Review: The BOATHOUSE

The BOATHOUSE touts itself as having “Great Food. Waterfront Dining. Dream Boats”. The newly opened Downtown Disney restaurant, soon to be located in The Landing of Disney Springs is an upscale casual restaurant located on water.

For our first trip, we were joined by Tony Caselnova of Disney By The Numbers. Tony had already been on one occasion, but was excited to be joining us on our first visit.

The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

The BOATHOUSE

The BOATHOUSE sits along the water in Disney Springs

The BOATHOUSE sits along the water

If you ever wanted to know about the United States flag during maritime, you can read all about it before you enter the restaurant.

Explaination of the US flag during Maritime at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Explaination of the US flag during Maritime

Ambiance

One of the most unique qualities of this restaurant are that all of the dining rooms are on the water or have water views. With 400 indoor and 200 outdoor seats, there is plenty of space for dining and relaxing.

The BOATHOUSE's Amphicar launch

The BOATHOUSE’s Amphicar launch

Guests can take a ride on one of the amphicars for a fee. We’ll tell you more about this later.

 The BOATHOUSE is expansive and backup to Fulton's Crab House on the Marketplace side

The restaurant is expansive

The BOATHOUSE is massive, but you’d never know for viewing it from the front. It’s so expansive that it backs up to Fulton’s Crab House on the Marketplace side.

The main bar inside The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

The main bar

The main bar in The BOATHOUSE at Disney Spring

The main bar at The BOATHOUSE

The main bar is located as you enter the restaurant. The first thing you’ll notice is the showcase of beautiful, fresh seafood. It’s at the front of the dark, wooden bar that has plenty of seating. This bar definitely sets the tone for what you’re about to experience at The BOATHOUSE.

Hi-top bar tables in the main bar at The BOATHOUSE

Hi-top bar tables in the main bar

In addition to the seating at the bar, there are some hi-top tables that seat four on one side. On the other, there are lower tables in front of the stage for guests to relax, fill up on food, quench their thirst and listen to some live music.

Boating decor covers the walls throughout The BOATHOUSE

Boating decor covers the walls

The entire restaurant has a nautical theme with boating pictures, motors, small ships mounted to the walls and boats that have been turned into tables. You’ll definitely feel like taking a ride on the water after being here.

A yacht was used to make one of the tables inside The BOATHOUSE

A yacht was used to make one of the tables

The table in the yacht at The BOATHOUSE

The table that’s in the yacht

So who doesn’t want to sit in this boat table? Isn’t this one of the coolest tables you’ve seen in a restaurant? The boat itself is beautiful! Those little rubber duckies you see in the Capatin’s chair… you can pick those up in the gift shop. There are more than 30 styles of them.

The first dining room at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

The first dining room

The first dining room has to round booths that look like a boat from either end. The rooms is decorated with metal fish and clear teardrop lighting.

The second dining room at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

The second dining room

A second bar located in the second dining room at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

A second bar located in the second dining room

The second dining room is decorated with beautiful black and white photos, teal walls and glass blown animals. You’ll be thinking about a beach house in this room.

There is also a second bar located here that can accommodate about 10-12 people. It’s full stocked like the main bar.

The third dining room at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

The third dining room

The wine cellar is located in the third dining room at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

The wine is stored in the third dining room

The third dining room has large, elegant wine cases that show off the restaurants extensive list. This room is decorated with lots of dark woods and burnt orange with pictures of boats.

Outdoor seating is also available along the water at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Outdoor seating with a view of the water

Outdoor seating near the main bar at The BOATHOUSE

Outdoor seating near the main bar

Located on the backside of the restaurant, along the marina are several tables and seating for guests wanting to enjoy something a little lighter. It has a much more laid back feel than the dining rooms.

Dockside Bar is located behind The BOATHOUSE along the water

The Dockside Bar is behind the restaurant

Dockside Bar at The BOATHOUSE is a full-service bar

Dockside Bar at The BOATHOUSE is full-service

Outside on the marina is Dockside Bar. It’s a good size bar for being one of three located at The BOATHOUSE. It’s full-service and has a four TVs located around the bar for sports fans.

Menu

The menus are printed daily, so you’ll notice that the menu has the current date in the top right. You’re given two menus – one is the dinner menu and the outdoor menu. The outdoor menu has lighter menu items on it like sandwiches and beach buckets. We decided to order our meals from the dinner menu.

The Raw Bar at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

The Raw Bar

The outdoor menu consists of raw bar, launch (appetizers), field day (salads), square meals (sandwiches) and beach bucket bingo (fried). On the dinner menu, you’ll find the raw bar, launch, field day, stem to stern (specialties) and steaks, chops and provisions. For those who are 21 and up, there is an extensive wine list, specialty drinks and 30 bottled beers.

