Recently we visited Paradiso 37, the last time we were here was just after it opened in 2009. It's taken us a while to get back.
Paradiso 37 is located at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World.
- Daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun - Sat
- Dinner 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sun - Thurs and 4 p.m. to 12 p.m. Fri - Sat
- Bar 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Outside the bar entrance was this sign outlining nightly entertainment and food.
We didn't realize there were two entrances, there's the bar entrance and then there's the restaurant entrance further down the walk way. So if you don't see anyone at the bar podium just walk a little further down the walk and you'll see the main door to the restaurant where they have someone to seat you.
The interior of the restaurant is open and bright. With lots of tables, there are a few booths but mostly tables with chairs. The sign on the wall shows that it seats 391 persons. Which I would consider a fairly large dining room.
They also have two outdoor dining areas for those that like to be in the sunshine.
And their bar is very impressive with it's large tower of bottles.
One side of the menu is the specialty drinks, and you get to keep the glass.
They are known for their 29º beer. So hubby ordered one of them.
However, something must have been wrong because this was far from 29º. When she asked how the beer was he let her know that it was actually pretty warm. So she replaced it with a bottle beer. Maybe it was a new keg that hadn't had time to cool down yet.
Now on to the food side of the menu.
As you know we are both sensitive to cilantro. We aren't allergic but it really does make everything taste like soap for us. So it's not pleasant. Why you ask, are we at a place that serves mostly food with cilantro? Well, because we like to try lots of flavors as well. So we do ask the server up front if there is anything on the menu we should be aware of that might have cilantro that's not marked on the menu. Because a lot of times they don't list it in the menu explanation of items. You'd be surprised how many times we've been surprise to get it in dishes that you'd never expect it. I ordered a chicken club flat bread the other day and it came with a huge handful of cilantro on top of it. Why? It doesn't belong in a chicken club sandwich so why would it be on a chicken club flatbread.
So the waitress told us to make our choices and then she'd let us know if the cilantro could be removed from those dishes.
Instead of ordering a starter this time we ordered the Southwest Fajita Salad as an appetizer to share. She made note to not add any cilantro to this dish and had the dressing served on the side just in case it had any already in it. It didn't. The dressing to this salad by the way is great on just about anything. The Southwest Fajita Salad consists of a crisp tortilla bowl, mixed greens, sautéed bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and the house vinaigrette. We had it with the added grilled shrimp. This salad was spectacular. The tortilla shell was crispy and made for a nice crunch with the salad. The greens were very fresh and the fajita fixin's were sautéed perfectly. The grilled shrimp had just the right amount of char on them and were perfectly tender.
We also ordered the Baja Fish Tacos to share. Normally the sauce you see in the small container would have been on the fish tacos as they were delivered, but she had them put it on the side for us. The Baja Fish tacos consists of Crispy - battered seasonal white fish, flour tortillas, cabbage slaw, corn salsa and the sauce is a cilantro-lime crema, which is why it's on the side. A crema is a sauce made of sour cream and some flavoring mixed in, this time it was lime. The tacos as you can see are brimming to the top with fish. The fish was a white flaky fish that was mild to the taste and very well seasoned. The cole slaw was a typical mayonnaise based cole slaw and paired well with the fish. The corn salsa did have a lot of cilantro in it so I did not eat the corn salsa. I instead put the salad dressing from the Fajita salad on my taco and it was scrumptious. I had her bring more of the salad dressing and we dipped just about everything in it. So if you don't like cilantro you can still enjoy this type of food.
The first time we were at Paradiso 37 we weren't nearly as impressed as we were this day. I'm sure it was early day growing pains the first time. Since then we've learned to give restaurants a little time to breathe after opening before giving them a try. They will work out the kinks and you'll have a better experience overall.
All in all we like Paradiso 37 a lot. If you are in the Disney Springs area, give them a try.
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