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Several Disney Restaurants Receive Orlando Magazine Dining Awards

When visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, it may seem that the dining options are endless. No matter what type of food you are cravings, odds are you can find it at Disney World. The Resort actually has nearly 400 places for Guests to grab a bite to eat, from snack stands to counter service options to full-on buffets and gourmet sit-down locations. There is truly something for everyone at Walt Disney World and for many Guests, the quality of the food can’t be beaten.

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Walt Disney World Guests are not the only ones who think that Walt Disney World has some of the best food in the area. Orlando Magazine recently came out with its annual Dining Awards, and several Disney World restaurants made the cut. Let’s take a look at what Disney restaurants Orlando Magazine felt deserved some of its top honors.

Citricos – Grand Floridian

Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Citricos features Florida cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. The restaurant recently underwent a retheme and is now themed after the popular Disney film Mary Poppins Returns. Citricos was one of the Editor’s Picks for Best Classic Hotel Restaurant.

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Here is what one of the editors had to say about dining at the Disney hotel spot.

If it’s been a minute since you’ve visited Cítricos, it’s time to book a table. And I know it’s been a minute—because the restaurant, locatedat Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa—just reopened this summer for the first time since the pandemic shutdown shuttered many of the resort’s fine dining spots. But it’s clear there’s a bit of a silver lining to the hiatus. Disney used the downtime to give the eatery a refresh—both in terms of decor and its menu. Inspired by Mary Poppins Returns, touches from the film can be seen throughout the whimsical decor, from corseted upholstery to butterfly-bedecked chandeliers. Chef Andres Mendoza has refocused the menu as well to celebrate the bounty of Florida within a framework of Mediterranean influences. Can’t-miss dishes include the Butter-poached Florida Cobia and a Short Rib done up in a delightful Guava Barbecue. For dessert, don’t even try to resist Pastry Chef Kristine Farmer’s Chocolate Torte. And the service? As impeccable as ever.

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Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant – Disney Springs

One Orlando Magazine editor felt that this Disney Springs Irish restaurant was also one of the best the city had to offer and declared Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant Best Theme Parks/Attractions Restaurant. That is saying a lot, considering Orlando is the theme park capital of the world.

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While theme parks reopened last summer, many of their eateries, especially table-service and high-end dining spots, have been slower to resume operations. Although we’re hopeful that the next year will bring a return to something resembling normalcy, we would be remiss in leaving out attractions dining altogether. Raglan Road at Disney Springs has consistently served a terrific mix of Irish pub favorites, like Fish & Chips, while also introducing diners to more contemporary dishes inspired by both local flavors and Emerald Isle influences. Recent additions include the Grilled Lollipop Pork Chop with spiced pineapple chutney, purple kale, parsley mashed potato and smoked butter sauce. Brunchers can sample the new Anglo Irish: Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, Irish ham and wilted spinach served atop brioche and topped with hollandaise. Daily entertainment, including musicians and dancers from Ireland, create a lively atmosphere in the antique-bedecked space. Can’t make it to Ireland? No worries. They bring Ireland to you.

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While Orlando Magazine editors were able to pick their favorite restaurants in the city, Orlando locals were also able to vote on their top restaurants, and Disney restaurants were some of their top choices.

Orlando Magazine Reader’s Picks

The Boathouse – Disney Springs

Best Outdoor Dining

Best View

STK – Disney Springs

Best Late Night Location

Biergarten Restaurant – EPCOT

Best German Food

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – Disney Springs

Best Southern Food

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Yachtsman Steakhouse – Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Best Steakhouse

Victoria & Albert’s – Grand Floridian

Best Chef’s Table

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant – Disney Springs

Best Live Music

When it comes to Disney dining, you certainly can’t go wrong with any of the choices that Orlando readers thought were the best.

Did one of your favorite Disney spots make the list of Orlando’s best? What is your favorite place to eat on Walt Disney World property?

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!