Disney Coronado Springs Dining: 2021 Guide

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The Disney Coronado Springs Resort has always had great dining options. While they weren’t necessarily the ones you would travel to the resort for, if you were staying on property it wasn’t hard to find a great meal. Now, with the expansion and addition of Gran Destino Tower, there are many new opportunities to have an amazing dining experience!

In addition to some of the common dining choices you find at Disney resorts, Coronado Springs pushes the guests to try new flavors and tastes they might not have had before. There are also incredible lounges and cafes on site, perfect for a morning coffee or a drink by the pool. However you like to vacation, Disney Coronado Springs has a dining option to fit your needs.


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Instant Dining – Disney Coronado Springs Room Service

Like many Disney resorts, at Coronado Springs you have the option to have your meal delivered right to your door. Called private dining, this is an ideal way to feed your crew while still relaxing. Each resort has their own menu options as well as all your favorites. Be sure to check out your menu in your room, or you can call the Front Desk to ask for assistance.

To place an order, just press Dining Options on your in-room phone. An 18% gratuity, $5.00 delivery charge and 6.5% sales tax will apply to all delivery orders. Call day or night, and you’ll have food whenever you need it!


El Mercado de Coronado

The main quick service or counter service location at Disney Coronado Springs, El Mercado de Coronado is a great dining option if you need a fast meal or food to go. El Mercado opens at 7:00am each morning, and stays open until 10:00pm. As such, you can get all three meals at El Mercado, or snacks in between. This is also the main gift shop location, as well as convenience store; if you need something, check El Mercado first!

Breakfast

Breakfast is probably one of the busiest times at El Mercado, as most guests have not yet left the resort for the day. You might want to think about your strategies for getting the food you want and getting out the door as quickly as possible. I also suggest, if it’s a park day, getting up earlier rather than later so you don’t get held up in the crowds.

Grab and Go

There are several different grab and go items, both of the hot and cold (or fresh) varieties. Get a delicious and filling egg and cheese sandwich with hash browns or French toast sticks with sausage to give you the protein and carbs you need to fuel your day. You could also opt for a smoked turkey and bacon sandwich or even a fresh made salad if you want something less traditional.

These grab and go items are also great to buy the day before you leave and then have them in the morning for breakfast. You could also buy them before checking out and then eat on the go, which is an excellent way to save time while still having breakfast. You should note that eating is not allowed on Disney transportation, so don’t plan to buy a sandwich and then eat it on the bus on the way to the park.

Snacks and Pastries

At any time of day, you can get fresh fruit at El Mercado. If your kiddos like fruit, get some to take into the park with you! It’s a healthy snack that you can eat quickly and will tide you over to another meal. When you’re in Disney World, it’s best to eat two meals – breakfast and dinner – with snacks during the day. This will keep you from overeating.

In terms of pastries, there are always plenty of choices! Grab an incredible donut or muffin, or go a bit more savory with a Danish or croissant. These also make great grab and go or snack items, so don’t be afraid to stock up for later! Whenever the Disney Dining Plan returns, you’re going to find yourself with snack credits to spend, and this is a good place to do it.

Lunch and Dinner

If you look online at the lunch and dinner menu, it will currently seem sparse compared to what El Mercado offered pre-pandemic. However, as more places open up and Disney loosens some of their restrictions, some of the old favorites will most likely come back.

For now, at lunch you can get the same fresh grab and go options from the morning. This includes a delicious and refreshing Caesar salad, a hearty Chef salad with ham, turkey, cheddar, Swiss, and hard-boiled egg, or a savory tuna salad wrap. Chips are available to go along with all of these to round out your lunch, and don’t forget to get a signature cupcake!

At dinner, there are a few more hot options, although these are still grab and go. Enjoy a hot cheese or pepperoni pizza, perfect for sharing between multiple guests. Also available are a meatball sub and chicken tender basket, so between all these options you should be able to cover everyone in your party. For the kids, additional options include dinosaur-shaped nuggets and mac and cheese.


Café Rix

Open in the morning from 7:00am to 12:30pm, Café Rix is a great alternative breakfast location. Filled to the brim with delicious pastries, grab and go items, gelato, and coffee delights, you won’t know where to start!

