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The 18 Best Things to Eat in Disney Springs, Florida

Where to find spicy kimchi ramen, fried chicken biscuit sandwiches, and cannoli sundaes in Disney’s new waterfront entertainment complex  

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The multiyear revitalization of Disney Springs has transformed Walt Disney World’s former Downtown Disney into a glimmering outdoor promenade. And since it’s the only Disney-linked spot of its size that doesn’t require admission, a visit here is inevitable. While at its core, Springs is just a sprawling waterfront mall split into four pleasantly themed “neighborhoods,” it doubles as a culinary destination of its own, with a number of lively bars, impressive restaurants, and more than a few offerings from recognizable names. There’s plenty of shopping and entertainment to take in too, but you’re here for the corn dogs and cannoli sundaes.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jaleo by José Andrés

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1482 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

The fifth and largest location of the acclaimed activist chef’s restaurant boasts Spanish eats not at all minimized for a Disney audience. Sangria by the carafe, hand-carved jamon ibérico, and a rotating nightly paella selection balance out more modern takes on traditional dishes — like chicken croquettes served upon a Cinderella glass slipper “pillow.” No time to dine? Stop by the PEPE food truck around the corner for grab-and-go bocadillos and sangria.

Gambas a la Zahara at Jaleo
Jaleo

2. Corn Dog at Fantasy Fare Food Truck

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1498 Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 828-0999

A crunchy exterior, soft filling, and the slightest hint of sweetness render Disney’s made-to-order corn dogs perfect. Disney Springs’s food trucks can be willy-nilly with their hours, but this one’s worth the extra effort. [Note: Map location is approximate.]

The famous Disney corn dog

3. Misticanza at Maria & Enzo's Ristorante

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1560 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 560-8466
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Fresh, light, and simple, this vegetable medley of a salad is a welcome respite from heavy-duty theme-park fare.

4. Cannoli Sundae at Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar

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1560 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 560-3696
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This oversized Italian dessert piles cookie shells, fresh whipped cream, and pistachio and orange crumbles high atop cannoli gelato from Disney Springs’s Vivoli il Gelato, making for an over-the-top treat that boasts quality on par with its grandeur.

Cannoli sundae at Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar

5. S’more at the Ganachery

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Disney Springs Marketplace, Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 939-5277
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Watch your campfire classic get assembled to order behind the glass wall of this chocolate emporium, known for its assortment of artisanal squares. The free show is a sweet complement to the s’mores’ gooey vanilla marshmallow, melted chocolate, and sugar-dusted cinnamon graham — all made in house.

6. Thigh High Chicken Biscuits at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'

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1602 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 560-0100
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Helmed by Florida native and celebrity chef Art Smith, this always-packed Southern restaurant’s ultimate sampler is a trio of crispy chicken thighs served between crumbly cheddar biscuits.

Fried chicken biscuit sandiwches at chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

7. Build-Your-Own Pizza at Blaze Pizza

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1508 East Buena Vista Drive b22
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 318-9128
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Blaze may be a nationwide fast-food chain, but this is Disney World, and after a week of paying too much for theme-park junk, you’ll cherish a fully customizable, made-to-order $10 pie.

8. Firecracker Shrimp at the Boathouse

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1620 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 939-2628
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The Boathouse’s massive waterfront eatery prides itself on pricey vacation fare — seafood towers, steaks, and a baked Alaska the size of Mickey’s head — but this plate of chile-topped, Sriracha mayo-coated fried shrimp is quickly becoming one of the all-time great Disney indulgences.

9. Spicy Kimchi Ramen at Morimoto Asia Street Food

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1600 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-6686
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Considering it’s aimed at the mouse-house audience, the savory, salty bowl of freshly boiled noodles topped with strips of bulgogi, kimchi, and a soy egg is surprisingly great. Find it alongside other Japanese delights at the outdoor kiosk attached to Morimoto’s full-service restaurant.

Spicy kimchi ramen at Morimoto

10. Spare Ribs at Morimoto Asia

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1600 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-6686
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Forgo the in-park turkey legs — if you’re dying to eat a hunk of meat off the bone, hold out for this one. Braised in a spicy-sweet hoisin concoction and lightly fried, these tender pork ribs are served in quarter or half racks and are easily Morimoto Asia’s most raved-about dish.

11. A Scoop at Vivoli il Gelato

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1600 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 939-5277
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This decades-old family-run gelato shop operates two locations — one in Florence and one here. Not only is the creamy gelato ideal for Florida temperatures, where soft serve tends to liquify in the sun, but traditional flavors like almond, Italian coffee cake, and cream custard are a welcomedbreak from other sugary scoops around town.

