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 restaurant
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
You'll find burger-and-fries combos everywhere in Orlando, yet the ambitious chefs behind Orlando's theme-park and indep

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. 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

  • 2. Liberty Tree Tavern

    $$$$ | Magic Kingdom | American

    Now serving beer and wine, this formerly "dry" tavern holds a prime spot on the parade route, so you can catch a good meal while you wait. Each...Read More

  • 3. Sanaa

    $$$ | Animal Kingdom Resort Area | African

    Most of the flavors are from India, yet Sanaa is really a celebration of the Spice Islands—locales off the coast of Africa that for centuries...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 50's Prime Time Café

    $$ | Disney's Hollywood Studios | American

    If you grew up in middle America in the 1950s—or if you're just a fan of classic TV shows like I Love Lucy and The Donna Reed Show —you'll...Read More

  • 6. Big River Grille & Brewing Works

    $$ | Epcot Resort Area | American

    Strange but good brews, like Rocket Red Ale, Southern Flyer Light Lager, Steamboat Pale Ale, and Gadzooks Pilsner, abound here at Walt Disney...Read More

  • 7. Flame Tree Barbecue

    $ | Animal Kingdom | Fast Food

    This quick-service eatery is one of the relatively undiscovered gems of Disney's culinary offerings; there's nothing fancy here, but you can...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano

    $$$ | Disney's Hollywood Studios | Italian

    To replace the energy you've no doubt depleted by miles of theme-park walking, you can load up on carbs at this casual Italian restaurant that...Read More

  • 11. Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room

    $$$ | Epcot | British

    If you're an Anglophile and you love a beer so thick you could stand a spoon up in your mug, this is the place to soak up both the suds and...Read More

  • 12. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

    $$$ | Disney's Hollywood Studios | American

    If you don't mind zombies leering at you while you eat, then head to this enclosed faux drive-in, where you can eat in a booth that looks like...Read More

  • 13. Tony's Town Square Restaurant

    $$$ | Magic Kingdom | Italian

    Inspired by the animated classic Lady and the Tramp, Tony's offers everything from spaghetti with meatballs to braised short ribs with mascarpone...Read More

  • 14. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

    $$$ | Epcot | Pizza

    Loud, mad, bustling, and chaotic, this casual, family-friendly restaurant in the Italy Pavilion features a menu of authentic, thin-crust Neapolitan...Read More

  • 15. Yak & Yeti

    $$$ | Animal Kingdom | Asian

    This large, pan-Asian restaurant offers sit-down service in a two-story, 250-seat venue in the Asia section, offering everything from a variety...Read More

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