Walt Disney World Resort is filled with restaurants of all tastes and budgets. So how can you possibly begin to choose? Especially when there are over 200 restaurants to choose from? Whether you’re seeking out the best quick-service restaurants or the latest snacks, Disney has plenty to choose from. But what about table service restaurants? You know, the ones that involve sitting down and handing over a pretty penny for a better-than-average meal? How do you know which ones are worth it? For us, the Top 10 Best Disney Restaurants on a Budget at Walt Disney World serve up great food, an amazing atmosphere, and a budget-friendly meal perfect for families. Here’s our list!
Best Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World on a Budget
If you’ve been to Walt Disney World you know that any meal at a table service restaurant under $45 a plate is worth a second look. Mainly because, while a Disney Quick Service Restaurant can get you really great food and drink for about $20, many of the best table services at Disney World are over $50, which is just too much for many families. As such, these are our tried and true best Disney restaurants on a budget.
Ale and Compass | Disney’s Yacht Club
Don’t be fooled by the subdued decor at the Ale and Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club. This restaurant and lounge may not have all the Disney bells and whistles of some restaurants, but the food here is delicious, the service fantastic, and the price point a relief. The restaurant’s theme matches the classy decor of the resort, and you can grab both table and booth seating inside.
We love this restaurant for both breakfast and dinner. Breakfast options include chocolate Mickey Waffles, apple french toast, and all the breakfast basics. Almost all meals are $20 or less, and you can even grab the Breakfast Buffet for access to the pastries, yogurt, and more to go with your breakfast entree. For dinner, you can choose from flatbreads., burgers, chicken, and steak. Plus a variety of plant-based entrees that are wonderful. Truffle fries, broccolini, and even a 12-layer cake are all part of the extra options you can add to your meals.
Ale and Compass is also one of our favorite Disney Table-Service To Go Restaurants! That’s right, not only can you get amazing table-service food, but you can get it TO GO! This is especially helpful when you’ve had a long day and just want to bring something back to your room. But, it also works for times when you’d rather just eat somewhere else. The rocking chairs on the Yacht Club porch or the open-air tables on Disney’s BoardWalk are a great place to bring your to-go meal. Check out the Ale and Compass Menu.
Kona Cafe | Polynesian Village Resort
Another great budget-friendly restaurant at Walt Disney World can be found at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The Kona Cafe offers up Polynesian flavors filled with fresh flavors, pineapple, Asian cuisine, and foods from the islands. Found on the second floor of the Polynesian Resort, or just outside the monorail entrance, Kona cafe offers kid-friendly foods as well as a variety of specialty dishes all typically under $20 a plate!
At breakfast you can grab the famous Tonga Toast- a banana stuffed french toast, served with strawberry compote. Or a variety of basic breakfast dishes like oatmeal, eggs, potatoes, sausage, and more. At dinner, Kona’s menu transforms into a variety of seafood, chicken, and steak options. California rolls, sushi, burgers, short ribs, and dashi bowls are all typically available for under $30 a plate and you can even grab specialty beverages here. Wines, beers, cocktails, and mocktails are all served with a Polynesian twist. Check out the Kona Cafe Menu.
Sanaa Restaurant | Animal Kingdom Lodge
By far one of our favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World, Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge is all about bringing African flavors to the table. Home to the best Bread Service served with 9 different dips, and a variety of Potjie bowls, Sanaa offers views of the animals roaming the savannah just outside the windows. What we love most about this restaurant, is that the flavors are complex without being overwhelming!
You can typically grab breakfast here for under $15, and this is another restaurant that has Table Service to Go options. Breakfast includes eggs, sausage, African home fries, an egg sandwich, and even a specialty french toast dish. Frankly, all the food here is fantastic. But if you’re hesitant to dive into African dishes, breakfast offers plenty of options to get your feet wet.
The bread service along with Dinner at Sanaa is a must. This variety of flatbreads includes several specialty dips and pairs perfectly with the Potjie dishes. African flavors are found in steak, chicken, curry, and vegetarian meals. With dishes under $35 a plate, this is a budget-friendly unique experience you won’t get anywhere else. Check out the Sanaa Restaurant Menu.
Grand Floridian Cafe | Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Overlooking the gardens at the Grand Floridian Resort on the Monorail line is one of the Best Places to have Brunch at Walt Disney World. The Grand Floridian Cafe offers a budget-friendly meal no matter when you visit. Here you can order french press coffee, made-to-order omelets, pastries, and pancakes covered in fruit. This is an excellent restaurant for an elegant meal that is family-friendly and with dishes less than $30 a plate.
Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast entrees include Roasted Tomato and Feta Quiche, Avocado Toast, Brioche French Toast, and more. You can even add Apple Crisp to your breakfast. The Dinner Menu includes meatloaf, salads, burgers, and chicken. No matter what you order here you can count on fresh food, at budget prices. Once here, plan to stay a while. There’s a gift shop just outside the restaurant, and a large lobby for lounging. And since the Grand Floridian is on the monorail line at Magic Kingdom, it’s easy to get to before and/or after your day in the parks. Check out the Grand Floridian Cafe Menu
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop | Disney’s Beach Club
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly Disney lunch then head to the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club. Located on Disney’s BoardWalk, this quick-service restaurant offers burgers, sandwiches, and fries. And while you’re here be sure to grab a specialty milkshake, the Kitchen Sink sundae, or a variety of other amazing ice cream desserts. What makes this one of the Best Disney Restaurants on a Budget is the portion sizes.
