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Sebastian’s Bistro: A Hidden Gem at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

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My family and I had the opportunity to dine at Sebastian’s Bistro, and we were not disappointed! This reimagined table service restaurant serves fresh and inviting dishes inspired by rich Latin and Caribbean flavors. Admittedly, we were caught by surprise and still talk about the food we had – which is why I want to share my experience with you.

If you’re looking for a delicious and unique dining experience during your next trip to Walt Disney World, check out Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Sebastian’s Bistro offers a variety of family-style Caribbean dishes and plant-based options. The restaurant is easily accessible from the Disney Skyliner or for guests of the resort, making it an excellent choice for a quick bite or a leisurely meal. Sebastian’s Bistro is a hidden gem restaurant outside a Disney park worth a visit and a table service option I’d recommend!

As someone who focuses on the details of planning a Walt Disney World vacation for families with kids, I’ll go through these topics in detail today: location, availability, menu options & accommodations, pricing, and atmosphere.

Note: With many locations changing availability and menu options at Walt Disney World, I encourage you to check the Disney Dining website first or make a dining reservation ahead of time.

Sebastian’s Bistro Website | Menu | Disney World – Know Before You Go

Location

Sebastian’s Bistro is a table service restaurant located on Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. This hidden gem outside Old Port Royale at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a meal.

To get to Sebastian’s Bistro, you could take the Disney Skyliner. However, that may be off the beaten path if you’re not already coming from EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or another resort on the Skyliner route. Two other options would be to take a bus to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to get off at the Old Port Royale stop or drive to the resort.

Some guests like that Sebastian’s Bistro is more relaxed than most table service restaurants in the parks, while others may find it inconvenient to leave the parks to dine here. I would recommend planning to eat at Sebastian’s Bistro on a rest day rather than a park day if you’re not already staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

A rest day idea we’ve done as a family was to hop on the Epcot line of the Disney Skyliner, travel down to EPCOT to walk over to the boardwalk. From there, enjoy sightseeing, entertainment, and shopping. We then hopped back on the Disney Skyliner. We traveled from EPCOT back to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort for dinner at Sebastian’s Bistro before walking over to explore Disney’s Riviera Resort or taking the shorter Skyliner ride over to explore Disney’s Pop Century Resort or Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

Availability

The most up-to-date information about hours, menu options, and more for Sebastian’s Bistro can be found here.

On Tuesdays, Sebastian’s Bistro is closed, which might cause problems for guests at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort or those who want to dine there if you’re on a shorter trip or limited schedule. The restaurant is open from 4:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., making this a dinner-only dining option. Make reservations for Sebastian’s Bistro, especially if you’ll be dining within 60 days. Walk-up possibilities may or may not be available.

We didn’t have a reservation when we dined at Sebastian’s Bistro. We made a very spare of-the-moment decision and decided to try the walk-up option on the night that the restaurant was open, which we waited about 2 hours before we were seated. Walk-up options are not always guaranteed and are first come, first serve.

Menu Options & Accommodations

Your meal begins with delicious Buttery House-Baked Pull-Apart Rolls served with Guava Butter and Caramelized Onion Jam. Enjoy a salad appetizer of mixed greens, spiced candied walnuts, grilled pineapple and more before you indulge in the main course—Taste of the Caribbean. This delectable dish lets you savor a selection of favorite recipes, including Oven-Roasted Citrus Chicken, Slow-Cooked Mojo Pork and Grilled Flank Steak, accompanied by Cilantro Rice and Beans, Vegetable Curry and Grilled Broccolini.

Sebastians Bistro, Walt Disney World Website

While everything we had on the regular menu was terrific, the night’s highlights were the selection of meats. The citrus chicken was my son’s favorite, with the chicken being tender, juicy, and not overly flavored. I thought the mojo pork and grilled flank steak would be on the spicier side, but to our surprise, they were not.

