Disney Springs’ Boathouse Restaurant: Tips for Dining Under $20

Boathouse Restaurant at Disney Sorings for less

I don’t mind admitting I was intimidated by the new Boathouse restaurant at Disney Springs. The Internet was abuzz with chatter about the prices almost before the doors opened, and the menu just shouted fru fru to my immature pallet. Foodie is the last word people use to describe me, but we gave it a whirl on out last trip to Orlando, with the intentions of seeing what you can get for under $20 a person. You won’t get a steak or a lobster, both of which they offer, but there’s definitely meals aplenty for under $20.

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What then should you order that won’t bust up your budget?We’ll get to that after we discuss the restaurant itself and what we ordered.

Disney Springs Boathouse Restaurant

We walked past a bar on our way in; you see this particular bar from the gift shop.

Disney Springs Boathouse bar

The restaurant itself is just lovely, with a nautical-sailor theme that is both elegant and fun.

Disney Springs Boathouse

Disney Springs Boathouse restaurant

The view from our window was of the outdoor deck. No way am I eating outside in the Orlando summer, but that area has fall and early spring written all over it, with fantastic views of the lake and the boats.

Boathouse restautant deck

Boathouse at Disney Springs

Check out those cloth napkins, with real table cloths! Fancy! This was just so much fun for me that it soon became obvious, I don’t get out for Fine Dining often enough…

Boathouse Restaurant at Walt Disney World

To save money, we ordered water. We do this for several reasons, despite the fact that I really enjoy a cold Coke with my lunch. Water saves you money, and it keeps you hydrated in the summer. Water also saves you calories, which I promptly tacked on with dessert.

A crafted water bottle was placed on the table, and we just refilled our own glasses. The bottle provided a sense of nostalgia plus a unique way of re-filling our water. I thought this was so cool, I bought a similar water bottle at the World of Disney Store (right around from the restaurant) for my own house.

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Boathouse restaurant at Disney Springs

My bottle is one of these, which retailed for $11.95 before tax. Mine says “Springs Bottling Co.” They are obviously not identical but close enough for me.

Disney Springs water Bottle

Bread and butter was delivered to the table. It wasn’t all that memorable, but it looked good.

Boathouse at Disney Springs bread and butter

My husband ordered the classic burger.

  • BOATHOUSE Custom Grind, Beefsteak Tomato, Onion, Lettuce, Pickle

Disney Boathouse burger for lunch

I ordred the Yacht Club club sandwich.

Disney Boathouse club sandwich

After we finished lunch, our waiter brought hot towels to our table with lemon. Now I don’t know about you, but let me reiterate, we’re not used to fine dining. I quickly googled “hot lemon towels” under the table-cloth.

When a server brings you a lemon and a hot towel at the end of your meal, you simply squirt the lemon onto the towel and then wipe off your hands. Lemon juice removes the crab smell and stickiness from your skin. Our hands were not sticky from any crab or seafood, but we wiped anyway.

Say it with me now…Fan. See!!

Boathouse hot lemon towels

When we made our reservations, my original plan had been to just go and order only dessert, like a mid-day snack, because desserts seem to be some of the most affordable items on the menu. This is still a pretty good idea for the cheapskates, because check out these prices. I certainly would not do this on an empty stomach.


Key Lime Pie in a Mason Jar $9.00 – Vanilla Bean Cream

Whiskey Caramel Cornbread Cake $10.00 – Mixed Berries, Whiskey Syrup, Whipped Buttermilk

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake $10.00 – Ala Mode, Raspberry Coulis, Valrhona Fudge Sauce
Mango Sorbet $8.00 – Gingered Stone Fruit Compote with Basil and Lime
Florida Sunshine Cake (for Four) $40.00 – Yellow Cake, Orange Flavored Cream Cheese icing, Toasted Almonds
Gibsons S’mores Baked Alaska (For Four) $40.00
“Float Your Boat”  $6.00 – Frosted Mug Ice Cream Floats – Frostie Root Beer, Blue Razzberry, Nehi Orange or Grape
We did end up sharing the Key Lime Pie dessert, which was really nice, not too heavy or overwhelming. I probably ate more of this than my husband, but that’s ok, because he ate most of the bread before our meal.

Disney World Boathouse key lime dessert

So let’s take a look at the prices.

