One of the most important things to think about when you’re planning a vacation: where are you going to eat?
There are hundreds of restaurant choices at Walt Disney World, so it can be incredibly difficult to make a decision with so many options! And while there are several super-popular restaurants that tons of people will recommend to you, today we’re sharing some of our favorite underrated places to dine!
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom
If you’re looking for adventurous eats in the heart of the jungle, then Skipper Canteen is the place to be. Here, your food is served with a side of corny humor, as the same skippers who guide you on Jungle Cruise will be waiting on your table!
The meals at Skipper Canteen are different than what you find at many Disney restaurants, and you’ll get the chance to branch out of your comfort zone with dishes like falafel, curried vegetables, and siu pork (or you can stick with classics like steak and fried chicken). The theming in this place is also excellent, with touches that the deep Disney fans are sure to appreciate!
Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom
On the other hand, if you want some good old-fashioned, straightforward American food, then head on over to Liberty Square to dine at Liberty Tree Tavern. Here, you’ll find a traditional Thanksgiving feast!
While the family-style menu may seem simple with options like turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and mac and cheese, we’ve had pretty great experiences at this restaurant! There’s nothing quite like comfort food, and we often find that a meal at Liberty Tree Tavern just really hits the spot.
Spice Road Table in EPCOT
Jumping over to EPCOT, we’re going to head to the Morocco Pavilion for this exotic meal! Here, you’ll find a variety of small plates to enjoy in a lovely outdoor seating area with a great view of the World Showcase.
The Mediterranean-inspired menu features nearly a dozen different choices, ranging from Fried Calamari to Grilled Lamb Kefta to Hummus Fries. We’re big fans of stopping here for a shareable snack, whether it’s the midday break or the end of the night!
ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Listen, we used to think ABC Commissary was just so-so…UNTIL they changed up their menu last year. Now, this place is bangin’ with great entrees and unique choices that you don’t often see at Disney World’s Quick Service spots.
These days, ABC Commissary is home to slam dunks like Pork Tacos, Shrimp Carnitas Tacos, and the Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich. We were pleasantly surprised to find such creative options at a restaurant themed to look like a cafeteria, but we’re definitely not complaining. Don’t just take our word for it — on your next trip, give it a try!
BaseLine Tap House in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
While BaseLine Tap House may not have a large variety of food options (they’ve got plenty of drinks), the few that they do have are holding down the fort and earning the restaurant a spot on our list!
We LOVE (like, seriously love) their Charcuterie Board, and we truly appreciate the Bavarian Pretzel with Beer Cheese Fondue and Spicy Mustard. And for beer enthusiasts and aficionados, there are a variety of beverage choices — you can even create your own flight! Plus, the location of this restaurant offers a great vantage point for people-watching in Hollywood Studios.
Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
One of our favorite places to chill out in all of Disney World is Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This little-known spot is connected to Tiffins and offers small plates and a good selection of drinks.
The food here is simply exquisite (yeah, we used a fancy word!) and we highly recommend stopping by just to try out the spectacular churros. Also, if you sit on the patio, the view can’t be beaten — you’ll get to watch the bridge to Pandora and the characters floating down the waterways!
Yak & Yeti in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Another one of our favorites in Animal Kingdom that doesn’t get enough credit is Yak & Yeti over in Asia. Here you’ll find (you guessed it!) Asian food — but it’s definitely a cut above what we’ve tasted elsewhere in the parks.
Their menu has a TON of choices, with options for those who want to step out of their comfort zones and options for those who aren’t as adventurous. On top of that, the restaurant has some very cool theming and it’s usually not too hard to get a reservation.
Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Have you ever wondered why some people go out of their way to travel to a different resort and eat a meal during their Disney vacation? Well, the reason is that some resort restaurants are simply worth it!
Take Olivia’s Cafe at Old Key West for instance. This place is often known as having some of the best fried chicken in all of Walt Disney World, but you’d never know that unless you booked a reservation to check it out. And, if you’re heading over there anyway, make sure to take some time to explore the charming resort!
Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort
Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort is pretty well-known, considering it just opened up in 2019, but we still don’t think that it gets the attention it deserves! Here, you can dine with Mickey and friends in the morning and enjoy spectacular Italian cuisine in the evening.
We consider this to be some of the best food we’ve ever had at a character meal, so if you’re looking for one that’s worth your time, then check this out! But, we’ll warn you that the Riviera Resort is absolutely stunning, and you’ll probably want to stay there after you venture over there for this meal.
Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs
And of course, we can’t talk about amazing food without including some places at Disney Springs! Frontera Cocina is often overlooked, but we certainly don’t understand why — this restaurant is SO GOOD.
If you’re craving some fancy Mexican food, then you definitely need to make a stop here. It’s run by six-time James Beard Award-winning chef Rick Bayless…need we say more?
Raglan Road in Disney Springs
The last spot on our list is also located in Disney Springs, and it’s a great choice for good entertainment and great food! Raglan Road brings fun touches of Ireland straight to Central Florida.
Whether you’re there for the fish and chips or the live performers, you’re sure to have a great time at Raglan Road (especially if you’re stopping by for St. Patrick’s Day!).
Have you dined at any of the spots on this list? If not, make sure to add them to your must-dos for your next trip. For more dining advice and planning help, make sure to stay tuned to AllEars!
How many of these have you been to? Tell us in the comments!