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The 19 Best Things to Eat at Disney Springs

From José Andrés’s Jaleo and Salt & Straw, to copious spins on the revered Dole Whip, here’s where to eat at Disney’s 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 Dole Whip cocktails and chicken biscuits.

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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 Pepe, Andrés’s quick-service restaurant, for grab-and-go bocadillos and sangria.

Gambas a la Zahara at Jaleo
Jaleo

2. Ice Cream at Salt & Straw

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1502 E Buena Vista Dr B22
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(689) 208-0255
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The 27th location of Portland’s finest frozen export brings arbequina olive oil and cinnamon snickerdoodle to the land of vanilla and chocolate. With meticulously sourced ingredients, incandescent flavors, and a rotating monthly menu of delightfully bizarre scoops, you’ll want to try every pineapple-roasted, black pepper-infused option. (Good thing they allow unlimited samples.)

A hand holds a cone of purple ice cream topped with sprinkles
Colorful scoops
Carlye Wisel

3. Slices at Pizza Ponte

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Disney Springs, 1560 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 560-9463
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If you need a quick yet quality meal while on Disney property, your best option is Pizza Ponte, where the solid Sicilian slices are the size of Mickey Mouse’s head.

Two slices of pizza, one with pepperoni, one square, on paper plates
Sicilian slices
Carlye Wisel

4. Chicken Fingers at Chicken Guy!

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1506 E Buena Vista Dr Suite A
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 560-8180
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Part restaurant, part meme, this restaurant from Guy Fieri features fried and grilled chicken tenders, sandwiches, and seasoned fries. It’s a hit, whether or not you’re an acolyte of the celeb chef. The only challenge? Deciding which of the nearly two dozen signature sauces you’ll pair with your meal.

A metal tray of various items. There’s a large branded box of chicken tenders, a branded paper cup of soda, a branded box of fries, and dipping sauces
Tenders combo
Chicken Guy!

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. Cookies at Gideon’s Bakehouse

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1600 Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Since Orlando’s best cookie purveyor made the leap to Disney’s main stage, the bakery has retained every ounce of originality. The menu of massive cake slices and inventive cold brews are tempting, but the highlight are nearly half-pound cookies, doughy in the center and positively jammed with chocolate chips, Oreo bits, or other rotating monthly flavors. They cut no corners and refuse to deliver nationwide, making the hefty cookies some of the most in-demand items at Disney World. Skip dessert elsewhere, plan ahead for the lengthy virtual queue, and take note of in-the-know items like hot cookie hour, coffee cake cookie specials, and secret cake slices that require a password shared on social media.

A wooden hand laying on an open book holding a cookie covered in chocolate chips
Chocolate chip cookie
Gideon’s Bakehouse

8. 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 pie for just over $10.

9. 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 like seafood towers and steaks, but this plate of chile-topped, Sriracha mayo-coated fried shrimp is quickly becoming one of the all-time great Disney indulgences.

10. 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

11. 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.

12. 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 welcomed break from other sugary scoops around town.

13. 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. Pair them with one of George’s “Outstanding by the Ounce” wines (small tastes of typically pricey pours) and the excellent skirt steak board served family-style.

14. Frozen Cocktails at the Basket at Wine Bar George

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1610 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 490-1800
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Florida’s humid weather will undoubtedly leave you wanting a frozen boozy beverage. Disney has plenty, but for one that’s actually good, look no further than Wine Bar George’s takeaway window. They’re known for their frozcato — a mix of Dole Whip, moscato, and vodka — but their strawberry frosé is equally divine. A lime Dole Whip friezling, raspberry freaujolais, and frozcato mimosa round out the chilly indulgences.

A bright yellow slushie in a plastic cup beside a pineapple and a bright purple lei
Frozcato
Wine Bar George

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. Seafood at Paddlefish

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1670 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 934-2628
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Aboard this large docked steamboat, you can load up on all kinds of fresh catch chilled, fried, stuffed, or steamed.

18. Dole Whip at Swirls on the Water

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1660 Buena Vista Dr #G
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-5277
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Dubbed the “ultimate Dole Whip destination” at Disney Springs, this kiosk offers flights, rum-topped floats, and other inventive desserts honoring Disney’s most iconic soft-serve swirl.

A teal-colored ice cream cone of white and blue soft serve swirled with a rim of sprinkles around the cone and cookies in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears on top
50th Celebration Cone
The Walt Disney Company

19. 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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This Disney-owned pastry shop 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.

