The 14 Best Disney Springs Restaurants to Visit on Your Next Trip to Orlando

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Whether you’re planning a Disney vacation—or you happen to be in the Orlando (OK, technically Kissimmee) area for a few days—you’ve got to stop by Disney Springs. Unlike the shopping district hosted by another major theme park company (which may or may not rhyme with PrettyWalk), parking is free 24/7. And there’s so much to see and do that a stroll through its shops and walkways can be a fun way to unwind between days jam-packed with thrill rides. But, when hunger strikes, what do you eat? Fear not, friends—we’ve snacked our way through the area to bring you the 14 best Disney Springs restaurants to suit every mood and palate.

One thing worth noting: Because you’re in Walt Disney World, you can expect crowds, so reservations at most restaurants is recommended. However, it’s also worth checking the cancellation policies for each—some, such as Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar and The Edison, charge a $10-per-person fee for no-shows and cancellations made within 2 hours of the reservation.

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Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'

1. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Best Comfort Food

Casually poll a local on the best spot to eat in Disney Springs, and the restaurant helmed by Oprah’s former personal chef comes up almost immediately. Homecomin’ is known for its Rise N’ Shine Brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t miss the Hallelujah Biscuit, an open-faced biscuit piled high with fried chicken, two eggs, pecan-smoked bacon, pimiento cheese and sawmill gravy, or the slightly more virtuously Grits & Greens Bowl, which includes over easy eggs, hollandaise, honey ham and braised kale and collard greens.

2. Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew

Best Fast Casual Breakfast

You’ve got too much to do to sit down for a big breakfast! We hear you. That’s why you should beeline it to the three-inch-thick behemoth donuts served at Everglazed. Tucked between Splitsville and AMC Theatres, this little shop serves some of the most over-the-top treats you’ve ever seen. We’re talking things like the toasted-marshmallow and Golden Grahams-topped S’mores Galore and the brow-raising Everything Donut, an iced yeast donut topped with Boursin buttercream and everything bagel seasoning. (They also serve pillowy, classic iced and glazed donuts too.) Each donut ranges from $5 to $6.50, but they’re large enough to share.

3. House of Blues Restaurant & Bar

Best Variety

Avocado toast at some Disney Springs restaurants will set you back $17 or more, making House of Blues’s Tennessee Toast (topped with avo, roasted corn salsa, sea salt and honey) more reasonable at $13. Overall, the music venue has a pretty robust, Southern-tinged menu, offering everything from breakfast burritos and BECs to chimichurri-drizzled, bacon-wrapped-shrimp-topped grits.


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4. The Edison

Best Late-Night Hangout

This Roaring ‘20s-themed restaurant features all kinds of live acts, from aerialists to musicians, but it’s more than a bunch of eye-catching theatrics: the cocktail menu and food are no joke. If you’re there after 5 p.m. and are looking to treat yourself, order the Barolo Short Rib—topped with red wine mushroom gravy and served alongside glazed rainbow carrots and ultra-creamy mashed potatoes, it’s the food coma you’ve been dreaming of. For lighter fare, consider the blackened mahi or grilled salmon with citrus herb butter. But, whatever you do, consider making a reservation in advance, as seats fill up quickly.

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5. Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar

Best Bar

If you want to grab a drink and some apps, you’ll love this Indiana Jones-themed bar. It’s especially magical during the holidays, when it’s covered in Christmas decorations and features a special menu to go with it (the boozy Hot Chocolate Grail Flight is not to be missed). The rest of the year, however, is just as much of a treat, with snacks like queso fundido, flatbreads and the Air Pirate’s Loaded Pretzel (essentially, a charcuterie board with a jumbo pretzel as the base, covered with prosciutto, sliced bratwurst, two kinds of cheddar, pepperoni and pickles, served with spicy mustard and beer cheese fondue for dipping). There are four mocktails on the menu, along with 17 boozy libations. If you don’t have an early wakeup call the next morning, check out the Wrong Island!, a blend of rum, vodka, gin, orange liqueur, sweet-and-sour mix and Coke.

6. Pepe by José Andres

Best Gourmet Flavor on a Budget

OK, maybe you can’t spring for the $95-per-person tapas tasting menu at Jaleo, José Andres’s marquee restaurant at Disney Springs. But attached to the building is Pepe, a soup and sandwich shop where meals range from $9 to $18. There, you can enjoy a Bikini de Jamón y Queso, a pressed sando featuring Serrano ham and Manchego cheese, or a Pepito Ternera, which features caramelized onions, roasted green peppers, steak, cheese and mayo on sourdough-like Pan de Cristal, among other options.