Raw Bar

Oysters on the Half Shell  $3.50 Gibsons Bombay Cocktail Sauce, Cucumber Mignonette
BOATHOUSE Lobster Cocktail $18.00 – Half Chilled 1 1/4 lb. Lobster, Creamy, Brandied Cocktail Sauce

Wild Caught Baja Shrimp $4.00

Yellowfin Tuna Poke  $18.00  – Avocado, Mango, Soy Lime Vinaigrette

Jumbo Lump Crab and Avocado $17.00 Tarragon Remoulade


Firecracker Shrimp one serving $16.00 – Sriracha Mayo, Shishito Peppers

Hoison Chili Calamari one serving $18.00 Bell Peppers, Jalapeno, Serrano Chili

Maine Lobster Bisque Cup $9.00 Bowl $14.00

Blue Star Angus Carpaccio $18.00 – Arugula, Olive Oil, Shaved Grana Padano, Capers

P.E.I Steamed Mussels serving $15.00 Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Andouille Sausage, Red Onions, Creole Butter, Garlic Crostini

Local Cedar Key Middleneck Clams serving $15.00 –  Garlic Butter, White Wine, Garlic Crostini

Dock Side Bucket – Wild Caught Surf Clam Strips serving $15.00 with Fresh Cut Fries

Dock Side Bucket – Crispy Alaskan Cod Fish serving $15.00 with Fresh Cut Fries

Dock Side Bucket – Coconut Baja Jumbo Shrimp serving $15.00 with Fresh Cut Fries

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Field Day Salads

The Wedge $12.00 Iceberg – Applewood Smoked Bacon, Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Onions

The Chopped Salad – Small $13.00, Large $21.00 – Romaine and Iceberg, Poached Bay Shrimp, Peppered Salami, Hearts of Palm, Olives, Pepperonicini, Smoked Mozzarella, Herb Vinaigrette

Buffalo Chicken – Small $11, Large $17.00 – Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Spicy Pecans, Red Onions, Ranch Dressing

Caesar – Small $8.00, Large $12.00 Traditional Anchovy, Egg, and Parmesan Dressing

Garden – Small $8.00, Large $12.00 – Mixed Greens, Seasonal Vegetables, House Vinaigrette

Add On Salad Enhancements
  • NY Strip Steak $8.00
  • Salmon $7.00
  • Grilled Baja Shrimp $4.00 each
  • Grilled Chicken Breast $4.00

Fish Features

Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos $21.00 – Jerk Spiced, Crisp Vegetable Slaw, Avocado, Serrano-Chili Cream

Coriander Seared Ahi Tuna $32.00 – Blistered Shishito Peppers, Soy Lime Vinaigrette, Wasabi Mayo, Sriracha

Cedar Planked Salmon $29.00 Frisee, Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Petite Green Beans, Grape Tomatoes

Broiled Atlantic Swordfish Steak $31.00 – Sweet Corn, Fennel, Andouille and Potato Hash, Creole Butter Sauce

Original Lobster Bake for Two $60.00 1¼ lb. Whole Maine Lobster, Clams, Mussels, Andouille Sausage, Red Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Boathouse Lobster Broth

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Classic Burger $18.00 Custom Grind, Beefsteak Tomato, Lettuce, Pickle served with fresh Cut Fries

Gibsons “Sandwich King” Award Winning Burger $20.00 – Crisp Cherry Peppers, Jalapeno Havarti, Spiced Mayo served with Fresh Cut Fries

“Yacht Club” Club $16.00 – Roasted Turkey Breast, Cucumber, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Chipotle Honey Mayo, Swiss Cheese, Multigrain Bread served with fresh Cut Fries

Togarashi Tuna Burger $19.00 – Arugula, Tomato, Korean Chili May served with fresh Cut Fries

New England Lobster Roll $29.00 Fresh whole Maine Lobster, Toasted Split Top Bun served with fresh Cut Fries

Steak Sandwich $23.00 Arugula, Grilled Beefsteak Tomato, BOATHOUSE Steak Sauce, Toasted Ciabatta served with fresh Cut Fries

Filet Mignon Sliders (Two Sliders) $12.00 Maitre d’ Butter served with fresh Cut Fries

Sea & Shore

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake $24.00 – Coleslaw, Tartar Sauce

Grilled Wild Baja Shrimp & Grits $29.00 Andouille and Cheddar Cheese Grits, Sautéed Peppers, Onions and Tomatoes, Roasted Pepper and Crystal Hot Sauce Vinaigrette