12. Crispy Mac and Cheese Bites at Wine Bar George

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1610 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 490-1800
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These little drops of heaven, stuffed with mascarpone, Havarti, fontina, and pecorino and fried with a spicy jalapeno cracker crust, are confoundingly delicious.

13. Ger’s Bread and Butter Pudding at Raglan Road Irish Pub

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1640 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 938-0300
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The thick, dense bread arrives a bit plain, but once the pourable sides of vanilla creme Anglaise and homemade butterscotch soak in, it’s transformed into a fluffy sugar pile that’s nothing short of heavenly.

14. Cheeseburger at D-Luxe Burger

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1524 East Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 934-3110
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From the greasy, crispy-edged patties — a blend of Angus chuck, short rib, and brisket, served medium — to the buttery toasted Parker House bun, it’s simply the best burger you’re likely to find on Disney property. Fork over a few extra bucks for the fresh-cut fries, which grant access to a line-up of dipping sauces.

15. Pecan Pie Bar at Frontera Cocina

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1604 Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 560-9197
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Adapted from his own grandmother’s recipe, chef Rick Bayless’s dense chocolatey mini-pie comes drowned in a tower of Mexican vanilla soft serve and chocolate sauce.

16. Lobster Corn Dogs at Paddlefish

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1670 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 934-2628
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These sweet chile aioli-dunked delights are perfectly breaded and packed with plump, steaming-hot pieces of lobster — the only complaint you’ll have is that there aren’t more in each order.

17. Gideon’s Chocolate Chip Cookie at the Polite Pig

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1536 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 938-7444
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Delivered daily to Disney Springs from Orlando’s massively popular Gideon’s Bakehouse, each half-pound hunk of chocolate chips glued together with soft dough is a decadent marvel so hefty, servers warn not finish it all at once.

18. Tea Time Petit Cake at Amorette's Patisserie

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1536 East Buena Vista Drive #1A
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 934-3500
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The Disney-owned pastry shop Amorette’s Patisserie offers frilly treats you wouldn’t expect from a theme-park shopping district, like the sweet lemon jelly, citrus curd, and Italian buttercream layers of this passion fruit fondant-covered green-tea cake. Tip: Allow it to warm up in Orlando’s natural humidifier (aka outside) for a few moments before biting in.

19. Dole Whip at Marketplace Snacks

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1710 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32836

Served unceremoniously as “pineapple soft serve” in a white plastic cup, this is the real deal, even if they can’t quite call it by name.

1. Jaleo by José Andrés

1482 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830
Gambas a la Zahara at Jaleo
Jaleo

The fifth and largest location of the acclaimed activist chef’s restaurant boasts Spanish eats not at all minimized for a Disney audience. Sangria by the carafe, hand-carved jamon ibérico, and a rotating nightly paella selection balance out more modern takes on traditional dishes — like chicken croquettes served upon a Cinderella glass slipper “pillow.” No time to dine? Stop by the PEPE food truck around the corner for grab-and-go bocadillos and sangria.

1482 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

2. Corn Dog at Fantasy Fare Food Truck

1498 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
The famous Disney corn dog

A crunchy exterior, soft filling, and the slightest hint of sweetness render Disney’s made-to-order corn dogs perfect. Disney Springs’s food trucks can be willy-nilly with their hours, but this one’s worth the extra effort. [Note: Map location is approximate.]

1498 Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

3. Misticanza at Maria & Enzo's Ristorante

1560 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Fresh, light, and simple, this vegetable medley of a salad is a welcome respite from heavy-duty theme-park fare.

1560 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

4. Cannoli Sundae at Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar

1560 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Cannoli sundae at Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar

This oversized Italian dessert piles cookie shells, fresh whipped cream, and pistachio and orange crumbles high atop cannoli gelato from Disney Springs’s Vivoli il Gelato, making for an over-the-top treat that boasts quality on par with its grandeur.

1560 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

5. S’more at the Ganachery

Disney Springs Marketplace, Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830

Watch your campfire classic get assembled to order behind the glass wall of this chocolate emporium, known for its assortment of artisanal squares. The free show is a sweet complement to the s’mores’ gooey vanilla marshmallow, melted chocolate, and sugar-dusted cinnamon graham — all made in house.

Disney Springs Marketplace, Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

6. Thigh High Chicken Biscuits at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'

1602 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Fried chicken biscuit sandiwches at chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Helmed by Florida native and celebrity chef Art Smith, this always-packed Southern restaurant’s ultimate sampler is a trio of crispy chicken thighs served between crumbly cheddar biscuits.

