5 Places You Should and 5 You Shouldn’t Dine in Walt Disney World


6) You Should Dine at — California Grill

Also found at one of the Disney Resorts located on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon is an absolutely amazing dining location that guests love. California Grill is located at the very top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and guests who score a reservation there can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas including the Magic Kingdom. California Grill is open for brunch on Sundays and dinner and serves up wonderful cuisine inspired by the flavors of the Pacific coast. Guests who dine at the restaurant for brunch can enjoy options such as House-Made Charcuterie, Hardwood-Smoked Salmon, Blueberry Pancakes, Crispy-Fried Chicken Thigh, and Eggs Benedict. Dinner at California Grill is a decadent affair with simply delectable menu offerings and breathtaking views of Happily Ever After over the Magic Kingdom. Guests can enjoy menu options such as Spicy Kazan Roll, Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, Brown Butter Parsnip Soup, Lobster and Pork Ramen, Swordfish, Oak-Fired Filet of Beef, and Braised Pork Shank. Whether brunch or dinner, every meal at California Grill is sure to be amazing thanks to the beautiful views and outstanding menu.

5) You Shouldn’t Dine at — Chef Mickey’s

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is also home to another full service dining location that has a cult following but is better off skipping. Chef Mickey’s is located in the open air atrium of the Disney Resort and offers views of the passing by monorails and guest rooms above. Open daily for breakfast, brunch, and dinner, Chef Mickey’s is a popular dining location for guests and serves up buffet style eats including pancakes, Mickey Waffles, Smoked Salmon, Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Chili-Cornbread Casserole, Barbecue Pork Ribs, Baked Chicken, Seafood Boil, and carving station. Guests can also meet Mickey and friends while dining for each meal. While the experience and food at Chef Mickey’s sound enjoyable, the cuisine is nothing over the top and similar options can be found in other locations on property that feature more interesting themes and ambiance. Guests should opt to skip Chef Mickey’s and instead dine at the Garden Grill Restaurant in Epcot where they can also meet characters and dine on healthy and sustainable options or Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom where the same characters and food can be found in addition to interesting African cuisine and a wonderful ambiance.

4) You Shouldn’t Dine at — Spice Road Table

Many dining locations in Epcot’s World Showcase are beloved by guests, however one should skipped in favor of another location. Spice Rod Table is an open air full service dining location found in the Morocco Pavilion right on the shores of World Showcase Lagoon. The location serves up the flavors of the Mediterranean for lunch and dinner and offers unique menu options such as Moroccan Lamb Sausage, Brie Fondue, Coriander-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Yellowfin Tuna, Mix Grill Skewers, and Mediterranean Vegetable Platter. While the food and location of Spice Road Table might sound appealing, the location is often empty aside from a handful of guests and reservations are very easy to come by. Guests are better off passing by this full service location in favor of other nearby popular options such as Tokyo Dining, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Rose & Crown Dining Room, and San Angel Inn Restorante.


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About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.