Caribbean Jerk Style Rotisserie Chicken $24.00 – Green Papaya Slaw, Lime Cilantro Dipping Sauce
Maine Lobster Mac N’ Cheese $34.00 Five Cheese Sauce, Roasted Mushrooms, Fennel Gremolata

Baked Crab Stuffed Lobster $45.00 1¼ lb. Split Maine Lobsters, Jumbo Lump Crab Stuffing, Grilled Asparagus, Creole Butter Sauce

Garden Pasta Shells $19.00 – Asparagus, Roasted Mushrooms, Wilted Arugula, Shaved Grana Padano, Garlic.  Add Grilled Chicken

Shrimp & Andouille Mac N’ Cheese $21.00
Walking around Disney Springs near the World of Disney store...

Walking around Disney Springs near the World of Disney store…

Steaks, Chops, and Provisions

NY Steak & Fries (8 ounce) $29.00 Maitre d’ Butter, Pearl Onions, Roasted Garlic

Filet Mignon 8 ounce $39.00, 12 ounce $48.00 Certified USDA Gibson’s Blue Star Heritage Angus with choice of sauce

New York Strip (14 ounce) $48.00 proudly serving Certified USDA Gibsons Blue Star Heritage Angus with choice of sauce

Porterhouse (28 ounce) for Two $59.00 – Certified USDA Gibson’s Blue Star Heritage Angus with choice of sauce

Niman Ranch Heritage Pork Chop (12 oz) $27.00 Mango Barbecue Sauce
Filet Mignon Oscar Style (8 ounce) $53.00 – Jumbo Lump Crab, Grilled Asparagus, Béarnaise
Filet Mignon Oscar Style (12 ounce) $62.00 Jumbo Lump Crab, Grilled Asparagus, Béarnaise
Add a Steamed Whole Maine Lobster $29.00 – Make any Entrée a Surf and Turf with a 1¼ lb Steamed Whole Maine Lobster

Kid’s Entrees – All $10.00

  • Make Your Own Tacos – Grilled Fish or Chicken
  • Blue Star Angus Cheese Burger
  • Popcorn Shrimp
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pig in a Blanket
  • Sticks and Stones – Chicken Tenders and Fresh Fish Nuggets
All Kid’s Entrees are served with a beverage and choice of side which includes carrot sticks, seasonal fruit cup, or fresh-cut fries

Kid’s Desserts – All $4.00

  • Oreo Chocolate Fudge Sundae
  • Icee Brain Freeze Float
  • Strawberry Kabobs with Chocolate Dip
  • Sorbet with Fruit

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the lake at Disney Springs

Back to the Under $20 Theme…

Everything from the Raw Bar is under $20 (although I would imagine the quantity may be small.)

Oysters on the Half Shell, Lobster Cocktail, Baja Shrimp, Tuna Poke, and Jumbo Lump Crab

Everything from the Launch Menu is under $20 (again, I would imagine the quantity is small.)

Firecracker Shrimp, Hoison Chili Calamari, Lobster Bisque, Angus Carpaccio, Steamed Mussels, Middleneck Clams, Clam Strips, Alaskan Cod Fish, Coconut Baja Jumbo Shrimp

Everything from the Salad Menu is under $20, except the large Chopped salad for $21.

The Wedge, The Chopped SaladBuffalo Chicken, Caesar, and Garden 

Most everything from the Sandwich Menu is under $20

Classic Burger, Sandwich King Burger,“Yacht Club” Club, Togarashi Tuna Burger, Filet Mignon Sliders

One item under the Sea And Shore menu is under $20.
Garden Pasta Shells 
You’ll notice lobster and steak are not on the under $20 list. No real shock here.
Every single serving dessert is under $10, and so are the kid’s meals for those of you taking little ones to fancy-dine with you.
There are lots of menu items at Boathouse that will not have you putting on your budget life preservers, but there are also many items to take your Disney Dining experience to the next level. I’m talking to you here, lobster, steak and caviar.
Use this link to see their extensive wine list plus prices, in case any change after publication. We used lunch prices, although dinner prices dod not look too different.
Be sure to look around Disney Springs before or after your lunch reservation, because there is construction everywhere. And upon completion, this place is going to be absolutely incredible, and you may not be able to see everything in half a day anymore.
construction at Disney Springs

Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. You can book online or call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you with a mason jar of key lime pie, watching the boats sail by…

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Amanda Major Cheapskate PrincessAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

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