Climb aboard for brunch at Paddlefish in Disney Springs

Avocado Toast at Paddlefish
Avocado Toast at Paddlefish

The best brunch is never just about the food. It’s about the atmosphere, the views, and the presentation.

At Paddlefish, you can enjoy all three.

Set on a reimagined steamboat at Disney Springs, this venue offers panoramic waterfront views of Lake Buena Vista, complete with artfully prepared brunch, lunch, and dinner plates.

Views of Lake Bueno Vista at Paddlefish
Views of Lake Bueno Vista at Paddlefish

DINE ABOARD A BOAT

Paddlefish exterior at Disney Springs
Paddlefish at Disney Springs

Paddlefish employs an upscale nautical theme to make diners feel as if they’re on a luxury dinner cruise. Navy blues and rich wood tones complement water views — an ideal pairing for a refreshing mimosa.

Paddlefish interior
Paddlefish interior

Outdoor decks on the first and third floors offer glimpses of swaying palm trees, mouse-ear-clad shoppers, and volcanic eruptions from the nearby Rainforest Cafe.

Views of Disney Springs from the third-floor rooftop deck at Paddlefish
Views of Disney Springs from the third-floor rooftop deck at Paddlefish

TIP: If you’re planning a celebration, the deck can be rented to host private and semi-private events.

Views of the Disney Springs Marketplace from Paddlefish
Views of the Disney Springs Marketplace from the third-floor rooftop deck at Paddlefish

ORDER ONE OF EACH, THANK ME LATER

The recently launched brunch offers a curated selection of vibrant choices in addition to the regular lunch menu, offered 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brunch plates with a mimosa at Paddlefish
Brunch at Paddlefish

New items include:

Avocado Toast: baguette, bacon, tomato, shaved onion, Asiago and furikake

Cheddar Bacon Frittata: breakfast potatoes, bacon, salsa verde

Chilaquiles: green sauce, onions, queso fresco, cilantro cream

Mimosa: sparkling wine and orange juice

The Bloody Mary: EG Vodka, shrimp, shishito pepper, lime, olive, mini tabasco bottle (gluten-free, organic).

If you frequent brunch spots with high volumes of tourists, you may find brunch portion sizes leave you hungry. Paddlefish breaks the mold. The Avocado Toast is served with three pieces of toast, heavy on the toppings (a detail for which you’ll be grateful when you take your first bite).

Avocado Toast at Paddlefish
Avocado Toast

The Cheddar Bacon Frittata, which is already a meal in and of itself, also comes with multiple pieces of perfectly-cooked bacon (just crispy enough), plus a hefty side of potatoes and the most incredible salsa verde in the world (I am willing to stake my claim on this).

Cheddar Bacon Frittata at Paddlefish
Cheddar Bacon Frittata

In addition to the sizable helpings, the food itself is well-presented with expert plating. Each dish packs both flavor and color — and, unlike many brunch offerings, doesn’t come smothered in grease, so you can feel good about shopping in the sun afterward.

If you somehow still have room after your meal, I’d recommend sharing a dessert (or, if you’re like me, ordering multiple if you can’t decide). Selections include chocolate mousse cake, key lime pie (with the most magical homemade marshmallow topping), and strawberry cheesecake — all handcrafted in-house.

Strawberry Shortcake at Paddlefish
Strawberry Shortcake
Chocolate Mousse at Paddlefish
Chocolate Mousse
Key Lime Pie at Paddlefish
Key Lime Pie

PLAN AHEAD

Though there’s plenty of seating, reservations are recommended and can be placed via OpenTable. Parking for Disney Springs is free, and the Orange Garage would be the closest option. Paddlefish is located at 1670 Buena Vista Dr., Orlando, FL 32830, between the Landing and the Marketplace.

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