Each time we visit Walt Disney World we try to experience something new. It is really not hard as there are always new experiences and restaurants to try. New to us a few trips back was Enzo’s Hideaway in Disney Springs.
We snagged a lunch reservation for a Saturday on a race weekend. The place was quite empty and we really would not have needed a reservation but I always try to be safe especially at Disney Springs. We like to visit this area in the daytime as it is usually far less crowded than in the evening.
The idea of the bar/restaurant is a 1920s speakeasy. The entrance to the bar is slightly hidden as a speakeasy should be. You enter through a very industrial looking entrance and we passed through a “tunnel bar” to reach the dining room.
If you have read any of my dining reviews as of late you will know that we are working through some challenging diet restrictions for my husband and we have another food allergy for my youngest son. Since this is an Italian restaurant and one of my husbands current restrictions is wheat the choices were limited but they were able to come through with a great meal for him.
The food was delicious but not inexpensive. We have a Tables in Wonderland card that gives us 20% off our meal including alcohol. During races weekends there are sometimes additional discounts if you show your race bib or medal. During Star Wars race weekend the discount was 25% off lunch not including alcohol.
The kids meal was limited with only 3 choices; pizza, pasta with butter or spaghetti and meatball. My children were happy with this and the portions were large enough for them. ( I have good eaters).
I ordered the squid ink pasta with shrimp. It was absolutely delicious. I love the opportunity to have something different like squid ink pasta , which I have only had once before. I ate every last bite. Our waiter was excellent as my children were quizzing him on exactly how the squid ink was retrieved from the squid to make the pasta. He went so far as to do some research and then came back with his phone and some online answers! My husband had a steak and potatoes. He said the steak was prepared well. He only had two lunch options due to his limited diet. He would love to come back when his diet is less restricted.
Now if you follow me at all you also know we love a good Disney cocktail. My husband and I had this lovely prohibition cocktail a few year back called the aviation. This is a gin based drink that is not on many menus. He once asked the bartender at Mizners Lounge to make it and she made fun of him! ( ” I haven’t made that in years, order something else” ). This is now his measure of a good bar. So we expected the bar boasting prohibition era cocktails could deliver. It was not on the menu. However, the bartender was able to make it, and make it pretty well! I had a Limoncello Gimlet it was also very good.
Pros: The food and drink were delicious.
Cons: The price is expensive even for lunch. The service was extremely slow especially for lunch at a nearly empty restaurant.
I think this is a great place to pop in for a fun drink and delicious appetizer. The themeing is fun and unique and worth a visit. I don’t think this would be my first pick for a kid friendly meal due to the cost and limited menu.
Have you visited Enzo’s Hideaway? Is it on your list? Let us know in the comments below.