*This post includes includes 2 dining reviews that took place in September. It includes information about gluten free, dairy free, fish/shellfish free, cabbage free, peanut free, hazelnut free, and chicken & turkey free options.
Dinner at Three Bridges Bar & Grill
Three Bridges Bar & Grill located at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is one of the newest restaurants to open at Disney World in 2019. Like Geyser Point Bar & Grill at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Nomad Lounge in the Animal Kingdom, it serves a variety of small plates and entrees at affordable prices in a lounge style setting. Brandon and I had been wanting to go to Three Bridges ever since it opened. But, neither of us wanted to brave the summer heat. So, we finally stopped by when the temperature and humidity were a bit more manageable this early fall.
Three Bridges Bar & Grill is located in the middle of Lago Dorado – the large lake at Coronado Springs Resort. It’s a bit confusing, but it’s actually inside a building called Villa del Lago.
It’s a pleasant walk from the lobby or the newly opened Gran Destino Tower at the resort. We especially enjoyed the light walk across the bridges to Three Bridges Bar & Grill in the evening around sunset.
As you can see, the views are quite beautiful at the restaurant during sunset. Of course, the views are great during the day too, but we really like dining there in the evening time.
Once you arrive at Villa Del Lago, you’ll notice menus and a bar/lounge area. This is the entrance to Three Bridges Bar & Grill, though I’m not sure you actually see that name or signage anywhere — adding to the confusion.
From the restaurant area, you can see where the bridges intersect, giving Three Bridges Bar & Grill it’s name.
During the day and evening, the restaurant has great lighting and views of the lake.
While they do have lots of comfy chairs and seating, I think I prefer the regular tables when we’re ordering more than just drinks. The comfy seating areas are definitely better for ordering a few small items to share and drinks.
Do be sure to ask for a seat by the edges of the restaurant if you want those unobstructed views. We found some of the interior seating to be a little crowded & close together and much preferred the tables on the sides of the restaurant.
In the evening-time, they also have a fire pit lit too. Though you can’t see it well in this photo, it is super charming and gives the restaurant a cozy vibe when it’s darker out.
Like most Disney owned restaurants, Three Bridges Bar & Grill does offer an allergy-friendly menu. I admit that I was a bit surprised to see one, as some of the lounge locations like Geyser Point Bar & Grill do not have allergy menus. Of course, you can also always speak with a chef whenever you dine at a Disney owned location to discuss additional options and modifications.
Because the allergy-friendly menu didn’t have a lot marked gluten free and because we wanted to discuss options for Brandon’s special dietary needs, we did ask to speak with a chef. We were both glad to see Chef Paul at Three Bridges Bar & Grill. If you’ve followed my reviews over the years, you’ll recognize Chef Paul from Port Orleans Riverside & French Quarter and most recently at the Hangar Bar in Disney Springs. It was great to see a chef who always goes above and beyond for guests with special dietary needs, and we both knew we’d be well-taken care of during our meal.
Chef Paul did note that many of the dishes are gluten free or can be easily made gluten free. The french fries are made in a dedicated allergy-fryer, and the tortilla chips can be too. You can also get gluten free buns for the sandwiches. I definitely recommend talking to a chef when you go to Three Bridges Bar & Grill because there were definitely more options than I expected both for gluten free and gluten free & dairy free options.
On our first visit, both of us had been eyeing the Three Bridges Signature Burger which comes with Crispy Potato, Manchego Cheese, Roasted Garlic-Lemon Aioli, Arugula, and Tomato. Chef Paul made me a gluten free and dairy free version by omitting the cheese and swapping out the bun for a gluten free one.
The burger was absolutely fantastic and probably one of the best burgers I’ve had at Disney in a while. The burger was super flavorful and well-cooked. I really loved the addition of the crispy potato on the burger which added some nice texture and crunch. And, of course, ever the condiment queen, the roasted garlic lemon aioli was outstanding. The smoked paprika fries served on the side were really tasty (and great with the smoky tomato mayonnaise that came on the side).
I did ask Chef Paul about the gluten free and dairy free bun because I knew it wasn’t Local Oven or Udi’s brands. I found out that property-wide, they are slowly adding in Bloomfield Farms gluten free buns. He said that D-Luxe Burger was the first location that offered them and that other locations are slowly getting them. That makes a lot of since because I had this bun back in early summer at D-Luxe and couldn’t quite figure out what brand they were using. Overall, I really enjoyed this new bun, so it’s definitely a great addition to the GF bun options.
Brandon also got the Three Bridges Signature Burger with Crispy Potato, Manchego Cheese, Roasted Garlic-Lemon Aioli, and Arugla (he opted for no tomato). It was served on the regular gluten-filled bun and was safe for fish/shellfish, peanut, hazelnut, cabbage, and chicken & turkey allergies. The only major differences to his burger from mine was the different bun and addition of cheese.
Like me, Brandon really loved this burger (so much so that we came back a week later to eat there!). He wasn’t as big of a fan of the smoky tomato mayonnaise but otherwise both of us agreed everything about our burgers was fantastic.
Pro tip: If you like the allergy-friendly fries, you can also order a side of them. Brandon did this on all our visit because he liked them so much.
On our second visit, Chef Paul was not at Three Bridges Bar & Grill, but the chef on duty did make sure to make us safe burgers. We both got the same thing the second time because we really did enjoy the burgers that much. This is a photo of the gluten free version I was served.
Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, Brandon was served a gluten free bun. While he didn’t hate it, he would prefer a gluten-filled one when he can have them safely.
We both also noticed the fries seemed a bit different on our second visit. We were not sure if they just ran out of the other fries or if something had changed, but they were definitely slightly different. They reminded us of the ones you can get at D-Luxe Burger too. Both of us preferred the first batch we had and will ask on our next visit about the differences.
I also asked about the dessert options on our second visit. Chef Paul had mentioned the chocolate avocado mousse on the kids’ menu was gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. So, you know I had to try it!
I have to say that I wasn’t overly impressed by this. I knew it would not be super sweet or chocolatey because of the avocado but I found the flavors to be a little too earthy for my taste. It wasn’t bad, but it’s not something I’d order again. But, if you are gluten free, dairy free, or vegan, you might want to give it a try. One word of caution, it’s a very tiny portion for $3.
Side note, if you are an iced tea drinker like I am, I have to give Three Bridges Bar & Grill a shout-out for serving actual tea. So many locations serve Gold Peak Tea which is not particularly the tastiest. This tasted like proper brewed iced tea, and I’m definitely a fan.
On our second visit, Brandon also got the Cortado (espresso with steamed milk) as an after-dinner coffee drink. He was a pretty big fan of this and said he’d definitely get it again.
We were super impressed by the quality of the food and options at Three Bridges Bar & Grill. While it’s not a huge menu, we were glad to see that the chefs at this restaurant really went above and beyond to help ensure we had options and dishes we’d enjoy. We both are looking forward to going back again soon to try other dishes besides the excellent burgers served here.
Have you been to Three Bridges Bar & Grill? What did you enjoy when you dined there?