Crossroads at House of Blues Restaurant Review

by josh on March 12, 2010

Food Type: Southern American, though it’s heavy on burgers, pizza, and Louisiana cooking.

Location: West Side across from Cirque du Soleil and near DisneyQuest.

Dining Plan: 1 Table Service

Cost: Appetizers are $6-$16. Entrées are $12-$29. Kids: $7 – $9  The “Gospel Brunch” occurs on Sundays with seatings at 10:30am and 1pm. Brunch  features an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast buffet amidst live gospel music.  Adults are $40.50 and children 3-9 are $22.25.

Discounts: 20% Tables in Wonderland; 20% Annual Passholder lunch; 10% Annual Passholder dinner; 20% Disney Vacation Club on lunch, dinner, and advanced purchase tickets for the Gospel Brunch.

Menus:

Breakfast (10:30am and 1pm Sundays only):

  • Omelet Station
  • Pastries, Croissants, Muffins, Cinnamon Rolls
  • Assorted Fresh Fruit
  • Buttermilk Biscuits with Country Gravy
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Bacon Strips
  • Sausage Links
  • Grits
  • Honey Baked Ham
  • Whole Roast Top Round of Beef
  • BBQ, Fried or Marinated Chicken
  • Chicken Jambalaya
  • Prawns with Cocktail Sauce
  • Smoked Catfish
  • Potato Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Caesar Salad
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cornbread
  • Roasted Garlic Potatoes
  • Apple Cobbler
  • Banana Bread Pudding
  • Freshly Baked Assorted Cookies
  • Coffee, Tea, Juices & Soda

Lunch (11:30am – 4pm): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/downtown-disney/house-of-blues-restaurant/menus/lunch/

Dinner (4pm through 10pm 11pm Sunday – Tuesday; 12am Wednesday – Thursday; 12am Friday – Saturday: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/downtown-disney/house-of-blues-restaurant/menus/dinner/

Bar: One inside the restaurant that seats about a dozen facing the back wall. Outside, an expansive bar opens daily at 4pm, right as the live outdoor music starts. Happy Hour runs from 3pm – 5pm and 10pm – close every day inside the restaurant and at both bars. Domestic beer bottles are $3; import beers, house margaritas, house long island iced teas, and house wines are $3.75. Pour quality varies depending on bartender – if your first drinks are weak, switch to beer or try another bartender.

Setting: Heavy on edgy religious artwork that may appeal to some more than others, Blues is supposed to be themed to a shack on the side of a road down in the New Orleans bayou. What we get is a large, open seating area with high ceilings and private booths that surround the slightly sunken main dining area. More restaurant sits behind the main bar in the back of the restaurant for those nights that it’s busy and for those that want to be a bit more removed from the rock acts that perform inside the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays at 10pm. Slightly dark and mostly funky, Blues provides a fun atmosphere for the family that usually gets a bit more ruckus on weekend evenings.

Advantages:

  • Inexpensive sandwiches and specialties served all day
  • Live music outside beginning at 4pm daily and inside the restaurant at 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Open late and reservations are usually unnecessary

Disadvantages:

  • Service isn’t consistently excellent.
  • Loud, particularly on weekend evenings.
  • Gospel brunch is expensive and doesn’t include alcohol. Only mimosas and bloody marys are available unless you visit the bar.
  • While serviceable, food is unlikely to impress.

Tips: If you’re seeing the show, purchasing an entree in the restaurant gets you a front-of-the-line pass. Happy hour is the cheapest alcohol at Downtown Disney.

Value: Above average.  The menu is diverse and has a number of different price points and options.  Any of the $12 sandwiches would be tasty and filling and many of the more expensive specialty entrées like the jambalaya and baby back ribs are good as well.

Reputation: Because it’s relatively inconvenient from most places, people don’t tend to sing the praises of House of Blues too loudly. Those that do visit usually enjoy their meals and the price won’t break the bank, particularly compared to other Walt Disney World restaurants. Blues is perfect if you’re looking for an evening away from the shiny, sterilized atmosphere found in most Disney-operated restaurants and the happy hour prices can’t be beat.

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Candice May 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

I think House of Blues is on the dining plan now.

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