Narcoossee’s was a must-visit location for years for our family, but after a few bad experiences some years ago, we finally decided to scratch it off our list. We tried it again recently, and here are my honest thoughts. Have you ever dined at Narcoossee’s?
It had been quite some time since our last visit, so we recently decided to give it another shot. I visited back in November with my mom and we had such a great meal, that we decided to visit again in February with both my parents. The food was absolutely outstanding and our service was great.
One thing that we learned from the bad experiences, is that it is better to go early rather than later at night. They tend to overbook and get behind with reservations as the night progresses (especially before the fireworks).
We booked our reservation for 5:00 pm (right when the restaurant opened) on both trips. In November it was great. We had the place almost entirely to ourselves when we arrived, and the service was really fast.
This past February, we ended up having to modify our reservation the day of to 7:30 due to a family member not feeling well. We had no issue modifying it and only waited about 10 mins past our reservation time.
Our meal took a little longer due to the restaurant being full, but our server Ellen was amazing!
The ambiance of Narcoossees is similar to a high-end seafood restaurant. I particularly love the royal blue tablecloths and the ivory walls and paneling. They compliment each other and offer a refreshing feel.
Everything in the restaurant feels light and airy. I particularly love the murals that are near the bar area. It reminds me of a beautiful sunset beach.
Food and Drinks
When we were seated at our table, our waitress, Ellen, came right over. We asked her if should could bring some bread right away, because my dad’s blood sugar was dropping. She left and came right back with the bread, which was very much appreciated.
Narcoossee’s bread is so good. Very fresh and soft on the inside while being crusty on the outside. It pairs well with their delicious butter topped with Hawaiian sea salt.
When our server returned with the bread she took our drink orders and informed us of the specials. From my previous visit, I remembered how amazing their Conundrum White Sangria was so I decided to order it again.
Once again, it was amazing! So refreshing and light but don’t let that fool you, this packed some punch!
There was even a hidden Mickey at the bottom!
They also added Mickey ears to our iced teas.
There were a couple of pages of cocktails and wines to choose from on the menu.
Appetizers and Entrees
As you can see from the drink list alone, Narcoosees has a very extensive menu. We decided to take some time to peruse all the offerings.
You can always find the full menu for every dining location over at Character Locator!
We decided to start off with the Maine Lobster Bisque which costs $16. I absolutely love Lobster Bisque. The best I have ever had is still at Le Chefs De France but this is a close second.
It had huge chunks of Lobster and was very rich tasting. I know $16 is quite a hefty price tag for a soup, but the high-end ingredients and quality of the seafood were worth the cost.
Personally, I never understand why restaurants feel the need to put their soup in a bowl the size of a UFO saucer, but that’s just me, I guess.
Dinner arrived shortly after we finished our soups. Each person in our party decided to get something different, and we all got a chance to try a taste of each other’s dishes.
I love a good steak, so I had to go for the Grass-Fed Filet Mignon, served with Yukon Mashed Potatoes Roasted Carrots, Cipollini Onions, and a Red Wine Oxtail Reduction sauce ($54).
I asked them to leave off the onions on my dish and for an extra cup of sauce on the side.
The steak was cooked perfectly and had the most amazing flavor. It was extremely tender too.
The sauce was very hearty and really punched up the flavor profile of the steak to a whole new level.
The potatoes and carrots were also cooked perfectly. The potatoes were nice and creamy and the carrots had just a slight bite to them and were not mushy.
I was extremely happy with my entree selection and would definitely order it again.
My mom decided to go with the swordfish. She usually orders the steak, but on this evening she was looking for something lighter.
The swordfish came with toy box tomatoes, marble potatoes and basil aioli ($48).
I am not a fan of swordfish at all. Usually I find it extremely dry and fishy tasting. This swordfish was actually fantastic! There was no fishiness to the taste and it cut like butter.
The flavor combination of the basil aioli and tomatoes really made this pop. We all agreed this entree was a real stand-out.
My dad ordered the Pan-Seared Georges Bank Day Boat Scallops. They were served with Parisian-style Gnocchi, Shiitake Mushrooms, Pumpkin, Brown Butter-Truffle Cream Sauce, Shaved Truffles and Sage ($49).
He and my mom absolutely loved the taste of the scallops.
I am not a fan of scallops at all, so I deferred to them on this dish.
After dinner, our server brought over the dessert menu. We were pretty stuffed and nothing really jumped out at us on the list, so we decided to skip dessert.
Ellen knew that it was my birthday so she came over with a surprise mini dessert for me anyway!
It was so sweet of her and truly the perfect size.
The dessert was a mini tiramisu and was so delicious.
She even brought one for my parents to share, which was above and beyond in my opinion.
Because we had to move our dinner reservation later, we were also able to see the fireworks out the window. They offered us the opportunity to go out on the patio to watch, but we could see just fine from our table.
Our dinner experience at Narcoossees was absolutely fantastic! I can say with confidence, that you need to put this on your must-visit list the next time you visit Walt Disney World.
The food and service were all top-notch and we can’t wait to return next time!
Have you ever eaten at Narcoossees? What was your experience like? Do you plan to try this restaurant on your next vacation? Let us know on facebook!