One of the more creative dining venues at Disney Springs is The Edison.
Its grand opening on New Year’s Eve 2017 was a highly-anticipated event.
The Edison is located at The Landing where you’ll also find restaurants like Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante and Paradiso 37. I daresay if you choose only one new restaurant to try at Disney Springs on your next visit, make it The Edison—as much for the atmosphere, décor and entertainment as for anything. (But the food is good too!)
The Edison is a restaurant, nightclub, and live entertainment hotspot that serves up American fare–you know, classic American food that most everyone loves, cocktails, and huge milkshakes for two! Lunch and dinner are served at the Edison seven days a week.
It isn’t owned by Disney, but the theming found at this gothic industrial-type establishment that has every reminder of a 1920s-era power plant is something to be seen. Steampunk is found everywhere you look, and there are multiple replicas of inventions developed by the late Thomas Edison.
There are also seven different areas for diners to explore: the Lab Performance area, the Ember Parlour, the Telegraph Lounge, the Tesla Lounge, the Radio Room, the Patent Office, and the Waterfront Patio. Step out on the Waterfront Patio and enjoy gorgeous views of the Aerophile balloon to your left and Disney’s Saratoga Springs to your right.
The Edison is a table-service venue at Disney Springs, meaning you and your dining companions will be seated once you’re registered at the front desk. Because The Edison is so popular among Guests, it’s a good idea to make advance dining reservations—especially for dinner and during peak seasons at Walt Disney World. You can score reservations for this restaurant the same way you can for any restaurant at Disney World. Simply book via the My Disney Experience app or online at MyDisneyExperience.com.
The upscale atmosphere at The Edison is never pretentious, but it sure is classy. The sounds of lively jazz and Big Band music fill the air as you enjoy your meal that you get to choose from The Edison’s “Catalog of Parts,” also known as the menu.
The Edison’s menu, or Catalog of Parts, gets bonus points for creativity and unique offerings. How’s this for creative—DB Clothesline Candied Bacon? This appetizer is not only a hallmark of The Edison; it’s also one of the most popular items on the menu. True to its name, four candied strips of smoked bacon are served dangling from a clothesline. Each strip is secured with a clothespin. Try all four flavors—maple, black pepper, sweet and spicy pickle, or fruit mustarda.
Another favorite at The Edison is The Edison Burger. It’s huge! What’s so special about it? The sauce. Yes, Edison Sauce makes the burger a true “Edison Burger.”
This fabulous burger is so good that you’ll forget to count the calories (and who would want to anyway?). We’ve even gotten word that a few vegetarians have been converted by this burger made with a patty of sirloin, short rib and brisket blended together, cheddar cheese, bacon, pickles made in-house, crispy onions strips, lettuce, tomato, and that delectable Edison sauce. (It’s a secret signature sauce, so you’ll only find it here!)
And who would have thought that you’d come to such an establishment and order grilled cheese? But you’ll definitely want to try this one. It’s the Ooey Gooey Grilled Cheese served with house-made Tomato Basil soup. There are four different kinds of cheese on this sandwich–fontina, Muenster, gruyere, and Alpine Swiss—and they come melty hot between two thick slices of sourdough bread. It’s so decadent, you might think about eating it with a fork.
The Edison’s organic Tomato Basil soup takes the chef a full 24 hours to prepare and cook—no canned soups with spices added. Think of this entrée as “Grilled Cheese for Adults.”
Probably the most unique offering on the menu is the Lollipop Tree. Whether you only dabble in desserts or you always eat dessert first, the Lollipop Tree is a fun way to wrap up your meal at The Edison.
A wooden tree stand with several holes drilled into it is brought to your table. Cheesecake pops rolled in delectable goodies like graham cracker crumbs and crushed pistachios are placed into the holes, so all you have to do is grab one (or two, or four)! Each cake pop has a crunchy shell with cheesecake treasure hiding inside. The dessert has a kind of “Dr. Seuss-like” appearance to it. You won’t be disappointed.
Dress classy or casually; it’s your call each day until 10:00 p.m. According to one of the servers, some ladies’ groups come for lunch at The Edison decked out in their steampunk best with huge pearls and conversation piece hats. Throughout your experience at The Edison, you truly feel pleasantly immersed in another era. It’s delightful, and when you leave you’ll already be thinking about your next visit.
At nighttime, specifically after 10:00 p.m., there’s a strictly-enforced dress code that adds so much to the lively, bustling feel of the venue, and you’ve got to be 21 or older to walk through the doors. There is also a cover charge after 10:00 p.m.
On weeknights, The Edison features bands and live DJs beginning at 10:00 p.m. There are even more entertainment offerings on the weekend nights, including tap dancers, musicians, singers, magicians, Burlesque dancers and even an aerial contortionist.