There are more than 200 restaurants in Walt Disney World, which means guests trying to decide where to eat have their work cut out for them! It also means that any lists of the top restaurants on property are bound to be contentious. Keeping that in mind, we’ve assembled a top ten list of restaurants in WDW that appeal to a wide variety of guests thanks to winning elements such as quality of food, theming, location, uniqueness and overall experience. While we have too many favorites to fit on one list, you’re bound to have a great dining experience at all of these Walt Disney World restaurants.
1. Cinderella’s Royal Table
It’s hard to pass up a chance to dine inside Cinderella Castle! The setting of Cinderella’s Royal Table is nothing short of spectacular, and a meal here, though pricey, will make you feel like royalty. Meet all of your favorite princesses and get an unparalleled view of Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland – if you’re lucky to snag a window table at the right time, you can even view evening fireworks from this majestic dining spot!
Hop on a monorail for an island dining experience like no other! ‘Ohana, located in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, offers a unique Polynesian evening dining experience that might even have you Hula-ing by the end of your meal! Watch dishes being cooked in the oak fire pit, and enjoy all-you-can-eat servings of hearty island fare. This is an interactive dining experience, so be prepared for a night of games (including coconut sweeping races), storytelling and music. It’s a ton of fun – and a ton of yum!
3. Storybook Dining at Artist Point
Unless you’re staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, you’ll have to go out of your way to dine at Storybook Dining at Artist Point, but it’s worth the trip! You’ll find a three-course meal here, with a choice of different starters, entrees and desserts, all beautifully plated within the Snow White theme. Speaking of Snow White, you’ll have the chance to meet this classic Disney princess along with Dopey, Grumpy and even the Queen herself. Indulge in the creative cocktails and mocktails available, and enjoy the wonderfully rustic setting.
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4. Morimoto Asia
One of our all-time favorite dining spots in Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia offers Asian fusion dishes against an elegantly dramatic background (think: 20-foot-long dangling glass chandeliers). There’s a dizzying array of Chinese, Japanese and Korean dishes, including some truly unique and tasty original creations brought to you by the restaurant’s resident master chef. If you’re in a hurry, try Morimoto Street Food, also at Disney Springs.
This understated restaurant in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion has a perfect location on the lagoon, which alone would make it worth a trip – and the food is certainly worthy of the picturesque location. La Hacienda de San Angel features excellent tequila cocktails and Mexican fare to please every guest. A favorite of ours is the ooey, gooey Queso Fundido, but you’re bound to find your own fave dish here!
It may be crowded, but there’s a reason for that – Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest Restaurant is a must when dining at Walt Disney World! Even if you’re not a mega-Beauty and the Beast fan, you’ll marvel at the stunning attention to detail in the three dining areas (you’ll be tempted to eat in the gorgeous Grand Ballroom, but the more intimate West Wing, oozing moody Beast-ly character, is our pick for ambience). You can’t go wrong with any meal here, but be aware that dinner is now a prix fixe, 3-course menu, which will likely set you back more than breakfast or lunch.
7. Satu’li Canteen
Our favorite quick service restaurant in all of Walt Disney World, you’ll find this richly themed gem in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Chock-full of brilliant Imagineer creations that bring Na’vi art and culture to life, the wonderfully creative, globally-inspired eats here are just as impressive as the décor. Choose from a variety of protein, base and sauce items to create a custom bowl of deliciousness, or try a Cheeseburger Steamed Pod for a particularly alien-looking meal. The bright blue Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse is a no-brainer for dessert.
8. Yachtsman Steakhouse
It was a tough call between Yachtsman Steakhouse and Le Cellier Steakhouse for this spot! Both are worth your time and money, but we give Yachtsman Steakhouse a slight edge for its above-and-beyond service (and the fact that you can check out cuts of meat curing in the dry aging room). Located, unsurprisingly, in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, the Yachtsman Steakhouse offers mouth-watering entrees that are perfect for carnivores and vegetarians – and the staff will happily and creatively cater to any special dietary needs, while making you feel like the most important person in the world.
Epcot has no shortage of amazing dining spots, and one that tends to fly under the radar – and is therefore often a possibility for last-minute dining reservations and walk-ins – is Restaurant Marrakesh in the Moroccan Pavilion. The atmosphere here is captivating, so make sure you wander around to admire all of the Moroccan architecture and mosaics (crafted by actual Moroccan artisans). Moroccan delicacies abound here, and you can find spiced dishes as well as unspicy options, so it’s perfect for all palates. To top it all off, you’ll be serenaded by Moroccan musicians and even belly dancers (you’re welcome to join in the fun!).
10. Victoria & Albert’s
It’s hard to make a “best of” Disney restaurants list without including WDW’s flagship, award-winning restaurant, Victoria & Albert’s, located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. A meal here definitely costs a pretty penny, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more exquisite dining experience anywhere on property. Children under 10 aren’t allowed here, and there is a dress code – dinner here is a decidedly fancy affair, and involves multiple courses of deliciousness!