One of the newest additions to Disney dining options is Sebastian’s Bistro, which used to formally be Shutters. There has been a lot of mixed reviews about Sebastian’s Bistro so we figured on one of our recent trips, since we were already staying at Caribbean Beach Resort that it would be a great opportunity to try this new dining option. So if you’re curious about this new restaurant and if you should try it on your next trip then you can check out our Sebastian’s Bistro review right here!
Our Sebastian’s Bistro Review
So we got to our reservation at Sebastian’s Bistro and after about 10 to 15 minutes we were seated at the first booth when you walked in and kind of in the corner. My first impression of Sebastian’s Bistro was it reminded me of a beach house in Southern Living – very classy looking, simple and homey, and it was much smaller than I thought it would be. Sebastian’s Bistro doesn’t scream Caribbean, but more like Carolina beach town. Except loud, very loud. The tables were wooden and the ceilings were very high, so the noise carried. It was hard to hear the people even sitting right across from them. Sebastian’s Bistro was a lot more casual than we expected too.
Sebastian’s Bistro comes off as being very nice place, but you’d be perfectly fine wearing a t-shirt and shorts; or even in a bathing suit cover up since it is located near the pool area and the pool bar, Banana Cabana. You could definitely head over to Sebastian’s Bistro right after a day at the parks. But overall, the atmosphere at Sebastian’s Bistro was great and the food was PHENOMENAL.
So Let’s Talk Appetizers
We usually either get an appetizer and split an entree, or we get a bunch of appetizers to split. We hadn’t eaten much that day because we knew we wanted to try a lot of items at Sebastian’s Bistro.
We asked our waiter, Rob, what he would recommend on the appetizer menu and he said the crab cakes for $14.00. Now, being from Maryland, I’m very particular about my crab cakes. He said there’s huge chunks of crab in it, but it also had watercress salad and herb mayonnaise in it – so I passed. What we almost ordered was something I noticed a bunch of people were ordering out at Banana Cabana, and it was these Caribbean pull apart rolls. It comes with four buttery-looking fresh rolls – almost like Hawaiian rolls – with guava butter, a mango chutney, and Jamaican jerk oil for $12.00. I must say, this was fantastic and I would like to put guava butter on everything!
We also ordered the raw sliced tuna with a bell pepper sweet potato puree and micro cilantro in an extra virgin olive oil for $14.00. It was five decent sized, thick pieces of raw Ahi tuna – raw, not seared – placed on the sweet potato puree, with thinly sliced red bell pepper and thinly sliced raw jalapeño on top with extra virgin olive oil drizzled on top with the micro cilantro. First thought was “where’s the soy sauce? Where is this sweetness coming from?” This was one of the most surprising dishes I’ve ever had. The Ahi tuna was amazing; you get the quick heat from the jalapeño; and the sweetness comes from the sweet potato puree. It was so interesting and complex in ways I never expected and was fantastic.
Entrees Sebastian’s Bistro
Both our waitress, Autumn, out at Banana Cabana, and our waiter Rob, at Sebastian’s Bistro, recommended the slow cooked pork shoulder which comes with black beans and cilantro, rice, corn tortillas, and Moho sauce. It sounded like a make your own taco dish, and it was $25.00. This is Sebastian’s Bistro’s signature dish and I was almost sold on it until I looked at the rest of the menu. There’s jerk chicken with black beans and rice, and marinaded vegetable ribbons for $22.00. A Caribbean goat curry with cilantro, rice, lime crema and crispy Yuca (which is very much like if a potato and a sweet potato had a baby – delicious) for $24.00. A Caribbean vegetable curry with cilantro, rice, lime crema and crispy yuca for $19.00.
Next, Sebastian’s Bistro offered a sautéed shrimp and tamales with peppers and salsa verde for the low, low cost of $10.00. Jerk butternut squash with black beans and rice, cilantro, and collards in a honey chili sauce for $17.00. A grilled skirt steak chimichurri with crispy yuca for $28.00. And the most expensive dish at Sebastian’s Bistro was a citrus stuffed sustainable whole fish with tumeric, brown rice, and cilantro lime vinaigrette for $34.00.
