Our Favorite Disney Restaurants

Over the years we’ve developed a passion for planning our days around a relaxing dinner at one of the tremendous restaurants at Disney World.  In the picture above the entire extended family is enjoying a great meal at the Yak and Yetti Restaurant in Animal Kingdom in 2008.

Here is a list of our favorite restaurants, in order of preference and showing where the restaurant is located and the dates we ate there.  Most of the restaurants also have links to the Disney web page where you can get a better description and an idea of the menu and price range.

In order of preference

Restaurant Description Location/Date
Brown Derby Best filet I’ve ever had.  Great service and terrific atmosphere.  We started with some drinks and a charcutere board at the bar before dinner and it made for a perfect time

Disney Studios

2019

The Wave
Great food and excellent service.

Contemporary

2019

Tiffin’s This was a wonderful surprise!  Easy to get reservations, a wonderful lounge experience and a delightful dinner with a terrific waiter and delicious food.  It was an awesome time.

Animal Kingdom

2019

Narcoossee’s This is likely the best restaurant in Orlando.  It is much more upscale than other Disney restaurants Grand Floridian

2000

Yachtsman Steakhouse This was our favorite steak place for several years, but I’ve heard that the quality has gone down.  We haven’t been here since 2014 so I don’t have recent personal experience. Yacht Club Resort

2013 & 2014

Le Cellier Outstanding steak!  It was a memorable meal, and even the kids said it was one of the best. EPCOT – Canada
2010 & 2011
Teppan Edo Outstanding food and we had a terrific time.  Japanese hibachi cooking, and we had the best chef ever.  None of the other tables appeared to be having as much fun as we were having. EPCOT – Japan

2006

Boma Excellent food with some surprising flavors Animal Kingdom Lodge
2011
Yak & Yetti Located in Animal Kingdom, this restaurant has very good food.  Since Animal Kingdom often closes at 5pm, its usually easy to get reservations for 4:30pm – and its neat being the last people to leave the park. Animal Kingdom
2008
Tusker House Excellent food.  They had a pork shoulder that was very good and the sweet and spicy mustard sauce was fantastic.  This is a character dining location, so it was a bit loud, but the food was terrific Animal Kingdom

2017

Tokyo Dining Excellent quality.  One word of caution – don’t over-order.  We had a lot of food left over. EPCOT – Japan
2010
Cafe Cape May Great seafood buffet.  Excellent quality crab legs and clams.  Excellent desserts. Beach Club

2013, 2014, 2017, 2019

‘Ohana Very good grilled food that they bring right to the table and serve off the skewers.  The food is very good, and the bread pudding dessert is awesome.  We were able to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the table, with the soundtrack playing in perfect timing with the fireworks.  Excellent!! Polynesian Resort

1978, 1997, 2004, 2010, 2014

Flying Fish So this was great food and decent service and would have ranked higher on our list except it felt wrong.  It might have been too upscale for us.

Boardwalk

2019

Trattoria al Forno Good food

Boardwalk

2019

Crystal Palace Excellent buffet with the added benefit of character visits for the kids Magic Kingdom 2014, 2017
Hollywood & Vine A surprisingly delicious buffet with unusually high quality and a broad range of food choices.  We highly recommend this. Disney Studios
2008, 2010, 2011
Coral Reef Located in the Living Sea’s pavilion at EPCOT.  Great food.  Terrific underwater view of the fish tank, including watching divers and sharks. EPCOT – Living Seas

2007

Whispering Canyon Cafe Great food and tons of it!  They really engage the diners with fun antics, games, and lots of hootin and hollerin Wilderness Lodge

2007, 2008

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Outstanding food and a terrific time Disney Studios

2002, 2004, 2006

Chefs de France I was disappointed in the food during our 2017 trip and have downgraded this restaurant France in EPCOT

2013, 2017

San Angel Inn Very good Mexican food, though the service was a little slow. EPCOT – Mexico
2008
Restaurant Marrakesh Excellent experience in 2011 and 2019.  The chicken and the lamb were excellent EPCOT – Morocco
2000, 2011, 2014, 2019
Polynesian Luau Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.  This show hasn’t changed much in the past 40 years.  The food is okay, but not great.  The entertainment is just so-so – with one exception.  The fire twirler is awesome, and its worth doing this once just to see that act.  Incredible. Polynesian Resort

1976, 2007

The Plaza Restaurant Main St restaurant is slightly upscale, and has good food, but not my favorite.
Magic Kingdom2006, 2007
Rainforest Cafe This is the franchise and is a lot of fun for the kids Animal Kingdom1997, 2002, 2017
Nine Dragons I was a bit disappointed in the food quality.  I was expecting a flavorful Chinese experience and the food was actually a bit bland EPCOT – China
2000
50’s Prime Time Cafe A fun time, but the food was pedestrian and institutional (meatloaf, fried chicken).  The waitresses are fun – yelling at you for having you elbows on the table .  The decor is 1950’s kitchen – including the counter and old style kitchen chairs. Disney Studios

2007

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall We haven’t been here in a while and I suspect we’ll be happier today than we were in 1997.  EPCOT – Norway

1997

Liberty Inn
Just burgers – nothing special EPCOT American Adventure
Captain’s Grille Poor service and mediocre food. Stay away (This restaurant closed in 2017) Yacht Club

2013

Shutters Awful food.  There was nothing here that any of us liked.  Stay away.  This restaurant closed in 2017. Carribean Beach Resort
2010