Maya Grill is a great place to grab a Mexican-inspired meal at Walt Disney World. You will feel like you were transported back to old Mexico the decor, the food, and the live entertainment.
Maya Grill, a table service dining location, is located at Coronado Springs resort but is not in the Gran Destino Tower. If you have a reservation for Maya Grill and are not staying at the resort, simply take a bus to any of the parks and then grab a bus to Coronado Springs. You could also just use a taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
The dining room is accented by the welcoming Mayan motifs of fire, sun, and water. It felt very romantic to me. Though I was not on a date this time, I could see this as a great affordable Disney date night. Today I was dining with others from Favorite Grampy Travels.
Maya Grill is owned and run by the same folks who run the restaurants in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.
Maya Grill Review
We started out with the Fiesta Nachos and a round of drinks. The nachos were solid but a bit salty. The menu description is housemaid crispy tortilla chips, jalapenos, diced tomatoes, scallions, poblano cream, jack cheese, Mexican crema, pico de gallo, and sour cream.
Nikki and Sam ordered a Ginger Gin Rickey. Nikki didn’t care so much for the Ginger Gin Rickey as it was too “perfumy” but Sam didn’t mind. The drink has Monkey 47 gin, spicy ginger shrubs, elderflower liquor, fresh lime, and house-made simple syrup in it.
My husband, Gordon, had the Ancho Pepper Julep. I thought it was a bit strong and spicy. The drink is made up of Wathen’s single barrel, three chili organic simple syrup, fresh lemon bitters, and fresh mint.
When it comes to drinks, I like mine light, sweet, and/or fruity. I ordered the Mango Blueberry Mint. The drink had such a sweet aroma. It was sweet and a tiny bit stronger than I would have liked but I really enjoyed it. The drink contained Libelula Joven Tequila, Coconut rum, orange juice, mango puree, blueberries, and mint, on the rocks.
For entrees, we went with the Baja Fish Tacos, the Steak Fajitas, Cochinta Pibil, and the Brussel sprouts.
I ordered the fish tacos, as did Lisa. They were delicious! The accompanying esquites (corn) was spicier than expected so be ready for that. The menu description reads tempura-battered cod, shredded cabbage, chipotle lime aioli, pineapple relish, lime, tajin, flour tortillas, served with esquites. You get three tacos and they were very filling.
One thing I am trying to do is expand my palette. I had tried brussel sprouts before and didn’t like them so I wanted to try them again. The brussel sprouts were chipotle style with just a hint of smokiness from the bacon. I really enjoyed them but how can you not like something that has been cooked with bacon, lol.
Sam is very picky about his Cochinita. He said it was okay but not as good as his favorite place back home in Virginia. The dish description is slow-roasted pork shoulder, black beans, sea salt, lime juice, cotija cheese, pickled onions, esquites served with flour tortillas.
Nikki really liked her steak fajita and thought it was neat that there were plantains in the rice making it a bit sweet. The steak was cooked perfectly medium-rare. The steak skillet comes with Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak, Bell Peppers and Onions, served with Black Beans, Rice, Pico de Gallo, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Jack Cheese, and Guacamole.
So the churros… We didn’t originally order dessert but their credit card processing machine was down. It was down for over an hour. During that time the manager brought us over some churros for us to nosh on. Nikki is the churro expert and would rate these a six out of 10. They were just a little too crunchy through and through. However the cinnamon and caramel ice cream on top were amazing! To solve the extra crunch, just let the churros soak it all in for a few minutes.
3 Reasons to Dine at Disney’s Maya Grill
- It’s a Hidden Gem. The food was really good and the atmosphere is very romantic. While it does not have the views of the California Grill or the characters or Chef Mickey’s, it has amazing flavors and sometimes even live entertainment.
- It’s a Relaxed Meal. Since it is not as busy as some other restuarants you don’t feel rushed at all. Even though we stayed later than normal because of a technology glitch we could have stayed longer and enjoyed each other’s company.
- The Menu has Something for Everyone. While a lot of themed restuarants have just that style of food, Maya Grill offers just more then Maxican food. So the foodie can have what they want and the less adventurous can have a burger and fries.
Would you dine at Maya Grill on your next trip? If you have dined here before, what was your favorite dish?