Here are the best places to eat at Disney World’s Orlando resorts.
Whether you want to take a break from the crowds or you just want to spend a day lounging poolside, Walt Disney World’s resorts offer plenty of delicious dining options for every kind of traveler. Even better, you don’t have to be staying at these resorts—or even on-property at all—to treat yourself to a little extra Disney magic.
Best for: Fireworks Viewing
WHERE: California Grill, The Contemporary
For the best fireworks viewing without needing a park ticket, book a coveted table at California Grill at the top of the Contemporary Resort. From the 15th floor, you’ll have stunning views of the surrounding lagoon, including the Magic Kingdom fireworks if you time your reservation correctly. Enjoy upscale California-inspired cuisine with local, seasonal ingredients and an impeccable wine list.
INSIDER TIPBook a table on the earlier side to watch the sunset over one of Disney World’s most scenic vistas (don’t forget to ask for a window seat!). Then, bring your receipt to the second-floor check-in counters later that evening to access California Grill’s special terrace for the perfect view.
Best for: All-You-Care-to-Enjoy
WHERE: ‘Ohana, The Polynesian
“Ohana means ‘family,'” and this restaurant is a great choice for families of all sizes. “All-you-care-to-enjoy” dining style means your servers will bring as many Mickey-shaped waffles as your table can share. While it’s a fan-favorite for breakfast, you’ll love the Polynesian-inspired barbecue skewers they offer for dinner. Plus, you’ll be able to meet Lilo and Stitch!
INSIDER TIPDon’t miss one of Disney’s cult-favorite desserts! Grab a dole whip downstairs at Pineapple Lanai, the Polynesian’s quick-service option.
Best for: Dinner and a Show
WHERE: Hoop-dee-do Musical Revue, Fort Wilderness
Hoot and holler at the Hoop-dee-do Musical Revue! This dinner and a show at Fort Wilderness is fun for the whole family. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and enjoy a selection of skits and songs all while chowing down on all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken, ribs, and fixin’s. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but most of all, you’ll leave with memories of a one-of-a-kind Disney experience.
INSIDER TIPSeating for the show is arranged in categories. To be really in on the action, choose Category 1 or 2 when you make your reservation—Category 3 is up on the second floor with some restricted views.
Best for: Afternoon Tea
WHERE: The Garden View Tea Room, Grand Floridian
Fancy a spot of tea? Channel your inner Mary Poppins at the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian. Listen to the soft sounds of piano or orchestra from the lobby in this airy space surrounded by the Grand Floridian’s exquisitely-manicured gardens. Take your afternoon tea with a delightful selection of scones and sandwiches before taking a monorail over to the Magic Kingdom.
INSIDER TIPFor even more magic, book the Perfectly Princess Tea Party experience, which includes a special princess parade, sing-a-longs, and storytime while you enjoy your tea.
Best for: Vacation Vibes
WHERE: Olivia’s Café, Old Key West
Sit back and relax at Olivia’s Café, a hidden gem at Disney’s Old Key West resort. Soak up the sun on the terrace to the soundtrack of steel drums and enjoy Caribbean-inspired comfort foods like banana bread French toast for breakfast, Conch chowder for lunch, or key lime pie for dessert. After lunch, rent family-sized bikes, tennis rackets, or ping-pong paddles—or enjoy the sandcastle-sized waterslide by the pool.
INSIDER TIP Cruise the river on a 30-minute boat ride to or from Disney Springs for a shopping excursion after lunch or dinner.
Best for: The Princess-Obsessed
WHERE: Trattoria al Forno, The Boardwalk
Don’t feel like waiting in line to see your favorite Disney princess? Book the Bon Voyage breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at the Boardwalk. You’ll be able to meet Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric. This Italian-inspired breakfast of princess-themed treats includes Rapunzel’s signature frying pan of pastries and a tower of pancakes.
