The state of the world has certainly impacted Walt Disney World’s operations and guest experiences in many ways, and one of the biggest impacts has been on dining. Currently, Disney is not offering the very popular Dining Plan, and many restaurants have remained closed. Many excellent choices for table service dining remain, though you may find that they have limited menus. We still think there’s plenty of delicious meals to be had, so let’s dive into 10 of our favorite table service options that you can enjoy right now. Keep in mind that dining at a theme park restaurant will require you to have a park reservation for that day.
1. The Plaza
The Magic Kingdom has some very popular table service options, like Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table, but one of our favorites is the lesser talked about Plaza Restaurant. We love the views of the castle from this intimate dining room, and it’s one of the more table service meals you can get in the parks. A reservation at The Plaza is always on my “must-do” list. Currently, the limited menu does not include my favorite- the fried green tomato sandwich- but you can’t go wrong with the plaza club or plaza burger, loaded fries, or their huge ice cream sundaes and shakes!
2. Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd Skipper Canteen
Skipper Canteen is a newer restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, and because it’s lesser known and has a few unusual items on the menu, it’s often possible to walk up and be seated without a reservation. We love the interesting decor, the delicious food, and being served by off-duty Jungle Cruise skippers! They have several interesting entrees on the current menu, and it’s easy for kids to find something they like as well.
3. Teppan Edo
Epcot is teeming with amazing restaurants, so choosing favorites there is no easy task. We’ve always enjoyed our visits to Teppan Edo, which is a teppanyaki style restaurant (similar to hibachi). Their menu has remained relatively unchanged and features sushi, many entrees that include seafood, chicken, and steak, and combination meals. We love watching the entertaining chefs prepare our food on the flat grill before us. Tables at Teppan Edo seat 8, so you may be seated with another party. Currently, plexiglass dividers are used to separate parties.
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4. Rose & Crown
Another Epcot World Showcase favorite is the Rose & Crown pub and dining room. We have enjoyed a few meals there, some as part of a dining package featuring preferred seating for a nighttime show. Since nighttime entertainment is currently on hold, these packages are not happening, but we recommend them if they return! We love the English classics that Rose & Crown offers, including fish and chips, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie!
5. Sci-Fi Dine-In
Especially now while Walt Disney World has certain limitations in place, we think that enjoying an immersive experience when possible is a priority. For that reason, we think that the Sci-Fi Dine In is a great table service choice now more than ever. Nothing says “escape the world” like enjoying a burger, fries, and a milkshake in a replica classic car while watching old sci-fi film clips, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience here!
6. 50’s Prime Time Cafe
Another great experience-based restaurant at Hollywood Studios is the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. You’ll be served delicious comfort foods like pot roast, meat loaf, and fried chicken by your “cousin”, who will surely scold you for poor manners, use of a mobile phone at the table, and not eating your vegetables. The 50’s decor will transport you to a simpler time, and of course, there’s milkshakes. (Have you noticed that milkshakes weigh heavily into these recommendations?)
Tiffins has earned a reputation as one of the best in-park dining experiences at Walt Disney World. This unique Signature Dining located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a favorite among adventurous eaters- charred octopus, anyone? You can also choose delicious butter chicken, shrimp and grits, surf and turf, and other options.
Getting to resort restaurants can be a little bit tricky without resort to resort transportation, but we recommend heading over to Animal Kingdom Lodge via Lyft or Uber or transportation from a park or Disney Springs to dine at Sanaa. Their menu is currently fairly small, but the famous Indian-style bread service is still being served and we absolutely recommend you get one for the table to share! We love the view of the animals just outside the restaurant, and the resort itself is great for exploring before or after your meal.
9. Topolino’s Terrace
If you’re staying along the Skyliner route or visiting Hollywood Studios or Epcot for the day, take the Skyliner over to Disney’s Riviera resort and enjoy a modified character breakfast! Character interactions are limited all across Walt Disney World currently, so any chance to see them is a bonus! Topolino’s Terrace is currently offering it’s delicious character breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy visiting and posing for pictures.
10. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Disney Springs is full of amazing dining choices and we can’t recommend just one above all the rest. That said, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is a crowd pleaser and one we want to keep going back to! Come for the fried chicken and doughnuts, stay for the moonshine cocktails!
Honorable Mention: T-Rex at Disney Springs
If you’re looking for a fun location to dine with kiddos, we’re throwing an honorable mention to T-Rex. Yes, it’s a chain-type restaurant (in the Landry’s family with Rainforest Cafe), but it offers a large menu (and a fairly large one even now) and everyone is sure to find something they love. We’ve actually been impressed by the quality of the food at T-Rex, and our 5-yr old has loved the elaborate dinosaur theming every time we visit. It can be hard to get a reservation here through Disney’s dining system, so look into becoming a Landry’s member if you want to skip the standby wait.