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Narcoossee’s review: is it worth it?

Narcoossee’s review: is it worth it?

If you’re looking for a restaurant at Walt Disney World that serves amazing seafood, has fantastic views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks, and is more upscale than a buffet (and perfect for special occasions!), Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a fantastic option.

Narcoossee’s is a Table Service restaurant that is considered Fine/Signature Dining, meaning it’s on the higher end compared to many of the other locations on Disney World property, especially at the theme parks.

The menu features a variety of coastal offerings from land and sea, including a selection of fresh seafood from both local waters and around the globe.

You also can’t beat the panoramic views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom. You can even see fireworks from here!

After a lengthy refurbishment since June 2022, Narcoossee’s reopened with a new look and enhanced menu on April 1, 2023.

This has long been a favorite of ours, but does the restaurant still hold up? Check out our review from when we had dinner at Narcoossee’s on April 30, 2023.

The basics

  • Date we dined at Narcoossee’s: Sunday, April 30, 2023
  • Meal we booked: Dinner
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Dinner price (plus tax and gratuity): $35 to $59.99 per adult


A fine dining experience on the waterfront with panoramic views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom.

narcoossee's at grand floridian

Location type: Fine/Signature Dining
Type of food: American, Seafood
Meals Served: Dinner
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 table service credit
  • Pros: Fantastic seafood and amazing views including being able to see the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom
  • Cons: Expensive, waits can sometimes be long for food

Booking ahead

Narcoossee’s can be a difficult dining reservation to get due to it being popular and newly reopened. Plus, people tend to linger when dining here (especially if they are booking at a time close to fireworks), so the tables don’t turn over as quickly.

Reservations for all the restaurants at Disney World currently open up exactly 60 days in advance — and if this is on your list, you should definitely plan on booking it then.

narcoossee's dinner reservation confirmation

Grabbing dining reservations at Disney World is extremely competitive. We were lucky to snag a Narcoossee’s dinner reservation 28 days prior to our trip.

You never know when there will be availability, but the most surefire way to get any reservation is booking 60 days before your trip begins.

Other ways to score a Narcoossee’s dining reservation

Set dining alerts

If you don’t get a Narcoossee’s reservation or want to try to book one last minute, try setting up a dining alert.

Reservation finding services are built to constantly check for openings at restaurants that you choose. Depending on the service, you can receive an email and/or text alert or a push notification when something becomes available.

Keep checking

You can also keeping checking yourself to see if anything opens up. We’ve had a lot of luck with this method. Trust us when we say reservations become available all the time — even the day of!

Join the waitlist

Many Disney World restaurants also have a waitlist option that you can either join in the My Disney Experience app or in person.

If you don’t have luck snagging a reservation, this might be your next best bet. But, keep in mind, it’s not always a guarantee.

Checking in

Like with many Table Service restaurants across Disney World, we checked in for our reservation 20 minutes prior using the My Disney Experience app.

mobile check in on the my disney experience app for narcoossee's

If you check in via the app, you can only do so up to 20 minutes prior to your reservation time. For example, for our 6:30 p.m. dinner, we checked in at 6:10 p.m.

We arrived at the Grand Floridian via rideshare exactly at 6:10 p.m. and were able to check in as soon as we exited the vehicle.

It only takes a few minutes to walk from the main building to Narcoossee’s, which sits along the water.

main entrance at narcoossee's

It’s important to note that we were not able to add an additional guest when using mobile check in. We could only check in for the number of guests that were on the reservation.

But, since there were 3 of us dining (Heather, Felicia, and Allyson), this was a small snafu. Don’t worry, we figured it out!

When we made our reservation, we could only get a table for 2, so upon our arrival at the restaurant, we asked the host if were were able to add on one more person.

They were extremely accommodating, but did note that the dining room was “completely full” that evening. Luckily, it worked out for us that we were able to add on another guest. Know that this isn’t always the case.

We waited about 13 minutes for our table to be ready and were able to sit down at 6:23 p.m. This was also 7 minutes before our 6:30 p.m. reservation. It wasn’t too long of a wait, which we appreciated.

Dress code

When it comes to what you wear at a “fancy” restaurant located at Walt Disney World, Disney gives this recommendation:

“…guests are expected to dress accordingly in attire that respects the restaurant’s sophisticated and upscale aesthetic. Clothing should be clean, neat and in good condition.” Swimwear is not allowed.

heather, felicia and allyson from wdw prep school at art of animation

During our dinner reservation, we dressed casual (as you can see above).

Heather wore a simple and comfortable black dress with a white sweater over it, along with sneakers. Felicia wore a black romper with sandals. And, Allyson wore floral, linen-type shorts with a short-sleeved shirt, a Disney World 50th baseball cap, and sneakers.

