This week WDW Mouse Tales visits Boatwright’s Dining Hall at the Port Orleans Riverside
Resort at Walt Disney World. This restaurant is themed to a Louisiana boat workshop
and serves southern style dinner. You can find the dinner menu here and the dessert
So tonight for an appetizer we chose the Cajun-seasoned Crawfish Bites served with
Remoulade and priced at $10.49. For a second time since we started reviewing Disney
Restaurants the appetizer was amazing and was definitely our favorite part of the
The first thing out on the table was a basket of hot cornbread with whipped butter.
What a great way to start a meal, really delicious and a great precursor to the appetizer
on the way.
I have never had Crawfish before and the way I describe the taste and texture is
a cross between shrimp and calamari. They were served with a Remoulade drizzled over
them which was kind of like a tarter sauce with a little bit of a dill taste and
served over a bed of lettuce. These Crawfish bites were so delicious my wife and
I were fighting over the last bite. By the way I gave in as a gentleman. :)
So ladies first, my wife went with the Jambalaya which the menu describes as a Creole
recipe with Spiced Chicken Thighs, Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Rice and Vegetables
and priced at $17.99. It was an “okay” tasting plate of food. The 2 shrimp she had
were very delicious as was the andouille but there was an overwhelming amount of
celery and roasted red peppers (which you can see in the pictures).
We have noticed here and at Shutters that Disney restaurants on average might be
using instant rice in their dishes. We don’t know if this is a fact, but the rice
really has that “Uncle Ben’s” type texture and taste. This is a minor quibble though
and overall the Jambalaya was an okay meal. She recommends trying a different entree.
Quite a few people around us were ordering the Pork Chop plate which looked and smelled
I decided to go with the Slow-roasted Prime Rib with Three-Cheese Hash-Brown Potatoes
and Cabernet Sauce priced at $25.99. The Prime Rib was a nice size and cooked just
as ordered and the Cabernet Sauce had a very nice flavor.
The only downside to this plate was the Hash-Brown Potatoes which really did not
have much flavor and was a very small portion. Also I find it odd that this did not
come with a vegetable as well but nonetheless I was extremely full from the Prime
Rib so not a deal breaker.
The dessert menu at Boatwright’s is really very limited but a popular southern dessert
is of course Pecan Pie so we decided to go with that. The pie was priced at $5.49
and was served with a scoop of Edy’s Ice Cream and a caramel drizzle. This Pecan
Pie was delicious and had just the right amount of sweetness and was a very satisfying
end to a nice meal.
The Restaurant’s theme and decor and an evening of romance suggestion
First I want to tell you the the decor and atmosphere at Boatwright’s is top notch
and the lighting is very comforting and relaxing. The restaurant is covered in ship
building tools and one of the waitresses observed me taking photos of the restaurant
and was kind enough to give me a guide describing all of the tools on the walls.
This is a really cool level of detail that only Disney would think of.
In my opinion Port Orleans Riverside is a beautiful resort full of romantic atmosphere
and a river running through the resort. One of the questions I have had posed to
me in an email is what kind of romantic things can I do at Walt Disney World. Well...
Port Orleans Riverside can make for a great date night. After dinner take a ride
in a Horse Drawn Carriage around the property then jump on a boat and ride out to
Downtown Disney and make an evening of it.
So overall even though not every part of the meal was extraordinary, the whole Port
Orleans Riverside experience is. If you have a free evening on your next vacation
don’t pass up an opportunity for a lovely evening of relaxing at Port Orleans.
What do you think of Boatwright’s?
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