If you’re headed to Walt Disney World on vacation anytime soon or are a local, and want to plan for a romantic and unique dinner, Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the place to go! Jackie, Ryan, and I recently had the chance to dine at this Spanish haven, and the entire experience was amazing!
The restaurant is inspired by surrealist art and the 1930s avant-garde, and everything from the decor to the ceiling to the food itself was very unique. The restaurant also has fantastic sweeping views since it’s on the 16th floor. Right by the entrance to the restaurant, there is the Dahlia Lounge that has outdoor seating, and you can head outside to admire the views and enjoy the fresh air. You can see 3 Disney Parks and so much more from the top. It’s an awe-inspiring view and adds to Toledo’s ambiance with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The inside of the restaurant has a beautiful planted tree inside with long branches, and somehow it brings a sense of elegance and peace to the restaurant. There is an extensive wine refrigerator lining one wall where Toledo shows off their impressive wine collection. The ceiling is a collaboration of modern and intricate glass art that glows gorgeous hues of pinks and reds.
The food is just as unique as the ambiance is. We started our meal with the Pan con Tomate (aka bruschetta) that came with Crushed Tomato, Garlic, Olive Oil, and Charred Bread (Jackie had her own gluten-free version). This appetizer was very delicious, and everything from the bread to all the flavors in the tomato concoction was perfectly blended together. We all agreed that this appetizer was phenomenal, and we highly recommend this appetizer to start with! Other appetizer options include Charred Octopus, Rioja-braised Chorizo, ‘Aceitunas’ Marinated Olives, Flight of Four Pintxos, and more!
There are many delicious entrée options as well! I had the Braised Lamb Shank, which includes Olive Oil-Potato Purée, Rosemary-roasted Garlic Gravy, Huckleberry Jam, and English Peas. I substituted the English Peas for the Brussel Sprouts and was so glad I did because they had a really great flavor with the jam. The lamb shank is pretty good portion size, and the meat is exceptionally tender; however, if you’re looking for that strong lamb flavor, I didn’t really taste it. The Huckleberry Jam may be overwhelming everything, although it is delicious. The Potato Purée was excellent, and I wish there had been more of it.
Jackie had the Grouper (fish if you are like me and had no clue what that is!), and it came with Cauliflower, Cipollini Onions, and Valencia Orange. The grouper was cooked very well, and all of the flavors blended together very nicely. Jackie is very picky about her fish, and she loved this dish, especially because the sauce was absolutely spectacular!
Ryan had the Filet of Beef (aka Filet Mignon), and the dish had Olive Oil-Potato Purée, Forest Mushrooms, Date Jam, and Sherry Vinaigrette. The Potato Purée was a great added touch to the dish, and it was super fresh and a tad on the salty side. As for the filet itself, it wasn’t the best Ryan’s ever had, and it was a little bit cooler on the temperature side. The filet doesn’t have as much flavor as he’s used to having with this type of dish, however, the meat was incredibly tender.
Overall the food was delicious, and the plates themselves were very artistically put together. The ambiance and the glow from within the restaurant, along with the amazing rooftop views, all make for a wonderful experience. The menu pricing is a bit on the higher side, but between the delicious food options, the unique flavors, and the ambiance, we highly recommend Toledo, especially for date night or a nice dinner out!