If You Only Eat at ONE Table Service Restaurant in Each Walt Disney World Park, Go Here.

If you’re a “get there for park opening, ride all the rides, and don’t stop ‘til the park closes” type of person, you may live purely off of snacks and Disney Quick Service meals.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

And listen, we’re definitely NOT saying that you shouldn’t get your fill of Mickey Premium Bars and chicken nuggets, but it can be really great to take a break and sit down for a tasty, relaxing Table Service meal, too.

Table Service Timing

Starting or ending your day with a Table Service meal can be a great way to either get yourself in the magical mood or close your day with some calm, air conditioned family time. It gives you a chance to plan your day or reflect upon it. And if you fill up on a big Table Service breakfast or brunch, you may be able to skip lunch or push it until later, potentially saving yourself money and/or time.

While we typically like to opt for an early or late seating, scheduling a Table Service meal in the middle of the day, while it can take away from your time on the rides, can actually provide a much needed break for you and your little ones — not to mention some air conditioning and a midday mask break!

Hollywood & Vine

If you decide a Table Service meal in the Parks is right for you, here are our suggestions for spots not to be missed!

Magic Kingdom

Our Pick: Tie Between Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table

If you’re in Magic Kingdom, there’s no better way to top off your royal experience than to eat in a castle! You’ve got two to choose from — Cinderella’s or the Beast’s. 

Be Our Guest

Let’s be honest: both of these dining experiences will cost you a pretty penny. They’re definitely Signature meals. The food at both is pretty good, with a few great or stand-out options. But, for both Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table, what you’re really paying for is the location, the overall experience, and the characters. Right now, the character experience at these is very different, though. Cinderella and the Beast walk through and greet guests, but they do so very quickly and from afar.

Well, hi there, Beast!

If you’re hoping for an in-depth character interaction, you won’t find it at these (or any other) spots right now. If the draw for you is the location more than the characters, then now might be a great chance for you to experience these areas while reservations are somewhat easier to obtain. Truly, these are both such beautiful and unique locations, they’re experiences you should have at least once in your Disney World experience.

Honorable mention: Liberty Tree Tavern

If you’re not really into a super fancy, Signature dining experience, Liberty Tree Tavern is what we’d recommend.

Liberty Tree Tavern

The meal here is served family style, so you can get a large quantity of food if that’s what you’re looking for. And the food is pretty consistently good. It’s basically Thanksgiving all the time. There’s roast turkey breast, pot roast, and oven roasted pork with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herb stuffing, and mac and cheese. YUM.

Macaroni and Cheese

And the dessert? Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake…we think it’s one of the best desserts in all of Disney World!

Liberty Tree Tavern Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

Honorable mention: Skipper Canteen

Adventurous eaters — Skipper Canteen is the spot for you!

Skipper Canteen

We’re talking  Hardy Har Char Siu Pork,  Falls Family Falafel, and Curried Vegetable Crew Stew. This definitely is NOT chicken tenders and fries.

Falls Family Falafel

The theming in this location is also fantastic. If you’re a fan of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, you’ll find all kinds of references to its members in this spot.

Skippers Canteen Mess Hall
Crew’s Mess Hall inside the Skipper Canteen restaurant in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/25s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Pro tip for any dinner Table Service reservation in Magic Kingdom: try to grab the latest reservation you can, and you’ll be able to stay in the park after it gets dark and after it closes to regular guests. You may even get the chance to be one of the last guests to walk out at night.

Magic Kingdom

Particularly because the parks are no longer open until late in the night, it can provide you with a different view of the park you may not have even realized you truly missed.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Our Pick: Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Like Skipper Canteen, Yak & Yeti Restaurant has lots of options for adventurous eaters, but it also has some great options for those looking for big flavor without any big risks.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant Entrance
Yak & Yeti Restaurant

This spot has everything from a Kobe Beef Burger to Bhaktapur Duck.

Chicken Tikka Masala at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Chicken Tikka Masala at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO 2000, EV 0, 12mm Focal Length.

There are also often off-the-menu specials as well so it’s a great spot to try some unique items. Always be sure to ask if there are any special items or special deals being offered. Like the entirety of Animal Kingdom, this restaurant is also incredibly well themed. You’ll find little details around every corner. Overall, this is a solid choice for some seriously flavorful food.

Honorable Mention: Tiffins

Tiffins is definitely more on the expensive side, but if you’re looking for one of those incredibly special meals, this is it.

Tiffins

The theming in here is also incredible, and you can really get more details and view concept art detailing the story behind Animal Kingdom and the Imagineers who brought the park to life.

Tiffins' Safari Gallery
Artist renderings and design elements of Disney’s Animal Kingdom are found inside Tiffins’ Safari Gallery. Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

The food at this spot can be quite unique, however. We’re talking a Whole-Fried Sustainable Fish and Tamarind-braised Short Rib.

Whole Fish from Tiffins

We definitely recommend that you take a look at the menu (and the prices) ahead of time to make sure there’s something that will work for you. But, in terms of uniqueness, this spot is definitely something worth a try.

