The Definitive Ranking of Disney World Signature Dining

For a lot of people, a vacation is a great time to splurge on a fancy dinner. And a vacation at Walt Disney World is no exception! There are several “signature” restaurants around the parks, Disney Springs, and deluxe resorts. But how do you choose which one is best for you?

Tiffins in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Here is our list of the 16 Walt Disney World signature restaurants, ranked from worst to best. Our rankings are based on food quality, location, service, and overall experience.

Please note we did not include the restaurants in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, as these are not in a Disney-owned resort or on the Dining Plan.

16. STK Orlando

 

STK Orlando

Located in the Landing at Disney Springs, STK Orlando is a steakhouse known for cocktails, entertainment, and of course, steak. While you’ll probably get a good cut of meat and some decent sides, nothing about the meal is worth the incredibly high price tag — you even have to pay extra for the steak sauces.

Additionally, the vibe is really not fitting with Disney, even at Disney Springs. It’s very loud — they bring in DJs and attempt to have a “Vegas” type atmosphere. Even if you’re on parents’ night out or an adults-only trip, it’s just too much.

They do, however, have an awesome rooftop patio, so we recommend grabbing a cocktail during Happy Hour and enjoying the view. But for dinner, head to one of the other Disney Springs locations higher up on our list.

15. Paddlefish

 

Paddlefish

Also located in Disney Springs, Paddlefish has taken up residence in the former Fulton’s location. As the name suggests, the menu is primarily seafood. However, the renovation of the paddleboat resulted in boring decor and an overpriced menu.

The service has been reportedly so-so, and the food is again not worth the high price of the bill. But similar to STK they have a great rooftop view, so this is another spot you can grab a nice cocktail.  There is incredible signature seafood in Disney Springs, just not here.

14. Monsieur Paul

 

Monsieur Paul

Monsieur Paul is the signature restaurant in Epcot’s France Pavilion. Located on the second story, it’s a generally quiet restaurant with a nice ambiance and a partial view of the fireworks if you have the right seat.

But as far as the menu goes, there aren’t enough stand-outs to justify the very high price tag. It’s very authentically French, which is what you’d expect, but we just haven’t been wowed here enough to put it higher on the list. We have also read several reviews of less than stellar service, which at this signature dining level, shouldn’t be a frequent occurrence.

For delicious French cuisine at a lower price, grab a pastry from Les Halles or a meal at Chefs de France. And for signature dining, we recommend choosing a different Epcot location or pop over to the BoardWalk or the Yacht Club.

13. The Hollywood Brown Derby

 

The Hollywood Brown Derby

Hollywood Studios‘ only signature restaurant, The Hollywood Brown Derby is modeled after its very famous California namesake. Caricatures of famous celebrities line the walls, but besides that there isn’t anything too memorable about the decor.

While it is Disney, some folks don’t enjoy an expensive meal inside a park where all the patrons will be dressed in theme park attire and kids will be extra abundant.  The food is certainly good, but if you’re hoping for an upscale feel with your signature meal, this is not the place.

We love the Brown Derby Lounge, which is an outside porch attached to the restaurant where tapas and cocktails are served. The Brown Derby is known for several dishes including the Cobb Salad and Grapefruit Cake, both of which you can order smaller portions of at the Lounge.

12. Cinderella’s Royal Table

 

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Yes, this IS the restaurant inside the Castle at Magic Kingdom. A lot of people do not realize that it’s a signature restaurant because it’s character dining. And while Cinderella and her royal friends do join you, it’s debatable whether this meal is worth the money, or the two dining plan credits.

Eating in Cinderella’s Royal Table is a Disney rite of passage, and we do recommend everyone do it at least once. It’s truly magical being inside the castle, and it’s great to see a lot of princesses at once without waiting in several long lines. However, the food is less than spectacular, and you could end up paying $80+ a person.

But you are paying for the EXPERIENCE of dining in the castle. We recommend grabbing breakfast if you’re paying out of pocket, or using the dining plan for dinner to get the most out of your 2 credits.

