|Paradiso 37 has become our FAVORITE place to dine at Downtown Disney (Lake Buena Vista, FL).|
Paradiso 37 is one of those places that you know you're going to like the second you walk up to it. The atmosphere is indoor/outdoor festive (your choice), the view is amazing, and everyone who is a part of the establishment is very, very nice!
We're usually all about saving when we are on a vacation, but we do usually splurge on one excellent dinner because, well, because it's vacation. ;) We made dinner reservations at the Paradiso 37 ahead of time, which I highly recommend. It is located in Downtown Disney (Lake Buena Vista, FL.) where there are always a lot of people, and even on a week night it was very busy (after dining there we have no doubt as to why the crowds love this place).
|Everyone at the table was pretty impressed with the flavor of the meat on the|
Chorizo and Beef Skewers (appetizer).
My husband went ahead of us to secure our table, and we were delighted to walk in and find him seated outside with a beautiful water view. It wasn't just the gorgeous view, the great staff, the live entertainment, or the fantabulous atmosphere that had us raving about Paradiso 37, it was the food that was the most impressive to us. That's exactly the way it should be when you're hoping for a culinary delight. For our starters, we ordered the Chorizo and Beef Skewers for the adults at the table, and the Mexican Dipping Trio (with corn nachos) for the kids. That was another thing about the restaurant that made us happy, the many friendly options for the kids (not always found in a restaurant with specialized food).
|From the Land|
Chicken Flautas, Grilled Skirt Steak, Black Beans and Cilantro Rice, & Spicy Chorizo Skewers
There were a lot of us, so I won't go through every meal, but I do want you to see some of the gorgeous selections that ended up on our table. The restaurant menu is described as the "Taste of the Americas" and features some of the best dishes found from the 37 countries in the Americas (hence the name). My husband got the 'From the Land' dinner that had more of those skewers he couldn't stop eating, grilled Skirt Steak, Chicken Flautas, and some tasty Cilantro rice. The small Pita Bread circles that came with the plate were nice and soft, and the perfect accompaniment for the mixed flavors.
|Laugh if you want to, but us vegetarians get mighty excited when our veggies|
are roasted up so tasty good!
I got a beautiful salad and some delicious roasted veggies. I am the only vegetarian in the family, and that's fine by me. ;) I thought my dishes were every bit as tasty as everyone was saying their meat dishes were to them.
|One of the many burger selections on the menu.|
My oldest was going to order a New York Strip until he found out he wasn't allowed to pay the bill. As soon as he heard that, he changed his mind and ordered one of the tasty Paradiso 37 burger selections. There was no changing his mind (he's getting nice like that in his 'old age,') but I wished he'd have gotten his first choice! It turned out okay though because he was making a lot of happy noises eating his burger when it came. ;)
|Baja Fish Tacos|
|In some places, it's just worth it to order the dessert. :)|
Paradiso Chocoate Stack.
|I love when you can actually see where the food is being cooked.|
|Our outside table had a great view.|
We also had a shelter above us (in case of rain) with fans, making for very pleasant seating.
The outside view of the water where we were sitting (with shelter over the top in case it rained) made us very happy.
|When we first got there people were just starting to come in.|
This entertainer went out later and was dancing with the children, it was awesome
and she looked as happy as the kids!
|When we left there wasn't a seat in the house, and the line|
to get in was significantly large.
The live entertainment was (great!) fun! The entertainer pictured above came around to the tables and was dancing with some of the children (who loved it!).
And most importantly, the food was absolutely cooked to perfection and delicious! It was a very nice night out with the family, and if you are in Downtown Disney this summer (and I know so many of you will be), I hope you will take the time out to make a reservation and eat at the Paradiso 37. For us, it was an extremely wonderful dining experience.
You can learn more about the Paradiso 37 by visiting their website.
You can also follow them on Facebook, and/or Flickr. And they often show up on the Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Twitter feed.