Columbia Harbour House is my favorite counter service dining location in the Magic Kingdom and where I send anyone who asks for a restaurant suggestion. It is located at the intersection of Fantastyland and Liberty Square and serves sandwiches, seafood and salads from 10:30 am until park closing.
The menu is what I like best about the Columbia Harbour House. It is different from the pizza, burgers and fries you expect from quick service fare in the Magic Kingdom. It also offers some fresh and healthy options.
I apologize for the blurry picture of the menu, but those back-lit screens are so hard to photograph! Head over to AllEars.net to check out the current full menu.
I’ve had many of the items on the menu because I’ve eaten here so many times! From past visits I can personally recommend the Broccoli Peppercorn Salad with Chicken ($8.99), Battered Fish Plate ($8.49) and Lighthouse Sandwich ($9.49). I think the prices are very reasonable here, especially considering the quality of the food.
On this trip I tried the Grilled Salmon with Couscous and Steamed Fresh Broccoli for $12.49. We were on the Dining Plan for this part of the trip (read my dining plan tips and tricks here) so I also got a side of coleslaw and a lemonade slush to complete the meal.
I ate fish many times on this trip at many different restaurants, and this piece of salmon was one of the best pieces of fish I ate on the whole trip. I’ve experienced salmon that was dry and flavorless before, but this salmon was neither. It was a large piece, really juicy, and full of flavor with no fishy taste. Bravo! The couscous and broccoli were also cooked to perfection. My daughter share some of each with me and seemed to love them, too.
And look who pirated the coleslaw and lemonade slush! She liked the coleslaw, though it had a little too much mayo for my tastes. I’d never had a lemonade slush before and it was nice – not too sweet and very refreshing.
Here are a few tips for having the best experience at Columbia Harbour House. First, there is a large upstairs seating area that is always less crowded than the ground floor. The stairs are to the left of the ordering area. Grab a seat by the window for views of the Haunted Mansion and the Liberty Square Riverboat.
Also, plan to arrive early to avoid crowds. We arrived at 11:30 am for lunch and only waited a few minutes for our food. When we left at 12:15, there was a huge line heading out the door and down the sidewalk!
If you are looking for vegetarian or vegan fare, Columbia Harbour House is a good bet. Both of the entree salads can be ordered without chicken, the Lighthouse Sandwich is vegetarian, and the chili is actually vegan.
One last tip – some of the sandwiches are served with a bag of potato chips. You can order the sandwich without chips and the price will be reduced by $2.00. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather put that $2 towards a Dole Whip!
Have you ever eaten at Columbia Harbour House? Please leave a comment below!