11. Flying Fish 

 

Flying Fish

Located on Disney’s BoardWalk, Flying Fish recently reopened after a long renovation. Prior to the closure, this was one of our favorite locations. Unfortunately, now the food can be hit or miss.

The menu is relatively standard and, while you will still get a good meal, there isn’t anything remarkable about the dining experience anymore. The biggest pro is the location — you can easily walk here from Epcot. And the restaurant itself is very pretty.

10. Yachtsman Steakhouse 

 

Yachtsman Steakhouse

As the name would suggest, Yachtsman Steakhouse is located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Also as the name would suggest, this is a steakhouse. It’s nice when they keep it simple, right?

Yachtsman Steakhouse is a classic Disney restaurant, and one of the oldest signature spots on our list. They have some incredible cuts of meat, including a 5 oz. Wagyu Strip Loin and a 32 oz. Porterhouse for two. The sides are served family style, and favorites include the bone marrow and truffle mac & cheese.

Honestly, the only reason this isn’t higher on our list is because there isn’t anything too exciting about the menu or the decor, and the service can be slow. But if you want a great steak, and a very good use of your dining plan, you can always count on Yachtsman.

9. The Boathouse

 

For great seafood at Disney Springs, we love The Boathouse. The waterfront restaurant has a great patio where you can watch the Amphicars and have a specialty cocktail.

Seafood lovers will love the Raw Oyster Bar, as well as the Wild-caught Swordfish, Cedar Plank Salmon, and Lobster Bake which serves two. Steak lovers can enjoy fine cuts of meat as well, all of which are certified USDA Gibsons Blue Star Heritage Angus.

The price-point of the Boathouse is phenomenal for the quality of food and service, and we highly recommend it over STK or Paddlefish.

8. Tiffins

 

Tiffins

Tiffins is the only signature dining location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and remains one of the easiest restaurants on our list to grab a reservation. It seems people are a little leery of the menu and aren’t sure what to expect!

But let me tell you, the food is very, very good. It’s not the best place for the pickiest of eaters, but for those a little more adventurous, it is a real treat. The Short Rib and the Surf and Turf are both excellent choices, as is the Whole-fried Sustainable Fish, if you’re up for it!

Additionally, the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. Wooden carvings, concept art, and unique light fixtures hang around you in this masterpiece of a dining room. Tiffins is a real treat, and one you should absolutely not shy away from.

7. Narcoossee’s

 

Narcoossee’s

Narcoosee’s is located on Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian. It has a gorgeous wrap-around porch, and large windows in the dining room. Beyond this, the decor isn’t too inspirational — but the view is lovely.

The menu offers both land and sea specialties (heavy on the sea), with the Surf and Turf being the most popular on the menu. The food is consistently delicious, even if it’s not the most adventurous. We’ve generally had excellent service as well.

But the best part of Narcoossee’s is the fireworks view. They pipe the music into the restaurant and on the porch, which is the perfect way to cap off your evening. Don’t forget to stick around for the Electrical Water Pageant!

6. Citricos 

 

Citricos

Also located at the Grand Floridian, Citricos is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant in the main lobby building. While there is no fireworks view, the menu is slightly more exciting than Narcoossee’s.

The Florida Shrimp appetizer is extraordinary, as are the Snapper and Short Ribs. Citricos is generally easier to get a reservation at as well, because it is not as well known as Narcoossee’s or California Grill, which are in the same area.

Citricos is a great choice for excellent service and a high quality meal, with a slightly more unique menu.

5. California Grill

 

California Grill

Perched on the top of the Contemporary Resort is one of the most popular restaurants in all of Disney: California Grill.

California Grill offers a wide range of choices — from fresh-made sushi to signature pork dishes. They also boast one of the most impressive wine lists on property, with their wine coolers holding more than 1600 bottles!

