Our date night at The BOATHOUSE was a late one! For us anyway. We were fortunate enough to have our niece with us and she was happy to hang out with our little man in
Downtown Disney Disney Springs for the evening while David and I bar hopped (like grown ups!) until we ended here at The BOATHOUSE for our 10:00 dinner reservation.
Road construction is a bit of a nightmare right now in the area and we missed our ramp into the parking deck- don’t do that! It cost us about 15 extra minutes trying to turn around (no u-turns allowed). Just pay close attention to the construction signs and you’ll be just fine.
As soon as we crossed into “The Landing” area of Disney Springs i wanted to catch a few photos of the restaurant and the Amphicars- yay new stuff! The BOATHOUSE is hard to miss- towering over the surrounding buildings of the new shops and lit beautifully.
This little guy was my favorite! Apparently you stand in it and steer by leaning side to side- what?!
The BOATHOUSE also has a gift shop (this is Disney after all) with its own entrance from outside but it can also be accessed from inside the restaurant near the bar seating area. There are quite a few cute rubber ducks in the shop but at 14.95 a piece none of them found a home with us. They are cute though!
This is an upscale restaurant as the pricing on the menu reflects- but it certainly doesn’t feel stuffy. When we walked in near the bar which is where the hostess station is located there were multiple games playing on big screen TVs as well as live music playing… in the same space. So if you are looking for a quiet, romantic dinner depending on where you sit this may not be the place for you. Although the other areas of the restaurant seemed much quieter. Here’s a peek at the bar area:
This beautiful Chris-Craft is the centerpiece as you walk into The Boathouse. The host stand is right in front of it and lets face it, it’s hard to miss the boat in the middle of the room. It looks amazing and… it’s a booth! You could actually be seated in the boat! We were not, but it could happen to you 🙂 My husband liked seeing the boat but also seemed annoyed that they cut one up for a booth-because had they not cut it to pieces it would’ve been ours for sure 😉 So I guess feelings on that could go either way.
Yay food time! Our meal started with a very friendly greeting from our server and bread service as well as a carafe of water. Some people prefer a server to personally refill their water but I love the freedom to refill when we need. We are thirsty people- especially after a long day of walking and partying it up in the parks! So… on to the bread.
The bread service is complimentary and the best way i can describe it is school cafeteria rolls. That may sound bad but if your school cafeteria rolls were anything like mine it was your favorite day to buy lunch! These are a more grown up, sophisticated, and larger version of that but that is what they initially reminded me of. The two of us easily devoured these and our server kindly brought us another helping later. Very simple fluffy roll and plain butter but it was a trip down memory lane and I loved it. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with bread and butter in my opinion (two of my three favorite foods) so this was a win!
Next we ordered drinks, this was after hopping from Hangar Bar to Raglan Road so I was ready to steer away from signature drinks and get an old favorite a dirty vodka martini and David went for a very exotic… coke 🙂 It was good but not particularly potent. I would get something different next time.
After much debate I settled on the crab cake…
The crab cake is listed with coleslaw as the side- to me coleslaw is not a side, it’s a punishment. So I asked our server if it could be switched out for anything else assuming that it couldn’t be but guess what?! He said I could exchange it for any of the other sides! This was wonderful and i assume any side would be more bang for your buck than coleslaw. I went with Mac n’ cheese at our servers recommendation. The mac n’ cheese was very cheesy and piping hot which was great. It’s everything you’d expect from the classic mac n’ cheese. Just like Mom made 😉
I really loved the crab cake! I was a little concerned at only one crab cake for $24 but it’s well sized and the meat to filler ratio is pretty much perfect. It’s enough filling to hold to lumps of sweet crab together but it’s in no way a main player. I would definitely get this again.
We also decided to get an order of Truffle Fries to share. If something says “truffle” I have to try it and it’s all Le Cellier’s fault! So try them we did!
These were the only bust for me of the night. They were thin cut fries and had a nice crunch but the truffle was faint and they were incredibly salty. We gave them a good shot but between the two of us most of these were still in the bowl at the end of the night. It very well may have just been a mistaken over salting. The portion size was very large so points for that!
The Husband chose Lobster Mac n’ Cheese! That meant i got to try it- YES!
Different pasta than my side of Mac n’ Cheese which is a great choice. Simple shells wouldn’t have done this dish justice. David really liked it, huge hunks of lobster and the cheese was mild enough that it wasn’t overpowering. I tried a bite too and loved it! The only thing left over were the two crostini- which had I not been so full and already eyeing the desert menu they would’ve disappeared as well.
If I had to choose between the Crab cake or the Lobster Mac n’ Cheese I think I would still go crab cake. Both are very good but crab cakes are my favorite and The BOATHOUSE gets it right.
The BOATHOUSE offers some colossal deserts! They sound amazing but for just the two of us we decided to be a bit more reasonable. Although on our next visit we may have to bring friends just to try that Florida Sunshine Cake. We decided to share one of my husbands favorites: Key Lime Pie. It came out in an adorable jar with a cookie on top and raspberries.
I’m not a huge fan of Key Lime Pie but I’ve also only had the frozen kind from the grocery store. My husband on the other hand grew up in Florida and has loved it I’m assuming since birth. My first bite i was initially surprised by the tartness (not sure what i was expecting) but i really liked it! Plenty of filling and a good portion- we found it perfect for sharing. I would definitely get this again… and apparently i do like key lime pie!
We enjoyed our visit to The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs. It was a much more relaxed atmosphere than I was expecting given the price of some of the menu items. I wore a dress but that certainly isn’t required most were in casual, easy Disney attire, but i also didn’t feel out-of-place being dressed up. The service was wonderful. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. I was impressed with this because we were seated later in the evening, nearly 10 pm, and often by the end of the night servers are tired and the attention to detail slips/side-work happens but not here! Our glasses were never empty (an impressive feat in itself) and all of our questions answered. We were seated in the bar area and the live music was entertaining but not overbearing. We could still have a conversation at the table if we really wanted to. It was a very relaxing experience and we did not even have sticker shock when the bill came. They currently do not accept Annual Passholder or Tables in Wonderland discount cards because they are so new but likely will.
We would definitely come back for an adult evening in Disney Springs. This time around I missed the Lobster Bisque which I really wanted to try, and of course one of their giant deserts is a must do… until next time!
Have you visited The BOATHOUSE yet? What were your favorites? Tell us in the comments below!