Anastasia Gold Caviar at The Raw Bar in The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Anastasia Gold Caviar at The Raw Bar

The BOATHOUSE is very proud of the quality of their ingredients. The menu has a Quality Statement that says, “Thoughtfully Sourced Products. Day Boat Line Caught Seafood. Marine Stewardship Council Support. Proprietary Product Partnership.” They also serve Certified USDA Gibsons Blue Star Heritage Angus beef.

Food and Drink

This is what you really want to know about, the food and beverages! Since this was our first visit to the newly opened, The BOATHOUSE, we asked the server to tell us a little bit about the restaurant and the menu. Our server told us how everything is brought in fresh every day. That’s right, EVERY DAY! What you are eating today, was swimming in the water yesterday.

Place setting at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Place setting

The meal starts with dinner rolls and butter at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

The meal starts with dinner rolls and butter

Upon being seated, your server will bring you fresh dinner rolls and butter. Who doesn’t like to be greeted with some bread?

The Terripan Liquid Bliss - Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Terripan Liquid Bliss beer

The BOATHOUSE has a nice selection of beers, wines and specialty cocktails. Normally, we each get something different to drink so that we can try each others, but that didn’t happen. Everyone ordered the Terrapin Liquid Bliss – chocolate peanut butter porter. With a description like that, it’s hard to not want to try it.

Blue Point oysters on the half shell and wild caught Baja cocktail shrimp at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Blue Point oysters on the half shell and wild caught Baja cocktail shrimp

Wild caught Baja cocktail shrimp at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Wild caught Baja cocktail shrimp

Blue Point oysters on the half shell at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Blue Point oysters on the half shell

I know you’re looking and wondering… why is there only one Blue Point oyster and one wild caught Baja cocktail shrimp? Well, we wanted to make sure that we had enough room to eat what we were about to order and I just had to try the oysters and shrimp. Rather than filling up, I ordered one of each.

If you enjoy cocktail shrimp at all, you MUST try theirs. The Wild Caught Baja Cocktail Shrimp (4 each) is served with cocktails sauce. It’s the plumpest, most delicious shrimp that I’ve ever had.

The Oyster on the Half Shell (3.50 each) is accompanied by Cucumber Mignonette. These are the freshest and easiest to eat oysters I’ve had. I’d recommend if someone has never had an oyster, but is considering on trying one, this is the place to do it. They have a variety of oyster to offer and you can choose which ones you’d like to order. Don’t hesitate to ask your server about them. They are very knowledgeable about what is being offered.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with coleslaw and tartar sauce at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with coleslaw and tartar sauce

Visually this dish isn’t appealing. However, it tastes great! The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake (24) is served with coleslaw and a side of tartar sauce. If you love crab cakes, this one is sure to please. It’s not full of breading, there is plenty of jumbo lump crab in it.

Gibsons "Sandwich King" burger hop champion at  The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Gibsons “Sandwich King” burger hop champion

A closer look at the  Gibsons "Sandwich King" burger at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

A closer look at the
Gibsons “Sandwich King” burger

With a name like “Sandwich King” how could a burger lover not try this! The Gibsons “Sandwich King” Burger Hop Champion (20) has Crispy Cherry Peppers, Jalapeño Havarti, Sliced Tomato, Crispy Lettuce and Spiced Mayo and is served with fresh cut fries and a pickle spear. The burger was served at the exact temperature ordered – medium. It was one of the best burgers we’ve ever had. If you thing is fries, or your particular about your fries, you’re going to love these! They are those fantastic, starchy, fresh cut fries that are hard to find. You know, the kind that you could sit and eat only them. Yes… that’s these fries.

Grilled line caught Florida Mahi-Mahi tacos at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Grilled line caught Florida Mahi-Mahi tacos

A closer look at the  grilled line caught Florida Mahi-Mahi tacos at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

A closer look at the Florida Mahi-Mahi tacos

We also ordered the Grilled Line Caught Florida Mahi-Mahi Tacos (21) topped with Pickled Radishes, Serrano Mango Sauce and Cojita Cheese. Served with a lightly dressed Arugula Salad. The grilled fish was nice and light with the perfect amount of seasoning. The Serrano mango sauce added a nice touch with just a hint of spice and sweetness.  Often you see something like a coleslaw served with fish tacos, but I really enjoyed the salad. It was a perfect accompaniment to the tacos. We really liked the sweet corn and light vinaigrette that was served with it.

