It goes without saying that Disney World is a mecca of restaurants, bars, snacks, you name it. Table Service restaurants, in particular, really bring the wow factor in terms of atmosphere, theming, and menu options, which explains why they’re as sought-after as Rise of the Resistance!
Still, not all Table Service restaurants are made the same — in fact, some are just straight-up better than others!
From food and service to ambience and theming, there are a lot of factors that go into what takes a Disney World Table Service restaurant from good to great! Or, you know, from good to meh.
So we thought it was an apt time to pull together reader reviews to rank all the Table Service restaurants at Disney World. Not counting bars (sorry, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto) or restaurants that remain closed (looking at you, Victoria and Albert’s), these are the definitive standings for Disney World’s full-service restaurants according to you!
Coming in at the bottom of the list (no offense to the margaritas) is Paradiso 37.
The Disney Springs spot might have a killer happy hour, but there’s nothing too happy about an average rating of 5.37 (out of 10…oof), and recommendations from just 48% of All Ears readers.
Wow, it’s rough going for this particular section of Disney Springs, because nearby STK has the second-lowest rating in all of Disney World.
Maybe y’all have zero tolerance for sliders, or you’re just not digging the “sexy steakhouse” vibe, but the restaurants earns a paltry 5.59 rating and a 41% recommendation.
Continuing the odd streak of Disney Springs restaurants doing poorly in that particular area, The Edison comes in next.
Apparently the theatrics — and the clothesline bacon — just aren’t cutting it, because the steampunk-y dining spot clocks in with a 6.40 rating and 67% recommendation score.
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
Next up is our first semi-surprise of the ratings: Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. The horror!
We thought this cozy Italian wine bar in EPCOT’s Italy Pavilion was enchanting and fun, but evidently the consensus is not shared, as Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar has just a 6.41 rating. It’s recommended by 71% of readers, though, which isn’t atrocious.
Big River Grille and Brewing Works
Now back to not being surprised. Bless its heart, but Big River Grille and Brewing Works on Disney’s BoardWalk is oft overlooked for a reason.
The family-friendly brewpub feels kinda chain-y and bland, especially by Disney standards. With a user rating of 6.45, you clearly agree. It does a bit better with a recommendation average of 85% though.
Now back over to Disney Springs (surprise, surprise) for another weirdly low-ranking heavy-hitter: Paddlefish.
The boat setting, and the fancy seafood and steaks, are all super cool, but perhaps it feels a bit stuffy and overwrought, which might explain its measly 6.60 rating — and rather abysmal 60% recommendation score.
Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
Another Disney Springs restaurant that doesn’t meet muster, according to readers, is Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante!
Yes it’s charming and comforting in a red sauce kinda way, but still, it only earns a 6.75 rating, and a shockingly low 58% recommendation. Guess the idea of eating spaghetti in a quasi-hangar just doesn’t cut it.
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Finally, Disney Springs catches a break, because next on the lower end of the ratings ranking is Whispering Canyon Cafe in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort.
Maybe it’s the Western theming that’s a bit jarring, or the fact that “all-you-care-to-enjoy skillets and shenanigans,” as Disney describes it, just sounds rather daunting. Either way, this buffet-style spot comes in with a 6.84 ranking and a 70% recommendation.
Well well well, it looks like a restaurant can’t glide by on its characters alone, now can it?! Chef Mickey’s, rather unexpectedly, ranks quite low on the list.
Mostly known as one of the foremost Character Dining spots in Disney World, the restaurant inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort isn’t regarded as much for its food. That’s a sentiment made abundantly clear by its 6.89 rating and 70% recommendation.
One of the more underrated chef-y restaurants in Disney Springs, Frontera Cocina is apparently overlooked for a reason.
Despite its colorful confines, its awesome margs, and ooey-gooey queso, the Mexican restaurant doesn’t do too well in the rankings, with just 6.93, and a thumbs up from 64% of readers.
Despite its glossy facade, vibrant lanterns, and pretty decor, Nine Dragons just doesn’t stand out enough on its food.
The Chinese restaurant, in EPCOT’s China Pavilion, comes in next with a 6.93 rating and a 68% recommendation score. Looks like Honey Sesame Chicken and Crispy Duck Bao Buns just don’t cut it.
The next big surprise comes courtesy of Magic Kingdom, as Crystal Palace officially becomes the lowest ranked restaurant in that park. Womp womp.
