Columbia Harbour House

9/4/15: Menu updated and items added.

Columbia Harbour House Magic Kingdom

Location: Columbia Harbour House is located in Liberty Square across from Haunted Mansion.

Food Type: Seafood, Salads, Sandwiches, Soup.

Dining Plan: One quick service credit and a couple items count as snacks.

Menu:

Menu Columbia Harbour House Lunch Dinner
Menu Columbia Harbour house Magic Kingdom Lunch
Columbia Harbour house Menu Kids Meals Dessert Beverages

Above is the dinner menu. For lunch:

  • A $12.49 Lobster Roll is available instead of the Seafood Macaroni and Cheese
  • $9.29 Chicken Breast Pieces (8) replaces the Chicken Pot Pie (you should still be able to order just chicken nuggets at dinner if you prefer it over the fish/chicken combo)

Unique Items: Almost the entire menu is unique or rare.  The only exceptions are the Chicken Nuggets, Fried Fish, Kids Picks, Fries, and Beverages.

Advantages:

  • Some of the freshest, healthiest (in some cases), most unique quick service fare at Magic Kingdom.
  • The upstairs seating is the quietest at the Park and the theming is pleasant.
  • Food is prepared fresh and usually served at the appropriate temperature. Hot food is generally piping hot and cold sandwiches and salads are served at a nice cold temperature.
  • Portions are large and pricing is relatively reasonable for the most part.
  • The Clam Chowder is outstanding and the same stuff that’s served at Liberty Tree Tavern. The Vegetarian Chili is also a nice hearty snack or a perfect complement to a shared meal.

Disadvantages:

  • At peak times, service is often slow – both to order and then the wait to pick up your food.
  • The menu might benefit from a couple more generic items so that the entire family can find something they’d like to order. I’m not a proponent of the Disney burger, but the lack of one does stop people from dining here.

Value: Above average. Harbour House tends to do the Disney staples better than most other quick services and the unique items are higher quality than most of the other options.

Reputation: High. This is a favorite quick service of anyone in the know.

Food Choices:

Lighthouse Sandwich

Lighthouse Sandwich Columbia Harbour House

With Hummus, Tomato, and Broccoli Slaw on Toasted Multigrain Bread. This is many vegetarian visitors’ favorite entree with fresh, flavorful vegetables on hearty, freshly toasted bread. It doesn’t pack quite enough oomph to make it a full meal for me without any protein, but adding the vegetarian chili as a side would go a long way. Recommended for vegetarians.

Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh Harbour House

With White Tuna, Lettuce, and Tomato on Toasted Multigrain Bread.

Magic Kingdom Tuna Sandwich Columbia Harbour House Anchors Aweigh

Harbour House’s Lighthouse Sandwich is your typical tuna sandwich, which you’re not going to find at many other quick services. It doesn’t have an unpleasant fishy flavor like cheap tuna fish, and there isn’t a lot of mayo or other filler around. The fresh lettuce and tomatoes add some crunch, along with the perfectly toasted bread. Recommended if you’re in the market.

Disney World Apple Slices Side

This is your standard bag of Disney apples. You can order this or any other entree without the side to save about $2.

Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll Disney Columbia Harbour House Magic Kingdom

Like the Tomorrowland Terrace version, this pleased. For any of you “I’m from Maine that is not a Lobster Roll” folks, that’s probably true. But if it was, Disney would charge you $75 for it. This was nice and cold and had a nice Lobster flavor. If you ask to look at the ingredients, you’d see that lobster is the first ingredient on the list.  he bun is light and fresh and only sort of disintegrates underneath the lobster mass. It’s filling without the gut bomb feeling that you might get if you down one of Pecos Bills’ burgers. I enjoyed it and it’s a nice option, particularly when it’s hot and you’re looking for something cold that isn’t a salad or a turkey sandwich.

Fried Shrimp Platter

Fried Shrimp Magic Kingdom Disney World Review
Columbia House Fried Shrimp

The Fried Shrimp are one of the better values on any quick service menu property-wide. Seafood isn’t cheap no matter where you go, and the shrimp platter includes ten large shrimp and a healthy portion of french fries. The shrimp have a distinct crunch, yet the breading is light and the shrimp flavorful.  It’s my favorite Disney quick service meal.

Chicken Breast Nuggets and Fish

Fried Chicken Dish Columbia Harbour House Review

As one might expect, this is your standard Disney Chicken Breast Nuggets and Battered Fish.

