Updated for 2017!
I don’t mind admitting I was intimidated by the 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 a 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.
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.
We walked past the bar on our way in; you see this particular bar from the gift shop.
The restaurant itself is just lovely, with a nautical-sailor theme that is both elegant and fun.
The view from our window was off 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.
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…
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 at our own pace. 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.
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.
Bread and butter was delivered to the table. It wasn’t all that memorable, but it looked good.
My husband ordered the classic burger.
- BOATHOUSE Custom Grind, Beefsteak Tomato, Onion, Lettuce, Pickle
I ordered the Yacht Club 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!!
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 2016 prices. I certainly would not just order dessert 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
So let’s take a look at the 2016 prices.
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
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
Garden – Small $8.00, Large $12.00 – Mixed Greens, Seasonal Vegetables, House Vinaigrette
- NY Strip Steak $8.00
- Salmon $7.00
- Grilled Baja Shrimp $4.00 each
- Grilled Chicken Breast $4.00
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kid’s Desserts – All $4.00
- Oreo Chocolate Fudge Sundae
- Icee Brain Freeze Float
- Strawberry Kabobs with Chocolate Dip
- Sorbet with Fruit
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 Salad, Buffalo 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
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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