Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Now Open at Disney Springs!

The new venue from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, opened Monday (November 19) in Disney Springs Town Center and I just happened to be among the first to enter this brand-new restaurant!

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs

Here’s my first look around — not really a full review, because I didn’t have a proper meal. But I did have the chance to sample a number of savory offerings, as you will see!

Located next door to the Coca-Cola Store and directly across from Chicken Guy, the new restaurant has a very contemporary, yet unassuming exterior.

The Exterior

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs

The Interior

I took a quick tour of the restaurant and enjoyed the open feeling, as well as the exposed wood look around the seating areas.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs

There are pops of red leather everywhere, lending a polished, but eclectic feel to the space.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs

If you’re planning to dine with a large group, no worries here. There is a group table! It could easily accommodate 14 people.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs

There’s a bar area that continues the almost unexpected pops of red and the exposed-wood look.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Disney Springs

You can also look into and enjoy the open kitchen at this location.

Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill in Disney Springs

The pizza oven is gas, not wood-burning, which to be honest I don’t mind. Who really likes the burned-black crust that you often get with a wood-fired pizza? I think the gas oven gives better control.

Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill in Disney Springs

There is a full bar ready to mix up your favorite drink or pour your preferred beer.

Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill in Disney Springs

So I mentioned that I tasted my way around the menu a bit. Here’s what I tried.

Cocktails

The Lilly Belle is named after Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian Disney. The drink is  made with gin, aperol, sparkling rose, and lemon. It’s a nice tip of the hat to the restaurant’s Disney connection.

Lilly Belle Cocktail at Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill

If you’re a fan of Arnold Palmer — the iced tea and lemonade combo drink, not the golfer — you’ll want to try out the Garden of Eden. It’s made with tea-infused vodka and lemon, for a refreshing drink that goes down too easy!

Garden of Eden Cocktail at Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill

The Papa Doble honors Ernest Hemingway. The drink is made with rum, maraschino, and grapefruit. On the sweet side, but the grapefruit balances it out nicely. (We hear that Hemingway loved his rum!)

Papa Doble Cocktail at Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill

Starters

Onto the initial tasting. I tried several dishes to get a feel for the variety of the menu, starting out with the small portion (yes, this is the small portion) of the Artisanal Salumi. Obviously, this is quite shareable!

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Artisanal Salumi

The next appetizer was an individual portion of Tempura Calamari and Shrimp, which had a light, crisp breading.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Tempura Calamari and Shrimp

The last appetizer was the Local Burrata, which is a soft Italian mozzarella cheese to which cream has been added. It was served with grilled baby carrots, a romesco sauce, arugula, and walnuts. If you’re a cheese lover you will love this.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Local Burrata

Entrees

Since this is a Wolfgang Puck establishment I had to at least try one pizza. The Pepperoni Pizza, with added red onion and fresno chiles, was a bit too spicy for my taste.

Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill Pepperoni Pizza

For sandwich lovers, there’s the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. This is no ordinary Grilled Chicken Sandwich, though. It is topped with avocado, bacon, white cheddar cheese, tomato, red onion, and pesto aioli. The homemade pickles, which came as a garnish and on the sandwich itself, were delicious!

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Grilled Chicken Sandwich

At the insistence of the chef, I also sampled the Pumpkin Ravioli topped with brown butter, sage, and hazelnuts and the Pappardelle Pasta topped with a rich meat sauce and ricotta salata. There was no denying that the pasta was homemade, and it was tender, cooked perfectly.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Pumpkin Ravoli
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Pappardelle Pasta

The last entree was Wolfgang Puck’s take on the traditional Steak Frites. This version is a tender mesquite-grilled New York strip steak with a green peppercorn sauce, and of course fries.

Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill Steak Frites

Have you noticed that there is a growing trend for some of the newer restaurants in Disney Springs to have a walk-up, quick-service style window or an area with a modified menu? Some locations that have this include Frontera Cocina, Morimoto Asia, and Wine Bar George.  Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill also has a window, but with a sweet twist — it’s a Gelato Bar!

This Gelato Bar goes one step further than your ordinary ice cream window. They also serve alcohol, so you can get your favorite gelato blended with a spirit. Mortimer’s Key Lime Sorbet Margarita, shown here, is Key Lime gelato blended with tequila and triple sec.

Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill Mortimer’s Key Lime Sorbet Margarita

Have you also noticed something special about some of the names of beverages here? We appreciate that Puck’s has given a nod to Disney in this way — the aforementioned Lilly Belle, after Lillian Disney, and Mortimer, which might have been Mickey’s name had Lillian not convinced Walt otherwise!

Does all of this look tempting and tasty? This is just a sampling — the menu is pretty extensive. In fact, we have the full menus on the site:

Adult lunch/dinner

Children’s lunch/dinner

Gelato bar/take-out window

Have you been to Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill yet? Do you plan on visiting soon? Let us know in the comments below, or, better yet, be among the first to leave a review in our Rate and Review section!

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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