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Our Favorite Walt Disney World Resort Restaurants

Updated: 5 days ago

Did you know that some of the best dining experiences can be found outside of the parks, at the Disney resorts? That's right – the magic of Disney dining extends far beyond the theme park gates.

We've discovered that some of the most unforgettable dining experiences at Walt Disney World are tucked away in the resort restaurants. Whenever we visit, we make sure to reserve a table at one of our favorite spots, especially on our arrival day and non-park days. Trust us, you don't want to miss out on these gems!

But snagging a reservation at these sought-after spots can be a challenge. That's why we recommend making your reservations at 6 am EST, 60 days before your trip – or better yet, let us handle the reservations for you! We'll ensure you get the best chance at securing a table at these must-visit restaurants.

So, without further ado, here's a list of our favorite Walt Disney World Resort restaurants.

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1900 Park Fare (Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)

Located within Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, this charming restaurant invites guests to indulge in a delightful buffet featuring an array of delectable dishes. But the magic doesn't stop there – 1900 Park Fare is also home to beloved Disney characters who make appearances during breakfast and dinner, creating unforgettable moments for guests of all ages. From encounters with Aladdin and Cinderella to greetings from Mirabel and Tiana, every visit to 1900 Park Fare is filled with enchantment and wonder.

Must-Try Dish: Strawberry Soup - A refreshing and delightful starter that's become a beloved signature dish at 1900 Park Fare.

'Ohana (Disney's Polynesian Village Resort)

Embark on a culinary journey to a tropical paradise at 'Ohana, where the spirit of aloha infuses every aspect of the dining experience. Nestled within Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, 'Ohana is renowned as one of the most beloved restaurants at Walt Disney World.

Whether you're starting your day with the lively "Best Friends Breakfast" or indulging in the legendary dinner feast, 'Ohana promises an unforgettable dining experience. During breakfast, guests can mingle with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and other pals dressed in their Hawaiian attire, while dinner offers a non-character all-you-care-to-enjoy feast served family-style. Be sure to savor the iconic 'Ohana Noodles and other mouthwatering dishes as you soak in the tropical ambiance and warm hospitality of this island-inspired eatery.

Must-Try Dish: 'Ohana Bread Pudding à la mode - A mouthwatering dessert featuring warm bread pudding served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a decadent banana-caramel sauce.

California Grill (Disney's Contemporary Resort)

Elevate your dining experience to new heights at California Grill, perched atop Disney's Contemporary Resort. With its sophisticated ambiance and panoramic vistas of the Magic Kingdom, this award-winning restaurant offers a menu showcasing seasonal flavors and innovative culinary creations, accompanied by an extensive selection of wines from around the world.

While California Grill is renowned for its exceptional dining experience, it's particularly sought after during the Magic Kingdom Fireworks. Here's an insider tip: You don't need to secure the notoriously elusive late dining reservations to enjoy the fireworks view. Simply dine at California Grill earlier in the day and retain your receipt for access to the exclusive fireworks viewing area the same evening.

Must-Try Dish: Sonoma Goat Cheese Raviolo - Indulge in a fan favorite. The Sonoma Goat Cheese Raviolo is a basil-saffron pasta, with tomato broth, mushroom ragoût, and fennel.

Steakhouse 71 (Disney's Contemporary Resort)

Paying homage to the year of Walt Disney World's opening, Steakhouse 71 invites guests to savor classic American fare with a contemporary twist. From perfectly grilled steaks to indulgent seafood dishes, every bite at this modern steakhouse is a celebration of culinary craftsmanship and nostalgia. Steakhouse 71 serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Must-Try Dish: Steakhouse 71 Burger - Sink your teeth into a juicy Angus beef burger topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and bacon-onion jam, served with crispy fries for the ultimate comfort food experience.

Trattoria al Forno (Disney's BoardWalk Inn)

Embark on a culinary journey to Italy at Trattoria al Forno, where traditional flavors and modern twists converge to create a feast for the senses. From mouthwatering pastas to wood-fired pizzas, each dish is crafted with passion and authenticity, transporting diners to the charming trattorias of the Italian countryside.

