Top 5 Must-Try Restaurants at Walt Disney World

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With more than 200 restaurants on Disney property, picking a place to eat may be a bit overwhelming, but dinner at one of Disney World’s highly-popular table service restaurants is an absolute must. Remember, though: many of these places will fill-up months in advance. You’ll want to secure your reservations early, but don’t sweat it too much: your dining reservations can be stored on your Disney Magic Band, the company’s own IoT devices designed to help improve their mobile profitability and make things easier for customers.

Ready to choose from the cream of the crop? Most guests will agree that you can’t go wrong with any one of these five selections:

Honorable Mention: Be Our Guest Restaurant (Magic Kingdom)

This restaurant provides a menu of French-inspired cuisine in an intricately-themed environment based on the castle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Best Our Guest serves a casual counter-service menu for breakfast and lunch, but is table service for dinner. Don’t forget to try “The Grey Stuff” for dessert.

You absolutely must give this restaurant a try during your stay. However, this restaurant gets an honorable mentioned because you may want to opt for lunch instead. The lunch prices are quite lower, and you still get the benefit of all the brilliant theming in a more relaxed—and many would argue better—overall experience.

#5. Jiko – The Cooking Place (Animal Kindom Lodge)

Jiko – The Cooking Place provides a menu of exotic and delicious, African-inspired fare. The restaurant’s seasonal menu includes plenty of vibrant, expertly-spiced dishes, all served alongside one of the world’s most extensive collection of South African wines. Décor in the restaurant is African-inspired, yet contemporary, to complement the flavors.

Just about any diner can find something on the menu, but bear in mind: the restaurant is better-suited for travelers with more adventurous palates. You’ll get a lot more out of the experience if you’re with a party who likes to try new flavors.

#4. ‘Ohana (Polynesian Resort)

Meals at ‘Ohana are served family-style, meaning that servers provide the table with massive platters of food for the entire party to share. It’s “all-you-care-to-enjoy,” though, so don’t be afraid to dig-in.

The food is inspired by the tastes and vibe of the Hawaiian Islands, with a very meat-centric menu of steak, pork, chicken, and shrimp on metal skewers. While the food is great, the restaurant’s real appeal is the show factor. Servers make dinner an experience for guests. Plus, try to book around the time of the Magic Kingdom fireworks; the restaurant offers a great view from across the water.

#3. Flying Fish Café (Boardwalk Resort)

As you might guest from the name, Flying Fish Café features a very Florida-inspired menu of seafood dishes paired with locally-sourced produce. As seafood is the name of the game here, this is definitely a must-do for travelers with a taste for snapper, salmon, crab, and similar flavors.

If that’s not really your thing, Flying Fish Café also offers an extensive and impressive wine menu. The gourmet selection of artisanal cheeses to sample is also a great option for lighter, a la carte fare, so there are still options for everyone.

#2. Victoria & Albert’s (Grand Floridian Resort)

This is a true Walt Disney World classic. Ranked by Tripadvisor as the second-best fine dining restaurant in the entire United States, Victoria & Albert’s is something you must do at least once in your life. That said, be prepared to pay—this is one of the most expensive restaurants in the entire Orlando area, with prices often topping $200 per person.

We should also point out that children under 10 are not allowed in the restaurant. However, if you’re looking to celebrate a special night somewhere incredibly swanky, with world-class gourmet cuisine, this is the place to be on Disney property.

#1. California Grill (Contemporary Resort)

For all intents and purposes, California Grill was the beginning of Disney dining as a concept. The menu offers a delicious selection of flatbreads, seafood, and much more, all prepared with the idea in mind to harken back to the culture and flavors of the West Coast.

Since we mentioned the fireworks earlier, no discussion of California Grill would be complete without this obvious perk. Situated on the roof of the Contemporary Resort, California Grill offers perhaps the best view of the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks show you’re going to find on property. We highly recommend you check this spot out for that reason, so remember to check the show schedule and plan accordingly.

A Final Tip: Follow Your Nose

Of course, these are just a few of the best locations the parks can offer. Walt Disney World has flavors and experiences to interest just about any taste or preference, so don’t be afraid to step off the beaten path and dig into something new. Who knows—you may discover your new favorite restaurant!

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