Review: Kona Cafe: Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Review: Kona Cafe: Disney’s Polynesian Resort

We had a 7:45 dinner reservation on a Thursday evening. We arrived a few minutes early and waited just a little bit for a table. We were asked if we wanted a sushi menu and our answer was no. The hostess showed us the dessert selection, she said that they show it to everyone if they had never eaten there before. We were taken to a table along the edge of the dining room. My first thought that the restaurant was noisy with various conversations. It was still possible to talk amongst ourselves. The space is fairly small but they do not cram tables into the dining area like some of the other restaurants at Disney do.

Our server was Nicki. She was friendly and on top of things. She gave us a few minutes to look over the menu. My daughter and I decided to split the vegetarian version of the Pan Asian Noodles with tofu. My husband decided upon the Tuna Oscar. Nicki asked how he wanted the tuna cooked, explaining that the more that it is cooked the drier it becomes. He ordered it medium well.

Before too long Nicki brought the pull apart bread and macadamia nut butter. It was delicious. The bread was fresh and tasty. The whipped butter was light and slightly sweet with large pieces of nuts. It was a great start to the meal.

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When our entrees were brought from the kitchen there was no extra plate so that my daughter and I could share. That was the only mishap of the night. I said something about it and a second plate was brought right away. The Pan Asian Noodles were a good choice. The dish was slightly spicy, just enough that I kept my water close by. The tofu was cooked perfectly. There were lots of vegetables, mostly yellow peppers and snow peas. It would have been better with more mushrooms but that’s just my personal preference.

My husband was quite happy with his choice. A large piece of tuna was served on top of three fried crab cakes. It was topped with three pieces of asparagus and two fried shrimp. It was covered with Hollandaise Sauce. Even though he had ordered it medium well it was not dry at all. The desserts looked incredible but we were full and chose to not order anything.

F.A.S.T. Review

F-Food- Very good. Everything was cooked to perfection. The bread and butter was excellent.

A-Atmosphere- Nice. The small space is tastefully decorated and does have an island feel.

S-Service- Excellent. Nicki did a great job and the two hostesses were friendly and helpful.

T-Tips- Make your dinner reservation about an hour and a half before Wishes. When you’re finished, watch the fireworks from the resort’s beach. They pipe in the soundtrack so you can enjoy the show without the Magic Kingdom crowds.


About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.