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The Ultimate Checklist – 10 Walt Disney World Restaurants You Must Try

Walt Disney World is home to so many different types of restaurants that it will make your head spin. With everything from quick service dining locations offering up burgers and fries to a fine dining opulent restaurant, there is something to please even the pickiest of eaters at Walt Disney World. There are so many full service dining options to choose from that it can be hard to make a decision when it comes to booking Advanced Dining Reservations. So let’s take a look at the ultimate ten Disney restaurants that guests must try on their next vacation!

10. California Grill –

Located atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, this restaurant combines classic Californian cuisine with exquisite sights of Seven Seas Lagoon, the Magic Kingdom, and nearby resorts including Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Offering sushi, fresh salads, a vast cheese selection, and entrees including Oak-Fired Filet of Beef, Kabocha Squash and Mascarpone Ravioli, and Seared Jumbo Scallops, the California Grill is a Disney restaurant that simply must be tried. For extra magic guests should try and book a reservation close to when Happily Ever After is scheduled in the Magic Kingdom for a gorgeous view of show while eating dinner.

9. Victoria & Albert’s –

This is the most decadent and elegant dining option in all of Walt Disney World and can be found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. With an upscale Victorian theme, and a dress code requiring dinner jackets for men and cocktail dresses or suits for woman, Victoria & Albert’s will make guests feel as though they are far away from the theme parks. A dinner at the restaurant entails a seven course affair including dishes such as Caviar, Quail with Cardamom and Sunchokes, and Roasted Duck.

8. Coral Reef Restaurant –

This restaurant in The Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot serves fresh seafood with stunning views of the pavilion’s massive aquarium. Guests can enjoy entrees such as Seared Mahi Mahi and Seared Rainbow Trout while fish and turles swim by and definitely shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to dine here!

7. Be Our Guest Restaurant –

This dining location in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland allows guests to enter into the Beast’s castle and dine in the iconic ballroom from Beauty and the Beast. With dinner options including Grilled Strip Steak and Herb-Crusted Lamb, guests will feel as though they are truly in the French countryside alongside the Beast.

6. Le Cellier Steakhouse –

This favorite dining location is found in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion and feels like a cozy cellar with dim lighting and vaulted ceilings. The most popular entrée at Le Cellier is the Le Cellier Filet Mignon with a mushroom risotto and truffle butter sauce that is outrageously delicious!

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5. Yak & Yeti Restaurant –

This full service dining location can be found in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and features an intricately themed décor full of Nepalese artifacts. The Pan-Asian menu features entrees including Malaysian Seafood Curry and Ginger Salmon and is a must try! Don’t forget to order the fried wontons for dessert!

4. The Hollywood Brown Derby –

This restaurant can be found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is a replica of the famous Brown Derby in California complete with dozens of caricatures of famous actors and Hollywood stars. Guests can enjoy entrée offerings including the famous Cobb Salad, Loch Duart Salmon, and a Crispy Spiced Duck Breast. This is hands down the best dining option in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and a must try on a Disney vacation.

3. ‘Ohana –

Located in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, this family style dining location is a character meal during breakfast with Lilo and Stitch and a regular meal for dinner. Breakfast includes an all you can eat buffet and dinner offers up unlimited portions of pork dumplings, sweet and sour chicken, and decadent ‘Ohana Bread Pudding.

2. Narcoossee’s –

This restaurant can be found on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and offers up an American take on classic seafood. Guests can enjoy everything from Maine Lobster to Key West Shrimp and Garganelli Pasta and should definitely make a meal at Narcoossee’s a must try.

1. Jiko –

The Cooking Place – This one of a kind dining experience can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and offers up a blend of traditional African, Mediterranean, and Indian cuisines. With dinner options including Senegal Scallops, Nigerian-Spiced Pork Shank, Harrisa Chicken, and Piri Piri Swordfish, Jiko is a must visit for guests who are looking to try some exotic and exciting cuisine!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.