Disney World's 11 Best Table-Service Restaurants

Are you hungry for some info about where to eat at Walt Disney World? We'll feed your curiosity and reward you with some great suggestions.

This is a rundown of the 11 best table-service restaurants inside the four theme parks and at the resort's hotels. It does include the BoardWalk district behind Epcot (which, technically, is part of the the BoardWalk Inn), but does not include the many restaurants at Disney Springs (the dining, retail, and entertainment area formerly known as Downtown Disney).

By "table service," we mean restaurants at which guests are seated at a table and served by a waitperson. Buffet-service restaurants (and there are some great ones) are not included on the list. For the resort's table-service restaurants in general, and especially for the more popular eateries listed here, Disney World dining reservations are highly recommended. 

You may be surprised to learn about the extraordinary dining experiences available at Disney World. It's certainly possible to find burgers, pizza, popcorn, and more pedestrian fare throughout the parks. But, there is a diverse array of restaurants catering to virtually every price point and palate—including some highly sophisticated options.

With the expert help of Lyn Dowling—a long-time reporter on Walt Disney World and a current restaurant reviewer for Florida Today—we narrowed down the resort's huge collection of table-service restaurants to the 11 top choices listed here.

If you are seeking a lighter meal and/or a lower bill, Disney World has some great quick-service restaurants. If you want to meet Mickey Mouse or other friends during your meal, Disney World has many character dining opportunities. Since you're on vacation, and diets typically get tossed aside, you'll want to save room for the resort's delicious snacks and desserts.

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Victoria and Albert's: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Victoria & Albert's chef's table: Dover Sole with Baby Bok Choy
stephen velasco/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0
Address
4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-3862

How exclusive is Victoria and Albert's? Children under ten are not permitted in the dining room. Need we remind you that this unusual restriction is being imposed at, of all places, Disney World? There's a reason why the fine dining restaurant racks up award after award and generates ecstatic reviews. The food is remarkable, the décor is swanky (abetted by a harpist for an extra-special touch), and the service is impeccable.

Dishes on the constantly changing menu might include exotic fare, such as octopus "a la Plancha" with black garlic aioli or Colorado bison with caraway seed vinaigrette. For an even more exclusive experience, guests can book an intimate dinner at the Chef's Table and take a culinary journey through as many as 13 courses with the restaurant's chef de cuisine. 

Of course, the extraordinary restaurant comes with extraordinarily high prices. However, it is worth it to splurge on Victoria and Albert's, especially if you would be celebrating a special occasion during your Disney World visit.

  • Cost: Very High (Over $60 per adult)
  • Attire: Men must wear dinner jackets with dress pants or slacks and shoes. Ties are optional. Women may wear a cocktail dress, nice dress, dressy pant suit or a skirt with a blouse.
  • Food: Continental cuisine
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Yachtsman Steakhouse: Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Yachtsman Steakhouse
Disney
Address
1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-934-3818

When you have a hankering for a perfectly cooked steak or chop, this is the place to go at Disney World. The meat is aged and cut on site, the dishes are consistently tasty, and the service is first-class.

Choices include a 32-oz porterhouse for two, a Kansa City strip steak, and a Black Angus filet mignon. Steakhouse-style starters include a Waldorf wedge salad, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and fried calamari. There are entree options besides steak, including a live lobster served steamed or Thermidor style (which makes sense given that the Yachtsman is located at Disney's New England-themed Yacht Club Resort).

It's a bit under-the-radar and underrated. But according to Dowling, Yachtsman Steakhouse is one of the places that Florida locals in the know seek out to mark birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events.

  • Cost: High ($35 to $60 per adult)
  • Attire is resort casual: Men must wear collared shorts with slacks or dress shorts. Jackets are optional. Women may wear skirts, dresses, Capri pants, dress shorts, or jeans in good condition
  • Food: Steakhouse and American cuisine
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California Grill: Disney's Contemporary Resort

California Grill
Kent Phillips/The Walt Disney Company
Address
4660 World Dr, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-3463

It's somewhat ironic, yet fitting, that California Grill is included among the best restaurants at Walt Disney World: ironic, in the sense that it's a restaurant in Florida that celebrates California cuisine; fitting in that Walt Disney World takes its inspiration from California's Disneyland.

Consider starting your meal with mouth-watering flatbreads, which are a house specialty. Baked in a brick oven, they feature toppings such as mozzarella di bufala and pork pate. Sushi is also available as an appetizer. Entrees range from Georges Bank scallops with potato gnocchi and smoked pork to oak-fired filet of beef. The wine list features California varieties.

