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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Restaurant Reviews

There’s no denying that the Epcot corner of Disney World is a foodie paradise. Whether eating and drinking around the World (Showcase) or sampling some of the Epcot Resort Area’s best hotel restaurants, you’re sure to leave full and happy. 

But, World Showcase and neighboring hotels like Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and the BoardWalk Inn aren’t the only places you can chow down around Epcot. Located just next door to Disney’s BoardWalk, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, plus the new Swan Reserve, are home to more than 20 different dining options.  

Swan and Dolphin restaurants, especially their fine dining establishments, can be a tasty addition to your next Walt Disney World vacation. But, which are worth a visit? Let’s dig in and see what’s on the menu!

Why Eat at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels? 

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While spots like Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club Resort and Trattoria al Forno and Flying Fish near the BoardWalk Inn are mainstays for many a Disney World vacation, they aren’t the only places you can go for a memorable meal in the Epcot Resort Area. 

In fact, just down the BoardWalk, a whole new world of food awaits you at the nearby Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. With 22 restaurants spread across three different hotels, this sprawling complex is a veritable buffet of dining possibilities, offering a delicious departure from the area’s other eateries. 

One of the reasons we love stopping by the Swan & Dolphin for a meal is the sheer variety that’s available. From seafood and steaks to Italian and sushi, plus a whole lot more, you’re sure to find a restaurant to satisfy whatever you’re craving. 

Not to mention, it’s also a great excuse to do a little resort hopping. For a boozy boost while you’re exploring, be sure to take advantage of the resort’s open-container policy. All you need to do is request that your cocktails be served in plastic to-go cups and you’re ready to sip and stroll. 

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Finally, what could be better than a fireworks finale after a yummy meal? Thanks to the resort’s prime location, you’re just a short walk away from some of the best views of the Epcot fireworks you can get outside the park

How much is parking at the Disney Swan and Dolphin if you’re only going to eat? 

Even if you’re only visiting the Swan & Dolphin for a meal, depending on where you eat, be prepared to pay for parking. Self-parking fees are priced at $32 per exit, while valet parking is $42 for each exit. That being said, as long as you choose one of the resort’s fine dining outlets – including Shula’s Steak House and bluezoo at the Dolphin and Kimonos and Il Mulino at the Swan – your server will be happy to validate your parking. 

Alternatively, you can also keep costs low by using free transportation options like the nearby Disney Skyliner. Or, if you’re at Epcot, simply exit through International Gateway (located between the United Kingdom and France Pavilions at World Showcase) and work up a bit of an appetite on the short 12- to 15-minute walk between the park and resort. Or take a water taxi. Either one!

Do the Swan and Dolphin have the Disney Dining Plan?

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Sadly, although Swan & Dolphin hotel guests receive magical Disney perks like Early Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours, they aren’t able to upgrade their stay with the Disney Dining Plan. Likewise, restaurants at Swan and Dolphin hotels do not accept dining plan meal or snack credits.  

Is breakfast included at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels?

Unfortunately, complimentary breakfast isn’t included for guests staying at the Swan & Dolphin or the nearby Swan Reserve. There are, however, several dining options available in the mornings for either a quick, grab-and-go pastry on your way to the theme parks or a more leisurely meal, including:

Swan Hotel

  • Garden Grove (table-service)
  • Java (fast food)

Dolphin Hotel

  • Fresh Mediterranean Market (table-service)
  • Fuel (fast food)
  • Picabu (fast food)

Swan Reserve 

  • Grounds (fast food)

Can you get Mickey Waffles at the Swan and Dolphin?

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As anyone who has ever stayed at one of the Walt Disney World resorts can attest, Mickey Waffles are almost as iconic as Disney’s beloved DOLE Whip and a true morning institution. Luckily, you don’t need to hoof it to one of the Orlando resort’s more magical hotels to try this breakfast of theme park-going champions. Mickey Waffles are served at several of the Swan and Dolphin restaurants, such as Java at the Swan and the Dolphin’s Fresh Mediterranean Market.  