In spite of its cute Winnie the Pooh topiaries, its lavish Victorian decor, and its buffet-style feasts, the restaurant only has a 6.98 rating and 76% recommendation.
Is it just us, or is it weird to see EPCOT, the park most known as a dining destination, do so poorly in the restaurant rankings?! At any rate, here we are with another unfortunate surprise: Coral Reef.
The under-the-sea restaurant definitely wows with its aquarium setting, but maybe it just feels odd to eat seafood while sitting next to…live sea animals? That might explain why Coral Reef only has a 7.03 rating and 72% recommendation.
Tony’s Town Square
We’re sensing a theme: Italian-American cuisine is a routine disappointment for Disney World diners.
Not even Lady & the Tramp can rescue Tony’s Town Square from its low rating of 7.06, and its equally so-so recommendation of 75%.
Back on the BoardWalk, it would appear that Flying Fish isn’t flying too high in the rankings.
The upscale seafood-centric restaurant recently reopened, but according to its 7.14 rating and 71% recommendation, it would seem that a lot of you were un-phased by such news.
Can we take a moment and giggle at the fact that T-Rex, essentially a dinosaur-themed Rainforest Cafe, out-ranks other Disney Springs spots like STK and Paddlefish?!
While T-Rex does a decent job in the rankings, it’s still just 7.16 (with a 74% recommendation), which isn’t much to brag about.
La Hacienda de San Angel
There are a lot of Mexican dining options in EPCOT’s Mexico Pavilion, so they can’t all be amazing. Hence why La Hacienda de San Angel comes in at the bottom of the pack.
Sure, it’s got the waterfront views and the Tres Leches Cake, but it certainly doesn’t take the cake in the rankings, with a 7.21 rating and 73% recommendation.
In all fairness, when you share a hotel with ‘Ohana, you really have your work cut out for you when trying to stand out and entice diners. Kona Cafe, you have our sympathies.
That said, the island-inspired sushi-slinger at the Polynesian Resort comes in with a modest 7.34 rating and a slightly better than modest 79% recommendation average.
Sci-Fi Dine-in Theatre
Finally, it’s time to welcome Disney’s Hollywood Studios to this list! Surprisingly, though, the park’s lowest rated restaurant is also its hardest to get into…
…Sci-Fi Dine-in Theatre is notoriously difficult to snag a reservation for, so maybe it’s out of pure resentment that the Americana restaurant comes in with a 7.34 rating and 82% recommendation.
Back over to EPCOT, we’re in the Canada Pavilion with another unexpectedly low rating for Le Cellier.
It’s hard to imagine a steakhouse in a literal castle not getting a perfect score, but indeed, it’s got a 7.37 rating average from readers, and an even more dismaying 70% recommendation. Was this restaurant only rated by vegetarians?!
Trattoria al Forno
Well would you look at that: another Italian restaurant most of you couldn’t care less about! Next up is the BoardWalk’s Trattoria al Forno.
We’d call it underrated, but with a bland 7.41 rating — and 74% recommendation — it seems it’s rated appropriately.
La Cantina de San Angel
On the plus side, EPCOT’s La Cantina de San Angel does better than La Hacienda. On the down side, it doesn’t do better by much.
The waterside Mexican restaurant clocks in with a 7.43 rating, though its 85% recommendation is a more sizable improvement compared to La Hacienda’s 73%!
Be Our Guest
Proof that popularity isn’t everything, one of Disney World’s buzziest (i.e. hardest to get into) Table Service restaurants has a meh rating that might come as a shock to some.
We speak of Be Our Guest, the Beauty and the Beast-themed castle restaurant in Magic Kingdom. The Grey Stuff may be delicious, but the 7.47 rating is less so. Ditto the 79% recommendation.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Almost identical to Be Our Guest, in terms of castle setting, Magic Kingdom locale, and reservation difficulty, Cinderella’s Royal Table is another spot whose popularity does not equate to ratings gold.
Just barely outpacing Be Our Guest, the Cinderella spot has a 7.60 rating and 81% recommendation average.
We’ll chalk this one up to its newness, which might explain why Disney World’s most popular new restaurant has an oddly low rating compared to its fanfare.
Space 220, the outta-this-world (literally) dining spot in EPCOT’s Future World, has an average rating of 7.62 and recommendations from 83% of diners. Again, this place is still pretty brand new, so let’s give it more time to add some more reviews to the equation…
Cape May Cafe
We love the New England-style nautical theming at Cape May Cafe inside Disney’s Beach Club Resort, but according to its ratings, it would seem only some of you agree.
