The Best Restaurants in Walt Disney World are as magical as you would expect them to be! With over 360 dining locations to choose from, the best restaurants in Walt Disney World can be hard to find. That is why I have compiled a list of my 7 absolute favorites that you MUST try the next time you go to Walt Disney World!
Table of contents:
- 1. Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant
- 2. Le Cellier Steakhouse
- 3. The Hollywood Brown Derby
- 4. Jiko – the Cooking Place
- 5. California Grill
- 6. Cinderella’s Royal Table
- 7. Teppan Edo
1 Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant
Located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is one of the highest rated restaurant’s around, Victoria and Albert’s. This AAA 5 Diamond restaurant is among the 3 most critically acclaimed restaurants in all of Florida. Your taste buds will be delighted for over 2 hours and 6 courses. However, if you really feel like splurging, you can book a table inside the kitchen of Victoria and Albert’s. Only one table a night gets this honor, so it is best to make reservations at least 6 months in advance. You will get an opportunity to visit with the chef’s about the likes and dislikes of those in your party and then the chef will create a customized eleven-course meal just for you! Women are required to wear dresses or pant suits while men must wear a dinner jacket. Victoria and Albert’s is one of the few places in Disney World made especially for adults. Children under the age of 10 will not be served here, making this the perfect place for a date night with your hubby. The menu changes daily and for an additional fee, the kitchen will do a wine pairing for you based on the current menu. Victoria and Albert’s attention to detail is what sets this restaurant apart and makes it number 1 on my list of the Best Restaurants in Walt Disney World.
2 Le Cellier Steakhouse
In the Canada Pavilion section in the Epcot Theme park, you will find Le Cellier Steakhouse. While the simple wooden sign and the stone walls may look modest from the outside, the inside of the restaurant is anything but. Everything from the interior to the menu is inspired from the provinces of Canada. This quaint restaurant is a haven for red meat lovers with menu options like filet mignon and prime rib. While the meat may get you drooling, it’s their Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup that will keep you coming back. You can finish your meal with some vintage wine and delicious chocolate ‘moose.’ This is one of the most famed restaurants in Disney World so reservations must be made 6 months in advance to guarantee your place at a table.
3 The Hollywood Brown Derby
The Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant is an authentic replica of the famous Brown Derby in Hollywood, so it’s no surprise you’ll find this restaurant in the heart of Hollywood Studios in Disney World. When you open the doors, you will be instantly taken back to the golden age of Hollywood. You will see caricatures of famous faces all over the walls so you will really feel like you are dining with the stars! The menu is contemporary American cuisine with many mouth-watering dishes. The filet of beef is juicy and free of fat, which makes it tender enough to cut with a fork. For dessert, The Hollywood Brown Derby is famous for their original grapefruit cake. This restaurant features an extensive wine list and cocktails are poured right at your table. All of these aspects make The Hollywood Brown Derby one of the best restaurants in Disney World!
4 Jiko – the Cooking Place
Jiko – The Cooking Place is a restaurant inside the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Walt Disney World that combines the flavors of African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine. The interior of Jiko is designed after African cultures. The color scheme is reminiscent of a beautiful African sunset and there are sculpted birds ‘flying’ overhead. There are tiled columns throughout the restaurant with rings at the base to represent the Padaung tribe, whose women wear rings around their necks. As soon as you enter Jiko, you are greeted by twin wood burning stoves and a friendly wait staff. The menu here is a little more daring than some of the other restaurants in Disney World, but it is oh so delicious! Another aspect that sets Jiko apart is that their wine list has one of the most extensive options of South African Wines in North America. If that’s not your style, maybe one of their many award-winning wine options will suit your fancy!
5 California Grill
This restaurant has been a staple in Disney World since the Contemporary first opened (although it has had 2 different names) and there is good reason it has stuck around so long! The California Grill is always receiving new awards and honors thanks to the innovative chefs and the incredible quality. The menu is market-inspired, meaning it changes with the season. Perhaps my favorite part of Disney’s California Grill, however, is the view. The panoramic windows look out over the water and glistening in the distance is Cinderella’s Castle. At night, this best restaurant in Walt Disney World is the prime location to watch ‘Wishes’ Disney’s fireworks display. It is so much fun to book a late reservation and order cocktails and appetizers while watching the sky light up with fire!
6 Cinderella’s Royal Table
If you have a little princess with you or if you are one yourself, Cinderella’s Royal Table is the perfect restaurant for you. While the food is just average here, the experience you get is enough to last a lifetime! Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of the very few places inside Cinderella’s Castle tourists are allowed inside. While waiting to go inside the dining room, you will be greeted by Cinderella and she will hand out magic wands and sabers to all the children. She will then lead you up a winding stone staircase to a dining room fit for a queen! There are plush red and purple velvet curtains draped about and the light shining through the stained glass windows dances around your table. The vaulted, stone ceilings are draped with banners from the ‘kingdom.’ Your children will also be delighted to meet Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, Suzy, Perla, and sometimes, another Disney princess or two. This is truly one of the most magical places in Disney World making this one of the Best Restaurants in Disney World!
7 Teppan Edo
Teppan Edo is a hibachi-style restaurant located at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot. Hibachi is fun for the whole family and with 8 seats around each grill, it is the perfect place to dine if you are with a large group. You and your kids will be delighted with the tricks these trained chef’s will perform while cooking your food. Entrees are served with udon noodles and rice and you can get an assortment of meat such as shrimp, chicken, or even filet mignon. Teppan Edo is the perfect restaurant for a delicious dinner with an entertaining show!
These 7 Best Restaurants are what keeps me coming back to Walt Disney World again and again. Although I love to try a new restaurant each time I go, I am always drawn back to these favorites! Will you be trying any of these restaurants the next time you are in Disney World? Is your favorite Disney World restaurant missing on this list? If so, what is it!?
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