If you’re spending the day in Pleasure Island in Downtown Disney, you’ll find several gourmet eateries and restaurants located beyond the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Pleasure Island was the former home of several popular nightclubs and entertainment venues, including Mannequins, the BET Sound Stage, the Adventurer’s Club and the Comedy Warehouse. Even though these destinations closed in September 2008, Pleasure Island has become a popular destination for dining, cocktails and music on any given night.
Plan to have lunch or dinner at any of these restaurants in Pleasures Island on your next visit to Downtown Disney:
Paradiso 37, Street Foods of the Americas
This is one of the newer restaurants in Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island and serves a variety of menu items inspired by North, South and Central American cuisine. Head here for your fill of Caribbean crab and fish fritters, Mexican chips and salsa, North American potato pancakes, Peruvian beef skewers, enchiladas and a surf and turf platter. This is also a popular destination for cocktails, tequila and specialty desserts.
Planet Hollywood at Pleasure Island
Planet Hollywood serves lunch and dinner every day and does participate in the Disney Dining Plan. The movie-themed restaurants serves several American favorites, including Texas tostadas, potato skins, a generously-sized Cobb salad, blackened Mahi Mahi, sizzling fajitas and an assortment of decadent desserts. Head here for the high-energy atmosphere and wide selection of traditional American eats.
Fulton’s Crab House, Downtown Disney
Fulton’s Crab House serves lunch and dinner every day and offers scenic views of the waters around Downtown Disney. Head here for New England clam chowder, Florida stone crab claws, fresh oyster platters and combination steak and seafood platters. This is also the place to fill up on Alaska king crab claws, steamed to perfection. Don’t miss the chance to try the classic Tollhouse Cookie Sundae for dessert – a giant warm chocolate chip cookie topped with two scoops of ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream will satisfy any sweet tooth.
If you’re in the mood for some gourmet Italian eats, head to this semi-upscale restaurant overlooking the water and enjoy specialties such as the wood burning oven pizza, chicken meat balls pasta dish, Italian sausage with rigatoni, and the large selection of domestic and imported wine and beer. The restaurant has two outdoor patios and serves both lunch and dinner every day.
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Pleasure Island
This Irish-owned and operated pub serves many traditional Irish favorites, including a frothy Colcannon soup, a char-grilled sirloin beef burger, a roast stuffed pork sandwich, and traditional bread and butter pudding. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner, and does host a number of special events with live music throughout the year.
House of Blues, Downtown Disney
The House of Blues isn’t technically located in Pleasure Island, but is a short walk down from the shops and restaurants in Pleasure Island, across from the DisneyQuest indoor attraction. You can settle in for the Gospel brunch on Sundays to feast on classic Southern favorites, or head to the dining room on any given night for sizzling steaks, Louisiana crawfish, seafood jambalaya and gourmet pizza. Make sure to save room for the homemade white chocolate banana bread pudding or Florida key lime pie for dessert!