Downtown Disney Dining – West Side
Downtown Disney is separated into two distinct areas – the West Side and the Marketplace. Each area has restaurants and other attractions of their own, but Downtown Disney West Side dining offers unique opportunities to try a variety of cuisines in fun-filled atmospheres for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
First up is Bongo’s Cuban Cafe, created by superstar Gloria Estefan. This restaurant emulates a 1950′s Havana nightclub, and the authentic Latin cuisine is perfect for guests who want a little something different. Try the Cubano, a Cuban sandwich, or the pan con lechon (pork sandwich.) They also serve chicken, seafood and desserts. The cafe also has an express window for guests who want to enjoy authentic Cuban food while dining in the outside area.
For a unique fusion of American and Asian cuisine, try The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Cafe. Steaks, seafood and other unique dishes are served in this upscale restaurant, where diners can also enjoy breathtaking views and fine decor while they eat. The dining room opens nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For a quick service option, you can try Wolfgang Puck Express which is located in the same building as The Wolfgang Puck Cafe. The cafe serves up a variety of cuisine, including plenty of vegetarian selections, a fresh sushi bar, pizzas, salads, pastas and decadent desserts.
If you’re in the mood for great food and awesome music, stop by the House of Blues. This restaurant serves up Southern cuisine for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch like Voodoo shrimp, baby back ribs, crawfish, seafood jambalaya, burgers and pizza. The Sunday Gospel Brunch serves up an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern favorites while top gospel groups perform. Both day and night, the House of Blues allows diners to feast on traditional Southern fare while listening to famous and up and coming blues, rock, reggae, gospel and jazz bands.
For a quick snack, stop by Forty Thirst Street by Joffrey’s. This coffee bar is located in both the West Side and Marketplace sections of Downtown Disney and serves a variety of specialty coffee drinks, tea and bottled water. You can also check out Wetzel’s Pretzels for one of 7 varieties of freshly baked, hand-rolled pretzels as well as lemonade and ice cream.
If you’re in the mood for food inspired by “The Taste of the Americas,” visit Paradiso 37. Food from North, South and Central America are served here for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant also offers a full international wine bar as well as 37 different kinds of tequila, which can be sampled alone or poured into one of their specialty margaritas.
Finally, if you’re in the mood for simple American cuisine stop by Planet Hollywood. This three-level restaurant is filled to the brim with movie memorabilia and serves traditional favorites like BBQ sandwiches, pastas, salads, burgers, New York Strip Steak and lots more. At the end of your meal you can even choose to commemorate your adventure with special Planet Hollywood logo merchandise or movie-themed souvenirs from the gift shop.
With so many unique dining establishments available at Downtown Disney West Side, you’ll be hard pressed to choose just one!