Located atop Disney's Contemporary Resort, the California Grill offers spectacular views. Plan your meal so that you could enjoy after-dinner drinks on the restaurant's outside balcony and watch the Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks display. The synchronized soundtrack is piped into the balcony's speakers.

  • Cost: High ($35 to $60)
  • Attire: Resort casual
  • Food: California fusion
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Jiko - The Cooking Place: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

The signature restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is Jiko - The Cooking Place
The Walt Disney Company
Address
2901 W Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-938-4733

Probably the most exotic (and among the most expensive) fare to be found on the Walt Disney World resort is at Jiko – The Cooking Place. It takes its inspiration from Africa. Drawing from the enormous continent, the menu reflects lots of variety.

Depending on the season, choices might include seared maize pudding with chakalaka (a spicy South African relish), Swahili curry shrimp with coconut rice, or seared ostrich fillet with spiced chickpeas. This is about as far removed from a theme park cheeseburger as you could get. And it's all delicious.

Be sure to peruse Jiko's overwhelming selection of South African wines. Also consider the specialty teas menu, which features African blends. They provide a great after-dinner interlude before exploring the animals grazing on the Animal Kingdom Lodge's savannah.

  • Cost: High ($35 to $60 per adult)
  • Attire: Resort casual
  • Food: African cuisine
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Citricos: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Citricos Disney World restaurant
Disney
Address
4401 Grand, Floridian Way, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-824-2989

The inspired Mediterranean-ish fare makes Citricos a favorite dining spot. Located next to Victoria and Albert's, the atmosphere at the colorful, lively restaurant is decidedly less formal (and the menu is less pricey). But the attention to the food, presentation, and other details is no less remarkable. (In fact, the chef that presides over the kitchen previously ran Victoria and Albert's.)

Among Citricos' signature dishes is beef short ribs braised in red wine and served with polenta. Plant lovers would enjoy the quinoa and Provençale ratatouille, which comes with tomato confit and a chickpea sauce. Appetizers include arancini enhanced with a garlic poma roisa sauce, and pork belly served with a Granny Smith apple purée.

The decor is light and airy and meshes well with the restaurant's open-kitchen design.

  • Cost: High ($35 to $60 per adult)
  • Attire: Resort casual
  • Food: Eclectic fare with Mediterranean hints
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Flying Fish: Disney's BoardWalk (Epcot)

Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk
Walt Disney World News/Matt Stroshane
Address
2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-2359

As you might expect, the dishes at the Flying Fish focus on seafood, Instead of old-school, cracker-crumb-crusted fish, the creative entrees, which are prepared in the restaurant's open kitchen, might include accompaniments such as heirloom radish, leek fondue, and roasted fennel.

Despite the restaurant's name, the menu has plenty of non-seafood choices as well, including filet mignon, a half rack of lamb, and buttermilk-marinated chicken. The wine menu is especially extensive and can be paired with the eatery's menu of artisanal cheeses as well as with the main dishes.

Adjacent to the Flying Fish is one of Disney World's coolest places to grab a drink, AbracadaBar. Its backstory is that the retro seaside boardwalk lounge was once the hangout of vaudeville-era magicians. Fanciful drinks include The Conjurita and the Magic Hattan.

  • Cost: High ($35 to $60 per adult) 
  • Attire: Resort casual 
  • Food: Seafood with an adventurous flair 
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Sanaa: Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas, Kidani Village

Sanaa restaurant Disney World
Disney
Address
3701 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA
Phone
+1 407-938-7400

The decor at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge may be African-inspired, but the menu at Sanaa draws as heavily from Indian influences as from African. The hybrid menu melds the cuisines into a wonderful mishmash that might pair naan bread service as an appetizer with an African-inspired Biryani rice dish for the entree.

A lighter menu is available for lunch with dishes such as tandoori shrimp served on naan bread, a pulled pork sandwich served with Kenya coffee barbecue sauce, and a South African sausage sandwich. Sanaa is also open for breakfast and offers items such as eggs topped with tomato chutney and served with a coconut Johnny Cake.

The ambiance at the restaurant is funky chic. Large windows overlooking a savannah populated by zebras, giraffes, and other animals offer spectacular views.

  • Cost: Moderate ($15 to $35 per adult) 
  • Attire: Casual 
  • Food: African and Indian cuisine
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Artist Point: Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Artist Point Disney World restaurant
Disney
Address
901 Timberline Dr, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-824-3200

The flavors of the Pacific Northwest are in the spotlight here. Menu items include seafood specialties such as cedar plank king salmon and a paella featuring seared sea scallops, as well as meat dishes like slow-braised venison osso buco. Both the roasted cauliflower and crispy brussels sprouts are popular accompaniments.

