Top Ten Seafood Restaurants in Disney World

There are literally hundreds of restaurants in Disney World. From quick-service corn dogs to Wagyu beef filet, guests can enjoy just about any kind of food they want. Many of Disney’s table-service restaurants are award-winning dining locations with top-notch cuisine and world-class chefs.

Today, we’re going to take a look at the best seafood restaurants in Disney World.

10 – Narcoossee’s

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Hotel and Spa is a romantic Signature Dining restaurant at one of Disney’s Flagship Deluxe Resort Hotel. The restaurant feels like a beachside diner with nods to classic Floridian flare. The large windows offer great views of the Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon. If you time your dinner just right, you might even be able to catch Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular or the Electrical Water Pageant. If your table isn’t situated perfectly for viewing, check out the waterfront verandah. It will put you in just the right spot.

But I digress. We’re here to talk about the menu! Early diners can enjoy brunch with seafood charcuterie, shrimp and grits, lobster-Egg Benedict, or pan-roasted loch duart salmon to name just a few. Dinner features Maine Lobster Bisque, Slow-poached and chilled shrimp, crispy Rhode Island Calamari, St. Augustine soft-shell crab, and Prince Edward Island Mussels, and that’s just for starters! Entrees include steamed Maine Lobster, wild caught shrimp, pan-seared scallops, Alaskan line caught halibut, and seared ahi tuna. For an extra little kick, try the butter-poached or steamed Maine Lobster Tail or the Bering Sea Split King Crab Legs. Wow! That’s an impressive selection!

Narcoossee's - strange name, great seafood.
Narcoossee’s – strange name, great seafood.

9 – Coral Reef Restaurant

The Coral Reef Restaurant in Epcot‘s Future World is almost hidden on the right side of The Seas Pavilion. Some people might not even know it’s there, but if you go inside, you’ll be amazed at what you see! The restaurant looks like it’s in an underground cave, and the décor makes you feel like you’re under the water. Add to it that this restaurant features one of the largest aquariums in the world second only to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, and you’re in for a special dining experience.

Not only will you dine on amazing food like the cream lobster soup, charbroiled octopus, seared mahi mahi, and seafood scampi, but you’ll be entertained by ever changing scenery of the aquarium. Beautiful fish swim by, and you might even see a diver or two. This is a truly unique experience!

It's nearly hidden, but The Coral Reef Restaurant offers great views and great seafood.
It’s nearly hidden, but The Coral Reef Restaurant offers great views and great seafood.

8 – Cape May Café

Cape May Café in Disney’s Beach Club Resort is an all-you-can-eat buffet. In the morning, guests can enjoy the character dining of Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast with smoked salmon and many other non-seafood options, but dinner is when the real seafood lovers will want to visit. Start off with Cape May seafood chowder and chilled peel-n-eat shrimp then enjoy crab legs, herb-marinated salmon, fried clam strips, steamed mussels and clams, and batter-fried shrimp and calamari.

This fun beach diner themed restaurant will put a smile on any diner’s face!

All you can eat shrimp? Yes, please!
All you can eat shrimp? Yes, please!

7 – Captain’s Grille

The Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is a boat-lovers dream. The nautical theming is all over with warning flags on the walls, porthole windows, and nautical stars on the tables. This New England-style restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a variety of menu options.

For breakfast, try the rock shrimp omelet or the smoked salmon and toasted bagel. Lunch and dinner have the same menu. Appetizers include lump crab cake, which I’ve heard is the best crab cake you’ll ever have, New England clam chowder, or beer-braised mussels and clams. For the main course, you’ll love the snow crab legs, the lump crab cakes entrée, or the market fish, which is seasonal at market price. Don’t forget dessert! Although it’s not seafood, the s’mores chocolate tart is not to be missed!

6 – Garden Grove

Garden Grove at Walt Disney World’s Swan Hotel makes a nod to Central Park with a huge 25-foot tree at the center of the restaurant covered in twinkling lights and paper lanterns. This serene dining experience will have you enjoying every minute, but when the Disney characters approach your table, it will be even more magical!

Diners will enjoy clam chowder, peel-n-eat shrimp, ceviche, and the 8 ounce Cedar Plank Blackened Salmon. Kids can order from the main menu or from the kids’ menu and choose from seafood options like a tuna salad sandwich and seared white fish tacos.