The sunny, pastel-hued seafood spot clocks in with a 7.65 rating, and 85% recommendation score.
Tutto Italia Ristorante
On the one hand, Tutto Italia Ristorante does a lot better than its adjoining Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. But on the other hand, it’s still not great.
Located in EPCOT’s Italy Pavilion, this elegant restaurant continues the Italian curse with a 7.67 rating and 80% recommendation.
Wine Bar George
Now back to Disney Springs for a restaurant that in our opinion definitely deserves a higher rating: Wine Bar George.
Maybe most of these reviews come from beer-drinkers, because 7.69 seems sacrilege for a wine bar from a certified master sommelier. Especially egregious is the 69% recommendation score.
Making our way further around EPCOT’s World Showcase, with a stop in Japan, Tokyo Dining is next up with its middle-of-the-road rating.
The upscale restaurant, known for its sizzling entrees, sushi, and lagoon views, comes in with a 7.86 rating and 86% recommendation.
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
Proof that a restaurant can’t get by on pithy jokes alone, next up is Magic Kingdom’s beloved (by some, at least) Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen.
The Jungle Cruise theming is fun and immersive, the Cast Member jokes are appropriately campy, and the food is adventurous (by Magic Kingdom standards, at least), but it’s still only decent with a 7.91 rating and 85% recommendation.
Services: Table Service
Are we surprised to see EPCOT’s Biergarten do better than, say, Le Cellier? Yes. Are we surprised that a festive, immersive German beer hall, complete with folksy live music, is a hit with families? Definitely no.
Thus, Biergarten in the Germany Pavilion outpaces expectations with a solid 7.98 rating and 86% recommendation.
Now we’re getting into more positive territory, with the decently reviewed and respected Jaleo in Disney Springs.
Courtesy of celeb chef José Andrés, the sprawling Spanish temple earns a respectable 8.00 rating and 80% recommendation.
Rose and Crown
Oh, Rose and Crown, how we adore you. We’re glad to see that this U.K. Pavilion pub and restaurant in EPCOT does well in the ratings!
With 8.03, it’s a solid showing for this cozy spot for Fish & Chips and Black & Tans. It does even better in the recommendation average, with glowing approval from 87%.
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
It would appear that the more casual the ambience and dining experience, the better Italian restaurants do in the ratings, as evidenced by the high standing for EPCOT’s Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria.
Easily the highest ranked restaurant in the Italy Pavilion, the pizza-centric spot walks away with a 8.03 rating and 84% recommendation.
Chefs de France
Tied with nearby Via Napoli, while doing slightly better in the recommendation score, is Chefs de France.
The charming French brasserie in the France Pavilion also has a 8.03 rating, with an even better 85% recommendation for all things escargots and Champagne.
Next up is one of Disney World’s most iconic Table Service dining experiences: California Grill.
Known for its fireworks views from atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, as well as its sushi, tasting menus, and generally glam ambiance, the fine dining staple has a respectable 8.04 rating and 83% recommendation score.
Boatwright’s Dining Hall
Y’all must love Louisiana vibes, because this casual boat-themed restaurant in Disney’s Port Orleans Resort does surprisingly well in the ratings.
Boatwright’s Dining Hall, in all its jambalaya glory, earns a solid 8.13 rating, and a rather staggering 90% recommendation.
It’s nice to see things turning around for Disney Springs restaurants. Next up is the Irish-themed Raglan Road.
A comfy-cozy Irish pub in the middle of Disney Springs, the crowd-pleaser has a laudable rating of 8.15 and approval from 88% of readers.
Yes, rating this highly in the rankings is something to applaud, but we honestly thought ‘Ohana might be even higher up the list tbh.
Regardless, 8.15 is nothing to scoff at for this beloved Hawaiian-themed restaurant inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, where noodles and bread pudding are some of our favorite bites in all of Disney World. Its 85% recommendation is a nice showing, as well.
The Hollywood Brown Derby
Now we’re finally heading back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for that park’s second restaurant on the list: The Hollywood Brown Derby.
One of the most iconic, enduring restaurants in Disney World, the Old Hollywood-style spot has a solid 8.26 rating and 83% recommendation. Never underestimate the power of a good Cobb Salad.