While the food is generally good and the wine selection is amazing, the real reason California Grill is this high on our list is the view. It overlooks Magic Kingdom, and even has an outdoor viewing patio. Watching fireworks from the patio is truly one of the most magical experiences you can have at Walt Disney World.

4. Victoria & Albert’s

 

Victoria & Albert’s

Disney’s premier dining location, Victoria & Albert’s is a AAA Five Diamond Recipient Restaurant, along with dozens of other accolades. It is located in the Grand Floridian, and boasts a several-course specialty meal hand-selected by the chefs.

This is the creme de la creme of fancy signature dining. Along with the exquisite menu, the wine list has more than 700 selections, with 4200 bottles in the cellar. For many, dining at Victoria & Albert’s is the ultimate on their Disney foodie bucket list.

You should note that unlike the others on our list, the dining plan is not accepted at Victoria & Albert’s.

3. Morimoto Asia

 

Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia is brought to you by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. This is our favorite signature dining spot at Disney Springs.  It features Pan-Asian cuisine, which means Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese and more.

Menu highlights include the Peking Duck, Spare Ribs, and Wagyu Beef. They also have a great sushi and ramen selection. The flavors are beautifully balanced, and everyone in your party will easily be able to find a favorite — even if they aren’t traditionally big fans of Asian cuisine.

The restaurant itself is also spectacular, with amazing crystal light fixtures and beautiful artwork. If you are looking for a truly outstanding dinner experience all the way around, you will not be disappointed by Morimoto.

2. Le Cellier 

 

Le Cellier

Head to the Canada Pavilion in Epcot for our pick of the best steakhouse in Walt Disney World. Le Cellier is one of the hardest reservations to make, but well worth it for the meal.

A main reason Le Cellier is so high on our list is the atmosphere. Its small, quaint setting is still high-end, even though you’re in a theme park. Additionally, the menu has a few favorites that have stood the test of time including the pretzel bread, cheddar cheese soup, maple creme brulee, and AAA Canadian filet with mushroom risotto.

Le Cellier is a wonderful spot for a high-quality meal in a cozy setting. It is expensive, but we think it’s worth it. It’s also a fantastic use of two dining credits.

1. Jiko – The Cooking Place

 

Jiko — The Cooking Place

Head to Jambo House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to find our pick for the best signature restaurant on property.  Jiko is a hidden gem with a unique menu and gorgeous atmosphere.

Jiko’s signature dish is the Oak-grilled Filet, which if you know to ask, can be served with macaroni and white cheddar cheese. There are also unique options such as wild boar on the menu, but don’t be nervous, everything is prepared beautifully. Jiko’s menu may sound too adventurous for some, but everyone I’ve ever been there with has been blown away. Jiko also has an extensive wine list, composed of exclusively South African wines.

The restaurant itself is absolutely stunning, designed to look like an African sunset. The service at Jiko has been excellent every time I’ve been. Between the expertly prepared and unique dishes, gorgeous atmosphere, and legendary Disney service, it’s no wonder Jiko tops our list!

But that’s just my list — what’s yours?! What do you agree (and disagree) with? Let us know in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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14 Replies to “The Definitive Ranking of Disney World Signature Dining”

  1. The fact that you put Le Cellier at number 2 discredits this entire list. Wow, ahead of Narcoossee’s, California Grill, Morimoto and Tiffins? lol ok

  2. We’ve eaten at almost all these restaurants and more. Only one we skipped is Paddlefish. Really, mid-century modern paddle boat. What were they thinking. I heard they spent 30 million redesigning it. Just should have kept the design mid-century 1800’s.
    As for Tiffins, 4 of us all agreed to never go back. Terrible atmosphere and lack of professionalism. The bar outside is a different establishment and they are great. Go there instead for drinks.
    The rest on this list are very very good but even among us 4 friends we can still disagree on the order.
    I suggest decide for yourself from the list. Also check out Jaleo in Disney Springs among others there.