7. Disney Springs Food Trucks

Best Grab-and-Go Dining

When it’s mid-day and you want something fast and delicious, head to the west side of Disney Springs (toward Cirque du Soleil) for Exposition Park. You’ll find a range of food trucks there, and what they offer can vary, but right now, keep an eye out for Local Green Orlando, which features an almost entirely plant-based menu, like Beyond burgers, elote and smoothies, as well as some surprising pescatarian picks, like a salmon Philly sandwich. 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck is another popular pick, featuring birria tacos, burrito bowls and eat-on-the-go Taco Cones.

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8. The Boathouse

Best Views

Sit right on the water, taking in the breeze (as long as it isn’t 1 p.m. in August), and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a great afternoon. Especially if you’re a seafood fan. Try the yellowfin tina poke and Dockside Shrimp Boil, or go all out with a filet mignon and lobster tail. And while the Duck Duck Razz gets all the attention on TikTok for looking like a bubble bath in a coupe glass (complete with a mini rubber duckie garnish), we’ll be honest: Unless you like very sweet drinks, opt for the Bramble & Rye or one of the restaurant’s martinis instead.

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9. Morimoto Asia

Best Date Night Restaurant

Yes, the name refers to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, and the menu doesn’t disappoint. It’s the spot to visit in Disney Springs for ramen, though the sushi rolls and vegetarian options (hello, blistered shishito peppers with wasabi crème fraiche and kung pao cauliflower) are noteworthy too. The elevated experience and chic, dimly lit space feels miles away from the House of Mouse, making it a great choice if the kids are with their grandparents for the evening. (Or you’re a childless millennial at Disney, which, hey, we respect.)

10. T-Rex Café

Most Kid-Friendly

Listen, you’re not going to the T-Rex Café for the chickpea-crusted salmon—it’s all about the experience. There are gigantic animatronic dinosaurs everywhere, simulated meteor showers as you eat, and a gift shop with a fossil-dig sandpit and water mill for mining gems while you wait. (Not to mention a dino-inspired Build-a-Bear area.) That said, the café offers a wide-ranging menu featuring barbecue, grain bowls, pastas, steaks and seafood, and kids have 11 options to choose from on their menu, a far cry from the typical “Kraft mac, burger or chicken nuggets” approach at most restaurants. It’s such a draw for families that you’ll want to book a reservation—as early as possible.


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11. Gideon’s Bakehouse

Best Dessert Overall

With an aesthetic inspired by Edward Gorey and half-pound cookies absolutely studded in chocolate chips, Gideon’s Bakehouse has quickly become the stuff of legend at Disney Springs. It doesn’t matter what time you go there; there will be a wait, and it’s likely over an hour. But, mercifully, it’s a virtual queue, so you simply walk up to an employee, give them your name and phone number, and when it’s nearly your turn, they’ll text you, so you can stroll the Springs, shop and live your life with minimal time spent in an actual line.

The shop is a Victorian gothic experience that Haunted Mansion fans will adore, but the cookies are the true crowd-pleasers—they’re so rich and gooey that you’ll find yourself immediately wishing you ordered the six-cookie maximum. (Oh, and the line tends to be shortest on weekday mornings, our insiders tell us.)

12. The Ganachery

Best for Chocoholics

If you want a sophisticated gift—or something to end your night on a decadent but not toothache-inducing note—The Ganachery is the place to be. The artisanal chocolates are top-notch (seriously—you’ll never look at Reese’s the same way after tasting their milk chocolate-covered peanut butter square). But the real splurge is their seasonal treats, which tend to have all kinds of surprise-and-delight moments, like a chocolate Olaf hot cocoa bomb, or Peppermint the Rowdy Reindeer, a dark chocolate reindeer filled with chocolate coquito. (There’s also an alcohol-free version for the kids.)

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13. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

Best for Vegan and Gluten-Free Diners

The popular NYC bakery has an outpost at Disney Springs, and it’s a great spot for anyone who’s vegan or gluten-sensitive. You’ll find donuts, cookies, cinnamon rolls and even pizza biscuits, but the real star of the show is the cupcake selection. The cakes are moist, and the frosting strikes just the right balance of sweetness, with a smooth texture you’ll be thinking about hours after you’ve had the last bite.  

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14. Candy Cauldron

Best Kid-Friendly Sweets

Your kids’ eyes will pop out of their heads the moment you pass the windows at Candy Cauldron, where they’ll see confectioners turn caramel apples into the likes of Mickey Mouse, Olaf and Cinderella’s carriage. The shop also features an array of cookies, fudge, cupcakes and mouse ear-shaped crisped rice treats, in case Snow White ruined apples for you.