Plot twist: one of the highest-ranked Mexican-themed restaurants in Disney World is not in EPCOT’s Mexico Pavilion, but in Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort!
With its ornate Mayan theming and inventive modern Mex fare, Maya Grill gets an 8.27 rating and 82% recommendation from hungry readers.
It’s nice to see an underrated restaurant get the respect it deserves, as is the case with the cheery and charming Olivia’s at Disney’s Old Key West Resort.
One of the best spots for low-key amazing fried chicken in Disney World, the beachy ’n’ breezy Key West-inspired eatery stands out with its 8.29 rating and 86% recommendation.
Spice Road Table
Another underrated Disney World restaurant getting its dues is Spice Road Table!
With some of the best waterfront views in EPCOT, not to mention some of the tastiest food and cocktails in World Showcase, the Moroccan restaurant nails it with an 8.30 rating and 87% recommendation.
50’s Prime Time Cafe
Apparently most of you love a little sass with your Pot Roast, because this kitschy Americana spot in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is doing quite well in the rankings!
Known equally for its vintage American comfort food as well as its sassy servers, 50’s Prime Time Cafe has a solid showing with an 8.31 rating and 89% recommendation score.
Grand Floridian Cafe
Who can say no to some Buttermilk-fried Chicken and Lobster “Thermidor” Burgers? Most of you can’t, evidently.
Grand Floridian Cafe, the opulent all-white restaurant inside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, has an aptly grand rating of 8.33, and a recommendation from 89% of readers.
The fact that Animal Kingdom is only just now entering the rankings is proof that it’s low-key the best dining park in Disney World.
The bad news: Tusker House, the airy buffet-style restaurant with Character Dining, is the lowest rated restaurant in the park. The good news: it’s still got an impressive 8.34 rating and 86% recommendation, which says a lot about the quality of Animal Kingdom’s restaurants in general.
Now back to Disney’s Grand Floridian for the next restaurant on the list, the impossibly chic Citricos.
Yes, it’s more about cocktails, wine, and small plates at this gorgeous spot, but that isn’t stopping Citricos from earning a fantastic 8.40 rating and 93% (!) recommendation.
Yak and Yeti
Next from Animal Kingdom is none other than the bi-level Asian stunner, Yak & Yeti.
Adored for its intricate, immersive decor, as well as its authentic Indian-Nepalese cuisine, Yak & Yeti’s 8.42 rating is well-earned. Ditto its 88% recommendation.
Boma Flavors of Africa
Nearby, in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boma Flavors of Africa is a straight-up fan-fav that stands out with a fantastic spot in the rankings!
According to readers, this is one of the best buffet-style restaurants in Disney World, with its 8.44 rating and amazing 94% recommendation average.
Maybe it’s the pristine sushi and seafood, the celebrity chef manning the menus, or the luxe ambience, but Morimoto Asia is definitely among the highest reviewed restaurants in Disney Springs.
The massive Japanese restaurant performs quite well here, with its 8.47 rating and 90% recommendation, easily outpacing other nearby spots like STK and Paradiso 37.
Another smash-hit Disney Springs spot is The BOATHOUSE, which easily out-performs that other boat-themed restaurant nearby, Paddlefish.
From its gorgeous nautical decor to its raw bar offerings, cocktails, seafood, steaks, and back patio dock, there’s a lot to love about this one, so its 8.47 rating makes sense. As does its 86% recommendation.
Terralina Crafted Italian
Drum roll please for the highest ranked Italian restaurant in Disney World! It’s been quite a journey, but Disney Springs’ Terralina Crafted Italian easily takes the crown there.
Another underrated dining spot in Disney World, and in Disney Springs particularly, this chic restaurant clocks in with a fantastic 8.50 rating and 90% recommendation.
You can’t deny the influence of Indian-style Bread Service. Or any of the other amazing, authentic African- and Indian-inspired eats at Sanaa.
The beautiful restaurant, with wildlife views from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is a full-blown dining destination all its own, with its 8.59 rating and 94% recommendation.
Toledo – Tapas, Steak, & Seafood
From its artsy, avant-garde motif to its elegant tapas and top-tier steaks, Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood has a lot to rave about, hence its high standing in the rankings.
Located inside Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, this is easily one of the best dining spots in Disney World. So its 8.60 rating (and 80% recommendation) is merited.
Kinda like Sanaa, but in Animal Kingdom park, Tiffins is another African- and Indian-themed restaurant that’s a smash hit.
