There are lots of other options that are truly wonderful (and not on this list), but these just happen to be our favorites. We tried to pick at least one location at or near each of the parks you will be visiting, though if you have the Park Hopper Option with your tickets, then you can “hop” to another park to eat dinner and see nighttime entertainment. You don’t need to worry about which day you will be going where (unless there is a reason you want to be at a certain park on a certain day). Your Small World Big Fun agent will look at where the crowds are expected to be and will do his or her best to steer you in the opposite direction. You can also download our handy list to take along with you.
(ADR = Advanced Dining Reservations) (QS=Quick Service, reservations not needed)
TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS IN THE PARKS
- Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen – Our new favorite restaurant at Magic Kingdom! The servers are the skippers from the Jungle Cruise ride and they tell you funny jokes as they take you through the “expedition” of your meal. Great fun and great food! Requires ADR.
- Plaza Restaurant – Located at the end of Main Street – takes ADR, but sometimes you can get a late lunch reservation with no wait during the slower times of the year.
- Crystal Palace – Character meal with Pooh and Friends. Requires ADR.
- Liberty Tree Tavern – Like having Thanksgiving dinner. Everything is served family style. – Requires ADR
- Be Our Guest – The newest restaurant in Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland. Table Service at dinner, Quick Service at breakfast and lunch. Requires ADR – hard to get, so plan early! This is the only Quick Service restaurant that will accept ADR for lunch and breakfast. Eating here for breakfast or lunch will still only use one of your QS credits. (We recommend eating here for breakfast or lunch so you can save your table-service credit for dinner).
- Via Napoli – Disney brought the ovens all the way from Naples, Italy, which is known as the birthplace of pizza. They even import the flour and water used to make the pizza dough from Naples! Requires ADR.
- Coral Reef – Dine in front of a two-story aquarium. Good seafood option. Requires ADR.
- Spice Road Table – Great tapas options with a view of the World Showcase Lagoon. Requires ADR.
- Garden Grill –This rotating restaurant serves food that has actually been grown in the gardens at Epcot. Character meal featuring Chip ‘N’ Dale. Requires ADR.
- Akershus – Good alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table for dining with the same princesses but only uses one of your table-service credits. Only recommended for breakfast unless you like a Norwegian menu. Requires ADR.
- Le Cellier – Good steaks and great cheese soup! This is a Signature meal, meaning there is a dress code. Difficult to get a reservation unless we call 180 days in advance. Uses 2 credits. Requires ADR.
- La Hacienda de San Angel – Located in Mexico with floor-to-ceiling windows on the water. Excellent viewing for the Illuminations fireworks! This is a prime place to watch the fireworks but you need to be willing to eat around 8 p.m. When you arrive, request a table by the window and be willing to wait for it to get the best views of the show. Requires ADR.
- San Angel Inn – Located inside the Mexico pavilion, which looks like the inside of a Mayan temple. Wonderful atmosphere. This is not Tex-Mex (there is no cheese dip on the menu) but the food is good. Requires ADR.
- Les Chefs de France – Traditional French favorites. A great place to let your kids try something different. Requires ADR.
- 50’s Prime Time Café –This is a super fun place to eat! Themed after a 1950s sitcom and your waitress is “mom.” Most fun if you can play along! Requires ADR.
- Mama Melrose’s Fantasmic Package – Great way to have good Italian food AND avoid the lines to get in to see one of Disney’s best nighttime shows. A Fantasmic package (for lunch or dinner) gets you a ticket to a reserved seating area for the show, saving you from waiting in line for up to two hours. Requires ADR. *Note: Dinner reservations are earlier (3:45-5 p.m.) so they can get you fed and to the show on time. We recommend having a late breakfast, eat your dinner and then have a snack during the show if needed or option to book a lunch instead.
- Sci Fi Dine In –One of the best-themed restaurants in Disney World – diners eat in cars facing a drive-in movie screen and watch old science fiction trailers. Requires ADR.
- Tusker House – Buffet with lots of great choices! Character meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Great option if there’s no availability at Chef Mickey’s. Requires ADR.
- Rainforest Café – This is a good choice for a menu with lots of variety. It is a chain restaurant, but if you haven’t been to one, it is lots of fun. See animated animals from the rainforest come alive while you eat. Requires ADR.
- Yak and Yeti Restaurant/Yak and Yeti Local Food Café – This has just changed, the restaurant is table service and requires ADR. The Local Foods Café is Quick Service.
TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS IN THE RESORTS
MAGIC KINGDOM AREA
- CONTEMPORARY RESORT – California Grill – Long considered one of the best restaurants in central Florida. Located on the top floor of the Contemporary, this restaurant boasts stunning views of the Magic Kingdom. If you time it right, you may be able to see the fireworks. If you dine before the fireworks, you can still return to the restaurant to see the fireworks from the observation deck. Uses 2 credits and has a dress code. Requires ADR.
- CONTEMPORARY RESORT – The Wave – An easy walk from the Magic Kingdom. Includes a varied menu with a little something for everyone. Requires ADR.
- CONTEMPORARY RESORT – Chef Mickey’s – One of our favorite ways to kick off our vacation or to say goodbye to Disney. This is the quintessential character meal with Mickey and the gang. This place can get LOUD. Requires ADR.
