10 Best Disney World Restaurants for 2017: Our Picks
I love a good meal, and luckily, Disney has no shortage of great restaurants. But, it’s hard to choose. Which ones are the best? With that in mind, here are my top picks for the 10 best Disney World restaurants for 2017. Some are newly opened restaurants and others are long-time Disney guest favorites. But, I know one thing. You’ll enjoy each one of these restaurants, no matter which ones you choose to visit.
Do you love the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom? Then you have to check out the newest restaurant in the park, the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. Located in Adventureland, Skipper Canteen opened at the end of 2015. With new menu changes in 2016, Skipper Canteen has become even more popular. You’ll love that this table service location has great food and plenty of atmosphere. Plus, it’s just plain fun! Skipper Canteen is one of the best themed restaurants in the Disney Parks too. It has 3 different themed rooms, including the Falls Family Parlor. It even has a room with a “secret” entrance! The food is inspired by flavors of Asia, South America, and Africa. It’s delicious, and you’ll find dishes that will please any palate, even junior skippers.
California Grill is a restaurant you simply can’t miss. It’s perfect for a special occasion, date night, or simply to enjoy fine dining. This signature dining restaurant has one of the best views too. It’s outdoor viewing area is second to none. You can even watch Disney fireworks, like Wishes, there! And you’ll want to. But first, the food. California Grill has one of the best sushi bars on property. And the entrees and desserts have a reputation for being some of the best. They also have a fantastic selection of wine and cocktails. Tea drinkers will enjoy the large selection of loose-leaf tea. If you arrive early, spend some time at the restaurant’s small bar area. If you’re a fan of breakfast, be sure to check out the newly added brunch.
The BOATHOUSE opened in 2015 and has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants in Disney Springs. With a nautical theme, you’ll love the décor almost as much as the food. But, really at The BOATHOUSE, it’s all about the food. If you love steak, seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and everything in between, you’re in luck. The BOATHOUSE has got you covered. The restaurant boasts a huge menu with plenty of options and budgets. Enjoy a full steak house dinner or stop by for lunch to enjoy sandwiches. And, the portions there are huge! Just wait until you see the size of their famous S’mores Baked Alaska. Be sure to check out the Amphicar tours, where you can boat ride in a vintage car.
The first signature dining restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, Tiffins is quickly gaining a culinary following. You’ll love exploring the world of flavors. The menu is definitely unlike any other restaurant at Disney. The restaurant includes art work inspired by the Imagineers who designed the Animal Kingdom. You’ll even get a souvenir art print created by Imagineer Joe Rhode. He designed it specifically for Tiffins. There are 3 dining rooms, and they are inspired by Africa, Asia, and exotic animals from around the world. And, like the décor, the food at Tiffins will take you on a global journey. Start your meal with Tiffins Signature Bread Service. Looking for something a bit less traditional? Check out marinated grilled octopus or whole-fried sustainable fish. You’ll be wowed by the flavors and presentation of any dish that you order. Bringing kids with you? Tiffins offers plenty of kid-friendly meal options.
Flying Fish Café
A long-standing favorite signature restaurant, Flying Fish Café underwent a lengthy refurb, re-opening in 2016. The food is still exceptional. But, you’ll be wowed by the impressive new décor and open kitchen. The restaurant oozes charm and sophistication. It’s also the perfect spot for a romantic evening. You can even take a stroll around the Boardwalk after your meal to cap off the evening. If you’re a wine lover, be sure to check out Flying Fish Café’s impressive wine list. The restaurant features fresh seafood and high quality steaks. Don’t forget to check out their appetizers and desserts. They are just as impressive as the entrees.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
Where else can you put their service to the test? Channel your inner Belle or Beast by dining inside the Beast’s castle. Be Our Guest Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in the Magic Kingdom. It serves table service dinner and quick service breakfast and lunch. I’m a big fan of quick service lunch options, like the potato leek soup and turkey sandwich. But, for the full Be Our Guest Restaurant experience, dinner is the way to go. Dine in the Grand Ballroom, the West Wing, and the Rose Gallery. Each room offers a different experience. Luckily, the food is the same no matter where you enjoy your meal. Dinner provides rich, French-inspired fare, while breakfast and lunch are a bit more rustic. Don’t forget to try the “Grey Stuff.” It’s delicious!
50’s Prime Time Café
Take a step back in time to the 1950s. You’ll feel transported back to the days of the Mickey Mouse Club when you eat at 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Plus, it’s decorated like mom’s kitchen. This means you’ll feel right at home as soon as you walk in. There are plenty of home-cooked classics. Some of my favorites include fried chicken and mashed potatoes, pot roast, and chicken noodle soup. Craving a milkshake? No worries, 50’s Prime Time Café has that too. You can even watch classic 1950s television right on retro TVs at your table. Don’t forget to eat your vegetables! If you don’t, your server may not let you get dessert. Cast members get into the theme here, so be prepared for hijinks and hilarity.
Raglan Road Irish Pub
It’s the luck of the Irish to anyone who visits Raglan Road Irish Pub. This table service restaurant serves classic and modern Irish food. Raglan Road has been a long-time favorite for many who visit Disney Springs. It also consistently wins Orlando food awards. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner daily and brunch on weekends. Enjoy classic meals like Fish & Chips and Shepherd’s Pie. Dinner also includes live music and Irish dancers. You’ll love it so much, you just may do a jig yourself! Raglan Road is known for its ability to accommodate special dietary needs too. They even offer gluten-free fish & chips!
Imagine spending an evening dining with zebras and giraffes. At Sanaa, you can experience this first-hand. This table service restaurant is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This means it’s located right next to the savanna and has some impressive views. The restaurant itself is set to resemble a forest and is beautifully decorated. But, the food and views are what make this hidden gem so popular. The food at Sanaa is inspired by African and Indian cuisine. Not sure this kind of food is for you? Don’t worry. Sanaa has something for everyone. Just ask your server for recommendations. If you order one thing, get the Indian-style Bread Service. It’s a must-do!
‘Ohana means family. And, this is the perfect restaurant to take your family while visiting Disney. It serves family-style food and is located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. As you might expect, it’s all Polynesian inspired, and it’s all good. Breakfast offers a feast of Mickey-shaped waffles, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, and more. It’s a character meal too. This means your little keiki (that’s Hawaiian for kids) can meet Lilo & Stitch. Dinner offers a Polynesian feast that is all-you-care-to-eat and delicious. Your main meal is served on skewers and includes chicken, shrimp, and beef. But don’t forget to save room for dessert. The ‘Ohana Bread Pudding has a cult following. While you’re there, enjoy the family-friendly entertainment. They offer live Hawaiian music and coconut races for the kids.
Know Before You Go
If you’re thinking about dining at any of these restaurants, here are some tips.
- Make ADRs for any table service dining locations. Advanced Dining Reservations are available 180 days before your trip. These restaurants are very popular. That’s why they are the best Disney World restaurants!
- Note any special dietary needs on your reservation. This helps the kitchen staff prepare for your arrival.
- Note special occasions on your reservation. You never know what kind of Pixie Dust might happen!
These are some of the best Disney World restaurants. They are also some of my favorites too. You can read more about these restaurants here on the Mouse’s House in our Reviews section. Happy dining!