It sits on the lake and even has an outside dockside bar with a few tables and chairs set up out there too.
It offers great views all around.
Parked out front is a real amphicar – part car, part boat!
You can purchase a tour around the lake on an amphicar (they have several). They’ll load you up in the car, rotate the car, then you head down the launch and into the lake!
A Captain guides you around the lake for great views of the restaurant and other Disney Springs sights. Here’s more info:
Amphicar Rides – Is it a car? A boat? Yes. And yes! Guests can experience the thrill of a Captain’s guided tour aboard a rare Amphicar that drives on land and floats in the water. The $125 price tag includes your own Car Captain and seating for up to three guests. Along the way, you’ll have a great view of Disney Springs, direct from the water. Tours are available daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., weather permitting.
We dined at The BOATHOUSE in September 2015 as a family of 4, including a 3 year old and a 1 year old.
Although we didn’t venture through the entire restaurant, I felt like there was a lot of seating available to accommodate Disney crowds. This may be the reason that we had such an easy time getting a table. We did not have a reservation, but walked up on a Monday evening around 6pm and were seated within a few minutes, only waiting long enough for them to grab the high chairs we requested.
We were given a few options of where to sit, but chose the main front room in front of a large window as well as the piano player.
We didn’t get a photo of it, but behind us was a large table made out of a boat!
We started off with the Firecracker Shrimp. Very tasty, slightly spicy. If you’ve been to a seafood restaurant before, I’m sure you’ve seen a similar version of this dish…it reminds me of Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp.
I chose the MahiMahi BLT. I really wanted seafood, but my typical favorites either weren’t on the menu, or just didn’t jump out at me, so I went with something a little different. The steak options looked good, but I just have a hard time getting steak when there are good seafood options. It was good, but got very messy toward the end of the burger, so I just took my last little piece of Mahi off the bun and ate it that way.
Brett got the Baja Coconut Shrimp. I stole a bite – we both really liked it and the sauce was rather interesting. I don’t remember exactly but I recall hints of orange…I dipped some of Aubrey’s popcorn shrimp into it.
The kids meals come in a fun cardboard amphicar serving basket!
Trent got the chicken fingers, which came on a stick and were really good…but they were different than the chicken fingers you get elsewhere on property. Brett and I both know how these taste because we ate them due to our picky son not eating anything at this meal except french fries. #sohealthy
Before going, we heard online grumbles from people about how expensive it was. We didn’t think it was overly priced compared to other Disney offerings. However, we have accepted that things in Disney cost more, so we tend not to get sticker shock any longer. Sure, there were a few dishes that were too expensive for my taste, but they either had a lesser option, or it wasn’t something I would get anyway. I kinda wish they did have more seafood offerings, like crab legs on the main menu (I didn’t see them, which doesn’t mean they weren’t there)…but that was probably for the better because it is a pain trying to eat messy foods while two young kids are at the table.
I always recommend getting reservations, even if you just check the My Disney Experience App before going just to get your name on a list, but like I said earlier, we didn’t need it, so even if you don’t have one, it doesn’t hurt to ask if they can get you in.
To view the current menu on Disney’s official site, click here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/disney-springs/boathouse-restaurant/
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