You would think the Best Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World would be easy to nail down. After all how creative could Disney possibly get with theme park food? Spoiler: VERY!!! With over 400 restaurants and a serious appreciation for the modern Foodie, Walt Disney World’s Restaurants are top notch, with an eclectic array of flavors, complexity and price points. So how could we possibly classify any one quick service dining experience as “Best”? Well, to you the truth, we have a little algorithm for that…
If you’re looking for what qualifies a restaurant for The Best Restaurants at Disney List, check out this post with the 4 things that mean most to us, and a bunch of stuff that is important but doesn’t help a restaurant make the grade in our opinion.
Here are some of our favorite quick serve restaurants at Walt Disney World!
Sunshine Seasons is located in The Land Building in Epcot Future World. Why we love it?
Favorite Foods: The Vegan Korma Chicken
Sunshine Seasons has several different food flavor options, from traditional, to asian to mexican. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can probably find something you’ll love here. It has a full breakfast, lunch and dinner option.The desserts here are top notch. The restaurant is inside, in the air conditioning, with plenty of seating and it has Gold Peak tea as a fountain drink option. We love the tea. While the Land building is in dire need of an atmosphere overhaul and refurbishment, the food never disappoints. Tip: This restaurant usually debuts some special cupcake or dessert that can only be gotten here, so always check that dessert case for something new and instagram-able.
Les Halles Boulangerie-Pattisserie
Les Halles Boulangerie Pattisserie is located in Epcot, France. Why we love it?
Favorite Foods: The Croissant Sale’ Breakfast Sandwich, any of the pastries
Oh my gosh, we love this place. The breakfast foods here are so authentic. The croissants flaky, the egg and cheese toasted to perfection, and the cappuccino unsweetened. Truly French. You won’t find this anywhere else on property. The desserts are delicate and exquisitely made. Lots of care is evident with this food preparation, which helps it taste pretty darn good too. We visit this place every trip to get our favorite breakfast sandwiches and can always count on everything to taste amazing. Tip: Grabbing breakfast at this french quick serve restaurant allows us to be ahead of the game when Epcot opens, with easy access to rides and shops.
Captain Cooks in located in The Polynesian Resort. Why we love it.
Favorite Foods: Pan Asian Noodles and Vegetables, Thai Coconut Meatballs
Ok, everyone knows we love The Polynesian, but Captain Cooks took a little longer for us to love, because it’s really about what you order! And we didn’t get it right the first time. On a mission to find the next Rose Gold Cupcake, we decided to give this place another shot. What we like most is that the foods are unique to the Polynesian vibes. There’s pineapple and spices and all things south pacific that you won’t find anywhere else. The dining area is decorated with vintage travel posters ( always an obsession), and has an outdoor seating by the pool. The drinks are refillable and they usually have some amazing dessert at the ready. Tip: Check out Captain Cook’s for lunch on a day you don’t visit the parks or do your Monorail Resort Crawl. You’ll want to take some time to peruse the Polynesian while you’re there, so make the time!
Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest is located in Magic Kingdom. Why we love it?
Favorite Foods: Coque Au Vin Style, The Croque Monsieur Sandwich,The Grey Stuff
The meals at Be Our Guest has amazing menu options that get you that “fancy food in a castle” feel you’re no doubt supposed to have at the Beast’s Castle. Both Breakfast and Lunch are considered quick service though will still require a reservation. If you’re at breakfast you’ll get a fancy pastries tray to go with your meal and lunch offers you soup and the decidedly French croque mounsieur, among other things to try. Tip: Sit near the windows in the ballroom to watch the magical snowfall outside.
Satu’li Canteen is located in Pandora in Animal Kingdom. Why we love it?
