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Top 20 Disney World Restaurants

Food is a big part of any Disney World vacation. From signature dining to ethnic foods to character dining to Mickey ice cream bars, Disney World has it all. Some Disney table-service restaurants are so popular, they book up six months in advance! Never fear, there is always something delicious around the corner. After walking around the theme parks for hours, you will be ready to sit down and enjoy a good meal. Here are my Top 20 Disney World Restaurants to enjoy on all your future trips to the Mouse House!

1) Boma, Flavors of Africa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – OK, let’s be honest. This is not a restaurant for picky eaters. And, if you’re not staying at the Lodge, it is a bit of a trek to get there. But, it is so worth it! Visiting the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a fun adventure! Boma is a family restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. It captures the essence of vibrant life in the African marketplace. This family-fun buffet restaurant provides guests the ability to savor the African experience. *Tip: After your meal, step out back and view the animals on the savannah.

2) Via Napoli, Italy, World Showcase – Go here for the best pizza at Disney World! Italian pizzeria all the way, featuring three whimsical wood-fired ovens named after Italian volcanoes: Stromboli, Vesuvius, and Etna.

3) O’hana, Polynesian Village Resort – If you like grilled meat, this is nirvana! This popular, Polynesian-themed restaurant features an “all-you-care-to-eat” meal brought to your table. Dinner features live entertainment with a ukulele player, singers and other interactive activities. Breakfast is a character meal with Lilo and Stitch and other costumed characters. Breakfast is served family-style, right at your table.

4) Le Cellier, Canada, World Showcase – One of the most popular table service restaurants in Epcot, Le Cellier can be a hard reservation to get. If you can get in, you’ll enjoy a great steak (albeit expensive). Be sure to try the cheddar cheese soup!

5) Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios – This replica of the original Hollywood location recalls the era of the bygone era of the silver screen, with caricatures of old-time celebrities decorating the walls. The white tablecloths feel out of place in a theme park, but the food and service are top-notch. Try their famous Cobb Salad.

6) California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort – This is the premiere restaurant of the Contemporary Resort. It is located on the 15th floor of the Tower building and offers California-style cuisine and sushi. The views of the Magic Kingdom and surrounding areas are breathtaking and the lounge or balcony are perfect spots from which to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

7) San Angel Inn, Mexico, Epcot – The atmosphere and location are the big draws here. Watch the boats go by on the nearby Gran Fiesta Tour. Enjoy authentic Mexican food and drinks.

8) Sanaa, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani Village – African and Indian cuisine set in a beautiful restaurant with floor to ceiling windows overlooking an animal savanna. Be sure to try the bread service. It’s amazing!

9) The Boathouse, The Landing, Disney Springs – The Boathouse is an upscale, waterfront dining experience featuring spectacular floating artwork: boats from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. The menu highlights the freshest ingredients from the land and sea.

10) Jiko, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Fusion and African cuisine combine in a beautiful stylish restaurant. Enjoy flatbreads, dips, soups, salads and creative entrees. Try a unique South African wine list.

11) Whispering Canyon Café, Wilderness Lodge – A hearty smoked BBQ restaurant that can include lots of fun with servers. Tip: Get your kids to ask for more ketchup! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Think comfort food. Before or after your meal, enjoy the Lodge and its beautiful lobby.

12) Teppan Edo, Japan, World Showcase – Seats surround the Teppan grills where seafood, beef, chicken, vegetables, and rice are prepared. The tables fit 8 so if your party is smaller you will be seated with others.

13) Olivia’s, Old Key West Resort – Granted, you might not go here unless you’re staying at Old Key West Resort, but this restaurant is a secret gem! Located just across from the lobby and right by the main pool at Old Key West Resort, Olivia’s Café has a beachside feel and nautical touches. It is almost as if this restaurant was lifted out of the real Key West and set right in the middle of the resort. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Olivia’s is a great way to escape the crowds of the theme parks and enjoy a relaxing, laid-back meal.

14) Kona Cafe, Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Popular innovative dining offering American Cuisine with Asian influences. Try the Tonga Toast for breakfast and the sushi for dinner.

15) Plaza Restaurant, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom – Down at the end of Main Street USA, this cozy restaurant continues the old-fashioned, ice cream parlor feel. It features sandwiches, salads, and sweet treats. Also, you’ll enjoy great views of Cinderella Castle.

16) The Wave, Contemporary Resort – Another secret gem, The Wave offers a great breakfast buffet. For dinner, the restaurant has a variety of upscale dishes including Braised Lamb Shank, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, and Seasonal Vegetable Stew. After a day at the Magic Kingdom, walk over to the Contemporary and enjoy this fun restaurant.

17) Sunshine Seasons, The Land Pavilion, Epcot – This is one of the best food courts you’ll ever try. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; enjoy fast-casual dining with a wide range of options, including an Asian menu.

18) Tusker House, Africa, Animal Kingdom – Most character meals have average food. Tusker House is the exception. Enjoy an African-flavored buffet with characters for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant itself is decorated like an African marketplace. Be sure to look (up) for the allusions to Imagineer Joe Rohde, who was instrumental in developing Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

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19) Columbia Harbour House, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom – This nautical-themed spot has abundant seating and some lunch offerings beyond the usual burgers and fries. Tip: Take the stairs up to the 2nd floor for some great views of the Magic Kingdom.

20) Flame Tree BBQ, Discovery Island, Animal Kingdom – Features smoked items such as ribs and chicken. Plentiful outdoor dining, mostly covered. Some water-side tables available.

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About Jimmie Jones

Jimmie is a retired school teacher from Texas, who has been going to Disney World for 25 years. He has experience in taking large groups to Disney, in addition to taking his own children and grandchildren. Jimmie and his wife Rhonda make annual trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and sail on the Disney Cruise Line.