Restaurants at Swan and Dolphin Resort

So, where should you eat at the Swan & Dolphin on your next trip to Walt Disney World? Here are all the dining options available at this massive Lake Buena Vista resort in the Epcot Hotel Area. 

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Restaurant Overview

Dolphin Restaurants & Lounges

Signature Dining

  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Todd English’s bluezoo

Casual Table-Service Eateries

  • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
  • Fresh Mediterranean Market
  • The Fountain

Grab-and-Go Dining Outlets

  • Fuel
  • Picabu

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Bars & Lounges

  • Phins
  • Shula’s Lounge
  • Todd English’s bluezoo Lounge

Swan Restaurants & Lounges

Signature Dining

  • Il Mulino
  • Kimonos

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Casual Table-Service Eateries

    • Garden Grove
  • Splash Pool Bar and Grill

Grab-and-Go Dining Outlets

  • Chill
  • Java

Bars & Lounges

  • Il Mulino Lounge
  • Kimonos Lounge

Swan Reserve Restaurants & Lounges

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Signature Dining

  • Amare

Casual Table-Service Eateries

  • Tangerine

Grab-and-Go Dining Outlets

  • Grounds

Bars & Lounges

  • Stir

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel Dining

When it comes to the sheer number of food options, you can’t beat the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. The largest of this trio of Good Neighbor resorts, the Dolphin boasts five different dining outlets and three lounges, each featuring its own unique, often over-the-top atmosphere. 

Cabana Bar and Beach Club

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For upscale bites, creative cocktails and Miami vibes without the long drive or steep cover charge, head to Cabana Bar and Beach Club. With a convenient location overlooking the Dolphin Lap Pool, this stylish, open-air pool bar oozes South Beach sophistication. Open for Lunch, Dinner and Drinks

Fresh Mediterranean Market

With a focus on seasonal, local ingredients, Fresh Mediterranean Market is your AM destination. Start your day off right with a bottomless buffet of morning favorites like Mickey Waffles, bacon, eggs and much more. Open for Breakfast

Fuel

In a hurry to get to the theme parks or back to your room? Make a pitstop at Fuel for on-the-go food options like morning pastries, pre-made sandwiches, frozen yogurt, late-night pizza and, of course, plenty of coffee.  Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Phins

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Conveniently located in the hotel’s beautiful lobby, Phins is perfect for an arrival toast or post-theme park nightcap. Stop by incredible craft cocktails and an impressive beer menu, including locally brewed craft beers made exclusively for the Swan & Dolphin. Open for Drinks

Picabu

Featuring everything from biscuits & gravy to cheesy pizza and taqueria classics, Picabu is your one-stop shop for quick and easy eats served cafeteria-style. Open all day long, there is also a small convenience store selling wine, snacks and sundries  Served Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Shula’s Steak House

Inspired by the NFL’s only perfect season, Shula’s Steak House is an ode to the 1972 Miami Dolphins and perfectly grilled steaks and fresh seafood. There is a dress code for this fine dining establishment, so be sure to plan accordingly. Additionally, though reservations are recommended for Shula’s Steak House, the connected Shula’s Lounge is available on a first-come, first-served basis – and serves the exact same menu. Open for Dinner and Drinks

The Fountain

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For classic diner food the whole family will love, head to The Fountain. Ideal for even the pickiest of eaters, this laidback restaurant features American-style favorites like burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups. And be sure to save room for dessert: ice cream! Open for Lunch and Dinner

Todd English’s bluezoo

Dive under the sea and into some yummy food at Todd English’s bluezoo. This award-winning celebrity restaurant located just down the escalator from the lobby dishes up chic coastal cuisine with global flair in a vibrant, modern setting. Like Shula’s Steak House, reservations are recommended and nice attire is required. Otherwise, head next door to the attached bar to enjoy the same menu and a glass of wine without all the baggage.  Open for Dinner and Drinks

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel Dining

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Just across the promenade from the Dolphin, the Swan Hotel is your resort destination for international cuisine, whether you’re craving sushi with a side of karaoke or hearty dishes from Italy’s Abruzzi region. Much like the hotel itself, expect the ambiance here to be on the cozier side – perfect for unwinding after a busy day spent fighting the theme park crowds. 

