19 Jan The Boathouse Restaurant: Cast off Into Fine Dining
Exhausted, excited and starving. These three words are what best described my friend and I after arriving at Walt Disney World after a long…LONG…day of travel. When she asked me where we could get something to eat this late, my first thought was Downtown Disney. Then my second thought was Disney Springs since my tired travel brain remembered that the name had recently been changed! After pouring over blogs and vlogs about everything Walt Disney World, as I often do, I had one place in particular that I was eager to try: The Boathouse.
Spoiler alert: I was not disappointed!
Being that we had a party of two and were arriving pretty late, maybe an hour from closing, we were able to walk in and get a table without a reservation. When you walk in, you’re treated by a large bar directly in front of you that looks like it has a boat skeleton hanging above it. The hostess stand on your right is situated in front of a beautiful Chris-Craft boat. While I know zip about boats, I know enough to tell you that a boat as beautiful as this one would only be chopped up and used as a restaurant booth at Disney. They’re simply the only ones who could get away with it!
At first, we were seated at a table directly behind the bar, under a swirling vortex of wind. This table was right in the doorway between the deck and the indoor restaurant. After attempting (and failing) to hold a conversation without yelling and watching a few receipts and an empty Southwest pretzel bag fly out of my purse, we asked to move tables.
We sat outside on the deck and it was an absolutely gorgeous view of the lake…and the Dockside Bar. Yes. There is a bar inside the restaurant, yet there is another one just a few feet behind it on a dock. A little odd, but it works.
Having done my research, I knew that the rolls at the Boathouse were a must have. As luck would have it, they were brought out to us immediately…and they were delicious. Confession time. We went to the restaurant, fully prepared to order an appetizer and an entree at this surf and turf style restaurant. In fact, there was a Filet Mignon Oscar Style that had been calling my name. We didn’t intend to be those people who go to the fancy restaurant and only order the appetizers. However, we were totally those people. Please don’t judge us too harshly though! We tipped appropriately for the meal we intended on having, I swear. If you must blame someone, blame the rolls! They were just too good…and we had far too many.
We did save just enough room to eat an appetizer though. For $21, I ordered the Coconut-fried Wild Pacific White Shrimp. I am a lover of all things shrimp, but the coconut shrimp at The Boathouse were the very best I’ve ever had. Hands down. The crispy coconut shell on the shrimp carried the perfect amount of crunch and flavor. And while there weren’t too many shrimp included in the meal, it came with fries as well, so it was really the perfect size for a meal. Perhaps not the healthiest, but I was on vacation and we all know that vacation calories don’t count! Also, don’t forget about the rolls.
My friend ordered the $13 Florida Style Smokehouse Fish Dip. I like fish, so don’t get me wrong, but the idea of fish dip just makes me cringe. That being said, I can’t tell you what it tasted like, but I can tell you that my friend loved it and repeatedly told me “you’ve gotta try this!” In hind sight, I probably should have…but I was being a wuss so I didn’t. Maybe next trip…but probably not. I like those shrimp too much to not order them again!
Everything about The Boathouse was fabulous. We had amazing food and incredible service in a delightful atmosphere. For those of you looking to dine at The Boathouse on the dining plan, it will cost you two credits. Some of the steak and lobster items are fairly pricy, with the most expensive item being the 12 ounce Filet Mignon Oscar Style, which will set you back $64.50. That being said, I probably wouldn’t use two dining credits here if you plan on eating the $18 cheeseburger.
I can’t wait to return and try some of the other menu items, but you can bet I’ll be getting those shrimp again! Have you dined at The Boathouse in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World? What did you think?