About Paddlefish

Paddlefish is an iconic restaurant, bar and special events venue located aboard a reimagined, modern and luxurious steamboat. Docked on the shores of Lake Buena Vista, Paddlefish is the only restaurant in Disney Springs to offer king and snow crab, rooftop dining with live music (Friday and Saturday 9pm-midnight) and waterfront seating. We are proud to celebrate and share the fresh seafood catches of our nation’s robust and abundant waters. Our adventurous and well-traveled vessel has influenced our menu selections, led by Executive Chef Steve Richard. At Paddlefish, we are passionate about authenticity, quality and providing our guests a unique dining experience.

1670 N Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday 11:30AM - 11:00PM
Friday - Saturday 11:30AM - Midnight

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 934-2628

Website:
http://www.paddlefishrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Rooftop Deck Live Music
Friday and Saturday 9PM - Midnight

Parking Details:
Self parking available in Lime and Orange Garages

Executive Chef:
Mark Boor

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Group dining space is available on all three of Paddlefish’s decks. The first and third deck feature outdoor areas with magnificent views of beautiful Disney Springs™ and Lake Buena Vista. Please contact us for more information about reserving our private dining areas.

Paddlefish Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for a Date (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fun (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Business Meals (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent Food Outstanding Service. We arrived close to closing. They made us feel welcomed. Owen was an exceptional waiter. Will definately be back

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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

Anniversary

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 4, 2017

This is the 2nd time we have visited the restaurant in couple months....Consistently....Excellent!! What else is there to add 😊 Our server Lisa L was the best!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Our 4th visit & have not been disappointed yet. I love the Saffron Martini & my husband always gets the admiral. Our favorite appetizer is the Lobster hot Dogs. Not to worry - no hot dogs included. Delicious & very different! Conch chowder is another favorite . The crab ceviche is wonderful so is the Fried Green Tomatoes. Actually everything is good! Our waiter Banda was very attentive & has waited on us several times. He is very accommodating & knowledgeable about the food & its preparation. Go you will love it!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Tapas, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Cozy, Special Occasion, People Watching, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Terrible left before I got seated. I will not ever go back

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was a great experience however if you put in your reservation it’s your first date after giving birth to your 2 month old and it happen to be your 2 year wedding anniversary (all was noted) I would not sit the couple by the well (area where all drinks are made and servers chat) for dinner in the bar. There were plenty of tables in the main dining room with beautiful romantic views for an anniversary. Not next to where the servers talk about their day and what they are doing that night. Loved the food and service, the hostess just needs more training on seating.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our waitress, Lisa, was “the Bomb”!
Very efficient, warm sense of humor and very personable! We would go back just to have her wait on us. Food was fabulous and they accommodated us by moving to a waterside table

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We were not overly impressed the first time that we tried Paddlefish (To be fair, it had just opened.), but this visit changed our minds. :) The food was excellent, our server, Shara, was wonderful! We sat outside, and the view is the best! We will definitely be back often. 👏👍

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The location is beautiful. The calamari appetizer was delicious although skimpy for the price. I had fish tacos that while lacked a ton of fish, were super tasty. The place is pricey, but typical for the area.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

AmaZing service with upscale delicious food!
Great escape from the average to poor quality meals usually offered at Malls and the parks.
Well Done Disney!

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant was a big disappointment. I ordered the Mahi and it was dry and over cooked. The same with my husbands snow crab and lobster boil. I would not recommend it.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Stopped in for lunch with 2 kids under 10. Had fish sandwich and fish tacos. Kids had hot dogs. Great atmosphere. Great view. Great service. Kid friendly but more cultured than others. Would go back for sure.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Seafood is always excellent. One of my favorite spots at Disney!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great place. renewed

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It would’ve been nice if they actually have gluten free pasta when they say they cater to gluten free or anyone with allergies.

Second, the lobster roll was average. The ones that we get from the food truck are so much better for $29/plate. It was also so small, I was hungry 30 mins after the meal. The fries that came with it was nothing special.

My daughter had to get grilled chicken, as mentioned, they didn’t have any gluten free pasta. The chicken not only was loaded with salt but so dry.

