Unable to find reservations through the My Disney Experience App, though the restaurant was listed, my fiancée, Annie, and I got a spot through OpenTable. You can call and make reservations, too (+1-407-939-BOAT). When we arrived for our 5pm reservation, there were still many tables around us that were empty, though the dockside bar was crowded.
Greeted by our friendly waiter as we sat down, he explained to us that the Boathouse contracts with local boats to obtain fresh fish. Menus are updated daily and contain various fresh seafood. We could tell, for example, from a previous look at an opening day menu, that stone crabs were no longer listed because they are now out of season.
Our first appetizers were raw oysters ($3.50 each) and the yellowfin tuna poke ($18). The restaurant has anywhere from three to six oyster varieties at one time. Today, they had three: Sun Hollow (Washington), Caribou (Nova Scotia), and Blue Points (Long Island area). I opted for all three. Served with cocktail sauce with a touch of horseradish on top and cucumber mignonette sauce, all three oysters were nicely shucked and totally delicious.
The tuna poke was excellent as it had a generous portion of tuna served on a bed of avocado and mango with a soy lime vinaigrette sauce. Annie is a big fan of tuna poke and found this to be excellent as everything accompanied well.
Shipping off to our main meals, I opted for the Crab Stuffed Lobster and Annie went for the Lobster Roll ($29). I guess we love lobster. The Crab Stuffed Lobster was a split 1 1/4 Maine lobster with lump crab baked right on top. The lobster perfectly soft and the crab was nice and sweet. It's usually served with asparagus, but I asked for a baked potato which proved to be a fine substitution.
Annie's lobster roll was stuffed full of lobster and equally tasty. After that, we were stuffed as well.
We wanted to get a dessert because their s'mores dessert looked amazing as it had rocky road ice cream, graham cracker crust, chunks of chocolate, and of course marshmallows. However, as full as we were we couldn't handle that dessert made for four. That's for round two.
The fun doesn't stop there, you can go on multiple water tours and check out their gift shop. Try that Amphicar, a car/boat that will drive you and two of your friends for 20 minutes in the lake ($125). Or go on a romantic boat ride for two on the 24' Lady Rose serving champagne and chocolate covered strawberries ($150). There's also an Italian River Tour that handles multiple guests ($75-$1700). Their Ship's Store has various merchandise that includes some of the coolest rubber ducks I've seen.
Currently there are no discounts, but they accept the Disney Dining Plan. I hope they will one day accept Tables in Wonderland (a program you buy that gets 20% off food and drink), because this was one very expensive meal. Oysters for $3.50 a piece is extremely high and $29 is also a tad high for a Maine lobster roll. Wine was decently priced, but the champagne was way overpriced. Signature cocktails start around $13 and for extra can be served in a souvenir glass. Kid's menu seemed appropriate because it's all made in house. Overall, it had wonderful atmosphere, great food, and friendly service, but became a place we'd go to on a special occasion because of the price.
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