Columbia Harbour House Fried Fish Review

I’m not crazy about Disney Fried Fish here or at ABC Commissary, which serves the same stuff. But it’s okay – served alongside Heinz Tartar Sauce packets that always seem to be impossible to open. You should receive two strips of fish and five nuggets, making this a reasonable value if you’re looking to go the deep fried route and don’t like shrimp.

Grilled Salmon

Columbia Harbour House Grilled Salmon

This isn’t a bad value at about $12, considering the price of even lowish quality salmon. The broccoli was fine. Maybe “under steamed” a bit for my liking. I’m used to steaming broccoli in a bag in the microwave until its limp and has lost any indication that it’s broccoli though, so I may not be the best judge in that respect. It did retain a bit of a “crunch” or “raw texture,” which may very well be ideal. The couscous was about the same quality you’d get from a box in the grocery store. That is to say, it was fine. By the time I got it to the table, it was no longer hot (if it ever was), which was a bummer. The texture is what you would like to see in a couscous – it wasn’t overcooked and mushy. Considering the quantity that must be prepared, the attention was commendable. Not a ton of flavor, but couscous generally has a subtle taste unless it’s over seasoned.

Broccoli Peppercorn Salad

Broccoli Peppercorn Salad Columbia Harbour House Disney
Columbia Harbour House Broccoli Peppercorn Salad

The Broccoli Peppercorn Salad – mixed greens, garden vegetables, chicken, broccoli, bacon, parmesan, tossed with a creamy peppercorn salad. It was well above average with a nice mix of crunchy vegetables and a somewhat unique peppercorn dressing. The “garden vegetables” are peas, corn, and carrots, but it’s a nice mix of “stuff.” You’ll particularly like this if you like creamier salad dressings. Most Disney salads are served with balsamic vinaigrette or run-of-the-mill Ken’s Ranch.

Garden Harvest Salad

Garden Harvest Salad Columbia Harbour House
Columbia Harbour House Magic Kingdom Garden Harvest Salad Review

This is the Garden Harvest Salad, described as having Mixed Greens, Garden Vegetables, Green Beans, Carrots, and Chicken.

 

Disney World Magic Kingdom Chicken Salad

While there’s no chicken visible, there actually was a decent amount underneath.  This is more or less your basic Disney salad. It’s a pretty decent amount of food. The lettuce and the rest of the ingredients are all fresh. There was only the single whole cherry tomato. A few green beans.  The carrots are cut in different sizes to give you more of that “harvest” feeling you specifically ordered. It was perfectly enjoyable and the vinaigrette was a nice twist on the usual balsamic that they like to put on everything from pasta to pizzas.

Seafood Mac & Cheese

Seafood Macaroni Cheese Columbia Harbour House

The macaroni and cheese takeover continues with this edition arriving topped with lobster and shrimp.

Columbia Harbour House Seafood Macaroni Cheese Magic Kingdom

The macaroni and cheese is the same as you’d find elsewhere – microwavable Stouffer’s quality with a half dozen gummy shrimp placed on top along with three or four sizable pieces of lukewarm lobster. The flavor may work better for you than it did me and Lisa – the radioactive looking cheese didn’t seem to mesh well with the off-taste of low quality seafood. It’s heavy and one-dimensional and now that the price has risen above $13, doesn’t provide much value off the Disney Dining Plan.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie Columbia Harbour House

The Chicken Pot Pie isn’t so much a pie as it is a thick chicken soup spooned inside of a crumbly crust. There is no baked crust on top, only bread crumbs.

Columbia Harbour House Chicken Pot Pie Review

There is a considerable amount of diced chicken inside a light broth with a few vegetables – carrots, corn, and peas. The flavor reminded me a lot of a Campbell’s Chunky Soup.

Disney Magic Kingdom Chicken Pot Pie

It’s potentially a lighter option, particularly with the hefty side of nicely steamed broccoli, but I don’t think its presence beckons a special trip over.

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili Columbia Harbour House

This is one of the heartiest vegetarian snacks on property, full of beans, corn, and to a lesser extent, mushrooms and olives. It has a bit of a kick to it, but not overwhelmingly so. It is Disney after all, so you can be sure it will appeal to most palates.  At $4.99, it’s a pretty decent value.  It’s restaurant quality and a nice choice if the vegetarian in your group is looking for something hot to eat that isn’t a dessert.  Recommended, especially because it’s served piping hot.

