Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney is a new bowling alley/ restaurant. Opened in December, Splitsville has 30 luxury bowling lanes surrounded by dining tables, bars and billiards tables. The restaurant is spacious, comfortable and fun.
This restaurant has two floors of fun! Bowling alleys are available for rental for an hour and a half at a time. Servers take your order while you bowl and lane “concierges” bring you shoes. If you prefer, you can also just reserve a table and dine without bowling, as we did.
Splitsville at Downtown Disney has smart retro chic décor. The fonts, colors and furnishings are a blend of nostalgic elements that create a modern vintage feel. Big red booths surround tables that look like they came from your grandparent’s basement.
Unlike most bowling restaurants, the lanes aren’t stacked up one by one. Instead, they are separated into clusters that provide plenty of dining space in the center of the restaurant for non- bowling diners. Realizing that the restaurant is relatively new, we were pleased that we are able to get a table with no wait.
The restaurant has a huge menu with something for everyone. Sushi, pizza and sliders are all on the menu. We were excited to see the Minnesota classic burger, the Juicy Lucy, on the menu. If you’re not familiar, it’s a cheeseburger with the cheese melted inside. We had cheeseburgers.
The menu also has plenty of California wines, mixed drinks and that brand new phenom, the make it yourself Coke machine.
For some reason, after ordering a cheeseburger, DH got a hamburger. It took 35 minutes to resolve the error and when the waiter brought the burger to him it was in his hands. That was weird and unsettling. We swapped buns with the old one and just ate it. Still, it took a while to resolve, and in my opinion the presentation was lacking (who serves food with their hands?). As the food was delivered, I asked for Ranch dressing to dip my fries in and was told I could have it, but I would be charged for it.
Personally, I think it’s gauche to charge for a sauce at a sit down restaurant.
If I were returning to Disney with a larger group of family and friends, I’d take advantage of the bowling lanes and California wines. For a smaller family meal, or just the two of us, I’d pass. It was expensive. The service was uneven (the waiter bringing that burger in his hands was crazy as hell), and I felt a little nickel and dimed.
Next time, I will insist that we return to Liberty Tree Tavern, my favorite restaurant at Walt Disney World, and dine with Mickey.
He does not disappoint.