Thursday, June 26, 2014

Paradiso 37 : THE Best Meal we've ever had at Downtown Disney

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
My daughter-in-law went frugal too (I guess next time we won't tell them we're treating? ;) ) and ordered the Baja Fish Tacos. She thought they were delicious; the best food we had the whole time we were in the Disney area.

In some places, it's just worth it to order the dessert. :)
Paradiso Chocoate Stack.

For dessert (yep, everything was so good we could not resist seeing what they had to end the meal) we asked our (very awesome and attentive!) waiter to choose several selections he thought we'd like. He brought out a Crème Brûlée that was hard to pry from my oohing and ahhing son and his wife (literally, I thought they went into a dream coma eating it ;) ), some mini ice cream cones (that the kids and my husband loved!), and the delicious Paradiso Chocolate Stack pictured above.


I love when you can actually see where the food is being cooked.

In short, the atmosphere was festive and amazing...and I loved that you could see where your food was actually 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.

98 comments:

  1. Oh that food looks glorious! I miss DD! The last time we went to Disney and we skipped DD. I could have kicked myself and I should.

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  2. Wow -this is one place in Disney that I have never been to. We have to go to DD every year during our trip, but I don't think the boys would let me NOT take them to the Rainforest Cafe.

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  3. This place looks incredible! We were just discussing planning an upcoming Disney vacation around the end of the year. This looks like it's a must see. Love good food especially on vacation!

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  4. This place looks like so much fun... and beautiful... by the way, I love grilled vegetables, yummy :) I hope you have a lovely day Rosey :)

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  5. I've never eaten here. We'll have to check it out when we go in September.

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  6. Looks like a great place to eat. That chocolate stack looks fantastic.

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  7. Oh wow seriously!! I am sitting here starving and everything looks fabulous!

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  8. Damn, you will never ever go hungry there

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  9. That looks wonderful. And I love that they cater for vegetarians. Over here at least, that is a fail in many of our 'better' restaurants.

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  10. Nothing better than good food at a fun place. The food looked amazing.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  11. The food looks beautiful. I love the nightlife too! Wow!

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  12. I love all of the different foods at Disney. That food looks delicious.

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  13. Disney always seems to have the best food

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  14. Mm now I'm hungry! Looks like you guys has a brilliant time.

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  15. wow, that looks very good and it looks like a great atmosphere also, which is always very important...

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  16. Yum that food looks amazing. Would love to go there, looks like an awesome place.

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  17. Great view. Great ambiance. Great food and Great dessert! Yay!!!

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  18. adding this to my list of Disney restaurants. I've walked by this place so many time now I know i want to try it.

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  19. That looks great. I just bookmarked this post in my Disney folder, so I can show my guys when we have our time frame decided for our next Florida trip. I think we might be going to Universal Studios instead of Disney World, but we will still probably go to Downtown Disney one day anyway, while we are already in the area. :)

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  20. Oh my gosh, that food all looks AMAZING. I want to go! The chorizo and beef skewers sound so good.

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  21. I have been to downtown Disney several times and I do not recall seeing this restaurant, which I had because everything looks great!

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  22. Haven't been to Disney in ages, when we do go back I'm definitely trying this place!

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  23. Totally love that you could see the food being cooked and this was one of my favorites parts of our honeymoon, when we went for Hibachi and got to watch it being cooked and interact with our Su Chef, too :)

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  24. it looks so amazing, we love going for hibachi food

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  25. That looks so great! I'll have to add that to our Disney list.

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  26. Wow the food looks absolutely delicious, I need to eat there!

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  27. Wow that looks SO delicious! I can't wait to get to Disney and this is definitely going on the MUST do list!

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  28. My, oh my! Everything looks scrumptious! But that's Disney for ya. They sure do know how to do a meal up right. And even though I am not a vegetarian, I get excited over grilled veggies too!

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  29. Wow! It looks so gourmet for Disney. I never would have guessed, but now I have to go there the next time we are visiting Disney. Thanks for the great hidden gem! :)

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  30. Everything looks amazing! I guess I know where we need to go the next time we make it to the area!

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  31. It sounds like they have a very diverse menu! I'll have to look for them next time we're there. - Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

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  32. Oh yum! That looks soooo delicious. I can see why you liked it so much!

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  33. I've never been to Disney. This all looks fantastic. Definitely something I would also love!

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  34. Oh wow that food looks great! As a vegetarian myself, those roasted veggies looked the best! :D

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  35. Wow, that's was a great choice of foods. Disney really has done a great job with their restaurants. Lots of choices and quality foods!

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  36. I HAVE to remember this place for my next trip down. I love everything you showed us, and although I eat meat, I choose vegetarian most of the time so your plate looked so good to me.

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  37. The roasted veggies look really good! Nothing is worse than soggy veggies!

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  38. I won't be down there but after seeing that food I wish I were! That looked like the dining experience of a lifetime!

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  39. Looks delicious. I have not been to Disney since I was 6 and I am surprised to see they serve such great looking food there now!

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  40. I'd love to try the Chorizo and Beef Skewers and the Chocolate Stack. Disney really has some great food but I love that you even got live entertainment!

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  41. The food looks amazing! I can't stop staring at those skewers. :)

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  42. Hi Rosie - looks delicious even though it's breakfast time here! Lovely setting too - and sounds as though you had a wonderful family party ... cheers Hilary

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  43. Everything you had looks scrumptious!

