The Best Disney Springs Table Service Restaurants

by on March 27, 2017 4 Comments

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Best table service restaurants at Disney Springs

TouringPlans gets thousands of user surveys each year from Disney guests. In recent posts, we shared the best restaurants at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Epcot and the best restaurants at the resorts. Today we’re talking about the best Disney Springs table service restaurants. Disney Springs has definitely seen the most new restaurant openings in recent history, but how do they fare?

To note, Fulton’s closed in 2016 and reopened as Paddlefish in 2017. Planet Hollywood was closed the entire year and reopened in February as Planet Hollywood Observatory. Homecomin’, BOATHOUSE, Morimoto, Frontera Concina, and STK are all part of the “new” Disney Springs. BOATHOUSE opened April 2015, Morimoto October 2015, the others in the last year. Paddlefish has not had enough responses to make the list yet.

In this chart, restaurants shown in green did significantly better the average Walt Disney World restaurant, while those in red did significantly worse.

Best Disney Springs Table Service Restaurants

Restaurant Number of Surveys Thumbs-Up %
Splitsville Dining Room 150 95.3
Raglan Road 586 91.3
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar 229 91.3
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ 114 91.2
The BOATHOUSE 376 90.4
Crossroads at House of Blues 121 89.3
Morimoto Asia 295 87.5
Frontera Cocina 76 84.5
Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe (downstairs) 92 81.5
T-REX 670 80.9
Fulton’s Crab House (closed – now Paddlefish) 63 77.8
Wolfgang Puck Dining Room (upstairs) 39 76.9
Rainforest Cafe (Disney Springs) 281 76.2
Paradiso 37 142 76.1
Portobello (closing for refurb April 23) 129 69.8
Bongo’s 130 67.7
STK Orlando 41 58.5
For all Walt Disney World restaurants – Mean = 89.7, sdev=6.1

So what can we learn from this?

Homecomin’ is a favorite of bloggers and does pretty well with readers too. Photo – Brandon Glover

Familiar often does better with our readers

If you read Disney social media, you probably know that BOATHOUSE and Homecomin’ are favorites with frequent visitors. Yet, Splitsville topped the list. Splitsville has a less ambitious menu than many of the other Disney Springs restaurants. This may explain how House of Blues ended up above Morimoto Asia.

Readers are more generous with counter service restaurants

When you look at the list of all restaurants at Disney Springs (a topic for another article), the highest table service doesn’t come up until 8th place, preceded by Haagen Dazs and Ghiradelli, both Starbucks, Goofy’s Candy Company, and Wolfgang Puck Express. The only non-chain, non-candy shop in the top 7 is The Daily Poutine, which has a menu of four items plus beverages. It also has a 98% thumbs up rating, which is still just 4th place over all.

The new openings are overshadowing many older restaurants at Disney Springs

The bottom of this list is filled with restaurants that have been open for years. Many of them are getting pretty long in the tooth in both food and decor. One of these, Portobello, has just announced that it will close for refurbishment April 23 and reopen in the fall with a “more authentic dining experience.”

They also are taking valuable real estate right on the water at Disney Springs. Disney will definitely see these as opportunities for more profitable partnerships if things don’t turn around.

STK has high-end dining with a price and atmosphere to match. Photo – Tessa Koten

People really don’t like STK

Whether it’s the cost or that it’s not family-friendly, STK is tanking with readers. They have already stopped serving lunch. Look for some major adjustments from STK as they try to improve their performance with guests

What say you? Do you agree with the readers? Any unjust rankings here? Are you among the 6 in 10 diners who give STK a thumbs up?

More Disney Springs restaurants reading

STK review

Homecomin’ review

Disney Springs dining review (August 2016)

As a reminder, we survey tens of thousands of Disney visitors each year after their vacations. Want to share your trip with us? Brew some tea and settle in with our exhaustive user survey.

Posted on March 27, 2017

4 Responses to “The Best Disney Springs Table Service Restaurants”

  • I can see why STK tanked out, was there very recently with some clients and it was terrible. Steaks were cooked poorly and the server battled with me over them. I’ve never had to debate that a medium-rare steak is not grey edge to edge. Just poor service, the entrees beat drinks to the table. I hope they take some time and clean up their act/food. I did like the ambience inside the restaurant however,

  • I don’t think Splittsville sushi is “not ambitious” as a menu item. And splittsville sushi is really good!!

    I love their sports bar atmosphere better than the way ESPN Club does it. (For example, they’ll play music at Splittsville if interesting live sports is not on.) But at ESPN Club we listen to political commentary from SportsCenter during an early lunch while dining in an mostly empty restaurant with occasional fire alarm testing waking the sleeping baby in our party.

  • Does anyone know if Raglan Road takes Disney gift cards?

  • by Ruth Woodhouse on March 29, 2017, at 8:37 am EDT

    I absolutely love Morimoto and was surprised that it is so low in the list – but if people are more comfortable with the same old same old maybe that’s why – be more adventurous folks and try something different! Morimoto is amazing!