It’s no secret that Disney has some amazing restaurants. The truth is that wherever you go to eat on Disney property you’re going to be impressed. But these are the best of the best, in my opinion. Most of the restaurants on this list are considered ‘fine/signature dining.’ But some of them are ‘unique/themed,’ or just simply fun. Here are my top nine table service restaurants at Walt Disney World Resorts:
9. Il Mulino @ Swan Hotel
Il Mulino is definitely a bit different from other resort restaurants. Located in the Swan Hotel, Il Mulino is a traditional Italian New York style restaurant. The décor is very swanky. The interior of the restaurant absolutely made me feel like I was in NYC about to have a high quality meal. And that’s what happened! Il Mulino has delicious hand-made pizzas, steak, risotto, and more. And if you have a big enough party, you can choose their Piatti per Il Tavolo, or family-style, option. For an amazing Italian meal and a very cool atmosphere, Il Mulino is the place!
8. Kona Café @ Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Not everything on this list can be suit and tie. That’s one reason I love Kona. Kona is definitely a nice, table service restaurant. But it’s super family oriented and relaxed too. I love this Asian/American restaurant for its fun flavors and atmosphere. In a way, Kona is a more laid back version of ‘Ohana, they are neighbors after all. But Kona has its own flair too. Here you can get delicious fish and pasta dishes, as well as a full sushi bar! A nice feature of Kona is that in addition to sushi on the regular menu, it has a sushi specific bar attached to the restaurant if you want something even more casual.
7. Sanaa @ Animal Kingdom Lodge
Sanaa is an amazing table service restaurant. In many ways, it feels a lot like Jiko, the other restaurant in Animal Kingdom Lodge. The flavors are very similar, but the dishes are quite different. Sanaa offers slightly lighter fare, like small plates and hummus sample platters. But what really makes this restaurant stand out is its location and view. Sanaa lives in Kidani Village, a short ways away from Jambo House. From the main dining room, you can see the whole Animal Kingdom Lodge savanna. Sanaa has massive floor to ceiling windows that allow you to watch the animals while you eat your meal. It’s amazing!
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6. Todd English’s bluezoo @ Dolphin Hotel
Located in the Dolphin Hotel, Todd English’s bluezoo is a treat. It’s billed as a land and sea menu, but the seafood side is so exquisite, that’s what I want to focus on. The seafood is said to come from all over the world in global coastal flavors. English focuses on unique flavor with this menu. He does things that aren’t standard for seafood, but the risk makes it amazing. The décor of this restaurant compliments the menu beautifully by evoking an under-the-sea feeling. Another cool part of bluezoo is its lounge counterpart: next to the main restaurant is a more relaxed bar version. It has the same menu, with some extras, but is more laid back and perfect for snacking!
5. Yachtsman Steakhouse @ Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney bills this restaurant from the Yacht Club as a ‘family-friendly, New-England-style steakhouse,’ and that’s exactly what it is. I’m from New England and the dining rooms of the Yachtsman are exactly what you’d find on Cape Cod or the North Shore of Boston. Authenticity at its best. And the menu shows up, too! We New Englanders like our seafood too, so this menu is full of lobster and shrimp and oysters as well as world-class beef. They also pride themselves on an innovative kid’s menu so everyone can be happy!
4. ‘Ohana @ Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
‘Ohana in the Polynesian Resort is a unique dining experience for sure. ‘Ohana means family, and it’s family style eating at this restaurant. You are given a fixed menu, and your waiter will just keep bringing it! There are several courses of bread and salad, potstickers and wings, way more meat than you can actually eat, shrimp, and then eventually dessert. ‘Ohana is simply a fun meal. They take the Lilo and Stitch motto very seriously and you’re sure to have a good time. You’ll leave absolutely stuffed, but totally happy!
3. California Grill @ Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Give it up for gourmet dining! California Grill is a fantastic table service restaurant at the very top of The Contemporary Resort. All of the food is Californian cuisine and high quality. From sushi to flatbreads to filet mignon to goat cheese ravioli, California Grill has an amazing menu. And to accompany that delicious food is a remarkable panoramic view of the Seven Seas Lagoon, which includes the Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts, Tomorrowland, and Cinderella Castle herself. California Grill provides a wonderful dining experience for brunch and dinner!
2. Jiko @ Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Jiko has been a family and Disney favorite for years. It constantly seems to outdo itself. Jiko is entirely unique, much like the resort it resides in: Animal Kingdom Lodge. I think what I love most about this resort and restaurant is how un-Disney it appears at first, but because of its beauty, authenticity, and professionalism, you realize it is the epitome of Disney. The menu at Jiko is exquisite – full of fresh, seasonal flavors, in typical African recipes. You’ll taste flavors you’ve never experienced before and I think that’s so cool. Not to mention the dining room is absolutely gorgeous and chock-full of detail, like the sunset wall that actually changes as you dine.
1. Victoria and Albert’s @ Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
La crème de la crème. Victoria and Albert’s in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is not to be messed with. Not only is it the finest restaurant on Disney property, it is one of the finest restaurants in the Southeast. It has received the AAA Five Diamond Award rating since 2000, plus countless other accolades and achievements. This restaurant is top class. It exudes elegance and grace in its décor and menu. There are several dining rooms to sit in including the amazing Chef’s Table, where you can get an up-close look at the cooking process from the head chef. Victoria and Albert’s uses only the best and freshest foods from all over the world, giving you a dining experience you’ll never forget. Although, to be honest with you, any meal you have at the Grand Floridian – Narcoosee’s, Citricos, Garden View Tea Room – is going to be exquisite. I just couldn’t fit them all on this list!