How to Get Some of the BEST Food in Disney World Without a Reservation

Disney World has some incredible restaurants, but what if you can’t get a reservation? Will you have to miss out on some awesome eats because you can’t get a seat?

Cinderella Castle

Fret not, our hungry friend. Do you know how many amazing spots in Disney World do NOT require a reservation?

Here’s how to get some of the World’s best food without that hard-to-get reservation!


Lounges are located around Disney World, and most of them serve some of the same food as their restaurant counterpart on a smaller scale. But lounges don’t require reservations (with the exception of Space 220). They tend to be some of the best hidden spots around the parks, so give them a try for sure.

Nomad Lounge

Nomad Lounge is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and here you can even try some of the same food from the next door Tiffins Restaurant, like the Tiffins Signature Bread Service or the Sweet Corn Soup, in addition to other small plates that share culinary inspiration with the restaurant proper.

This lounge is tucked away in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

You can also get cocktails and drinks, and don’t forget the Churros! They come with Vanilla Crema and Chili-Strawberry dipping sauces, and they’re arguably the best churros at Disney World.

Ale and Compass

Ale and Compass is located in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort hotel, and you can get appetizers from 4PM to 10PM daily as well as cocktails, wines, and beer.

Ale and Compass Lounge

Some of the dishes include the Bacon and Vermont Cheddar Burger and the Lobster and Corn Chowder.

Sanaa Lounge

Inside Sanaa in Animal Kingdom Lodge — Kidani Village is the Sanaa Lounge, which serves Indian-inspired appetizers, African wines, and cocktails. You can eat Samosas, sip on a cocktail, and then step outside to watch the animals on the savanna.

Sanaa Lounge

The Indian-style Bread Service includes FIVE different flat breads with nine accompaniments like Mango Chutney, Garlic Pickle, and more.

Enchanted Rose

The Enchanted Rose is found in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and it’s inspired by Beauty and the Beast. They serve small plates from 5PM to 10PM daily, as well as specialty cocktails, martinis, wine, and beer.

Enchanted Rose Lounge

Try the Crab Macaroni and Cheese, Truffle Fries, or Mini Smoked Brisket Sliders!


EPCOT festivals give you the opportunity to try all kinds of unique foods from around the world at four different times throughout the year! The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is one of the biggest festivals, with over 30 booths to choose from. But the other festivals can hold their own — including the current Festival of the Holidays!

Festival of the Holidays 2021

We’re big fans of eating our way around World Showcase, trying as many booths as we can. And you can even some popular restaurant food at the festivals at times. Typically you’ll find the very same Canadian Cheddar and Bacon Soup from Le Cellier at the Canada Booth at Food and Wine Festival! Enjoy a soup you could otherwise only get with a reservation.

Canada Booth at EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival

Other festivals at EPCOT include Festival of the Arts and the Flower and Garden Festival. All four festivals offer food booths with really special menu items you don’t need a reservation to try.

Quick Service

And you don’t even need a lounge or a festival to get great food in Disney World! Here are some of the best Quick Service spots.

Flame Tree Barbecue

A Quick Service favorite, Flame Tree Barbecue, can be found in Animal Kingdom. Here’s where you can get, well, barbecue. You can get dishes like ribs and chicken, a Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork, and more.

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Flame Tree BBQ

Flame Tree has some truly delicious barbecue, no reservation required!

Satu’li Canteen

Satu’li Canteen is also located in Animal Kingdom, in the land of Pandora. Here you can get dishes inspired by the Na’vi from Avatar, and not only are they unique, they’re also delicious! The Cheeseburger Steamed Pods are a favorite.

Cheeseburger Pods

Try the Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef Bowl, the Chili-Garlic Shrimp Bowl, or the Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl. Or save some money and order the Cheeseburger Steamed Pod from the kids’ menu!

Columbia Harbour House

In Magic Kingdom, Columbia Harbour House is where to find some Quick Service seafood that is actually delicious. You can get a Lobster Roll, Fried Shrimp, Grilled Salmon, and more.

Lobster Roll

And don’t even get us started on the Hush Puppies!

Ronto Roasters

Ronto Roasters can be found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, where you can get the famous Ronto Wrap made with roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce, and tangy slaw wrapped in pita bread.

Ronto Wrap

For $12.99, it’s a filling AND tasty meal fit for Star Wars fans wanting a galactic meal. Or try the Kyryll Pork Rinds, made with Pork Rinds seasoned in a blend of ancho chile, cheddar, smoke, and cinnamon.

The Polite Pig

If you make your way to Disney Springs looking for some delicious food without a reservation, try The Polite Pig for some modern, Florida-inspired barbecue. All drinks are served on tap, and you’ll find shareable meals, salads, and sandwiches.

The Polite Pig

Try the Southern Pig made with pulled pork, fennel-apple slaw, tangy mustard BBQ, and Duke’s mayo. And don’t forget the Mac & Cheese on the side!

There’s a LOT to eat in Disney World without a reservation! Keep reading All Ears for more Disney World planning news and tips!

Have you eaten at any of these spots? Tell us in the comments!

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