Disney World has certainly become something of a paradise for foodies and with so many great restaurants, it can be hard to choose where to eat. Located on the Boardwalk, Flying Fish is an upscale restaurant that has certainly become one of my favorite places for dinner and is now a must for any trip I take to Disney World.
Just down the steps from the back of Boardwalk Inn’s lobby, this signature dining restaurant is conveniently located just a short walk from Epcot. It’s also a great choice if you’re staying at the Boardwalk Inn Resort. As the name would suggest, Flying Fish specializes in seafood, but there are still several other delicious options on the menu if fish isn’t exactly your cup of tea.
Getting a Reservation
Just like with pretty much any other Disney restaurant, you’ll want to make an Advanced Dining Reservation if you want to eat dinner at Flying Fish. Fortunately, it’s one of the more under the radar restaurants at Disney World, so it’s usually fairly easy to get a reservation (even same day reservations).
The interior of Flying is beautiful and elegant with just a touch of whimsy. Glass fish and bubbles hang beneath the light fixtures as the decor’s centerpiece with a sense of movement, fitting of the restaurant’s name. Be sure to look at the odd and funny photographs and posters hanging on the walls.
Near the front is the open kitchen, allowing guests to see the chefs at work, but the showpiece is the elaborate bar towards the back of the restaurant. The restaurant has made clever use of wine bottles in the lighting, while the striking tile work below looks like fish scales.
Flying Fish serves a seasonal menu, meaning it changes from time to time. They do have a handful of menu items that are usually always on the menu, but it may be a good idea to check the menu before you go. If you love seafood, however, this is probably the place for you since there’s several options to choose from with both the appetizers and entrees. Even if it’s not your thing, there are several other great choices, like the filet mignon.
The bread service at Flying Fish is definitely one of the more unique ones. The bread is local Orlando semolina bread with little pieces of nori seaweed throughout. It’s paired with butter with black cyprus sea salt. It wasn’t my favorite, but it’s not bad. I recommend at least giving it a try.
The entrees at Flying Fish range from several seafood dishes to chicken and steak to even roasted tofu. My favorite dishes were the Wagyu Filet Mignon and the Sardinian Seafood Pasta.
Wagyu Filet Mignon
If you don’t like seafood, this is the dish for you. The Filet Mignon is usually served with a sweet onion risotto, asparagus, and truffle sauce. It was ordered medium rare and was perfectly cooked. I’ve had the filet mignon at Le Cellier (which in my opinion is way overpriced) and Jiko, and I have to say that the filet mignon at Flying Fish is my favorite among the three. The asparagus and risotto go great with the steak as well. The sauce is something else, too.
Sardinian Seafood Pasta
The Sardinian Seafood Pasta was delicious! The small, round pasta is served with plenty of fresh scallops, lobster meat, and shrimp. The closest thing to compare the sauce to is a creamy marinara, but much better. It was certainly one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had at Disney World.
Not only was the food excellent, the service was as well. Our waitress was friendly, helpful, and good about checking on us throughout the meal.
Overall, the experience at Flying Fish has moved the restaurant to the top of my list of places to go back to at Disney World. It’s a great choice for a romantic dinner with its elegant ambiance and delicious food. There’s also the plus of taking a stroll along the Boardwalk or possibly popping into Epcot for a while after dinner.