Dining around
Disney's BoardWalk
and the Epcot Resort Area

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BoardWalk ViewDINING ON THE BOARDWALK and around the Epcot Resort Area can be as fancy as you can imagine, or as casual as noshing on the real Atlantic City boards. Here's a brief rundown of the eateries in the area, along with links to menus and reviews. (If you'd like a quick look at the restaurants in around the area, take a look at our "at a glance" table HERE.)

 

Beach Club Marketplace -- located off the main lobby of the Beach Club, this counter service spot is located within the retail space, so at first glance you might miss it. Offerings include ready made salads and sandwiches, as well as a few made-to-order offerings. Also features several sweet treats, including homemade gelato. Seating is at cocktail style tables or on the nearby patio.

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop -- between the Yacht and Beach Clubs. This 1950s-era soda shop features milkshakes, malts, sundaes, burgers, old-fashioned Egg Creams, and the humongous Kitchen Sink -- 24 scoops of ice cream and every topping they have! If you can finish it all by yourself, you get it free! No advance reservations can be made here, so the place, which is a little on the small side, often has long waits for a table. Try stopping by at off-hours, like in the mid-afternoon, or use the take-out counter. Beaches & Cream also serves a light, continental-type breakfast.

Big River GrilleBelle Vue Room -- in the BoardWalk Inn. This comfy lounge serves continental breakfast with coffee and tea, danish, fresh fruit and pastries daily.

Big River Grille & Brewing Works, right on the BoardWalk, offers handcrafted beers and tasty pub fare. They feature three flagship beers brewed right on premises, and you can even watch the brewmaster through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls. With seating for 50 outside and 140 inside, the pub serves lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. For the money, you might want to try one of the other, nicer restaurants in the area, but if you're into home-brewed beers, you'll probably enjoy sampling a brew or two and watching the world go by.

BoardWalk Bakery -- Run by so-called "Proprietor" Hue G. Krazont (get it? say it out loud fast to hear the pun!), the BoardWalk Bakery is the home of freshly baked cinnamon buns, known as Yummies, a high point of any morning! Outdoor seating allows you to sip your cappuccino while BoardWalk Bakerywatching the gulls and the sun glistening on the water. But please don't feed the birds! The BoardWalk Bakery is also a great spot for a light afternoon lunch -- or pick up a few goodies on the way back to your resort for a late-night snack.

Cabana Bar & Grill -- located poolside at the WDW Dolphin. DVC members receive a 20% discount on food and beverage (excluding gratuities, tax and alcoholic beverages -- not valid on major holidays).

Cape May Cafe-- located in the Beach Club. The indoor clambake held here every night is a seafood lover's dream -- for $24.99, adults can belly up to the seafood bar for as many buckets of crab legs, steamed clams, and mussels as their bellies can hold. The little ones aren't neglected -- their very own buffet features macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers mini hot dogs and fried shrimp. Desserts are uneve, but there's plenty to choose from. The restaurant also hosts a popular character breakfast buffet each morning, with Goofy in beach attire, as well as Chip and Dale, and sometimes Minnie.

Captain's Grille -- located in the Yacht Club. Offers ala carte and all-you-can-eat breakfasts, lunches, and steaks, chops and seafood for dinner. This casual restaurant offers DVC members a 10% discount on food and beverage (excluding gratuities, tax and alcoholic beverages) at breakfast and lunch only -- not valid on major holidays. Annual Passholders receive a 10% discount off food and non-alcoholic beverages during lunch hours, Monday through Friday, for the Passholder and up to three guests.

The Fountain -- located in the WDW Dolphin, this place offers burgers and sandwiches, and home-made ICE CREAM in a recently renovated location. DVC members receive a 20% discount on food and beverage (excluding gratuities, tax and alcoholic beverages -- not valid on major holidays).

ESPN ClubESPN Club, on the BoardWalk, where fans can view "every sport, every game, every day," while munching on burgers, salads, and other sandwiches, as well as the club's signature Bloody Mary Chili. It's a sports-lover's dream -- surrounded by every kind of athletic endeavor imaginable on no fewer than 100 TV monitors. In addition, the club is sometimes visited by live ESPN sports hosts and sports celebrities. Noisy, and a bit smoky (although a non-smoking section is available), ESPN Club is open for lunch and dinner daily. It's a great spot for sports fans to while away those hot Florida afternoons, when the theme parks have lost their charm! The Club also stays open for late-night bites until 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Disney Annual Passholders receive a 10% discount off food and non-alcoholic beverages during lunch hours, Monday through Friday, for the Passholder and up to three guests.

Flying Fish Cafe -- A 170-seat restaurant right on the BoardWalk, with a diverse menu of fish, game, meats and vegetarian specialties.

