You can spend an entire vacation exploring Walt Disney World’s restaurants, and still never see them all. The options are as diverse as Disney guests themselves, which means everyone is bound to have a favorite – or 2 or 3! From character dining to cultural extravaganzas to lavish feasts from world-class chefs, it’s all waiting for you to explore. Here are just a few Walt Disney World restaurants we know you’ll love!
10) Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest Restaurant is one of the most popular – and difficult to book – restaurants on property. And for good reason! You’ll feel like you stepped right into the Beast’s castle when you dine here. You can eat in the massive ballroom, with cherubs and clouds painted on the ceiling and snow falling gently beyond the gothic windows. Or choose the stormy, decaying West Wing, and watch the portrait change from Prince to Beast and the rose petals slowly fall. Finally, you can eat in the castle gallery, with its beautiful tapestries and artwork. Whichever room you choose, make sure you try the “grey stuff” – it really is delicious!! Insider tip: if you make dinner reservations, you’ll be able to meet the Beast himself after you eat!
9) Restaurant Marrakesh
Located in the Morocco pavilion in Epcot, this restaurant is an example of Disney Imagineering at its finest. Imagineers travelled to Morocco to painstakingly reproduce the look of a bustling town in this part of the world, resulting in one of the most stunning restaurants in Walt Disney World. You’ll be surrounded by vaulted ceilings, archways and mosaic tiles while you dine on authentic Moroccan dishes (try the lemon chicken or couscous with vegetables, and finish off your meal with the assorted Moroccan pastries and some mint tea – you won’t be disappointed!). You’ll also be serenaded while you eat, by masterful musicians playing traditional Moroccan instruments; if you’re lucky, you might even be able to join a belly dancer to learn a dance! What better way to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of another culture, right in Disney World!
Foodies will be delight in the tantalizing options at the Yacht Club Resort’s Yachtsman Restaurant! Sure, a meal here is a splurge, but it’s absolutely worth every penny. You can actually choose your cut of beef from the glass dry-aging room at the front of the restaurant, and predictably, the steak here is out of this world!! There’s also plenty for non-carnivores; at a recent visit, the chef put three sides together in a delicious sampler for our party’s vegetarian, who was ecstatic. No matter what you pick, the expertly blended flavors in your dish will make your meal a memorable one.
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7) Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
We never miss a dinner at Mama Melrose’s when we’re in Hollywood Studios! This laid-back, eclectic restaurant in what used to be a backlot warehouse makes every guest feel immediately at home. But the food is what keeps us coming back for more! Our favorite dish is the four-cheese macaroni – it combines strip steak with the tastiest four-cheese macaroni you’ve ever had, for a mouth-watering effect. (But be warned; macaroni will never taste the same again!) For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the Ghirardelli chocolate and cherry tort.
6) Yak and Yeti
Animal Kingdom’s Yak and Yeti is the perfect lunch or dinner spot after riding Expedition Everest (or, if you’re brave enough, before!). The food is fantastic, and consists of a variety of dishes from different countries in Asia. You’ll find Korean BBQ ribs, sweet and sour chicken, a variety of salads, noodles, and rice – our favorite is the fried wontons, full of pineapple and cream cheese goodness! There are vegetarian-friendly choices, and lots of options for any children (including mac ‘n cheese and corn dogs) who aren’t adventurous eaters. But the real star of this restaurant is the spectacularly beautiful Nepalese décor. While waiting for your food, take a walk around the restaurant – you’ll be instantly transported to Asia!
5) Hoop-de-Doo Musical Revue
Guests craving some good old, down-home cooking with a twist should look no further than the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Pioneer Hall in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. You’ll feast on hearty favorites like cornbread, baked beans, BBQ ribs and fried chicken, topped off with strawberry shortcake and all-you-can-drink wine, beer and sangria (and soft drinks, of course!). You’ll also enjoy the wildly entertaining singing, dancing and zany vaudeville antics of the Pioneer Hall Players. Be prepared for a roaringly entertaining – and delicious – good time!
4) Morimoto Asia
Quickly becoming one of the most popular restaurants in Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia – brought to you by chef Masaharu Morimoto, of Iron Chef America fame – serves Pan-Asian cuisine in a spectacular setting. In addition to private rooms, dazzling 2-story-high chandeliers, a sushi bar and lounges reminiscent of Shanghai, the restaurant includes exhibition kitchens where you can watch your food being prepared. Dishes include sushi rolls, pad thai, dim sum and other expected Asian fare, plus some creative options you’re not expecting, like Portobello mushroom fries and Oreo tempura!
3) Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
One of the most delightfully unique restaurants in Walt Disney World, at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, you’ll dine under the “stars” in a classic car! Admire the vintage 1950s setting while you watch classic sci-fi clips on the massive drive-in screen in front of you. Kids will love drinking lemonade out of a glowing souvenir character cup, and adults will adore the huge selection of specialty craft beers, wine, sangria and creative “cosmic” cocktails! Dishes includes pasta, burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts – there’s something for every dine-in guest in your party.
A hit with the young and young-at-heart, Disney Springs’ T-Rex Café is a must for any budding paleontologists! Picture Rainforest Café with dinosaurs, and you’ll have an idea of what to expect here: various prehistoric settings complete with larger-than-life animatronic dinos and other prehistoric creatures (including a 15-foot tall roaring T-Rex, wooly mammoths and pterosaurs)! There’s a “meteor shower” at regular intervals, plus a hands-on Paleo Zone for kids – not to mention a stellar dino shop. Dishes have fun prehistoric names, and you’ll definitely want to try the delectable “Chocolate Extinction”, a chocolate Butterfinger cake for four!
1) Cinderella’s Royal Table
If you’ve ever walked down Main Street USA and wondered what it must be like inside Cinderella Castle (and who hasn’t?), wonder no longer! It’s actually possible to dine right in the iconic castle, overlooking the Magic Kingdom, at Cinderella’s Royal Table. In fact, if you time your dinner reservation perfectly, you may even be able to see fireworks from your table. Royal luxury abounds, and you’ll feel like a prince or princess as you dine under vaulted ceilings and majestic tapestries. Even better, breakfast, lunch and dinner are all character meals, so no matter when you dine, you’ll be joined by numerous Disney princesses. This is the perfect way to top off an already magical day!