My friend, Siri, and I decided to hit Big River Grille and Brewing Works on day three of our Disney Agent Education Program when 9:30 P.M. rolled around, and we realized we hadn’t had dinner yet (rushing to Hollywood Studios to catch at least one ride on Tower of Terror before park closing was FAR more important!). We were headed to Jellyrolls to experience a night at the club (totally research-based, I assure you!), and I didn’t want to be too late, so Big River Grille was the perfect option. Located on the Boardwalk and offering no wait, it was an easy pick for our late dinner.
Big River Grille is not Disney owned and operated, and you can tell. The ambiance of the restaurant relies greatly on its location, which is great. They offer minimal indoor (and slightly cramped) seating, as well as outdoor seating on the Boardwalk. The night was pretty sultry, so we opted for an indoor table.
The prices were pretty much on par with the rest of the on-property options of the same caliber, if not a little more economical. The food, however, was pretty standard chain restaurant fare. The artichoke dip was really good, but I felt like I could get it at home, too.
Siri got the mushroom burger, and I opted for a cool chicken Caesar (of course, I got a side of soup which totally negated to coolness of the salad). Everything was pretty good, except for the chicken on my salad. It was dry and lacked any real flavor. My favorites were the dip and the beer cheese soup.
Would I choose Big River Grille again? Only if there were no other open options on the Boardwalk, and I was trying to avoid the pizza window (which I thought was really lackluster, as we were looking for dinner around 11:45 P.M. the next night and that was our only option). If I wasn’t too tired, I may head over to the Beach Club Marketplace. It definitely wasn’t a bad dining spot, it’s just not my cup of tea when I’m in the most themed place on Earth.