While many guests travel to Walt Disney World to enjoy the wonderful attractions and entertainment found throughout the four Disney Parks, an equal number of guests consider themselves to be foodies and enjoy a Disney vacation strictly for the amazing dining options that are available. Throughout the entire property, there are literally hundreds of dining options that include everything from snack carts and quick service locations to signature dining experiences and dessert parties. With so many options to choose from, guests might not know where to start when booking Advanced Dining Reservations or trying to decide which foods they want to indulge in on their trip. While there are definitely wonderful options offered at every dining location, some are simply so wonderful that they should not be missed. Here are the ten best restaurants at Walt Disney World!
1. California Grill
One of the most amazing and popular dining locations in Walt Disney World can be found at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort with stunning views of the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. California Grill is open on Sundays for brunch and nightly for dinner and focuses on the cuisine and flavors of the Pacific Coast presented in exciting and elegant ways. Guests can enjoy the view while dining on unforgettable options such as Eggs Benedict, Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes, Chicken and Toast, Pacific Seabass, Oak-Fired Filet of Beef, Alaskan Halibut, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, and Butter-Poached Lobster Tail and Jumbo Sea Scallop.
2. The Hollywood Brown Derby
Disney’s Hollywood Studios features a full service restaurant that perfectly fits in with the theme of the park as it celebrates a historic location in the real Hollywood. The Hollywood Brown Derby brings the golden age of Hollywood to life with classic architecture and dark wood accents, sketches of famous Hollywood individuals lining the walls, and amazing American contemporary cuisine served for lunch and dinner. Guests who dine at the location are sure to love indulging in options such as the Grilled Wagyu Beef Burger, Bell & Evans Chicken Breast, Faroe Island Salmon, Charred Filet of Beef, Pork Belly Pastrami BLT, Our Famous Cobb Salad, and Vegetarian Pho.
3. Victoria & Albert’s
Not only is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa considered to be the flagship resort of Walt Disney World, it is also home to one of the most upscale and unique dining experiences on property. Victoria & Albert’s is open daily for dinner only and invites guests to enjoy opulent Victorian details and décor paired with upscale American cuisine. A AAA Five Diamond Award recipient since 2000, Victoria & Albert’s serves decadent courses including options such as Imperial Caviar with Ocean Kiss Oysters, Maine Lobster, Honey-Lacquered Rohan Duck, Australian Kobe-Style Beef, and Colston Bassett Stilton Cheesecake.
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Also found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is another popular dining location that focuses on coastal cuisine and is open daily for dinner. Narcoossee’s is situated on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon and allows guests to enjoy beautiful views and subtle nautical theming while dining on some of the freshest seafood options in Walt Disney World. Guests are sure to love every bite of menu offerings including Cider-Braised Mussels and Cream, Shrimp and Crab Cake, Surf & Turf, Pan-Seared Line Caught Swordfish, Grilled Grass Fed Filet Mignon, Wild Caught Shrimp and Campanelle Pasta, and Seared Native Hebridean Salmon.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a favorite of many guests and also is home to a popular eatery that offers up amazing breakfast and dinner options. ‘Ohana welcomes guests for a family style breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch or a family style dinner where guests can be charmed by the flavors of the islands and wonderful live entertainment. The tropical theming and views of Seven Seas Lagoon at ‘Ohana par perfectly with options such as Hua Paka, Uala Kahiki, Mickey Waffles, Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings, Spicy Grilled Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Szechuan Sirloin Steak, Teriyaki Noodles, and Stir-Fried Vegetables.
6. The Boathouse
In recent years, Disney Springs has seen amazing changes and growth and quickly become a favorite destination for guests to spend time in. While exploring the area, many love to dine at The Boathouse which offers sweeping water views paired perfectly with steak and seafood classics infused with the style and flavors of Florida. Open daily for lunch and dinner, guests will have a hard time choosing from indulgent menu options including Grilled Wild Mahi Mahi Tacos, Maine Lobster & Pasta Skillet, Baked Crab-Stuffed Lobster, New England Sea Scallops, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, and Porterhouse.
7. Monsieur Paul
The France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase transports guests to the charming and romantic streets of Paris and features a cozy and amazing eatery that is open daily for dinner only. Monsieur Paul is located on the second floor of one of the pavilion’s buildings and serves up gourmet French classics in an elegant setting. Guests who enjoy dinner at the location can order delicious dishes such as the Seared Arctic Char Filet, Roasted Duck Breast, Berkshire Kurobuta Pork Loin Medallion, Black Sea Bass, Seared Beef Tenderloin, and Seared Halibut.
8. Yachtsman Steakhouse
Guests looking to enjoy a truly decadent steakhouse experience in Walt Disney World should head over to the Crescent Lake area and into Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Yachtsman Steakhouse is open daily for dinner and serves up New England-style classics in a nautical and welcoming environment. Menu options at the popular location include Lobster Bisque, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, 8-oz Black Angus Filet Mignon, 14-oz Roasted Prime Rib, Citrus-Seared Ora King Salmon, Lobster Pasta, and 10-oz Rocky Mountain Lamb Chop.
9. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Steakhouse
Another popular dining destination in Disney Springs combines indulgent pub cuisine with live entertainment that guests can’t get enough of. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant combines a itty menu with live music, Irish step dancers, and late night dining for the perfect location for guests to enjoy a meal at any time of the day. Menu offerings at the location include Pork Hash Tagged, Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes, Lobster Club, Boaring Burger, Bangin’ Bangers & Mighty Mash, Fish & Chips, Cider Salmon, Heavenly Ham, Mammy’s Roast Chicken, and Lambo.
10. Jiko – The Cooking Place
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most beautiful locations in Walt Disney World and is home to an amazing eatery that blends African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine for unforgettable dinner options each night. Jiko – The Cooking Place features wood-burning ovens, vibrant décor, and menu offerings including Elk Confit Flatbread, Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon, Cocoa-Crusted Bison, West African Koki Corn, Sustainable Vulcan-Spiced Fish, Chermoula Chicken, and Botswana Seswaa-Style Beef Short Ribs.