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Jiko

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Jiko Review

The name of this restaurant means "the cooking place" in Swahili, and it is certainly that. The dining area surrounds two big, wood-burning ovens and a grill area where you can watch cooks in North African–style caps working on your meal. The menu here is more African-inspired than purely African, but it does include authentic flavors in entrées like peri-peri chicken flatbread and spiced pumpkin soup. Menu items often change, but entrées might include maize-crusted fish with tomato-butter sauce or chermoula-roasted Nigerian prawns with orange-olive salad. The restaurant offers more than 65 wines by the glass, including a large selection of South African vintages; vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menus are also available. Ask about the wine-and-dine experiences and the Wanyama vehicle safari-dinner combo (only for hotel guests).

    Contact Information

  • Address: Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Pkwy., Animal Kingdom Resort Area, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | Map It
  • Phone: 407/939–3463
  • Website:
  • Location: WDW Resorts

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch.
Updated: 05-03-2013

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    Jiko Review

    I was very excited to try this restaurant because of all of the great reviews that I read and I always trust Fodors reviews. I must say, however, that I was very disappointed. I ordered fish and the waiter compared it to seabass, it was not even close. It was very dry and it was fried, which was not mentioned on the menu, and it was fine if you covered it in the sauce it came with, but considering that we spent $400 on our meal (there were 6 of us) I expected a lot more from this restaurant. Don't waste your money. We went to the rainforest cafe the following night and our meal was half the price and so much better, really.

    by spl, 3/15/10
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    Jiko Review

    I had to convince my very picky parents to eat a Jiko because they were afraid they would hate the spices and preparation of African cuisine. It turned out to be the best meal, by far! My Arctic Char was flaky and in a mouth-watering broth, my husband said his steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned (and that he would never bother waiting at Le Cellier again) and my parents loved the braised lamb so much, they asked for the recipe. A little expensive, but so worth it!

    by lenapresti, 11/23/09
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    Delicious

    Best meal at Disney! Ate with party of 6 -- everyone extremely pleased with food. Great variety and flavors. Excellent wine list. Only issue was dessert menu -- while everything we tried was very good would have liked more variety and a few chocolate items to choose from!!!

    by methinks, 3/10/08
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    Jiko's is special

    I must say of all the places I have eaten at on Disney's property....THIS ONE IS THE BEST. While California Grill has a great menu and the view is great....Jiko's delivers on taste every time. We have eaten here 4 times and every time has been great. I might add that the Animal Kingdom Lodge is the best deal for what you pay.

    by nbkm7l1, 10/21/07
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    Best Disney operated restaurant at WDW

    Definitely one of the top restaurants at WDW for imaginative menu options, quality of preparation, and service. Don't skip this restaurant if you have a chance, and want one of the best dining experiences at WDW.

    by dtolman, 12/15/06

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