Wineries in Washington, Oregon, and California are represented on the restaurant's extensive wine list. Desserts include a signature Artist Point Cobbler​ with seasonal berries served with house-made black raspberry ice cream.

With its rough-hewn timbers and high ceilings, Artist Point carries over the ambiance of National Park lodges that is reflected throughout Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Large windows in the dining room overlook the hotel's Silver Creek Falls.

  • Cost: High ($35 to $60 per adult) 
  • Attire: Resort casual 
  • Food: American cuisine with a focus on the Pacific Northwest
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Be Our Guest Restaurant: New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest restaurant Disney World
Disney
Address
Magic Kingdom Dr, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-5277

It's important to note that the table-service dinner at Be Our Guest is quite different from the restaurant's casual-service breakfast and lunch (although the early-day meals are noteworthy in their own right). The menu is entirely different, and the space transitions from one in which diners order at the counter to elegant waitstaff service.

The French-inspired dishes, including Marseilles-style mussels and layered ratatouille on quinoa, are scrumptious, but the real allure of the restaurant is its stunning atmosphere. This is a theme park restaurant with a striking, whimsical, and well-crafted theme. Patrons are transported to the Grand Ballroom from the film, Beauty and the Beast, where it is perpetually nighttime, and "snow" is always falling amid the moonlit mountains outside the floor-to-ceiling picture windows.

You can order The "Grey Stuff" (which is among the whimsical lyrics in the movie's popular song, "Be Our Guest") for dessert. You can also order beer or wine, which at the time that the restaurant opened was a first for the Magic Kingdom. The no-alcohol policy has since been relaxed and adult drinks are available at a few other restaurants in the park.

  • Cost: Moderate ($15 to $35 per adult) 
  • Attire: Anything goes at this theme park restaurant, but you may want to consider wearing fineries fit for a royal ball
  • Food: French-inspired fare
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Tiffins: Disney's Animal Kingdom

Tiffins restaurant at Disney's Animal kingdom Lodge
Disney
Address
2901 Osceola Pkwy Discovery Island, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-1947

One of the most extraordinary restaurant experiences inside a theme park (and outside of one, for that matter) is available at Tiffins. The diverse and adventurous menu includes African, Asian, and South American influences.

Appetizers include grilled octopus, which is charred to perfection and served with saffron aioli, and black-eyed pea fritters that temper the heat of a peppadew purée with the cool accompaniment of a yogurt sauce. For entrees, Ethiopian coffee butter-infused venison loin is among the dishes to die for. It is served on a plate that is partly jet-black because it is covered in tasty leek ash.

The dining rooms and common areas at Tiffins are decorated with fascinating sketch books, artifacts, and indigenous art gathered by the Imagineers that developed Animal Kingdom during their research expeditions.

The adjacent Nomad Lounge offers a small plate menu that includes hints of Tiffins' main courses. It also has an impressive selection of wine, beer, and specialty cocktails rooted in Africa, Asia, and South America. Tiffins diners can order the same drinks to accompany their meals.

  • Cost: High ($35 to $60 per adult)
  • Attire: You are free to wear theme park clothing. Since it is a fine dining restaurant, however, you may want to get dressed up.
  • Food: African, Asian, and Latin cuisine
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Monsieur Paul: World Showcase at Epcot

Monsieur Paul restaurant at Epcot
Arthur Levine
Address
1510 North Avenue of the Stars, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Phone
+1 407-939-3463

Replacing Bistro de Paris, the second-floor restaurant in the France pavilion at Epcot maintains more or less the same elegant atmosphere as its predecessor while improving on the food.

The snapper with fennel is excellent and, like many of the dishes at Monsieur Paul, is distinctly flavored without being too heavy (as is the wont of some French chefs). The truffle soup, with its earthy umami taste of mushrooms, is a highlight among the appetizers. The baguettes served with dinner are perhaps the best bread in the entire resort. The desserts, such as La Sphere, a chocolate orb served with  chocolate almond cake, praline and chocolate cream, and candied oranges ice cream, are also heavenly.

Tip: Save room for the exquisite after-dinner La Captive pear brandy. And be sure to ask the waitstaff how the pear-in-a-bottle liqueur is crafted.

  • Cost: High ($35 to $60 per adult)
  • Attire: Because it is at a theme park, more or less anything goes, but you should consider getting dolled up for the special dining experience
  • Food: Classic French
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Disney World's 11 Best Table-Service Restaurants