Chill

More snack-and-drink stand than a restaurant, Chill is a convenient spot to grab a portable lunch as you head to the parks or a refreshing drink on your way to the pool. Be aware that Chill is typically only open during the busier times of the week, so check the hours before you go. Open for Lunch, Dinner and Drinks

Garden Grove

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Styled after a lush park, complete with a 25-foot tree in the middle of the dining room, Garden Grove is the Swan Hotel’s most whimsical restaurant. In fact, it even used to host the resort’s on-site character breakfast. While Goofy and Pluto no longer stop by for a visit, you can still enjoy a delicious assortment of sweet and savory morning classics alongside the adorable atmosphere.  Open for Breakfast

Il Mulino

Take your tastebuds on a trip to the Abruzzi region of Italy at Il Mulino New York Trattoria. Tuck into delights like wood-fired pizzas, carb-y pasta and meaty entrees at the Orlando outpost of this beloved NYC chain. A dress code is required and reservations are suggested, as with the other signature eateries at the resort. Or, you can also live “la dolce vita” without all the planning at the connected Il Mulino Lounge, which touts an incredible selection of Italian, French and Napa Valley wine. Open for Dinner and Drinks

Java

Located just off the lobby, there’s no better way to kick off your day (or end your night) than with some Java. Along with the namesake beverage, you can also choose from a selection of grab-and-go dishes and drinks, such as Mickey Waffles, sandwiches, salads, pastries and fresh-pressed juices. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Kimonos

Sushi on a plate

One of Orlando’s favorite sushi bars and a fun choice for your next Disney date night, Kimonos transports guests to Japan with its flavorful cuisine. Savor an array of sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls at this cozy restaurant. After sushi, sing your heart out at karaoke during the evening hours on Wednesday to Sunday at Kimonos Lounge. Open for Dinner and Drinks

Splash Pool Bar and Grill

Nestled next to the Swan Lap Pool, Splash Pool Bar and Grill is a great spot for light bar food and cool drinks, from elevated classics like a Maine Lobster Club to a giant, shareable pretzel. Only open seasonally, remember to check the current hours before stopping by. Open for Lunch, Dinner and Drinks

Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Dining

One of Disney’s newest hotels, the Swan Reserve is a modern escape from the hustle and bustle of Walt Disney World. It’s also home to some seriously yummy food. Add in the chic setting and you’ve got a must-visit dining destination.

Amare

You don’t need to book a room at Disney’s Riviera Resort or cruise on over to Tarpon Springs, Florida’s resident Greek community, to savor the flavors of the Mediterranean. Bright and welcoming, with everything from Italian and French fare to Greek and Turkish food on the menu, Amare is a tasty addition to the Epcot Resort Area. Wash it all down with a glass of wine. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Grounds

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Need to fuel up before you head out for your day’s adventures? Pop by Grounds, the hotel’s on-site café, for on-the-go food items like sandwiches, pastries and coffee drinks. Plenty of comfy seating is available if you’d rather not eat on the run. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Stir

Keep the European vibes flowing at Stir, the Swan Reserve’s lobby bar. While the atmosphere may be airy and tropical, the menu is all Mediterranean, from burgers crowned with imported feta cheese to handcrafted salumi from Italy and Spain. Wines, beers and craft cocktails make for the ideal accompaniment. Open for Dinner and Drinks

Tangerine

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Overlooking the Swan Reserve pool, Tangerine is a wonderful place to soak up some sunshine, sip on a drink and snack on something delicious. While much of the menu is shared with the hotel’s other dining outlets, guests can also enjoy restaurant exclusives like the eatery’s signature tangerine-flavored popsicle. Open for Lunch, Dinner and Drinks

Have you had a chance to eat at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort? Which restaurant is your favorite? Drop your review in the comments! Then, find out how to make your travel budget stretch with our discount Disney World tickets.