Sebastian's Bistro: Exceptional Dining That Won't Break the Bank

Sebastian’s Bistro: Exceptional Dining That Won’t Break the Bank

My wife and I honeymooned at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort in 2001. We loved the hotel, especially its bright buildings and laid-back vibe. And while we regularly fly over on the Skyliner, we hadn’t visited the resort in over two decades. What drew us back to our first Disney World hotel? Sebastian’s Bistro, Caribbean Beach’s all-you-care-to-enjoy restaurant.

I won’t bury the lede. Book a table at Sebastian’s. It’s delicious and might just be the best bang for your buck at Disney World.

Reservations

Sebastian’s Bistro is open daily from 4:30 to 9:30 PM. It’s not considered signature dining. No characters are waiting to greet you. Getting an advanced dining reservation (ADR) isn’t difficult (there are 6 times available for this evening). And while walk-up reservations are typically easy to come by, we recommend booking a table before your vacation. This restaurant can’t remain a hidden gem forever.

The Price

Sebastian’s is cheap! Well, it’s cheap when you compare it to other Disney family-style restaurants. An adult meal is $38 and a child (ages 3 – 9) can eat for $20. ‘Ohana is $62 for adults and $40 for children.

The location

Sebastian's Bistro entrance
Sebastian's Bistro menu posted outside the restaurant

Sebastian’s Bistro is located on the promenade in Old Port Royale, Caribbean Beach’s hub. Guests coming from Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom should bus to the resort’s first stop. It’s a very short walk from there.

EPCOT and Hollywood Studios guests should take the Skyliner to the Caribbean Beach or Riviera stations. The walk from either is about 10 minutes. If you want to save your steps, you can board the resort’s internal bus after disembarking at the Caribbean Beach station.

The atmosphere

Sebastian's Bistro table

Sebastian’s decor is welcoming. Its color palette is more subdued than the rest of the resort but still feels tropical. Some might call the restaurant’s interior generic, but I think that criticism of Disney’s designers has run its course. Current styles and trends lean toward cleaner designs, which is what you’ll find in Sebastian’s dining room. Most importantly, our chairs were comfortable and our table held platters of delicious food.

View of Disney's Riviera Resort from our table

We had a beautiful view of the Riviera from our corner table.

Note: I didn’t take many photos of the dining room. It was full and I didn’t want to be that weirdo taking pics of people eating.

The food

Starters

Buttery House-Baked Pull-Apart Rolls

Sebastian’s Bistro specializes in food infused with Latin and Caribbean flavors. Served family style, we were first treated to the Buttery House-Baked Pull-Apart Rolls with Guava Butter and Caramelized Onion Jam. The butter was lightly sweet and very tasty, but the jam was next-level greatness. I would’ve eaten it with a spoon if they hadn’t brought so many of those soft dinner rolls. We were off to a great start.

The Spice Necklace Salad

Up next was the Spice Necklace Salad, which included mixed greens, spiced candied pumpkin seeds, tropical fruit, radishes, and a key lime dressing. It was light and citrusy with plenty of texture. Everyone at the table loved it, even the one who puts ranch dressing on everything.

Sides

Dinner was served with three sides: Cilantro Rice and Beans, a Vegetable Stew, and Grilled Season Vegetables. The rice and beans were our favorite of the three. It was a simple, delicious plate of food. Not a fan of cilantro? Don’t worry. It was very subtle. The vegetable stew was tomato-based and had a light curry flavor. It would make for a good curry introduction for less adventurous eaters. Our least favorite side was the grilled broccolini. The cook was good, but it lacked flavor. We’d have preferred an oven-roasted vegetable with more seasoning.

Sebastian's Bistro Cilantro Rice and Beans
Sebastian's Bistro Vegetable Curry
Sebastian's Bistro Broccolini

Entrée

The main entrée — Taste of the Caribbean — was the star of the show. So far. Four proteins were served on a large platter: Oven-roasted Citrus Chicken, Slow-cooked Mojo Pork with Mango Sambal, Grilled Chili-rubbed Beef with Mojito Relish, and Sustainable Baked Fish with Veracruz Sauce.

