Get ready to embark on a mouthwatering journey through the most enchanting restaurants in the most magical place on Earth. We’ve gathered the best restaurants in Disney World so you don’t have to second-guess where to dine:
1. Skipper Canteen (Magic Kingdom)
When it comes to dining options, Magic Kingdom has always been known for its whimsical atmosphere rather than its culinary prowess. But if you find yourself yearning for a tasty meal without leaving the park, head straight to Skipper Canteen in Adventureland. Here, you’ll discover a treasure trove of flavors that will transport your taste buds to new heights.
One dish that never fails to excite my palate is Skipper Dan’s Dan Dan Noodles, a spicy delight that can be ordered with tofu for a vegetarian twist. These noodles are bursting with flavor, providing just the right amount of kick to keep you energized for a night of adventure in the park.
But it’s not just the food that makes Skipper Canteen a must-visit spot. The restaurant’s theming is absolutely incredible. Immerse yourself in a world of wooden and glass decor, and don’t miss the secret library passageway leading to one of the dining rooms.
2. Crystal Palace
This character-dining restaurant offers a magical experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But let’s talk about breakfast because that’s when you can indulge in the divine churro Mickey-shaped waffles that might just be the best waffles on the entire Disney World property.
What makes Crystal Palace even more special is the opportunity to meet beloved characters such as Pooh Bear, Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet. Unlike some character-dining spots where the interactions feel rushed, here the characters take their time, making sure you have a memorable and magical encounter.
1. Chefs de France (Epcot)
If you’re celebrating something special, Chefs de France is the place to be. With its large windows offering a delightful view for people-watching, this restaurant will satisfy your cravings for delectable French cuisine.
Prepare your taste buds for the gratin de macaroni, a heavenly dish of cheesy goodness that will make you fall in love with mac ‘n’ cheese all over again. And let’s not forget the complimentary baguette with butter, a delightful touch that adds a touch of French flair to your dining experience.
2. San Angel Inn Restaurante
For an immersive dining experience at Epcot, look no further than San Angel Inn Restaurante. Nestled inside the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, this hidden gem offers flavorful cuisine surrounded by a stunning view of a replica Mayan pyramid. As you savor your meal, you can even catch glimpses of the boats from the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros attraction, creating a truly magical atmosphere.
My personal favorites on the menu are the enchiladas de pollo and the guacamole. Although the prices may be slightly higher, the exquisite flavors make every bite worth it. So keep refreshing that reservation app and seize the opportunity to dine in this captivating Mexican haven!
1. The Hollywood Brown Derby (Hollywood Studios)
Lights, camera, action! Welcome to The Hollywood Brown Derby, where you can experience the golden age of Hollywood without breaking the bank. Plus the famous Cobb Salad that steals the show!
Featuring roasted turkey, bacon, egg, tomatoes, blue cheese, avocado, and “classic” dressing, this salad is a star on its own. Even if you’re not a big fan of bacon, trust me, you’ll make an exception for this culinary masterpiece. The Hollywood Brown Derby proves that a salad can be a showstopper!
2. Fairfax Fare
Located on Sunset Boulevard, Fairfax Fare is an outdoor dining spot that brings a touch of savory delight to Hollywood Studios. And yes, it’s worth enduring the heat for the heavenly waffle bowls that await you!
My personal favorite is the Buffalo-chicken bowl, a mouthwatering combination of Buffalo chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw served in a delightful sweet waffle bowl. The contrast between the savory chicken and mashed potatoes with the sweetness of the waffle bowl is a flavor symphony that will leave you wanting more.
But don’t worry if Buffalo chicken isn’t your thing—Fairfax Fare offers a variety of waffle bowls, including barbecued beef brisket, Korean-barbecued pork belly, and even plant-based soba noodles.
1. Tiffins (Animal Kingdom)
Tiffins at Animal Kingdom offers a refined dining experience for those seeking culinary excellence in the heart of the wild. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be captivated by the warm lighting, the animal-shaped lanterns, and the stunning artwork that surrounds you.
But let’s talk about the bread service—a true highlight of the menu. The Brazilian pão de queijo, Indian pappadam, and Thai milk bread, accompanied by guava jam, ginger-pear chutney, and coconut sauce, create a symphony of flavors that will transport your taste buds to distant lands. Allow yourself to savor each bite and appreciate the artistry that goes into every dish.
And here’s a secret tip: Take your time exploring each dining room after your meal. The restaurant’s design is a masterpiece in itself, showcasing different themes and elements from around the world. It’s like embarking on a mini adventure within your dining adventure!
1. Beaches & Cream Soda Shop (Disney World Resorts)
Let’s take a detour from the parks and venture into the charming world of Disney resorts, starting with Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club. This hidden gem is known for its delectable desserts that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you with a sugar-induced smile.
While the grilled cheese and tomato soup are tempting, I urge you to save room for dessert. Indulge in the fudge-mud-slide sundae, a heavenly creation that combines the richness of fudge, the creaminess of ice cream, and the decadence of whipped cream. It’s a sweet symphony that will make you want to dance with delight!
2. Ale & Compass Restaurant
Located at Disney’s Yacht Club, Ale & Compass Restaurant is a hidden treasure that deserves to be on every Disney enthusiast’s dining list. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a frequent passholder, this restaurant offers something special for everyone.
For dinner, my top recommendation is the truffle fries with roasted shallot mayonnaise. These crispy delights are packed with flavor, and the generous portion ensures you’ll leave with a satisfied appetite. And if you’re craving pasta, the pappardelle pasta and chipotle-barbecue chicken flatbread are sure to please your taste buds.
But don’t take my word for it—visit Ale & Compass Restaurant at least once a month like I do, and let the flavors speak for themselves. It’s a treasure worth discovering!
Prepare to feast like never before at ‘Ohana, located in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. This Polynesian-inspired meal is a journey of flavors that will transport you to a tropical paradise. And the best part? It’s all you can eat!
Indulge in the succulent pork dumplings tossed in garlic-chili sauce and savor the delightful ‘Ohana noodles. The combination of flavors will transport your taste buds to an island paradise. And make sure to save room for the pièce de résistance—the ‘Ohana bread pudding served à la mode with homemade caramel sauce. It’s a dessert that will make you believe in culinary magic.
As you enjoy your meal, you may be fortunate enough to witness the breathtaking fireworks of Magic Kingdom. The music and the spectacle will create a truly unforgettable experience, combining delectable flavors with visual enchantment.
4. Topolino’s Terrace
Last but certainly not least, we invite you to Topolino’s Terrace, located at the Riviera Resort. While it may be an upscale dining experience, the delicious food and the breathtaking fireworks views make it worth every penny.
This Italian and French-inspired restaurant offers a pasta dish that surpasses all expectations—the rigatoni. Served with wild mushrooms and black truffle, this savory delight will transport you straight to culinary heaven. Trust me, it’s pasta perfection!
While the restaurant also serves breakfast, it’s the dinner experience that truly shines. And if you’re lucky enough to secure a reservation, bring a jacket, as the rooftop setting can get a bit chilly. But fear not, the warmth of the delectable flavors and the spectacular view of Epcot’s fireworks from the balcony will keep you cozy and captivated throughout the night.
And there you have it, fellow Disney food adventurers—a tantalizing tour of the best restaurants at Walt Disney World.
Here’s a review of Topolino’s Terrace: