Let’s face it. Finding dining reservations at Walt Disney World can be tough! And if you’re looking for a specific reservation that’s been on your list for a while, it can be like a full-time job. Sometimes you didn’t plan your trip far ahead enough of time. Maybe you didn’t realize that you need to be logged in and ready to go before 6 am on dining reservation day. Whatever the case may be, if you need a last-minute dining reservation and don’t know where to look, we are here to help you!
Walt Disney World Dining Reservations
As a reminder, dining reservations can be made at Walt Disney World 60 days from the start of your trip if you’re staying on Walt Disney World property. Dining reservations open up at 6 am EST, and the hardest to get reservations go very fast. Restaurants like Space 220, Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table and O’hana can be gone within minutes. So if you’re trying to snag one of those reservations, set your alarm or notify your travel agent so they can do it for you.
So, what if you can’t get the reservation you were looking for? Keep looking! Dining reservations become available all the time, and chances are good that you’ll be able to get it. We also recommend trying to change the meal period you’re looking for, like swapping dinner for lunch, as sometimes there are more options available that way.
Or you can always settle for something different. We don’t really love using the word settle, because we don’t believe you should settle for anything. But in this case, we can call it a compromise. Here is a list of restaurants where you can usually get last-minute dining reservations, without feeling like you’ve settled.
Last-Minute Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World
We tried to spread out this list a little, so no matter your location, you can find something you like. Keep in mind, availability will depend on your party size and desired time to eat. If you’re more flexible, you’ll have more options. Additionally, we never recommend waiting until the actual last minute to book something. So if you can plan ahead a little bit, you’ll be in better shape. But these restaurants usually have some availability a few days our or even sometimes the day of.
With that being said, sometimes the best reservations are the ones that do pop up when you’re least expecting it, so it never hurts to check!
Lastly, if you really can’t get that reservation you wanted and just need to eat, there are plenty of quick-service options all around Walt Disney World. Here are some of our favorites.
Liberty Tree Tavern
Liberty Tree Tavern is, in our opinion, one of the most underrated restaurants at Walt Disney World. Located at Magic Kingdom, Liberty Tree Tavern is in the Liberty Square area. They serve a family-style, Thanksgiving type of meal. The portions are all you care to enjoy, so you can have as much or as little as whatever you like.
To clarify, we don’t love this restaurant all the time. The food is a little heavy for the very hot weather that often plagues Florida, but during the cooler months, it’s really a gem. They have a great plant-based selection and the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is one of our favorite desserts on property. If you’re the type of person who loves all you care to enjoy meals, this one isn’t too expensive and will keep you full for much of the day. Adult prices are $39 and kids are $21 for both lunch and dinner. Annual Passholders also receive 10% off at this restaurant. You can see the full Liberty Tree Menu here.
Boma- Flavors of Africa
We love any excuse we can use to visit Animal Kingdom Lodge, so why not make a reservation for Boma? Boma is located at Jambo House, the main building for Animal Kingdom Lodge. They serve breakfast and dinner, both buffet-style. Their breakfast is often considered to be one of the best breakfasts on Walt Disney World property, however, we’ve never tried it so we can’t say if we agree. Dinner at Boma includes African flavors as well as some more familiar foods for those with pickier palates. You can see the full menu for Boma here.
At breakfast, expect to pay $29 per adult and $17 per child. And at dinner, prices increase to $49 per adult and $29 per child. Annual Passholders and Disney Visa Card members save 10% here as well.
Ale & Compass
Ale & Compass is located in one of our favorite areas of Walt Disney World, Disney’s Boardwalk. It’s located inside of the Yacht Club to be exact. Ale & Compass is one of the best Walt Disney World restaurants for adults. Ale & Compass serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We’ve tried items from both breakfast and dinner and have liked everything we’ve tried. Ale & Compass is one of our favorite breakfasts at Walt Disney World, and the prices aren’t too bad either. The chocolate waffles are one of our favorite meals here for those of you who have a sweet tooth! Lunch offers smaller bites like sandwiches and soup, while dinner has a full menu with entrees like steak and seafood.
