The 18 Best Restaurants You’ve Probably NEVER Visited in Disney World

We know the popular restaurants at Walt Disney World, from the ones in castles to countries to outer space!

Cinderella’s Royal Table

But there are some hidden gems you’ve probably never eaten in that you need to check out. Maybe you’ve walked by these places and always wondered if they’re good or don’t even know they exist.

Either way, we’re here to tell you the best restaurants you’ve probably never visited in Disney World.

Jaleo

Jaleo is located in Disney Springs’ West Sidem and it’s a whole experience! This is a Spanish tapas and paella restaurant, created by world famous chef  and philanthropist José Andrés.

Jaleo

Jaleo serves lunch and dinner and offers a TON of options, plus an extensive wine and cocktail list. The paellas available change daily, and this is a great place to get good charcuterie and cheese.

Jamón ibérico

If you like Spanish food or are looking for something exciting, check out Jaleo!

Click here to see more about Jaleo

Trattoria al Forno

Trattoria al Forno is on Disney’s BoardWalk and serves breakfast and dinner. This is a casual Italian spot with authentic recipes and ingredients!

Trattoria al Forno

For breakfast, you can find things like oak-grilled steak and eggs or the sunrise breakfast pizza. Then, at dinner, indulge in dishes such as truffle gnocchi or veal osso buco.

Tagliatelle

Trattoria al Forno is a cozy spot and it’s in a great location on the Boardwalk, putting you nearby EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. Plus, it’s potentially the best Italian food you’ll find in the World.

Click here to see more about Trattoria al Forno

Boma – Flavors of Africa

Boma is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and is unique and delicious! It’s an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet for breakfast and dinner.

Boma – Flavors of Africa

You can try turkey bobotie, which is a type of South African quiche, for breakfast or African spiced beef striploin for dinner.

Ribssss

They also have traditional breakfast and dinner foods at the buffet like pancakes and macaroni and cheese. If you’re interested in the flavors of Africa, you love to have a large variety of things from which to choose, or you’re ready for something new-to-you, we highly recommend Boma.

Click here to see more about Boma – Flavors of Africa

Sanaa

Sanaa is also located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (this time in Kidani Village)! What’s so special about this spot is that you can watch animals outside on the Savanna from your table.

Sanaa

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served here, with breakfast being a Quick Service style with tasty bites like banana bread and yogurt parfaits. Lunch and dinner feature African- and Indian-inspired cooking. There are no reservations required for breakfast, but we suggest making them for lunch or dinner!

Bread Service

Sanaa is famous for their Indian-style bread service, which has five different kinds of flatbread with nine different accompaniments. This is the only restaurant where you can see the amazing animals out on the Savanna in Disney World.

Click here to learn more about Sanaa

Ale & Compass

This one flies under the radar a bit, but it’s delicious! Located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, this spot serves up New England-inspired comfort food and other classic seafood dishes.

Ale & Compass

The restaurant is inspired by a cozy lighthouse, but it’s pretty big! Breakfast here has dishes like salted caramel-apple French toast and a crab cake Benedict. And at dinner, you can get things like New England seafood pot pie or lobster and corn chowder.

Lobster and Corn Chowder

Also, their Parker House rolls are served with bacon jam, pub cheese, and citrus butter — need we say more?

Click here to see more about Ale & Compass

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera

Topolino’s is a newer restaurant at Disney World, located at the top of Disney’s Riviera Resort. They serve a mix of French and Italian cuisine, so you already know it’s delicious!

Topolino’s Terrace Dining Room

Breakfast here is actually a character meal called Breakfast a la Art featuring Mickey and friends in their artsy outfits, which are unique to Topolino’s. It’s prix fixe, with adults getting to choose an entree like quiche gruyere or wood-fired butcher’s steak and kids creating their own entree. You also get a wonderful pastry basket (bottomless pastries — yes!).

Topolino’s Terrace Character Breakfast

Dinner here is a bit fancier, serving dishes like bouillabaisse and lobster linguine.

