Restaurant Review: The Boathouse

While strolling through Disney Springs on a Sunday morning in April, doing some last-minute shopping before hitting the road, I realized that I wanted a truly memorable lunch. The weather was gorgeous, and I was in the mood for some seafood. Sadly all of the restaurants serving sushi were closed, but that ended up being a wonderful accident because it meant that I got to eat at The Boathouse!

Of course, I was drawn in by the nautical themed shop which, at least at one point, was a Tommy Bahama retailer. They have the most wonderful beach-themed accessories and goodies. Definitely a must-shop, even if there’s nothing with a special mouse embroidered in sight.

Upon entering The Boathouse, I was greeted by a charming 1940s style Oyster Bar, which perfectly fit the theme of the restaurant. While it did make me crave oysters, I was much more tempted by what I saw past the bar…

They have a Dockside Bar! I walked across a dock to this adorable extension of The Boathouse and grabbed a lake-side table.

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I started with a margarita…. I was ready to not have anything else to drink after the Flower & Garden Festival on Saturday,

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Oysters! I love oysters. A perfect portion size for one.

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The scallops on grits was INCREDIBLE! I wanted to eat every single bite, but I was so stuffed, I couldn’t finish it. The corn flavors played nicely and the scallops were perfectly seared and seasoned so the outsides were packed with flavor and the insides soft and succulent.

Where’s your favorite place to eat at Disney Springs? Tell me below in the comments!

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Check out this view from my lake-side seat at The Dockside Bar
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Have you ridden in one of these floating cars? I haven’t yet, but it’s definitely on my someday list!
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Staying on Eastern Time to Get the Most out of Honolulu

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Have you been to the Pearl Harbor Memorial? What did you think?
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#HawaiianVacay Day 2.1- Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum
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We were still on Atlanta time, so we woke up around 4:30, which turned out to be a good thing!
By 6:30 am, we’d showered & gotten ready and called an Uber (not expensive) to go to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Note: If you get to the memorial too late, you’ll have to pay; even later, and they might cancel the boat ride out to the memorial because of the wind.The first ~200 persons tickets are free. Including the uber, it took maybe 2-3 hours. Cost: Ticket: Free. Postcards: $1.05. Uber to/from Pearl Harbor: $30(?) Total: $32.00

As a side note, for graduation, my dad got me a new mirrorless camera, the Sony a6000 and that is what I used for most of the pictures from this trip! (Although, sometimes I just used my iPhone and at the time, I had the iPhone 6s.)

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Oh my goodness, one of the best parts of this whole day was the fantastic Uber we got returning from the National Memorial. It was completely Hawaii Five-O themed, played the theme song, and was decked out with paraphernalia inside!

After exploring the Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum, we went back to our friends’ apartment and decided it was time to venture out to our first beach!

Back at the apartment, our friends were awake and we changed to go to the beach.

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  • Waikiki Beach. I mean, you just have to do it.
  • Paddle Boarding. later on we also rented surf boards, paddling was so much easier! The main reason we went for these was that the surf was pretty flat. Our friend got us the military discount.Rental. $40.
  • Cost: Parking. $15 at the Zoo.
  • Photography: while in the water, we used the GoPro Hero5 Session.
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Lunch: Nico’s Pier 38.

  • This one is a touch out of the way. But it was the BEST fish that we had in Hawaii, and we had a TON of pretty amazing fish (Kyle said it was 100% the best raw fish, bar none, that he’s ever had in his entire life!).
  • So, it’s completely worth going there!
  • If you’re not into raw fish, they also have a restaurant with cooked foods and fishes :). It’s a cool place and if you sit outside, you can see some docks and piers and stuff. Pretty neat and seems like a mostly-local place.
  • Cost:Parking: Free. Poke Bowls: (~.5-1.o lb fish) $15. Total: ~ $30.
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Funtivity: Koko Head Trail.

  • This was a super intense, almost straight-up hike. It was AWESOME though.
  • This hike also had some seriously incredibly beautiful views! It’s definitely work, and it was hard and a little freaky at some points. But it was really breathtaking and I would definitely do it again.
  • Cost: Parking: Free. Hiking: Free.
  • Pictures: IG IG 
  • Fav Gym Clothes: Fabletics!

Dinner: Moku Kitchen.

  • This was a very casual-dining experience in this neat little shopping center that looked like it had been consructed out of shipping crates.
  • It’s by Peter Merriman, who has 2 other restaurants (I’ll reference them later)
  • It combines traditional hawaiian, polynesian, and southeastern asian flavors. Get the duck tacos. You won’t regret it! Kyle’s been trying to replicate them ever since!
  • Photos: IG.
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