BWW Review:  Dining Delights at WALT DISNEY WORLD with Paddlefish, Satuli Canteen and Much More

BWW Review: Dining Delights at WALT DISNEY WORLD with Paddlefish, Satuli Canteen and Much More

BWW Review:  Dining Delights at WALT DISNEY WORLD with Paddlefish, Satuli Canteen and Much More

Walt Disney World continues to please their guests by expanding both casual and fine dining options. There are new eateries in the parks to complement attractions and exciting restaurants that you won't find anywhere else. Check out some of the ones we recently discovered and learn about a few that are getting ready to open for visitors.

PADDLEFISH (Disney Springs)

Fine food and drink along with great times are what memories are made of. Dining at Paddlefish in Disney Springs is an experience that you will truly relish. With gorgeous views of Lake Buena Vista, this chic, seafood-centric restaurant is brought to you by Levy Restaurants. Formerly known as Fulton's Crab House, Paddlefish has had a multi-million dollar transformation that includes a stunning new interior and exterior design. The multi-level venue offers a modern yacht experience with both indoor and outdoor dining. The venue's friendly, efficient service makes your visit especially enjoyable.

Paddlefish is open for lunch, dinner and lounge service with enticing menu offerings. The raw bar selections and starters are sure to please. Their Lobster Guacamole is one of the best we've ever had with ripe, creamy avocado, Maine lobster, chilies, cilantro and lime. Prepared tableside and served with crispy tortilla chips, it's a sharable delight. And several house favorites that were on Fulton's Crab House menu like the Lobster Corn Dogs will still be available.

The freshest seafood that includes Maine Lobster, King Crab, Snow Crab, sea bass, and salmon are all prepared to perfection. Exciting new specialties like their creamy, savory Lobster Risotto and tender Scallops with brown butter are now a part of their offerings. There's also a selection of dishes "From the Land" like Filet Mignon and Pork Osso Bucco. We also like the generous "Kids Menu" makes Paddlefish a great choice for families. And for those with a sweet tooth, indulge in desserts like their Charred Carrot Cake or Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Tart or Key Lime Pie.

Sip and savor. Paddlefish has lounge areas that are perfect for late night refreshment and small plates. A great beverage program has been especially designed for guests. It includes an inspired cocktail menu based on classic drinks using fresh ingredients and spirits by small craft artisan distillers. There is also a fine selection of beer and a top-notch wine list.

Come aboard Paddlefish. It's your chance to savor a wonderful dining experience while you relax and plan more of your adventures at Walt Disney World. Paddlefish also offers private dining rooms and event space. For more information, visit:

SATU'LI CANTEEN (Animal Kingdom)

Satu'li Canteen is an eatery that has been perfectly designed for Animal Kingdom's newest attraction, "Pandora-The World of Avatar." This approachable, fast-casual eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The inviting atmosphere has comfortable seating for parties of all sizes and the décor features colorful artifacts of Pandora's Na'vi people. The menu is inspired by the healthful bounty of the Pandoran planet with fresh, plant-based foods, hearty proteins and a nice selection of kid-friendly items. Diners can customize their own "bowls" with a base of whole grain rice or red and sweet potato hash and more. Add items that include wood-grilled chicken, chili spiced fried tofu, or sustainable fish. And finish it off with dressings like black bean vinaigrette or creamy herbed dressing. Guests can also enjoy steamed "pods" or bao buns with a vegetable curry or cheeseburger filling. Luscious specialty desserts like Blueberry Cheesecake or Chocolate Cake top off your meal. The beverage program includes beer, sangria, wine and a non-alcoholic blend of fresh tropical juices. For those looking for some specialty drinks, adjacent to Satu'li Canteen is the Pongu Pongu Beverage Kiosk. Pandora themed drinks include Avatar Private Label Ale, the Screaming Banshee Margarita, and their glowing Frozen Nectar. For more information, visit:

22nd Annual Food and Wine Festival (Epcot)

There will be a total of 35 food and wine marketplaces to celebrate Epcot's 35 year anniversary at the 22nd Annual Food and Wine Festival with food and drink to please gourmands and many more. The festival will run from August 31 to November 13, 2017 for an expanded 75 days of inspired culinary delights. Guests can mingle with celebrity chefs and even experience workshops and demonstrations. The festival features nightly "Eat to the Beat" concerts. For more information, visit:

Coming soon to Disney Springs

-This fall, Levy Restaurants is debuting a new restaurant in Disney Springs with renowned chef, Tony Mantuano leading the development. It will replace Levy's Portobello Country Italian Trattoria and will feature an outstanding array of dishes that are inspired by Mantuano's adventures in Italy.

-The Edison, an "Industrial Gothic" restaurant, bar and nighttime destination will open later this year in Disney Springs. The Edison has a sister location in Los Angeles and the venue is noted for classic American food, craft cocktails, and live entertainment that includes cabaret performances. The Edison at Disney Springs will be themed to a 1920's electric company paying homage to an era of invention and imagination.

-Wine Bar George will have Master Sommelier George Miliotes lending his expertise to the Disney Springs restaurant. The venue will have an unmatched wine list with more than 100 selections by the bottle and glass with a wide range of prices. Sharable plates will complement the wine list with seasonally inspired dishes. Wine discovery experiences to include visits from winemakers will be featured at Wine Bar George.

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Marina Kennedy Marina P. Kennedy writes articles and reviews for on performance venues in New York and New Jersey. She is the Editor in Chief of BWW's Food & Wine and the Senior New Jersey Editor. She also has a regular column in, "Fit Food Finds," which discusses healthy eating. Her interest in fitness, dance, and theatre stem from the many years she owned and operated a dance school, "Dance Unlimited" in New Jersey. She enjoys a very active journalism career and loves writing for You can follow Marina on Twitter and Instagram @marinapk6.
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