The Flying Fish is an upscale table service restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk Resort, a short walk from the International Gateway entrance and exit of Epcot. While visiting Walt Disney World on a regular basis for the past 5 years, I have had the privilege to eat at many of the upscale table service restaurants on property. The Flying Fish by far is my favorite table service restaurant. With all the great past experiences I have had at Flying Fish, I try to eat there at least one time every trip. The Flying Fish also recently has gone through a top-to-bottom refurbishment that re-imagined the restaurant thematically which has brought the restaurant to a whole new level.
Along with the re-imagined restaurant, the menu was re-imagined by Chef Tim Majoras, a veteran of the Flying Fish. The new menu remains seafood-centric and features sustainable fish and shellfish along with a few new meat choices which creates great variety. The kitchen and wait staff still remains the best on Walt Disney Property in my opinion.
Flying Fish is considered one of Walt Disney World’s Signature Restaurants. As a Signature Restaurants, Flying Fish is bit more expensive than a normal table service restaurant. To eat here it requires 2 table service credits if you are using the Disney Dining Plan and has some semblance of a dress code. Flying Fish participates in the Disney Dining Plan and also accepts the Tables in Wonderland card for a 20% discount.
On a recent visit to the Flying Fish I arrived approximately 10 minutes prior to my reservation and had a great conversation with the Hostess at the front which was very polite and knowledgeable about the restaurant. I did not have to wait long to get seated at a table because I did book a reservation in advance. With being a regular at Flying Fish, some of the wait staff knew me from prior visits and were very friendly and welcomed me back to the restaurant.
When my waiter arrived he told us his name was Mychal. Mychal was very polite and was able to explain the menu. He recommended a few of his favorite items on the menu. With Mychals advice, I ordered some of these items which were great suggestions. During my dining Mychal was excellent throughout the entire meal, frequently returning to our table to check-in on us and engaging us in friendly conversation. He struck a perfect balance of helpfulness and pleasantries without being overbearing. Along with Mychal checking in with me some of the other wait staff were also very attentive.
To start my meal, I ordered was the Kurobuta Pork Belly served with Croquette, Royal Gala Apple Slaw, Bing Cherry Gastrique as my appetizer. My appetizer was nothing short of incredible. Tender, but not due to an abundance of fat and a wonderfully smoked flavor. The Kurobuta Pork Belly was exceptional and still leaves me speechless.
The main course of my meal I ordered Chilean Sea Bass, Peru – served with your choice of Harvest Vegetable Mélange and Potato Beurre Blanc or Leek Fondue and Cassis- Red Wine Sauce I got the enrichment of Hokkaido Scallops, the piece of fish was seasoned and cook to perfection. The Hokkaido Scallops were the highlight of the dish in my in my mind. Overall the main course was probly the best meal I have ever had in my life.
With all my past experiences, the Flying Fish is by far my favorite Signature Restaurant on property. For me, it surpasses its counterparts at Norcosses and California Grill. It is one of the top 5 restaurants that I have dined at in the career. While the restaurant has been reimagined and menu have changed, the Flying Fish is every bit as good, if not better than before. If you get the chance to dine at the Flying Fish, we recommend requesting Mychal or Chris to be your servers. Your dining experience will not nothing next to incredible!
Overall, my experiences at Flying Fish of first-class food and service are why I considered it my favorite restaurant in the Signature Dining category. For me, it surpasses its counterparts at the California Grill and Narcoossee’s and earns a spot at the top of the restaurants at Walt Disney World. While the atmosphere and menu have changed, Flying Fish is every bit as good as before. It’s the perfect place for a nice meal while on vacation for treat yourself. Flying Fishing is the most quintessential fine dining experience at Walt Disney World. After you enjoy your meal, enjoy a nice stroll and enjoy the rest of your evening. Take a walk on Boardwalk, walk over to Epcot for Illuminations, or head to over to Jellyrolls for a nightcap. Flying Fish is an easy top pick for me!