Frontera Cocina: Family Dinner at Disney Springs

It’s no secret that Frontera Cocina at Disney Springs is one of our favorite places for Mexican food at Walt Disney World! We had such a great time (and great food!) on our Frontera Cocina date night last year that we definitely wanted to bring the kids along on our trip this year. Owned by celeb Chef Rick Bayless, Frontera Cocina features foods from all over Mexico- and on this visit, we were super excited to try the new “Taste of Baja” menu.

Frontera Cocina Family DiningThanks to Frontera Cocina for hosting us for a delicious dinner! We received a complimentary meal but all of my opinions are honest and my own.

Frontera Cocina Disney Springs Exterior

Frontera Cocina, located in the Town Center area of Disney Springs, is a quick walk from the Lime parking garage (which has FREE PARKING!). Our reservation was smack-dab in the middle of a torrential downpour so I think most people headed into the stores to escape the storm.

Drinks at Frontera Cocina

I loved the Sangria so much on our last trip to Frontera Cocina that I just HAD to order it again- and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Pretty sure it’s my favorite sangria ANYWHERE! I ordered the Vuelve A La Vida for Jacob: Pacifico draft beer, El Velo blanco tequila, lime juice, house-made mix and hot sauce served with candied bacon and an avocado slice! I was totally intrigued by the bacon and avocado accompaniments and he said the whole thing was pretty tasty!

Crispy Chipotle Calamari

In addition to chips and salsa, we ordered the Crispy Chipotle Calamari from the new “Taste of Baja” menu and it was a hit with our whole table! It comes with caramelized lime aioli and chile de arbol salsa and our crew couldn’t decide which one was their fave since they were both delicious.

All the kids enjoying dinner at Frontera

I love that our kids are old enough that we can easily take them to restaurants and have a nice meal together. Frontera Cocina has a decent kids menu with quesadillas and tacos, both served with rice and carrots, so even the pickiest eater should be able to find something. And they have high chairs and all that jazz if you’re traveling with little ones because even though this is a table service restaurant, it’s still Disney World, and families are definitely welcome. The crowd does get louder/more adult as the night goes on but it’s not so rowdy that I wouldn’t take our crew for a late dinner if that’s the only time we could visit.

Grilled Florida Pink Shrimp

I ordered the Grilled Florida Pink Shrimp from the new “Taste of Baja” menu and it was my absolute favorite thing of the night! The shrimp was cooked in a red chile-peanut salsa macha and served with plantain rice and it was RIDICULOUSLY amazing! This one definitely has a kick so steer clear if you don’t like spicy food- Chef Rick Bayless has said it’s like a 6/10 spice-wise and I would agree with that.

Jake had the Carne Asada & Mojo-Grilled Florida Shrimp, also from the new menu and his was delicious as well. We both preferred my shrimp to the ones that came with his meal but the mojo-grilled shrimp were good, too, and the carne asada was cooked perfectly!

Boys with their dinner

Nick went out on a limb and ordered the Oaxacan Mole Chicken at the recommendation of our server (who was fantastic, by the way!). He’s never had mole but couldn’t get enough and polished off the whole thing- I was shocked because it’s HUGE– definitely splittable for most! Ben ordered the Red Chile Chicken Enchiladas and was equally pleased with his choice. In fact, I’d recommend the enchiladas if you’re unsure of some of the more unusual/authentic choices as they really were tasty.

Raspberry Habanero Cake

We absolutely LOVED the Coconut Lime Cuatro Leches the last time we visited (slice in the back) but wanting to try something new, we also ordered the Raspberry-Habanero Cake from the new “Taste of Baja” menu (slice in the front). With lime chantilly cream, minty raspberry salsa, and candied habanero lime, it was a sweet and spicy combination and oh, so delicious!

Ready for dessert

We had such a nice, relaxing dinner at Frontera Cocina with these five sweethearts! I love sitting in the back of the restaurant, by the bar, because the walls are predominantly windows and you have a great view of Disney Springs.

Little cake thief- she loves the cuatro de leche from Frontera Cocina!

She ADORED the Coconut Lime Cuatro Leches and wanted the whole piece to herself! I honestly think she would have polished off the entire slice if we would have let her– but everyone else loved it, too!

We absolutely loved our dinner at Frontera Cocina from start to finish. The service, the food, and the atmosphere were all spectacular and it truly is one of our favorite places to eat at Disney Springs!

TIPS FOR DINING AT FRONTERA COCINA

  • Reservations are highly recommended- you can make them online through My Disney Experience or on OpenTable
  • Pricing is $15 to $34.99 per adult
  • Disney Dining Plans are accepted (1 table service credit per person)
  • Located at Town Center of Disney Springs
  • Parking is free at the Disney Springs parking garages (lime is the closest!); Resort busses and boats are available as well.

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