Breakfast

Café Rix has many of the same grab and go items as El Mercado, including a breakfast meat and egg sandwich or a breakfast burrito. However, what we’re really here for are the pastries and coffee. Disney knows how to deliver when it comes to baked goods, and that is evident with the options. Huge donuts and croissants call our name, as do Danishes and other pastries that vary from day to day.

For the coffees, you can get an amazing brew rather than the machine-coffee at El Mercado. Enjoy a delicious caramel macchiato, white chocolate mocha, or iced latte, all in a small or large size. Add extra espresso for a bit of a pick me up, or put in another flavor shot to your drink. You could also do a hot chocolate, tea, or a smoothie if you aren’t a coffee drinker.

Afternoon

While Disney’s website says Café Rix is closed after 12:30pm, guest sources indicate that it opens again at 4:30pm and remains open until 10:00pm. These afternoon times are perfect opportunities to try one of the several flavors of house-made gelato, including Dulce De Leche,  Tiramisu, and Toasted Coconut. There are also classic flavors like Chocolate Chip and Vanilla Bean for the simple-flavor lovers.

Café Rix also has savory to-go options, including salads and sandwiches, and other snack items like chips. If El Mercado is packed, you might want to hit up Café Rix.


Rix Sports Bar and Grill

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Rix Sports Bar and Grill is a fun place to get a quick table service meal…all while cheering on your favorite teams!

Breakfast – 7:00am-10:30am

If you’re not going to the parks, Rix Grill is an excellent way to begin your Disney World day. There’s nothing like a hot breakfast on vacation, and you’ll love these options.

The entrees combine American classics with Mexican favorites, making it easy to meet the needs of picky and adventurous eaters alike. The All American Breakfast is a staple, with three farm-fresh eggs, topped with shredded cheddar cheese, with bacon, sausage links, and breakfast potatoes on the side. Those who want to try something different might prefer the breakfast burrito, or more uniquely still, the breakfast bruschetta. The Coronado Breakfast Burrito stuffs scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, and bacon all into a flour tortilla, and it is served with salsa and breakfast potatoes on the side. Meanwhile, the Breakfast Bruschetta goes in a more refreshing direction, smearing fresh smashed avocados onto a crispy baguette, before topping it with two sunny-side up eggs, red onion and Pico de Gallo.

For the kids, you can get a simple scrambled eggs, brioche French toast, or buttermilk pancake, all served with bacon. You could also do cold cereal or oatmeal and get them one of the sides of breakfast meat, an egg, or breakfast potatoes.

Lunch – 11:00am-4:55pm

The best part about lunch at Rix Grill is that you could make it a small or substantial meal, whichever works better with your schedule for the day. The appetizers are sizable, with wings and nachos that could make a full meal. These items are also sharable, our favorite of which being the Watchos – which are waffle fry nachos. Crispy waffle fries get loaded up with house-made queso blanco, bacon, and scallions, perfect for tiding over your party until the food arrives.

Go a bit lighter with the Soup and Half Sandwich combination, half a grilled cheese sandwich on incredible sourdough bread with your choice of a cup of tomato basil soup or chili con carne. Both a Caesar salad and Buffalo chicken salad round out the lighter fare.

The Signature Sandwiches & Favorites section of the menu is the most extensive, including a variety of burgers and chicken sandwiches. You could also try the Philly Cheese Steak, covered in peppers, onions, and Provolone cheese, or try the Ale Battered Fish & Chips served with house-made tartar sauce. Rix Grill also has four signature hotdogs – the Siesta’s Dog, Polish Dog, Cajun Dog, and Mayan Dog. Each come with their own unique toppings and flavors, and are well worth it if you enjoy a good gourmet hot dog!

Dinner – 5:00pm-11:00pm

The dinner options are the same as the lunch options, with no changes in the portion sizes that we could see. The time distinction most likely has more to do with dining reservations than anything, so don’t be afraid that you’re missing out by getting a different time slot.

I do recommend getting a lighter meal at lunch and a heartier meal for dinner, which is generally my policy at Disney World. However, if you want to spend most of your evening in the parks, you might find that going for a fully-loaded quarter-pound hot dog will hold you through the rest of your day. Have a snack in the evening before bed, and you’ll be set!