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 Pepe, Andrés’s quick-service restaurant, for grab-and-go bocadillos and sangria.

1482 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

2. Ice Cream at Salt & Straw

1502 E Buena Vista Dr B22, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
A hand holds a cone of purple ice cream topped with sprinkles
Colorful scoops
Carlye Wisel

The 27th location of Portland’s finest frozen export brings arbequina olive oil and cinnamon snickerdoodle to the land of vanilla and chocolate. With meticulously sourced ingredients, incandescent flavors, and a rotating monthly menu of delightfully bizarre scoops, you’ll want to try every pineapple-roasted, black pepper-infused option. (Good thing they allow unlimited samples.)

1502 E Buena Vista Dr B22
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

3. Slices at Pizza Ponte

Disney Springs, 1560 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Two slices of pizza, one with pepperoni, one square, on paper plates
Sicilian slices
Carlye Wisel

If you need a quick yet quality meal while on Disney property, your best option is Pizza Ponte, where the solid Sicilian slices are the size of Mickey Mouse’s head.

Disney Springs, 1560 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

4. Chicken Fingers at Chicken Guy!

1506 E Buena Vista Dr Suite A, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
A metal tray of various items. There’s a large branded box of chicken tenders, a branded paper cup of soda, a branded box of fries, and dipping sauces
Tenders combo
Chicken Guy!

Part restaurant, part meme, this restaurant from Guy Fieri features fried and grilled chicken tenders, sandwiches, and seasoned fries. It’s a hit, whether or not you’re an acolyte of the celeb chef. The only challenge? Deciding which of the nearly two dozen signature sauces you’ll pair with your meal.

1506 E Buena Vista Dr Suite A
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. Cookies at Gideon’s Bakehouse

1600 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
A wooden hand laying on an open book holding a cookie covered in chocolate chips
Chocolate chip cookie
Gideon’s Bakehouse

Since Orlando’s best cookie purveyor made the leap to Disney’s main stage, the bakery has retained every ounce of originality. The menu of massive cake slices and inventive cold brews are tempting, but the highlight are nearly half-pound cookies, doughy in the center and positively jammed with chocolate chips, Oreo bits, or other rotating monthly flavors. They cut no corners and refuse to deliver nationwide, making the hefty cookies some of the most in-demand items at Disney World. Skip dessert elsewhere, plan ahead for the lengthy virtual queue, and take note of in-the-know items like hot cookie hour, coffee cake cookie specials, and secret cake slices that require a password shared on social media.

1600 Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

8. 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 pie for just over $10.

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

9. Firecracker Shrimp at the Boathouse

1620 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830

The Boathouse’s massive waterfront eatery prides itself on pricey vacation fare like seafood towers and steaks, 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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 welcomed break from other sugary scoops around town.

1600 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

13. 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. Pair them with one of George’s “Outstanding by the Ounce” wines (small tastes of typically pricey pours) and the excellent skirt steak board served family-style.

1610 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

14. Frozen Cocktails at the Basket at Wine Bar George

1610 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
A bright yellow slushie in a plastic cup beside a pineapple and a bright purple lei
Frozcato
Wine Bar George

Florida’s humid weather will undoubtedly leave you wanting a frozen boozy beverage. Disney has plenty, but for one that’s actually good, look no further than Wine Bar George’s takeaway window. They’re known for their frozcato — a mix of Dole Whip, moscato, and vodka — but their strawberry frosé is equally divine. A lime Dole Whip friezling, raspberry freaujolais, and frozcato mimosa round out the chilly indulgences.

1610 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

15. 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

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16. 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

17. Seafood at Paddlefish

1670 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830

Aboard this large docked steamboat, you can load up on all kinds of fresh catch chilled, fried, stuffed, or steamed.

1670 Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, FL 32830

18. Dole Whip at Swirls on the Water

1660 Buena Vista Dr #G, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
A teal-colored ice cream cone of white and blue soft serve swirled with a rim of sprinkles around the cone and cookies in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears on top
50th Celebration Cone
The Walt Disney Company

Dubbed the “ultimate Dole Whip destination” at Disney Springs, this kiosk offers flights, rum-topped floats, and other inventive desserts honoring Disney’s most iconic soft-serve swirl.

1660 Buena Vista Dr #G
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

19. Tea Time Petit Cake at Amorette's Patisserie

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

This Disney-owned pastry shop 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

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