Review: Cookes of Dublin in Disney Springs

Join us as we take a trip back to one of our favorite counter service stops — Cookes of Dublin!

Not surprisingly, you’ll find this primarily-take-out spot adjacent to Raglan Road Irish Pub. In fact, it’s part of the same building, tucked in right around the corner from the restaurant’s main entrance.

We routinely enjoy the house specialty here — freshly-prepard Fish and Chips. And it’s a rare visit that we don’t also indulge in some Irish Vintage Cheddar and Bacon Cheese Dip.

But on a recent visit, with the family in tow, I decided to try a few of the other menu items. Come with us as we take a closer look.

Atmosphere

If you’re looking for Cookes of Dublin, head for Raglan Road, and then hang a right. Go around past the gift shop and the Hole in the Wall Bar, and you’ve arrived!

Cooke's -- Outside

Cooke’s — Outside

When you first step into the restaurant, you get a sense of just how small it is. That’s been done on purpose, actually. The owners envisioned this spot mostly as a takeaway. There are a few seats inside, however.

Seating Area

Seating Area

Here, you can see a few tables beyond the beverage and condiment station. Decor is vintage Dublin, with deep green-tiled walls and ceilings. Enlarged family photographs lend a sense of history, and etched mirrors serve to make the dining area feel a bit larger.

Seats along the back wall include cushioned banquettes and chairs. Window tables are high-boy style.

Seating -- Up Close

Seating — Up Close

We selected one of the high-boys, primarily due to the cushioned window seats, where kiddos fit perfectly.

Our Table

Our Table

Chalkboard signs remind you to check out offerings like the Soup de Jour and Dessert options.

Signs

Signs

One thing you should know about Cookes, compared to other counter service spots, is that many of the menu items are cooked to order. As a result, there’s usually a wait while your food is prepared.

Also, there are no alcoholic beverages on the menu here. If you’d like a pint to go with your fish and chips or meat pie, then you’ll need to head back outside…

This is Why You Wait a Bit :-)

This is Why You Wait a Bit :-)

…Or rather, next door, to The Hole in the Wall.

The Hole in the Wall

The Hole in the Wall

The bar is one of several at Raglan Road, and also offers outdoor seating for Cookes.

Outdoor Seating at Hole in the Wall

Outdoor Seating at Hole in the Wall

An iron fence marks the perimeter of the bar, and a gate offers access to the walkway to Disney Springs.

Gate Out to the Walkway

Gate Out to the Walkway

Time to head back in and explore the menu a bit!

Eats

The menu at Cookes is simple and hasn’t changed much through the years.

Cooke's Full Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Cooke’s Full Menu — Click to Enlarge

Choose from Hand-Battered Specialties, like Cold Water Shrimp, Sausages, or Chicken Tenders. Dublin-style Savory Pies are also an option. If you’d like something on the lighter side, there are a few Salads to choose from.

Hand Battered Options, Dublin-Style Pies, and Entree Salads -- Click to Enlarge

Hand Battered Options, Dublin-Style Pies, and Entree Salads — Click to Enlarge

A selection of Sandwiches and Wraps are also on offer, including their signature Battered Burger.

The Hog in a Box rounds out the main dish selections. More about that in a minute.

Burgers, Sandwiches, and Hog in the Box -- Click to Enlarge

Burgers, Sandwiches, and Hog in the Box — Click to Enlarge

There are also some intriguing Side Dishes. This is where you can pick up your customary side of Crushed Peas if you choose to!

The Kids’ Menu rounds out the offerings with scaled-down versions of the adult entrees, plus one extra option.

Sides, Kids' Menu, and Beverages -- Click to Enlarge

Sides, Kids’ Menu, and Beverages — Click to Enlarge

Most of the Desserts are on display, so you can get a good idea of what’s available and if they appeal to you. The day we visited there were only a few selections, and we didn’t spy many of the Cupcakes that we’ve seen on previous visits. The fan favorite Doh-Bar was also still absent from the menu.

