About The Boathouse

Enjoy upscale, family-friendly waterfront dining featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. Immerse yourself both on land and on water with live music, guided tours aboard the Captain’s piloted Italian Water Taxi, as well as guided Amphicar rides. Enter the water with a splash, while you go for a 20 minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs. This incredible culinary experience is showcased in an expansive restaurant with three distinctive bars, including The Dock Bar, built over the water. The BOATHOUSE is managed by the internationally renowned and award winning Gibsons Restaurant Group, celebrated for exceptional food and extraordinary service. Delight in our gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and our raw bar.

1620 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
Hotel Plaza Blvd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 939-2628

Website:
http://www.theboathouseorlando.com/

Executive Chef:
Robert B. Getchell II

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

The Boathouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (278)
Scenic View (202)
Great for Outdoor Dining (192)
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Special Occasion (184)
Good for a Date (166)
Fun (150)
Good for Birthdays (121)
Good for Anniversaries (121)
Casual (119)
Worth the Drive (113)
Great for Lunch (101)
Good for Groups (100)
Romantic (99)
Kid-friendly (87)
Bar Seating (84)
People Watching (82)
Creative Cuisine (80)
Fit for Foodies (74)
Hot Spot (73)
Live Music (61)
Authentic (58)
Sunday Lunch (53)
Vibrant Bar Scene (53)
Handcrafted Cocktails (52)
Business Meals (46)
Comfort Food (46)
Notable Wine List (46)
Local Ingredients (38)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Late-night Find (36)
Tasting Menu (33)
Happy Hour (31)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Healthy (26)
Cozy (25)
Great for Brunch (25)
Seasonal (24)
Gluten Free Options (21)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Disabled Access (17)
Great Beer (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Quick Bite (9)
Live Sports (8)
Spicy (7)
Tapas (7)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Vegan (3)
Organic (2)
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 (Orlando)·Dined 2 days ago

The food and service were impeccable. The suggestions the waiter made really showcased the best meals they had to offer. However, the noise was unbearable. The restaurant was overcrowded to the point of potential fire hazard. This really out a damper on our dinner it was loud and stuffy.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was fresh and very good. They nicely accommodated the vegetarian in our party w a tasty nicely prepared vegetable process. They offer free catches that were very good. Portions were smaller.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food at the Boathouse was amazing! It is a bit pricy compared to other restaurants like a BoneFish Grill. Our waiter was wonderful and very helpful in selecting our entrees. I would definitely dine there again on a special occasion.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

Very good, and the live music was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Always a pleasure having dinner here whenever I’m in the Orlando area. Food is amazing. Always fresh and expertly prepared. A must when in Orlando!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fun, Cozy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Very disappointed. My medium well burger was almost raw inside. I could only take a few bites. Server never checked on us before food was cleaned away. I think each burger should he temp tested before it leaves kitchen. Wife liked her steak but my meal soured me on the whole experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The Boathouse is a special place . . . Decor was incredible and food excellent . .. just a PERFECT place

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Live Music, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

The hostess Naomi was not very nice other than that we had a great lunch! As always we enjoy the food here very much!

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·Dined 6 days ago

Our waiter, Mike, was phenomenal. The bartender Raymond was incredible. The food portions were large and hearty. Delicious for sure. Drinks strong and the ambience perfect. Would definitely go back.

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·Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I were on our honeymoon this January 2018 and the service at The Boathouse was fabulous! The wait staff and general manager were kind and relatable! We kept things simple and had salad and steak which were delicious and well priced! Based on dog handling experience in the military we were able to connect with several members on a deeper level which heightened our experience! James Selle runs this restaurant with precision and is a part of the team; not simply overlooking but partaking in the engagement of the customers and action of the restaurant. Thank you for a wonderful evening; we will be sure to return!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful experience. Outstanding food quality and very attentive and friendly service. Hope to visit again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our third or fourth visit to the Boathouse. Our server, Mike, was FANTASTIC!! He was friendly, competent, and made the dinner an experience vs a meal. Dodd was delicious and we had the Baked Alaska S’more Dessert that feeds 4. We were a party of 6 but Mike assured us it would be enough as some of our group just wanted a taste. It was the perfect “Happy Birthday” dessert.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

We liked very much!!