Flying Fish CafeInspired by an Atlantic Seaboard pier, the Flying Fish features a floor-to-ceiling backlit glass Ferris wheel, a decorative roller coaster studded with light bulbs, whimsical bronze flying fish light fixtures, and columns covered with fish scales! The chefs, headed by Chef Robert Curry, prepare your meal at the open show kitchen. While game and vegetarian items appear routinely on the menu, Flying Fish is truly a seafood lover's paradise. The oak-fired dayboat scallops with lemon/tarragon risotto are just to die for, and the chardonnay steamed mussels have been called "the best ever" by someone who should know. Desserts are amazing as well, including warm chocolate lava cake and fresh fruit cobblers. Wine pairings also are on the menu. Although this restaurant seems very adult, it is surprisingly kid-friendly, with a scavenger hunt for younger guests printed on their menu. The Flying Fish Cafe is open daily from 6-11 p.m. for dinner only.

Garden Grove - at the WDW Swan. A tropical garden gazebo by day, which magically transforms into a "Gulliver's Travels" wonderland at night. There's breakfast and lunch at the Garden Grove daily -- the breakfast buffet features Disney characters on Saturday. There are themed dinner buffets and Disney character visits nightly. DVC members receive a 20% discount on food and beverage (excluding gratuities, tax and alcoholic beverages -- not valid on major holidays).

Kimonos - at the WDW Swan. If you crave your fish raw and your music overdone, then this WDW Swan restaurant is for you. Featuring sushi and the popular musical sing-along known as karaoke, the restaurant, which is open for dinner only, also features other Asian-inspired specialties. DVC members receive a 20% discount on food and beverage (excluding gratuities, tax and alcoholic beverages -- not valid on major holidays).

Kouzzina on the Boardwalk Kouzzina -- located right on the BoardWalk, is a restaurant owned by celebrity chef Cat Cora. The restaurant features Mediterranean dishes. Early bird guests can stop by for an a la carte breakfast. Read a review of Kouzzina's opening day here.

Lobby Court Lounge -- In the WDW Swan. A cocktail spot by night, this area features coffee and pastries in the morning.

Il Mulino New York -- at the WDW Swan. This Italian bistro opened in spring 2007, replacing Palio, which closed in 2006. This restaurant was recently added to the Tables in Wonderland program -- members receive a 20 percent discount on food and alcohol.

Picabu -- Located in the WDW Dolphin, was renovated in the spring of 2006. In addition to "grab and go" items, such as prepackaged sandwiches and salads, Picabu is a buffeteria that also offers some made-to-order hot foods and pizza. Picabu also has a 24-hour convenience store with snacks and sundries. DVC members receive a 20% discount on food and beverage (excluding gratuities, tax and alcoholic beverages -- not valid on major holidays).

Seashore Sweets -- on the BoardWalk. Old-fashioned sweet shop where you can satisfy all of your sweet teeth! Candy, saltwater taffy, fudge, hand-dipped and soft serve ice cream and special coffees are all on the menu. If you're an M&M lover (and who isn't?), don't miss the pre-mixed multi-colored candies -- there's a red, white, black and yellow combo for Mickey Mouse, yellow, white, orange, and blue for Donald Duck, and the rest of the Fab Five isn't left out! Also, be sure to check out all the Miss America memorabilia scattered around the shop! The young women who compete in the beauty pageant often stop in here before the real show takes place in Atlantic City in September.

Shula's Steak House -- located in the WDW Dolphin. The NFL's Miami Dolphins esteemed former coach Don Shula fronts this traditional steakhouse, named "one of the top 5 steakhouses in America." The darkly appointed decor includes mementos from the Dolphins' undefeated 1972 season. Open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. This restaurant was recently added to the Tables in Wonderland program -- members receive a 20 percent discount on food and alcohol.

Splash Terrace & Pool Bar -- located at the WDW Swan, this seasonal poolside grill offers lunch and dinner pizza, sandwiches and salads. DVC members receive a 20% discount on food and beverage (excluding gratuities, tax and alcoholic beverages -- not valid on major holidays).

Todd English's bluezoo -- This seafood restaurant bearing celebrity chef English's name is located in the Walt Disney World Dolphin. The decor is as beautiful as the food -- if you love a raw bar, this place has one of the best! This restaurant was recently added to the Tables in Wonderland program -- members receive a 20 percent discount on food and alcohol.

Yachtsman Steakhouse -- The Yacht Club's premiere restaurant for anyone who loves red meat. Juicy filet mignon, fork-tender beef medallions with a maytag/red wine sauce... they're just the best. Be forewarned though: some of the steaks can be highly seasoned. If that's a concern, be sure to request your order "without." This is one of the few restaurants that offers children more choices than the usual chicken fingers and mac & cheese, with junior strip steak, steak skewers, Black Angus prime rib and grilled chicken breast featured. DVC members receive a 10% discount on food and beverage (excluding gratuities, tax and alcoholic beverages -- not valid on major holidays).