Best Resort Restaurants at Walt Disney World and What to Skip

Best Resort Restaurants at Walt Disney World and What to Skip

Ok. Before we dive in to the Best Disney Resort Restaurants let us just share that the Disney Resort Restaurants are our absolutely favorite experiences, so we may be a little biased! We’ve been adding them into our Disney Vacation lineup since our very first trip. and never do we find such amazing food as we do when we’re resort hopping.  Here’s our favorite Disney Resort restaurants, so far, in no particular order. 

Disney Resort Restaurants We RECOMMEND

Grand Floridian Cafe

  • Where: The Grand Floridian Resort and Villas
  • Views: Window seats offer views the gardens
  • Theme: Classic, elegant.
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring basics like omelets, sandwiches and salads.

We Recommend it Because:

The atmosphere here is calm and classy. You can order a french press pot of coffee and settle in for something easy like breakfast. Or if you want something a little more fancy, but not over the top or pricey, you can also find great dishes on the dinner menu. Even as a lunchtime stop, this place evokes beach-side dining classic of Old Florida.

Boma

  • Where: Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Views: African decor
  • Theme: African
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Buffet selection with African inspired entrees and sides. 

We Recommend it Because:

Boma has a fun, eclectic feel. Though the food is African-inspired, which we love, you can still find tried and true favorites like chicken, salmon and steak if you’re bringing picky kids. The buffet offerings are top notch. As a deluxe resort restaurant, you’re getting a different level of quality than you would find at a buffet restaurant in the parks. 

California Grill

  • Where: The Contemporary
  • Views: Rooftop offer views of Seven Seas Lagoon, and Cinderellas Castle
  • Theme: Farm to table. Sustainable Signature Dining
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Elegant entrees, brunch and flatbread offerings. Wine, wine, and more wine. 

We Recommend it Because:

California Grill is a rooftop restaurant and super classy. We have not yet done brunch here, or a flatbread lunch, but it’s on our bucket list. The dinner here combines perfectly seasoned meats, or vegetarian options, salad, bread and you must have dessert. The donuts are especially light and perfect in every way. If you’re into wines, this is your mecca. Grab a glass and wander onto the rooftop balcony for some Magic Kingdom fireworks viewing. 

Captain Cooks

  • Where: The Polynesian Resort and Villas
  • Views: Vintage posters of the South Pacific
  • Theme: Polynesian, South Pacific Cuisine
  • Character: No
  • Food: Polynesian noodles, meatball dishes, salads and sandwiches.

We Recommend it Because:

Definitely one of the best Quick Serve restaurants on Disney Property you get good food, higher quality and a varied menu.  With noodles, sandwiches, burgers, and flatbreads there is plenty to choose from. We also love that it’s open late for late-night dining and has an array of desserts to choose from. Refillable drink stations make it a great place for you and your refillable mug as well!

Contempo Cafe

  • Where: The Contemporary
  • Views: Monorail
  • Theme: American
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Burgers, Flatbreads, salads

We Recommend it Because:

Home of the best cupcakes, Contempo Cafe offers flatbreads in different flavors, gourmet sandwiches and salads and classic fare like wraps and pizzas. The food here is top notch and well worth the stop if you’re overwhelmed by the lines in Magic Kingdom. Just hop the monorail over to the contemporary. Or walk! See the full menu here.

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

  • Where: Port Orleans- French Quarter
  • Views: French Quarter
  • Theme: New Orleans
  • Character Dining: No.
  • Food: Classic New Orleans, southern cuisine

We Recommend it Because:

Home of the must-try Beignets, complete with dipping sauces, you can get loads of sweet treats here. If you’re in for a meal, you can grab ribs, po boy, shrimp, fried chicken and all sorts of Louisiana comfort food. Check out the menu here.

The Mara

  • Where: Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Views: Animal Kingdom Lodge terrace, pool
  • Theme: African
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Coffee, dessert, potijie, flatbreads, sandwiches and salads.

We Recommend it Because:

We love Animal Kingdom Lodge, but the food here always just blows us away! Excellent flavors, good portion sizes, good prices. We love that the food is authentic without being too extra! We love the african stew and flatbreads, though are slowly eating our way through this menu! Peruse the Mara menu.

‘Ohana

  • Where: The Polynesian Resort and Villas
  • Views: Window seats offer views of Seven Seas Lagoon, and Cinderellas Castle
  • Theme: Polynesian, South Pacific Cuisine
  • Character Dining: Yes, Breakfast only. With Lilo and Stitch
  • Food: Served Family Style. Salad, Bread, Skewered Meats, Veggies, Noodles, Pot Stickers, and Ohana Bread Pudding. 

