These Three Disney Resorts Have the Best Food!

Admit it: one of your favorite things about planning your trip to Disney is choosing where you’ll be eating! But did you know that some of the best bites aren’t even at the Parks; they’re at the Disney Resorts!

Did we just blow your mind? Not to worry– we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Disney Resorts for dining!

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

We’re getting the party started at this Magic Kingdom-area Resort at Walt Disney World where you’ll find a bevy of tropical flavors!

Polynesian Village Resort Lobby

‘Ohana hosts an all-you-care-to-enjoy character breakfast (with Lilo and Stitch!) and an all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner with a popular selection of foods — many with a special island twist! For instance, at breakfast you’ll be feasting on Pua’a  — sausage links and ham topped with pineapple compote — instead of just your ordinary breakfast links. You can satisfy your sweet (and carb!) tooth with ‘Ohana’s freshly made pineapple-coconut breakfast bread!

Pineapple Coconut Bread at ‘Ohana

Of course, dinner at ‘Ohana is where you want to slow down and savor your meal (after all, you’re on island time, right?) with a selection of freshly grilled meats served tableside on skewers and unlimited piles of peel-n-eat spicy grilled shrimp.

Grilling up some tasty skewers for ‘Ohana’s dinner buffet!

This is also the spot to snag the Poly’s infamous ‘Ohana Bread Pudding a la mode topped with warm caramel sauce and fresh slices of banana! This is a guest favorite for good reason! 

The one and only… ‘Ohana Bread Pudding!

And ‘Ohana’s just one option in this tropical food paradise; we haven’t even gotten into the rest of the Polynesian’s restaurants, including Captain Cook’s, Pineapple Lanai (for Dole Whip outside of the Parks!), Kona Cafe, or the funky and fun Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto!

The grog is always flowing at Trader Sam’s!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Our next stop brings us to the Animal Kingdom area of Walt Disney World for a walk on the wild side — culinarily speaking, of course! Animal Kingdom Lodge boasts some of the biggest restaurant names on the Disney World foodie scene: Jiko – The Cooking Place (a signature restaurant featuring African flavors and wine), Boma (an extensive, African- and Indian-inspired buffet), The Mara, and Sanaa are all top-notch options when it comes to both food quality and visually-striking theming.

Jiko — The Cooking Place

Sanaa is a personal favorite of ours with its Indian Bread Service which features a wide selection of Indian-style flatbreads like naan, kulcha, and paratha with various chutneys and dips. It’s so good and filling that it could easily be a meal, or split one if you’re digging into a saucy Potjie Inspired, too!

Potjie Inspired

Another bonus of dining at Sanaa: you could have a front-row (er, window!) seat overlooking one of the Resort’s savannas. That means you may see zebras, giraffes, cranes, and more pass by your window during your meal! Talk about dinner with a view!

Watch the animals graze in the savannah while you dine at Sanaa

Mara is the Resort’s quick service spot where you can get tasty sandwiches, creative entrees, and guest-favorite Zebra Domes. Zebra Domes are tasty white chocolate ganache-coated nibbles shaped like a dome with dark chocolate ganache drizzled on top like zebra stripes — hence the name! The flavor is heavy on Amarula Liquor, so if you’re a fan, you have to give these a try!

Heavenly Zebra Domes can be snatched up quickly at The Mara

Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel

Meet us all the way over on the west coast for our last destination: Disneyland’s Grand Californian — and boy, is it grand! The Craftsman-inspired design soars in the lobby, and the dining’s great, too! 

Disney’s Grand Californian lobby

From its huge rustic timbers to its subtle Arts & Crafts details, this Disneyland resort is as much a feast for the eyes as it is a mecca for good food! The Grand Californian boasts two upscale signature restaurants — Napa Rose and The Storytellers Cafe. While both serve modern Californian fare, Napa Rose is helmed by award-winning chef Andrew Sutton, elevating its profile considerably.

The sign that you’re about to enjoy an amazing meal– The Grand Californian’s Napa Rose

You can order from Napa Rose’s prix-fixe Vitner’s Table Menu, the House Menu, or even ask the chef to customize the menu to your party’s preferences. Whichever you select, prepare for an epic culinary adventure! From seafood to steaks, frogs legs, stuffed quail, and everything in between, the food is as beautiful to look at as it is to taste!

Napa Rose Scallop

Meanwhile, over at Grand Californian’s Storytellers Cafe you can take part in Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Character Breakfast which serves killer Chilaquiles and Bloody marys. The dinner buffet selections include a carving station with assorted pastas, salads, meats, and seafood that get changed out regularly!

One of the seasonal pasta offerings from Storytellers Cafe

In addition to these table service options, the Grand Californian also has a brand new poolside restaurant, GCH Craftsman Bar & Grilland a popular quick service spot called White Water Snacks where you can often find specialty cupcakes!

White Water Snacks Grab and Go

With so many different styles of hotels and just as many different takes on food, it’s no wonder that some of our favorite dining just so happens to be at Disney’s Resorts and hotels!

Which Disney Resort restaurant do you think has the best food? Let us know in the comments below, and tell us which dishes you’d recommend!

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One Reply to “These Three Disney Resorts Have the Best Food!”

  1. We were surprised that you missed the Kona Cafe at the Polynesian!! They have yummy pineapple macadamia pancakes (gluten free too!) and the lunch and dinner are delicious too!!