This Is the Most Underrated Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to some of the best attractions, shops, and yes, even restaurants, at Walt Disney World.

From some of Disney World’s most popular quick service restaurants like Flame Tree Barbecue to signature dining at Tiffins, Animal Kingdom is a top destination for foodies. And there is one restaurant that offers Guests detailed theming, “conditioned air, fine food, and drinks.”


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As for the most underrated restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you need to head over to Asia. In the village of Anandapur sits Yak & Yeti restaurant, a table-service dining experience showcasing Pan-Asian flavors in an immaculately detailed space.

This location is not only a short walk from hit attractions like Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain and Feathered Friends in Flight, but it is also one of the best values for a Disney table-service restaurant. The menu features a selection of small plates and shareable dishes, including firecracker shrimp, potstickers, and lettuce cups, all for under $20.

For entrees, nearly half of the menu comes in at less than $25, which can be a steal in terms of Disney table-service prices especially given how much variety is on the menu. Some of the best values (and fan favorite!) dishes at Yak & Yeti include the Honey Chicken, Korean Beef, and a variety of lo mein and noodle bowls. Guests ages 21 and over can even enjoy some of Animal Kingdom’s best cocktails.

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Short on time? Yak & Yeti Restaurant is unique among most other Disney table-service restaurants because there is even a quick-service alternative! Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe offers quick-service versions of some of the full restaurant’s entrees, along with seasonal specials and an equally detailed dining area.

Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe serves up Honey Chicken, noodles, and curry along with kid-friendly and less adventurous eats making it a perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner with the whole family. The quick service side of this restaurant even serves up breakfast bowls and sandwiches in the morning.

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If you are looking for more of a quick snack vs. a full meal, the egg rolls from Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe are a perfect grab-and-go option in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the shaded outdoor seating area is a great place to stop and relax with a cold drink while exploring Asia.

Disney’s official description of Yak & Yeti Restaurant reads:

Family-Friendly Feast
Discover exciting pan-Asian cuisine at a quaint village home that’s been transformed into a restaurant. At the base of Expedition Everest sits Yak & Yeti Restaurant, a table-service eatery serving delicious dishes from various regions across Asia.

Decorated with the proprietor’s collection of Southeast Asian artifacts, this eclectic eatery offers a menu of sweet-and-sour chicken, ahi tuna nachos, pork pot stickers and Kobe beef burgers. Vegetarian options abound, as do kid-friendly choices like cheeseburgers and mac and cheese.

Unique alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages include cocktails, chilled sake, Asian beers, wine and an assortment of hot teas. Those with a penchant for exotic tastes might try a specialty drink from our full-service bar. Guests must be 21 years of age and older to order alcoholic beverages.

Be sure to save room for one of our sumptuous desserts—chocolate pudding cake, mango pie or fried wontons served with fresh pineapple and ice cream.

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Find full menus and make reservations advanced dining reservations for Yak & Yeti Restaurant or place a mobile order at Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe in the My Disney Experience App during your next Disney vacation. And if you happen to be a Landry’s Select member, you can take advantage of your exclusive benefits at this Animal Kingdom Restaurant. Enjoy!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."