Our waiter Rob then told us that they also have a sustainable fish with mashed plantains in eskom sauce for only $25.00. The fish of the day was cobia, and that’s what I’m getting anytime it is served! Anytime I’ve ever had cobia it has been delicious – best fish I’ve ever had. I might even go so far as to say it’s better than some meats I’ve eaten, it’s that good! So anytime I see cobia on a menu, I just have to have it. The sauce was basically a combination of peppers and onions sautéed and caramelized, mixed with oil and garlic, then poured over the cobia, and it was served over mashed plantains which added the perfect balance of sweetness. I could have eaten the cobia by itself, the mashed plantains by themselves and it would have been a great tasting dish. But eating the two things together – the flavors were so cohesive and worked so perfectly. It was incredible!!!
Perhaps the best thing we ordered was the grilled skirt steak chimichurri with crispy yuca. It was cooked perfectly and the yuca was incredible. And I have to say it…the steak here was better here than the one we’ve had at Jiko. The chimichurri added so much flavor and the meat was cooked to perfection. Add in the sweetness of the yuca and it was an outstanding dish.
Needless to say we ended up skipping on dessert because we were so full, but Sebastian’s Bistro does have a few options. At Sebastian’s Bistro, you can find warm chocolate pudding; Mile Marker Zero, which is a key lime pop with sea salt; a Floating Island, which is fresh Caribbean fruit in moran with guava banana; a Message in a Bottle, which is coconut rice panna cotta with pineapple and mango lime sorbet; and a Benefi Tart, which is a banana custard with chocolate ganache and caramel sauce.
How Would The Kids Review The Menu at Sebastian’s Bistro?
Like most kids can be, our kids are very picky but they enjoyed the house salad. We totally lucked out on the salad because the other appetizer items were seasonal tropical fruit (that could have gone either way depending on the fruit and if it was sitting in syrup); conch fritters with chili mayo (really?); and carrots and celery sticks (maybe the carrot sticks). The entrees included whole grain penne pasta with zucchini in a roasted tomato sauce; grilled shrimp skewer (okay, not bad depending on the seasoning) but with cilantro and lime cream; a Jamaican meat pie (no chance); grilled jerk chicken; beef and mushroom blended burger; and slow cooked pork shoulder (again, depends on the seasoning). We were really worried about the kids menu at Sebastian’s Bistro because these weren’t items our children would traditionally eat. And with prices between $11.00 and $13.00, you want them to eat most of what’s on their plate.
So we ordered them the whole grain penne pasta with the sauce on the side, however, we didn’t realize the zucchini was mixed in the pasta, so they ended up picking all of that out . You also get two sides with the entree and the choices were sautéed green beans (hit or miss); curly fries with carrot ketchup (not a chance); black beans and rice (nope); jerk roasted butternut squash (seriously? Who’s kid eats that?); there was mac and cheese, but our girls only eat Kraft mac and cheese; yellow rice (yeah, right); a pizza biscuit (which sounded good – a biscuit topped with marinara and melted cheese – might need to go back and order a dozen of those); and apple slices, which is what they both got. For dessert, kids could order either a yellow rice pineapple cloud with banana and orange or vanilla gelato with fruit and chocolate sauce. This is not the typical kid’s menu, and especially for a Disney restaurant, so if your kids aren’t very adventurous, you might want to reconsider bringing them to Sebastian’s Bistro.
Our Overall Sebastian’s Bistro Review?
If you can’t tell by our review, everything at Sebastian’s Bistro was amazing. The food at Sebastian’s Bistro was delicious and the atmosphere was very nice. Just remember that it is very loud and not exactly someplace you’d want to go for a nice, quiet romantic dinner. But the food is some of the best I’ve had at a Disney restaurant in recent memory. Sebastian’s Bistro has moved way up on my list of favorite places to eat, which also includes the pre-drinks we had at Banana Cabana to just walking around Old Port Royale and listening to the steel drums playing.
We were staying at Coronado Springs at the time of this review and both Coronado and Caribbean Beach are entering into a new Disney resort category of Moderate Deluxe. To tell you the truth – as much as we love Coronado, that night I wish we had been staying at Caribbean Beach because between the food and the outdoor atmosphere Sebastian’s Bistro offered, it was a near perfect night. We will definitely be back to Sebastian’s Bistro!
If you enjoyed our Sebastian’s Bistro Review, you should check out some of our other articles like our Kona Cafe Review!