Gibsons S'mores Baked Alaska  for four at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Gibsons S’mores Baked Alaska for four

The back of the Gibsons S'mores Baked Alaska  is covered in toasted marshmallows and chocolate chip pieces at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

It’s covered in toasted marshmallows and chocolate chip pieces

The price tag for the Gibsons S’mores Baked Alaska might scare you just a bit, it’s $40. However, this dessert for four can easily feed 8. It’s made with Häagan-Dazs rocky road ice cream, covered in marshmallow, then toasted with pieces of rich dark chocolate added to the outside. It’s sinfully sweet! Chocolate lovers and ice cream lovers alike will enjoy this dessert.

Service

The service here was top-notch! The waitstaff is very attentive. If you’re in need of something, you won’t have to flag someone down to get it. From the time we sat down, until the time we left, Jon (our server) made sure we had everything we needed, when we needed it.

You won’t be disappointed by the service. It really is extraordinary!

Entertainment

The BOATHOUSE is more than just a restaurant, there is plenty of ways to be entertained as well.

Live music nightly in the main bar at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Live music nightly in the main bar

At the main bar, there is a small stage. Guests can enjoy live music nightly.

18 boats are kept along the water at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Nineteen boats are kept here

The "party boat" can hold up to 8 guests at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

The “party boat” can hold up to 8 guests

There are 19 rare dream 1930s – 50s boats that are kept in dock at The BOATHOUSE. Currently, only two of boats are operational – Lady Rose, an antique steamboat for two and The Venezia, a 40-foot Italian Water Taxi.

Lady Rose is a replica of an 1889 24′ Saloon Launch with a steam engine. Couples can take a Captain guided tour that includes chocolate-covered strawberries and a champagne toast. The price tag for this excursion is $150 per couple.

The Venezia can accommodate up to eight guests and comes with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne. The cost is $75 per person ($50 per child 12 and under). Guests who are looking to host a very small, intimate party can book the water taxi by contacting the restaurant.

The Venezia and Lady Rose tours run hourly from 10 am to 10 pm.  At this time they are only accepting walk-up reservations.

Guests can ride around in one of the the Ampicars at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

The amphicars can be taken out on the water

The cars are locked into place with blocks to keep them from rolling at The BOATHOUSE

You don’t want to roll away when getting out!

Guests can enjoy a ride in the amphicars. There is a ramp located next to the restaurant where guests enter and exit for their floating car ride. For a 20 minute cruise with three guests it is $100. Cruises can be purchased inside Ship’s Store.

In case you’re wondering how in the world you get in and out of the car without it rolling away since there are no breaks, we’ve got the answer. Once the car is pulled into the circle, one of the captains puts rubber breaks underneath the wheels to prevent the car from rolling down into the water. Once the cars in place, guests are helped to exit the amphicar.

Shopping

Normally we don’t including shopping in our reviews, but this is an exceptional… and you’ll see why.

Tumblers and shot glass that feature The BOATHOUSE logo

Tumblers and shot glass that feature The BOATHOUSE logo

For guests looking for a souvenir as a reminder of their visit to The BOATHOUSE, there are plenty of options. Tervis tumblers, shot glasses, t-shirts and plastic wine glasses are inexpensive options.

Personalized paddles are available at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs

Personalized paddles are available for purchase

Wooden salt and pepper mills, and wine glass holder at The BOATHOUSE

Wooden salt and pepper mills, and wine glass holder

There are some really unique items available in the Ship’s Store. One of the most unusual items – boat motors. They range for very small ones that you could attach to a bathtub size boat for $300 to large ones that you’d use on a fishing boat. We loved the personalized paddles for $60. What a perfect gift for someone who lives on the beach. The wine bottle board that holds two wine glass and the beautiful wooden salt/pepper shakers (around $800) were some of our favorites.

Overall

We loved this restaurant. It’s definitely pricey, but the food and atmosphere make it worth the price. We’ll most certainly be returning to The BOATHOUSE soon! We’ve even already made a list of some of the items that we must try next time – BOATHOUSE Gumbo, BOATHOUSE Lobster Cocktail, Yellowfin Tuna Poke, Steak Sandwich, Beach Bucket Bingo, The BOATHOUSE Surf and Turf Table, Berkshire Pork Chop and Key Lime Pie in a Mason Jar. OK… well, maybe it’s going to be more than one more trip. 🙂

The restaurant is open 11 am to 2 am daily with food available until 11 pm. For reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE or book online.

The Disney Dining Plan and Tables in Wonderland are not currently accepted.

The BOATHOUSE Food Menu
The BOATHOUSE Beverage Menu

Have you dined at The BOATHOUSE or is it on your list of must-try restaurants? We’d love to know!

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