One of my favorite things about going to Disney is eating! There are so many great restaurants! And while quick service is okay when you’re on the go, I love a good table service restaurant. The chance to sit down, take a break, and enjoy some really good food. It’s hard to pick a top ten, but here are what I would say are my favorite restaurants in Disney World:
Sanaa – Animal Kingdom Lodge
Two things about Sanaa – the bread service and the butter chicken. I love to try new things but every time I go to Sanaa I will always get the bread service and the butter chicken. Plus it’s at my favorite resort and you have a view of the animals while you eat. I love pretty much everything about it.
2. Tiffins – Animal Kingdom
The newest restaurant in Animal Kingdom, this signature location completely won me over both times I’ve been there. The food is exotic and incredible quality. I’m not normally a huge steak person, but I had the Wagyu striploin and it was the best beef I’ve had in my life. I dream about my meals at Tiffins. We’ll be headed back in September, which means I’ll have visited on all three of my 2017 Disney trips. I think that says a lot.
3. Be Our Guest – Magic Kingdom
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. So walking into Be Our Guest is a pretty amazing experience for me. I’ve eaten there a number of times and always enjoyed the food (despite what other people might say). Dinner is my favorite, but mostly I just love to be in the atmosphere of the ballroom or the west wing. And meeting the Beast is always fun too!
4. Narcoossee’s – Grand Floridian Resort
Narcoossee’s will always have a special place in my heart because it was not only the first signature restaurant at Disney I ever visited, it was also the first place Jason and I ate at on our honeymoon. And it did not disappoint. I had the whole lobster and it was delicious. We were able to watch Wishes from our table as they pumped the music in, and during daylight you have a lovely water view. And last December I went back for their brunch and was blown away by the delicious food and unlimited drinks there as well!
5. Jiko – Animal Kingdom Lodge
Animal Kingdom Lodge’s signature restaurant was a favorite meal for my husband and I. We haven’t had the chance to go back since 2013, but we had a wonderful evening and great food there. In case you can’t tell from this list, I very much enjoy African and Indian inspired cuisine, so this was a win for us.
6. California Grill – Contemporary Resort
California Grill has two great things going for it – the food and the atmosphere. The location is one of the best, being on the 30th floor of the Contemporary with a view down at the Magic Kingdom – including the fireworks. While the food I had there didn’t necessarily stand out in the sense that I’m still thinking about specific dishes, I know that it was all extremely enjoyable and quality. The Sunday brunch is particularly amazing – all the food we had there was excellent!
7. Tokyo Dining – Epcot
I love sushi, and while Tokyo Dining had good sushi it wasn’t the main reason why it makes this list. There are a couple of other smaller factors that played into having a fantastic meal there. One of the only desserts from Disney that I’ve been thinking about for years is the chocolate ginger cake I had there. It might not be for everyone but it was delicious. The service was also wonderful – we were celebrating an anniversary and they even made us origami rings! It was so sweet, and with a lovely view of the Epcot lagoon that was one enjoyable meal.
8. Boma – Animal Kingdom Lodge
Okay, it might be obvious from this list that I love Animal Kingdom and the Lodge. I really thought I wouldn’t include so many on this list, but when it came down to it I found myself without a choice, if I was truly going to choose my favorites. I’ve done both breakfast and dinner at Boma and while I know a lot of people love breakfast, it didn’t do a lot for me. But dinner – dinner is amazing. It’s a huge buffet spread with so many options. I especially love trying all of the different soups and desserts.
9. Via Napoli – Epcot
I personally love Via Napoli because I think it appeals to almost everyone. The brick oven pizza is wonderful, but I particularly love the pizza with prosciutto and melon. A unique but delicious combination! Lots of solid pasta options too. A great place to carb load before a race!
10. Kona Cafe – Polynesian Resort
I will admit that I’ve only done breakfast here, but it lived up to my expectations. The Tonga Toast and the Kona coffee were as good as I hoped they’d be. I’d really like to try lunch or dinner sometime soon too.
This was a really hard list to come up with! There are also some restaurants I haven’t tried that I think I might really enjoy – Flying Fish, Paddlefish, and Victoria and Albert’s, to name a few. And there were a couple that I went back and forth on a number of times.
What are your favorite Disney World table service restaurants?