This past weekend, I had one of the best meals (if not the best) I have ever had on Walt Disney World property. It was not at California Grill or some other majorly expensive restaurant. It was at The BOATHOUSE®: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats™ in Disney Springs.
The night got off to a great start as we were able to be seated 20 minutes before our reservation. Then we were introduced to our waiter, Ricky. This man was a class act who upon us asking for more time said with the utmost sincerity, “I’m a waiter. Waiting is part of the job.” He was one of the most polite and accommodating waiters I have ever had on Walt Disney World property. He gets credit for recommending everything we would order throughout the night.
Drinks came first. Rather than a glass of wine, I went with one of the signature cocktails, “Shipwrecked,” which was not on the menu posted on the My Disney Experience app. It was a delicious, rum-based drink that was not as sweet as it looks. But the most convenient part about this drink was that it was large enough and strong enough to carry me completely through dinner. If you are a rum fan, I would definitely recommend.
At the same time, we were enjoying The BOATHOUSE®’s unbelievable bread rolls. Freshly baked, drizzled in honey, and paired with a special butter you cannot get anywhere else, the rolls will put a smile on your face and will set the standard for the rest of your night’s experience. Seriously, I have had conversations with people about The BOATHOUSE® that are exclusively about the bread rolls.
If it was a limited menu, there was no way of telling that by looks of it. We ordered the steamed clams as our appetizer. They were very flavorful and were dressed with perfect proportions of garlic butter, white wine, with a zany pesto finish.
For our entrees, Ricky recommended I order the Coriander-Seared Yellowfin Tuna. It was seared rare and came with blistered shishito peppers, a soy-lime vinaigrette, wasabi mayo and sriracha sauce. I am not exaggerating when I say that it was the best ahi tuna I have ever had in my life. The knife cut through the meat like butter, and it melted in your mouth.
When reading the description, one would think it was extremely spicy, but it wasn’t. It was spicy, but rather than being on the level of an explosion or a raging fire, the dish’s spice was rather a smoldering one that rolled like a defined yet gentle wave across your taste buds.
I was too stuffed to eat dessert, so I decided to drink it. The BOATHOUSE®’s Lake Buena Vista Irish Coffee was, again, one of the best I’ve ever had. The presentation alone was fantastic. The whiskey coffee concoction sat in a clear glass beneath a thick top layer of heavy whipped cream. The coffee/whiskey proportions were perfect and the creamy float simultaneously sweetened and cooled each sip.
In matters of ambiance, it is hard to beat The BOATHOUSE®. I’d argue very few places–if any–at Disney Springs or anywhere on Walt Disney World property that matches its Yacht-Club-like apex of both high class style and genuinely laid back, “boat life” nature. You are surrounded by beautiful wooden nautical architecture. Boats and parts of boats are scattered throughout the house while beautiful wood and steel art pieces hand on the wall. TV screens also show a rolling montage of elegant wooden boats enjoying a day on the water somewhere.
As someone who spends most of his free time out on his boat, I can tell you a night at The BOATHOUSE® is definitely a night enjoying the good life. And unlike some of Disney World’s better restaurants, this is a night that will not necessarily break the bank. If you have one night at Disney Springs, I highly recommend choosing The BOATHOUSE® after enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar next door.