We’ll set out for Coronado Springs to enjoy some drinks at the Rix Lounge and dinner at Maya Grill.
For more details and a look around the resort, check out this lengthy review (that needs to be updated).
Dining at Coronado Springs is operated by the same company that oversees dining at the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot. Guests familiar will notice some similarities between the dining/margarita options here and San Angel Inn, La Hacienda de San Angel, and La Cava del Tequila.
Rix Lounge is the bar located across from the Pepper Market quick service.
Whether or not it’s busy depends almost entirely on the number and type of conventioneers staying at the resort. When we arrived around 6:15pm on a Thursday, we were the only people there.
It’s a vast area with a variety of seating arrangements. A couple of televisions are tuned to sports.
The lounge operates from 5pm to 12am daily with food service from 5pm to 10pm.
Lisa ordered a Strawberry-Kiwi Cosmo – Pinnacle Strawberry-Kiwi Vodka, Triple Sec, shaken up with Cranberry Juice that was larger than I think it looks in this picture. Pinnacle is not exactly a top shelf vodka and the drink suffered because of it, particularly at the $13.50 price point, but it was balanced well enough.
I tried the Mango Blueberry Basil – Camarena Premium Silver Tequila, coconut rum, orange juice, mango, blueberry and basil, served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim and the same recipe as the margarita available at La Hacienda. There’s an awful lot going on in this $12.50 cocktail, but it comes together nicely with the various juices helping to mask the intensity of the tequila. It was a bit more viscous than I prefer, but it was at least freshly made, which is something you’re not going to find very often over at Epcot. $34 and two drinks later, we were on our way.
Like Riverside and Caribbean Beach, Coronado offers one table service restaurant open for dinner only from 5pm to 10pm.
You may want to request a window table for an additional level or ambiance, but the restaurant is themed nicely to the Mayan motifs of fire, sun and water with artwork covering most of the restaurant’s walls. It’s otherwise not quite as yellow as it looks here.
A talented guitarist serenaded guests near the check-in area and provided a nice soundtrack for the meal. The volume was just loud enough that you could listen if you wanted to or ignore it and focus on your tablemates should they have something to say.
The menu pictures below are lousy. Disney’s site is easier to read: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/coronado-springs-resort/maya-grill/menus/
Maya Grill’s menu has changed considerably over the years. It used to basically be a steakhouse with virtually no south-of-the-border influence. The menu now leans toward Tex Mex with some additional grilled meat entrees available. The margarita menu is largely the same, only Horchata is added and comes as part of the flight in place of the Blood Orange.
Complimentary chips served with great chunky red and thin green salsas, each offering a minor kick.
Perhaps the blandest picture of a margarita ever taken, this time the $12 Classic Margarita, which was a straightforward cocktail. Well balanced, but nothing special.
Lisa’s $12.50 Blood Orange is one of our favorites with a nice mix of sweet and spicy flavors.
Lisa ordered the Chicken Enchiladas Suizas – Our signature shredded Chicken Tinga wrapped in warm corn tortillas served on a bed of salsa verde and smothered in a classic Suizas cheese and Queso Fresco served with rice, refried beans, and corn soufflé $18.95.
While not a particularly large portion, it was adequate. The chicken was nicely seasoned inside each of the three small corn tortillas with melted cheese on top. The flavor profile is otherwise a bit too simplistic for the price point, which is about $8 more than you’d pay at just about any other family Mexican restaurant in the U.S.
The few bites of corn souffle were our favorite side, while the rice and beans were bland and forgettable.
I ordered the Pork Shank – Braised and topped with mole, served with pickled red cabbage, mashed potatoes and haricot verts – $28.95.
I’m not sure if the size of this thing is evident, but it was three or four times larger than the pork shanks you’d receive at Gaston’s Tavern at Magic Kingdom and considerably more flavorful with the tender pork nearly falling off the bone and the mellow mole sauce adding a roasted chocolate flavor. The green beans were expertly prepared al dente with a bit of pop in each bite. It’s one of the best entrees I’ve been served in the last few months anywhere.
We were seated in one of the restaurant’s worst tables in the back corner near the kitchen. Service was largely nonexistent, if that makes any sense. We didn’t happen to need anything throughout the meal, but nobody ever asked either. Our orders were taken. Our food was delivered. We paid the bill. And that was as much as we interacted with the staff.
Maya Grill is not a destination restaurant by any stretch of the imagination, but if you find yourself staying at Coronado, I wouldn’t hesitate to book a dinner here on a rest day, an unexpected return to the resort due to weather, arrival day, or what have you. It’s adequate, but there are better experiences to be had at nearby Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Elsewhere in food service, Pepper Market, the resort’s quick service, operates like others on property. Long gone are the buffets, hostesses, servers, and automatic 10% gratuities.
Food is paid for after it’s ordered and guests retrieve their own drinks and refills.
I’ve read some negative words on Pepper Market, but have had several pleasant meals there over the years, including this gigantic, freshly made-to-my-specifications burrito.
And a large chicken plate, though what I received was awfully dry as it had been sitting for a while.
Cafe Rix is another quick service option next door:
Breakfast is served from 6am-11am.
That’s actually a Harpoon UFO Pumpkin Ale down there – something I’ve never seen on property.
A lot of grab and go options.
Coronado added a table service restaurant for breakfast and lunch a few months ago:
Right outside the main building is the Laguna Bar with picturesque seating on the lagoon.
Even more choices to go.
Lisa tried the $9.50 Sangria Rioja, a refreshing blend of Cabernet, Cointreau, Guava, Agave Nectar, Passion Fruit, Mango, Fruit, and Sprite. Unlike most resort bars, that still serve Eppa Organic Sangria from a $10 bottle, Laguna Bar’s was homemade and nicely balanced. Just sweet enough to cover up the acidity of the wine.
Finally, the pool area offers more food and drinks.
While Coronado is a pretty resort at night, I don’t think that’s captured well in pictures in the rain:
That’s about it.