REVIEW: Columbia Harbour House at the Magic Kingdom & Disney’s Largest Fried Food Dish
The Columbia Harbor House at the Magic Kingdom has always been one of those counter service restaurants to avoid in my book, but I’ve at least made a few visits within the last year to try out the menu and see what good could be found in this Magic Kingdom eatery.
The restaurant sits on the edge of Liberty Square, just steps from Fantasyland and The Haunted Mansion. The highlight of dining here is the second floor, which offers picturesque views of the surrounding area from above, but also a charming atmosphere that is sadly harmed by the fried fish smell that is embedded into every surface.
That being said, I don’t hate Columbia Harbour House and I have even found some dishes that are quite alright there.
Columbia Harbour House Menu (April 2017)
The most recent menu changes remove what could have been seen as the one healthy dish for meat eaters and replaces it with a Land and Sea Trio… more on that in a moment.
A board at the registers informs guests of the new offering, as well as some of the more popular dishes.
Land and Sea Trio ($14.49)
Fried Shrimp, Chicken, and Fish with Coleslaw and choice of Steamed Fresh Vegetable, Apple Slices or French Fries
Yup, all of the fried foods are in one dish. This is a bit overkill, but it isn’t a bad idea for sharing between two guests, especially if you end up getting a soup and/or a dessert.
The food is what you expect it to be and none of it is too bad. The shrimp are my least favorite, but the chicken and fried fish are perfectly fine. I opted for the fries, but you can get some vegetables or apple slices if this dish is already a little too fried for you.
Chicken Breast Nuggets and Fish ($11.49)
Battered Fish and Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets served with Coleslaw and your choice of Steamed Fresh Vegetable, Apple Slices, or French Fries
This is basically the same as above, just minus the shrimp. If you don’t care for shrimp, then just save yourself $3 by ordering this.
Grilled Salmon ($13.99)
Grilled Salmon Filet served with Couscous and Steamed Fresh Vegetable
This is probably my favorite dish at Harbour House. The salmon is well prepared and tastes very fresh, same for the broccoli and the couscous. If you want the opposite of a fried dish that might make you feel bad about yourself for the rest of the day, this is a relatively healthy and quite delicious option to enjoy.
Lobster Roll ($14.99)
Lobster Roll served with Potato Chips
The lobster roll is solid, but probably not a high recommendation I would make. The chips are much better than the standard Disney counter service french fries, but I’m not sure that makes up for a dish that feels like it was just scooped out of a package and into a bun.
Anchors Aweigh Sandwich ($11.19)
White Tuna served on Toasted Multigrain Bread topped with Lettuce and Tomato served with Potato Chips
Likely my #2 pick at Harbour House, the Anchors Aweigh sandwich is another nice, healthier option. The tuna tasted fresh, as did the vegetables inside of the bread, but the multigrain bread is what pulls the whole thing together for me. It’s a nice escape from the “cardboard” buns offered with most dishes in the parks. The corn on the cob is a nice substitution if you do not want the chips.
Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese ($12.49)
Shrimp served over delicious Macaroni and Cheese
Imagine the Disney counter service macaroni and cheese with some shrimp thrown on it. That’s what this is. It’s not terrible, but again, it isn’t something I’m likely to order here or tell someone else to.
Kids Garden Salad with Chicken ($6.79)
Here we substituted the usual sides for fries and apple slices, and also opted for the Nesquick chocolate milk.
It’s sufficient, the lettuce could have been fresher, but the chicken was surprisingly good.
Boston Cream Pie ($4.29)
New to the menu, this doesn’t look like Boston Cream Pie because it really isn’t. That being said, it’s pretty good. Think of it as a cake, with the Bottom Cream over it, then topped with chocolate sauce, a white chocolate swash, and the now-ubiquitous candy pearls. As far as chocolate counter service desserts go, this is worth a try, just don’t expect your definition of Boston Cream Pie. That being said, we really enjoyed it.
I’m happy to see a dessert offered that fits the theme, and a good one at that.
Columbia Harbour House won’t be the best meal of your trip to Walt Disney World, but it’s not the worst option for a quick bite. If you are looking for counter service seafood at the Magic Kingdom, this is your only real option and it’s not a bad one.
It is likely the 3rd best counter service in the park behind Be Our Guest Restaurant and Pecos Bill’s in my opinion, just for the variety of options and the quality that some offer.