicola, bacon and tomato), each dish was a hit with my crew. The croissants at Boardwalk Bakery are serious business. As in the size of my toddler’s head serious. If you’re not in a rush to get to the parks, breakfast at BoardWalk Bakery is a pleasant choice. Grab some pastries and hang out on the benches around Crescent Lake.
For lunch and dinner there are veggie, seafood, roast beef, turkey and ham and Swiss sandwiches. They’re all great choices for lunch and most cost under $11. Salads are also available. If you’re bringing the kiddos, there are two kids sandwich options – ham and cheese and turkey.
BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas (Snacks)
When you want to cut loose a bit but don’t feel like venturing into Epcot to hit up Mexico, you can grab a watermelon margarita, a beer or a pineapple smoothie with a shot of spiced rum (Captain’s Seaside Sensation) at BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas! Have kids in tow? Don’t fret it. Appease them with a Mickey pretzel or nachos or an amazing DOLE Whip Smoothie. Also, don’t miss the jalapeno-stuffed pretzel if you want to kick it up a bit in the spice level.
Ample Hills Creamery (Snacks)
That Florida sunshine can take a lot out of you. One of our favorite afternoon stops? Ample Hills Creamery for an ice cream cone and some A/C. Now that’s cool.
Funnel Cake Cart (Snacks)
This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you like funnel cakes, they’ve got them. You can add ice cream or chocolate to them. They also serve cotton candy and fried ice cream.
Pizza Window (Snacks)
To be perfectly honest, we’re a little sad about the Pizza Window. Back in the day, you could grab pizza by the slice. That is no longer available. Prices start at 9.99 now for a personal cheese pizza and go up to 22.99 for a whole pizza. It’s not a flavor sensation. It is easy and a great option to grab and bring back to the hotel room. The pies are decent size. Buy a few of these and you’ll be the food hero. You can also snag a table looking over Crescent Lake and dine al fresco.
FYI For the gluten free folks out there, they do offer gluten free pizza.
The To-Go Cart (Snacks)
Was it a long day in the park? The To-Go Cart is a fabulous option because you can grab a “meal” that usually counts as a snack credit if you’re using the Disney Dining Plan. With hot dogs, French fries, mozzarella sticks, burgers and pulled pork sandwiches on the menu, this is an easy-peasy option for tired kiddos (or grown-ups).
Belle Vue Lounge (Breakfast, Bar)
This slightly unusual space is located in the BoardWalk Inn. It serves breakfast (grab and go style muffins, scones and yogurt) in the morning and in the evening it’s a bar. With its 1930s style, it’s a great lounge to chill in with family or friends. There are board games available to borrow and play over a cocktail. Be sure to try the Smoked Turkey if you’re a bourbon lover.
AbracadaBar bills itself as a bar that brings the magic. The backstory “lore” surrounding the AbracadaBar is that magicians and illusionists used to frequent it until it went “poof” into thin air. I love me some Disney theming (and may still be crying over the closing of Disney’s Pleasure Island Adventurer’s Club- anyone else remember that?).
Don’t worry y’all. I only want the best for you so I took it upon myself to taste test some drinks. The winners for me? Pepper’s Ghost which combines pineapple vodka and habanero lime. I like a drink that bites back! If you really want to embrace the magic, then order the Conjurita. Spoiler alert: It’s not just your average margarita. It changes colors!
At Disney BoardWalk, you don’t just find restaurants. There are some nightlife options to discover as well! If it’s fun and drinks that you’re looking for, make sure you put Jellyrolls on your To-Do list. Long after Disney goes to sleep, Jellyrolls is still open with their dueling pianos and sing-alongs.
Things You Need to Know About Jellyrolls
- It’s 21+
- There is a $15 cover charge.
- It stays open until 2 a.m.
- They do not serve food, so eat before you go.
- You don’t need reservations, but if you’d like a table, go early.
Atlantic Dance Hall
If you get to Disney and can’t control the urge to boogie, your best bet is the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk. It’ll make all the 80s and 90s kids out there excited with the music and it stays open late. Located in front of the Disney Swan, there is no cover.
Things You Need to Know About Atlantic Dance Hall:
- It is closed on Sunday and Monday
- It is 21+
- Eat before you go. No food is served.
Screen Door General Store
It’s not a restaurant exactly, but if you’re staying in one of the Disney Vacation Club properties, the Screen Door General Store will be a stop on your list to grab supplies. From items to make breakfast in your room to souvenirs to giant Mickey cookies, they have it all!
Do you have a favorite food at Disney’s BoardWalk? Share in the comments!