Walt Disney World is home to dozens of dining options ranging from quick service meals like burgers and fries to full service fine dining experiences. A great way to experience new things on a Disney vacation, or to even take some time to sit down and relax, is to indulge in a full service table meal at a restaurant that you haven’t tried before. Some full service locations can be so popular that they are fully booked early on, so if you are looking to try any of the following options, be sure to make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) as early as one hundred and eighty days in advance. Here are the seven amazing restaurants that can’t be missed on your next Disney vacation.
7. California Grill
Located atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, this signature dining location combines California flavors with sweeping views of Seven Seas Lagoon, the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and the monorail. Guests can choose from appetizer options including a Mushroom Flatbread, Atlantic Coast Soft-Shell Crab, and Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli. Guests can then pick from an impressive selection of cheese and charcuterie. If all this doesn’t sound delicious enough, there are fresh soups and salads like the Caramelized Spring Onion Soup and Florida Heirloom Tomatoes Salad, and also plenty of fresh sushi options. Followed up with entrée options including Grilled Colorado Lamb Rack, Seafood Jambalaya, and Bison Striploin, it is easy to see why the California Grill is one of the most coveted dining reservations in Walt Disney World. For an even more magical meal, try and get a reservation close to the time of Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom for a view that simply can’t be beat.
This restaurant in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers up two distinct meals each day. Breakfast is a buffet style character meal featuring Lilo, Stitch, and friends. Kids and adults can enjoy entertainment and meeting the characters while enjoying traditional Hawaiian breakfast foods like island style potatoes as well as classic breakfast options like scrambled eggs and Mickey Waffles. Dinner at ‘Ohana features all you can eat family style meals that start off with pineapple coconut bread and a salad and move on to other options including skewered meats, stir-fried vegetables, and teriyaki noodles. The big kahuna of dinner is the famous ‘Ohana Bread Pudding with a decadent banana caramel sauce. Like California Grill, guests who are able to book a reservation close to the time of Happily Ever After can enjoy a beautiful view of the show from ‘Ohana.
5. Be Our Guest Restaurant
This newest dining location added in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland transports guests into the classic animated film Beauty and the Beast and allows them to dine in the Beast’s castle. Featuring a unique combination of quick service breakfast and lunch and full service dinner, guests can enjoy this restaurant no matter what type of meal they are looking for. Dinner is the ultimate way to experience Be Our Guest Restaurant and offers up French classics like Layered Ratatouille and Herb-Crusted Lamb with the unique opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine or beer which are not served anywhere else in the Magic Kingdom.
4. Le Cellier Steakhouse
This cozy dining location is tucked in the Canada Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase and makes guests feel as though they are in an extravagant wine cellar. Appetizers include Canadian Maple Whiskey-Cured Salmon and the famous Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup which combines smoky bacon with creamy cheese for the perfect start to the meal. The most popular entrée option is the Le Cellier Filet Mignon which comes served with a wild mushroom risotto and truffle butter sauce. Other entrée options include Pan-Seared Red Snapper, Spring Lamb, and Dry-Aged Boneless Rib-Eye. With so many delicious options, there is no better place to enjoy a decadent meal in Epcot than Le Cellier Steakhosue!
3. Victoria & Albert’s
This dining location is the most elegant and extravagant meal offered in all of Walt Disney World. Victoria & Albert’s has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award every year since 2000, and with its lush Victorian setting and seven course menu it is no wonder why. While the menu changes daily depending on the freshest ingredients, some course selections could include Caviar, Wild Turbot, Roasted Duck, Beef Tenderloin, Mousse, and Crème Brulee. Since Victoria & Albert’s is only open for dinner each night, it can be hard to get a reservation so be sure to book as far in advance as possible.
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2. The Hollywood Brown Derby
Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Hollywood Brown Derby allows guests to enter into the glitz and glamour of the movies and dine on some delicious American classics. The décor of the restaurant is covered in caricatures of famous Hollywood actors and characters based upon the original Brown Derby in California. Guests can choose from entrée options including Crispy Duck Confit, Roasted Rack of Lamb, the Famous Cobb Salad, or Charred-Glazed Filet of Beef. With so many delicious options to choose from, guests will feel as though they are Hollywood royalty after dining here.
1. Coral Reef Restaurant
Located in The Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot’s Future World, the Coral Reef Restaurant combines breathtaking views of the aquarium with fresh ingredients to make for a memorable meal that can’t be missed in Walt Disney World. Guests can dine on entrée options including Pan-Seared Salmon, Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast, and Seared Mahi Mahi while enjoying the view of sea turtles, sting rays, sharks, and fish floating by. Be sure to save room for the Chocolate Wave dessert!