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  44. I am soooo hungry right now!! Ha! I love finding out about the best food in the park! Thanks!!

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  45. You've got me thinking about my lunch now! Although I'm not vegetarian, I sometimes cook veggie meals, or select veggie options when I'm out and I really enjoy it. My boys like their meat though! : )

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  46. All the food looks amazing! What a wonderful meal!

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  47. The food looks delicious! From the Land looks amazing!

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  48. Those meals look fantastic. My Hubs would be all over the beef skewers.

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  49. Yum! That Paradiso Chocoate Stack looks like it is worth the trip!

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  50. That looks really good! I'd love to be there, too.

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  51. How is it we have been to Downtown Disney many times and never found this. I would love to go try them out, their food looks and sounds amazing.

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  52. Wow that food all looks delicious. I'd love to try those kabobs though.

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  53. I agree!! It is the best meal. Just by looking at the photos, they make very crafty and delicious meals. I want to try them all.

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  54. Food presentation is pretty cool. I love the style of the building too. Gives it a fresh atmosphere.

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  55. Man, that steak looks amazing!! All the food looks great, but that steak has my mouth watering. I'd love to eat there.

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  56. Wow, that looks like a great place to eat! I will have to check it out next time I am around Downtown Disney.

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  57. That food looks amazing. Ugh, now I REALLY want to go back to Disney!!

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  58. Wow - wouldn't expect that kind of yummminess in a park. Even if it is Disney. I will have to try this next time we visit!

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  59. Wow such beautiful plating! We'll have to go visit the next time we are there. The food looks so good!

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  60. Good gracious, I didn't even know that was there! When we're at downtown Disney, we love the RainForest Cafe, but I think we'd like this, too! Thanks for the introduction!

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  61. I love that atmosphere! I could use that dessert!

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  62. We walked by and heard great music from it. Love those tacos. Looks like a great place to stop!

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  63. I've never met food on a stick that I didn't like. I'm drooling at my computer screen!

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  64. Who knew Disney would have such good food! Looks like a great time!

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  65. The way they present every dish makes it look so tempting...

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  66. oh my that looks fantastic. I want to be there now! the 'from the land" talks volumes to me. presentations are amazing

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  67. That looks and sounds absolutely amazing! I have never been to Florida, but I will remember this location when I finally get there! (Hopefully sooner rather than later!!)

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  68. Wow! That all looks so amazing! I love roasted veggies too!

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  69. Yumm! I'm drooling over here! Looks delicious!

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  70. Looks like really good and tasty meals. That is the icing on the cake at Disney I bet

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  71. It looks like a great place to eat. I have never been to Disney so this should be interesting.

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  72. That sounds so good right now! I love eating in Downtown Disney(land) & I'd love to try Paradiso 37 someday :)

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  73. Wow, that looks so good! Can't wait to go there and try. Amber N

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  74. That seems like the place to go for sure! Wow! You can really tell how great the food is with your pics and I love the whole atmosphere of the place.

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  75. Oh my gosh those skewers look freaking fantastic!!!

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  76. All of that food looks amazing. I think I would go for the fish tacos!

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  77. I love Downtown Disney so much. That food looks delicious. I think another trip for my family is in order.

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  78. That food looks absolutely amazing! I've never dined there before, but you better believe it'll be on my itinerary for my next trip!

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  79. I love beautiful looking food. All the food looks soooo good. I'm jealous and will keep note for my next trip to Disney.

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  80. That food looks so good.We really want to go to Disney.

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  81. Wow that all looks really great and fresh. I'll have to try that nextime I'm down.

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  82. This looks absolutely amazing! Yum!

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  83. I love eating at Downtown Disney but I really couldn't say what's the best meal I've ever had. I usually do the dining plans so the next time I'm there (next year) I'm going to check out Paradiso 37.

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  84. yes! that all looks so tasty!!!! I would love to check that out, if we are ever back down there again... (fingers crossed)

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  85. The food looks delicious. We always try to find one or two great restaurants to try when we are on vacation.

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  86. Wow, those looks super. Plus it seems to have a good variety.

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  87. First up, I'll need to get myself to Disney! :) And then, I'll indulge in the many excellent eating places. This place looks fantastic...the variety of meals offered would be reason enough to give it a try.

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  88. Wow! I love that you can see where the food is being made.
    Definitely a great splurge!

    If we do get to visit Disney, I'll be calling on your for information Rosey!! :)

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  89. Oh I'd love to go there someday! So much to see indeed!

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  90. Everything looks so delicious. If my husband ever takes us to Disney we'll have to look this up.

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  91. A trip to Disney is on our wish list. We have been trying hard the last 2 years to make it happen and just haven't gotten there yet.

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  92. Disney and food. It does not get any better.

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  93. Oh my Lord! I wish I could go there right now! I shouldn't have looked at those pictures while I was hungry! haha My husband and I took our kids to Disney, but they were little. I wish we would have waited until they were a little older. The food is always GREAT at Disney. Thanks for getting me more hungry! haha

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  94. Oh my Lord! I wish I could go there right now! I shouldn't have looked at those pictures while I was hungry! haha My husband and I took our kids to Disney, but they were little. I wish we would have waited until they were a little older. The food is always GREAT at Disney. Thanks for getting me more hungry! haha

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