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These 10 Restaurants Serve Up the Best Seafood in Disney World

Are you a great lover of seafood? Perhaps you have upcoming plans to visit Walt Disney World Resort and heard of the many different kinds of food to indulge in while on location here. It’s true that you can find just about anything and everything your heart desires at Disney World, even if you happen to be one of the pickier eaters. So, it goes without saying that there is an absolutely unfathomable ocean of opportunities regarding seafood selections to gorge on. From classic fan favorites to nautical novelties like no other, if you want to try some of the best seafood selections at Disney World, you have to check out these 10 restaurants.

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10. Todd English’s bluezoo

With its location at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel, this upscale establishment does not carry the official status of a Disney restaurant. However, it remains a refined favorite for many Disney World visitors seeking signature seafood selections. Here you have a distinguished and sophisticated AAA Four-Diamond restaurant with an eclectic, awe-inspiring underwater motif that perfectly pairs with the enticing menu highlights presented. First, you have all those traditional well-loved classics done up with even more sophistication and elegance, like their house specialty Signature Clam Chowder and Shrimp Cocktail, for instance. And then there are all those truly impressive novelties, like their deliverance of Lobster Bucatini, Teppan Seared Sea Scallops, Tuna Poke Tacos, Crab Nachos, and many others. Their nightly feature entrée, Bluezoo’s Simply Fish, showcases a rotating fresh fish offering of either tuna, mahi-mahi, salmon, snapper, or swordfish, paired with creamy risotto and seasonal vegetables.

Lobster Entree at Todd English's Bluezoo

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9. Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Right outside of Rose & Crown Dining Room, just at the entrance to the United Kingdom Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase, there’s this somewhat unassuming quick-service stop. And while the menu is admittedly limited, the primary feature here spotlights that iconic British classic known as fish and chips. So, if you’re looking to feed that quick on-the-go craving for the aforementioned and don’t wish to stop in at Rose & Crown for a drawn-out meal of such, then this authentic “fishy” place really hits the spot!

Fish and Chips at Yorkshire County

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8. Columbia Harbour House

Any seafood lover can rightfully attest to loving this New England coastal-style eatery based in Magic Kingdom Park’s Liberty Square. Despite being a quick-service establishment, it exudes a sense of elegance and grace, along with a nautical nostalgic vibe that works well with the myriad maritime eats featured here. There are all those favored conventional classics, like their New England Shrimp Boil, New England Clam Chowder, Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Grilled Salmon, and even a unique spin on the classic Lobster Roll. There’s also much to be said about the featured Sea Captain Catch, served atop cabbage slaw and tartar sauce and accompanied by fries.

Salmon at Columbia Harbour House

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7. Ale & Compass Restaurant

Over at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, there is another New England-style favorite to check out. It’s that maritime marvel known as Ale & Compass Restaurant. Open around the clock, this favored table-service establishment remains one of those places that true seafood fans can all rightfully appreciate, given its extensive menu selections. Start off on a filling note with their rich, decadent Blue Crab Bisque. You can also enjoy Jumbo Lump Crab Cake starters during lunch or their dinner-specific Roasted Garlic Shrimp. One hailed lunchtime classic that never loses popularity is their signature spin on Fish & Chips with house-made vinegar chips and lemon caper tartar sauce. The Blackened Sustainable Fish Tacos and their Smoked Salmon and Toasted Bagel Sandwich are other hit features. Dinnertime fixings include their Sustainable Catch of the Day, Pappardelle Pasta with Shrimp, and their one-of-a-kind New England Seafood Pot Pie.

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6. Coral Reef Restaurant

This may very well be the EPCOT epitome regarding seafood establishments. It is, after all, housed within the Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion. The calm mood and underwater ambiance, not to mention the massive windows looking out into EPCOT’s own impressive aquarium and lively coral reef, really help to accent the overall dining experience to be had. Throughout your meal, you will be surrounded by over 2,000 sea creatures swimming about and may even see a scuba diver or two!

As for the menu, there is a sea of selections to choose from. Start off with the Shrimp Cocktail or Lobster Bisque. Their Shrimp and Grits feature is one of their more unique offerings with sautéed shrimp, cheddar grits, local corn succotash, andouille sausage, and creole spice emulsion. The Seared Mahi Mahi and Orange-glazed Sustainable Salmon are two of their other most contested favorites.

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5. Flying Fish

Despite the name, it isn’t only the fish that fly here. On location at Disney’s BoardWalk, this signature dinnertime destination boasts one of the most impressive and versatile seafood flights in the way of savory entrées done up to perfection. Kicking off the ocean of ovation-worthy picks are appeasing appetizers like their house Lobster Bisque or Prince Edward Island Mussels in Chardonnay broth with fresh herbs. Not to be outdone is their house specialty Shrimp Cocktail starter, which comprises blood orange, horseradish, and sea salt. Then comes the vast array of entrée enticements, some of which include a most pleasing Planch-seared Scallops rendition, the very versatile Verlasso Salmon, highly praised Potato-wrapped Red Snapper, and savory Seafood Pearl Pasta. Enhancements can be added to any meal, including sautéed shrimp, grilled octopus, seared scallops, and even cold-water lobster tail.