Apple Strawberry Crumble

Apple Strawberry Crumble

Lemon and Raspberry Trifle

Lemon and Raspberry Trifle

A lighter option, a Fresh Fruit Cup, was also available.

Fresh Fruit Cups

Fresh Fruit Cups

We did spy one cupcake — a Gluten Free Zucchini variety.

Gluten Free Zucchini Cupcakes

Gluten Free Zucchini Cupcakes

Cookies were also available, and might prove to be a good on-the-go snack later.

Cookies

Cookies

Crackle Cookies

Crackle Cookies

As I mentioned before, you can expect a wait when you dine at Cookes. When you place your order, you’re given a number to take to your table. No magic roses here like you’ll find at Be Our Guest Restaurant, but your food will find you just the same.

Table Number

Table Number

Once you place your order, you can go about gathering your Drinks and Condiments from the self-serve area.

Beverages and Condiments

Beverages and Condiments

They have everything you’d want for your dipping needs — including creamy Dalkey Mustard. This is the same mustard dip that you get inside Raglan Road with the Dalkey Duo!

Condiment Dispenser

Condiment Dispenser

Of course, not all things come in dispenser form. You can also pick up bottles to fill your condiment needs. After all, it wouldn’t be fish and chips shoppe without Malt Vinegar. Right?

Bottled Condiments

Bottled Condiments

We chose a variety for our table.

Condiments for the Table

Condiments for the Table

Soon, our food arrived. My husband opted to start his meal with a Side Caesar Salad.

House Salad

House Salad

It includes the same ingredients as the Entree Salad: Grape tomatoes, Shaved Parmesan, Homemade Croutons and Prosciutto Crisp.

House Salad -- Under the Lid

House Salad — Under the Lid

But while he really likes the salad, he prefers Cookes Ranch Dressing to their Caesar. (I like both.) Still, he asked for some Ranch Dressing, and they happily brought some out.

Dressings

Dressings

The biggest reason we opted for Cookes that day is this right here — we LOVE their Cold Water Shrimp and Chips Basket.

Cold Water Shrimp and Chips -- Up Close

Cold Water Shrimp and Chips — Up Close

The Shrimp are hand-battered and served tail-off, which makes eating them with a fork a little easier. :-) Everyone at the table loved the light batter and fresh flavor.

Cold Water Shrimp -- Up Close

Cold Water Shrimp — Up Close

A peek at the current menu shows that the Shrimp Basket has been replaced by a Cold Water Shrimp Skewer. We’ll have to check it out and report back to you on that one.

I decided to go with the Hog in a Box. Craving Sunday Dinner the way that your grandma used to make it? Then this is the meal for you!

It arrives tucked into a takeout box lined with Cookes signature paper. It’s a little hard to tell what’s what, with everything piled in there.

Hog in a Box

Hog in a Box

I asked for one of the takeout “boats” so you could see a little better what was what. It’s indeed a meal in a box.

Hog in a Box  -- Out of the Box

Hog in a Box — Out of the Box

There’s slow-roasted Pork Shoulder, which is garnished with Pork Crackling, Applesauce, and Caramelized Onions.

Hog in a Box -- Pork Shoulder -- Up Close

Hog in a Box — Pork Shoulder — Up Close

Baby Potatoes are halved and roasted to a golden brown.

Hog in a Box -- Potatoes -- Up Close

Hog in a Box — Potatoes — Up Close

But my favorite side in that box was the delicious Sage and Sweet Onion Stuffing. It was the perfect consistency — neither too wet nor too dry. This combination was incredible, and more than I could eat in one sitting. Really, it was such a delicious, comforting meal. What a treat that I could enjoy food like this without spending all day in my kitchen!

Hog in a Box -- Stuffing -- Up Close

Hog in a Box — Stuffing — Up Close

Finally, the kiddo with us is a Mac and Cheese fiend, so a helping of Dubliner Mac and Cheese and Chips was in order.

Dubliner Mac and Cheese and Chips

Dubliner Mac and Cheese and Chips

This Mac and Cheese had more of an orange cast than I remember, and I would prefer that it come with a side other than Chips. But all in all, they enjoyed it. And it still has that sharp, slightly nutty flavor that’s the hallmark of Dubliner Cheese.

