On our most recent visit to Walt Disney World (April 2016), we decided to check out a restaurant we haven’t tried before – Paradiso 37, located at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). This restaurant is right on the water, and we actually took the boat from Saratoga Springs Resort over to Disney Springs and it was located immediately to our right after walking up the dock.
We arrived early in the afternoon so we decided to walk around and do some shopping. Since it was our first night there we weren’t ready to spend all of our money just yet so we finished up earlier than our reservation time of 6:50pm. Even though it was barely after 6pm, my husband and I thought we might be able to be seated at the bar while we waited. To our delight, the staff was great and even though the restaurant was busy we were seated right away.
The restaurant has a very upbeat atmosphere, with indoor and outdoor seating. There was lots of action going on around us with servers and runners zipping everywhere. They even had live music! We were seated in a sun-room of sorts with a great view of the water and the setting sun.
Paradiso 37’s tag line, “A taste of the Americas” promised that we would find familiar foods on the menu. My husband doesn’t have the most adventurous palate, and I was running the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon that weekend, so I certainly was looking for foods that would be “tummy safe” before a long run. There were lots of options on the menu that sounded great – very American, with a bit of a latin touch.
For starters we were served a side tortilla salad. It had mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese and tortilla strips. The house dressing was a citrus vinaigrette which was very good and not overpowering. We both enjoyed the salad very much.
Next on the menu was our entrees. My husband is a steak eater so he ordered the 12oz. Ribeye and while I don’t normally choose steak, I did go ahead with the 8oz. Filet Mignon. Both were served with Paradiso 37 fries. The steaks were made to order and came out exactly as we had asked. They were flavored well but my husband did eventually ask for steak sauce. While we had our choice of 4 different types of fries (P37, truffle, wasabi, or Yucca fries) I would have liked to see a different vegetable choice as an option – something not fried. I did like the little baskets that they were served in on the plates. That being said, we both ate every bit of our entrees and had no complaints.
We did use the Disney Dining Plan which meant that our meals included dessert (the most important reason to have the DDP in my opinion!) I went with the Mexican Chocolate Brownie and my husband chose the Churros. The brownie is a soft cinnamon spiced brownie served with caramelized bananas and vanilla ice cream. The churros are dusted with cinnamon and sugar and served with chocolate and caramel dipping sauces. The churros were really a standard churro, and we didn’t really care much for the sauces. The shape of the churros made them hard to dip in the sauce cups unless you broke it apart with your fingers first. The brownie was to die for. The cinnamon made it extra tasty and the bananas and vanilla ice cream were a great accompaniment. There was also a piece of decorative chocolate on top. I will say the the brownie was extremely warm and I had to move the ice cream off of it so that it wouldn’t melt while the brownie cooled. The first bite really burned and I was glad that we weren’t dining with children because that might have been a terrible experience had I served it without tasting it first as I’m prone to do with my kids and dessert. However, once it cooled it was a fabulous dessert. I would certainly order it again!
All in all, we enjoyed our experience at Paradiso 37 in Disney Springs. Next time we visit, hopefully I won’t be running any races and I can venture more outside of my comfort zone and try some of the more authentic choices. We give this restaurant 2 thumbs up and we will be dining here again in the future. The food was good, the staff was excellent and the location and view were superb. Next time you’re in Disney Springs, give Paradiso 37 a try!
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