Walt Disney World Resort is not only home to well-known attractions and characters, but also many fine dining restaurants. Some of these restaurants can be found at the deluxe resorts on property. Here are six of my go-to restaurants, where dining truly completes your Walt Disney World experience.
6. Artist Point
The last restaurant on this list has both an elegant and a home-comfort feel to it. Found inside The Wilderness Lodge, Artist Point serves dinner nightly with a pacific-northwest flavor. Be sure to order a glass of wine as you dine above Bay Lake and Silver Creek Falls; you won’t want to miss out on these views and the award-winning wine list!
5. The Wave… Of American Flavors
On the ground floor of Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, you will find The Wave. This underrated restaurant is known for serving up some of the healthiest and freshest dishes in all of Walt Disney World for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The chefs base the menu off of the available local ingredients, so some menu items do vary seasonally. A few of the permanent menu items include their signature sweet potato pancakes and the curry vegetable stew, two of my favorites.
Have you ever eaten your dinner just feet away from a zebra? How about a giraffe? Well, there is a first time for everything. At the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa, you can do just that. Located in Kidani Village, Sanaa serves up authentic African flavors every day for lunch and dinner. As an appetizer to share, I recommend the flavored naan breads with your choice of various chutneys, dips, and hummuses. Be sure to check out this new restaurant; it is not to be missed!
As far as resort buffet meals are concerned, Boma would have to be my number-one favorite. I love the African flair of the dining area decor and the cuisine. Everything from the veggies and hand-carved meats to the dessert pastries go back to African roots and flavors. Some must-try treats include the all-time favorite zebra domes and the butternut squash soup. Boma is now also open for breakfast!
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2. California Grill
For those of you looking for the ultimate magical dining experience, check out California Grill. Once checking into your reservation, you’ll step off the elevator into a buzzing restaurant with the best view in Walt Disney world: the Contemporary Resort’s fifteenth floor. Through the panoramic windows you will see not only Bay Lake, the Polynesian Resort, and Grand Floridian Resort, but also the Magic Kingdom park.
1. Kona Cafe
If you have ever read my dining reviews, you know my personal favorite restaurant in all of Walt Disney World is Kona Cafe. I keep going back for two reasons: the quality cuisine and the location. The Polynesian Resort is one of three resorts along the resort monorail system, which makes it easily accessible for both resort and park guests. The food can be summed up in a single word: incredible. My favorite dish is the pan-Asian noodles, which bring a tropical flair to traditional lo mein. Other honorable mentions include the full sushi-bar, the tonga toast, (which can also be found at the Rainforest Cafe), and the banana-chocolate creme brûlée. And don’t forget the Hawaiian bread and macadamia nut butter, a must-try, pre-dinner combo!