Frontera Cocina

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$31 to $50
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Mexican

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Located in Disney Springs™, Frontera Cocina is a fresh Mexican food concept by seven-time James Beard winner, Rick Bayless.

The menu features an enticing presentation of grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. Frontera Cocina will delight friends, family and food-lovers with exciting flavors and a contemporary Mexican experience.
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OT
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, kind of basic. Portion size was small for a Mexican joint. Drinks were very good

I
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good. Tables are too close for comfort. And this is second week in a row making open table reservation that we’ve been seated next to major walkway. Busy busy busy and not cheap. Much better value at more local restaurants.

LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! A bit expensive but to be expected everything is made with organic ingredients. Would absolutely recommend!

k
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

great food and service! some of the best mexican food in Orlando. good tequila list.

YY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I’ve had much better “authentic” Mexican food elsewhere, for half the price. Service was exceptional! Avocado margarita was delish!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great and full of flavor. Loud ambiance but fairly common in any restaurant at Disney springs. Our server Javier was very polite and very good. Plan to visit again soon.

DA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Drinks as well as the entrees were overpriced for the quality of the items.
2 drinks, chips and salsa, and 2 dishes including tip for $100 was excessive for this type of restaurant.
Will say the service was excellent.

m
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pumpkin seed hummus was outstanding. Everything was great. Will definitely recommend this place.

W
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

We’ve been to this restaurant multiple times and the food was always top notch. Yesterday however, not so much. The tortilla soup was extremely watery and bland, the carnitas were dry and the chips seemed very stale. However, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who would love a great dining experience as mentioned before, this was the one and only time out of the last 6 times where the food just wasn’t up to PAR. The one amazing bright spot was our server. She was amazing and very friendly. Came to the table multiple times to check in and always had the biggest and brightest smile! Again, will absolutely be visiting again.

EH
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They were featuring their brand new menu. Unfortunately, if you are not a meat eater there is only 1 entree option. They were able to modify another entree but I feel as though there should be a wider variety of options. There was a legitimate inch of cheese on my enchiladas. Just seemed way too excessive and greasy.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Food took long and came out like warm.
Extra side item wasn’t put into the order and had to wait.

L
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Fairly average restaurant and food. The menu is limited and the items that we tried were nothing to write home about. I would say our server was very nice and attentive but overall the prices did not justify the quality of the food or the experience.

k
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had great hopes for this Rick Bayliss restaurant, but sadly the promise of authentic Mexican food was met with the Disney-fied touristy version. Nothing we had was bad, but with bland flavors and overcooked pork and chicken nothing we had was representative of a world-renowned chef either. When the best item was a mezcal cocktail vice the food that is unfortunately saying a lot. That said, we did have a wonderful server who was much better than the food we were being served.

r
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of if not the best restaurant in Disney Springs!

RR
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The goal was to eat elevated Mexican food in a casual atmosphere. The space is gorgeous. I was hoping for fresh and authentic flavors but they missed the mark big time with the Baja menu. Every thing was over-cooked, over seasoned, and over priced. The guacamole was good. The calamari was the first offensive dish, followed by the queso, tortilla soup, and entree salad. It’s rare that someone at the table won’t finish things off but this was definitely one of those occasions. Every was painfully salty. Also, Open door gave me the opportunity to mention if it was a special occasion, which I did. We were there celebrating my best friend’s milestone birthday. Our server didn’t even mention it. I was genuinely disappointed.

DR
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit here . The food has been consistently great . We had Queso Fundido , Carne Asada , Chicken Enchilada , Quattro Leches Cake and Bunuelitos. All brilliant

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente atención, todos son muy amables en especial el gerente siempre atento a lo que el cliente necesita. Cada vez que estamos de vacaciones paramos en Frontera. Excelente comida.

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L
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid meal

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Decent food, however told the server my son had but allergy and his guacamole came with pumpkin seeds drizzled on top. The server advised pumpkin seeds are not nuts. Think they could use some additional training on food allergies and glad we caught the error.

MH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and very pretty ambiance.

TT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious and authentic. Staff was kind, courteous, and knowledgeable about the menu. Would be 5 stars if they bussed the tables after first course.

LJ
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No complaints! Our server was knowledgeable and helpful, the food was great! Everything was perfect!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elise was such a pleasure. She made great dinner and drink recommendations

SM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, comfortable atmosphere, fair price for the food and service

CD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Extremely overpriced! Very small portions and very expensive.

AB
London
45 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It’s definitely worth visiting if only to break the daily Disney/Universal junk food offerings. However, Disney Springs is a full on commercial village looking for your dollar at every turn and Frontera Cocina was no exception. This is expensive Mexican food and while the quality of food was ok it was not that good. That said, we arrived at 3pm and benefitted from Margarita Happy hour, and they were not only very tasty but the classic was excellent value at $5.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

So I went here specifically because I have been a fan of Chef Baylis for years and I love Mexican food.

Living in south Florida and a fan of Chef was a little difficult given that his restaurants are in the Chicago area, but I buy his Frontera Salsas all the time.

So took my kid to Disney and realized Chef Baylis has a restaurant!!

The Topolo Margarita was the best I ever had... but it wasn’t shaken tabelside like the menu says.

The salsas were obviously the same ones you get from his jars, not freshly made.

The queso fundido was fantastic, but adding the chorizo for $2 was literally 1/2 teaspoon of sausage. It was very good but 🙄

I had the carne asada tacos and my wife had the pork belly. They were average at best. For the price, I expected much more. I get carne asada tacos from my neighborhood joint in Pompano that tastes much better than this carmelIzed onion overpriced version of whatever.

Baylis has definitely sold his soul to Disney. Hey’s making money here, I lost a lot of respect for him after this visit. I’m sure his Chicago joints are truer to his roots but this a total sellout for $$

L
Orlando
48 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

As a local resident of the area I visit this restaurant and DS very often, I bit disappointed with the menu changes recently and the lack of options as when it originally opened

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, overpriced

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was absolutely horrible and not edible as well as ice cold and overpriced!

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing! Great ambiance! Food was decent. Not what we expected.

CB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and craft cocktails! Torally worth stopping in.

AR
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband’s birthday celebration: Wonderful dining experience, unique margaritas & tasty dishes!

SS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

There is no benefit to using open table to make a reservation at Frontera Cocina.

On my most recent visit to this restaurant I made a reservation although when I arrived was told by the receptionist that she would keep my original time of 8:30pm even though 2 other groups without a reservation were allowed to go before us. I went to notify the presumed manager and he was rude and did not want to further discuss our concern. This is the second visit that this has occurred with this restaurant.

I had also indicated on my reservation that we wanted to celebrate a birthday and they didn’t even acknowledge this occasion.

As we left the “manager” and the receptionist were in front of us as we exited and they did not even say goodby and and just looked at me with a sour look on their face.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the pork belly taco, had good service.

LP
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Frontera Cocina has excellent food, the service is excellent. I have been there 3 times already for different occasions and it doesn't disappoint. I do feel however that the plates are way expensive for the amount and ingredients. For example the queso fundido appetizer is 14 dollars, that doesn't cost too much to do. Pork belly tacos are 24 and the portion is really small and although delicious the ingredients aren't that expensive. I do not know if the restaurant is expensive because it is in Disney property and maybe their rents are too much but it is something to think about. Other than that I would recommend.

LT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jay made the entire experience incredible as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food.

MB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Great Mexican food & can’t hear yourself think. Went there for a light dinner on 7/4. Wall to wall crowd, extremely noisy, very pricey, great food.

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