Walt Disney World has reopened to guests, but it’s not business as usual, quite yet. Disney is taking every recommended precaution to keep cast members and guests safe on property, and along with that come a lot of changes – and restaurants are no exception. If you’re heading to WDW you’ll notice that not all restaurants have reopened. So where exactly are the best places to enjoy a sit-down meal right now in the parks, at the resorts, and at Disney Springs? Here are some of our favorite table-service restaurants that are currently open at WDW.
1. Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
Who doesn’t love a restaurant with a view? It doesn’t get much better than the stunning panorama that greets you at Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera. Inspired by restaurants perched atop cliffs in France and Italy (in fact, the restaurant’s name, Topolino, is Italian for Mickey Mouse), this restaurant at Disney’s Riviera Resort offers delectable Mediterranean dishes that you can enjoy from the outdoor terrace. There’s nothing like gazing at Hollywood Studios and Epcot as you dine! Plus, if you visit during breakfast, you’ll have a chance to experience a modified character dining experience with favorite characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy!
It’s one of the best-themed Walt Disney World restaurants, and it’s been consistently in demand ever since it opened. So no doubt there are a lot of Disney fans who are happy that Be Our Guest Restaurant is currently open at Magic Kingdom! But before you head online to book a table, there are a couple of changes to be aware of. Currently, Be Our Guest is open only for lunch and dinner, so no breakfast reservations are possible; the lunch menu is now a prix fixe menu, the same as the dinner menu. But the mesmerizing atmosphere remains the same as ever!
3. Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Long a favorite of ours, Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is thankfully currently open. It features a variety of yummy dishes from across Asia (do yourself a favor and leave some room for dessert, because the Fried Wontons with fresh pineapple and cream cheese are simply heavenly), so you can take a culinary trip across the continent without leaving the park. But the food here is only half of the attraction. While you’re waiting for your meal, take a stroll around the restaurant and admire the elaborately carved and painted wooden statues, chandeliers and antique furniture – we vacationed in Nepal a few years ago, and this restaurant makes us feel like we’re right back there!
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4. Le Cellier Steakhouse
You’re certainly spoiled for dining choice at Walt Disney World’s Epcot. So allow us to make the choice easier by suggest Le Cellier Steakhouse, where you’ll descend into a cosy, rustic chateau-style cellar complete with coffered ceilings, stone arches and rich woods. Start with the famed Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup; treat yourself to a signature poutine dish, or maybe a juicy steak; and finish off your meal with a Canadian-themed dessert (the Maple Crème Brûlée and Warm Pecan-Brown Butter Tart, for example). You’ll be happy you dined north of the border!
5. California Grill
This gourmet dining location on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a no-brainer when choosing the best table-service restaurants in WDW! Enjoy fabulous views of Cinderella Castle and the Seven Seas Lagoon as you eat, and if you can tear your gaze away from the view, check out the onstage kitchen! You’ll love the inventive ways the chefs at California Grill combine global tastes to create completely new, tempting dishes for every palate. Try an Artisanal Pizza from the wood-burning oven, or maybe some Hand-rolled Sushi (there’s even a Plant-based Forbidden Roll for vegetarians). Keep in mind, fireworks are once again available for viewing, making a late evening dinner the perfect time to experience dinner with fireworks views.
6. Cinderella’s Royal Table
If a view of Cinderella’s Castle isn’t enough to make a meal spectacular, try a view FROM Cinderella’s Castle. Cinderella’s Royal Table offers you the chance to eat inside Magic Kingdom’s famous icon, and the atmosphere (picture vaulted ceilings, stone archways and stunning stained-glass windows) is fit for royalty. While there’s currently no character dining, you can enjoy a sumptuous lunch or dinner here, and if you’re lucky, you might even snag a window seat for an envious view of Fantasyland. There are plenty of delicious options for adults, as well as kid-friendly offerings, so every member of the family can channel their inner prince or princess here. We can say there has been a surprise appearance or two from Cinderella, but Disney does not guarantee this and still lists the dining experience as a non-character dining experience.
7. The BOATHOUSE
Located on the water at Disney Springs, The BOATHOUSE is hard to miss, given the vintage boats and classic amphicars that ply the waters around it. Inside this picturesque, relaxing eatery, you’ll find lunch and dinner options to satisfy even the hungriest skipper. Our favorite dishes are the tender and tasty Filet Mignon Sliders, and the to-die-for Mac & Cheese. There are also lots of desserts to sample, including the highly recommended Key Lime Pie in a Mason Jar. Enjoy!
8. Ale and Compass
Every Disney fan is familiar with the famed Yachtsman Steakhouse at Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort, but have you tried this hidden gem at the same resort? Ale and Compass is a casual yet elegant nautical-themed restaurant that offers surprisingly fabulous meals for breakfast and dinner. From Salted Caramel-Apple French Toast in the morning, to Pappardelle Pasta with Chicken and other yummy offerings at night, you can’t go wrong. Especially amazing are the Truffle Fries with Roasted Shallot Mayonnaise (seriously, the best French fries I’ve ever had!).