Flying Fish Entree

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4. The Boathouse

There really is a boatload of bountiful offerings that this well-loved establishment in Disney Springs could boast about. There’s that old-timey vintage coastal motif that balances out the classiness and grace diners here get to enjoy, not to mention the adjoining shop and even opportunities to go on a unique Amphicar boat tour out on the water. But the deep dive into the maritime medleys making up the menu here still garners the highest praise. At the raw bar, for instance, you can enjoy flavorful selections like their Wild Caught Sea of Cortex Shrimp, Yellowfin Tuna Poke, Jumbo Lump Crab and Avocado combo, or even Oysters on the Half Shell.

You may want to rightfully tuck into Coriander-seared Ahi Tuna, Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper, and Cedar Planked Gulf of Maine Salmo from their Market Fresh Fish offerings. Two popular Sea & Shore combos that have so many folks raving are the Maine Lobster Tail Oscar and Shrimp & Andouille Mac & Cheese. And on top of all that remains a seemingly fathomless array of other seafood specialties in addition, from their famous Dockside Shrimp Boil to Hoisin Chili Calamari, Firecracker Shrimp to Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. 

Seafood Medley at Boathouse

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3. Paddlefish

Here is another Disney Springs riparian rite of passage for any seafood seeker to take note of. Presented as a luxury dining experience set within the permanently docked Empress Lilly paddleboat of great acclaim, the site for this on-the-water dining venue has always served as a seafood haven, although the particular operations have changed. For several years now, it has been providing folks with nautical elegance and grace in the form of Paddlefish Restaurant. It would be a vast understatement to say its refined and regal appeal and equally appealing menu selections are impressive. Truth be told, dining here is nothing short of amazing in every way.

Regarding the stellar seafood selections, you can enjoy many traditional classics and unique exclusives. Their Crab-topped Fries starter, for example, is particularly popular, while their two Crab Cake features and Calamari also remain in high standing. Other favorites include their New England Clam Chowder, Catfish, Stuffed Cod, Crab Ceviche, Ahi Poke, Shrimp Pasta, Crab Guacamole, Whole Crab, Crab Cake BLT, Lobster Roll, Whole Maine Lobster, and countless other selections.

Fish Entree at Paddlefish

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 2. Cape May Cafe

Nothing can rightfully satisfy the cravings of a contested seafood fanatic quite like an all-you-can-eat spread laden with all the works. So, is it any wonder why the bounty at Cape May Café, on location at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, is among the most favored picks of all? The buffet is offered twice daily, once for breakfast and then again at dinnertime. While the aforementioned is a Character Dining event that presents admittedly traditional breakfast staples primarily, it’s the dinner feast that does up the surf (and turf) on a most delectable note. There’s even a traditional Seafood Boil comprising steamed clams, mussels, shrimp, corn, and potatoes and a Sustainable Catch of the Day feature that always offers something new. No description does this all-out seafood feast the justice it deserves.

Cape May Cafe Seafood Buffet

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1. Narcoossee’s

There’s some exciting news for those faithful fans of this iconic on-the-water dining destination at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The long-awaited reopening of Narcoossee’s is at last set to happen on April 1. And if you know anything about their famed seafood selections in the past, then you’re more than likely looking ahead to the stellar feast you can expect again soon. For example, their Butter-fried Calamari stands out as a true maritime marvel. There’s also plenty to say about their Maine Lobster Bisque, Shrimp Scampi, and Shrimp and Grits appetizer. And the fascinating rendition of an Ocean-inspired Charcuterie Board with ahi tuna pastrami, charred octopus, and lobster redefines everything you thought you ever knew about charcuterie boards in general. Not to be outdone is their flavorful featured Blackened Redfish, Lemon Grass-poached Ora King Salmon, Plancha-Seared Scallops & Parisian Gnocchi, and Gulf Shrimp Bucantini. And don’t forget about their wonderful Surf & Turf feature and all those enhancement options in addition.

Narcoossee's Blackened Redfish

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You can also enjoy great seafood selections from numerous other Walt Disney World Resort venues in addition to these top 10 picks. Even those that are not exclusively known for seafood, per se, have some enticing options to impress. In general, seafood selections at Disney World tend to stand out above and beyond all others. Somehow, they just taste more magical!

About Laura

Laura Catherine aka “LC” is a writer who resides in Maryland with her family and several pets. She visits Walt Disney World whenever she can. Additionally, she is a published author of three novels, a children’s book, and has a passion for gardening.