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Dad loves 'Ohana. That's a fact. Dinner is a meat lovers paradise (which is why Dad loves it) and breakfast stars Lilo and Stitch and is good fun. They say 'Ohana means family and everyone who enters is a "cousin" and they mean it. Welcome Cousin!

 

The entrance to 'OhanaPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

 

For years this has beenDad's favorite place in all of Walt Disney World for dinner. The menu is really simple here. Steak, Pork, Chicken and big ole shrimpies. YUMMY!!! (Yes there is some green stuff too, but who eats that?). Like I said, a meat lovers paradise. (Hey Travel Channel, you might want to check out 'Ohana for your next Meat Paradise show.)

 


The Cooking Pit at 'Ohana

Cooking Skewers at 'OhanaPhoto by Disney Photo Snapper

Location

'Ohana is locatated in the Polynesian Resort (which by the way is Dad's favorite hotel anywhere). This island inspired restaurant is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House. It's just past Kona Cafe back in the corner.

Dad's Great Ceremonial House page

The Polynesian Resort

The Polynesian Resort home of 'OhanaPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

'Ohana's Best Friends Family Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch

Served from 7:30-11:00am Daily

 

Every morning hundreds of people take their lives and children at risk and eat breakfast with Lilo and Stitch. After seeing what that blue monster did to the Magic Kingdom back in '04, I wouldn't be going anywhere near Stitch. Yes, I know, it was all just a show and Stitch is on his best behavior every morning as he and Lilo host 'Ohana's Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch...

 

But still that little blue guy scares me... (Just kidding.)

The Menu

The menu for breakfast is pretty standard Disney World restaurant fare. Breakfast is served family style. That means your server brings piles of food in a big wok and you serve yourselves. That's Disney's version of Family Style.

 

Here's what's in the breakfast wok -

  • Hua PakaMade fresh, hot, and delicious
  • Uala KahikiIsland-style Potatoes
  • Pua’aPork Breakfast Sausage Links and Smoked Bacon
  • Mickey-shaped Waffles
  • Assorted Breakfast Breads and Seasonal Fruit

If you want more of any item, just ask. Your server will be happy to provide.

 

Check out this review from my buddy Dave over at YourFirstVisit.net.

WDW Character Meals

The Best Friends Family Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch is one of the great Character meals that WDW is famous for. During the meal Lilo and Stitch will circulate through the dining room pausing at each table for pictures and autographs (and maybe a hug or two). It's a great way to get some alone time with your favorite character.

Dad's Disney World Character Dining page

'Ohana at Dinner

The fire pit at 'OhanaPhoto by DisneyPhoto Snapper

What's for Dinner

Served from 5:00-10:00pm

 

Dinner is the meal Dad's eats at here. It's what the restaurant was designed for. This restaurant is a great place for big eaters. It's a meat eaters dream. The menu includes steak, pork, and shrimp served off of big long skewers.

 

The old saying goes "Come hungry, leave happy." That certainly applies here. Hey, some people say it's the best thing they ever ate.

The Dinner Menu

Dinner is served in stages. It starts off with the traditional hot towel and some traditional Hawaiian Welcome Bread. This is a great way to start a meal. Every restaurant should begin meals this way.

 

The starters are delivered first. Then the green stuff you eat with the meats. Then the meats... Lots and lots of meats... After everyone is full, dessert is served. Save room for dessert. It's great.

Welcome Bread

The Welcome Bread at 'OhanaPhoto by Disney Photo Snapper

Starters

  • Pork fried dumplings
  • Corriander chicken wings
  • Mixed greens with honey-lime dressing

The Green Stuff

The Salad at 'OhanaPhoto by Disney Photo Snapper (Yes, that's Trent from ThePhotographersWife in the background)

Side dishes

  • Broccoli
  • Green peas and pad Thai noodles

More Green Stuff

The Green Peas and Broccoli at 'OhanaPhoto by Disney Photo Snapper

Meat Skewers

  • Marinated sirloin steak
  • Asian BBQ pork loin
  • Peel and eat Shrimp

The Meat

Steak and shrimp on a plate at 'OhanaPhoto by Disney Photo Snapper

Dessert

  • Bread pudding, served with vanilla ice cream and a Bananas Foster sauce.
  • Fresh pineapple with carmel sauce can be substituted, when available.

The Best Part

The Bread Pudding at 'Ohana by Disney Photo Snapper

 

Everything here is all you can eat. Just ask. Servers will keep putting meat on your plate until you tell them to stop. Take your time. Enjoy

 

Make sure you don't schedule a big meal the next morning. Like Dad did ...

Children's Menu

Children can choose to eat the items listed above, or they can choose from; Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni & Cheese, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Hamburger or Cheeseburger. These are all served with French Fries. Includes Sodas or Tea.

One note of caution...

Service is sometimes slow, especially drink service. Through the years it has improved and then slipped again. Usually service is good, but not great. Hopefully it will get better.

 

Still this is a great place for a family meal on your Disney World vacation.

The Entertainment

This is a great place for the whole family. Why? Because of the entertainment. What entertainment? Every 30 minutes "cousins" are invited to participate in one of the games. The games include a coconut race with brooms or a hula hoop contest.

 

Kids of all ages love playing the games. Make sure to have the cameras ready, especially if you can talk Mom into hula hooping.

 

Check out this review of dinner at 'Ohana from DisneyDining.com

 

The Best of WDW

The inside of 'Ohanaby WDW Shutterbug

The Best of WDW

The cover of the Dining issue of WDW Magazine

Like these pictures ? We do have a few more. In the November issue (Dining at WDW) of WDW Magazine 'Ohana was selected as the Best of WDW Restaurant (the first restaurant to get this honor).

 

Lynn from The Photographers Wife and her husband Brett (Disney Photo Snapper) reviewed their visit to Dad's favorite restaurant. It's a mouthwatering review. Trust me.

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Tambu Lounge

The Tambu Lounge in 'OhanaPhoto by Disney Image Makers

Tambu Lounge

Open from 5:00pm to 10:00 pm

 

The Tambu Lounge is the bar near the entrance. Snacks and drinks are available. This area gets very crowded in the evenings while guests are waiting for tables in the restaurant.

Snacks include -

  • Golden Pineapple
  • Crisp Breads and Dips
  • Chicken and Crunchy Vegetable Cups
  • Honey-Ginger Chicken Wings
  • Lump Crab Cake

Prices for snacks range from about $5.00 to around $10.50.

Several specialty drinks are available along with a full bar service. Drinks can be ordered to be delivered to your table.

Disney Restaurant odds and ends

You can make Advanced Dining Reservation 180 days prior to your arrival. This restaurant reservations are required most of the year. These can be made online at Disney's Dining Reservations or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

 

This restaurant is part of the Disney Dining Plan. Click on the link for more information about how the plan works.

 

All Disney Restaurants are non-smoking.

 

Dad's Bottom Line

This is just about the perfect Disney World restaurant. It features all the steak, pork, pork, and shrimp you can eat. Mrs. Mom tells me there's some green stuff that's pretty good, but me, I go to 'Ohana for the meat.

 

It's also a great place for families with small children. The coconut race and hula hoop contest are great diversions for the kids. It's also a good place for an romantic evening for newlyweds. (Ask for a window seat.)

 

Groups are also very welcome here. (Read about Dad's table for 15.)

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