New Seasonal Menu at Frontera Cocina

If you enjoy Fresh Mexican cuisine, a modern twist on dishes, then Frontera Cocina is the place to be! Matt and I were excited to be invited to the Taste of Baja, an evening with celebrity chef, and owner, Rick Bayless. Taste of Baja was an introduction of new seasonal menu dishes for Frontera Cocina at Disney Springs. We are happy to share our experience with you, and hope you get to “taste the Baja” at Frontera Cocina! 

front of Frontera Cocina restaurant

Thank you to Frontera Cocina for hosting us. Our meal and drinks were provided by Frontera Cocina, but opinions are solely our own. 

New Seasonal Menu Drinks

pint of beer and a glass of bloody mary

Our evening began with drinks. Three new featured drinks are on the seasonal menu. Matt tried the Vuelve A La Vida, which is Pacifico draft beer, tequila El Velo blanco, lime juice, house-made mix, and hot sauce served with candied bacon strip and avocado slice. I opted for the Pacifico on draft. 

Other Featured Seasonal Menu Drinks

Ni Maiz

Mescal Ilegal espadín blanco, corn juice, Licor 43, lemon and agave nectar, served with spicy worm salt rim and garnished with baby corn

La Baja Clásica

El Mayor tequila añejo, key lime juice, agave nectar and Sherry wine, rimmed with tortilla ash salt

New Seasonal Menu Starter

Crispy Chipotle Calamari on the new seasonal menu at Frontera Cocina

How does Crispy Chipotle Calamari topped with Cotija cheese and fresh squeezed grilled lime sound? This was perfectly cooked, with great texture. Also served with caramelized lime aioli and chile de arbol salsa. The best way to eat the calamari is to dip into both sauces and indulge! Even though our server told us to be sure and leave room for dessert, there was no way we were going to leave any calamari behind. It was that good!! 

**Contains dairy & gluten

Esquites Ensalada

Equites Ensalada on the new seasonal menu at Frontera Cocina

Next up was a salad for Matt and I to share. A bed of Arcadian lettuce, char-grilled sweet corn, poblano rajas, spicy Cotija cheese, cilantro, and topped with crunchy tortilla strips. The dressing was a creamy roasted garlic-lime. The corn was deliciously sweet, so we were sure to let Chef Rick Bayless know, we could have eaten a bowl of just the corn. We also loved the Cotija cheese on both the calamari, and the salad  so much, we plan to find some to buy. 

**Contains dairy

New Seasonal Menu at Frontera Cocina

Carne Asada & Mojo Grilled Florida Shrimp on the new seasonal menu at Frontera Cocina

With two new entrees for the seasonal menu, we got to share them both. Carne Asada & Mojo-Grilled Florida Shrimp includes black beans refritos with queso fresco, caramelized plantains with cream and Cotija cheese, and warm corn tortillas. Natural Black Angus steak marinated in garlic and red chiles, add a mild kick. The corn tortillas were so fresh, you can tell they are made to order. This meal was fantastic, and I would definitely go back for it. 

**Contains dairy, pork, & shellfish

Grilled Florida Pink Shrimp on the new seasonal menu at Frontera Cocina

Grilled Florida Pink Shrimp with red chile-peanut salsa macha, plantain rice, and cilantro had quite a bit more kick. The key was to grab a bite with enough plantain rice to balance off the power of the salsa macha. A wonderful taste of all the flavors, and I love me some fresh cilantro. 

**Contains peanuts & shellfish

New Seasonal Menu Dessert

Raspberry-Habanero Cake on the new seasonal menu at Frontera Cocina

Remember how I mentioned our server told us to leave room for dessert? We’re sure glad she reminded us, because this was worth leaving room for. Raspberry-Habanero Cake with lime chantilly cream, minty raspberry salsa, and candied habanero lime on top! I’m not typically a cake eater, but this was not overly sweet, and the little bit of spiciness from the candied habanero lime, kept me going back for another bite. I had the sorbet with mango to help when the candied habanero lime was too much kick for me. 

