When I first heard about this next restaurant, I begged our amazingly awesome food writer Danielle to let me write about it. Wellbeing the awesome and amazing friend that she is, she said: “yes, of course!”
This week, The Boathouse at Disney’s Springs aka Downtown Disney, opened with a splash! This unique dining experience takes you away from Florida and lands you smack dab in the middle of Eastern Seaboard. With a menu boasting immaculate steaks and seafood, a dining room as massive as the atrium in the Grand Floridian and the most authentic décor, you cannot pass up an opportunity to dine at The BOATHOUSE. Did I mention the marina activities? That’s what sets his restaurant apart from the others. Guests have the opportunity to have fun like no other restaurant on Disney Property! The restaurant itself, managed by Gibbons Restaurant Group, is built on the water with access to a marina and waterways. The expansive size of the restaurant boast capacity for 600 guests, with 400 indoor seats and 200 outdoor seats. Guests will enjoy the stunning views from every table in the house. There is a reason The BOATHOUSE was built on the water, let me introduce you to the Amphicar.
While the experience at The BOATHOUSE is like no other, the menu is nothing short of spectacular so let’s start there. The upscale menu focuses on seafood and steaks, upscale cocktails and a solid wine list. You can get anything from a casual basket of fried clams or big butterflied shrimp to “the best Angus beef burgers in town,” says Chef Bob Getchell [and the fries are hand cut]. The BOATHOUSE menu boasts some of the best steaks and seafood in the Orlando area. With rotisserie chicken is brined 24 hours and stuffed with citrus and fresh herbs, then slow-roasted and a cedar plank salmon roasted in an 875°F oven and fish coming in fresh, like the Cape Canaveral tripletail that’s on the opening day menu, or Florida wahoo, you and your dining partners are sure to find the perfect entrée to satisfy your hunger.
But let’s go back to those steaks – Gibsons sources their meat from small farms in the upper Midwest, and features buttery filet mignon, a 28-ounce Porterhouse and a 32-ounce long-bone rib chop (which as you see below, looks divine).
I always like to say that behind every great steak there is a great salad and the offerings at The BOATHOUSE provide guest with some delicious options. Hungry for steak but would like a meal on the lighter side, why not try the steak salad? Topped with 8 0z of their finest sirloin you can satisfy your need for steak and enjoy crisp greens with . Other salad options include seared ahi with Asian dressing, or Buffalo chicken with Point Reyes blue cheese and spicy pecans. Pictured below is the Tuna Salad.
Along with 3 bars, on-site guests can enjoy an amazing cocktail. Seafood lovers will definitely enjoy the superb Raw Bar, which serves three to five varieties of oysters on the half shell, colossal wild-caught Baja shrimp cocktail, and the BOATHOUSE lobster cocktail made with a pound-and-a-quarter lobster.
Every detail has been considered, presentation of the kid’s meals. And these aren’t your standard kid’s meals, they are all HOMEMADE -what mom and dad doesn’t love that. With offerings such as the Sticks and Stones with chicken breast strips and fish, hand-breaded or the Pig in a Blanket wrapped with pretzel dough and baked, your kids can enjoy a meal just as delicious as you.
Are you hungry yet? I should have given a disclaimer first so here goes: This article will make you hungry!!!
So I have one word for you, DESSERT. OK, three more, S’mores Baked Alaska….
I simply cannot rave enough about how amazing the menu is for The BOATHOUSE. But don’t take my word for it, you need to try it for yourself. And if the menu didn’t convince you then I am sure the fun marina based activities will do the job. When I first introduced The BOATHOUSE, I mentioned the one-of-a-kind activities that guests can enjoy, let’s take a look at some of those experiences.
Amphicar Rides – Guests can experience the thrill of a Captain’s guided tour aboard a rare Amphicar that drives on land and floats in the water. The $125 price includes your own Car Captain and seating for up to three guests. Along the way, you’ll have a great view of Downtown Disney, direct from the water. Guests literally drive into the lake with a splash and The BOATHOUSE is the only place in the world to ride in these vintage vehicles. Tours are available daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., weather permitting, and will be available soon.
Italian Water Taxi Cruise – The Venezia, is a breathtaking 40-foot wooden Italian Water Taxi which offers a Captain’s guided tour of Downtown Disney. The enjoyable experience will be complete with live music, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a champagne toast. Tours will be offered hourly from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., of course, weather permitting, for individuals and groups of up to 20 and while an exact launch date has not been released we have been informed it will be starting soon. The cost is $75 per person or $50 per child under age 13.
Floating Art– Disney and Gibsons went to extraordinary lengths to create an authentic Eastern Seaboard experience for guests including locating a multi-million dollar fleet of rare, and highly immaculate, boats. Gathered from museums, private collectors, and boat shows from around the world, be sure to take some time to stroll the marina. Photos are not only allowed but encouraged, so have your camera handy.
I hope you can tell how genuinely excited I am for this addition to Downtown Disney aka Disney Springs. I for one cannot wait to see the final product once the construction is complete, I may even have to sneak a quick peek before then because my curiosity will get the better of me. If you are like me and need to scratch that Disney itch then lets talk! I love to help families and friends make memories that will last forever.
All photos courtesy of Disney.