Why These 11 Restaurants Are SO Controversial in Disney World

Two things are true — there are a LOT of restaurants in Disney World, and Disney fans have strong opinions.

Be Our Guest

Some of the Disney World restaurants are controversial with both devout fans and dedicated haters.

So, let’s take a look at 11 of the most polarizing Disney World restaurants!

1. Be Our Guest Restaurant

We’re starting with a big one! Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom has a beautiful atmosphere and pretty tasty dishes. That’s brought in a lot of fans!

To Be Our Guest!

Still, this spot has gotten rid of the previously popular Quick Service options in favor of a prix-fixe offering with steep prices. Now, there are many that don’t consider this spot worth the price or the time out of a day in Magic Kingdom.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Rating: 7.58 / 10 Recommended By: 84%
Menus: Dinner, Lunch, Children's Lunch, Children's Dinner, Breakfast, Children's Breakfast
Services: Table Service , Quick Service , Kiosk

See our video all about Be Our Guest Restaurant below.

2. Tony’s Town Square

Nearby, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is a controversial one as well. Though many say it has notoriously mediocre dishes, it’s not unanimously hated.

Tony’s Town Square

There are some who make it a point to go to Tony’s every single time they’re in Disney World thanks to the charming theme, great location, and what they consider good eats.

Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Rating: 7.08 / 10 Recommended By: 75%
Menus: Lunch/Dinner, Children's Lunch/Dinner
Services: Table Service

What do Emma and Quincy think of Tony’s Town Square? Find out by watching the video below!

3. ’50s Prime Time Cafe

’50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a very cool retro atmosphere and super delicious eats, but there’s one aspect of this spot that makes it so controversial.

’50s Prime Time Cafe

’50s Prime Time also comes with some antics from your waiter that’s meant to make you feel like you’re eating in a ’50s family home. For some, that’s a fun and unique experience. Others don’t like to be heckled during a meal.

'50s Prime Time Cafe Restaurant

Rating: 8.16 / 10 Recommended By: 87%
Menus: Lunch/Dinner, Children's Lunch/Dinner
Services: Table Service

4. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

We’ve got another Italian option on the list. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano features a menu of classic Italian favorites. Lots of Disney fans tend to think it’s just meh though.

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

But there are others who find it to be a favorite! Even some of our writers make a visit to Mama Melrose’s regularly for those comforting flavors.

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano Restaurant

Rating: 7.45 / 10 Recommended By: 78%
Menus: Lunch/Dinner, Children's Lunch/Dinner
Services: Table Service

See what some members of the AllEars team think about Mama Melrose’s in the video below!

5. Rainforest Cafe and T-REX

This next one is a two-for-one. Rainforest Cafe and T-REX are similar chains that feature an extremely themed dining experience. Neither is run by Disney but you’ll find two Rainforest Cafe locations and one T-REX in Disney World.


Many guests avoid these spots at all costs because of the noise and because they’re not “special” in Disney World. Others have kiddos that wouldn’t miss them for the world.

Rainforest Cafe Restaurant

Rating: 4.91 / 10 Recommended By: 47%
Menus: Lunch/Dinner, Children's Lunch/Dinner
Services: Table Service

6. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

Next up, we’re back in Hollywood Studios at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. This spot is super fun and unique thanks to the car seating and the old movies they play during your meal. So, lots of people love this one.


On the other hand, the food tastes like any burger chain and you’re eating in the dark, facing away from your party. It’s not ideal for some groups.

Sci Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Rating: 7.26 / 10 Recommended By: 80%
Menus: Lunch/Dinner, Children's Lunch/Dinner
Services: Table Service

7. Cinderella’s Royal Table

Cinderella’s Royal Table is very controversial! The food tends to be mediocre for the cost, so a lot of folks consider it overrated.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

But, you’re dining IN Cinderella Castle looking out over Fantasyland and you’re meeting Cinderella. You might understand why it’s easy to consider this spot a must-do!

Cinderella's Royal Table Restaurant

Rating: 7.95 / 10 Recommended By: 87%
Menus: Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner, Children's Lunch/Dinner, Children's Breakfast
Services: Table Service

See if Craig and Quincy feel like it’s worth $160 to eat INSIDE the castle by watching the video below!

8. Chef Mickey’s

We’ve got another character meal on the list! Chef Mickey’s is loud and expensive with food that many would skip — especially for the price.

Chef Mickey’s

But if you’ve got a kiddo, it’s hard to beat seeing the Fab Five in their chef’s outfits and doing the napkin dance!

Chef Mickey's Restaurant

Rating: 7.48 / 10 Recommended By: 77%
Menus: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Services: Buffet/All You Care to Eat

9. Coral Reef Restaurant

Coral Reef is a restaurant in EPCOT that serves seafood with views of the surrounding aquarium.

Coral Reef

It’s a very cool atmosphere but the food can be disappointing. With so many amazing meals in EPCOT, many folks consider this a skip — despite the unique atmosphere.

Coral Reef Restaurant Restaurant

Rating: 6.98 / 10 Recommended By: 71%
Menus: Lunch/Dinner, Children's Lunch/Dinner
Services: Table Service

10. Le Cellier

Le Cellier is one that is surprisingly divisive! This Canadian steakhouse is often raved about for its delicious food and cozy atmosphere.

Le Cellier Filet Mignon

Some, though, have had less than stellar experiences and wouldn’t return.

Le Cellier Restaurant

Rating: 7.58 / 10 Recommended By: 72%
Menus: Lunch/Dinner, Children's Lunch/Dinner
Services: Table Service

11. Planet Hollywood

Disney Springs is home to Planet Hollywood and we’ve heard from some readers that it’s go-to when they’re visiting Disney World.

Disney Springs

However, as you can see from the rating, this is not a popular spot for everyone. Guests cite less-than-stellar food and a mediocre experience overall.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Restaurant

Rating: 5.50 / 10 Recommended By: 36%
Menus: Lunch/Dinner, Children's Lunch/Dinner
Services: Table Service

And that’s a look at some of the more controversial restaurants in Disney World. What restaurant would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments!

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2 Replies to “Why These 11 Restaurants Are SO Controversial in Disney World”

  1. I too miss the Quick Service at Be Our Guest. We are going to WDW in June and I refuse to pay their exorbitant lunch/dinner prices even if we can afford it.

    On another note, we like the atmosphere at Prime Time, but the food is disgusting. The last time we got sticky mashed potatoes with what seemed like powdered gravy. Cafeteria food at it’s worst. No thanks!

  2. I miss the quick service at Be Our Guest. The food was filling and enjoyable without being too heavy or expensive. I love the atmosphere, but it’s hard to justify spending so much now for the sit down meal when my family and I cannot have so many things on the menu. Yes, there are allergy friendly options available, but again, heavy meals+Florida heat and humidity aren’t always a good combo. I used to love Tony’s, but there has been a noticeable difference since it reopened. The last time I ate there, they were serving plates of parmesan to tables rather than adding it to dishes on request & the whole place reeked of old cheese. Pecos Bill has by far been my worst dining experience in the past year though. The food was awful. I ended up eating 2 bites & threw the rest out. I got a hotdog instead which was 1000x better!!