Tomahawk Veal Chop

They also have a giant Tomahawk veal chop! (Seems like a good meal for Gaston, yeah?)

Click here to learn more about Topolino’s Terrace

The Turf Club Bar & Grill

Turf Club is not currently open right now, but when it is, it’s a great spot to check out! The restaurant is over at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and serves classic American food in a clubhouse setting.

Turf Club

A fan favorite her is the Turf Club’s grilled romaine salad, which is like a Caesar salad but better!

The Turf Club NY Grilled Strip Steak

You can also try things like the rancher’s reserve prime rib and the grilled verlasso salmon.

Click here to see more about Turf Club Bar & Grill

Il Mulino

Il Mulino is inside the Walt Disney World Swan Resort and serves traditional Italian cooking. They are open for dinner and they also have a large bar and lounge area that’s great to relax in after a day at the parks!

Il Mulino

They have a very large menu and serve dishes like prosciutto and melon, pizza Bianca, and mushroom rigatoni.

A little meat and cheese

And if you don’t want pizza or pasta, they have various steak, chicken, fish, and veal dishes available. Il Mulino can also serve some dishes family style for groups of four or more!

Click here to see more about Il Mulino

Toledo — Tapas, Steak, & Seafood

The name definitely tells you a lot about this spot! Spanish tapas, steak, and seafood is the signature food at Toledo, which is located at the top of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

View from Toledo

The restaurant’s design was inspired by surrealist art and the 1930s avant-garde, and you can see that reflected in the awesome ceiling here!

Toledo

You can get things like Rioja-braised chorizo, braised lamb shank, scallops, and marinated hangar steak for dinner at Toledo.

Chuletón Bone-In Rib-Eye for Two

There is also a Chef’s Signature Dinner for Two which comes with the flight of four pinxtos, charcuterie and cheese, Chuletón bone-in rib-eye, two sides, and ‘The Toledo Tapas Bar Dessert’ for $129.

Click here to see more about Toledo

Primo Piatto

Primo Piatto is a Quick Service location in Disney’s Riviera Resort that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, they have things like a Croque Madame, blueberry-lemon pancakes, and the Primo Piatto Breakfast, which is scrambled eggs served over mascarpone polenta with a sweet brioche roll.

Primo Piatto

For lunch and dinner, you can get lovely hearth baked pizzas, a Croque Monsieur, or a Tuna Niçoise Salad.

Tuna Nicoise Salad

It’s a great place to have a quick bite if you’re at Riviera Resort!

Click here to see more about Primo Piatto

Olivia’s Cafe

Olivia’s Cafe is located at Disney’s Old Key West Resort and has breakfast, brunch(!), lunch, and dinner. This breezy spot serves up island-inspired food in a nautical-themed space.

Olivia’s Cafe

Kick off your morning with a Loaded Key West Bloody Mary or some Spam-cheddar biscuits! Olivia’s is also known for its banana bread French toast.

Spam-cheddar biscuits

At brunch, lunch, and dinner, you can get conch fritters and crab cakes. Lunch and dinner also have the Southernmost Buttermilk Chicken served with mashed potatoes, southern gravy, a biscuit, and seasonal vegetables.

Crab Cake at Olivia’s Cafe

And don’t forget to finish off your meal with some Key Lime Pie! Here, it’s served as a tart with mango and raspberry sauce.

Click here to see more about Olivia’s Cafe

Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Yak & Yeti serves pan-Asian inspired food and is absolutely beautiful inside thanks to the Nepalese-style design.  It’s over in Animal Kingdom and serves lunch and dinner.

©Disney

You can feast on things like firecracker shrimp, ahi tuna nachos, Malaysian seafood curry, and chicken tikka masala.

Yak & Yeti Seafood Curry

They also have wok items like Korean beef and grilled items like ribs with Korean BBQ sauce.