INSIDER TIPYou can walk from the Boardwalk to Epcot’s World Showcase, so book an early mealtime before heading over to ride Soarin’ or Test Track before the crowds.
Best For: Fun Cocktails
WHERE: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, The Polynesian
Sip on some of the most fun and unique cocktails on the property at this 51-seat bar. Trader Sam’s is a legendary watering hole full of Disney artifacts—it’s named after a Jungle Cruise character, after all, so expect plenty of hidden Mickey and theme park memorabilia. While they do offer a selection of Pacific-inspired food like sushi, dumplings, and other small bites, it’s best for the atmosphere and the drinks.
INSIDER TIPTrader Sam’s is open to the whole family until 8 pm. After that, it’s 21+.
Best for: Fine Dining
WHERE: Victoria & Albert's, Grand Floridian
For true fine dining complete with white tablecloths, Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian is the best of the best. Whether you book a regular table or splurge on their 11-course chef’s table experience, the meal is the star of the show here. This is one of the few restaurants on property that require a dress code, so be sure to look sharp. With inspiration from around the world paired with local and seasonal ingredients, you’ll consistently be wowed.
Best for: Meeting Mickey and Friends
WHERE: Chef Mickey’s, The Contemporary
There’s never a dull moment at Chef Mickey’s. It’s a great choice for pickier eaters (the ridiculously large buffet serves a variety of kid-friendly options) in a lively, exciting atmosphere. You’ll be able to watch the monorail whiz by and meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto without leaving your table.
Best for: Kid-Free Dinner Dates
WHERE: Flying Fish Café, The Boardwalk
If you’ve booked an on-site babysitter for the night, head down to the Boardwalk for an old-fashioned dinner date. Flying Fish offers upscale seafood and contemporary fare in a relaxing, quiet setting. Then, share an ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery with your sweetie, stroll past evening entertainers, and hit the Atlantic Dance Hall to dance the night away.
Best for: Leaving Room for Dessert
WHERE: Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, Beach Club
Step back into the 1950s with this classic soda shop at Beach Club. Accessible by walking from Epcot, the soda shop serves elaborate ice cream sundae, milkshakes, and floats. Can’t decide? Order the Whole Kitchen Sink, which includes vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip ice cream along with every single topping, served in an actual sink!
Best for: Fun for the Whole Family
WHERE: Whispering Canyon Café, Wilderness Lodge
Giddy up! Channel your inner cowboy with all-you-care-to-enjoy frontier fare at the Wilderness Lodge, inspired by the American West. Younger cowgirls and cowboys will get in on the action with hobby-horse races, sing-a-longs, and plenty of jokes from your entertaining servers. It’s rowdy fun for the whole family. Save room for the apple pie!
INSIDER TIP Want something a little quieter? Try Geyser Point Bar and Grill down at the waterfront for more upscale options, great cocktails, and views of the lagoon.
Best for: Adventurous Eaters
WHERE: Jiko, Animal Kingdom Lodge
Cap off your day at Animal Kingdom by hopping over to Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner. With giraffes, gazelles, and ostriches right outside the restaurant window, you’ll be transported to the African savannah. Jiko is one of the best restaurants Disney has to offer, with innovative and modern African-inspired cuisine.
INSIDER TIPConsider spending a day at Animal Kingdom Lodge to experience the animals up close and personal. Another culinary gem at the resort is Sanaa, which is worth a visit.
Best for: Mickey-Shaped Treats
WHERE: Sassagoula Floatworks, Port Orleans French Quarter
You can’t leave Walt Disney World without consuming one of their many Mickey-shaped treats. You have your choice of Mickey-shaped waffles, ice cream, cookies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and more. But one special treat at Port Orleans French Quarter? Mickey-shaped beignets, of course. These fluffy fried dough treats are worth the trek out to Sassagoula Floatworks. Spend some time walking them off around the expansive Port Orleans properties for a relaxing afternoon.