Couple of good things I can say about this place is that the service was excellent and that the outside dining was nice especially for a beautiful day in Florida. She went back and forth to make sure we get our daughter something she would also enjoy.

BUT, never coming to this place again.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Would never go back!

The restaurant was virtually empty yet our group of 4 was assigned a table in the very crowded bar area. Despite other empty sections of the restaurant , the only alternative offered was to sit outside on a very windy day. We tried but the sight of birds sitting on the empty unclean tables nibbling on crumbs was not a sight we wanted to see while we had lunch. I am shocked that the restaurant would rather lose a customer than to accommodate. We ended up next door at the Boathouse Restaurant - highly recommended for service, food and ambiance!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very expensive for a casual Disney Springs restaurant. The food was good but not worth the prices they charge. Service was excellent though.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 6, 2017

lunch was pleasant. Lobster corn dog outstanding, waitress excellent. Ambiance only ok

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and impeccable service . Our waitresss went above and beyond !!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Had an absolutely wonderful time at Paddlefish. The service from Lisa Marie was impeccable and her recommendations were spot on.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

The service was excellent and the seat location was great and pleasant. It was enjoyable occasion bu the food was not as impressive as photos. I did not think the cheese grits and shrimp was worth $30, because of the taste was nothing special. I can get better dish locally.
The atmosphere was nice and I would recommend for those who seek nice setting for a get together.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Simply the best culinary experience in Disney Springs with a very knowledgeable staff. We are looking forward to our next adventure aboard.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The Paddlefish is a very good restaurant with a lot of high quality food. My wife and I both enjoyed our time, and we had a very good experience overall, but there's a lot that feels like it's slipped from the old Fulton's Crab House days.

For one, it's a high class dinner that has dropped to only fashionable decor. It seems a bit pedantic to note, but I can get "chic" style at a Panera or another "hip" restaurant. I expected slightly higher class from Paddlefish, and while the atmosphere was nice, it certainly wasn't the atmosphere I expected from a place that serves premiere, top-quality food. That said, I understand the attempt to reach outside the normal crowds. However, by doing so without dropping the prices of the food, it's still a luxury experience, but with slightly less glitz and glamor, and that takes a bit of the punch out of the experience. I happily dropped over $200 on a meal for two, but didn't feel like I was in a $100-per-person restaurant.

The food was very good, however. I got a boil while my wife got the pork chops. They were both cooked perfectly and were a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I'd rate that a solid 10/10 and would readily recommend it again.

As for the service, it was very prompt and well-received, but if I have one tiny gripe (it's insignificant, really), it's that we had to box our own food at the end of the night. I understand the sentiment of letting me box my own food so I can get it right, but considering that there are chain restaurants that box my food for me, why wouldn't that be the case here, especially if I dressed up for the dinner? Seems weird.

These are mostly nit-picking, though. Overall, the food was good, the service was quick, the prices were luxury-level (but the food matched it, so it's solid), and I had fun. Just... felt like it was missing the je ne sais quoi you would expect from a luxury restaurant. I expected I'd be under-dressed, and instead felt just right, if not slightly over-dressed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

I have had better service, as well as seating. We were put in bar area instead of dining room. Server took care of guests that arrived after us. Food was good.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Delightful...great service, great view of disney springs and saratoga, amazing food

