Seafood lovers who visit the Walt Disney World Resort have many wonderful options to choose from that feature a wide variety of fresh ingredients and bold flavors at locations including Flying Fish, Coral Reef Restaurant, and more. Many of the Disney restaurants that do serve up seafood delicacies feature calamari on their menus, and Guests can’t get enough of the crispy and flavorful pieces of squid. From the traditional Italian preparation to some unique international takes, here are the best calamari dishes to enjoy while spending time at the Walt Disney World Resort!
Calamari – Paddlefish
Paddlefish in Disney Springs is one of the best table service locations for seafood lovers and welcomes Guests to dine on an extensive menu of fresh catches while enjoying panoramic views of Lake Buena Vista from a docked steamship. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Paddlefish features several flavorful starters to begin each meal, including the Calamari which is fried to crispy perfection and served with shishito peppers and a peppadew piri piri sauce.
Calamari Fritti – Terralina Handcrafted Italian
Calamari is a popular appetizer in Italian cuisine and can be found on the menu at Terralina Handcrafted Italian in The Landing area of Disney Springs. The charming table service restaurant combines the rustic charm of an old-world trattoria with delicious Italian cuisine, and Guests can begin any meal there with the Calamari Fritti, which is served with a flavorful medley of pickled vegetables and chili-sage aioli.
Crispy Chipotle Calamari – Frontera Cocina
The Town Center area of Disney Springs is home to Frontera Cocina, a vibrant table service restaurant run by Chef Rick Bayless that serves up authentic Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner each day. While taking in beautiful views of Disney Springs and enjoying bold and flavorful dishes, Guests should be sure to not miss out on the Crispy Chipotle Calamari, which features amazing flavor thanks to a caramelized lime aioli, chile de arbol salsa, and cotija cheese.
Hoison Chili Calamari – The Boathouse
Many seafood lovers consider The Boathouse in The Landing area of Disney Springs to be a must on every visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, thanks to its extensive and delicious menu of fresh seafood and land favorites that are served up for lunch and dinner each day. In addition to the wonderful nautical décor and views of Lake Buena Vista, Guests who dine at The Boathouse can’t miss out on the Hoison Chili Calamari, which is perfectly crispy and accompanied by bell peppers, jalapeño, and serrano chili.
Fried Calamari – The Edison
One of the most immersive and unique table service restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort is The Edison in The Landing area of Disney Springs, which is open only for dinner each night and invites Guests to step back in time to an electric company from the 1920s and enjoy American cuisine and unique live entertainment. While checking out jazz musicians, stilt walkers, contortionists, and more, Guests can begin each meal at The Edison with the Fried Calamari which is served with cherry peppers, marinara arribiatta, and citrus aioli for some major flavor.
Spicy Calamari – Teppan Edo
Teppan Edo in the Japan Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase is a completely unique table service restaurant where Guests are seated at communal tables and partake in the preparation and entertainment of cooking a traditional teppan-yaki-style meal. Chefs prepare delicious food at each individual table and Guests can feel like part of the action as they enjoy flavorful dishes, including Spicy Calamari, which is indulgently served with a five-ounce ika steak and tossed in a garlic chili sauce.
Calamari Fritti – Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
One of the most popular restaurants in EPCOT’s World Showcase is Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, which can be found in the rear of the Italy Pavilion. The table service restaurant welcomes Guests for lunch and dinner and serves up a menu of delicious wood-fire pizzas in addition to other flavorful Italian options. Before digging into their delicious pizzas, Guests shouldn’t miss out on the Calamari Fritti, which features perfectly fried rings of squid accompanied by a traditional spicy tomato sauce.
Calamari– Enzo’s Hideaway
More authentic Italian cuisine can be found at Enzo’s Hideaway, a unique table service restaurant in The Landing area of Disney Springs that invites Guests into a secretive tunnel bar with a history rooted in prohibition and rum running. Open for lunch and dinner, Enzo’s Hideaway features a mouthwatering menu of traditional Italian favorites including Calamari which is accompanied by hot cherry peppers, spicy marinara sauce, and garlic aioli.
Calamari – Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
Guests who love Enzo’s Hideaway can also enjoy a table service meal at the location’s sister restaurant, Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, which can be found steps away in The Landing area of Disney Springs and features a unique theme designed to feel like an airline terminal from the 1930s. This location is also open daily for lunch and dinner and continues the traditional Italian menu options with Calamari Fritti available as an antipasta option served with hot cherry peppers, spicy marinara, and garlic aioli.
Fried Calamari – Spice Road Table
The Morocco Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase is home to Spice Road Table, a wonderful lounge-style location where Guests can enjoy small plates with bold Mediterranean flavors. Guests can choose to be seated in a small and beautifully themed indoor area or on a large open-air patio overlooking World Showcase Lagoon while dining on options like Fried Calamari, which is served with a rémoulade and harissa sauce for dipping.
Calamari – Trattoria al Forno
The final calamari option that Guests should not miss out on at the Walt Disney World Resort can be found at Trattoria al Forno, a table service Italian restaurant found overlooking Crescent Lake at Disney’s BoardWalk. This charming old-world trattoria serves up authentic Italian cuisine for breakfast and dinner each day, and Guests should be sure to enjoy the Calamari with lemon, parsley, and romesco sauce.