Many Guests plan on spending the majority of their vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort in the four Disney Parks enjoying all that the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom have to offer. While each Disney Park is home to wonderful Disney dining options, some of the best table service restaurants are actually located in Disney Resorts. With beautiful décor, immersive theming, and mouthwatering menus, these table service restaurants found at Disney Resorts are absolutely worth leaving the Disney Parks for!
Victoria & Albert’s
One of the most indulgent and unforgettable restaurants that any Guest can enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resort can be found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Victoria & Albert’s is a unique table service restaurant that features an elegant and opulent interior that Guests can enjoy for dinner only each night. The menu changes daily depending on the chef’s selections and freshest ingredients possible, and those who dine at Victoria & Albert’s can choose from two separate chef’s menus with the option of adding on a wine pairing package. Victoria & Albert’s is hands down the most decadent and special Disney dining experience at the Walt Disney World Resort and is a must do for any foodie!
Jiko – The Cooking Place
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to several amazing table service restaurants that Guests shouldn’t miss out on including Jiko – The Cooking Place. Open nightly for dinner, Jiko – The Cooking Place features a vibrant interior with bold colors, intricate abstract birds swooping overhead, and on open show kitchen where Guests can watch chefs prepare a menu of African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine in wood-burning ovens. In addition to a stunning menu of South African wines, Guests who dine at Jiko – The Cooking Place can indulge in menu options like Braaied Wild Boar Tenderloin, Moroccan Lamb Shank, Seafood Tagine, Botswanan Seswaa Short Rib, and Mozambique Peri Peri Prawns.
‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is one of the most popular table service restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort that has been thrilling Guests for many, many years. Located on the upper level of the Great Ceremonial House just steps from Kona Cafe, ‘Ohana features an open air dining room with wooden details, tropical colors and patterns, and large windows that overlook the Disney Resort’s lush grounds, Seven Seas Lagoon, and Magic Kingdom. Open for breakfast and dinner, ‘Ohana serves up family-style feasts of American favorites in the mornings and bold flavors from the islands in the evenings. With mouthwatering menu items including Freshly made Pineapple-Coconut Breakfast Bread, Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings, Spicy Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, and ‘Ohana Bread Pudding, this table service restaurant is a can’t miss meal at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Jumping back to Disney’s’ Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Guests can find another table service restaurant that impeccably pairs charming theming with a delicious dinner menu. Citricos features a light and airy décor with subtle details inspired by Mary Poppins Returns including floral prints, nods to Cherry Tree Lane, and even Mary’s famous carpet bag. The dinner menu at Citricos features a flavorful medley of popular Florida ingredients and flavors effortlessly blended with Mediterranean cuisine. Guests who enjoy a special dinner at Citricos can order wonderful options including Wild Mushroom Arancini, Butter-poached Mahi Mahi, Roulade of Chicken, Domestic Golden Tilefish, and Guava Barbecued Short Ribs.
Stunning views and a unique menu can be found nightly at the very top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort at California Grill. This incredible table service restaurant features a modern, yet retro, décor of modular light fixtures, bold pops of color and pattern, and huge floor to ceiling windows that offer unparalleled views of Seven Seas Lagoon, other Disney Resorts, the Magic Kingdom, and Disney Enchantment each evening. While enjoying the beautiful dining room and outdoor observation deck, Guests can also sample a menu of classic flavors and ingredients from the Pacific Coast on a prix fixe menu such as Braised Beef Short Rib Wontons, Wild Alaska Halibut, Oak-fired Filet of Beef, and Cast Iron-grilled Pork Tenderloin.
Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
Another table service restaurant at a Disney Resort that offers up absolutely beautiful views of the Walt Disney World Resort can be found at the top of Disney’s Riviera Resort. Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera channels the beauty and charm of the Riviera with stunning décor including a palette of beige, gold, and brown with upscale light fixtures, seating, and artwork. While the décor is beautiful, it’s the views that steal the show at Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera which can be enjoyed from every table inside as well as from an outside patio and Guests can gaze out at the Disney Skyliner and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera features a special character meal with Breakfast a la Art with Mickey & Friends where Guests can meet favorite characters as well as a delicious dinner that serves up French and Italian cuisine including meals like Slow-roasted Octopus, Lobster Linguine, Sea Scallops, French Veal Chop, and Bouillabaisse.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort can be found just steps away from the International Gateway entrance of EPCOT on the shores of Crescent Lake and features a beautiful theme of a traditional New England seaside resort. Guests who visit the Disney Resort can enjoy beautiful grounds and architecture as well as Yachtsman Steakhouse, an upscale and delicious table service restaurant that is a must do for any Guest. This restaurant is open nightly for dinner and welcomes Guests into a charming interior with nautical details, bright pops of teal, exposed wooden paneling, and a stunning vaulted ceiling with intricate details that Guests can’t get enough of. The dinner menu at Yachtsman Steakhouse focuses on traditional steakhouse cuts and sides with options including Beef Carpaccio, Chilled Admiral’s Tower for Two, 8-oz Filet Mignon, 14-oz Roasted Prime Rib, Seafood Cioppino, and Dry-Aged Duroc Pork Chop.
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
Attached to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is Disney’s Beach Club Resort which is home to Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, a table service restaurant that evokes the charm and vintage feel of a seaside diner from the turn of the century Atlantic boardwalk. The interior of Beaches & Cream Soda Shop features classic booth seating, pastel colors, and unique artwork that showcases Mickey and friends having fun at the seashore. The table service restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and features an indulgent menu of diner favorites served up in truly massive portions. In addition to wonderful meals including the French Dip Sandwich, Beaches & Cream Grilled Cheese, and Chili and Cheese Tots, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop features some incredible ice cream concoctions like the Kitchen Sink, Classic Banana Split, No Way Jose, and Fudge Mud Slide.
Just across Crescent Lake from Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts is Disney’s BoardWalk which continues the charm of Atlantic seaside with an actual boardwalk and beautiful theming with whimsical architecture and bright colors. While exploring the boardwalk, Guests can check out a number of delicious dining options including Flying Fish. This table service restaurant is open each night for dinner and welcomes Guests into a stunning dining room that evokes the soothing colors and movement of under the sea with deep blues, pops of gold, and nods to marine life. The menu at Flying Fish focuses on fresh seafood options like Prince Edward Island Mussels, Shrimp Cocktail, Plancha-seared Scallops, Char-crusted New York Strip, and Seafood Pearl Pasta.
The final table service restaurant at a Disney Resort that is absolutely worth enjoying is Steakhouse 71 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This relatively new restaurant can be found on the lower level of the Disney Resort and welcomes Guests to celebrate the year that the Walt Disney World Resort opened through a retro, yet modern, décor featuring geometric prints, bold colors, and photos of Walt Disney. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Steakhouse 71 focuses on traditional steakhouse classics and favorite foods from 1971 including Eggs Benedict, Steak and Eggs, Crab Cake Sliders, Salisbury Steak, Vegetable “Wellington,” 6-oz Filet Mignon, 10-oz New York Strip, and 14-oz Dry-aged Pork Bone-In Rib Chop. Whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a visit to Disney’s Contemporary Resort to enjoy Steakhouse 71 is always a great idea!