With its epic bread service (served in a transportive gallery-like space that’ll make you feel like you’re on an African glamping safari), the restaurant comes in with a 8.64 rating and 83% recommendation.
Finally, a restaurant from EPCOT’s World Showcase that doesn’t do surprisingly poorly in the rankings!
Teppan Edo in the Japan Pavilion, known for its action-packed hibachi cooking, has quite the fan base with its 8.68 rating and 94% recommendation.
Unlike Space 220, Steakhouse 71 is one newcomer that’s already amassed instant obsession and rave reviews, which explains its high standing on the list.
The steakhouse inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort has only been around for a few months, but that hasn’t stopped in from earning a powerhouse 8.79 rating and 86% recommendation.
Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
Never underestimate the power of a rooftop view. Known for its staggering panorama from Disney’s Riviera Resort, as well as its French/Italian/Mediterranean menus, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera has a rating as tall as its views.
According to readers, the posh restaurant earns an 8.82 rating and recommendation from 91% of diners.
Services: Table Service
Turf Club Bar and Grill
It would seem that a lot of you really have a soft spot for a clubhouse vibe, as evidenced by Turf Club Bar and Grill’s surprisingly strong showing in the rankings.
Located inside Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, this cozy clubhouse-style American restaurant comes in with a sky-high 8.84 rating. Even more impressive? The fact that 95% of readers recommend this place.
Jiko – The Cooking Place
Clearly, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a foodie destination, and of all the go-to’s in that resort, Jiko – The Cooking Place reigns supreme.
With an 8.88 rating — and 90% recommendation — the recently reopened restaurant is a stunner with its lustrous decor and equally lustrous South African-inspired cuisine.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
We’ve come a long way with Disney Springs, but now we’re at the top. Coming in as the highest rated restaurant there is none other than Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’!
We can’t say we’re surprised by this one at all. From the fried chicken to the moonshine, this beautiful Southern charmer fully deserves its 8.94 rating and 90% recommendation score.
The grandest of all Grand Floridian restaurants (at least until Victoria & Albert’s reopens…), Narcoossee’s takes the cake with the highest ranking in Disney World’s most luxe hotel.
Known for its high-end surf and turf-style menu, with sweeping views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, the restaurant ranks highly with 8.98 and a ringing endorsement from 90% of readers.
There are a lot of options for steak in Disney World, and according to you, the one you can’t miss is Yachtsman Steakhouse.
Bedecked like a bougie ship, this nautically inspired steakhouse inside Disney’s Yacht Club Resort brings the wow factor with an 8.98 rating and 93% recommendation average.
Ale and Compass
Evidently, Yacht Club is a smash-hit with restaurants, because another nautically themed sensation with sky-high ratings is Ale and Compass.
Between its breakfast buffet and New England-style comfort food (like Seafood Pot Pie), there’s much to love here, hence its amazing 9.07 rating and 93% recommendation.
Impressively, the casual lounge offshoot of Tiffins performs even higher than Tiffins itself! We’ve long raved about Nomad Lounge in Animal Kingdom, so it’s good to see it get the adoration it deserves.
Operating as a more casual, pared-down version of Tiffins (with much of the same favorite menu items, like bread service), the riverside lounge clocks in with a 9.16 rating and a near-perfect 95% recommendation.
We’re almost at the end of the list, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still time for last-minute surprises. Case in point: Sebastian’s Bistro coming in hot with some of the best reader reviews of any restaurant in Disney World.
With its colorful Latin theming, family-style eats, and Caribbean flavors, this restaurant in Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort astounds with a 9.20 rating and 100% recommendation score.
Time for number one, y’all! Of all the worthy restaurants in Disney World (The Hollywood Brown Derby, Tiffins, California Grill, ‘Ohana…), we gotta say we’re pleasantly surprised to see Dahlia Lounge soar to the top spot!
With decor inspired by Spanish Surrealism, and a menu of elegant Spanish-inspired flavors (not to mention sweeping views from atop Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort’s Gran Destino Tower), it’s easy to see why Dahlia Lounge took the crown with its 9.67 rating and 100% recommendation.
Well, there you have it folks! There are a ton of restaurants in Disney World, and while sexy steakhouses and Italian food may not be your favorites, there’s still lots to love and rave about. In particular, our readers seem to love African-themed lounges and Spanish Surrealism with a view!
Which restaurant ranking are you most surprised by? Let us know in the comments!
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