New England Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder Magic Kingdom Columbia Harbour House

This is the same soup that’s served over at Liberty Tree Tavern and it’s excellent – hearty with chunks of potatoes and clams with a hot, rich broth. Because it’s on the heavy side, I could easily see two adults splitting the soup and the Fried Shrimp. You’d be getting a large meal for less than the Chicken/Rib Combo over at Cosmic Ray’s.

Seating:

Columbia Harbour House has plentiful indoor seating on two levels.  Check upstairs for quieter surroundings because those with strollers have difficulty getting up there without an obvious elevator.

Seating Columbia Harbour House Upstairs

Comments

  1. Bob says

    I had the The Broccoli Peppercorn Salad a couple of weeks ago and highly recommend it. Lots of chicken and quite filling.

  2. Schmoodle says

    I’ve had the salmon, fried shrimp, and the tuna sandwich (adult and kids), all very good. I really want to try the chowder, but I can’t seem to tear myself away from the tuna. We always eat here at least once per trip, more if I can manage it.

  3. shalom says

    I thought their fried shrimp was excellent, but I’m a midwesterner, so not picky.

    You are correct that steamed broccoli should still be a bit crunchy, although that’s not how I like it, either. But Disney’s trying to retain the vitamins or whatever, so good on them.

  4. annie says

    I enjoyed the Lighthouse Sandwich, but I found Columbia Harbour House to have the slowest service of any counter restaurant we encountered over five days in the parks.

  5. Nate says

    We enjoyed this place. For some reason it felt like a nice break during a busy MK day. I am all things Disney but it was nice to take a break in a place that didn’t scream “Disney”. You’re in the heart of it all but you wouldn’t know it…that can make a huge difference especially with children.

  6. LesliePR says

    This wonderful restaurant is one of the places to get hot choc and cookies during MVMCP so it closes early on those nights, which we found out when we went there on 11/27/2012 and i was SO disappointed! I fell in love with this place five years ago, so didn’t get there this year :-(

  7. Jo says

    This place is great. Healthy, tasty alternatives to the usual, I had the grilled salmon. Really good with lots of seating upstairs.

  8. Cheryl says

    Can you use a snack credit for the vegetarian chili and the clam chowder? My 7 year would much rather eat those than the kid’s choices! Thanks!

  9. Andy says

    Alice, as a connoisseur of all ice-based drinks I can tell you that the lemon slush is delicious. Perfect with the lobster roll on a hot summer day.

  10. Lee says

    Well, I’m from Maine, and this lobster roll looks pretty OK. I have been eating lobster rolls for over 50 years, with lobster brought by the lobsterman to my nana’s back door. Lobster rolls should be made with lobster, diced celery, salt, and pepper. No lettuce (although some will argue this point), no avocado, tomato, or onion slice (a la Martha Stewart). The roll is the secret ingredient. It HAS to be the kind of hot dog roll that has the vertical slice in the middle, so you can open the roll from the top, with white-bread sides (not crust). You butter the sides of the roll and grill them in a frying pan, like for grilled cheese sandwiches. The lobster roll pictured looks right, although I can’t tell about celery/lettuce or if the roll is properly grilled… HOWEVER, I have NEVER eaten yellow clam chowder! What’s IN that bowl??

  11. Joy W says

    My husband and I were very pleasantly surprised by how delicious the apple crisp was. We weren’t expecting much, but it really tasted homemade.

  12. Melanie says

    I LOVE this place! Every trip we go here at least once. I really like the vegetarian chili and couscous.(better than the couscous at Tangierine Café) I’m not a vegetarian, but I love how it tastes! I also like the fact that you can go upstairs and cool down on a warm summer day, and get away from the rush of things.

  13. Orla says

    I’m sure this must be a stupid question, but do you need a reservation for this restaurant? Heading at Easter so I know there’ll be crowds EVERYWHERE!

  14. AggieAmy says

    As if there aren’t enough positive reviews…
    We LOVE Columbia Harbour House! The salmon was tasty, the Peppercorn Salad was delicious and very filling! Upstairs was cool and quiet- a much needed break from the noise and general busy feel of the park. We sat for almost an hour eating, playing Disney Trivia game, and chatting about our favorite parts of our trip. A huge improvement over the noisy restaurants where we don’t speak to one another because it is SO LOUD! We are thankful for the CHH recommendations!

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