At Disney World, there are plenty of popular restaurants guests flock to year after year. While we love a trip to Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Chef Mickey’s, and Le Cellier, there are plenty of other incredible restaurants across the parks and resorts that you may not have considered.
Today we’re sharing some of the best restaurants you may never have tried at Disney World! There’s at least one in every park, so let’s dive in and review!
Magic Kingdom has a couple of heavy-hitters when it comes to popular dining, so restaurants like Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen often go overlooked. If you’re looking for something different to try on your next trip and you’re feeling a little adventurous, consider giving Skipper Canteen a try! It’s filled with fun Easter eggs, and the servers have a lot of the same witty banter you’ll find on Jungle Cruise.
EPCOT is FULL of wonderful dining options, mostly concentrated in World Showcase. It will take you several Disney World vacations to try everything that EPCOT has to offer, but there are two restaurants in particular that you have probably never considered. First up is La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion. Located right on the water, it makes for fantastic views of World Showcase Lagoon (especially during fireworks!).
The second restaurant is Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion. Another waterfront option, Spice Road Table recently went through a menu update. Now, it features mainly small plates, making this a great option for a midday break.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
With the arrival of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, most guests will flock to Oga’s Cantina for a lively bar atmosphere and unique libations. But just steps away from Galaxy’s Edge is BaseLine Tap House. This west coast-style lounge offers a bevy of beer and wine options, in addition to some small bites (all at a lower price than what you’ll pay at Oga’s!).
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom isn’t typically known for its dining options, but there are a couple that are worth a visit! You might not know this, but Animal Kingdom is home to its own signature restaurant called Tiffins. Its menu is full of internationally-inspired cuisine and is often touted as one of the best signature restaurants in Disney World.
Located right next door to Tiffins is Nomad Lounge. If you don’t want to commit to a signature restaurant on your Animal Kingdom day, you can still find great signature cocktails and small bites (some items come right from the Tiffins menu!).
Disney World Resort Hotels
Disney World’s hotels all have at least one dining option available, but some are among the best on property! If you haven’t had the chance to check out Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera at Disney’s Riviera Resort, you should strongly consider it next time you visit. This is an excellent alternative to Chef Mickey’s if you want a nice character breakfast (with a view!). Their signature dinner service is also top-notch.
One of our personal favorites that still often goes overlooked is Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The resort is a little off the beaten path so making the trek here just to eat might not seem worth it, but you’ll have to trust us when it comes to Sanaa. This is definitely one of the most unique table service restaurants in Disney World, with its savanna views and one-of-a-kind menu.
Another under-the-radar favorite of ours is Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. This is a pleasant, relaxed restaurant filled with delicious comfort food menu items with a southern twist. Overnight guests at Old Key West definitely struck gold by having easy access to this restaurant, but it’s also just a quick boat ride away from Disney Springs, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside.
Our next resort must-do is Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The Grand Floridian is home to some of Disney’s finest dining options, including Victoria & Albert’s, Narcoossee’s, and Citricos. But you’ll find excellent service and delicious meals at a fraction of the cost at Grand Floridian Cafe.
Our last recommendation that you may have never heard of or considered is Crew’s Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. This is a true hidden gem when it comes to Disney World dining, and since Yacht Club is just steps away from EPCOT, it’s a great quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the parks!
Disney Springs is filled with excellent dining options, but today we’re going to give a shout out to Terralina Crafted Italian! This classy restaurant doesn’t get as much play as the flashier Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, but it’s packing some hidden gems on its menu.
Have you tried any of these restaurants on your Walt Disney World trips? Let us know what you think!
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