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent service, wonderful food, perfect cocktails. Had table by the window on the second floor facing the lake. Just as a heads up, view by the windows on the 1st floor is nicer. But no complaints here. Started off with PROHIBITION MAI TAI
Scarlet Ibis, orgeat, banana liqueur, fresh lime, Scrappy Orleans, amarena cherry $17. Very well made, very strong. My husband had an Old Fashion (can’t remember price), also very well made & strong. They do have a full service bar & a fairly extensive wine list. Had the 1/2 chicken with Carolina mop sauce, edamame-smoked bacon succotash (had the succotash changed for regular mashed potatoes $27). My husband has the SHRIMP AND GRITS Cheddar grits, spicy black pepper butter sauce (very good portion- 6 large shrimp $30). We were too full for desert, but everything on menu looked very good too. There is also a rooftop bar in which there is live music on Friday & Saturday nights. Would definitely return & recommend restaurant.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The waiter was displayed excellent customer service and I wish I remembered the guys name, though the food was VERY dissapointing. Firstly, it was cold. Not warm, but actually cold. I had the shrimp boil, which was more of a shrimp stew, had several overcooked, mushed shrimp in it. The flavor was bland, nor was it spicy. The corn and potatoes were not boiled, but baked and roasted. When I see shrimp boil, or crawfish boil, that's what I expect. My wife had the clam linguini, which featured very little clam and a cluster of empty shells. I expected much better from Paddlefish. We ate the food and did not let our disappointment show because the waiter, again, did a awesome job. My wife and I expected much more.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loved this place if you are planning a trip to Disney springs you must make reservations and check it out!!!

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

It was very nice me and my lady enjoyed ourselves on her birthday

Tags: Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food took a long time. Fries were sitting in the window for a long time no crisp. Chicken overcooked and tough.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

I see alot of negative reviews about this restaurant, but on the other hand I believe people try to get something for nothing by complaining,if you look at the reviews you have fives and ones,really,I went outside the box and went on the servers recommendat ion ,Pork ossu bucco,unreal how good it was, not to mention the cheapest meal we had to date,will definately be going back!

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We took advantage of the Orlando Magical Dining menu. We had Fried green tomatoes, Shrimp & Grits and Key Lime pie. Everything was great and portions were very generous. Loved it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Visited for lunch on a Monday and it wasn't a long wait, but it wasn't cheap (then again, what in Disney is cheap). Husband and I went in on a lobster themed lunch with the lobster corn dog appetizer and lobster roll meal. The appetizer was unique, fresh, well seasoned with a remoulade sauce and a refreshing slaw garnish to balance the flavor. We would have been happy to eat nothing but that for the rest of the day. The lobster roll was well stuffed and not to heavy a meal with a side of fries. I did have to add S&P for my taste, but the meat was cooked perfectly and not tough at all. Although it was a pricey lunch (b/c lobster), on another vacation we would be likely to repeat visit Paddlefish for the good quality and the lobster corn dogs for sure.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Thought service was outstanding, food was very oily and excessively overpriced, payed $35 for 6 oz of overcooked seabass that had sicked to the grill with oily asparagus and brussel sprouts.

Wouldn't recommend

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Visited Paddlefish for the first time as part of the Orlando Magical Dining event. Loved everything about it. The 'Lobster Corndog' appetizer was one of the best things I've ever eaten!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

We went there to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We requested a window seat and had a beautiful view. My husband chose the fish sandwich and I HAD to have the lobster roll. The portions were plenty and absolutely delicious. Of course we left room for dessert. My husband had the chocolate bourbon pecan tart and I ordered the charred carrot cake. Both were amazing. Kudos to Corey our waiter and what a nice surprise that my husband’s dessert was on the house. We had a wonderful lunch and look forward to returning!

Tags: Scenic View, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Pro-Beautiful place. The decor is on point. Great view if ur at a window

Con-Extremely noisy.

Desert - strawberry shortcake - dry. Good presentation
-carrot cake- cake and frosting terrible. Good presentation

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This was our 4th visit and we look forward to going back. Food is incredible. The lobster corn dogs are incredibly delicious. Eat those while you ponder the rest of the menu. My husband loves the conch chowder. Very close to what we ate in the Bahamas! I love the Crab Ceviche. Lots of crab & very delicious. Then we split the Crab boil. Super! A very good place to enjoy good food; appreciate superb service; relax on the water with a good view. The cock tails are very original & delicious. Please try one or two!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

As a first time visitor and diner of the restaurant, the experience was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The appetizer of Calamari was great but then it took approximately 30 additional minutes to get our main course. Burger and a crab cake Blt. They were both ambient temperature and the fries were cold. Guests that arrived after us were served their food before us. Was really looking forward to eating there but it was not as good as I remembered when it was Fulton’s crab house.

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