Dining at Disney is not only unique and full of fun, but it is sure to leave long lasting memories for years to come. While dining inside the parks is great, there are a myriad of dining options that are spectacular at all of the Disney World resorts. With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, so you can try different ones on your trips, or continue to visit your favorites time and time again whether you are staying at that resort or not. This list was particularly difficult to make considering that there are a plethora of Disney resort restaurants that are my favorite! In random order, here are some of the top ten Disney resort restaurants that are to die for!
10. Boma- Flavors of Africa
Located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boma offers traditional African style cuisine that is sure to rock your world. This buffet style restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner and offers dishes that you won’t find anywhere else on Disney property. There are several kinds of meats and entrees along with the infamous zebra domes and other treats for dessert. Aside from indulging in delicious cuisine from over 50 African countries, the culture of Africa is prominent throughout the restaurant and even the cast members sing and dance every now and then to add some more ‘flavor’ to your dining experience. It is a beautiful way to embrace a different culture than what we are used to. Boma is classified as $$ ($15-$29.99 per adult) and advanced reservations are recommended. Boma also accepts one table service credit per person on the Disney Dining Plan.
9. Whispering Canyon
If you’re looking for a good time, head on over to the Whispering Canyon Café, located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This restaurant has the most outgoing staff on Disney property! They make your dining experience well worth it with their sarcasm and jokes and live entertainment with pony stick rides around the restaurant. There is a lot of rowdy hootin’ and hollerin’ here so you are sure to have a great time. There are entrees to choose from on the menu, however, Whispering Canyon is known for their family style meals that are out of this world! Breakfast includes waffles, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and much more! Lunch and dinner includes unlimited salad, fresh cornbread, slow-smoked ribs, roasted chicken, strip loin, western sausage, vegetables and potatoes are just a few of the many foods that come in this all-you-can-eat platter! It is truly delicious and well worth the money! The Whispering Canyon is classified as $$ ($15-$29 per adult) and reservations are recommended. The Whispering Canyon also accepts one table service credit per person on the Disney Dining Plan. Don’t forget to ask for ketchup when enjoying your meal!
8. Cape May Café
Hang ten with Mickey & Minnie and their friends as you enjoy Cape May Café, located at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club. This New-England style beachside setting restaurant is open for (character) breakfast and dinner and is sure to offer some delicious menu options that will have you coming back for more. This restaurant is also known for their buffet. Breakfast has several cold and hot offerings including fruit, various meats and cheeses, cereals, breads and bagels, eggs, creamy cheddar grits, sausage and gravy, chorizo and four cheese scrambled eggs and much, much more! Dinner includes options such as various soups, carving stations, various cold (pasta) salads, seafood, chicken, vegetables and much more. This restaurant has a pretty setting and the food is absolutely delicious. Cape May Café is classified as $$$ ($30-$59 per adult) and advanced reservations are recommended. Cape May Café also accepts one table service credit per person on the Disney Dining Plan. Check out “7 Things You’ll Love About The Cape May Character Breakfast in Walt Disney World Resort.”
7. Maya Grill
Mexican food is in my top three favorite cuisines, and Maya Grill, located at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, offers some really great options for Tex-mex cuisine. This restaurant recently opened at the resort, and its no wonder it receives an over flow of guests daily. Dinner options include classic guacamole, queso fundido, tacos, short rib, fajitas, and New York strip just to name a few. My favorite dessert, chocolate abuelita panna cotta is also served here. The southwestern flare in décor adds a beautiful atmosphere to your dining experience too. Maya Grill is classified as $$ ($15-$29 per adult) and advanced reservations are recommended. Maya Grill does not currently accept the Disney Dining Plan.
6. Trails End
There is nothing like comfort food when you’re down, but comfort food when you’re happy is a whole ‘nother ball game. Not only do I love the home-style cooking at Trails End, located at the Fort Wilderness resort and campground, but their atmosphere is perfect for that delicious country experience. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can enjoy A la carte items or indulge in their famous buffet. Breakfast includes a myriad of choices that include eggs, breakfast hash, cheese grits, pastries, frittatas, yogurt parfait station, Mickey waffles, and much more. Lunch includes all A la carte items including various appetizers, puled pork sandwiches, various chicken items, flatbreads, and desserts that will have you smiling from ear to ear. Dinner (my absolute favorite here) includes an out of this world buffet complete with a meat carving station, ribs, soups, various hot and cold pastas, salads, and a dessert bar that will have you wanting more. This is great food for the price you pay because it is all really, really tasty. Trails End is classified as $$ ($15-$29 per adult) and advanced reservations are recommended. Trails End accepts one table service credit per person on the Disney Dining Plan.