- POLYNESIAN RESORT – Kona Café – Arguably the best breakfast to be found at Disney. Do NOT leave without trying the Tonga Toast! Requires ADR.
- POLYNESIAN RESORT – ‘Ohana at the Polynesian is a big family favorite with coconut shell races and hula lessons for the kids. Requires ADR.
- GRAND FLORIDIAN – 1900 Park Fare – Another good Princess character meal option. At dinner, you will meet Cinderella with Prince Charming but the fun really starts when the evil stepsisters make their appearance! At the Grand Floridian, which is on the Monorail. Requires ADR.
- GRAND FLORIDIAN – Narcoosee’s – Seafood, with a view of the Magic Kingdom. Uses 2 credits. Requires ADR.
- WILDERNESS LODGE – Whispering Canyon Café – This place is lots of fun –
- ask the waiter for ketchup and see what happens! Requires ADR.
- WILDERNESS LODGE – Artist Point – Great service, laid back atmosphere. Inspired by the cuisine of the Northwest. Uses 2 credits. Requires ADR.
- FT. WILDERNESS RESORT AND CAMPGROUND – Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue – Fun, campy comedy dinner show at Fort Wilderness. Uses 2 credits. Requires ADR.
ANIMAL KINGDOM AREA
- ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE – Both Boma and Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge are outstanding. Both require ADR. Boma is a buffet, more casual and less expensive than Jiko, but Jiko is not to be missed. The food is superb, with an excellent wine list. These restaurants are great excuses to visit the resort if you are not staying there. Jiko uses 2 credits.
- ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE – KIDANI VILLAGE – Sanaa has a fantastic view of the Sunset Savannah. The menu is “African inspired” and includes a range of sampler platters if you want to try something new. There are still lots of kid-friendly options! Requires ADR.
- BOARDWALK – ESPN Club – A great casual spot and a super diversion for the men folk. They do not take reservations. Look for visiting sports figures at certain times of the year.
- BOARDWALK – The Flying Fish – Excellent seafood. Watch the chefs as they prepare food in the open kitchen. Uses 2 credits. Requires ADR.
- BOARDWALK –Trattoria al Forno – Great authentic Italian food. Requires ADR.
- BEACH CLUB – Beaches and Cream – Go there for the ice cream sundaes. Very small location so reservations are limited. Requires ADR.
- BEACH CLUB – Cape May Buffet – Has a wonderful seafood buffet at night. If you don’t like seafood, there is a “regular” food side with something for everyone. Requires ADR.
DISNEY SPRINGS AREA
- T-Rex – If you have a dinosaur lover, this is the restaurant for you! It is owned by the same chain as Rainforest Café but instead of rainforest animals, you’re dining with the dinosaurs! Requires ADR.
- Paddlefish – Nice seafood restaurant on a paddleboat. Uses 2 credits. Requires ADR. **Not on dining plan.
- Bongo’s Cuban Café – Enjoy Latin music and authentic Cuban cuisine in this restaurant designed to look like a 1950s Havana nightclub. Requires ADR.
- Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Café – Good steak and sushi. Requires ADR.
- Frontera Cocina – Gourmet Mexican restaurant. Requires ADR.
- Morimoto Asia – Pan-Asian cuisine including seafood, sushi, Chinese, Japanese and Korean food. *Uses two table-service credits.
- Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming – Features farm-to-fork, home cooking. Now accepting ADRs.
- STK Orlando – An ultra-modern steakhouse featuring an innovative menu, in-house DJ and fabulous patio. Now accepting ADRs.
GREAT QUICK-SERVICE OPTIONS IN THE PARKS (no reservation needed)
- Casey’s Corner – Counter service restaurant located at the end of Main Street. Serves hotdogs and fries. Sometimes there is a ragtime piano player there that the kids will love. Now open for breakfast.
- Columbia Harbor House – Counter service restaurant in Liberty Square. Good salad and plenty of choices for the kids.
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café – Counter service in Tomorrowland. Great family meal – whole rotisserie chicken and great burgers with a fixin’s bar that’s very good!
- Pecos Bill Café – Counter service between Adventureland and Frontierland. Great burger bar with all the fixin’s, salads, fajitas and nachos.
- Sunshine Season Food Fare – Counter service in the Land pavilion. LOTS of choices – you will have no trouble finding something for everyone here.
- Tangerine Café – Counter service in Morocco. Mediterranean cuisine at a great price.
- Boulangerie Patisserie – Counter service in France. Lots of options for lunch, plus a little something for your sweet tooth! Stop here to get dessert before Illuminations (We love the napoleons!)
- Tutto Gusto – Nifty wine bar in Italy. Limited menu.
- ABC Commissary – The recently updated dinner menu includes lemon pepper salmon and sirloin steak.
- PizzeRizzo – Pizza, subs, and salads
- Flame Tree Barbeque – Counter service that serves smoked meats and chicken. A great option.
- Pizzafari – Counter service with flatbreads, pizzas, salads, pasta, and more. Very good and convenient location.
- Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café – Counter service with an Asian flair. The Asian Chicken Sandwich and Honey Chicken are to die for!
- Earl of Sandwich – A great spot for a quick service meal. Soups, sandwiches, and salads.
- Sprinkles – Cupcake ATM. Need we say more?
- D-Luxe Burger – Features gourmet burgers, hand-cut fries and artisanal gelato shakes.