In all of Walt Disney World, I can honestly say that I think Disney Springs has the best dining on property; there is such a variety to choose from, with everything from fine dining to casual restaurants. While the most popular ones are often the newer restaurants, one of my old favorites is Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, which is one of the few that has maintained its popularity with all the new properties coming in. With fantastic Irish comfort food with a modern twist and live entertainment every night, this has become a firm family favorite and the kids love it as much as we do. We enjoyed a wonderful meal there the other night, and I thought I’d share my Raglan Road at Disney Springs review, including what we thought of the food and the entertainment. Take a look!
What and where is Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant?
Raglan Road is located in The Landing area of Disney Springs, which is the section right in the middle. It is one of the older Disney Springs restaurants, left over from the Downtown Disney days, but is one of the few that has maintained its popularity due to fantastic food and great entertainment. They serve lunch and dinner, as well as having a late night menu and a weekend brunch, and reservations are often some of the harder ones to find so make sure you book early.
If you’re looking for quick service dining options in the same vein, then Raglan Road has a quick service option called Cookes of Dublin that serves a much smaller menu with things like fish and chips and battered chicken tenders, as well as an outdoor bar where you can get the amazing Baileys Shake! For my Complete Guide to dining at Disney Springs, read this post.
We were lucky enough to grab a last minute reservation for dinner one evening (here’s a local tip: day of reservations are often easier to find than those about a week out, because people are changing or cancelling their plans last minute – we almost always find great places to eat day of). I was with my parents and, being from the UK, we were familiar with the food style, and excited to see the entertainment!
Getting to Raglan Road
There are several options for getting to Raglan Road. If you’re staying at a Disney resort, you can use the complimentary bus transportation, and some resorts even have boat transportation to Disney Springs (Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter, and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort) and you can walk over from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort or any of the Disney Springs hotels. Make sure you leave enough time if you’re using Disney transportation, especially at busy times of the day or if it’s raining – Disney suggests leaving your resort about 90 minutes before your dining reservation, and if that means you arrive a little early, there’s plenty to see and do at Disney Springs while you wait.
If you’re driving, the closest parking garages will be the Orange lot and the Lime lot, which are the two parking garages. There is also a spot for guest drop off, as well as places to catch a taxi or an Uber.
Raglan Road has a full bar, so what better way to start off your meal than with a drink!
The drinks menu is pretty extensive, with all the usual beer and wine options, as well as Irish whiskey and some really unique cocktails. I tried PJ’s Poison, which is Gunpowder Irish Gin, muddled orange rhubarb bitters, lemon juice, orange whiskey marmalade and Fever Tree Tonic with an orange twist – if you’re a gin drinker, this is something I’d highly recommend, but it does have that bitter orange taste to it. I absolutely loved it, and it was nice and strong, something you don’t often get with Disney cocktails. They also have the Baileys Shake that you can get at the outdoor bar, which is one of my favorite alcoholic milkshakes ever!
The food at Raglan Road is – not surprisingly – Irish comfort food, but with a modern twist. You’ll find classic dishes like fish and chips, ham with cabbage and colcannon potatoes, and freshly baked pies of the day – but you’ll also find salads, sandwiches, fish and steak dishes, as well as some great veggie side dishes like the bacon and almond roasted Brussels sprouts.
I opted for the Bangers and Booz; Guiness and onion bangers (sausages) on mashed potatoes, topped with caramelized onions and beef stew. Growing up in England, bangers and mash was one of my favorite dishes, and this was really good. The sausages had a great hearty flavor; I don’t like Guiness to drink, but the flavor here was very mild, and you could really taste the onion. The mashed potatoes were rich and creamy, and the addition of beef stew made the dish quite filling, with big chunks of beef, carrots, and potatoes. Although we were there in the middle of summer, we dined on a very wet, rainy day when a dish like this was perfect, and it would be great to warm up during the chillier months.
