The Walt Disney World Resort is well known for its fabulous dining options, with virtually hundreds of locations offering Guests everything from grab and go snacks to signature fine dining experiences. With so many options, there are plenty of restaurants that have become Guest favorites like California Grill, ‘Ohana, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and The Boathouse and they all are difficult to score reservations to.
In addition to the very popular locations, there are also plenty of overlooked and underrated table service restaurants that Guests are missing out on. These locations all offer up beautiful atmospheres and unique and delicious menus that Guests are sure to enjoy and they are all worth enjoying a meal at. Here are some of the most underrated table service restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort and what makes them all so wonderful!
Boatwright’s Dining Hall
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside brings Guests into the charm of the south with sprawling grounds and classic architecture along the Sassagoula River. The Disney Resort is also home to Boatwright’s Dining Hall which is conveniently located inside of the main lobby building and open each night for dinner.
The interior of Boatwright’s Dining Hall has a rustic feel with industrial lanterns lining the walls, the massive skeletal hull of a ship suspended above, warm brick fireplace gently burning nearby, and many nautical props and tools adorning the walls. It creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere that Guests will immediately take to upon siting down.
The menu at Boatwright’s Dining Hall focuses on classic bayou recipes from Louisiana with options including Mardi Gras Fritters, Blackened Salmon, Nashville Hot Chicken, Boatwright’s Jambalaya, Deep South Shrimp and Grits, and General Fulton’s Prime Rib. One of the most indulgent menu options at Boatwright’s Dining Hall is the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Chef’s Platter which features ribs, Nashville hot chicken, smoked sausage, barbecued beef brisket, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, street corn, and green beans for the ultimate comfort food feast.
City Works Eatery & Pour House
There are plenty of amazing table service restaurants to enjoy while in Disney Springs, but one location that is often overlooked is City Works Eatery & Pour House in the West Side. Open for brunch on the weekends and lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant focuses on American classics with an impressive list of domestic and international beers on tap.
The main dining area of City Works Eatery & Pour House features the feel of an upscale sports bar with massive television screens, sprawling bar, modern white chair and booth seating, and plenty of warm wooden accents. It’s a cozy interior that is a great spot to catch a big game while at the Walt Disney World Resort.
City Works Eatery & Pour House boasts a massive menu with delicious options including Smoked Chicken Wings, Cheese Curds, Chimi Hendrix, Let It BLTE, Chicken Tinga Tacos, Nashville Hot Chicken Wrap, Filet Mignon Sliders, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Smoked BBQ Ribs, Fish & Chips, Tex Mex Mac N’ Cheese, and Pork Chop. There is literally something for every Guest to enjoy at City Works Eatery & Pout House and it’s a table service restaurant that should not be overlooked!
When Guests think about Mexican cuisine at the Walt Disney World Resort, they most likely picture any of the options in EPCOT’s Mexico Pavilion or Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs, but there is also a wonderful table service location at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort that is underrated. Maya Grill is a charming location that is open for dinner each night and features a menu that focuses on Nuevo Latin cuisines in a traditional setting.
The dining room at Maya Grill is inspired by the Mayan depictions of fire, sun, and water and Guests can enjoy warm red and brown tones, intricate tile work, sweeping modern columns, lighting designed to look like burning torches, and mosaics depicting life in Mayan times. It’s an understated décor that will absolutely make Guests feel as though they are dining in Mexico and not Central Florida.
The dinner menu at Maya Grill features a unique blend of traditional and updated items such as Fiesta Nachos, Southwestern Tortilla Soup, Shrimp Mojo, Adobo Half Chicken, Quesadilla, Chicken Enchiladas, Baja Fish Tacos, and Sous Vide Short Rib. The Fajita Skillets are also very popular dinner choices and Guests can choose between the Sizzling Beef Skillet and the Chicken Fajita Skillet, both of which are served with bell peppers, onions, black beans, rice, pico de gallo, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, jack cheese, and guacamole for a hearty and delicious meal!
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Three Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa del Lago
An underrated table service restaurant at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort serves up a blend of Spanish and American cuisines paired with one of the most stunning views at the Walt Disney World Resort. Three Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa del Lago is literally located on an island in the middle of Lake Lago and Guests have to access it via bridges that connect various parts of the Disney Resort.
Three Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa del Lago is an open air dining room that allows Guests to take in views of the water from all sides and enjoy the gentle breezes each evening. The dining area features comfortable cushioned seating that is more reminiscent of a lounge, gas fireplaces giving off warm glows, bright pops of blue tile, and charming lantern lighting that creates a warm glow for Guests to enjoy.
Open for dinner each night, Three Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa del Lago offers up several shareable menu items that Guests love to indulge in such as Pan con Tomate, House-made Guacamole, Roasted Corn Dip, and Szechuan Peppercorn Wings. Also available are wonderful entrée options that bring bold Spanish flavors to the table including Steak Frites, Braised Pork Tacos, Harissa Lamb Chops, Poke Bowl, and Coconut Curry Chicken.
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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is home to several very popular table service restaurants such as Narcoossee’s and Grand Floridian Café where many Guests love to enjoy meals. Also found at the Disney Resort is Citricos, a wonderful table service location that is open nightly for dinner and serves up a menu created by Chef Andres Mendoz that serves up a fusion of Mediterranean flavors and Florida cuisine.
The interior of Citricos is inspired by Mary Poppins Returns and features bright white intricate molding, pastel colors, bold floral prints, and whimsical details such as golden birds on light fixtures. The style creates the illusion that Guests have traveled to London and are dining in a proper lush garden, much like the animated portion from the film.
