A Walt Disney World vacation is about a lot of things, and food is among the top things that people obsess over—in a good way of course. There are many excellent choices for dining in Disney, so it is very, very hard to narrow down my favorite choices to 10, but my family does have several spots where we like to eat over & over.
10. Earl of Sandwich, Disney Springs
This is our go-to, classic Disney Springs eatery. Not only is it a fantastic value, the food is very, very good. Everyone loves it and there is so much variety on the menu we can get something different each time we visit (although a few favorites keep getting ordered again and again like the Holiday sandwich). And if you are lucky you can get one of the brownie sandwiches—but they often sell out.
9. Les Chefs de France, Epcot’s France Pavilion
The French are known for their delicious dishes, and Les Chefs de France does not disappoint. One of my favorite things about this French restaurant is that I feel fine taking my toddler here to eat. And I can go in my shorts and t-shirt—although the food and décor is pretty fancy, you don’t have to be (unlike a lot of French restaurants in your hometown). The dishes are well-prepared and there are several tempting choices on the menu, just be sure you leave room for dessert! The simple croque monsieur is my favorite for a nice lunch.
8. Flame Tree Barbecue, Animal Kingdom
My family enjoys barbecue, and the Flame Tree Barbecue in Animal Kingdom is a great alternative to the usual theme park fare. The smells bring you in and the food is quite good. We also love the outdoor seating area. It is calm and tranquil—we always try to get a place where we can see Expedition Everest in the distance, but all of the areas are nice. It’s fun to look at all of the details and spot the predator/prey couplings that make up the theme here.
7. Sci Fi Dine In Restaurant, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This restaurant is just fun and my family asks to eat here every visit. I don’t know of any other place where you can sit in specially designed vintage vehicles and watch B movies from the 50s while eating! We don’t order anything fancy here and we haven’t been disappointed with the food. The milkshakes and vanilla cokes are particularly good after a hot day in the park.
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6. Crystal Palace, Magic Kingdom
We love to eat here for breakfast, but we must get a reservation before the park opens so we can walk down a nearly empty Main Street and feel like royalty (not to mention the great photo ops). We did this meal on our very first family trip to Walt Disney World and it stuck. I love their breakfast spread, especially the puffed French Toast!! And you can’t go wrong with a stack of Mickey waffles. I feel like the breakfast buffets are fresh and well prepared, and the price is better than dinner. Plus, you start your day off in a sunny restaurant with a view of the castle, and are greeted by Pooh and the Gang!
5. Be Our Guest, Magic Kingdom
Over in Magic Kingdom, in the heart of the Beast’s castle, is the Be Our Guest Restaurant. Dine in any one of the three dining rooms within the restaurant. The Castle Gallery houses beautiful artworks and centerpiece of Belle and Beast figures dancing. The West Wing is slightly darker and full of mystery with the enchanted rose being the focal point. The Grand Ballroom is magnificent with a beautiful fresco-style painting across the entirety of the ceiling. The food is just as incredible as the theming! Breakfast and lunch are Quick Service options. We highly recommend dinner at Be Our Guest for the full Table Service experience and exquisite menu… plus, you may just get to meet the Beast himself!
4. Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, Fort Wilderness
This long running dinner show is full of “LOL” moments for your entire family. I was slow to try it due to the price tag, but now I whole-heartedly believe it is worth every penny (especially for Tier 1 Seating). My son chose this for his 11th birthday celebration this summer. Not only do you get an entertaining show, the all-you-care-to-eat dinner is delicious! Fried Chicken, ribs, salad, corn, mashed potatoes, baked beans and corn bread are served family style—the food tastes fresh and it is definitely satisfying. Just leave room for dessert: strawberry shortcake yummmm!
3. Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie, Epcot’s France
I consider this the counter service alternative to Les Chefs. But I like it even more because it is such a great value! On my last visit I ate here several times. My favorites are the ham and cheese croissant accompanied by some sweet treat—I like to switch that part up a bit because there are so many delicious options to choose. Of course, you could just come here for dessert!
2. 50’s Prime Time Café, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
My family and I love 50’s Prime Time for the food, the atmosphere and the service—it all goes hand in hand in this fun restaurant. Here you are transported back to the 1950s in mom’s kitchen complete with black and white TV’s, kitschy décor and a menu full of comfort foods. I have always enjoyed the quality of the food here, and the entertaining service is a bonus. This is a must do every trip for us.
1. Via Napoli, Epcot’s Italy
This is my family’s #1 favorite restaurant. We’ve been known to eat at Via Napoli multiple times on a trip. I feel like it has several things going for it: delectable food, prompt & courteous service, a good value, and a fun atmosphere. The pizza is unique because the ingredients are imported from Italy and they are baked in the traditional wood fired ovens to give you an authentic taste of Neapolitan pizza. Even the ovens, named after Italian volcanoes, add to the appeal of this restaurant.
What is your favorite Walt Disney World restaurant?