While there are pros (and cons) to every Walt Disney World restaurant, there are definitely some standout locations for ALL price ranges!
We know from experience that there are countless different ways to approach a Disney World vacation. Sometimes, we have our hearts (and wallets) set on special events, merchandise, or hotel upgrades — which leaves us looking for budget dining options. And other times, experiencing fancy restaurants IS the splurge we’re looking forward to most.
We have good news — there are great meals available at Disney World in all price ranges! These are the best restaurants at Walt Disney World for every budget.
Let’s start with our picks for the best meals at the lowest price. We have to start out with Satu’li Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This restaurant regularly gets a shout-out from both our readers and members of our team as their favorite Quick Service location in all of the Disney World parks. Here, guests will find unique options like the customizable bowls and the fan-favorite Cheeseburger Pods. The food is fresh and more unique than many “standard” theme park options. Satu’li Canteen is our go-to for an inexpensive and delicious meal in Animal Kingdom!
And with all of the excellent dining in EPCOT, it comes as no surprise that the park is home to our second pick in the “budget” category — Regal Eagle Smokehouse. Here, guests can select from a variety of delicious smoked meat entrees — and there’s a BBQ Jackfruit Burger on the menu as well, for the plant-based eaters out there! There are several barbecue sauces available, so you can mix and match to find your favorite combinations. And as if that wasn’t enough in itself, the sides here are also pretty impressive. The macaroni & cheese, beer-battered onion rings, and garlic toast are a few of the standouts.
And rounding out our list of budget picks, let’s head over to Disney Springs for some Chicken Guy! The menu options here aren’t quite as unique as the first two restaurants; the big focus of this fast-casual spot is chicken tenders. But before you dismiss it as “basic” theme park food, trust us, these are seriously awesome chicken tenders! And if you’re a sauce fan, this is definitely a must-try. You can pick from 22 signatures sauces to add an extra kick to those chicken tenders and fries.
You can typically snag a meal at any of these locations for under $20 a person — which is a pretty solid deal by Disney World standards!
Now for our picks in the “moderate” tier. We’re heading back to EPCOT for a meal at Chefs de France in, you guessed it, the France Pavilion of the World Showcase. We still dream about some of the food we’ve had here, like the French Onion Soup and the Beef Tenderloin. If you want to try all of the courses (and we wouldn’t blame you!) they offer a Prix Fixe menu that includes one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert, plus a drink — those over 21 can even opt for a glass of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon — for $49.50. For three delicious courses AND a glass of wine, that’s too tempting for us to pass up.
Our next moderate pick is Wine Bar George, located in Disney Springs. You will find some entrees on the menu here, but where this restaurant really shines is its small plates. A few of our favorite eats from the small plates menu are the Saganaki on Fire, Ibérico Pork Pluma, and Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites. Wine Bar George is pretty much always a hit for us, and it’s one of our favorite spots to head when we’re looking to treat ourselves without completely blowing our budget.
We’re heading to a Resort for our final pick in the moderate tier. It might be a bit of a trek, but we think a visit to Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth the trip! As if the gorgeous view of the animals out on the savanna wasn’t enough, the food here is also incredible. We have to give a shout-out to the Bread Service, which is our favorite way to start a meal at Sanaa. If you’re looking for a meal that is truly inspired, you’ll find plenty of exciting flavors here!
If you have a little more flexibility in your food budget, we’d definitely recommend giving one (or all) of these restaurants a try. You can typically enjoy a meal for between $25-$50 per person at these spots.
Now let’s take a look at our picks for the most expensive tier. We think that California Grill deserves a spot on every Disney fan’s bucket list! Of course, you can get an incredible view of Magic Kingdom (and the fireworks, when they’re happening) from this restaurant atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort. But rather than resting on its location, this restaurant also consistently serves up some of the most impressive meals we’ve had at Disney World. The Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli appetizer is a long-time guest favorite, although it’s difficult to call out individual dishes since pretty much everything we’ve tried here has been a delight (and because the menu typically changes often). It might not be in the budget every vacation, but we’d suggest trying to make your way here at least once!
Our next pick has received some mixed reviews from guests, but we think Le Cellier in EPCOT is also worth the splurge! Tucked back in the Canada Pavilion, the atmosphere is warm and cozy, and there are a few dishes that are must-gets for us. The Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup is possibly the most iconic menu item here, but we also love the Maple Creme Brulee and Le Cellier Signature Poutine, to name a few!
Of course, we had to finish out our list with THE dining experience in Disney World — Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The restaurant has not yet reopened following Disney World’s extended closure, but we couldn’t create this list without at least giving it an honorable mention! You won’t just get a meal here, it truly is an experience. Victoria and Albert’s offers a 7-course “Tasting Menu” which changes daily to ensure guests are enjoying the freshest, most incredible meal possible. But the experience doesn’t come cheap — prior to the closure, the Tasting Menu was priced at $185 per person, or $250 per person with wine pairings! So while it’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of those who are lucky enough to snag a reservation, it is the ultimate indulgence for foodies in Disney World.
Victoria and Albert’s is likely the most expensive meal you’ll find in Disney World, but you can still expect to spend over $50 per person at California Grill and Le Cellier.
Whether you’re looking for a delicious meal without breaking the bank, or you want to indulge in a more lavish experience, there are some incredible dining options around Disney World for all budgets. So, bon appétit, fellow Disney fans!
Have you dined at any of these restaurants? Share your experience with us in the comments!
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