I’d say about 1/2 of the guests dining while we were at Narcoossee’s were in clothes a bit nicer (dresses and slacks, primarily), but the other 1/2 were dressed like us, in nicer, casual clothes.

If you’re worried that you have to wear a fancy dress or suit to Narcoossee’s, that is not the case, whatsoever. Even though this is a Fine/Signature Dining restaurant, most theme park attire is still allowed.


One of the perks of dining at Narcoossee’s is you can watch Magic Kingdom fireworks from the outside on a wraparound deck attached to the building!

Here is the deck:

dock and deck at narcoossee's

The view (as seen below) of Space Mountain and Main Street’s Walt Disney World Railroad station from here isn’t too shabby.

While you can’t see the projections on Cinderella Castle, you will be able to see the fireworks – and listen to the music inside and outside the restaurant!

That’s right, the show’s soundtrack is pumped in, so you can enjoy most of the show, minus the projections.

During this time, the lights inside Narcoossee’s are also turned off, which makes for an even better view.

views of space mountain from narcoossee's at grand floridian

We did not watch the fireworks from here after our dinner (we headed to Magic Kingdom and watched them along Main Street, U.S.A.), but if you want to watch the fireworks during your meal, you very much can.

Just make sure to double-check the fireworks time before making a reservation, so you’re there during showtime.

When you check in via the My Disney Experience app, you can also request “window” for your seating preference (this isn’t always guaranteed, and you may have to wait for a table along the window to open up).

Keep in mind that other guests may go outside to watch the fireworks, so your window view could be blocked. But, if you do choose to watch from the outside, your table will be saved for when you reenter the restaurant after the show.

What’s available for dinner at Narcoossee’s

Let’s take a look at what’s included during a dinner at Narcoossee’s…

Narcoossee’s is a Fine/Signature Dining Table Service restaurant, meaning this is a standard menu and you pay-per-item.

The menu, which is mainly seafood-inspired, includes options for the following:

  • Starters
  • Soups and Salads
  • Entrées
  • Enhancements
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • Kids’ Offerings
  • Beverages (water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, mocktails, beer, wine, cocktails)

Menu offerings can (and do) change, but this is what was available during our visit on April 30, 2023.

Narcoossee’s Menu

narcoossee's menu

Narcoossee’s Allergy-Friendly Menu

allergy-friendly menu at narcoosse's

Narcoossee’s Cocktail, Beer, and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Menu

narcoosee's specialty cocktails and beer menu

Narcoossee’s Wine Menu

wine menu at narcoossee's

Narcoossee’s Featured Pours Menu

featured pours at narcossee's

Narcoossee’s Dessert Menu

narcoossee's dessert menu

Narcoossee’s Allergy-Friendly Dessert Menu

allergy-friendly dessert menu at narcoosse's

Narcoossee’s Kid’s Menu

kids' menu at narcoossee's

Narcoossee’s food and drinks

Narcoossee’s has quite a big menu, which you can browse online or in the My Disney Experience app.

Instead of listing each item available for purchase, we’re going to include everything we ordered during our meal on April 30, 2023.

It’s important to note that menus and prices change, so the following may not always be the same.


3 Daughters Brewing Beach Blonde Ale – $9.50

*Allyson’s choice

  • This is a beer Allyson has had on several occasions. You can find it at other locations on Disney property, like Steakhouse 71. It’s a solid blonde ale that’s light and has great flavor.
3 daughters beach blonde ale at narcoossee's

Cold Brew Martini (SelvaRey Chocolate Rum, Tia Maria Liqueur, Joffrey’s Coffee™ Cold Brew, Cane Syrup and Bitters) – $15.50

*Heather’s choice

  • Heather really enjoyed this martini, including the Mickey they made with the coffee beans. It was on the stronger side, but had a fantastic coffee flavor, and it wasn’t super bitter.
cold brew martini at narcoossee's

White Sangria (Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Ketel One Cucumber and Mint Botanical, Agave, Strawberry) – $15

*Felicia and Heather’s choice

  • This White Sangria wasn’t too sweet, light, and lovely. The frozen cube made of fresh fruit continued to add a fruitiness to the sangria as it melted. It did not taste artificial by any means.
white sangria at narcoossee's

Old Fashioned (Old Forester Bourbon, Courvoisier VS Cognac, Rosemary, Aromatic Bitters) – $16.50

*Felicia’s choice

  • As a bourbon lover, Felicia had to order the Old Fashioned. While she liked it, she preferred the White Sangria. The main thing she didn’t like was the sprig of Rosemary, a flavor she isn’t a fan of.
old fashioned at narcoossee's


Sweet Potato Gnocchi (Plant-Based: Lacinato Kale, Clamshell Mushrooms, Poma Rosa Tomato Ragû) – $16

