Paradiso 37 Dining Review at Downtown Disney

by josh on March 12, 2010

Food Type: North, Central, South American

Location: The former Pleasure Island, near Portobello and Fulton’s

Dining Plan: 1 Table Service

Cost: Appetizers: $4-$17;  Entrées: $14-$27; Kids entrees: $8.

Discounts: 20% Tables in Wonderland; 15% Annual Passholder; 20% Disney Vacation Club for lunch only.

Menus:

Lunch (11:30am – 3:55pm): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/downtown-disney/paradiso-37-taste-of-the-americas/menus/lunch

Dinner (4pm – 12am Sunday – Wednesday; 4pm – 1am Thursday – Saturday): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/downtown-disney/paradiso-37-taste-of-the-americas/menus/dinner/

Bar: Two inside, one outside. The better bar further inside the restaurant looks at the tall tequila wall with views of the water outside on both sides. The bar just inside the entrance stares out at the bar. Seating at the outdoor bar is plentiful and live music is scheduled daily from 6pm through close.

Setting: Sporting bright colors inside and plentiful outdoor seating with views of Village Lake, Paradiso 37 used to enjoy a prime spot on the Pleasure Island waterfront. Unfortunately, Disney Springs construction walls mar most of what were once pristine views and some of the best people watching on property. Still, Paradiso offers plenty of outdoor seating on the water, in addition to the 200+ seats spanning two air-conditioned levels inside. Paradiso is one of the most casual Downtown Disney restaurants and is much less stuffy than nearby Portobello and Fulton’s.

Advantages:

  • Robust drink menu with 50+ tequilas.
  • Appetizers are large enough to share and offer a wide variety of flavors.
  • Patio dining is fun and the views are excellent.  The crazy corn and beef and pork skewers are excellent (if you don’t mind the construction walls).
  • The bar area is a fun place to enjoy an evening with other adults.
  • Casual atmosphere.

Disadvantages:

  • Beer is advertised as being served below 32 degrees, which actually kills most of the flavor. Tequila shots run at least $8 with most in the $12 – $15 range.
  • Not as kid friendly on weekend evenings.
  • Entrees are overpriced and inconsistent.
  • Loud.

Tips: Use Open Table to book a reservation because it has more availability than Disney’s own site. Stick to appetizers and margaritas – they’re a better value.

Value: Average.  Two drinks, an order of the crazy corn, and an order of the beef skewers would run about $45 and should make for a delightfully pleasant light meal for two.  Although the alcohol is expensive, Paradiso does feature an extensive tequila list and the bartenders mix drinks well using premium liquor.

Reputation: Paradiso squarely emphasizes appetizers, tequila, and music, rather than fine dining and intimate conversations.  This is fine if that’s what you’re expecting.  The outside patio, with its own bar and fabulous view, is a fun place to sit and enjoy an afternoon or evening provided it’s not overpoweringly hot and the bugs aren’t out.  Consider a stop here as part of a bar crawl through Downtown Disney or for shareable appetizers and a drink. The atmosphere is fun, but the drinks are stronger and food better elsewhere.

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Ryan B July 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

I think Paradiso is now on the dining plan, can any one confirm?

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