Sebastian's Bistro Taste of the Caribbean

Our favorite was the steak. We asked for a medium cook and the chefs delivered. I’ve never paired beef with cucumbers, but I’m now all in on that combination. That relish was a perfect complement to the grilled beef.

I’m a sucker for pulled pork, and Sebastian’s version did not disappoint. The meat was tender and not at all fatty. The mojo flavor provided a light kick. I’m not a mango fan, so I didn’t eat much of the sambal. The pork was delicious by itself.

The chicken was cooked perfectly. While the meat was tender and juicy, it lacked flavor. On the other hand, the chicken skin was very tasty. I rarely indulge in eating chicken skins, but I couldn’t help myself that night.

The white fish (I don’t remember the variety) was also cooked perfectly. You can see how flaky it is in the above photo. The Veracruz sauce added a subtle kick. It was probably our least favorite dish, but not because it wasn’t delicious. Everything else on the platter was just that good.

I keep using “subtle” and “light” when discussing the flavor profiles of Sebastian’s dishes. Other than the broccolini, nothing was underseasoned. However, the chefs did deliver food that is accessible to many palettes. They clearly understand the assignment when it comes to cooking for Disney guests.

Our server asked if we’d like another helping of our favorites. While I was getting full, I asked for a little more steak and pork. He brought out generous portions of both within minutes. I did my best but had to tap out before finishing. After all, the star of the meal was about to hit our table.

Dessert

Sebastian's Bistro House-made Coconut-Pineapple Bread Pudding

Sebastian’s Bistro might have the best dessert in Walt Disney World. Their Celebrated House-Made Coconut-Pineapple Bread Pudding is ridiculously good. The bread pudding is filled with large chunks of fresh pineapple and shredded coconut. When you combine that with vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce? It was gone quickly. And then we ordered more.

I’ve heard people compare it to ‘Ohana’s Bread Pudding. We love that bread pudding, but Sebastian’s is better. Your mileage may vary, but I’m correct.

Enhancements

Sebastian’s offers two enhancements. The Fried Coconut Shrimp ($10.00) is served with a creamy chipotle dipping sauce, and the Crab and Seafood Cake ($13.00) comes with a tropical mango slaw and guajillo aïoli. While both dishes sound delicious, I couldn’t imagine adding more food to our table that night.

Vegetarian and allergy-friendly meals

Sebastian’s vegetarian meal offers a unique entrée. In addition to the rolls (with plant-based butter), salad, and sides listed above, guests will enjoy an Impossible Kabab, Fried Jerk Tofu, Plant-based Sausage, and Caribbean “Fish” Cake. We did not sample any of these dishes.

Sebastian’s menu lists allergy-friendly alternatives to all of the menu items we detailed above. Guests should speak to their server before ordering.

Beverages

Soft drinks, including soda, tea, coffee, and water, are included with your meal. Sebastian’s also offers the following for an extra charge:

  • Non-Alcoholic Specialty Drinks
  • Specialty Cocktails
  • Specialty Caribbean Rums
  • Beer
  • Cider & Hard Seltzer
  • Wines
View of Disney's Riviera Resort and Caribbean Beach Resort's lighthouse

After dinner, we decided to walk to Riviera’s Skyliner station. The 10-minute stroll helped us feel a little less full, and we got to see the Riviera from a new perspective. It wasn’t long before we scanned into EPCOT’s International Gateway on our way to ride Soarin’. It was a great evening.

Conclusion

Disney World has plenty of options when it comes to buffets and all-you-can-to-enjoy dining, most of them tasty. But Sebastian’s Bistro is special. The food is delicious without costing a fortune. We’ll be back, and often. 10 out of 5 stars.

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