*We shared

  • This is one of the best things we’ve ever eaten. Every ingredient worked so well together and just tasted absolutely amazing. We’d order this as just our entrée, that’s how good it was.
sweet potato gnocchi at narcoossee's


Wild Mushroom Risotto (Fontina, Espellete Pepper) – $12

*We shared

  • If you love mushrooms, this is a must. This is a fabulous side dish that is easily shareable thanks to the portion size. It’s actually quite filling and could easily be eaten as your entrée.
wild mushroom risotto at narcoossee's

Sweet-and-Sour Brussels Sprouts (Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Sorghum-Malt Gastrique). – $11

*We shared

  • While the Brussels sprouts were our least favorite out of everything we tried, this side dish was still good. We also ordered it without the bacon, since Allyson is vegetarian.
brussels sprouts at narcoossee's


Yuzu-Ginger Salmon (Sambal White Asparagus, Coconut Jade Rice, Lemon Grass-Thai Basil Emulsion) – $46

*Felicia and Heather shared

  • The salmon was cooked perfectly. Plus, the rice added a whole new layer to the dish. Heather and Felicia couldn’t say enough good things about this entrée. Heather also let our server know she has a shellfish allergy. They were very accommodating and made sure to she had access to an allergy-friendly menu.
yuzu ginger salmon at narcoossee's

Roasted Vegetable Paella (Plant-Based: Market Vegetables, Preserved Artichoke, Cannellini Beans, Charred Meyer Lemon) – $34

*Allyson’s choice

  • You wouldn’t think a seafood restaurant would have a good plant-based offering, but Narcoossee’s is here to prove you wrong. This was beyond delicious. There were so many fresh vegetables that mixed extremely well with the paella. Plus, you get a lot for your money.
plant-based roasted vegetable paella at narcoossee's


Almond-crusted Cheesecake (Lambert Cherry Sauce, Chantilly) – $16

*We shared

  • Because we were so full after eating all of the fantastic food, we decided it was best to share a dessert. Alongside the Berry Pavlova (Yuzu Crémeux, Anglaise), our server recommended the Almond-crusted Cheesecake. This is a great dessert option. Even Allyson who doesn’t like almond flavoring enjoyed it. The cheesecake had the right amount of almond and was also fluffy and beautiful.
almond-crusted cheesecake at narcoossee's

Important: If you or someone in your party has dietary restrictions, many Disney World restaurants have accommodations and they also sometimes list the allergy-friendly items on the menu (online and in the My Disney Experience app). If you have questions, be sure to chat with a Cast Member, and they’ll be able to assist you.

Our most recent review of dinner at Narcoossee’s

Overall, our dinner at Narcoossee’s was one we’d highly recommend. We loved the majority of everything we ate and drank.

But, let’s first start with the service. The staff was very accommodating when we asked if we could add another guest to our reservation.

While they couldn’t guarantee anything, they managed to make it work and were very nice about it. Remember: it pays off to be kind and respectful to Cast Members, who are simply doing their job.

narcoossee's dining room

As for our server, she was friendly and knowledgeable. We ordered our starter, sides, and entrées at the beginning, which helped our server pace out the food at a reasonable speed.

We never felt like we waited too long for a dish, and they gave us plenty of time to enjoy each option before bringing out the next round of goodies.

We didn’t order dessert until the end because we weren’t sure if we’d have enough room in our stomachs — but we did. It was worth it and, thankfully, we were able to share.

dining room at narcoossee's

For those who don’t eat meat, seafood, or any animal by-products, Narcoossee’s is actually a great restaurant. There are plant-based offerings if you want a starter, side, entrée, and a dessert. Plus, you can also request the sides to be served without meat.

This was some of the best plant-based menu items Allyson has had at a Fine/Signature Dining establishment on Disney World property.

Heather and Felicia also really loved their salmon. So, if you’re a salmon fan visiting Disney World, you need to come here.

For little ones, while we didn’t order off the kids’ menu, there are plenty of kid-friendly items to choose from, including grilled chicken breast, mac and cheese, and crispy-fried chicken strips, to name a few.

Is Narcoossee’s worth it for dinner?

So, allow us to answer the big question: is Narcoossee’s worth it for dinner?

The short answer — yes, absolutely.

While it is on the pricier side, you have to remember that it’s a Fine/Signature Dining restaurant. You are going to pay more here.

But, if you’re looking for a restaurant at Disney World where you can order an upscale meal, this is one we definitely suggest.

Between the service, the food, the drinks, the view, and the fact that you can watch fireworks from here, this is a worthwhile dinner.

Sometimes you need step away from the parks (and the crowds), and what better way to do that than with a lovely meal where you can relax and enjoy your food without feeling rushed?

We would definitely eat at Narcoossee’s again (and can’t wait to).


Have you ever had dinner at Narcoossee’s? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments!