Planning a trip to Disney can be a hard but planning your dining should be easy with this guide to the best Disney World restaurants!
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Best restaurants in Disney World
Flying Fish – Broadwalk
Flying Fish is a Signature Restaurant located on the Boardwalk in the Crescent Lake area of Disney World Resort. The designation of Signature Restaurant indicates a fine dining experience, and if you have the Disney Dining Plan, will require 2 Table Service credits.
If you are looking for a superb dinner in an elegant setting, then Flying Fish is the right choice for you. While children are always welcome, Flying Fish is one of the many great places for adults at Disney World.
Two of my favourite features of the restaurant are the open kitchen and the beautiful chandeliers of glass fish swimming overhead. The open kitchen allows you to watch the chefs as they perform their magic, while the quirky light fixture helps to set the scene.
Don’t be deceived by the name, Flying Fish offers more than just great seafood. For example, the Kurobuta Pork Belly appetizer is melt in your mouth delicious. In addition to a wide variety of seafood options, you will find three different cuts of beef as well as chicken on the menu.
No matter what you order at Flying Fish, you really can’t go wrong!
Nicole at The Disney Journey
Yak & Yeti – Animal Kingdom
I think the best part about visiting Disneyworld, other than the attractions is the food. You can literally eat your way around the world during your visit. One of our favourite restaurants there is Yak and Yeti, which is located in the Animal Kingdom. Yak & Yeti is a restaurant and quick-service eatery featuring delicious Pan-Asian cuisine. You can indulge with a sampling of some of Asia’s yummy cuisine. Some of our favourites were the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Korean BBQ Ribs, they were so delicious!
They also offer some kid-approved choices on their Kids menu. Our little one loved the chicken fried rice which comes with two sides. Make reservations ahead of time on the Disney My experience app, to avoid the long wait times. It’s one of the more popular restaurants in Animal kingdom and the lines and wait times are usually very long.
Skylar from Skylar Aria’s Adventures
50’s Prime Time Cafe – Disney’s Hollywood Studio
The 50’s Prime Time Cafe is a diner in Disney’s Hollywood Studios infamous for its curt wait staff. Eating here is like eating at your grandmother’s house, complete with juicy meatloaf and a high chance you’ll be scolded to eat all your vegetables. You can have a “TV dinner” where you watch black and white clips at your table. This pairs nicely with the idea behind the park in general.
Hollywood studios proudly honour fan favourites like “I Love Lucy” and “The Twilight Zone.” The theme of the diner is old-fashioned, with the venue decorated like a vintage kitchen and dining room, tacky wallpaper and all. Guests can enjoy classic dishes like fried chicken and apple pie a la mode. This is a great place to come if you’re looking for comfort food that hits the spot and a different sort of customer service experience.
Jen from Jen on a Jet Plane
Rose and Crown – Epcot
Our favourite Walt Disney World restaurant for a wonderful meal sits in the UK pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. The Rose and Crown Dining Room makes you feel like you stepped right into an English pub, complete with frosted glass and dark wood furnishings. One of the stars of the Rose and Crown is the exceptional beverage menu. It carries classic pints, like Guinness and Bass Ale, scotch and whiskey flights. Pairing one of their great pub blends with a Rose and Crown signature favourite, like the fish and chips, is a perfect way to enjoy a meal at Epcot.
The fish and chips even come served on newspaper! For dessert, you can’t beat the sticky toffee pudding to round out your English meal. Finally, the outdoor seating at Rose and Crown also has a perfect view of the fireworks at Epcot, and a later dinner reservation can get you the best seat in the house! Dining on the World Showcase is all about transporting you to a delicious meal around the world, and none do it better than Rose and Crown!
Sarah from Moment Mom
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant – Magic Kingdom
Our family’s favourite restaurant in the whole of Disney World is Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom. We have made it a point to visit this restaurant on the annual pilgrimage to Disney, and have done so for over the past 20+ years! I’m not quite sure where the tradition started, but it may have something to do with the fact that it is the first restaurant you encounter when entering the park.
Tony’s is a must for any fan of Italian food. Inspired by the eatery in the animated film The Lady and the Tramp, you can find your fill of delicious plates of pasta here. The menu has changed many times over the years, but the quality of the food has always stayed top notch. The Fettuccine Alfredo and Spaghetti are classics that never disappoint. My personal favourite has always been the Scampi Pasta, and the Gnocchi pasta is scrumptious as well. If you’re anything like me, you never skip out on dessert – and I highly, HIGHLY, recommend trying the Tiramisù! It’s perfect.
Outside of the food, the experience while waiting to be seated and while dining is also full of Disney flair. Watch the Lady and the Tramp while you wait for your order, on an old-timey TV. Chat with waiters who won’t hesitate to have in-depth discussions about Disney characters at any moment. And of course, you should always look out for a Disney star in costume wandering around the room for great photo ops.
I hope you check out Tony’s while on your trip to Disney – it was perhaps the best quick service restaurant in Magic Kingdom. And just a quick word of advice – this place fills up quick! So make sure to secure a reservation in advance of visiting the park to secure your seat.
Christen from Travel Wander Grow
Wolfgang Puck Express – Disney Springs
Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs is our go-to restaurant each time we visit Disney World. We love that it is tucked away in a corner of Disney Springs, and not as crowded as other central restaurants. In addition, it is very budget friendly for being in such a touristy area, and it accepts the Disney Dining Plan. There is something on the menu to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, and the quality is pretty great for the prices.
