Did You Know These Walt Disney World Restaurants Aren’t Disney Owned?

Any foodie heading to¬†Walt¬†Disney¬†World¬†Resort¬†is in for quite the¬†dining experience on vacation. From dining options at¬†Animal Kingdom,¬†Magic Kingdom,¬†and¬†Hollywood Studios to Disney Springs, there are so many awesome¬†Disney¬†dining details to consider as a food lover planning a Disney vacation. Quick-service grab-and-go foods and table service¬†restaurants¬†abound at¬†Disney World. Some are famously difficult to snag an¬†advanced¬†dining reservation¬†for (Ohana) and some are easy and yummy spots you can snag a meal at a moment‚Äôs notice (Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn).

Still, not all the restaurants you know and love are certified Disney dives. Did you know these Walt Disney World restaurants aren’t Disney-owned?! 

Chefs de France

EPCOT World Showcase, France

Beouf Bourguignon

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If you are looking for a delicious French table service¬†dining experience, you must check out Chefs de France. This authentic-feeling French bistro serves up classics like beef bourguignon and roast chicken in a beautiful atmosphere. Chefs de France is owned by restaurateur Jerome Bocuse. Even though the non-Disney owner may be a surprise, the great food isn‚Äôt — so snag an advance¬†dining¬†reservation¬†for this eatery on your next vacation.

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

EPCOT World Showcase, Italy

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

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Another delicious¬†EPCOT¬†World Showcase¬†staple is Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in the Italy Pavilion. This oven-fired pizza spot is a must for those craving a taste of Italy. But this loved pizzeria is not actually a Disney-owned spot. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that this Tuscan-inspired table service spot is owned by none other than Landry’s!¬†

That’s right, you‚Äôve heard of them. The Landry family of¬†restaurants owns spots like The Chart House, Bubba Gump, Salt Grass Steak House, and Joe’s Crab Shack.¬†

Rainforest Café

Animal Kingdom and Marketplace, Disney Springs

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This “wild place to shop and eat” has been one of my family favorites for years. Who can resist the opportunity to dine in the jungle amongst trumpeting elephants and squealing monkeys – even if they are technically animatronic?! You can dine at¬†Rainforest Caf√©¬†during a visit to Disney Springs Marketplace or during a Park day at¬†Disney’s¬†Animal Kingdom, where it is located at the front of the Park. I always snag a Ribs, Steak & Shrimp Trio when visiting for lunch on a Disney Springs shopping day. This restaurant is another Landry’s-owned spot!¬†

Pro Tip: Check out Landry’s Select Club before your Disney vacation if you are planning on¬†dining¬†at Landry’s owned¬†restaurants¬†at¬†Disney World. Depending on current promotions, you may get a welcome coupon, and you will rack up points for the¬†dining¬†dollars you spend on vacation at Landry’s¬†restaurants¬†and in the “real world”.

CityWorks Eatery & Pour House

West Side, Disney Springs

Ahi Tuna Chopped Salad

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The¬†Walt Disney¬†Company¬†dining scene does bar food well — but there are some other great non-Disney-owned spots to enjoy dips, burgers, and appetizers at Disney World. CityWorks Eatery & Pour House at Disney Springs is my go-to for sports bar vibes at¬†Walt¬†Disney¬†World¬†Resort. With a menu full of hard seltzers and beer and lots of juicy burgers, shareable appetizers and this is a must-try for small bites and afternoon snacks. CityWorks Eatery & Pour House is owned by Bottleneck Management Group and has locations in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Wheeling, Illinois, and Frisco, Texas to name just a few. This is yet another¬†Disney¬†dining¬†spot that has a loyalty program where you can rack up points on visits. You’ll also snag a $10 voucher off your first order when you sign up.¬†

Pro Tip: Can’t find a¬†reservation¬†open at a Disney Springs¬†restaurant? Check the OpenTable app to ensure non-Disney-owned¬†restaurants¬†on Disney property don’t have availability via a different reservation system. I‚Äôve snagged a table at Cityworks Eatery & Pour House on Open Table when there were no available¬†reservations¬†on the¬†Disney World¬†website.

El Mercado de Coronado

Coronado Springs Resort

Water View

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Have you ever eaten at a Palmas¬†Restaurant Group-owned spot? Well — if you‚Äôve dined at El Mercado de Coronado at Coronado Springs Resort, you actually have! This moderate resort quick-service dining¬†spot is a¬†Disney hotel staple for Guests that love Mexican-influenced dishes like nachos, unique flatbreads, and fresh salads. No need to snag a¬†Disney¬†dining¬†reservation for this spot, just drop by on your way to any¬†Disney Park¬†and enjoy hot and ready food in a snap!

Shula’s Steak House

Dolphin Hotel 

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Disney Resort¬†Guests staying at the Dolphin Hotel should not miss a trip to Shula’s Steakhouse. Themed after Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula’s perfect season 1972 season, this spot delivers a high-impact dining experience with delicious menu items and great ambiance. The melt-in-your-mouth steak options make this a must-visit for beef lovers, and with over 450 wine menu options you are sure to find the perfect pairing.

Lucky for us, this¬†restaurant is a beloved Disney staple, but not limited to¬†Disney World. Because Shula’s Steakhouse is not Disney-owned, you’ll find it in locations like Chicago, Illinois, Naples, Florida, Richmond, Virginia, and Houston, Texas.¬†

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Walt Disney World dining is full of yummy food and plenty of surprises Рlike a diverse list of restaurant owners. Regardless of where you chow down, we bet your Disney dining experience will be top-notch!

About Katie Chapman

Hey There! I am a Georgia native with a passion for writing, traveling, cooking, decorating, pugs and of course all things Disney. Growing up in South Georgia just a few hours from Walt Disney World made for a magical childhood. Some of my best memories were made on Main Street U.S.A. with my sister watching SpectroMagic nighttime parade or beside my grandparents, parents and extended family at Chef Mickey’s celebrating on a family vacation. Epcot was my favorite park from a young age and I credit it with my interest in and love for international travel. As a kid I loved meeting characters and watching films around World Showcase and could spend hours exploring each of the countries in Epcot. These days, my husband and I get away to explore a new country whenever we can and even incorporate trips to The Disney Store and Disney Parks around the world in our travels. One of our travel goals is to visit every Disney Park in the world. I love writing about Disney restaurants, park tips, Disney outfit inspiration and Disney history. Pocahontas is my favorite Disney Princess (90s kid here!) but Mr. Toad is my spirit animal. When I’m not at Disney I’m reading about park history, watching Disney documentaries and shopping vintage Disney merch for park outfits. I never pass up a reservation to Ohana, an empty seat on Living with the Land or a Violet Sake.