The Raglan Road kids menu is pretty great; it features typical child-friendly options like chicken tenders and mac and cheese for pickier eaters, but you can also get a kids-sized fish and chips or Shepherd’s pie if you have a more adventurous eater. Considering I have one of each, this menu worked out great. Harrison, my 5-year old picky eater, was able to get chicken tenders with fruit, which he loved, and Grayson, who will eat absolutely anything, got the fish and chips.
The portions were generous and both kids devoured their food, so it must have been good! I was allowed to sample a very small bite of Grayson’s fish (this kid does NOT share food!) and the fish was delicious, with a nice cripsy batter. There were some nice kids dessert options too, but both of my kids declined; Harrison because he doesn’t like dessert (I know, right?!) and Grayson because, why have a kids dessert when you can have an adult dessert instead?!
My favorite part of any meal is the dessert, and Raglan Road has one of my favorite desserts ever, the Ger Bread and Butter pudding. This bread and butter pudding is served warm with creme anglaise and butterscotch sauces to pour over the top, and it is so good – I like to poke a hole in the middle of the pudding to pour the sauces into!
Also, because I have no self control when it comes to desserts, we ordered the Chocolate Heaven, which is a flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, fresh berries and whipped cream; it looked absolutely delicious but once my 2-year old Grayson heard the words “chocolate cake”, my fork was taken out of my hands and he proceeded to eat the whole thing. Every. Single. Bite.
The other reason to go to Raglan Road is the entertainment; the restaurants offers live Irish singing and dancing every night, and the atmosphere is a lot of fun. We asked the server and were told that the sets performed by the musicians typically run about 30 minutes and begin about every hour, so chances are that you’ll get to see some portion of a set while you’re there, if not the whole thing. During the week, sets begin around 4.30pm, but on the weekends when brunch is served, the entertainment starts earlier at lunchtime. The stage for the musicians and dancers is in the main dining room, so this is really the place you want to be seated to see the best of the action; we didn’t ask for a table there, but lucky enough to be seated at one right next to the stage so we had an amazing view. It’s always worth asking if you’d like a particular table, but be prepared for a longer wait or for them to say no if it’s a busy night. The dancers did walk around and perform a couple of smaller sets in the other dining rooms, so you won’t miss out completely, and the music can be heard throughout the restaurant.
Some of the set was just the musicians on stage singing traditional Irish songs, and then the dancers accompanied them at other times. At one point, some of the dancers came through the restaurant to ask kids if they would like to get up on stage and learn a short dance, and lots of kids took them up on their offer (Harrison thought about it, but in the end I don’t think he was brave enough to get up and dance in front of everyone!) The kids on stage ranged from about 5-15 years old, and although some were better than others at learning the routine, it looked like they all had a lot of fun and all received a round of applause from the audience when they were done. They were also given a little certificate to keep, which I thought was a nice touch.
My kids were fascinated by the entertainment! Harrison loves musicals and theater so I knew he’d enjoy it, but even Grayson, whose attention span is usually non-existent, was clapping along and having a great time. All the kids in the dining room seemed to really enjoy the music, and it really is nice to have some entertainment over dinner while you wait for your food, especially with young kids. It was also fairly noisy, which is another plus if you’re traveling with little ones – nothing is worse than a silent restaurant where you’re terrified your kid will make a noise and everyone will stare at you!
We really enjoyed our meal, honestly a lot more than we thought we would. It’s been about a decade since we were last at Raglan Road and with so many new places to dine at Disney Springs, this place often gets overlooked. But the food is still as fantastic as it once was, and there’s something to be said for consistency when it comes to dining at Walt Disney World; often the food in new locations starts off well, and then quality dwindles, but Raglan Road has managed to produce great food for a long time now. The entertainment is also amazing, keeping adults and kids occupied throughout the meal, and there’s nothing else like it at Walt Disney World.
Have you eaten at Raglan Road? Did you enjoy your experience? Let me know in the comments!