**Contains dairy & gluten **Sorbet is dairy-free

Meeting Chef Rick Bayless

Photo op with Chef Rick Bayless

Best part of the night was getting the chance to speak with Chef Rick Bayless. Being able to let him know how much we enjoyed the new menu items, what an outstanding restaurant he owns, and how wonderful the staff is. 

We both highly recommend Frontera Cocina, and look forward to eating there again. 

Tips for Visiting Frontera Cocina

Park in the Lime parking garage, so when you come down, walk straight out toward the bridge, and Frontera Cocina is on the left, across from Sprinkles Bakery. 

Be sure to come hungry. The portions are generous and you may want starters and dessert!!  You can find the current menu HERE and if you enjoy specials, you can find their events HERE

Which new seasonal menu dishes at Frontera Cocina would you like to try most? Let us know. Connect with us on Instagram! 

Enjoy your visit to Disney Springs, and be sure to check out the newly remodeled World of Disney Store!

36 thoughts on “New Seasonal Menu at Frontera Cocina

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  • May 15, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    This restaurant looks amazing. The food looks delicious! I’ve passed this restaurant many times, but not next time…for sure!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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      Yes!! No more passing by!!

  • May 15, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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    What a great looking menu! Fresh and delicious looking. We’ll have to head over to Disney Springs again and try it!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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      I can be picky, and I liked everything we had!!

  • May 15, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    Those pictures are making my mouth water. I love Mexican food. I want to go so badly to that restaurant Lol.

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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      Mexican food is one of my favorites too!!

  • May 16, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    We are big fans of Disney Springs and have not been to Frontera Cocina, so we will be visiting soon! Thanks for the great review!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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      You are welcome!! Hope you get to check it out!!

  • May 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    These menu items look delicious! I love shrimp! I hope to have time to eat there on one of my Disneyworld vacations!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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      If you like shrimp, you will love these dishes!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:36 pm
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      It sure is! Can’t wait to go back!

  • May 16, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    So cool you got to meet the chef! Sounds like a great restaurant to enjoy the next time we go. Hopefully we’ll run into you again too. 😉

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:36 pm
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      It was a highlight for sure! Hope we run into each other again too!!

  • May 16, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    Wow! What an amazing meal and an equally amazing opportunity to meet the chef. Everything looks super delicious!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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      Wonderful opportunity for sure!!

  • May 16, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    Its always amazing to me how gourmet a meal experience can be in Disney of all places… Love it!!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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      I know, right??? Disney has so many amazing places to eat!!

  • May 16, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    That food looks amazing! I’m ready to go back to Disney!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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      I’m ready to go back too!!

  • May 16, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    That is definitely on my next to do in Disney Springs list! The food looks amazing! And the drinks!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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      Another great place we could meet up!!

  • May 17, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    Everything looks amazing! Chipotle calamari? Yes, please!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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      It was so good!! I want to go back for that and the salad!!

  • May 17, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    Looks amazing! We ate there years ago when it first opened and I remember loving the chips, salsa, and guac – I’ll have to revisit and try some of these new dishes!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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      I want to go back for the guac too!

  • May 17, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    This looks great. I will be checking it next time we are down there. Now I want shrimp! LOL.

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:42 pm
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      Shrimp was so good!! Hope you get to have some soon!

  • May 17, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    That shrimp and rice bowl looks amazing!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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      I was great!! Lots of kick too!

  • May 17, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    We were just at Disney Springs last night! I wish we would have gone here. The food looks amazing.

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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      Oh bummer!! Hopefully next time!

  • May 18, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    We enjoyed the Frontera Grill by Chef Bayless in Chicago. He has quite a few different restaurants there. Our fave is his Michelin restaurant Topolobampo. Good to know he’s also in Orlando now!

    • May 18, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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      I’ve heard great things about his Chicago restaurants!! I will have to check them out next time we go.

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