*These dining experiences took place in June 2017.
Brunch and Dinner at Raglan Road Irish Pub
Raglan Road Irish Pub, located in Disney Springs, is one of my favorite table service restaurants at Disney World. It has consistently great food, fantastic atmosphere, and tons of gluten free and dairy free options. It’s always a winner and a restaurant I go back to again and again. Recently, I stopped by Raglan Road for both brunch and dinner, so I’m including both visits in this review.
One of the things that I love most about Raglan Road is that you’ll feel like you were transported to Ireland when you walk in the door. From the outside dining areas to the charming interior, it all has an authentic Irish feel to it.
Of course, on one of the days we visited, it was pouring rain, which made it perfect for a cozy Irish pub meal.
The interior of the restaurant is dark, with lots of wood and cozy corners. There are two bar locations and a main stage for live entertainment, which you can see nightly and during the brunch time.
It can get a bit loud in Raglan Road, so if you prefer a quieter area of the restaurant, I recommend asking for a table near the side of the restaurant. It’s tucked away and much quieter and calmer.
You’ll also find lots of touches and nods to the pub’s Irish roots in the restaurant, and we found a lot of them when we were seated on the side of the main dining room.
For lots of excitement and action, you can also sit in the main dining area, which is a rollicking good time. You’ll find a stage in the middle of the dining room and a main stage at the front — all for live music and Irish step dancers. When we visited for brunch, we were seated right in front of the main stage and next to the smaller stage, so we got to see it all up close.
You can check out some of the live music we saw that day on my video on YouTube.
Of course, the best part about Raglan Road is the food. Chef Kevin Dundon has done a fantastic job at making sure the restaurant has tons of gluten free and celiac safe options to choose from. And, that’s good news for anyone who loves fried foods because you can get a ton of gluten free and dairy free fried foods made safely in dedicated fryers at Raglan Road.
Raglan Road does not carry an allergy friendly menu, but you can find gluten free options listed on their website. You can also ask your server for assistance too. Because Raglan Road isn’t owned by Disney, they don’t necessarily follow the same Disney allergy menu protocols, but I can tell you they do a great job handling requests. On both visits, the first thing our server asked was if anyone had special dietary needs, which is great.
But, before your main meal, don’t forget to enjoy a good beverage. They have plenty of delicious non-alcoholic drinks like iced tea.
Or, you can enjoy a pint of Magners Irish Hard Cider, which they have on tap. It’s a must-do whenever I go.
When we went for brunch, I couldn’t help but order the Onion Rings, which can be made gluten free and dairy free. They are served with a mild mayonnaise mustard combination but also taste amazing with other condiments, like cocktail sauce.
*Note: A few readers reached out to me and told me that the gluten free onion rings could not be made dairy free anymore (they have been dairy free for years). But, thanks to a live from Raglan Road report from Erica from Celiac and the Beast, who spoke with the management team and was told they can still be made dairy free.
I also ordered the Fish and Chips, which can be made gluten free and dairy free. The tartar sauce that comes with it is also gluten free and dairy free too. This is always a hands down winner. Where else can you get proper gluten free and dairy free fried fish and chips?!
If you like sauce as much as I do, definitely ask for extra tartar sauce because it’s amazing with the fish and the chips.
The chips served here are thick cut, steak fries. They do a great job frying them, and they pair really well with the fried fish. I do always recommend that you add a squeeze of fresh lemon and some salt on the fish and chips before you eat them. Sometimes, I find the fish and chips to be undersalted here, but it’s an easy fix, and you can adjust it to your personal taste level.
A brunch, they also serve the Pork Hash Tagged, which is both gluten free and dairy free. My mom ordered this and really enjoyed it, and I’ve ordered it before too. One note, the eggs are served over-easy, so if you want them cooked a bit harder, let them know. My mom hates runny egg yolk, so she asked for them to be cooked longer.
If I visit Raglan Road again for brunch, I need to order this again. It’s so good!
My brother ordered the Kevin’s Heavenly Ham entree that includes Irish Mist glazed loin of bacon with savoy cabbage, colcannon potatoes, parsley cream sauce and a raisin cider jus. It can be made gluten free by removing a bread component to the dish. Since my brother didn’t request it to be gluten free, I didn’t get a chance to try it, but you can see more or less what it would look like.
I may have to order this one sometime because it looked amazing, and my brother said it was really good.
When Brandon and I went back for dinner, our server mentioned that they had a special for the night — Wild Boar Burger made with local wild boar. It sounded intriguing, and he checked with the chef to confirm it could be made gluten free. Thankfully, it could be, and I believe the only change was to a gluten free bun.
I have to say, this may have been one of the best things burgers I’ve had out in a restaurant in a while. I didn’t know how the wild board would taste, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be very mild. It was a cross between a regular burger and a pork burger, but super tender and flavorful.
The burger was topped with blue cheese and a pear compote, which added some tanginess and sweetness that went perfectly with the boar. I also find that pork of any type and fruit flavors go really well together, and this just really worked.
There was a small side of slaw on the side, which was lightly dressed in a vinaigrette or oil of some type. It didn’t have a ton of flavor on it, but it worked beautifully when added to the burger for some crunch.
The burger was served with steak fries, but I asked to substitute them for Garlic & Parmesan Truffle Chips, which can be made gluten free. Since I’ve reintroduced some dairy back into my diet, these are a must do on occasion. The rich parmesan and truffle oil make for a perfect French fry. I also loved the richness of these fries along with the richness of the wild board burger. It definitely felt like a decadent and rich meal.
I do hope they continue to have this and other specials on the menu. It was super unique, and I was so glad I got to try it.
Raglan Road consistently wins me over with excellent service (both of our servers were outstanding), terrific atmosphere, and fantastic food. There are always so many gluten free and even dairy free options, that I find myself wanting to try something new on every visit (even though, I’m prone to ordering the fish and chips over and over again). Everyone raved at both meals, and I can’t wait to enjoy another visit again soon at this must-do Disney Springs table service restaurant.
Have you been to Raglan Road Irish Pub? What’s your special diets must-order on the menu?