We love to dine here in the evening and then promenade around the Boardwalk after sunset. There's always something fun happening, and it's a great way to end the day!

Must-Try Dish: Spaghetti alla Carbonara - Indulge in a classic Italian pasta dish featuring spaghetti tossed with pancetta, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper for a rich and flavorful meal.

Sanaa (Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge)

Immerse yourself in the exotic flavors of Africa and India at Sanaa, nestled within Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Set against the backdrop of the savanna, this unique dining destination offers a fusion of bold spices, vibrant colors, and unparalleled views of grazing wildlife, making every meal an unforgettable safari for the senses.

Pro tip: Make sure you plan your meal before sunset so you can enjoy the views of the savannah and wildlife!

Must-Try Dish: Butter Chicken - Savor the aromatic flavors of India with this tender chicken dish simmered in a creamy tomato curry sauce, served with fragrant basmati rice and garlic naan bread.

Also, no trip to Sanaa is complete without experiencing their legendary bread service. Freshly baked bread paired with a variety of flavorful accompaniments, including spiced dips and chutneys- a truly unforgettable dining experience.

Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera (Disney's Riviera Resort)

Nestled atop Disney's Riviera Resort, Topolino's Terrace offers guests a taste of the Mediterranean with sweeping views of the resort and surrounding landscapes. Inspired by the elegance and charm of the French and Italian Riviera, this rooftop restaurant exudes sophistication while maintaining a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

Must-Try Dish: Breakfast à la Art! - This is one of our favorite character dining experiences, and it's our favorite spot for a non-park day breakfast. The menu is prix-fixe and begins with fresh pastries. Entrees include Quiche Gruyere with house-made pancetta, Sour Cream Waffle, Smoked Salmon, and more. The character interactions are so fun with their adorable outfits.

Yachtsman Steakhouse (Disney's Yacht Club Resort)

Set sail on a voyage of flavor at Yachtsman Steakhouse, where premium cuts of beef and succulent seafood take center stage. With its nautical-inspired decor and warm, inviting ambiance, this classic steakhouse offers a menu brimming with hearty classics and innovative dishes, ensuring a memorable dining experience for all.

Must-Try Dish: Dry-aged Prime New York Strip Steak - Indulge in a succulent and flavorful steak, dry-aged to perfection for maximum tenderness and depth of flavor, served with your choice of side dishes for a truly memorable dining experience.


Dining with Allergies: A Safe and Delicious Experience at Disney

Disney understands that dining should be a worry-free experience for all guests, including those with food allergies or special dietary restrictions. They're committed to providing a safe and enjoyable dining experience for everyone, regardless of their dietary needs.

Allergy-Friendly Menus: Most restaurants offer allergy-friendly menus or can accommodate special dietary requests upon request. These menus clearly list options that are free from common allergens such as gluten, dairy, nuts, and more, making it easier for guests with allergies to make informed dining choices.

Special Dietary Requests: If you have specific dietary restrictions or allergies not covered by the allergy-friendly menus, the chefs are more than happy to accommodate your needs. Simply inform your server of your dietary requirements, and the culinary team will work diligently to create a delicious meal tailored to your specifications.

Allergy-Friendly Precautions: Disney chefs undergo extensive training in allergen awareness and cross-contamination prevention to ensure the safety of guests with food allergies. From dedicated kitchen areas and utensils to stringent food handling protocols, they take every precaution to minimize the risk of allergen exposure and provide peace of mind to their guests.


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When you book your trip with us you'll get:

  • a planning guide for each park

  • a detailed dining guide

  • a personalized call to assist with dining reservations

  • a pre-travel call to strategize your park touring strategy and ensure you make the most of your time in the parks

In addition to the pre-travel support, you'll receive a robust itinerary with fully customized park touring plans. We'll give you our personalized recommendations for:

  • What order to make your Genie+ selections, Individual Lightning Lane purchases, and Virtual Queues

  • Where to eat in the parks, including a list of our favorite snacks!

  • Best places to take breaks

  • Where the best places are to watch the nighttime fireworks shows

We're here for you every step of the way, ensuring your Disney vacation exceeds your expectations and creates memories to last a lifetime.

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