Sebastian’s Bistro is a table-service restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Caribbean Beach Resort. A family-style restaurant, Sebastian’s Bistro serves Latin and Caribbean inspired food. This resort restaurant is moderately priced and does take part in the Disney Dining Plan (when applicable) as 1 credit. DVC, Annual Pass and Disney Visa discounts are also available. In this post, we’ll review the restaurant’s atmosphere, food and value.
Caribbean Beach Resort has gone through many changes over the last decade, making very steady improvements to compliment the addition of the Disney Skyliner. Chief among them has been a complete makeover at the center of the resort which features Sebastian’s Bistro. While some may disagree, Caribbean Beach never struggled from the aesthetic standpoint with all of the water all around. That remains true and has become even more beautiful with the recent makeover.
A slew of resort restaurants have opened up in the last few years and most of them have been successes. This is conjecture on my part but I get the feeling that the chefs at these restaurants have a little more freedom to do what they want to with the menu. Between Sebastian’s Bistro and Topolino’s Terrace, Disney World has some superb recent restaurants that have opened just a short walk from each other.
While Topolino’s is an excellent fine dining experience, Sebastian’s fills a void in the Disney World restaurant scene in that it offers unique and interesting food at a decent price! After Walt Disney World reopened, Sebastian’s returned as a family style restaurant and will remain that for the foreseeable future.
Before we get to the cuisine, let’s take a look at the theme, atmosphere and décor. As I mentioned, the walk up to the restaurant is a pretty one as the building is surrounded by water and bridges. There’s an outdoor bar right next to Sebastian’s that makes the area feel festive.
Once inside, the space is open and bright. Large windows offer a nice view of the water and white walls keep the place bright even after sunset. While many restaurants have packed tables in at Disney World, Sebastian’s feels a little more spacious. Perhaps that’s due to a lack of popularity, but I did prefer the less cramped setting. That’s probably most people’s preference I imagine, cramping is not an enjoyable experience.
With the name of the restaurant paying homage to Disney’s most famous crustacean, it would stand to reason that Sebastian’s went heavy on a Little Mermaid theme. That’s not the case at all though. Instead the inside went far more subtle and with less of an enveloping story. You can certainly find some ‘Under the Sea’ and Disney motifs throughout the restaurant, including Mickey Mouse on a few vases and beautiful chandeliers. The paintings add a needed splash of color to the restaurant.
As a whole, I like the atmosphere but I don’t think it will win anyone over on its own. The design is modern and well done though. It’s an inviting place to have a meal.
Moving on to the food, here’s a look at the menu. The family style portions are large and guests can ask for more of a particular item if so inclined. As you can see in the menu, the meal costs $29 per person before any discount is tacked on.
We start with the Buttery House-baked Pull-apart Rolls. These are served with with Guava Butter and Caramelized Onion Jam and are absolutely delicious. I preferred the Onion Jam to the Butter but you can’t go wrong with either. They aren’t lying with the name of the rolls, they’re certainly buttery and doughy. You’ll probably want more than one of these.
Next comes The Spice Necklace Salad. This consists of Mixed Greens and Kale with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Grilled Pineapple, Orange, Spiced Candied Walnuts, and Radish with Key Lime Dressing. Strange name aside, this was another winner. I think there might be one ingredient too many as some of the flavors were a little redundant. Nonetheless, this was delicious and I especially liked the Key Lime Dressing. Eating greens at Disney World is a rarity but this was well worth taking a break from the constant heavy foods.
From there, the restaurant serves the main dish called Taste of the Caribbean. This platter comes with a variety of things and will break them down one by one.
We’ll start with the sides which include Cilantro Rice and Beans, Vegetable Curry and Grilled Broccolini, all of which were good. The Cilantro Rice and Beans had excellent flavor. I don’t like Cilantro very much but it wasn’t very evident in the rice, more enhancing the flavor than hurting it. The Vegetable Curry was the most substantial of the sides and had a decent amount of spice to it. The potatoes and vegetables inside of the dish were prepared well and the sauce was delicious. This was my favorite of the sides. The Broccolini was good but nothing out of the ordinary.
Moving on to the meats, there were three served on the platter. Above is the Grilled Flank Steak. There was a nice seasoning on this and overall we liked it pretty well. This isn’t as high caliber of a meat as some places but it was still delicious. The steak was served with a Mojito Relish which I liked better with the pork than I did with the steak.
The Slow Cooked Mojo Pork was good on it’s own but mixing it with the Mango Sambal took it to another level. It was juicy and tender, pairing perfectly with the citrus of the Sambal. I generally prefer other meats over pork but this was my favorite on the platter.
Finally, here is the Oven-roasted Citrus Chicken. I’m not sure that I got much citrus out of this but I did find it enjoyable. The chicken was juicy and the seasoning was delicious. That said, I liked the other meats better. I’ll channel my inner Ron Swanson and say that bird can never beat cow or pig.
The meal was topped off with that beauty. As if I need to say more. This is called (using Disney’s titles) Our Celebrated House-made Coconut-Pineapple Bread Pudding. What a ridiculous title but, you know what? I’m here for it. This dessert is worthy of celebration and Sebastian’s Bistro is making sure you know that. This is served with Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s deliciously gooey. While Ohana’s Bread Pudding might be slightly better, this definitely belongs in the conversation.
This is clearly a ton of food for $29. After the discount is applied, this is one of the cheapest table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World while offering some unique and fantastic flavors. The value is great here and we recommend it if you’re paying out of pocket.
Overall, Sebastian’s Bistro is a surprisingly good addition to the Disney World dining scene. There’s a creative menu to match a more relaxed atmosphere. The whole experience is pleasant and well worth checking out. We’ll be returning to Sebastian’s Bistro over the years and would recommend others do the same!
Overall Rating – 8.5/10
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