My favourite items include butternut squash soup, BBQ chicken pizza, bacon wrapped meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and chicken alfredo. Their cookies are also soft and chewy. The kid’s menu has plenty of options as well including chicken tenders, pizza, spaghetti, and grilled chicken. If you’re visiting Disney Springs with kids or if you are just going for a nice meal without the hefty price tag, Wolfgang Puck Express is my recommendation.
Margie from DG Family Travel
Whispering Canyon Cafe – Wilderness Lodge
Whispering Canyon Cafe is one of my favourite restaurants at Disney World. It is inside the Wilderness Lodge and it is one of the most irreverent, fun and entertaining places to dine in Disney. The decor gives an old-west vibe with offerings like bottomless platters (chicken, sausage, ribs, and other delicious sides) that will fill your whole entire group and kids get to gallop around on toy horses throughout the restaurant. Beware of asking for ketchup or should I say go ahead and ask for it.
Plus, they take great pleasure in you asking for seconds on your drinks or even accidentally spilling your drink as my niece found out when she ended up with her cup taped to the table. You never know what you will get when you dine at the Whispering Canyon Cafe but guaranteed you and your family will be in stitches laughing so hard and walking out of there with stomachs full of good food! This is a great restaurant for families, especially those looking visiting Disney World with kids on a budget.
Heather from Raulerson Girls Travel
Enzo’s Hideaway – Disney Springs
Enzo’s Hideaway is a lovely underground Italian restaurant in Disney Springs. Enzo’s Hideaway sets a unique atmosphere with exposed graffiti-covered walls, large upholstered booths, glass meat lockers, and the entrance through a tunnel. The 1920’s Prohibition theme makes visitors feel like they’ve entered a forbidden segment of Italian New York at the height of speakeasies. The food is delicious – with classic Italian dishes, desserts, and even signature cocktails (and mocktails for the kids).
I’ve tried several of the pasta dishes on the menu and have yet to be disappointed; plus, the sauce to noodle ratio is spot on! The cocktails, called “giggle water”, were my favourite part of the dining experience, as you can tell each has been inspired and crafted with care. Enzo’s Hideaway is a very special restaurant in the heart of Disney Springs that I feel is a must for any trip to Walt Disney World.
Katie-Beth from Her Life in Ruins
Gaston’s Tavern – Magic Kingdom
Disney World knows how to add magic to everything in their parks, and food is definitely one of them. One of our favourite restaurants for an on-the-go meal is Gaston’s Tavern right near the Beast’s Castle. The restaurant looks just like the movie, and you start to feel like you are hanging out in the bar that Gaston did…of course it’s not a real bar, and definitely kid-friendly. The decor is perfect, but the food is even better.
We recommend heading here for breakfast or dessert to grab one of their famous and ginormous cinnamon rolls. These cinnamon rolls are huge, so they’re great for sharing if you have little eaters. They also have great chocolate croissants and don’t forget to grab a LeFou’s Brew. It’s a great quick service restaurant that will have you on your way, exploring lots more of the park in no time.
Sara from Our Kind Of Crazy
Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom
Dining at Cinderella’s Castle is surreal, as many people do not get the chance to experience the ambiance of Disney World from inside one of the world’s most famous castles. As the premier restaurant in Disney World, Cinderella’s Royal Table is exactly as one may imagine, full of dresses, magic wands, princesses, high vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, pillars, and various decorations.
Many girls and boys stop at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique before heading to the medieval style Royal Table for dinner. Princesses visit each table and take pictures with children as dinner is served by sharply dressed staff. Royal Table bookings are available for all meals, though dinnertime is a great time to go after a long day of exploring the park. Meal options provide a variety of options with several great dessert variations.
The entire ordeal truly lets children, and adults, experience royal life for just a few hours. Cinderella’s Royal Table is a must, at least once, when visiting Disney World, as the memories created are irreplaceable.
Tip: Be sure to book 6 months in advance when reservations open for the best chance to book your preferred timeslot.
Diana from The Elusive Family
Skipper Canteen – Magic Kingdom
When it comes to adventurous dining, there is nothing quite like Skipper Canteen anywhere else in Disney World.
Located in the Magic Kingdom, Skipper Canteen is the sister restaurant to the popular Jungle Cruise ride.
When the skippers aren’t touring around the jungle, you will find them waiting tables; serving both delicious food and cheeky jokes in this eclectic table service restaurant.
When you arrive, you will be escorted to one of three different rooms. Each room features things Dr Albert Falls has gathered during his journeys. Take time to explore all three to see some of the unique items he brought back from his excursions.
Even though this restaurant offers a fun and somewhat corny dining experience, its the food that is the main feature. You will find the menu full of unique dishes that you won’t see in other Disney restaurants.
Our favourites are Orinoco Ida’s Cachapas (corn pancakes, mojo-braised pork, & black bean salad), “Tastes like Chicken” Because it is! (Fried Chicken with a Chili Glaze) and “Hardy Har Char” Siu Pork (Char Siu-marinated pork).
The flavours are intense and really highlight the spices found in Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern food.
You will be best to order a few different dishes to share so that you can experience many different entrees!
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