Although there are over one hundred restaurants at the Disney World resort, I feel like I’ve done enough research and eaten at enough of them to know what’s available so I was surprised when Mr. Diner & I ran into Big River Grille & Brewing Works, which I had never heard of. Big River is located at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort in the Epcot area.
Big River had no wait for walk-in diners, so we were quickly seated. Big River is the only working microbrewery in the Disney World Resort. From parts of the restaurant, you can watch their five signature beers being made. We are not beer-drinkers, so we can only tell you about the food experience. For lunch and dinner, they serve up American pub favorites such as sandwiches, salads, meatloaf, steak, etc.
The dining room was actually quite noisy. Our server was friendly and efficient, serving our drinks and food quickly. We started with one of our favorite starters: Guacamole & Chips ($8.99). The guacamole was chunky with fresh avocado, red onion, & tomatoes. We liked it, but the chips seemed like they were straight from a Tostitos bag. I like Tostitos, but I expect a restaurant to step it up a bit…especially for $9!
Mr. Diner and I split the New York Strip & Shrimp entree ($25.99) and added a Dinner Salad ($4.99). The server was very accommodating; I think she actually gave us a little extra of the side dishes.
The green salad was fairly typical, but I’m always happy when my salad has some darker greens instead of just iceberg lettuce. This salad was made with romaine and had finely chopped tomatoes (yay…I don’t like big tomato pieces), shredded cheese, shredded carrots, large croutons, and sunflower seeds (another yay ‘cause I love sunflower seeds on my salads).
Unfortunately, after the guacamole and salad, our dinner went downhill. Our New York Strip Steak and large Scampi Shrimp were served with garlic mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables (green beans, carrots, and green onions). The steak was tough and fatty and the shrimp were overcooked and tough. The mashed potatoes were chunky and included the red potato skins, but didn’t quite hit the spot for me. The vegetables were undercooked; especially the carrots, which were too crunchy for cooked carrots.
Both of us were quite disappointed in Big River. There are so many great restaurants at Disney World that there really is no reason to waste your time and a large chunk of money on Big River.
Entree Price: $$$
Average Fork Rating: 2.5
Mr. Diner: 3
Mrs. Diner: 2