Welcome to Dad’s Simple Guide to Walt Disney World Restaurants. We’ve got everything you need to know right here about eating/dining at Walt Disney World.
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Speaking of Cool… The Sci Fi Dine In is amazing – Photo by Judd Helms
First we’ll look at all the restaurants. We’ll start in the hotels, then move to the theme parks and even Disney Springs.
Jump to the Hotel Restaurants –
To the parks –
In Disney Springs –
You probably will want to know about the Disney Dining Plan and making Advanced Dining Reservations –
IN THE HOTELS
Chef Mickey’s is one of the all time favorites – Photo by Cliff Wang
The Disney World hotels host some of the best Disney World restaurants in all of Disney World. Victoria and Albert’s is one of the highest rated restaurants in Florida. Some of the most popular restaurants in Disney World are in the hotels, like ‘Ohana and Chef Mickey’s.
THE DELUXE RESORTS
Not only are the Deluxe Resorts the top resorts at Disney World, but they also have the top Disney World Restaurants.
- ‘Ohana – Meat cooked over a pit and served from skewers. Dad’s favorite restaurant.
- Kona Cafe – An eclectic diner with an Asian flair. Serves a traditional American breakfast
- Captain Cooks – quick service food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- The Spirit of Aloha – A spirited Hawaiian Luau with everything but the pig.
- Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – appetizer and drinks in a spirited bar
- Pineapple Lanai – grab a Dole Whip
Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Towers
- California Grill – gourmet dinners using the freshest ingredients available.
- Chef Mickey’s – character buffet starring the Mickey
- The Contempo Cafe – quick service breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- The Wave – A unique and casual “organic” dining experience
The Grand Floridian Resort
The Grand Floridian Cafe has a pretty cool view – Photo by Cliff Wang
- Victoria and Albert’s – the premier restaurant at Walt Disney World.
- 1900 Park Fare – Mary Poppins buffet.
- Citricos – enjoy Southern European cuisine
- Grand Floridian Cafe – quick service restaurant
- Narcoossee’s – Experience Coastal sea food on the banks of Seven Seas Lagoon
Wilderness Lodge and Villas
- Artist Point – an upscale restaurant for adults with some fine Northwestern US offerings
- Roaring Fork – counter service restaurant with some Northwest specialties thrown in
- Geyser Point Bar and Grill – get breakfast, lunch and dinner and dive right into the pool
- Whispering Canyon Cafe – some good down home grub and some good down home fun
Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas
- Boma – Flavors of Africa – a buffet some African flavored dishes.
- Jiko – The Cooking Place – delightful African, Mediterranean and Indian cuisine
- Mara- the Fastfood Place – quick service restaurant for the Animal Kingdom
- Sanaa – located in Kidani Village. Colors abound in the Indian flavored African cuisine.
Beach Club Resort and Villas
The Kitchen Sink must be shared – Photo by Leah Sikes
- Beaches and Cream – All the ice cream you can imagine along with toppings and syrups
- Beach Club Marketplace – quick service food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Cape May Cafe – breakfast and dinner buffets featuring Goofy at breakfast and Disney Characters and seafood at dinner.
- Hurricane Hanna’s Grill – the grill at Stormalong Bay (the pool between the Beach and Yacht Club).
On the Boardwalk (Boardwalk Inn and Villas)
- AbracadaBar – a magical place of drinks and illusion
- Big River Grille and Brewing Works – A microbrewery that serves pub food.
- Boardwalk Bakery – sandwiches and lots of goodies
- Boardwalk Pizza Window – Pizza on the Boardwalk
- ESPN Club – “bar” food served in the middle of big TV’s
- Flying Fish Cafe– get some really fresh fish
- Trattoria al Forno – old fashioned Italian eatery
Yacht Club Resort
- Captain’s Grille – Captain’s Grill is the quick service restaurant at the Yacht Club.
- Hurricane Hanna’s Grill – grab a bite to eat while enjoying the Stormalong Bay.
- Yachtsman Steakhouse – World class steaks in a casually elegant dining room. Dress up for this fine meal.
Old Key West
Olivia’s Cafe is a relaxing off the beaten path place for a good meal – Photo by Laurie Sapp
- Good’s Food to Go – fast food with a pretty basic menu. Grab a burger and relax at the pool.
- Olivia’s Cafe – Kona Cafe has banana stuffed French Toast, not to be outdone, Olivia’s Cafe has banana bread French Toast. Yum, yum. Grab a breakfast, lunch or dinner full of Caribbean spiced specialties.
Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
- Artist’s Palate – unlike Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge this artist retreat is full of hustle and bustle. This is the fast food and gift shop area of Saratoga Springs
- Paddock Grill – grab a hot and quick bite while you are waiting for your horse to hit it big
- Turf Club Bar and Grill – sit down to an quiet (not really) meal featuring American cuisine from sandwiches to seafood. Not only can you get a bite, you can play a little pool. After dark yo u can enjoy the lights from Disney Springs. It also overlooks Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. FORE!
THE MODERATE RESORTS
Grabbing some fruit is always a good idea – Photo by Cliff Wang
The Disney World Restaurants at the Moderate Resorts are a mixture of food courts and Table Service restaurants. There are some interesting offerings at the Moderate Resorts.
Caribbean Beach Resort
- Old Port Royale – Old Port Royal3 was Disney’s first food court. The original is sometimes the best, and sometimes you learn from your mistakes. This is a little of both.
- Shutters – is a bright and colorful place to sit down and eat a Caribbean inspired meal or even to get a tropical drink or two. There’s even Prime Rib (Dad’s favorite).
Coronado Springs Resort
Pepper Market offers a good variety – Photo by Kathleen Wolfe
- Pepper Market – a new fangled food court that is part quick service, part table service. (A 10% service charge is added to each meal.) Southwest favorites are on display.
- Maya Grill – mixes traditional American Fare with Neuveo Latino cuisine. Seafood, chicken and steak top this diverse menu.
- Cafe Rix – has a wide selection of baked goods. In the morning it’s pastries and the rest of the day sandwiches.
- Las Ventanas – have a relaxing breakfast and lunch in a quiet intimate dining room
Port Orleans Resort
- Boatwright’s – Louisiana favorites served in an old boat factory. Now that’s something different. Located in the Riverside section this table service restaurant features favorites from Prime Rib to Jambalaya.
- Riverside Mill Food court – The Riverside Mill is the food court in the Riverside section of the Port Orleans (imagine that).
- Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory – the food court in the French Quarter section.
Fort Wilderness Campground
Good food and a good show at the hoop Dee Doo Revue – Photo by Brett Svenson
- The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue– Dinner and a show. What could be better. While not technically a Disney World restaurant, this patriotic show is fun and has some really good food.
- Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – dance and sing with Mickey and friends and get some really great food.
- Trails Inn – get some really good southern home cookin’ and enjoy a down home atmosphere.
THE VALUE RESORTS
Everything Pop is one of Dad’s favorite places for breakfast – photo by Laurie Sapp
While there aren’t any fancy Disney World restaurants at the Value Resorts. The only choice is the food courts. Each has the same food stations, and basically the same menus. (Everything Pop has some Pop Century specific offerings.)
The food is pretty good, and breakfast is really good. Here are the food courts for each resort –
IN THE PARKS
There’s nothing better that walking through a park eating a Mickey bar – photo by Leah Sikes
There are some really wonderful Walt Disney World Restaurants in the Parks. There are some very average restaurants in the parks. So, Dad, which is which? Check it out …
You can even watch the candy being made – photo by Cliff Wang
The Magic Kingdom has some great, and some not so great Disney World restaurants, but every one has a great theme. Cinderella’s Royal Table is not to be missed. Enjoy.
The Magic Kingdom isn’t the best place for great food, but you can get good food in some interesting locations.
The chefs at Teppan Edo can make some interesting things – Photo by Cliff Wang
Epcot has some of the best restaurants in Disney World. The Disney World Restaurant menus for the World Showcase restaurants are as varied as the pavilions. Future World isn’t a great place for great food. But, the Disney restaurants in the World Showcase makes up for the lack of eating places in Future World.
Epcot Dining Events
You can find just about anything you’d like to eat in Epcot.
Disney Hollywood Studios
Go back in time at 50’s Prime Time Cafe – Photo by Cliff Wang
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to some of the most uniquely themed Disney World Restaurants. Here you’ll find a drive in movie restaurant and a lunch counter in a larger-than-life lunch box. Check them out.
- ABC Commissary – a menu with American classics in an art deco setting.
- Backlot Express – fast lunch and dinner in Eacho Lake.
- BaseLine Tap House – a grown-up lounge with light snacks.
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – grab some intergalactic grub
- PizzeRizzo – a pizza restaurant based on the Muppets and especially the character Rizzo the Rat.
- Sunset Ranch Market – there are several quick service offerings along Sunset Boulevard with a variety of foods and outdoor seating.
- The Trolley Car Café – this is the place for your Starbucks fix.
- Woody’s Lunch Box – see what the toys snack on from Andy’s leftovers.
