There are so many amazing restaurants and dining experiences at Walt Disney World that it is almost impossible to narrow it down to a top 10 list of experiences, but we did our best to narrow it down based on experiences and amazing meals. Here are ten restaurants you must experience at Walt Disney World:
10. Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Hollywood & Vine offers a themed dinner for each of the different seasons. The themes are things like spring, summer, Halloween, Christmas, etc. During the character dinners there are characters like Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy all dressed up for the theme and moving from table to table to meet and greet with guests. The meal is served buffet-style with dishes that are perfectly themed for the theme of the event. It is a lot of fun and definitely a unique experience that you have to try out.
9. ‘Ohana – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
This is one of my family’s favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World. This is a must-enjoy place every time that we visit. The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, and both meals are amazing and worth a try. Both meals are “all you care to enjoy” but the servers bring all of the food to the table to be enjoyed family style. There is entertainment at each of the meals that are a lot of fun and themed to suit the Polynesian feel of the restaurant.
8. Be Our Guest – New Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom
This is one of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World, and it is easy to see why. The interior of the restaurant is perfectly themed to be replicas of rooms within Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast. The food is all French-inspired and delicious no matter which meal you can get a reservation for. The location is open as a quick service location for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is a table service experience. By serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, at least there are more opportunities to find a reservation, but they do go quickly!
7. Coral Reef – The Seas, Epcot
This is definitely one of the most beautiful restaurants on property. Where else can you dine right within a huge aquarium with sharks, turtles and various other sea inhabitants swimming around in front of the large viewing area? The atmosphere is amazing and the food is also delicious. You definitely have to experience this one!
6. California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
This is the perfect location for a date night or special celebration. This is also one of the best places to watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom if you don’t want to be in the middle of the crowds directly inside the park. The location is at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and has an outdoor balcony area that is a perfect place to view the amazing fireworks. The restaurant is quite pricey and has a dress code, so this is one that you have to plan ahead for.
5. Cinderella’s Royal Table – Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom
This restaurant is a one-of-a-kind experience that all Disney fans should experience at least once. There is something extra special about dining from the upper level of Cinderella Castle. Reservations book up extremely fast, even though the restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner services. The menu is French-inspired and full of culinary delights. Each young guests receives a fun gift when they dine there, plus favorite characters from Cinderella are there.
4. Le Cellier – Canada Pavilion, Epcot
If you are looking for a delicious aged steak at Walt Disney World accompanied with amazing wine pairings, then you have to head over to Le Cellier. The location is one of the more expensive steakhouses in Walt Disney World, but it is well worth it. The location is a lot of fun and gives you the feel of dining within a cellar type of environment. This is definitely one that you want to come hungry for so you can prepare to splurge.
3. Hollywood Brown Derby – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This restaurant is themed after the original Hollywood Brown Derby that was located in Hollywood, California. The restaurant was popular among many of the stars in Hollywood and the Walt Disney World location pays homage to the location. There are even dishes like the Cobb Salad and the Pineapple Upside Down Cake that are recipes from the original restaurant that continue to be served at Walt Disney World. It is a high-end restaurant but still casual enough that you can enjoy it while enjoying a fun day in the parks.
2. Tusker House – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
If you have ever wanted to try African-inspired food, then this is one of the best ways to do it. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner… plus Safari Donald, Mickey, Goofy, and Daisy drop in for a visit! Breakfast is a more traditional meal with a few themed breakfast items. Lunch and Dinner are full of African-inspired dishes that are served buffet style. This gives you the opportunity to try out many of the amazing dishes and flavors to get a feel for what you like.
1. Narcoossee’s – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
This is definitely one of the best places to visit if you are a steak and seafood type of person. My husband can’t get enough of the steak and lobster, so it keeps us coming back for more. The restaurant is right on the water at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and also has a nice viewing area to view the fireworks from the restaurant. The restaurant is on the pricey side and had a dress code, so you will want to keep that in mind as you make your reservation, but it is well worth it!