Whoever created the whole concept of “Brunch” is one of those brilliant minds in the world! They thought to themselves – I want breakfast AND lunch, all at the same time! And ta-da… BRUNCH was born! It’s especially loved by people like us that enjoy breakfast food but sometimes crave an addition of lunch items in the mix. Well, Disney recently jumped on board with the whole brunch trend, opening more and more brunch specific venues throughout their resorts and Disney Springs. There are several places you can get a good mix of breakfast and lunch selections such as Cape May Café and Tusker House, for example, but if you’re looking for a designated brunch line up – here are 10 places you’ll want to check out for the beloved brunch.
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World not all of these restaurants may be open or offering brunch. Be sure to check the Walt Disney World website for up to date information for your upcoming visit for operating information.
10 – Paddlefish
Our kids have a fascination with Paddlefish as it’s the great, big boat that sits on the water in Disney Springs! It truly is a beautiful sight, and with recent refurbishments from Fulton’s to Paddlefish, the interior received a modern and much-needed makeover. Every Sunday between 11:30 am and 4:00 pm, a bunch menu is available. Brunch here is unique because while a brunch menu is offered, the lunch menu is still readily available as normal. It’s really just like having extra entrees to choose from on Sundays. There is a limited list of special brunch entrees (six actually): Crab & Asparagus Benedict, Corned Beef Hash, The King Meets The Captain (peanut butter stuffed French toast), Steak & Eggs, Monte Cristo, and The Omelet. With so many great options on the normal lunch menu, brunch is really not a super exciting addition but will help get that brunch fix resolved if that’s what you’re craving.
9 – STK Orlando
This one is unexpected, in our opinion. You might not think of a high-end steakhouse being a brunch hot spot – but here we are at Disney Springs’ STK Orlando! Brunch is severed Saturdays and Sundays between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The brunch menu is slightly limited, but the options are definitely high-end in taste and in price. Start off your meal with Cinnamon Monkey Bread and cream cheese icing. Follow that appetizer up with an entrée such as the Fried Chicken and Funnel Cake (yep, FUNNEL CAKE), Crab Cakes Benedict, and even Lobster with eggs, bacon, and potato fries. On top of the food (and cocktails), the atmosphere is still a trendy place to be during the brunch hours with a DJ keeping the vibe moving.
8 – Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
May your brunch be filled with good food and fantastic entertainment! You can’t go wrong with “The Rollicking Raglan Brunch” held at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Disney Springs on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am – 3 pm. The impressive brunch menu has a vast array of items to choose from, many with a Celtic flare like an Irish Egg, Shepard’s Pie, Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, and Pork Belly Hash. On the flip side, you can stick with American favorites like a burger your way, house salad, shrimp, and chicken breast. Don’t forget to add a “Boozy Brunch Beverage” into the mix – such as the Strawberry Fields Mimosa and Grapefruit and T. Price varies depending on your menu selections. Just try to make your brunch reservation for right around 12:00 pm as that’s when the entertainment hits the stage with exciting Irish dancing and music.
7 – Olivia’s Café
Anyone that knows us knows that Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort is one of our absolute favorite resort restaurants. It’s the perfect quiet restaurant and brunch here is the icing on the cake! Saturday and Sunday brunch is available from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. Taste the Florida Keys with picks like banana bread French toast, crab cakes eggs benedict, and southernmost buttermilk biscuits. Plus, enjoy the usual favorites like pancakes, bacon, and salad. And finally, truly feel like you’re at the beach with a Tequila Sunrise. Christmas and New Year’s Brunches are also available with a holiday twist! No set buffet price here. Price varies depending on what you select from the brunch menu.
6 – Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Wake up! It’s time to delight in “The Rise ‘n Shine Brunch” at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ located at Disney Springs. Every Saturday and Sunday between 10 am – 2 pm, foodies are welcome to devour their share of some yummy southern-style brunch selections. The brunch menu includes what Chef Art calls “feel-good” food such as Church Lady Deviled Eggs, house-made doughnuts, fried green eggs and ham, French toast, fried chicken (and doughnuts!), grits, bacon, country ham, and even rib hash. Plus, the full lunch menu is available at 11 am. Wash down all this good stuff with “Rise ‘n Shine” Cocktails like Proud Mary, Princess Mimosa, and Sweet Tea Shine. This brunch is not a buffet style, so prices vary depending on which apps, entrees, sides, desserts, and beverages you decide to choose.
5 – House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
Need a spiritual boost while dining on some soul-filled food? Look no further than House of Blues in Disney Springs for the well-known Bayou Brunch. Brunch is served every Sunday from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm but the food isn’t the only reason to select this brunch option. Each Sunday, performers take the stage to perform brass band music. The food itself is wonderfully hearty with southern favorites like BBQ, chicken and waffles, jambalaya, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and even bread pudding! An admission ticket is required, however, so book well in advance to purchase tickets, which can cost around $33 each.
4 – Trail’s End Restaurant
Saddle up and head on over to Trail’s End Restaurant located at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Here you’ll find a “bountiful brunch” served up on Saturdays and Sundays only between 7:30 am – 2:00 pm. Brunch includes favorite hearty breakfast and lunch items such as Mickey and Belgium waffles, carving stations with ham and bacon, omelets made to order, pasta, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, shrimp, salads, desserts, and more. Expect to pay right around $30 per adult (ages 10+) and $16 per child (ages 3-9) for this brunch buffet. A perfect way to fill up before hitting the trail to the park!
3 – Chef Mickey’s
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, character greetings are temporarily suspended. Chef Mickey’s, Topolino’s Terrace’s Breakfast a la Art, Hollywood & Vine, and Garden Grill offer modified character dining experiences.
If you’re looking for that perfect opportunity to dine on some great food AND visit with favorite Disney Characters while you eat – look no further than Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! Chef Mickey and his pals (such as Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald Duck) are inviting you to enjoy a fantastic brunch with goodies like baked salmon, casserole, eggs, biscuits and gravy, Mickey waffles, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, and plenty of sweet desserts. The brunch time frame is between 11:30 am – 2:30 pm with a price range of around $49 per adult (ages 10+) and $29 per child (ages 3-9). Be sure to book your dining reservations 180-days in advance as this popular restaurant does tend to fill up quickly.
2 – Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
What’s better than a Sunday brunch? A Sunday brunch with Italian food! Enjoy a luxurious brunch experience called “Buon Giorno Brunch” on Sundays from 10:30 am – 2:35 pm. This is a great way to taste many of the savory dishes coming out of the kitchen, a Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante in Disney Springs. French toast, poached eggs, carved NY strip, pastries, and even a chocolate fountain… so much goodness to fill your stomachs with. For an extra $15, you can add endless mimosas and bellinis. With the right price, right atmosphere, and right food – Maria and Enzo’s is a high ranking brunch pick on our list!
1 – California Grill
Have you ever wanted to dine with spectacular views of Magic Kingdom at the very top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort? Sometimes snagging a dinner reservation at California Grill is nearly impossible! It is THE place to dine after all. But – here’s a perfect chance! Book a “Brunch At The Top” reservation on Sunday between 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. If the view isn’t enough, the live entertainment is excellent on top of the complimentary mimosas! While some items come straight to the table (such as pastries), there are several self-serve selections such as deviled eggs, bacon and egg salad, spicy tuna tekka maki rolls, salmon, quiche, French toast, pancakes, steak and eggs, and much more. Then be sure to top off the brunch with sweet treats like macarons, chocolate truffles, and sweet minis.
Forget dinner. Brunch connoisseurs… let’s do this!
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