The Walt Disney World resort is known for its impressive number of signature dining options spread across its
parks, resort hotels, and shopping areas. One such restaurant is the impressive Flying Fish Cafe, located on the Disney Boardwalk just a short stroll from the Epcot World Showcase gates.
Specializing in native Florida seafood dishes, the Flying Fish entrees include Ginger and teriyaki crusted Yellowfin Tuna, Oak grilled Maine Scallops, Potato-wrapped Red Snapper, Oak grilled Scottish Salmon, and much more. There are vegetarian, poultry, and beef selections to round out the “New American” cuisine menu.
The Flying Fish decor is bright and upscale. There are shades of red and blue interspersed which fit well with the theme of the Disney Boardwalk. A decorative roller coaster and Ferris wheel provide an interesting and festive backdrop.
Because of the upscale theme, there is a dress code for guests. More casual than formal, the dress code expects men will wear dress shorts and collared shirts at minimum. T-shirts are allowed, provided they contain no offensive graphics or language. Disney’s Flying Fish realizes you are on vacation, but expects you to respect other guests by not wearing tank tops, cut off shorts, etc.
How Much Does it Cost?
As you would expect with a signature dining option, there is a cost to be paid for the excellent quality and presentation of meals. Flying Fish appetizers run around $15, with the soup and salad course adding $10 to $12. Entrees plus a side are generally around $40 to $45. If you save room for dessert, the various options run from $7 to $11 each.
What’s For Dinner?
The Flying Fish serves multiple courses as is typical with Disney’s signature dining restaurants. We recommended pacing yourself through the various appetizers in our article reviewing the California Grill, and we certainly recommend the same for Flying Fish. The appetizers are scrumptious, and can fill you up if you are not careful.
There are a lot of exciting options throughout the four courses, so you may want to visit more than once so you can try out different items. Among my favorite appetizer options are the Floribbean Wild Gulf Shrimp Cocktail, the Crispy Sesame and Togarashi-scented Calamari, and the Yellowfin Tuna Tartare served with a crispy Sushi roll.
I loved the the Potato-wrapped Red Snapper entree. Steak lovers will appreciate the Char-crusted New York Strip Steak. And how does the Rainforest Pepperberry Kurobota Pork Tenderloin sound?
Creme Brulee, Florida Tequila key line margarita pie, and house made Sorbets are just some of the tasty dessert options…if you make it that far!
The Flying Fish Experience
When you dine with the Flying Fish, you can expect an excellent meal with fine presentation. The indoor setting is lively, with an air of whimsy which you expect at Disney World.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the great service. On our first trip to Disney World with our young children, we ate at the Flying Fish after a long day in the parks. Both of our four-year old children fell asleep in their strollers before we could order. The gentleman waiting on our table was very quiet so as not to disturb the children (which was probably unnecessary with glasses and dishes clanging in the background, but a really nice gesture).
Our children slept straight through the first two courses, but awoke near the end of the entree course. The gentleman waiting on our table noticed this, and quickly returned to our table. In minutes he had small portions from the children’s menu so they did not go hungry. We were not charged for full children’s meals. It was yet another considerate gesture, something which I have never forgotten and yet not untypical for how cast members treat guests at Disney signature restaurants.
Wrapping it Up
The Flying Fish Cafe restaurant is one of several excellent dining options in the Disney Boardwalk area, including Bluezoo, Shula’s Steak House, and Kouzzina. Great meals, excellent service, and a very pleasing theme make Flying Fish a must-try for all foodies visiting Disney World.
What do you like about the Flying Fish Cafe?