VIDEO: Disney Coronado Springs Dining at Rix


Three Bridges Bar & Grill

Brand new as part of the 2019 upgrades, Three Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa del Lago offers another table service option – right in the middle of the lake! So named because it is situated at the intersection of the three bridges that cross Lago Dorado at the center of the resort, this open-air restaurant brings guests a unique blend of Spanish and American cuisine.

The overall design of the restaurant speaks to Spanish countrysides with a hint of American modernism, fitting giving the flavor of the dishes. Because of the open-air concept, we suggest booking at a time later in the evening when it might be a bit cooler. Open from 4:30pm to midnight, you’ll be sure to find the dining experience that’s right for you!

Appetizers

Called Spreadable, Dippable, Shareable on the menu, these appetizers include a variety of items that you can share…or keep all to yourself! Our favorites include the Warm Manchego and Oaxaca Cheese Dip, and incredible combination of chorizo, poblano peppers, and of course Manchego and Oaxaca cheeses. The dip comes with plenty of tortilla chips for sharing! We also love the Elotes, or classic Mexican roasted street corn. Three Bridges’ version features a roasted ear of corn, spread with a smoked tomato-aïoli, topped with Cotija cheese.

Main Dishes

For something lighter, try the Villa del Lago salad, a blend of Romaine and arugula topped with roasted red peppers, warm Yukon potatoes, white beans, with a sherry vinaigrette drizzled over top. You can also get this salad with chicken or steak if you want a little extra hit of protein.

Our two favorite entrees are the Braised Pork Tacos and the Harissa Lamb Chops. For the Braised Pork Tacos, succulent braised pork meat comes with radish and carrot slaw, salsa verde, and Cojita cheese all brought together in a tortilla. This meal comes with smoked paprika fries or fruit, depending on your preference. The Harissa Lamb Chops are perfectly seasoned chops cooked to perfection, accompanied by Tzatziki, a cucumber and tomato relish, and naan bread with choice of French fries or Fruit on the side.

Dessert

Life isn’t complete without dessert, and that holds true at Three Bridges. Both the warm, house-made churros and the tres leches cake are insane, hitting the perfect sweet spot. If you like something light to finish your meal, try the seasonal fruit sorbet instead.

Kid’s Meals

Kids have the option of a plain hamburger, pork tacos, or plant-based meatballs. They can pair these entrees with a choice of two sides out of mac and cheese, kernel corn, and a fruit cup. This is one of those rare locations where dessert isn’t rolling into the kid’s side options, so just be aware of that if your kids are dessert eaters. You might want to plan to split a dessert with them or between kids, or snag a gelato at Café Rix instead.

Sure to become a Disney Coronado Springs dining classic, check out the Three Bridges Bar & Grill in this video!


Casual Dining – Disney Coronado Springs Bars and Lounges

Siestas Cantina

Even though Siestas is technically a pool bar, you’re getting a lot out of this location!

Available from 11:00am-6:00pm, you can get a variety of appetizers, salads, and even full-sized entrees to enjoy poolside. This is perfect if you’re planning spending a day over at the Lost City of Cibola pool, as it means you won’t have to travel far for lunch.

On the appetizers list you’ll find pretzel bites, hummus, and nachos, along with our personal favorite, the Fire Cracker Shrimp. Lightly fried, these shrimp are lightly dusted in seasoning before they are tossed in a delicious, slightly spicy sauce. Those and a La Clasica margarita make for the perfect combination.

For something more substantial, we recommend the Crispy Grouper Tacos, grouper fish topped with chipotle ranch crema, lime cilantro slaw served in soft corn tortilla, or the BBQ bacon cheeseburger. Kids even have their own options as well, including chicken tenders, a cheeseburger, and a hotdog.

Siestas has incredible signature cocktails, including their take on the classic sangria – Sangria Rioja. This drink blends red wine, rum, with lime, mango, and pineapple juices, all mixed together with blackberry brandy. For frozen drinks, we recommend the Cancun Colada – coconut rum and Amaretto blended with lime, pineapple, and passion fruit for a refreshing pool beverage.

Laguna Bar

Located right outside the El Centro and Gran Destino Tower areas, Laguna Bar is an outdoor lakeside experience. A drinks-only location, this the perfect place for adults to unwind after a park day or long meeting, or just catch an afternoon cocktail. The menu features signature cocktails, margaritas, sangria, and frozen concoctions. No matter your tastes, you’re going to find something to suit you.