Also, since it was kind of a special occasion (family movie day), we didn’t worry too much about the lack of veggies.

Dubliner Mac and Cheese --  Up Close

Dubliner Mac and Cheese — Up Close

We debated ending our meal with a 99! But in the end, we didn’t have room for dessert. Time for a walk around Disney Springs!

Overall

Cookes remains one of the best counter service options at Disney Springs. While it will be interesting to see what competition moves in as the transformation of the area continues, we predict that lines will continue to be long and seating scarce at this spot.

The reason? Very, very good — and authentic — food. It’s not fancy, but it’s well executed. And sometimes, well-prepared comfort food is exactly what you want.

Have you stopped by Cookes of Dublin for a meal? Leave a comment and let us know what you think of this Disney Springs counter service spot!

Comments

  1. Hannah says

    Thank You so much for this post. I see a lot of items I would love. Especially the Hog in a Box. Looks fantastic.

  2. Ann says

    We recently tried Cookes for the first time. It was fantastic! We tried the fish and chips, beef and lamb pie, chicken tenders and cheeseburger. We all had to try each others and we all loved everything! We used the dining plan and it worked very well at Cookes. We had some treats left and were able to use them to try the cheese and bacon dip and the onion rings. I wanted to lick the bowl clean from that dip! We dipped everything in it. My favorite was the fries in the dip. I also have to mention that the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. I had no idea I could use our treats for side items and it was awesome that they pointed that out to us. We will definitely be back!

  3. Dave Schmidt says

    I’ve heard for years how great this place is and I must say that I don’t get the appeal. I’ve eaten there twice and both times while the food wasn’t awful, I wasn’t impressed. First time I tried the fish and chips. I expected something akin to what I’ve had in the UK. What I was served was no better than what’s found at the average chain family restaurant. Not bad. It hardly worth going out of your war for. The next (And last ) time I ate there I has the scallops (Which seem to no longer be in the menu .) and was equally disappointed. The scallops were no better than what one would find at Red Lobster. True, my visits were over five years ago, and the menu seems to be changed somewhat. But from those two experiences it may be equally long a wait before I give them another try. I feel there are just better food options at Disney Springs.

  4. Vicki says

    Well this stinks! Cooke’s of Dublin had become a tradition for us when we arrived after the long flight from SoCal. Now that they no longer offer the scallops, we will no longer bother to rush right over for dinner.

  5. Anna says

    The absence of scallops means we likely won’t be back to Cooke’s, either. That was the standout item for us, as well.

  6. Mark says

    Had the Hog in a Box earlier this month. Enjoyed it. Fun working your way down the box to see what’s next. Once the construction wall goes down the outdoor area should be pretty pleasant.

  7. Essie says

    The food looks good; the fries look delicious, nice and brown. The cupcake looks kind of sad and just plain wrong. I know that a lot of people need gluten free foods, but combined with the zucchini, it just looks so sad compared to other wonderful looking WDW cupcakes. I’d stick with the cookies or fruit cup, and I’d def. eat here.

  8. Kathy Kraft says

    I always make it a point to go to Cooke’s of Dublin for the Fish and Chips–and the Dalkey Mustard! I’m so glad you mentioned it! If you go in late and it’s not available with the condiments, just ask. They’ll bring it out to you. It’s always a treat to add a pint of Guiness!

  9. Sandra says

    A great place for a fish and chips and a Guinness. My husband loves it and was sorry he didn’t make it there on our recent trip. Next time; still need to try those pies.

  10. says

    Keith — They looked pretty great, too! Although they do change things up a lot here, so no guarantees you’ll find this one. Still, Raglan and Cookes have a real commitment to gluten-free options, so you’re likely to find something similar.

  11. says

    Kathy — I know, right? I love Dalkey Mustard! We can’t go to Raglan Road ever without ordering the Dalkey Duo. :-) Thanks for the tip!

  12. says

    Essie — Definitely give it a try if you’re looking for quick service that’s a little different. We’ve never had a bad meal here. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

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