Located behind Ariel's Grotto, above the shore of Paradise Bay, Cove Bar offers all the mixed drinks, wines, and other "grown up" beverages that its name implies. But let's take a look at what's to eat, instead. The bar's "appetizer" menu offers eats big enough to be meals on their own. In fact, some of these items are large enough to split and still keep everyone at the table full.
Consider what might be the Cove Bar's signature item, the Lobster Nachos ($14.99).
Pictured above with the wild-berry-foam-topped lemonade ($4.99), these nachos come piled high — freshly-fried corn tortilla chips smothered in cheddar cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, chipotle crema, sliced jalapeños... and a generous helping of lobster.
There's no way that I could have finished that plate on my own. But even split two ways, there was enough lobster on the nachos to keep both diners satisfied. The peppers (maybe they were serranos?) packed too much heat for me, but they were easy enough to find and set aside. Otherwise, I liked the balance between the other elements in the nachos, making it easy to enjoy well-balanced bites until I was full. I can't imagine settling for snack-stand hot dogs or some other cheap lunch in the park if you've got someone willing to share these nachos with you, instead.
And with the seating area expanded now, what long had been the biggest obstacle to eating at the Cove Bar — the wait — should be less of a hassle.
Other meal-worthy menu items include Fajita Quesadilla Rolls ($10.99), a Trio of Tri-Tip Sliders ($11.99), and a Specialty Artisan Pizza, topped with sausage, onions, and red peppers ($11.49). You can skip the toppings and order a basic cheese pizza off the menu, if you wish. And if you are looking for an actual appetizer, the Cove Bar serves Spinach and Artichoke Dip for $9.49 and a Chorizo Fundido (melted cheese and sausage, with potato chips) for the same price.
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I have been an AP holder for 11 years and this is the first time I have ever heard of this place. I have always seen it and I have always thought that it was just extra seating for Ariel's Grotto. I'll probably try those Lobster Nachos next time I visit the park.
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I may try some of the other offerings at some point, but for it's still the lobster nachos!