Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Springs, The Landing
Seafood really takes center stage here, with Paddlefish featuring some of the freshest selections available at Walt Disney World. Where Boathouse has raised the bar for upscale-casual surf-and-turf dining, Paddlefish does the same for a wider variety of seafood options. Service, even just after the restaurant’s reopening, is stellar, with attentive and knowledgeable servers ready to guide you through the extensive menu. Though not quite as upscale-feeling as other signature restaurants, given its sheer size, the restaurant’s views and menus make it a great date night or family “fancy” dinner option while exploring all that Disney Springs has to offer.
Setting and Atmosphere
Formerly home to Fulton’s Crab House, Paddlefish reopened in early 2017 with a modern aesthetic, making the stationary “steamship” seem more like a classy yacht than a classic paddleboat. Sleek design and muted colors inside don’t distract from the views offered from the large picture windows at the sides and rear of the ship, overlooking her iconic paddlewheel. Outdoor seating on the first and third decks offers prime views of the area, but the true star of the restaurant is the rooftop bar, where you can enjoy an iconic Florida sunset alongside a drink and select appetizer options.
Build-your-own seafood boils and tableside-prepared lobster guacamole are sure to impress any guests. The crab fries (hand-cut and perfectly fried) and yellow curry Maine mussels are solid choices for appetizers if you’re in search of cooked, fresh seafood. Ahi poke and market fresh oysters will cool you down and tickle your palate on hot summer days. Atlantic halibut-based modern fish and chips are worth the splurge, but for something classier at dinner, consider the black cod en papilotte (perfectly steamed in parchment) or the branzino for 2, served tableside.
Lobster corn dogs are more than just a novelty, while the crab cakes feature on the restaurant’s lunch, Sunday brunch, and dinner menus prominently. Sandwiches and salads reign on the lunch menu, with a house burger that might be good enough to sway you from your standard Disney Springs go-to restaurants.
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