It’s no secret that we have a lot of love for Disney’s Polynesian Resort. It’s at the top of our bucket list to stay there, but in the meantime, we will settle for finding every reason possible to visit the resort during our trips. One of our most recent visits to the Polynesian Resort was to visit Kona Cafe.
We’ve eaten at Kona Cafe before, but for brunch. In fact, it’s one of our favorite brunch spots at Walt Disney World, as it’s super casual, inexpensive and well, it’s at the Poly! Kona Cafe is situated on the second floor of the Polynesian and is pretty out in the open. It’s not tucked away like Ohana and isn’t particularly themed, but we don’t mind because we genuinely just enjoy the vibe of the Polynesian itself.
Dinner At Kona Cafe
We were super excited to be back at Kona, this time for dinner. Kona describes their menu as American with an Asian Flair. They have some familiar choices and some not so familiar, but everything actually sounded pretty good to us. We aren’t really sushi people-sorry- but if you’re looking for sushi, they’ve got it here! We decided to stick with the regular menu. We ordered the pot stickers from the appetizer list and they were delicious. Really similar to the ones at Ohana, except these ones are not all you can eat. The soy-ginger sauce made up for it though.
Kona Cafe Menu Choices
G got the coffee rubbed steak, Rochelle got the Asian stir-fry and I got the Fresh Herb Pork Chop. All of our dishes were pretty decent portion sizes.The coffee rubbed steak was cooked perfectly, however left a little to be desired in the flavor department. If you’re not familiar with us, we love bold flavors and usually expect just that when we are at Disney. The steak was good, but like I said, left a little to be desired. For the $35 pricetag, we think you can find better steak on Disney property. The pork chop, though was probably one of my favorite things I ate during this trip. I have to admit I always get a bit nervous ordering pork, but Kona Cafe nailed this dish in my opinion. Cooked perfectly with the flavors spot on, we really enjoyed this one.
The Asian Stir fry is vegetarian, so if you’re looking for something meatless during your trip, Kona Cafe has you covered with this one. If you like Asian noodles and flavors, then we think you’ll enjoy this too!
Dessert at Kona Cafe
Why did you even get dinner if you’re not going to get dessert, right?! Plus we were on the Disney Dining Plan and desserts are included, so of course we had to take advantage of that. The desserts at Kona Cafe were definitely unique! I got the Kilauea Torte, which was pretty much just like a lava cake and was SO GOOD. I have a huge weakness when it comes to chocolate so this was honestly the perfect way for me to end the meal. G got Te Fiti’s Island Mousse, which is passion fruit and coconut mousse dome with pineapple. Very flavorful and very pretty, if you’re looking for something outside of the box and a bit fruity, this should hit the spot. And Rochelle got the chocolate fondue. For $8, we don’t think this was worth it, but if you love fondue and are looking for something simple you might like this one.
Kona Cafe Review at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Overall, we really enjoyed Kona Cafe for dinner. As I mentioned before, we were using the Disney Dining Plan, but honestly, if you’re not using the dining plan, it’s much less expensive than some other options on property. We definitely recommend you check it out if you’re looking for somewhere laid back and not too over the top!
Have you been to Kona Cafe before? Let us know how you liked it!