We Recommend it Because:

Ohana is one of those restaurants that everyone in your family will like. Sure, the kids may not eat the salad and someone may not love the noodles. But wait till the all you care to enjoy skewers of freshly grilled meats arrive at your table. Got a vegetarian in your party? Just tell the server! They’ve got a whole special lineup of alternatives that are amazing. And if you’re worried about not loving the bread pudding, just wait till you get the ice cream and warmed caramel sauce involved. Seriously one of the most decadent desserts you will have at Disney. And the kiddies get rice krispie treats as a backup if they don’t like the special dessert. The experience at Ohana is also worthy of some praise. More casual than most places, there’s no dress code and the easy ukulele music in the background just beckons for you to finally relax and enjoy a meal, away from the park crowds. 

Sanaa

  • Where: Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Views: Window tables offer views of the African Savanna on Animal Kingdom Lodge property
  • Theme: African
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Individually Ordered. A variety of potjie dishes, meats, vegetarian dishes and naan bread service. 

We Recommend it Because:

Another excuse to get away from the busy parks, Sanaa offers a unique dining experience. With some truly flavorful cuisine reminiscent of Africa, you get a variety of spiced dishes, salsas and desserts you won’t find elsewhere on Disney property ( except maybe at Tiffins for a higher price). And we absolutely agree with everyone that the Bread Service and sauces ( get them all) really are perfection. We also love the pot of tea and elegant little desserts here as a way to prolong the meal and really relish all the warm, spicy flavors of the atmosphere and food. 

Garden View Tea Room

  • Where: The Grand Floridan Resort and Villas
  • Views: The Gardens
  • Theme: High Tea
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Pastries, Finger Sandwiches, Tea

We Recommend it Because:

We like pretty things, and sipping tea while eating what could be considered an afternoon dessert, but what we consider a perfectly adequate mid-day meal. These little pastries are cute, delicious, flavorful and fill you up. This is perfect for an extra special treat, a party, or a mother/daughter day. This experience runs 35 bucks per person and higher, BUT for us just getting away from the crazy and settling in to have a nice tea is ideal. On days too hot to be outside, or too rainy to be in the parks. We love this place. 

Kona Cafe

  • Where: The Polynesian Resort and Villas
  • Views: Monorail
  • Theme: Polynesian
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Hawaiian flavors breakfast, lunch and dinner

We Recommend it Because: It’s such a hidden gem! We love it for breakfast. Hello Tonga Toast. And Dinner. With noodle bowls, Polynesian flavors, pot stickers and special drinks the menu offers delicious things for kids and adults alike. 

Disney Resort Restaurants That Almost Made This List

Sebastian’s Bistro: Definitely one of the better new restaurants, and the best at Caribbean Beach Resort, Sebastian’s Bistro combines Caribbean foods with a little sass. We loved the bread and dipping sauces best. Check out our full review here. 

1900 Park Fare: We love this restaurant at the Grand Floridian Resort for breakfast or dinner. Cinderella’s evil stepmother and crazy stepsisters are always in for a good time with sarcasm and wit. For a fun character experience, this is a great go-to buffet style restaurant. 

Whispering Canyon Cafe: At Wilderness Lodge, this is certainly the best budget-friendly all-you-care-to-enjoy meal around. Whispering Canyon Cafe, much like 1950’s Prime Time Cafe is an immersion experience. So be ready to get familiar with your waiter, straws and ketchup. Later there’s a horse race around the tables in classic Old West Style. Be sure to get the bottomless milkshake and read our review!

Disney Resort Restaurants On Our List to Try

  • Trails End at Fort Wilderness
  • Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Victoria and Alberts at The Grand Floridan
  • Narccoosees at The Grand Floridian
  • Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge
  • Topolino Terrace at The Disney Riviera
  • Ale and Compass at The Yacht Club
  • Geyser Point Bar and Grill at Wilderness Lodge
  • Maya Grill at Coronado Springs
  • Yachtsman at The Yacht Club

Disney Resort Restaurants TO SKIP

Riverside Mill Food Court at Port Orleans Riverside: Maybe our stomachs just aren’t made for Southern Louisiana cooking. But some of the food we had here was either over spiced or dry or soggy or just didn’t taste that great. As we don’t eat fast food generally it also could be that this amount of grease just doesn’t agree with us. Your call, but we’ll be going to French Quarter next time. 

Gasparilla Island Grill at The Grand Floridian: While we love love love the Grand Floridian, we’ve only ever gotten sub-par service here. It’s heartbreaking to say. The cupcakes have soggy bottoms, the sandwiches are average, the coffee counter never staffed and if you want a hot cocoa, plan on waiting. We’ll probably give this one another shot, but for now be forewarned we’d skip it. 

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