Citrico’s dinner menu is relatively limited, but features indulgent options that bring bold flavors to the elegant setting. Guests will love beginning meals with appetizers such as Smoked Duck Breast, Wild Mushroom Arancini, Strawberry Salad, or Citrus-cured Hamachi and continuing to indulgent entrees including Guava Barbecued Short Ribs, Butter-poached Florida Cobia, Oak-grilled Filet Mignon, and Domestic Golden Tilefish. Citricos is the perfect combination of elegant setting and bold flavors that Guests should absolutely not overlook!
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is home to Sebastian’s Bistro, a relaxing table service restaurant that evokes the feeling of the beach and honors the trusted sidekick from The Little Mermaid. Open for dinner nightly, Sebastian’s Bistro features a wonderful family-style menu that features flavors from the Caribbean and Latin cuisine.
The interior of Sebastian’s Bistro has a calming feel with vaulted light wood ceilings, gauzy window treatments, pops of blue and turquoise to emulate the water, and comfortable seating. There are also large windows that offer Guests beautiful views of the main walkway and water just outside.
Each family-style dinner at Sebastian’s Bistro begins with a platter of Buttery House-baked Pull-apart Rolls and The Spice Necklace Salad which brings bright fruit and citrus flavors. Guests can then indulge in large portions of Oven-roasted Chicken, Grilled Flank Steak, Slow-cooked Mojo Pork with Mango Sambal, and a medley of vegetables before ending the meal on a sweet note with the Celebrated House-made Coconut-Pineapple Bread Pudding drizzled with caramel sauce and served with a side of vanilla ice cream.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to several very popular table service restaurants like The Hollywood Brown Derby and the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant as well as the often underrated Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in the Grand Avenue are of the Disney Park. This table service restaurant welcomes Guests to enjoy a menu of Italian comfort classics infused with bold Californian flavors all whipped up by Mama Melrose herself.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano features an inviting and quirky interior that features classic elements like twinkle lights, red and white checkered fabrics, and exposed brick paired with unique Hollywood memorabilia of all sorts lining the walls. The result is a completely unique feel that supports the backstory that Mama Melrose created the restaurant on a studio backlot after moving to California from Italy seeking fame in Hollywood.
Open for lunch and dinner each day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano features a menu bursting with Italian comfort foods including Crispy Calamari, Minestrone Soup, Margherita Flatbread, Mama’a Italian Pasta, Shrimp Campanelle, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Oven-baked Chicken alla Parmigiana. Guests who dine at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano should also be sure to save room for dessert with indulgent options such as Tiramisu, Chocolate and Cherry Tort, and Traditional Cannoli.
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen is an amazing table service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom that is often overshadowed by other locations in the Disney Park like Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella’s Royal Table. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen can be found in the heart of Adventureland and continues the story of the skippers from the nearby Jungle Cruise in an immersive way.
The interior of Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen features several rooms that are brimming with bright colors, exotic props, and wonderful details that bring the story of Dr. Albert Falls and the Society of Explorers and Adventures, or S.E.A., to life. Guests who are lucky can even dine in what was once the secret meeting room of S.E.A. which can be accessed through a trick bookshelf that displays some familiar titles.
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen is open each day for lunch and dinner and the menu focuses on international flavors and cuisine styles from South America, Asia, and Africa presented n humorously named options. With so many bold flavors to enjoy, Guests can opt for menu items such as Falls Family Falafel, Orinoco Ida’s Cachapas, “Tastes like Chicken” Because it is!, Curried Vegetable Crew Stew, Dr. Falls Signature Grilled Steak, and Senegal Sal’s Short Rib. Guests also have to be sure to leave room for the famous Kungaloosh! dessert which pays tribute to the former Adventurer’s Club from Pleasure Island.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
The Town Center area of Disney Springs is bursting with many popular table service restaurants, but one wonderful option is very often overlooked and can definitely be considered underrated. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is run by the renowned chef who became beloved in the culinary world for his mastery of classic Californian cuisine.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is open for brunch on the weekends and lunch and dinner each day in Disney Springs and recently underwent a renovation that reimagined the interior to what it is today. Guests who dine at the restaurant can enjoy a blend of modern, rustic, and industrial with classic red leather booths, hanging orb lighting, wooden support beams and exposed rafters, and a stunning bar underneath an elaborate caged light fixture and wine storage.
The menus at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill feature fresh and flavorful ingredients with stunning presentations and Guests can select from an extensive menu featuring appetizers, soups, salads, pizzas, mesquite charcoal grilled items, and more. Some of the most popular menu options include Crispy Calamari Fritti, Maryland Blue Crab Cakes, Chinese Chicken Salad, Fennel Sausage Pizza, Grilled Prime Burger, Crisp Roasted Half Chicken, Rigatoni Pasta, and Chicken Schnitzel.
Nine Dragons Restaurant
The final underrated table service restaurant on the list can be found in EPCOT’s World Showcase which is brimming with very popular dining options. The China Pavilion is home to Nine Dragons Restaurant which serves up authentic Chinese cuisine in a stunning setting, but tends to be overlooked by Guests for other popular dining options nearby.
The interior of Nine Dragons Restaurant immediately welcomes Guests with a large etched piece of art featuring a bright jade color and two intricately designed dragons circling a pearl. The rest of the dining area continues the use of the color jade with bright pops of color on seating and décor that pairs perfectly with intricately carved wooden molding and dark wooden accents.
Lunch and dinner are served daily at Nine Dragons Restaurant and Guests can enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine including options such as Chicken Pot Stickers, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Canton Pepper Beef, Spicy Honey Crispy Chicken, Crispy Duck Fried Rice, and Kung Pao Duo. Guests should also be sure to save room for the unique and delicious Caramel-Ginger Ice Cream which adds a spicy and interesting twist on a classic ice cream treat!
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