8 Restaurants with the Most Unique Cuisines at Walt Disney World

Entrance of ungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
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Despite having hundreds of dining locations all throughout the property, years ago Walt Disney World served up mostly typical American theme park cuisine such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken fingers. Thanks to health initiatives and menu reimagining in the last few years, the cuisine at Walt Disney World has greatly expanded to include fine dining experiences with high end ingredients as well as diverse offerings at each restaurant that pair perfectly with the theme of the location. While each restaurant in Walt Disney World has several menu items to appease even the pickiest of eaters, there are plenty of options that inspire guests to indulge in unique flavors and ingredients for an unforgettable meal. No matter where a guest chooses to dine in Walt Disney World, they are sure to love the menu options, especially at some locations that feature the most unique menus of all. Inspired by unique cooking techniques, fresh ingredients, and flavors from around the world, these restaurants are nothing short of amazing. Here are eight restaurants with the most unique cuisines in Walt Disney World.

1. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen

The Magic Kingdom is home to an amazing full service restaurant in the heart of Adventureland that focuses on exotic n tropical cuisine from around the world. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen is owned and operated by the skippers from the Jungle Cruise who infuse each dining experience with their signature dry humor and sarcasm, making each meal unforgettable. The lunch and dinner menus at the location are just as adventurous as the skippers and feature cuisine from areas of the world including Asia South America, and Africa. Some popular menu items include Trader Lamb, Whole Fried Fish, Curried Vegetable Crew Stew, “Hardy Har Char” Siu Pork, and Perkins Thai Noodles.

2. Tiffins Restaurant

One of the newest dining additions to Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Tiffins Restaurant located on the ridge just before entering into Pandora – The World of Avatar. Tiffins Restaurant celebrates international cuisine with meals that were inspired by the adventures and travels of Imagineers. Guests who dine at the location for lunch and dinner can enjoy décor that features artifacts and items from around the world that perfectly pair with the bold and exotic cuisine served up. Menu items at Tiffins Restaurant include Tamarind-Braised Short Rib, Butter Chicken, Whole-Fried Sustainable Fish, Crispy Sadza, and Braised Lamb Shank.

3. Nomad Lounge

Guests who are looking to enjoy the exotic cuisine of Tiffins Restaurant without the full service dining experience can enjoy a lounge attached to the restaurant that also celebrates international travel and flavors. Nomad Lounge was also inspired by the worldly adventures of Imagineers and brings those flavors to life through unique small plates, cocktails, and more. Guests who stop by Nomad Lounge can sit on an outdoor patio or in the main lounge area and indulge in menu items including Truffle Poutine, Tuna Poke Bowl, Chicken Satay, Smoked Pork Ribs, Wagyu Beef Sliders, and Tiffins Signature Bread Service.

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4. Victoria & Albert’s

One of the most opulent dining experiences in all of Walt Disney World can be found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and is also one of the most difficult dining reservations to secure. Victoria & Albert’s is a fine dining experience that invites guests to dine in Victorian inspired décor on haute American cuisine that has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award every year since 2000. Each dinner at Victoria & Albert’s is a multi-course affair and guests can dine in the main Dining Room, Queen Victoria’s Room, or the exclusive Chef’s Table. The courses offered at the restaurant focus on high end ingredients prepared in innovative ways including Maine Lobster, Honey-Lacquered Rohan Duck, New Zealand Elk Tenderloin, and Miyazaki Japanese Beef.

5. Jiko – The Cooking Place

There are several restaurants across Walt Disney World that focus on the bold and amazing flavors of African cuisine, including a very popular option at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Jiko – The Cooking Place blends the traditional flavors of African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine for a vibrant menu that guests absolutely love to indulge in for dinner each evening. Featuring many different spices which come to life in the wood-burning ovens, delicious menu items at Jiko – The Cooking Place include Cocoa-Crusted Bison, Bo Kaap Malay Seafood Curry, Peri Peri Chicken, West African Koki Corn, and Mrouzia-Style Moroccan Lamb Shank.

6. Spice Road Table

Another full service dining location in Walt Disney World also focuses on the flavors of the Mediterranean and pair them perfectly with beautiful water views. Spice Road Table is located on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon in the Morocco Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase and is open each day for lunch and dinner. Guests can indulge in small plates and main courses that celebrate the vibrant flavors and ingredients of the Mediterranean while soaking in the stunning views of Spaceship Earth in the distance. Some popular menu items at Spice Road Table include Hummus Fries, Moroccan Lamb Sausage, Coriander-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Tellowfin Tuna, and Fresh Fish Croquettes.

Harissa Chicken Roll

7. Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to a very popular full service dining location that is open for lunch and dinner each day in the Asia area of the park. Yak & Yeti Restaurant features a Nepalese-style over two floors that are decorated with items and artifacts from Southeast Asia. The extensive menu focuses on pan-Asian cuisine and highlights the flavors and ingredients from Southeast Asia in exciting ways that guests are sure to love. While there are any menu items to choose from, some of the most popular are the Ahi Tuna Nachos, Firecracker Shrimp, Lo Mein Chicken, Seared Miso Salmon, Korean Beef, and Teriyaki Chicken.

8. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Disney Springs features many different restaurants all focusing on different types of cooking and various cuisines, however one location features a perfect combination of menu flavors and inspiration. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is a full service location open each day for lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends and the menu focuses on classic Southern cooking using the freshest ingredients available in Florida. Guests can enjoy indulgent yet local menu options including popular choices such as Church Lady Deviled Eggs, Big Mahi Sandwich, Fried Chicken & Doughnuts, Fried Catfish, Porterhouse Pork Chop, Chopped Pork Barbecue Plate, and Fried Egg and Avocado Toast.

Church Lady Deviled Eggs and Hush Puppies

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.