Our favorites include the Cosmorita, Mango Blueberry Basil Margarita, and Sangrita Freezá. The Cosmorita is a mixed drink made with silver tequila, triple sec, sweet & sour, pomegranate & cranberry juice for that sweet taste and gorgeous color we love. For the Mango Blueberry Basil Margarita, tequila, coconut rum, orange juice, mango, lime juice and agave nectar come together in one of the most unique margaritas we’ve ever had. Finally, the Sangrita Freezá blends cabernet, tequila, passion fruit, and sweet & sour with the house-made sangria mix with a touch of guava to finish.

Dahlia Lounge

A rooftop lounge on top of Gran Destino Tower, this incredible location completely dedicates itself to Spanish culture, specifically the Spanish surrealist movement. Open only in the evenings, this is a great after-park or adults only experience.

For the food, there is a small tapas, or sharing plates, menu to accompany your drinks. Each of the dishes is simple but flavorful, made to pair together or with one of the spectacular Spanish wines. We liked the smoked paprika chips, served with a smoked tomato aioli, as well as the spicy, honey-sherry glazed chicken wings. A simple Spanish charcuterie board or artisanal cheese plate works perfectly if you want to eat while enjoying your wine, making it easy to go back and forth between your beverage and your plate.

The wine and beverage list is extensive, including both domestic California wines and Spanish-made delights. To see the whole list, check out their online menu ahead of time.You can purchase your wine by the glass or bottle, depending on the size of your party and how much you want to drink. There are also a variety of beers, both on tap and in bottles, for those that would prefer a hoppier beverage.

Barcelona Lounge

Also in Gran Destino Tower, Barcelona Lounge is a breakfast-only location, open from 6:00am to 11:00am. If you’re travelling as just adults, this is a great option if you want to avoid families or children. This lounge is also nice for those travelling for business, as it is open early and features specialty coffees.

In fact, coffee is the star of the show at this lounge. Food items include an assortment of pastries and fresh fruit, but you’re really coming for delicious coffee delights. Try a Café Bombon, which is espresso with sweetened condensed milk for a bit of richness. A Barraquito is the alcoholic version of this drink, with a bit of Licor 43 to pack that extra punch.

You can also get classic coffee, which is delicious on its own, or bump it up to a cappuccino. Varieties of iced coffees are also available, which is ideal for a hot Florida day when you might not want a steaming cup of joe. One of our cold favorites is the frozen cold brew mocha – a cold-brewed coffee with just that hint of chocolate that we love.

If you’re not a coffee drinker, you can also enjoy orange juice, tea, or hot chocolate at Barcelona Lounge.


Toledo – Tapas, Steak, and Seafood

Located on the roof of Gran Destino Tower, this incredible Spanish restaurant will introduce you to new flavors in the most amazing way.

Tapas and Starters

To begin, Toledo has amazing sharable options to get your whole table into this culinary journey. One of their most popular is the Flight of Four Pinxtos. Pinxtos is a small snack, typically eaten in bars, throughout several areas in Spain. Essentially, this is a high-end snack flight comprised of chilled, marinated mussels called escabèche, olive oil-poached tuna with lemon, a tortilla española Spanish potato omelet, and Valdeón blue cheese with fig and honey. Even though the portions are small, they are packed with flavor!

Entrees

As the name of the restaurant suggests, the offerings cover a variety of meats and seafoods. Among them is an incredible Black Grouper, served with cauliflower, cipollini onions, and Valencia oranges. We also love the Red Wine-braised Short Ribs – tender, melt-in-you-mouth short rib with grapes, sherry vinegar, and roasted tomato bomba rice.

You can also get a four-course dinner for two, including the Flight of Four Pinxtos, an artisanal charcuterie and cheese board, a Chuletón 28-oz bone-in rib-eye served with tomato, onions, choice of two house sides, and the Toledos Tapas Bar Dessert. Now, only go for this option if you’re both really hungry, but it’s a good way to try multiple items!

Desserts

First, we have to talk about the Toledo Tapas Bar. This incredible dessert is a symphony, a small two-layer chocolate cake with dollops of deliciousness on top. Moving from Spanish coffee, crunchy chocolate, raspberry mousse, and lemon curd, you can perfectly portion your bites and take your time with the dessert. Each flavor is designed to be eaten in a certain order, each building on the other, as you move through the dessert. Each flavor also works with the chocolate crisp and cake beneath, which is another stroke of genius.