We love that you can get a full meal here for under $20 a plate, and grab ice cream while you’re there. This restaurant does have indoor seating, though you’re able to grab a variety of items at the pickup window to eat anywhere you like. Check out the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop Menu
Crystal Palace | Magic Kingdom Park
One of the most budget-friendly Disney Character Dining Restaurants at Walt Disney World, Crystal Palace is home to Winnie the Pooh and friends. Located inside Magic Kingdom Park you will need to have a park ticket, and a park pass reservation as well as a dining reservation to dine at this restaurant. But, once inside you can enjoy a conservatory-like setting, filled with plants and views of Cinderella’s Castle.
Served buffet style as an all-you-care-to-enjoy meal lunch and dinner pricing is $39 per adult and $23 per child. A variety of meat dishes, pasta, seafood, salads, desserts, and ice cream are all part of the menu. Perfect for families with young children. And as a character dining experience, you get to see Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet as part of the fun. So have your autograph book ready, and be ready to pose. Check out the Crystal Palace Menu
Liberty Tree Tavern | Magic Kingdom Park
Ahhh, who doesn’t love Thanksgiving Dinner? We love it, even more, when we’re allowed to go back for seconds. And at Liberty Tree Tavern, you can do just that! As one of Disney World’s most underrated restaurants, this diamond in the rough colonial Williamsburg-style restaurant is hidden in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. As such, you will need a Magic Kingdom park ticket and park pass reservation as well as a dining reservation. While Liberty Tree Tavern does take walk up, waits are usually an hour around meal times.
Thanksgiving dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern is served for lunch and dinner and includes Roasted Turkey, Pot Roast, Pork, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Herb Stuffing, and House-made Macaroni & Cheese. Plus you get rolls and salad to start and the amazing Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake with ice cream too. We also love that there are plant-based options on the menu. Impossible meatloaf and johnny seed apple cake are on the menu for those avoiding dairy and meat.
As one of the cheapest restaurants at Disney World, you can get an all-you-care-to-enjoy meal here for $39 per adult and $21 per child. The service here is incredible and you can enjoy your meal as long as you like. This restaurant also is perfect for groups and larger families as there are tables with larger seating options too. Check out the Liberty Tree Tavern Menu
Topolino Terrace | Disney’s Rivera Resort
One of the newest restaurants to arrive at Disney World is found on the top floor of Disney’s Riviera Resort. The Topolino Terrace restaurant is done up in European decor and offers both indoor and outdoor balcony seating. Serving up the Mickey a la Art Character Breakfast you can meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in their artsy outfits as part of the breakfast celebration. Breakfast here is fantastic and we highly recommend it.
Breakfast options include waffles, parfaits, avocado toast, a selection of eggs and sausage dishes, omelets, and more. You can also grab specialty cocktails and coffees here. Breakfast costs $45 per adult and $29 per child. A budget-friendly character dining restaurant at Disney World for breakfast, dinner is served without characters.
As a European-themed restaurant, inspired by the Disney family’s trip through Europe, Topolino Terrace serves a variety of French and Italian cuisine. Check out the Topolino Terrace Menu
Sebastian’s Bistro | Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
If you’re looking for flavors of the Caribbean Islands, look no further than Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The resort’s table-service restaurant, Sebastian’s Bistro can be found near Port Royale and serves up an amazing family-style meal at affordable prices. Filled with Latin and Caribbean flavors, dinner starts with pull-apart rolls served up with guava butter and caramelized onion jam, and also a large salad. Included dishes are Oven-roasted Citrus Chicken, Slow-cooked Mojo Pork with Mango Sambal, Grilled Flank Steak* with Mojito Relish served with Cilantro Rice and Beans, Vegetable Curry, and Grilled Broccolini. And there is also a wonderful plant-based menu here.
By far one of the cheapest Disney restaurants for table service, dinner at Sebastian’s Bistro costs $29 per adult and $17 per child. A true bargain given the amount of all-you-care-to-enjoy foods, there is something for everyone to enjoy on this menu. Plus, you can grab both alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks on the menu. Flavors of the Caribbean rule the day here, so expect fantastic fruity and rum-filled options. Check out the Sebastian’s Bistro Menu
Steakhouse 71 | Disney’s Contemporary Resort
If you’re looking for the highest quality food at an easy distance to Magic Kingdom, but away from the crowds, then you should try Steakhouse 71! Serving up brunch, lunch, and dinner, this steakhouse includes a variety of burgers, steak, a 15-layer cake, and bottomless mimosas. Complete with an adjacent lounge, you can settle into a booth or table seating in the restaurant or head to the sofas in the lounge for drinks. We like this restaurant for its easy atmosphere and a nice selection of foods on the menu. Excellent service, we also love that this one is on the monorail at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, making it extra easy to get to from the parks, resorts, or parking lot at the TTC.
Budget-Friendly Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World
You can also find other underrated Disney Restaurants that are budget-friendly such as Tony’s Town Square Disney Restaurant at Magic Kingdom, or the Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge. And if you’re not looking for a table service restaurant at Walt Disney World, you can try some of our favorite Disney Quick Service restaurants. Satu’li Canteen at Animal Kingdom, Woody’s Lunch Box or Ronto Roasters at Hollywood Studios, Les Halles Boulangerie de Patisserie in EPCOT, or the Pizza Window on Disney’s BoardWalk. Or maybe a Disney Lounge is more your style. Head to Nomad Lounge at Animal Kingdom, Enchanted Rose Lounge at the Grand Floridian Resort, or Barcelona Lounge at Coronado Springs.
Whatever you choose, we hope this post has helped you to pick your next best restaurant to try at Disney World! Let us know your favorites, and what we should give a try.
Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.