Walt Disney World is home to literally countless dining locations scattered throughout the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, and Disney Resorts ensuring that there is something for every guest to enjoy. One of the most popular Disney Resorts on property can be found nestled on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon across from the Magic Kingdom and is also home to some amazing dining options. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort brings the serenity of the South Seas to life through white sand beaches, gently swaying palm trees, and lots of tiki touches. The Great Ceremonial House is the main lobby of the Disney Resort and it is home to dining options including ‘Ohana, Tambu Lounge, Capt. Cook’s, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and another option that is very popular with guests. Kona Café is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With an open air concept and delicious cuisine inspired by the flavors of the islands, Kona Café is definitely worth enjoying on any trip to Walt Disney World. Here are nine things that guests will love about Kona Café.
1. The Atmosphere
Kona Café is an open air restaurant that features beautiful views looking out into the Great Ceremonial House. Since the restaurant is located on the second floor, it also offers wonderful views of the glass topped lobby as well as the beautiful chandelier made out of rope and colorful glass orbs. In addition to the great views and people watching opportunities, Kona Café feels light and spacious thanks to high ceilings, dark wood touches, and tropical colors that invite guests to dine.
2. Tonga Toast
Breakfast is a popular meal at Kona Café and many guests love to stop by in the mornings for unique offerings including a massive portion that has a cult following. Tonga Toast is stuffed French Toast filled with bananas and rolled in cinnamon sugar. To make it even more decadent, it is served with a side of sweet strawberry compote and ham, spiced ham, bacon, or sausage. Tonga Toast is very popular with guests and a great option to try during breakfast at Kona Café!
3. Liliko’i Juice
Guests who are visiting or staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort also love a fresh juice that features a blend of tropical flavors to really transport them to the South Seas. Guests who dine at Kona Café for breakfast can order up Liliko’i juice which combines orange, passion fruit, and guava juices for a delicious and refreshing option. Guests who are of legal age can even order up a mimosa variation of the drink.
4. Fresh Pressed Kona Coffee
Caffeine fans might have a favorite location to order up coffee in Walt Disney World, but the fresh brewed coffee found at Kona .Café is one of the best options on property. Guests can order up a fresh pressed pot of Hawaiian Kona Maragogype coffee which is the perfect way to wake up in the mornings before long days in the theme parks!
5. Specialty Drinks
Once Kona Café has transitioned to its lunch and dinner menu, guests are sure to love the specialty drink options that are offered. One of the most popular options is the Lapu Lapu which features dark rum and tropical fruit juices served in a fresh cut pineapple and topped with Gosling’s 151 Rum. Other popular drink options include the Kona Cool Sundown, Tropical Macaw, and Island Sunset.
Every meal at Kona Café is delicious to the last bite, and guests are smart to save room and order up as much as possible! Some of the appetizers offered are out of this world including the delicious Pot Stickers which are pork and vegetable dumplings served with a soy-ginger cream sauce, pickled vegetables, and chives. Other great appetizer choices include Sticky Wings, Island Tuna Poke, Kona Crab Cakes, and Kona Salad.
7. Main Courses
The main courses at Kona Café feature familiar ingredients transformed by tropical flavors, making for absolutely delicious choices. One of the most popular main courses at Kona Café is the Miso-Buttered Strip Loin which features scallion-mashed potatoes, misoyaki eggplant, sake reduction, and wild mushrooms. Other wonderful entrée choices include Mango-Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast, Asian Stir Fry, Dashi Noodle Bowl, and Duo of Pork.
8. Sushi Menu
Some guests who visit Kona Café prefer to order off of the delicious, fresh sushi menu instead of appetizers or even as a main course. The sushi offered at Kona Café features a wide variety including Nigri Sampler, California Roll, Hamachi Tuna-Cilantro Roll, Dragon Roll, Kona Sampler, and Sashimi Sampler. With so many fresh options to choose from, it is no wonder why guests love to visit Kona Café for their sushi!
9. Decadent Desserts
No meal in Walt Disney World is complete without indulging in a decadent dessert and Kona Café features some amazing options for guests to enjoy. Guests can order up a dessert inspired by the film Moana called Te Fiti’s Island Mousse which combines a passion fruit and coconut mousse dome with pineapple and seasonal sorbet. Other delicious dessert options include the Chocolate Fondue, Kona Kone, Kona Mocha Cremeux, and Kilauea Torte.