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Chef Rick Bayless to Open Frontera Fresco Restaurant at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Chef Rick Bayless, a six-time James Beard Foundation award winner, is the latest chef to sign on to open a new restaurant at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. Known for his authentic Mexican cuisine, Bayless is opening Frontera Fresco, featuring specialties such as hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all crafted with his time-honored recipes. And, of course, margaritas (plus cocktails, beers and wine).

“I’m thrilled to bring Frontera Fresco to Disney Springs and share my passion for Mexican cuisine with the families who visit Orlando every year,” Bayless said.


Bayless is probably best known for winning the title of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Masters,” and his highly rated National Public Television Series, “Mexico–One Plate at a Time,” is in its 10th season. His popular Chicago restaurants include Frontera Grill (which received a Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant in 2007); Topolobampo; Xoco, and several locations for Frontera Fresco.

Those six James Beard Foundation Awards, by the way, are for two cookbooks; Midwest Chef of the Year; National Chef of the Year; Humanitarian of the Year, and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. Welcome to Disney, Chef Bayless.


  • I’m visiting WDW May 6 -11, 2016 I hope it’s open by then


  • I’ve never heard of this place, but it seems well received on here. Does anyone know if the menu will include any vegan options? That’s something that is so far seriously lacking in the Downtown Disney / Disney Springs area.

  • I have heard many great things about Frontera Grill in Chicago. Can’t wait to experience the food. Do we have any idea when it will be open. I can’t wait

  • When is the the scheduled opening??

  • This is fantastic news. I had the chance to eat at one of his restaurants in Chicago and I was really impressed. Can’t wait to try it!

  • This is awsome! Love Frontera Fresco can’t wait!

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