  3. We (2 of us) have had a number of meals at Le Cellier, but won’t be going any more when they cram people in (even though the restaurant was far from full) making it impossible to have a quiet conversation without it being overheard on both sides by couples just a couple of feet away, who looked just as awkward about the arrangement as we were. $250 (including wine, drinks and tip) for that?
    We know some great steak restaurants outside of WDW where we can visit almost 4 times for that price!

  4. Le Cellier number two??? I wouldn’t even include it on the list. I would add Frontera Cocina in its place somewhere, not necessarily at number two.

  5. Great article. Since AKL is our “home” we have tried Jiko’s several time. Last two times have not been could, but hoping to try it again.

    Our next trip we have the following reserved, but you do not have listed as signature. Do you know what they are considered? Coral Reef and Artist Point.

    My daughter hates sitting down for meals, so we have been limiting our signature meals, but always hit a few.

    1. Coral Reef and Artist Point are considered signature along with many others not on the list. They just picked what they thought were the top 15.

      1. Actually, neither Coral Reef nor Artist Point are considered signature dining. Artist Point used to be, but it now hosts a character meal. Both Artist Point and Coral Reef are only 1 table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

        1. Coral Reef isn’t a signature restaurant, it’s one DDP credit.
          Since Artist Point is now a character meal I don’t think it’s signature anymore

  6. We usually only eat at 1 or 2 table service restaurants during our week at WDW because my grandparents are cheap & we are on a budget (and always at lunch). That said we always have to eat at the Brown Derby so th rest of my family can get the Cobb salad while I order off the kids menu (I’m 43 but a picky eater). We’ve always loved Le Cellier but or last trip is the last time since they switched to supper prices all day. As good as the food is, can’t justify the price which is why we’ve never eaten at any of the other restaurants on this list.

    We did really enjoy Boma & Tusker House though. I dragged my aunt to Boma for supper a couple trips ago and we had great food. None of the rest of the family would go to the price. She & I did a late lunch at Tusker House on our last trip (when it was cheaper after 3pm because the characters were gone) and had a great meal in a nearly empty restaurant.

  7. While I love Le Cellier, we weren’t that impressed with Tiffins. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it so I decided to give it a try, and my food was lukewarm at best. Pretty disappointing at that price tag especially since it’s dead in there so there would be no reason for my food to be sitting long enough to get cold. I’ve never had a bad meal at Le Cellier and the reservations are no longer hard to get. For some reason they are starting to get a bad rap on the Disney forums and it seems that the majority don’t really care for it any longer. I don’t care for the price tag, but the food is outstanding and the atmosphere is upscale. I’ve probably eaten there at least 6 or 7 times and it’s always a hit with everyone.

  8. Its interesting you have Boathouse ranked higher than Paddlefish; I was there in August 2018 and ate at both restaurants. Over the course of a week vacationing in WDW, eating at many restaurants including Flying Fish (loved) and Le Cellier (amazing), and Boathouse was the only dining experience I disliked. We had terrible service, and the food was meh. Paddlefish was better in my opinion. Great list, though!

  9. I haven’t been to most of the resort restaurants on this list because we tend to stay in the parks all day, but I generally agree with your ranking and comments on the park restaurants. I’d put Tiffins above La Cellier because I think La Cellier is a bit conventional, but they both have very good food. Tiffins, Chefs de France, and Jungle Skipper Canteen are our “must have” meals. I’m looking forward to trying Victoria and Alberts for the first time this summer.

    1. It’s interesting how different everyone’s tastes run. I have never had a good meal at Chef’s De France. The last time I gave it a shot, I ordered some kind of beef and noodle meal and it tasted IDENTICAL to a Lean Cuisine. Now I have lived off of Lean Cuisine my entire life on my perpetual diet, and if I sat there long enough I could tell you exactly which prepackaged extravaganza it was lol. So there I sat feeling like the Griswolds in Paris where the chefs opened up the tv dinner and stuck a little French flag in it and sent it out. lol