Having a meal at any of the Walt Disney World park restaurants is an exciting and delicious experience. Sometimes, though, it’s just as much fun and even more relaxing to have a meal at one of the top-notch restaurants located at one of the Walt Disney World resorts instead. Not only do you get to enjoy a great meal away from the park crowds, you also get the opportunity to explore a resort that may be new to you. There are quite a few choices to pick from, but here are a few that stand out from the rest.
6. Olivia’s Café (Disney’s Old Key West Resort)
My favorite way to travel to Olivia’s Café is via boat on the Sassagoula River, but this restaurant is also accessible by car or by taking a bus from one of the parks. Olivia’s has a relaxed, beachy atmosphere, with nautical décor and a light color scheme. This casual style always feels like a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of a day at the parks. Themed with many Key West specialties, the menu offers classic dishes with home style flavors. Patio seating is also available if you’d rather dine in the open air. Be sure to check out the waiting area for photos of Disney Vacation Club members that call the Old Key West resort their home.
5. The Turf Club and Grill (Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa)
Tucked in the back of the main building of this resort, the Carriage House, The Turf Club and Grill is a hidden gem at the Saratoga Springs Resort. The equestrian theming of the resort carries over to the restaurant, and the décor includes a pleasing palette of dark wood and greens, with tasteful nods to the heritage of horse racing. Guests are treated to views of Disney Springs and the lush golf course while enjoying a menu of American fare, including steaks, chicken dishes, pasta, and chops. An adjoining sports bar offers cocktails, TVs, comfortable couches, and a pool table.
4. Boma-Flavors of Africa (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)
Travel to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and enjoy a meal at the exotic Boma restaurant, offering tasty African dishes and for the less adventurous, more traditional American favorites. Tasteful African animal sculptures adorn the area and intriguing woven fabrics are draped from the ceiling, subtly suggesting an African marketplace. An iron “stick” fence guides guests into the restaurant. This theme element continues with a fence separating the dining area from the buffet pods. As you’re enjoying your meal, don’t hesitate to ask the cast members at Boma about the culture and traditions of their home countries. The unique restaurant is buffet style, but guests are encouraged to watch the chefs prepare their delicious menu from the open kitchen.
3. Whispering Canyon Café (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge)
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is stunning to visit by itself, so adding a great restaurant with delicious homestyle cooking and fun antics makes it well worth the trip. The western-style ambiance and comfort food menu always make this restaurant a fun experience. The all-you-can-eat skillet is a popular choice for dinner, and it includes a platter of pork ribs, roasted chicken, pulled pork, beef, sausage, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables, corn on the cob, and baked beans. The bottomless milkshakes are famous here too.
2. Grand Floridian Café (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa)
A quick monorail trip away from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, I always enjoy a chance to have a meal in the charming Grand Floridian Café. Featuring American cuisine, the pastel colors and Victorian décor of this restaurant make this a wonderful choice for a casual meal in an elegant setting. The large windows in the Grand Floridian Café contribute to the airy feel, and they offer views of the beautiful rose gardens and grounds of this resort.
1. The Wave…of American Flavors (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)
The Wave’s location to the Magic Kingdom makes it an attractive choice for a more relaxing meal. The menu features sustainable ingredients and local offerings, and friendly servers are knowledgeable and always willing to answer questions. With a whimsical light tunnel as you enter the restaurant, the décor is contemporary and stylish. The seating areas are cozy and comfortable. To complement its American fare, The Wave offers an excellent selection of wines with a lovely bar area. Popular menu selections include the lamb shank, seafood dishes, and the chicken pot pie.