Walt Disney World Orlando Restaurants

You'll find burger-and-fries combos everywhere in Orlando, yet the ambitious chefs behind Orlando's theme-park and independent restaurants provide loads of better options. Locally sourced foods, creative preparations, and clever international influences are all the rage here. Theme-park complexes have some of the best restaurants in town, or you may opt for a rental car to seek out the local treasures.

The signs of Orlando's dining progress is most evident in the last place one would look: Disney's fast-food outlets. Every eatery on Disney property offers a tempting vegetarian option, and kiddie meals come with healthful sides and drinks unless you specifically request otherwise. Chefs at Disney’s table-service restaurants consult face-to-face with guests about food allergies.

Around town, locals flock to the Ravenous Pig, the Rusty Spoon, the Smiling Bison, and other gastropubs where the menu changes regularly; Luma on Park, a suave home of thoughtfully created cutting-edge meals; and any number of dining establishments competing to serve the very finest steak. Orlando's culinary blossoming began in 1995, when Disney's signature California Grill debuted, featuring farm-to-table cuisine and wonderful wines by the glass. Soon after, celebrity chefs started opening up shop. And in 2013, Disney completely revamped California Grill so it's a trendsetter once again.

Orlando's destination restaurants can be found in the theme parks, as well as in the outlying towns. Sand Lake Road is now known as Restaurant Row for its eclectic collection of worthwhile tables. Here you'll find fashionable outlets for sushi and seafood, Italian and chops, Hawaiian fusion and upscale Lebanese. Heading into the residential areas, the neighborhoods of Winter Park (actually its own city), Thornton Park, and College Park are prime locales for chow. Scattered throughout Central Florida, low-key ethnic restaurants specialize in the fare of Turkey, India, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam—you name it. Prices in these family-owned finds are usually delightfully low.

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  • 1. Be Our Guest

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom | French

    This massive restaurant offers a Beauty and the Beast theme, French flair, and the Magic Kingdom's first wine and beer served at dinner; breakfast...Read More

  • 2. Boma—Flavors of Africa

    $$$$ | Animal Kingdom Resort Area | African

    Boma takes Western-style ingredients and prepares them with an African twist—then invites guests to walk through an African marketplace–style...Read More

  • 3. Tusker House

    $$$$ | Animal Kingdom | African

    This good-value restaurant offers all-buffet dining three meals a day, and a Donald's safari-themed character crew complements the African-esque...Read More

  • 4. 1900 Park Fare

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area | American

    Disney characters delight guests throughout the day at this sprawling, though dainty, lobby restaurant. Mary Poppins and friends join guests...Read More

  • 5. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

    $$$$ | Epcot | Scandinavian

    This restaurant has character buffets at all three meals, with an array of Disney princesses, including Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Aurora...Read More

  • 6. Cape May Cafe

    $$$$ | Epcot Resort Area | Seafood

    With the feel of a New England seafood house—the type your grandma might enjoy—this bustling spot in the Beach Club Resort features popular...Read More

  • 7. Chef Mickey's

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area | American

    The fact that the Disney monorail zooms overhead right through the Contemporary hotel, and that Mickey, Minnie, or Goofy hang around for breakfast...Read More

  • 8. Cinderella's Royal Table

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom | American

    Cinderella and other Disney princesses appear at this eatery in the castle's old mead hall, offering prix-fixe Fairyland dining as only Disney...Read More

  • 9. Garden Grill

    $$$$ | Epcot | American

    Family-style dinner fare is served here as the restaurant revolves, giving you an ever-changing backstage view of the Living with the Land boat...Read More

  • 10. Garden Grove

    $$$$ | Epcot Resort Area | American

    With twinkling lights hung amid the branches of its oversized 25-foot signature tree, this restaurant, designed to resemble New York's Central...Read More

  • 11. Hollywood & Vine

    $$$$ | Disney's Hollywood Studios | American

    Disney Channel stars come to life at this restaurant through its Disney Junior Play ’n Dine meals for breakfast and lunch. Handy Manny and Agent...Read More

  • 12. Ohana

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom Resort Area | South Pacific

    This Polynesian-themed restaurant offers two thoroughly entertaining, though incredibly different, experiences. Early in the day, the Best Friends...Read More

  • 13. The Crystal Palace

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom | American

    A lovely Victorian setting is the perfect place for the old-fashioned and lovable Winnie the Pooh and friends to greet your kids via A Buffet...Read More

  • 14. Trattoria al Forno

    $$$ | Epcot Resort Area | Italian

    Themed as an old-time Italian home along a boardwalk, this Disney resort restaurant melds new and old, from the homey decor with contemporary...Read More

  • 15. Yachtsman Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Epcot Resort Area | Steakhouse

    Aged beef, the attraction at this New England-themed casual steak house in the upscale Yacht and Beach Club, can be seen mellowing in the glassed...Read More

  • 16. Kouzzina by Cat Cora

    $$$ | Epcot Resort Area | Mediterranean

    Celebrity-chef Cat Cora and Disney joined forces to open an upbeat family-oriented Greek restaurant along the BoardWalk. From an exhibition...Read More

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