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‘Taste of the Caribbean Menu’

With most food options at Walt Disney World, you’ll find Sebastian’s Bistro can accommodate both plant-based eaters and allergy-friendly requests. If you have a dietary need, in addition to making a note of it when making dining reservations, Walt Disney World recommends letting the cast members and chef know when you arrive. We didn’t choose a plant-based or allergy-friendly option while dining.

As someone that has to be mindful of spice and ingredients in most meals, the best description I can give you of the meats is that they have a modest fresh flavor, considering some Caribbean-themed food is heavy on the spice. If you can not tolerate any spice or don’t usually tolerate mild spices well, consider a different restaurant with more traditional American flavors.

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Sebastian Island Paradise & Flounder Colada of Reason

Let’s talk about kids’ menus for a minute. You won’t find an advertised ‘kids menu’ at Sebastian’s Bistro. My family has picky eaters with a very selective palate for most foods, so this was a concern when looking over the menu at Sebastian’s Bistro. I can tell you that with this in mind, I would not think twice about recommending this as an option. Cut some of the citrus chicken to serve, remove the skin and serve alongside the rice and broccolini, and you’ve got a standard plate reminiscent of what would be served at home.

One more mention. Get the Taste of the Caribbean enhancement (an additional $8), the appetizer of fried coconut shrimp with creamy chipotle dipping sauce. This was a massive hit with my family, and we would have ordered more if it were not at an additional cost. You get about six large-sized coconut shrimp that are perfect to start the meal. Sadly, I don’t have a picture of them to share with you because my family ate them up too fast, and a plate of crumbs would not be appealing.

Chef Mike Sebastian's Bistro - Carolina Blogging

Guests may not know that Chef Mike from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resorts table service restaurant ‘Ohana has moved to Sebastian’s Bistro. We asked to meet the chef during our visit and had a great chat with Chef Mike about the inspiration behind the flavors of Sebastian’s Bistro and his experience with the menu being reimagined!

Reviews on TripAdvisor speak for themselves, giving Sebastian’s Bistro a 4.5 out of 5 overall with 43 reviews. You can find that resource here to read.

Pricing

With Sebastian’s Bistro at the lower end of most table service restaurants for pricing, you’ll find average costs of about $29 per adult, $17 for a child, and options for specialty cocktails, spirits, and appetizers priced additionally as add-ons.

After reopening the pandemic, we found quite a few table service restaurants at Walt Disney World moved to a family-style option over individual entrees. We can’t speak to what the options were pre-pandemic, but one of the unique things now at Sebastian’s Bistro is that the food is still served family style. For my family, family-style options are a bonus because we can order more of just what we want as seconds and thirds, which is precisely what happened with the citrus chicken and mojo pork.

Sebastian’s Bistro menu can be found by clicking here.

Atmosphere

With a Caribbean coastal feel, we felt right at home at Sebastian’s Bistro. We found the atmosphere casual and laid back, similar to what we are used to at home in North Carolina.

Sebastian's Bistro Inside - Carolina Blogging

While waiting for your reservation, you can sit dockside in the Adirondack chairs on the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort boardwalk that overlooks the lagoon or step over to Banana Cabana to grab a quick drink. Once your reservation is called, you’d be seated at a larger table with plenty of room if a high chair is needed. Sebastian’s Bistro is not the largest table service restaurant we’ve dined at on the Walt Disney World property, but it is also not the smallest.

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One thing to note is that Sebastian’s Bistro is next to Banana Cabana and the main pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. This means there is a lot of foot traffic around this location, and you may be unable to escape the pool area’s atmosphere and the hustle and bustle unless you visit in cooler months.

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Our Overall Thoughts

Sebastian’s Bistro is the perfect spot if you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to feed your family while on vacation at Walt Disney World. With various family-style options, you’ll leave full without spending a fortune. The restaurant is easily accessible from the Disney Skyliner or for Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort guests. Sebastian’s Bistro is a hidden gem restaurant outside of a Disney park worth a visit!

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