1602 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

7. Build-Your-Own Pizza at Blaze Pizza

1508 East Buena Vista Drive b22, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Blaze may be a nationwide fast-food chain, but this is Disney World, and after a week of paying too much for theme-park junk, you’ll cherish a fully customizable, made-to-order $10 pie.

1508 East Buena Vista Drive b22
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

8. Firecracker Shrimp at the Boathouse

1620 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830

The Boathouse’s massive waterfront eatery prides itself on pricey vacation fare — seafood towers, steaks, and a baked Alaska the size of Mickey’s head — but this plate of chile-topped, Sriracha mayo-coated fried shrimp is quickly becoming one of the all-time great Disney indulgences.

1620 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

9. Spicy Kimchi Ramen at Morimoto Asia Street Food

1600 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Spicy kimchi ramen at Morimoto

Considering it’s aimed at the mouse-house audience, the savory, salty bowl of freshly boiled noodles topped with strips of bulgogi, kimchi, and a soy egg is surprisingly great. Find it alongside other Japanese delights at the outdoor kiosk attached to Morimoto’s full-service restaurant.

1600 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

10. Spare Ribs at Morimoto Asia

1600 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Forgo the in-park turkey legs — if you’re dying to eat a hunk of meat off the bone, hold out for this one. Braised in a spicy-sweet hoisin concoction and lightly fried, these tender pork ribs are served in quarter or half racks and are easily Morimoto Asia’s most raved-about dish.

1600 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

11. A Scoop at Vivoli il Gelato

1600 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830

This decades-old family-run gelato shop operates two locations — one in Florence and one here. Not only is the creamy gelato ideal for Florida temperatures, where soft serve tends to liquify in the sun, but traditional flavors like almond, Italian coffee cake, and cream custard are a welcomedbreak from other sugary scoops around town.

1600 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

12. Crispy Mac and Cheese Bites at Wine Bar George

1610 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

These little drops of heaven, stuffed with mascarpone, Havarti, fontina, and pecorino and fried with a spicy jalapeno cracker crust, are confoundingly delicious.

1610 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

13. Ger’s Bread and Butter Pudding at Raglan Road Irish Pub

1640 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830

The thick, dense bread arrives a bit plain, but once the pourable sides of vanilla creme Anglaise and homemade butterscotch soak in, it’s transformed into a fluffy sugar pile that’s nothing short of heavenly.

1640 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

14. Cheeseburger at D-Luxe Burger

1524 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830

From the greasy, crispy-edged patties — a blend of Angus chuck, short rib, and brisket, served medium — to the buttery toasted Parker House bun, it’s simply the best burger you’re likely to find on Disney property. Fork over a few extra bucks for the fresh-cut fries, which grant access to a line-up of dipping sauces.

1524 East Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, FL 32830

15. Pecan Pie Bar at Frontera Cocina

1604 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Adapted from his own grandmother’s recipe, chef Rick Bayless’s dense chocolatey mini-pie comes drowned in a tower of Mexican vanilla soft serve and chocolate sauce.

1604 Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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16. Lobster Corn Dogs at Paddlefish

1670 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830

These sweet chile aioli-dunked delights are perfectly breaded and packed with plump, steaming-hot pieces of lobster — the only complaint you’ll have is that there aren’t more in each order.

1670 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

17. Gideon’s Chocolate Chip Cookie at the Polite Pig

1536 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830

Delivered daily to Disney Springs from Orlando’s massively popular Gideon’s Bakehouse, each half-pound hunk of chocolate chips glued together with soft dough is a decadent marvel so hefty, servers warn not finish it all at once.

1536 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

18. Tea Time Petit Cake at Amorette's Patisserie

1536 East Buena Vista Drive #1A, Orlando, FL 32830

The Disney-owned pastry shop Amorette’s Patisserie offers frilly treats you wouldn’t expect from a theme-park shopping district, like the sweet lemon jelly, citrus curd, and Italian buttercream layers of this passion fruit fondant-covered green-tea cake. Tip: Allow it to warm up in Orlando’s natural humidifier (aka outside) for a few moments before biting in.

1536 East Buena Vista Drive #1A
Orlando, FL 32830

19. Dole Whip at Marketplace Snacks

1710 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32836

Served unceremoniously as “pineapple soft serve” in a white plastic cup, this is the real deal, even if they can’t quite call it by name.

1710 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32836

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