EPCOT

It’s incredibly difficult to pick just one spot at EPCOT because there are SO many incredible restaurants throughout World Showcase. But here are our picks!

Our Pick: Chefs de France

Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing environment. Truly, Les Chefs de France speaks for itself.

Chefs de France

Chefs de France reopened in early October, and we couldn’t be more excited! Although the menu will be undergoing some changes prior to reopening, the Escargot, French Onion Soup, and Crème Brûlée, along with several other items, will still be available. We’ve had our fill of macarons from Les Halles, so we’re ready to munch on some different and delicious French food.

Honorable Mention: Biergarten Restaurant

There are so many benefits to eating at Biergarten Restaurant. First of all, the location is enormous. If you’re visiting Disney World with a big party, this is one spot that can easily accommodate everyone. 

Biergarten

The decor here is also absolutely adorable. You will truly feel immersed with all of the foliage and lights around. Plus, the entertainment here is fantastic! You get a little bit of a show every time you eat, and that is a phenomenal added value.

Biergarten Entertainment

And, of course, there’s the food! The food here is unique but not so scary that picky eaters won’t be able to find something to eat. There’s often Homemade Spaetzle, Grilled Bratwurst, Sausages, Breaded Pork Schnitzel, and more.

Biergarten

It’s no longer served as a buffet, but it is served family-style, and many of the classic items are available for you to enjoy!

Honorable mention: Garden Grill Restaurant

Garden Grill Restaurant is the only character meal available in EPCOT at the moment and one of only a few available in all of Walt Disney World, which makes this spot very unique.

Mickey and Pluto at Garden Grill

On top of that, it is a slow-moving restaurant which gradually rotates throughout your meal, revealing scenes from Living with the Land, so it’s almost like a two-in-one — it’s an attraction and a restaurant.

Looking down into Living with the Land

The food at this spot is served family-style, so it is a bit on the pricier side, but you’ll get to enjoy a variety of options, and the food has been consistently delicious.

Garden Grill Restaurant

Overall, it’s a great choice that will give you a unique dining experience, in air conditioning, with characters, and LOTS of great food!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Again, there are SEVERAL great picks here!

Our Pick: Sci Fi Dine-In Theatre

Sci Fi Dine-In Theatre is perhaps one of the best spots to get you in the Hollywood Studios mood. The setting is unlike anything else you’ll see around the parks (or really anywhere else). You get to sit in your own individual little car (or at a table in the back) in the dark in a simulated drive-in experience with some classic film trailers and cartoons on the big screen.

Sci-fi Dine In Theater

The food is also good here, with lots of options including burgers, milkshakes, and more!

Special Blast Off Milkshake

The atmosphere is the clear winner here though. Make sure you ask to sit in one of the cars to dine!

Honorable Mention: 50s Prime Time Cafe

Two words: Fried. Chicken.

Prime Time Cafe

If you’re looking for some delicious comfort food, you’ll LOVE 50s Prime Time Cafe! Oh, and did we mention there’s a Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake?

PB&J Shake

The atmosphere here, again, is what makes this place incredibly special. You’ll feel like you’re back in mom’s kitchen with old style seating, tables, TVs, and more. AND you’ll REALLY feel like family when the servers tell you (very sternly) to set the table or get your elbows OFF the table!

50’s Prime Time Cafe

Overall, this is an incredibly fun atmosphere and a super unique dining experience.

Honorable Mention: The Hollywood Brown Derby

The Hollywood Brown Derby is a Signature dining spot, so the prices are a bit more expensive, but the food is worth it!

Hollywood Brown Derby

If you don’t get anything else, you must try their signature Cobb Salad. It is worth every cent, and you’ll wish you could eat more of it once you’re done!

That’s our list of must-try table service restaurants in the parks! What restaurant did we skip that you think is a must-try? Let us know in the comments!

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7 Replies to “If You Only Eat at ONE Table Service Restaurant in Each Walt Disney World Park, Go Here.”

  1. I have to strongly disagree with you on your top pick for the studios. I live the theming at Sci-fi but I have never had a good meal there in fact the last time I ate there the food was so bad we had to go and get a quick service afterwards. I have not been back there since. It is sad as the theming use to suck me in and i would hope for a change in the food quality but never happened. Other than that the list is pretty much dead on.

    1. Iagree. The food is barely edible. If I were ever to eat there again, I would order only dessert and a beverage. And choose the dessert carefully.

  2. I am certainly glad to know that my family has eaten at all of your top choices at one time or another (as well as some lesser choices). Thank you, Dining Plan! I know it is probably a rip-off, but psychologically, it’s so easy to pre-pay and pretend like you’re getting a good deal.

  3. I’m surprised Via Napoli was not on your top 2 at epopt they have the best pizza anywhere in or outside the parks, my advice is give it a try you definitely will come back for more.

    1. Les Chefs de France is the best restaurant at WDW complex but second best at Epcot is Coral Reef at Living Seas. Also Brown Derby is tied with Sci Fi.