Click here to see more about Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Nomad Lounge

This is one of the most relaxing spots in all of Disney World. Over on Discovery Island in Animal Kingdom, this lounge is connected to Tiffins (a Signature Table Service spot), but Nomad Lounge is walk-up only, so you can’t make reservations.

Nomad Lounge

There is a giant wrap-around porch that overlooks the water and is surrounded by trees to transport you away from the theme park hustle and bustle. Since it’s a lounge, they specialize in cocktails and small bites.

Nomad Lounge

You can get Tiffins Bread Service, a chicken Manchurian bowl, or their famous churros to snack on.

Churros Nomad Lounge

As for drinks, Nomad has unique offerings like the Night Monkey, which has dark rum, guava purée, coffee simple syrup, lime juice, and a hint of cilantro.

Click here to see more about Nomad Lounge

Skipper Canteen

Skipper Canteen might just have the best food in Magic Kingdom! It’s in Adventureland and is themed as an outpost for the skippers from the Jungle Cruise. The flavors are Asian-, African-, and South American-inspired.

Skipper Canteen Mess Hall

There are 3 different rooms: the Mess Hall, the Jungle Room, and the S.E.A. Room — which was once a secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers! This place is great for Disney history buffs.

©Disney

Lunch and dinner are served here and dishes include things like curried vegetable crew stew and Dr. Falls Signature Grilled Steak.

Click here to learn more about Skipper Canteen 

ABC Commissary

ABC Commissary is a Quick Service location at Hollywood Studios designed to look like an art-deco commissary used by ABC studios.

ABC Commissary

They serve lunch and dinner with dishes like pork carnitas tacos, buffalo chicken grilled cheese, and a plant-based California burger.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You can also usually find seasonal or celebration desserts here,too!

Click here to learn more about ABC Commissary

La Hacienda de San Angel

The restaurant inside the Mexico pyramid in EPCOT, San Angel Inn Restaurante, seems to get a lot of attention, but La Hacienda de San Angel is an awesome option!

La Hacienda de San Angel ©Disney

It’s on the World Showcase Lagoon side, so you can get a great view of the fireworks, and it serves authentic Mexican cuisine. This place only serves dinner and has menu items like pozole, carne asada, and chile relleno.

Flautas

For dessert, you can try things like the tres leches cake or sweet corn ice cream.

Click here to learn more about La Hacienda de San Angel

Chefs de France

Moving around the World Showcase, Chefs de France is a French-style brasserie with classic dishes from the country.

Chefs de France

You can get escargot, Boeuf Bourguignon, or Ratatouille for lunch and dinner.

Boeuf Bourguignon

There is also a prix fixe option here which includes one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert, plus a glass of wine or soda, choice of one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert.

Click here to learn more about Chefs de France

Spice Road Table

Finishing up in the Morocco pavilion, we have Spice Road Table. This restaurant is also located on the water so it’s another great option for watching fireworks.

Spice Road Table

Enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dishes like hummus fries, grilled lamb kefta, or stuffed grape leaves.

Hummus fries

Click here to see more about Spice Road Table

Those are all of the best places you’ve probably never been to in Disney World! Stay tuned to All Ears for more Disney info and updates.

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5 Replies to “The 18 Best Restaurants You’ve Probably NEVER Visited in Disney World”

  1. I can enthusiastically endorse Trattoria al Forno as a genuine hidden gem of a Disney restaurant. We had a late supper there during a visit to WDW in early November and the food was nothing short of spectacular. Apparently there’s a new chef in charge who insists on having everything fresh, and it certainly pays off: we had amazing salads to start that tasted like they’d just been picked out of the garden (probably from The Land greenhouses in Epcot), and veal that was tender beyond belief. Highly recommended.

  2. Been to 11. Love Spice Road Table!! Ate there on Thanksgiving day a few years ago with no ADR. Great food and great view! The comedy routine at Olivia’s got annoying very quickly. Really ruined the atmosphere. Yak and Yeti is part of a chain, disappointing for a Disney restaurant. Fun article! Thanks!