It’s important to note that since this is not a Disney-owned resort, the Dining Plan is not accepted. Don’t let that scare you away though. This restaurant is really a great experience!

5 – Rose and Crown Pub

Rose & Crown Pub is a quick-service counter in Epcot’s World Showcase. This United Kingdom dining spot is best known for its fish and chips, and you’ll almost always see a line for this meal!

The dining room is a table-service restaurant that serves up the same great fish and chips plus many other great dishes. This is a very traditional English restaurant, and the menu matches the theme well with St James Cold Smoked Salmon and Pan-roasted Scottish Salmon. Other non-seafood options include Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, and Corn Beef and Cabbage.

You can choose to dine inside or outside on the patio overlooking the beautiful World Showcase Lagoon.

Seafood meets the UK at the Rose & Crown.
Seafood meets the UK at the Rose & Crown.

4 – Flying Fish

Flying Fish, formerly Flying Fish Café, is located on Disney’s Boardwalk near Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and was recently remodeled to reflect the upscale menu. This restaurant is only open for dinner, but it’s worth the wait.

Appetizers include Yellowfin Tuna, corn-encrusted Wild Gulf Shrimp, and a Tour of the Coast with local middleneck clams, rock shrimp, icy blue mussels, Florida Coast grouper cheek, and a celeriac puree. Try the Blue Crab Bisque soup them move on to the entrees, which include plancha-seared Hokkaido scallops, wild Alaskan Coho salmon, Maine Lobster Nero pasta, and Ocean’s Bounty Sustainable fish. Even the desserts reflect the seafood theme with Under the Sea and Florida Reef, which both look like sea formations. The chefs here really take their time to make their plating look as amazing as the food tastes.

3 – California Grill

California Grill on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort Hotel is only accessible by private elevator for those who have Advanced Dining Reservations. This Pacific Coast-themed restaurant boasts incredible views of Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle. If you don’t dine during Wishes, bring your receipt back and the concierge will let you onto the observation deck for fantastic viewing.

One thing I really like about this restaurant is the stage kitchen. Diners can watch the chefs prepare seasonal dishes like sushi, sashimi, mussels, fish tacos, tuna, rock shrimp, red snapper, and scallops then taste the fruits of their labor. The food is quite delicious, and it’s in a fun atmosphere.

The California Grill Lounge serves the same menu as the restaurant, but it’s available on a first-come first-served basis. If you arrive early enough, you can snag a great spot to enjoy food and drinks then watch the fireworks!

2 – Victoria & Albert’s

Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Hotel is arguably the best restaurant on property. At over $100 per person, this AAA Five Diamond Award winning restaurant can afford to brag a little. Most meals last about two and a half hours and feature six courses.

The menu changes seasonally and usually offers wild caught fish, Maine Scallops, and Alaskan King Salmon. They also serve caviar, which will run you over $100 for just half an ounce.

As of this writing, some of the selections include Gulf Shrimp with Hearts of Palm and Pistachios, Seared Tuna with Mango and Avocado, Seared Maine Diver Scallops with Roasted Cauliflower, and Virginia Black Bass with Petite French Lentils and Roasted Carrots. This is the perfect restaurant to celebrate an anniversary or even a honeymoon!

1 – The Boathouse

The Boathouse was one of the first additions in the transition from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs. This truly is a surf and turf restaurant from the menu to the boats, amphicars, and water taxis, and that’s why it’s number one on my list!

The Raw Bar includes oysters on the half shell, wild caught Baja shrimp, jumbo lump crab and avocado, lobster cocktail, Yellowfin tuna poke, and Anastasia gold caviar. Firecracker shrimp, Maine Lobster Bisque, clam strips, and Hoison chili calamari are great appetizers, and Fish Features include Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos, Cedar Planked Salmon, Lobster Bake for Two, Coriander Seared Ahi Tuna, and Broiled Atlantic Swordfish Steak. You can also get a surf and turf entrée with a variety of steaks and a steamed whole Maine Lobster.

There’s also the option to eat outside with a menu focused mostly on sandwiches and lobster rolls. This will give you the opportunity to see the amphibious cars going by!

What’s your favorite seafood restaurant in Disney World?