They also offer mobile order here, so if you prefer not to dine in, ordering to go is also an option. You can see the full menu for Ale & Compass here. Ale & Compass offers Annual Passholders and Disney Visa Card holders an additional 10% off as well.
Teppan Edo is another restaurant we love for adults at Walt Disney World. Located in Epcot at the Japan pavilion, it’s usually pretty easy to get last-minute dining reservations at Teppan Edo. Teppan Edo is a hibachi-style restaurant that’s not only a dinner but also an experience. If you’ve ever dined at a hibachi restaurant, it’s a similar experience, with a bit of a Disney twist. The chef cooks right in front of you on a grill table, and integrates you into the experience. It’s a lot of fun, but we didn’t feel it was terribly different than other hibachi restaurants we had eaten at before, which is probably why it usually has reservations open.
But if you’re looking for a good meal and want to dine in, it’s not a bad choice. They serve lunch and dinner at Teppan Edo and the prices and menu are pretty much the same for both. You can see the full Teppan Edo menu here. If you’re an Annual Passholder, you can also save 10% at Teppan Edo.
Sebastian’s Bistro almost always has reservations available and we aren’t really sure why. It’s located at Caribbean Beach Resort, which makes it an easy stop on Disney’s Skyliner. Since Disney’s reopening, the menu and service have changed here, but we think it’s for the better. Now served family-style, the menu at Sebastian’s Bistro includes both a traditional menu and a plant-based one; and we loved everything we tried in both. They have a delicious bread pudding that isn’t quite as good as the bread pudding at Ohana but is a good substitute if you’re unable to grab one of the coveted reservations there.
They are currently only serving dinner and at $29 per adult and $17 per child, we think this is one of the best dining deals at Walt Disney World. Annual Passholders and Disney Visa Card holders can also get 10% off here. You see the full menu for Sebastian’s Bistro here.
Trattoria Al Forno
Trattoria Al Forno is another restaurant in the Boardwalk area, technically located at the Boardwalk Inn. This restaurant serves Old World-style Italian food for both breakfast and dinner. And also offers a limited to-go menu for those who prefer not to dine in. We often talk about how this is one of our favorite breakfast spots at Walt Disney World, and it’s generally pretty easy to get a reservation here. Time slots for mobile ordering here can sometimes fill up fast, so if you prefer that, we recommend ordering earlier in the day.
Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno includes a full menu with pretty reasonable priced entrees and some of the best iced coffee at Walt Disney World. You can see the breakfast menu for Trattoria Al Forno here. Dinner is a bit more pricey, and offers a wide selection of Italian entrees including pizza. You can see the dinner menu for Trattoria Al Forno here. Annual Passholders can save 10% at Trattoria Al Forno as well.
What to do if you can’t get a dining reservation at Walt Disney World
As travel to Walt Disney World picks up and the Parks get more crowded, it can be more difficult to get that dining reservation you’ve been eyeing. Never fear as there are other options! As I mentioned previously in this post, many of the dine-in restaurants are offering mobile order. This usually includes most of their menu, sometimes at a slightly discounted price. You can put your order through the app, choose the time you want to pick it up and they will have it ready to go for you. This is a great option if you’re not quite ready to go back to dining inside of a restaurant too. We recommend deciding if you’re going to do this earlier in the day so you can ensure you can get a time slot. Some of the time slots to pick up orders can fill up quickly and at that point, they stop taking orders.
Some restaurants also have walk-up lists. This is another feature that’s available in the Disney app. This is another situation where you want to join the walk-up list as soon as you can to make sure the walk-up list doesn’t close. To see if the restaurant you want has this option, just open the restaurant inside the Disney app, and if it is available “join walk-up list” will appear. At that point, it’ll tell you the wait time and you’ll be notified when you can be seated. We love using this feature for Nomad Lounge when it’s busy, and we’ve seen it show up for many other restaurants as well. Similarly, you can always walk up to a Cast Member at the door of whatever restaurant you’re looking for and just ask. Sometimes they have last-minute cancellations and can fit you in.
Do you have a favorite restaurant at Walt Disney World with easy to get reservations? Let us know, we’d love to add it to the list!