Top 5 Restaurant Picks at Animal Kingdom

Tusker House Buffet
Tusker House Buffet

Animal Kingdom is the largest theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort, and their food is no exception! Within this massive expansion you will find so many unique dining options and experiences, you won’t know what to choose, so here are the top five restaurant picks at Animal Kingdom!

5. Flame Tree Barbeque

Located on Discovery Island just before the entrance to DinoLand U.S.A, Flame Tree Barbeque awaits you with an outdoor terrace that is bursting with colorful carvings of wild animals. Flame Tree Barbeque offers shaded seating areas and pavilions with loads of opulent plant life to take a quick break and enjoy your quick service meal. If you are a carnivore, you will certainly be undecided as you browse through their juicy menu. Ribs, chicken, pork sandwiches, smoked chicken salad, turkey breast sandwiches, and jumbo turkey legs are all choices on the menu. Kids meals are also available for the little ones. If you’re looking to get your barbeque on, Flame Tree Barbeque is the place to eat! This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and allows for one quick service credit per person on certain Disney Dining Plans and is classified as $ ($14.99 and under per adult).

4. Restaurantosaurus

Located in the heart of DinoLand U.S.A, Restaruantosaurus is a great place to grub while enjoying a prehistoric themed dining area. This indoor and outdoor quick service restaurant offers unique jokes and puns that will tickle your funny bone, so make sure to thoroughly look at the décor around the restaurant. There isn’t an ounce of this dining hot spot that isn’t covered with some primeval design! Here, you will find an Angus bacon cheeseburger, chicken sandwiches and wraps, black bean burgers (for our herbivore fans), chicken BLT salads, and the most popular and unique item of all, the famous macaroni and cheese-topped hot dog (my favorite). Kid meals also include turkey wraps, cheeseburgers, corn dog nuggets, and the always-liked peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Don’t forget to try their cheesecake in a glass and chocolate mousse for dessert. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed! If your little ones (or big ones) love all things prehistoric, be sure to check out Restaruantosaurus! This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and allows for the use of one quick service credit per person on certain Disney Dining Plans and is classified as $ ($14.99 and under per adult).

3. Yak and Yeti

Located in Asia just before feasting your eyes on Expedition Everest, Yak and Yeti will take you into a Nepalese-style venture with some delicious pan-Asian cuisine that will have you wanting more and more over again. The décor in this quaint little dining room is beautiful and rich in culture which makes the dining experience that much more memorable. With unique entrees like seared ahi tuna, beef and vegetable lo mein, crispy mahi mahi, and honey chicken you can’t go wrong. The most interesting part about this restaurant is that there is no other park that offers these diverse entrees from the continent of Asia all in the same place. The best way to make the most out of your meal here is to order different dishes and share them so that you can enjoy all of the divine flavors that they have to offer. Yak and Yeti is open for lunch and dinner and offers appetizers, entrees, desserts, and alcoholic beverages. It is classified as $$($15-$29.99). In a hurry, but still want to enjoy the flavors of pan-Asian cuisine? No problem! Check out the Yak and Yeti Local Food Café (right next to the Yak and Yeti restaurant) to enjoy select menu options from the Yak and Yeti Restaurant in a quick service area. Here you will find heaping portions of honey and sweet and sour chicken, beef lo mien, Asian chicken sandwiches, along with egg rolls and fried rice just to name a few. There is shaded outdoor seating under a colorful terrace with fantastic views. The Yak and Yeti Local Food Café is open for lunch and dinner and is classified as $ ($14.99 and under). Select dining plans are accepted for both Yak and Yeti locations.

2. Rainforest Café

The Rainforest Cafe will have your jaw sprawled out on the floor before you even walk in. Embark deep into the rainforest for a roaring (literally) good time. This restaurant is not just an ordinary place to chow down. The Rainforest Cafe is literally covered with a lush, tropical atmosphere and a thunderstorm that occurs every fifteen minutes (yes, you read that right, a thunderstorm). You will not know where to start looking because the restaurant is full of surprises with audio-animatronic animals everywhere you look. It literally feels like you are sitting at a table in the middle of a rainforest in South America!
There are two Rainforest Cafe locations on the Walt Disney World property, but only the Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can start and/or end your day with a unique thematic dining experience. This location was also a $22 million dollar investment (talk about a jaw dropper) and includes 36 thousand gallons in tropical fish tanks! Now that’s impressive! Rainforest Cafe takes themed dining to another level! The menu offers eclectic options and tropical themed food for all three settings. The Rainforest Café is an absolute must on your next trip to Animal Kingdom! The Rainforest Café is classified at $$ ($15- $29.99) and select dining plans are accepted.

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1. Tusker House

Located in the heart of Africa, The Tusker House is the most unique dining experience that Animal Kingdom has to offer! Enjoy buffet/family style dining with the most cultural African food choices that any restaurant can offer. Inside the Tusker House, you will make your way to four dining rooms each themed uniquely with African art and technique. The detail in the decoration is beautiful and refreshing since it is like no other restaurant on Disney property. This Harambe style restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and includes character meet and greets during breakfast and lunch. Not only does the Tusker house offer a delicious breakfast buffet, but it is also one of the least expensive character dining experiences. The best part about meeting Mickey, Donald, and their friends at this location is that they are all dressed in their safari outfits. You won’t find that anywhere else! Lunch and dinner menus include a plethora of choices such as couscous, top sirloin, barbeque pork loin, marinated baked salmon, curry chicken, along with several side items and salads. This is a great opportunity to introduce the flavors of African food to your little ones. The Tusker House is classified as $$ ($15 – $29.99) for breakfast and a select dinner menu and $$$($30-$59.99) for lunch and a select dinner menu.

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About Natalie

Natalie is an elementary school teacher and a native Floridian who lives and breathes all things Disney. Her love for Disney started at the age of two during her first visit, and has continued to flourish into her adult life. She loves to share her Disney passion with her students and believes Disney is so special because there is no other place to forget about your worries and be a kid again, which is why she refuses to ‘grow up’.

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