Flying Fish is a signature restaurant at Disney World’s Boardwalk Resort. The restaurant specializes in seafood and has a sleek, modern design. Tables in Wonderland (20% off) and an Annual Pass discount (10% off) are both offered at Flying Fish. The Disney Dining Plan is also accepted at the restaurant, costing guests 2 table-service credits. In this review, we’ll include photos of the food and restaurant along with our thoughts on the meal and value.
Flying Fish recently went through a redesign that’s pretty obvious from the moment you step through the door. From a design perspective, Flying Fish is one of the most modern restaurants in Disney World. California Grill is the only restaurant that could give Flying Fish a run for its money in terms of modern design. Of course, modern doesn’t necessarily mean a great atmosphere.
Over the past few years Disney has been updating hotel rooms throughout Disney World, as well as a few other restaurants. Most of these remodels have resulted in simple and modern designs that has robbed many hotel rooms, specifically, of detail and personality. There’s a fine line of updating restaurants, theme parks, and hotel rooms without robbing places of theme and design. Disney hasn’t failed at that but I wouldn’t call it a success either. That leads us to Flying Fish – does the restaurant maintain modern design while keeping a personality?
In my mind, Flying Fish did pull off this difficult task. While I think the remodel has left the interior a little simplistic, in this case it helps the restaurant. Flying Fish certainly took a swing at being an upscale and modern restaurant, dumping the former Coney Island Boardwalk theme. While the sleek, modern design is prominent there are plenty of abstract water motifs to keep some personality. The standout piece from the restaurant is the dangling bubbles under the blue ceiling. It’s a beautiful piece of art. Along with that, there are wide windows, pops of color, textured walls and wine cases on display. It’s not a restaurant that’s trying to take you somewhere else, but instead, a beautiful place that has motifs of somewhere else.
Along with all of that, Flying Fish is one of the smaller restaurants I’ve dined at in Disney World. The layout is just one long room with tables that aren’t very close together. I found the restaurant to be comfortable and intimate. Overall, Flying Fish has a really nice atmosphere, although I wouldn’t recommend going just for that.
While the atmosphere was nice enough, the food is definitely the star of the show. Like most other signature restaurants, we started off with bread service that was good but nothing amazing.
Moving on to the entrees, here’s a look at the menu.
I ordered the Sea Bass for my entree. This came with a Leek Fondue, Classic Red Wine Reduction. With the caveat that I absolutely love seafood, this is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. The Sea Bass had an amazing flavor and perfectly prepared. Leek Fondue is a strange side on paper but I really enjoyed it. Both that and the Red Wine Reduction complimented the Sea Bass really well, adding a little zing and sharper taste to the savory fish. Unsurprisingly, this is one of the most expensive entrees on the menu and it tasted like it.
Melissa ordered the Sardinian Seafood Pasta. This was a small, round shaped pasta served with Shrimp, Lobster, Scallops and Garlic Herbs. We both really enjoyed this dish, as well. All of the seafood was wonderfully fresh and the circle pasta was a nice change. The sauce was similar to a creamy marinara, although Melissa and I both agree that it was better than that simple description. This was another expensive entree but was fantastic and the best pasta dish either of us have had at Disney World.
Everyone in our group enjoyed the entree that they ordered including the Swordfish and Wagyu Filet Mignon. I’m not sure you can go wrong with anything here.
Moving on to dessert, I ordered the Florida Sunset. This consisted of Vanilla Custard, Lemon Broth, Segmented Fruits, and White Chocolate. The Florida Sunset was my favorite dessert of our trip, being light and full of fruity flavor. The custard and lemon broth were the prominent flavors but the fresh fruit added to the dish. It was an excellent dessert.
Melissa went with Blueberries, Limes, and Sea Shells for her dessert. This dish included Mascarpone Cream, Blueberry-Lime Compote, Hibiscus Meringue, and Rye Bourbon Caramel. This dish was similar to mine with a bright flavor and being fairly light. I’d recommend both of these desserts. Others in our group ordered the Cocoa Breach (chocolate cake) and this was also excellent. All of these desserts had a beautiful presentation.
In terms of value, Flying Fish is one of the lower priced signature restaurants. That’s not to say it’s cheap because it’s not. Entrees range from $36-$57 and desserts are around $11. Dining here is expensive but there’s no question that the food is a step up from a standard table-service restaurant. Whether that’s worth it to you and your family is something I can’t answer. Melissa and I enjoy going to a signature restaurant once or twice a trip and have barely had any regrets when it comes to doing that.
Despite the high price tag, we were very happy with our meal at Flying Fish. The Boardwalk location is fun and convenient, the atmosphere is quiet, modern and beautiful, and the food is the star of the show. We’ll be going back in the future and would recommend the restaurant to anyone who likes seafood.
Overall Rating – 9.5/10
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