Disney Dining Review – Boatwright’s Dining Hall – A Secret Gem

Hey there, hi there, ho there – I am back from a fun filled, but far too short Walt Disney World vacation! Wish I could say I was happy to be home, but seems that I brought home an unwanted souvenir…a nasty head cold that is doing quite a number on my energy level. I told my husband I needed to go back to WDW to recover. Unfortunately, he didn’t buy into that. But, hey, I had to try…it’s not like I asked for anything else for my birthday this week…Hahaha!

I figured I’d jump right in and start with a review of the restaurant we ate at the first evening of our trip – Boatwright’s Dining Hall. Boatwright’s is located in Port Orleans Riverside, which was a short 10 minute walk from our room at Port Orleans French Quarter. It’s one of our favorites and for the life of me, I can’t understand why it’s always so easy to get into….which is why I call it my secret gem.

We arrived a few minutes before our 6:30 reservation and after a quick walk through of POR’s gift shop, we decided to try to check in. Within minutes we were taken to our table. Our server was very polite and efficient, taking drink orders and explaining the menu and what we were entitled to with our dining plan. Along with our drinks, we were served the most incredible corn bread. It quickly disappeared & a second basket replaced it. For My dinner, I chose the Grilled Tenderloin Medallions, which was to be served with mac and cheese, Crayfish beignet and red wine Demi-glace. Not being a huge fan of mac and cheese, especially with a good steak, they graciously substituted Yukon gold potatoes.


My husband ordered the Slow-roasted Prime Rib which was served with red wine Demi-glace with Yukon gold potatoes, watercress and balsamic vinaigrette.


The kids menu, while like most Disney kids menu, was slightly limited. My daughter had the cheeseburger with chicken noodle soup and ice cream for dessert.


My son, the mac and cheese with apple slices


My meal was very tasty and that Crayfish beignet was outstanding! The beef was very tender and cooked just as I ordered. My husband really enjoyed his prime rib. Sometimes, I wonder if he can really taste it as fast as he eats it, but he assures me he can. The kids both enjoyed their meals but it was dessert that we all really enjoyed….

My dessert was Bananas Foster Angel Food Cake served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and it was ah-ma-zing! Totally recommend!


My husband had the No Sugar Added Lemon Pound Cake with seasonal Berries. He said while it was tasty, it lacked the punch my dessert had. He said he probably wouldn’t order it again.


The kids both had make your own ice cream sundaes….how can you go wrong with that?


So, all in all, it was a great meal and a fabulous start to our trip. I highly recommend adding this location to your ADR list for your next trip. Entrée prices run from $15.99 to $27.99 and are included as one table service on the Disney Dining Plan. Kid’s meals are $8.59.  For a look at the full menu, please follow this link: http://allears.net/menu/menu_bwd.htm

So, as I recover here in the cold Midwest, versus the sunny skies of central Florida, I will sort through my information collected and prepare oodles of fun articles packed with information for the upcoming weeks.

Sending pixie dust wishes & magical dreams your way – until next time…


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