Ahoy diners! Big gastronomic change is afloat in the former Downtown Disney area. Disney Springs is shaping up to become a dining oasis at Walt Disney World Resort. And despite its nautical vibe and seaside locale, The BOATHOUSE Restaurant is also where you can find the best burgers at Disney!
The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats
One of the newer, most unique destinations is The BOATHOUSE Orlando. And destination it is. Schussler Creative (whose resume includes Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex Cafe, and Yak & Yeti) has partnered with The Gibsons Restaurant Group to build a total dining package. It includes a beautiful waterside location, handsome venue, a full and varied menu, and recreational options to round out your meal.
|Our Amphicar ready to launch!|
The fleet of 9 “Amphicars” are restored dream boats from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and are each floating museums. Ten other antique vessels are moored at The BOATHOUSE, but only 2 others are available for charter. They include the Venetian, a stunning 40-foot Italian Water Taxi, and the Lady Rose, a 19th-century steamboat.
|The outdoor “museum.”.|
|The showcase Admiral’s Club Bar.|
|A cocktail with a view.|
|Just one of the dining rooms that borders the interior bar.|
This 24,000 square feet restaurant by-the-sea boasts 3 bars and seating for 600 in 3 dining rooms and an expansive outdoor deck.
I cannot mislead you here, The BOATHOUSE Restaurant is upscale dining with a price point to match. BUT, the first thing out of our charming waiter’s mouth was, “We have the best burgers on property.” (Perhaps after our spin around the lake we looked more like chopped meat sea hands versus porterhouse ladies who lunch.)
He also highly recommended the Raw Bar, which my husband and I may have to try next week!
|My companion Janice from An Open Suitcase shared her “before” photo with me!|
The Classic Burger may take a bit of the wind out of your sails at $18, but Janice enjoyed it. Also offered are Filet Mignon Sliders, Gibsons “Sandwich King” Award Winning Burger (a spicy version of the standard), and Blue Angus Burgers ($10) on the Kids Menu.
|The legend: Gibsons S’mores Baked Alaska|
I felt compelled to include this dessert creation that her dear pal had sent over for Janice’s birthday. It is listed as dessert for four, but we could have fed the entire restaurant with it. Put simply, it is to die for and would make any special occasion SPECIAL.
I suggest you immediately set sail for The BOATHOUSE Restaurant on your next trip to Orlando. They serve until 2 a.m., so if you need a late-night burger fix, steer your vessel to The Landing!