Favorite Foods: The Create-Your-Own-Satu’li Bowl
Satu’li Canteen is seriously one of the most authentic quick service meals you will find on Walt Disney World property. The decor and attention to detail is amazing, the food offerings unique to Pandora, and the quality of the food top notch. We love the build your own bowls options which allows everyone in your group to get exactly what they like. And the little additions like the bao buns, boba balls and fancy desserts makes this a must-try restaurant. This is the place we choose for lunch almost every time we visit Animal Kingdom. Tip: Mobile Order your meal as you exit Flight of Passage or Na’vi River Journey. It will be waiting for you when you get there.
La Cantina de San Angel
La Cantina de San Angel is located in Epcot, Mexico. Why we love it?
Favorite Foods: Empanadas Con Queso
So, let us just say that we love Mexican food. Love. It. That said if you’re not a fan, no pressure to add this to your lineup. However, if you too love Mexican, both La Cantina de San Angel and the Choza de Margarita stand across the midway are awesome for a quick Mexican fix. This place offers tacos, nachos, empanadas… your basic Mexican fare. All surprisingly good and spiced well. We love the outside dining overseeing the water ( preferably in the breezier months when it’s not sweltering). Know that this is outside dining only… so if you’re looking for a cool respite from the Florida heat, eat somewhere else. Tip: Send someone in your travel group to go snatch a table while you stand in line.
Earl of Sandwich
Earl of Sandwich is located in Disney Springs. Why we love it?
Favorite Foods: The Holiday Turkey Sandwich
The lines here can sometimes get pretty long, which is usually a good sign of a great restaurant. For us Earl of Sandwich wins out as a great go-to place to eat for the big reason that the food is always good. It’s made in the moment, and not sitting under a warmer. The sandwich options here are unique and offer some amazing tastes no matter your food mood. Tip: Avoid weekend evenings, this place gets crowded!
Contempo Cafe is located in The Contemporary Resort. Why we love it?
Favorite Foods: “Chicago-Style” Italian Beef Sub, Slow-roasted beef, Vegetarian Flatbread
Contempo Café was one of those restaurants we really knew nothing about until one hot sweltering day when we just needed to eat inside. Located near Chef Mickey’s in the Contemporary Resort, we actually never knew it existed! They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. While we have seen several menu changes here, we can usually count on Contempo Café for delicious pastas, salads and flat breads. We’ve tried many items on this menu and have never been disappointed. They usually have fun dessert options too! With large portion sizes, we can always count on this quick serve to be great food at a great value. We love watching the monorail go by on the upper level and again, the fact that its inside. Tip: You can refill your resort mug here, so if you happen to be staying on property, you can save a few dollars on drinks.
Woody’s Lunch Box
Woody’s Lunchbox is located in Toy Story Land, Hollywood Studios. Why we love it?
Favorite Foods: Breakfast Bowl, Tomato Basil Soup
It may be too soon to say if Woody’s Lunch Box should really be on this list. But….there are definitely a few items on the menu that completely blew us away. The breakfast bowl combined some spicy flavors with eggs and tator tots and hands down became “the breakfast” food we’d most likely grab at Hollywood Studios. The sandwiches are pretty flavorful, and apart from these first couple months where consistency of quality has been an issue due to the opening rush, we’re pretty confident that this little place can hold it’s own. Another restaurant completely outside, this cute dining area in Toy Story Land is sort of small, but super convenient if you’re just grabbing a quick meal. Tip: Eat outside regular meal time hours, and mobile order.
Chicken Guy! Restaurant is located at Disney Springs. Why we love it?
Favorite Foods: All the Sauces
The Best Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World
As you can see from this list, we didn’t go with your basic Disney Quick Service choices that are usually seen all over the place. We don’t love Flame Tree Barbecue, or Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. While the budget is happy when visiting both places, the foods tend to be a bit heavy for us on active theme park days, and they’re “basic” foods we can get anywhere. We definitely eat at ABC Commissary but there isn’t anything that draws us there with excitement. While all these restaurants are good, they haven’t made enough of a magical impression on us to actually be able to recommend them to other people! What are your favorite quick service restaurants at Walt Disney World?