Our other dessert pick is the Café con Leche Choux, a buttery chocolate choux pastry with rich dark chocolate and smooth coffee flavors. Topping this dessert is a sweet vanilla whipped cream, which helps to break through the chocolate. It doesn’t have the same complexity as the Toledo Tapas Bar, but it is perfect for chocolate lovers!

Kid’s Menu

For the kid’s menu, you can definitely feel that this is an upper level restaurant. Grilled chicken, steak, and braised meatballs are some of the options – no chicken tenders or cheeseburgers here. The side options do include mac and cheese, but the rest are a bit more grown-up as well, like Spanish rice and roasted cauliflower. They do have amazing desserts, like the Strawberry Mousse Mickey Tart topped with fresh strawberries and a rich chocolate pudding. However, take a good long look at this menu before bringing your kiddos, especially younger ones. If this menu doesn’t appeal to them at all, you might want to make this a night out without them.

Beverages

Toledo has a wide-ranging drink menu, including cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as a few specialty nonalcoholic drinks. One that stood out was the Tequila Daisy, two different tequilas mixed with grapefruit and lime juices, hibiscus, and a bit of soda water for effervesce. A Spanish cider, Maeloc Strawberry Hard Cider, is a unique choice perfect for those that want something a bit different. There are several other Spanish beers on top and bottled, so if you’re a beer drinker you have to check them out.


Maya Grill

Rounding out the theme of the resort, Maya Grill brings authentic flavors of Mexico to Coronado Springs. Open only for dinner, this is a great option for your least meal of the day or for a late lunch.

Appetizers

Right off the bat, one of our favorites is the Empanada de Barbacoa. Two crispy empanadas come filled to bursting with Barbacoa beef, topped with a zesty chipotle sauce, cool crema Mexicana and queso fresco. These could almost be a meal in of themselves with their rich flavor and filling contents, so we suggest you split them!

Other sharable options include their chips and salsa, queso fundido, and house-made guacamole. Everything is super fresh and delicious, so we recommend that you get a starter or two. Just try not to fill up on chips before the meal!

Entrees

All authentic Mexican flavors burst through in these dishes. Succulent Carnitas de Puerco, fall apart pork shoulder, topped with Cotija cheese and served with yucca fries, as well as melt-in-your-mouth braised short ribs in an Oaxacan mole call out to meat lovers. Tacos de Camarones are perfect for your sea-foodies, warm flour tortillas stuffed with Mexican beer-battered shrimp topped with red cabbage, Pico de Gallo, and salsa verde, served with cilantro white rice. Incredible chicken enchiladas are off the charts as well.

If you want to try a meal for two, Maya Grill offers two chef specialties – Parillada Maya and Parillada del Mar. Parillada Maya is a feast of steak, chicken, and chorizo sausage that will leave you stuffed. On the other hand, Parillada del Mar features incredible seafood, including a seasonal fish, served alongside seasonal veggies.

Desserts

Keeping with the traditional Mexican flavors, two of the top desserts are the coconut flan and chocolate panna cotta. The coconut flan is a creamy toasted coconut custard topped with a coconut crème anglaise-caramel sauce, Chantilly cream, and toasted coconut flakes. Coconut-lovers will rejoice! For the chocolate panna cotta, think rich and silky spiced Mexican chocolate cream topped with crème anglaise, mixed nuts-chipotle brittle, Chantilly cream and berries. Both are much lighter than you think, and a great way to finish a meal.

You can also get a refreshing sorbet to cleanse your palate, or try one of the different dessert shots available. These small, layered desserts pack a punch in just a few bites, a great way to get a gourmet taste without feeling overly stuffed at the end of the meal.

Disney Coronado Springs blends Southwest America, Spain, and Mexico together in a way that is truly spectacular, and the dining is no different. You’re going to love taking a culinary adventure through the dining at Disney Coronado Springs!


Grace Hoyos, Staff Writer

Grace is a life-long lover of all things Disney, particularly the parks at Walt Disney World. She is also an avid Disney Cruise Line enthusiast who regularly dreams of the white sands of Castaway Cay. Grace loves the fact that her Disney trips give her time to spend with her family, enjoy incredible food, and try new experiences.

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