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·Dined 6 days ago

It was cold so they let me check out the table outside before they seated us. So nice! The food was excellent. Service was superb! Perfect evening!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Orlando)·Dined 7 days ago

The food and service was very good. The prices were a bit high.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Great place to eat. The food was prepared well and tasted great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Nice Great food and service.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We ended up taking mine and my wife's dinners off the menu Coast was all dried out got stuff Lobster was dry she got swordfish that was dry service was great waiter was great food not all that great

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is Number 1 Place to go when I come to Disney or the Orlando area for Business meetings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Had a great experience! As busy as they were seating was smooth, service was fast, and friendly environment. Our waiter was super engaged with us, giving us great recommendations on food and even local highlights. Loved the fire work display from a far as we ate. Great place. Would highly recommend for anyone :)

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The day we visited the restaurant was extremely busy and the staff very confused . It took a lot of time for our waiter to bring our meals and we had to remind her about our drinks that she forgot .
Anyhow when she brought our check we had a pleasant surprise . She said that restaurant MGR recognized that that services on that day was chaotic and it was bellow Disney standards . They proactively applied a very significant discount in our bill hoping we would accept their apologies and return a next time . We certainly appreciated their attitude and certainly would come back

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

As soon as you step into The Boathouse, it is hard not to be impressed. The decor is amazing and the atmosphere transports you to another world of classy dining. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The service was excellent with our waters always filled and everything we needed readily available. The drinks and food were also excellent and the seafood was fresh. Everything is reasonably priced. I have dined both inside and outside in the past. As beautiful as the inside is, being on the waterfront on a nice warm day completes the experience. During my past few Orlando trips, I’ve always made sure to return to The Boathouse and look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Fantastic service from the hostess to the waitress!
We modified our reservation when we arrived and they didn’t bat an eye. Made us feel like we were their best customer.
Food was incredible. Fun atmosphere but not too crazy. The perfect business dinner with our top customers.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 11, 2018

All around great experience! Food, service, etc. It will be a regular stop whenever I am in Orlando!!

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great as usual when we are here for business or pleasure! Brandon was the best waiter!! Really enjoyed food, company and ambiance!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Casual, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great food, great service, friendly atmosphere and comfortable outdoor seating. We had a really nice meal and enjoyed the whole experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Best part of disney, we had a awesome time while there. The gift shop was wonderful also.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our food was excellent. Chef came to our table to discuss gluten free and dairy free options. The wait staff was very attentive. We have already started recommending the Boathouse!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Delicious food in a wonderful atmosphere! Staff was most accommodating and attentive. A MUST when you are in Orlando!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

The service was a little slower than we would have liked, but it gave us time to socialize and talk about other things rather than work.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner here the other evening. Food was excellent , our server Sean was on point. We will be back if it’s just for the Grouper special. It was that good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Awesome dinner. Good food. Hostess Lisa was amazing. It's loud but still great environment. Matt was an amazing waiter! Thanks for the bday cake for my fiancee, very sweet of the staff to do that. My only complaint was price.. a little overpriced but it's Disney and a lot of fresh items.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The atmosphere was fine but the food was way overpriced! Alcohol prices were ridiculous and one friends bill was $65 for a glass of wine, salad and coconut shrimp plus tax/tip. Highway robbery.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good restaurant

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food (highly recommend the Coriander Seared Ahi Tuna), great attention to detail and presentation, consistent outstanding service by all the staff. You may get an even better experience if happen to get Rebeka as server, we were !!!

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Tapas
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 7, 2018

As always a great experience regardless of the occasion - love this place

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Casual, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Oyster bar is amazing and the menu changes daily!!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Was disappointed in the seating service (was told it was only 4 when clearly it was 15 before being seated and served) other than that the wait service and food was great for the location

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It’s hard to find good food in Disney area and this is one of the only restaurants we found that has a great menu and real chef-prepared food. Unfortunately I ordered the red snapper special which was not terribly good (thick cut of fish in a watery teriyaki broth). On the positive side, my husband had the NY Strip steak and loved it and our appetizers (crab+avocado and lobster bisque) as well as key lime pie dessert (enough to share) were delicious. Overall - prices are high, atmosphere is noisy but happily bustling, and service is very good (not rushed despite being very busy). It’s a popular place and made for a nice - but expensive - evening out.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Service was exceptional as was the food. Kim, our server provided a most excellent dining experience. She was intuitive yet not invasive and most kind. The food, as always, was excellent.

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