One of my all time favorite restaurants is ‘Ohana over at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The spirit of aloha is evident in the lush island décor and their food is no exception. Character breakfast (with Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch) and family style dinner is offered at this one of a kind restaurant. All-you-care-to-Enjoy Breakfast includes a combination of hua paka, pua’a (pork), potatoes, Mickey waffles, fruit, and more. Breakfast is a nice experience here because the characters interact with each party as you feast. This is also one of the least expensive character dining experiences on property. Dinner is by far my absolute favorite. This family style feast is out of this world and includes foods such as pork dumplings, honey chicken wings, salad, noodles, stir-fried vegetables, and meats and seafood including skewered steak, chicken and shrimp. The best part about this is the welcome coconut-pineapple bread and the ‘Ohana bread pudding. These two items are an absolute must and chances are you will be asking for seconds. This style cuisine is only found at the Polynesian resort, so be sure to check it out on your next trip! ‘Ohana is classified as $$ ($15-$29 per adult) for breakfast and $$$ ($30-$59 per adult) for dinner. Advance reservations are highly recommended. ‘Ohana accepts one table service credit per person on the Disney Dining Plan.
4. Kona Kafe
Also at Disney’s Polynesian resort, Kona Kafe is another delicious restaurant that offers the same tropical atmosphere for a lesser price. While this restaurant may not be as eccentric and lush as ‘Ohana, it’s entrees are too good to pass up! It’s relaxing laid back atmosphere will let you enjoy the flavors of Asian and American meals. There is also an onstage sushi kitchen! Kona Kafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers all of its entrees a la carte. My absolute favorite meal here is the Tonga Toast for breakfast, which is sourdough bread with ripe bananas fried to perfection and covered with sweet cinnamon sugar. Kona Kafe is classified as $ ($14.99 and under per adult) and $$ ($15-$29.99 per adult) for dinner and reservations are recommended. Kona Kafe also accepts the Disney Dining Plan and requires one table service credit per person.Check out “5 Things You’ll Love About Kona Cafe.”
3. Victoria & Albert’s
Looking for elegance and romance? Look no further than Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa! This AAA Diamond Award restaurant is the most expensive and the most luxurious on Disney property with its classic Victorian elegance and stunning views. The refined décor and intimate setting is perfect for a date night with your significant other or an adult’s night out with friends. There are several proposals that take place here too, making it that much more magical! Victoria & Albert’s is open solely for dinner, and offers a six course meal which incudes a la carte items such as caviar, scallops, wild turbot, quail, roasted duck, veal with black truffle sauce, Australian Kobe-style beef tenderloin and much more. The desserts include two soufflés, vanilla bean crème brulee, caramelized banana gateau, and a peach mousse that is to die for. Keep in mind that there is a strict dress code that guests must adhere to when dining here. Victoria & Alberts is classified as $$$$ (over $60 per adult) and does not offer the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations should be made in advance.
2. California Grill
The award winning California Grill is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It is a one of a kind restaurant with a classy setting and incredible view of the Magic Kingdom Park and the Seven Seas Lagoon. Here, you will find the finest gourmet Californian cuisine, which changes seasonally to share the freshest and melting pot culture of California. There is also a vivacious onstage kitchen, which is surrounded by its modern yet classy dining area. California Grill is open for dinner only and is the perfect setting for a date night or adult night out. The best part about dining here is the ability to watch the Wishes firework spectacular right from your table. The music is synched in from the park as well so you can enjoy the show as if you were actually there. The food is absolutely scrumptious! Choose from an array of cheeses and sushi, appetizers including meatballs, flatbreads, soft shell crab and goat cheese ravioli, entrees like Capocollo, pork belly, kielbasa, beef filet, lamb, strip loin, halibut and much more. There is also an extensive dessert menu, which includes items such as homemade fritters, chocolate pudding cake, and my favorite, peanut butter and peach jam on cinnamon toast! If you are looking for a nice night out, this is the place for you! Keep in mind that since this is a signature dining experience, guests are asked to adhere to the dress code. Advance reservations are highly recommended. California Grill is classified as $$$ ($30-$59.99 per adult) and requires two table service meal credits per person on the Disney Dining Plan.
1. Yachtsman Steakhouse
If you love premium quality steak paired with succulent seafood, Yachtsman Steakhouse has you covered. Its New-England style atmosphere is inviting and classic with a family-friendly flare. What I really love about this restaurant is the amazing décor. The main dining room will actually feel as if you are aboard a ship at sea with its circular windows, nautical color palette, and vaulted ceiling. All menu items are a la carte and include appetizers such as lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, salads, and various cheeses and charcuterie selections. Entrees include an array of seafood and the highest quality meats accompanied by various vegetables and/or truffle macaroni and cheese. The dessert menu is also delicious and includes cheesecakes, sundaes, crème brulee, and much more. Guests dining at Yachtsman Steakhouse are asked to adhere to a particular dress code, so be sure to inform your party prior to your arrival. Yachtsman Steakhouse is classified as $$$ ($30-$59.99) per adult and reservations are highly recommended. This restaurant requires two table service meal credits per person on the Disney Dining Plan.
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