We tried this on our last Disney vacation. We checked into our room, swam and then headed for dinner. The wait staff was kind and helpful. We all enjoyed our meal and found our meals flavorful. We are looking forward to returning to Boatwright's on our next visit as we all loved the menu and can not wait to try more of it.
I'm surprised by all the negative reviews so I wanted to right our experience. The restaurant was fairly empty but it was a late night reservation. Our waitress was the best we had our whole vacation. I had the prime rib and it was superb. Unfortunately I can't remember what the rest of my family had but everyone left happy and full. I did try the "glo-tini" and I didn't care for it but I'm not much of a drinker and wanted to try something.
We LOVE Port Orleans Riverside, mainly because we are from Louisiana and love the theming! We could not wait to try Boatwright's now I wish I would not have tried it. First of all the food was horrible! I am a true cajun and I cook cajun food all day everyday. I also know that anywhere other than here in Louisiana it is hard to get good "Louisiana Food" with that in mind I really did not have high authentic expectations. The food tasted like cardboard. I had the "jambalaya" either I received the wrong food (not likely) or the jambalaya in my food ran away. It was a pasta dish with no resemblance to jambalaya. But okay I am going to eat it anyway, I am at Disney and I have never had a reason to doubt Disney. I sent it back because the taste was horrible. It tasted like they used taco seasoning to flavor the food. (wrong culture) My dh food was also sent back and we ended up going to the quick service to get our food. We will return to Port Orleans time and time again but not to Boatwright's not ever!
My family attended the Grand opening of the Port Orleans and the following year staying for the Grand Opening of Dixie Landings. PO, FC always had the better table service, Bonfamillies. It was excellent and the service was superior. Over a two week stay we would always eat there 4 or 5 times.
Boatwright we tried hard to avoid. We would truck over when there was a shuttle between the sister resorts and our kids were small and unexpectedly not up to returning to the parks. Now on the flip side POR always had the better CS so it balanced out. Boat has always had snippy staff, especially the greeters and Lordie help ya if you didn't have an ADR and dared to ask if they had openings. Last time I asked that question and was genuinely told off, I went to the lobby to find out who had ressies, I so didn't want to go out that night and there were openings at the BoatWright, duh I saw the empty tables. I chose not to go anyhow and flipped over to Key West, I was afraid of what the greeter would do if I showed up with an ADR 5 minutes after she put me in my place for inquiring.
I did give it 2 stars over one because their breakfast isn't so bad.