There are lots of snack carts selling popcorn, slushes, ice cream, coffee, and pretzels throughout the park as well as a few cute walk-up windows with ever changing menus – Oasis Canteen, Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner, and Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction.
That’s what we’re all looking for – Good Eats – photo by Judd Helms
There is not a lot of variety, or selection in the Animal Kingdom restaurants. The park closes at 5:00 on most days, so dinner isn’t really an option. Check out what’s available.
- Tusker House – “Awaken the Day” at Donald’s Safari Breakfast buffet. You can also get a unique lunch and dinner buffet here
- Harambe Market – an area of walk up windows in an open-air plaza with unique foods showcasing the flavors of Africa
- Satu’li Canteen – out of the world food in Pandora
- Flame Tree BBQ – really interesting BBQ flavors in a colorful setting
- Yak and Yeti – Chinese food in the shadow of Expedition Everest
- Rainforest Cafe – Dine in a tropical rain forest
- Restaurantosaurus – hamburgers and fixins
- Pizzafari – Grab some pizza and rest in the air conditioning
- Tiffins – international cuisine inspired by exploration and adventure
The Theme Parks are where most guests eat most meals. The Disney World Restaurants in the parks specialize in feeding hoards of people really fast.
Take a ride after dinner at the Boathouse – photo by Andy Sanchez
Disney Springs is home of some of the newest, most innovative and flat good places to eat. Check out the menus from some of the best known chefs in the world.
- Earl of Sandwich – good sandwiches at an affordable price
- Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop – ice cream and chocolate, the two major food groups
- Rainforest Cafe – good food in a very interesting setting
- T-Rex – take a trip back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth, oh and the foods pretty good too
- Wolfgang Puck Express – down home quick service food with a Wolfgang Puck flair
- Cookes of Dublin – enjoy the flavors of Dublin and Irish pub food
- Raglan Road – a true Irish pub including live music and Irish dancing
- Homecoming Florida Kitchen – Florida home cooking by Chef Art Smith
- Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar – taken right out of a scene from an Indiana Jones movie grab a drink and a bite and look for Indy.
- Morimoto Asia – Japanese cooking Morimoto style, come see what a real Iron Chef cooks up
- Paddlefish – upscale sea food served on the Empress Lilly paddle boat
- Paradiso 37 – Taste of America – North, Central and Southern American cuisine
- Portabello Country Italian Trattoria – a good old country Italian Trattoria that has a seasonal menu that highlights the flavors of Italy
- STK Orlando – steak is on the menu, steak and everything you would find in a high end steak house
- The Boathouse – upscale waterfront dining featuring seafood and steaks along with Amphicars
Now that looks like a good pizza – Photo by Judd Helms
- Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza – make your own pizza
- D-Luxe Burgers – upscale hamburgers
- Fontera Cocina – Mexican dishes in an upbeat atmosphere from Chef Rick Bayless
- AMC Fork and Screen Theaters – a true “Dine-In Theater” experience, food and cocktails served during the movie
- Bongos Cuban Cafe – Gloria Estefan heads up this Cuban experience, good music and food
- Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – is just good ole down home southern soul food brought to you by Chef Art Smith
- Food Truck Exposition Park – check out the Food Trucks at Disney Springs including favorites from the theme parks
- House of Blues Restaurant and Bar – southern soulful cuisine with lively music and a magical Sunday brunch
- Planet Hollywood Observatory – dine among the Stars with food by Chef Guy Fieri great atmosphere and amazing design
- Splitsville – bowling and food the two go great together come have a ball and enjoy some good cookin’
- The Smokehouse – barbeque or BBQ whatever you want to call it, it’s good eats
- Wolfgang Pucks Grand Cafe – come try chef Pucks fusion of Asian and Californian cuisines
DISNEY DINING PLAN
Yes, you can even get your Starbucks fix – photo by Laurie Sapp
For information about the how to make reservations, when to make reservations, and just about anything else you might need to know, check out Dad’s Disney World Dining page. It’s full of information about the Disney Dining Plan, Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR’s), Signature Dining and lots more.
ADVANCED DINING RESERVATIONS
You’ll want an ADR for Le Cellier – photo by Cliff Wang
Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR’s) are very, very important when it comes to eating in Walt Disney World restaurants. Very important. All the (sit down) Table Service Restaurants recommend that you make Advanced Dining Reservations. For some it’s a necessity. You won’t get in without one.
Check out more about ADR’s on…
Dad’s Bottom Line
Each of the Walt Disney World Restaurants has a unique theme. Some just have to be experienced. Character meals have become really big and must be reserved early. Make sure to get together as a family and decide which of the Disney restaurants you want to try out.
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