Disney’s Flying Fish Cafe: A ‘Must Try’ Dining Experience

by Carrie McLaren with no comments

When people ask me where my favorite place to eat is in all of Walt Disney World, it’s a no-brainer. My top pick is the Flying Fish Cafe, a signature dining restaurant at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn.  And on a recent visit, thanks to my nice mother-in-law, my husband and I were able to sneak away for a quiet date night… and it did not disappoint!

Disney's Flying Fish Cafe- A 'Must Try' - Blog Pic

When making our dining reservation online a few weeks in advanced (which I highly recommend),  I noticed there was a chef’s table allowing diners to see all the action of the kitchen.

I love watching chefs in the kitchen, so when we arrived at the restaurant, I asked to be seated at the chef’s table and they were happy to accommodate us.

Insider Tip: Our server later told us that they will only seat you there if you ask at the hostess stand or you are part of the Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner. (Note to self: Sign up for that next time!)

Insider Tip: They'll only seat you at the Chef's Table if you ask them! It offers a great view of the kitchen in action. Click To Tweet

Flying Fish Cafe Chef's Table Walt Disney World

For an appetizer, we shared the signature Flying Fish Cafe crab cake (pictured above),  it was beautifully plated and filled with the perfect balance of breading and crab meat.  It was a great portion size for sharing.  When I mentioned to our server that I was unsure of which Chardonnay to order from the menu, he gladly brought me a Chardonnay flight – a sampling of three wines and a great card detailing each of his selections. (How’s that for great service?!)

Flying Fish Cafe Walt Disney World Chardonnay Flight

We chose to split the Fresh Mozzarella di Bufala salad featuring yellow beefsteak, heirloom and grape tomatoes with a balsamic dressing.  We loved the freshness of the dish and our server told us the chef prides himself on the great quality of their mozzarella.

Flying Fish Cafe Walt Disney World Tomato Mozzarella

It was an extremely hard decision deciding on our main courses.  The Flying Fish signature entree is a Potato Wrapped Red Snapper, but in the end my weakness for scallops won.

I was also excited to try the leek, fontina and truffle-laced macaroni & cheese as I had heard from others that it was a “must try”.  It was the perfect pairing and I savored every single bit of that macaroni and cheese.  Absolutely divine.

Flying Fish Cafe Walt Disney World Truffle Macaroni and Cheese

My husband opted for the char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak paired with Brussel sprouts and Fingerling potatoes.

It was perfectly cooked and seasoned well…. or at least that’s what I was told, he didn’t even save me a bite!  And since we were at the chef’s table, we were able to watch his steak prepared right in front of us at the grill.

Flying Fish Cafe Walt Disney World Strip Steak

Sitting at the chef’s table really made our dinner an “experience”, not just a meal. With entrees ranging in prices between $26- $63, the Flying Fish Cafe is a considered a Signature Dining Restaurant at Walt Disney World.

If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just a once-in-blue moon date night like myself, the Flying Fish Cafe provides a relaxing atmosphere paired with fantastic dishes.

image courtesy of Walt Disney World Resorts

image courtesy of Walt Disney World Resorts

Check out more pictures from the Disney’s Boardwalk Flying Fish Cafe on the Carrie on Travel Facebook page.

Have you dined at the Flying Fish Cafe? 

What was your favorite dish? 

** I received no compensation for this post.  In fact, we paid for our own meal in its entirety.  I wanted to share our experience with you, thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own! **

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