A Sebastian’s Bistro review of dinner at Caribbean Beach resort:
Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort is still a relatively new restaurant – it opened not too long before the COVID shutdown, and when it reopened the menu saw some changes. It went from having a bigger menu to more of a family style meal. I’d been curious to try it, so when I stayed at Caribbean Beach resort recently I had a chance to go.
I was by myself but felt totally comfortable doing a family style meal. It was one set price and they just brought me smaller portions for everything. The woman at the next table over was also solo. Disney is used to this so if you’ve ever thought about dining solo don’t feel awkward – it happens all the time! I put together this Sebastian’s Bistro review just from a solo visit and being alone I thought it was great because I still got to try everything, just in smaller amounts.
A family style meal
This restaurant is a “family style” meal, which means it has a set menu with a few different courses that are shared amongst the table. Typically for the entrée there are a number of different dishes to share (kind of like Thanksgiving dinner). They will bring out portions based on your party size, but if you want more of anything you just have to ask and they are happy to eat it. It’s one set price for the meal. Basic beverages are included but you pay extra for any specialty beverages, including alcohol.
The family style dinner includes:
- Rolls with guava butter and caramelized onion jam
- Spice Necklace salad
- Citrus chicken
- Mojo pork
- Flank steak with mojito relish
- Vegetable curry
- Cilantro rice and beans
- Grilled broccolini
- Coconut pineapple bread pudding
Drinks at Sebastian’s Bistro
They have a pretty big drink menu here that I believe is the same as what is offered at the pool bar right outside (I assume that’s where the drinks come from). In addition to some specialty cocktails and the typical Disney drinks, there were some things unique to Caribbean Beach. One thing that caught my eye on the focus on Caribbean rums. You could do a rum flight if you wanted to try a few.
There was also the option for a “create your own rum old fashioned” where you could select from a variety of options. You were able to choose your rum, flavor of bitters, and flavor of syrup. I decided to this but ultimately ordered their featured rum old fashioned. There were so many good sounding options to customize, but I was a little intimidated about what might go well together… it felt a little bit like being at one of those frozen yogurt shops and just adding in a ton of toppings and ending up with a big mess!
The feature rum old fashioned at that moment had Don Q Gran Reserva rum, agave syrup, and cardamom bitters. It was really tasty and unique! I liked the flavor of the cardamom and the agave made it a little sweeter but not overly sweet.
I got an additional drink during my meal and decided to go with an Island Time margarita:
They had a number of choices for flavors, including things like chipotle pineapple, watermelon, desert pear, guava, and strawberry-mango. I went with the guava and I thought it was excellent. It was definitely strong too!
Food at Sebastian’s Bistro
The meal began with house-baked rolls that were served with guava butter and carmelized onion jam:
Being solo I was brought one roll but they were pretty large (and so good I asked for another!). The rolls themselves were excellent but it was the guava butter that really put it over the top.
The appetizer course was a salad that they call the Spice Necklace Salad (mixed greens and kale with toasted pumpkin seeds, grilled pineapple, orange, spiced candied walnuts, and radish with key lime dressing):
Normally with restaurants and a salad appetizer I don’t eat too much since there’s so much other good food coming. In this case, however, the salad was amazing. It honestly may have been my favorite part of the meal. The items in it were unique. I enjoy fruit in my salads but sometimes it can just be too sweet (like the strawberry poppyseed salad at Panera, if you’re familiar with that). Not so here – the pumpkin seeds added a bit of earthiness, the radish had a bite, and the key lime gave it a little bit of tang. It was a unique and incredible combination.
For the entree portion of the meal you’re given a plate that has a variety of meats on it as well as some rice and vegetables, all inspired by the flavors of the Caribbean. The meats include an oven roasted citrus chicken, mojo pork with mango sambal, and a grilled flank steak with mojito relish:
All three of them were very good! I think the chicken was my least favorite only because it felt like the most standard option. I went back and forth with deciding whether or not I preferred the pulled pork or the steak. The steak was cooked really well, but I think the pork with the mango sambal was the winner for me. I really like having a variety of items to try and enjoy though!
The side items were a mix of cilantro rice and beans, a vegetable curry, and grilled broccolini:
The vegetable curry was quite tasty and a good option to throw in if you don’t want to go too heavy on the meats. I ate a bit of the rice and beans too, which is pretty standard but a good accompaniment to the other items. The broccolini mostly got left alone – sorry boring veggie, there are more interesting things to eat here!
A dessert is also included in this family style meal, and this was a coconut-pineapple bread pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream:
Even though I was pretty full at this point I still ate a decent amount of this dessert. It was excellent – if you’re a fan of the bread pudding at Ohana you’ll probably really like this too. I thought it was almost as good, if not just as good. Of course the caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream just completes it.
Is the Sebastian’s Bistro dinner worth it?
Overall I was really impressed by this meal. I didn’t have many expectations and hadn’t heard too much about it, but everything I ate was delicious. And the price was surprisingly reasonable considering it’s dinner at Disney. It’s a fixed priced of $29 per adult, and I got all of that food for that price. It’s hard to say anything is a bargain at Disney, but this certainly comes close! I was excited to get this Sebastian’s Bistro review up on the blog to spread the word, but I hope they don’t raise the price too much if it gets popular 😉
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FAQs about Sebastian’s Bistro
Is Sebastian’s Bistro all you can eat?
Basically, yes. They will bring out a lot of food to your table based on the number of people you have, but when I asked for more of something they had no problem bringing it. I don’t know if they’d put any sort of limit but they certainly don’t state that, so I think you could most likely eat as much as you want.
What are Sebastian’s Bistro hours?
Currently Sebastian’s Bistro is only open for dinner, with hours from around 5pm-9:30pm.
Does Sebastian’s Bistro have outdoor seating?
At the time of my visit all seating was indoors. However there is an outdoor lounge right next to it where you can get some of the food items on the menu, including the pineapple coconut bread pudding and the rolls with guava butter.
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