25 Popular Restaurants In Disney World, Ranked (2024)

When most people envision dining at Walt Disney World near Orlando, things like Dole Whip, Mickey-shaped pretzels, and herculean turkey legs have been the long-established Disney snack fodder, many of which are so famed they were the subject of a recent cookbook. But nowadays, the most magical place on Earth is a veritable mecca of gourmet snacks, sips, and dining, from immersive themed meals and tasting menus in literal castles to legit fine dining and swanky steakhouses. Are Mickey-shaped treats still ubiquitous? Absolutely. But there's much more to dining in Disney World these days than ever before.

Throughout all four parks — Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom — and in Disney Springs and its myriad hotels and resorts, food and drink are overflowing. Altogether, there are more than 200 places to get food in Walt Disney World, including nearly 100 full-service restaurants. These span the spectrum from casual cafes and churro stands to full-blown fine dining, with plenty of fun theming and playful cookery along the way. From a buzzy space-themed spot to classic Hollywood-style dining that never goes out of style, these are Walt Disney World's best restaurants based on my personal experiences and supplemental research.

All prices are as of the date of publication. 

25. Be Our Guest - Magic Kingdom

If you've ever wanted to dine in an actual castle, then Walt Disney World is the place to be. Specifically, Magic Kingdom has two castles and two castle restaurants, including the hot-ticket Cinderella's Royal Table in the park's marquis castle. But for some of the best full-service dining in this decidedly snack-centric park, make a beeline to Be Our Guest.

As the musical name implies, the French-inflected restaurant resides inside a castle modeled after the one in "Beauty and the Beast," complete with a gilded ballroom and a gnarly West Wing, wilting rose and all. Located in the rear of Fantasyland towards the middle of the park, Be Our Guest serves prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner ($70 per adult and $41 per child for dinner), featuring a choice of appetizer and entrée before a dessert trio (yes, the Grey Stuff is delicious). While it serves prix fixe meals, it's still a casual environment where diners can come clad in tank tops, shorts, and Minnie Ears.

Considering the quality of the food (dishes include lobster bisque, herb-salted pork tenderloin, vadouvan-spiced vegetables, and chocolate tarts with grey frosting), this is one of the most gourmet experiences in Disney World's original park. This is also one of the only places in Magic Kingdom where alcohol is served, as Magic Kingdom really only serves alcohol in sit-down restaurants. For both meal periods, book dining reservations in advance, as seats tend to fill up quickly.

24. The Polite Pig - Disney Springs

Outside of the parks, Disney Springs (formally known as Downtown Disney) has emerged as a mecca of dining, shopping, and entertainment. One prime example is The Polite Pig, a fast-casual barbecue restaurant from the folks behind one of Orlando's most acclaimed restaurants, The Ravenous Pig. The Polite Pig is a casual offshoot that always commands a worthwhile line from its vantage point in the middle of Disney Springs' main shopping corridor.

Here, the bill of fare is barbecue, both of the classic comfort food variety, and the inventively eccentric. This means familiar fare like baby back ribs, fried chicken, and prime brisket share top billing with novelties like burnt ends meatballs, bourbon-glazed cheddar sausages with jalapeño cornbread, and a smattering of unconventional vegetable dishes, like roasted beets with smoked pecan granola and crispy Brussels sprouts glazed with whiskey caramel. To drink, don't miss the smooth-as-silk barrel-aged Manhattan, or try one of the house beers from its very own Ravenous Pig brewery.

Optimal for all ages, the reservation-free restaurant tends to command a lengthy queue at prime meal periods, especially starting at 6 p.m. The line moves fast, but to avoid it, your best bet is to arrive off-hour, or try lunch. It's definitely a tad pricier than old-school barbecue joints (entrées range from $15 to $23, and sandwiches average $13), but the quality of the ingredients and the sheer singularity of many of its menu items make it worthwhile.

23. Yachtsman Steakhouse - Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Chief among Disney World's most astounding steakhouses is Yachtsman Steakhouse, a nautically themed upscale spot inside Disney's Yacht Club Resort. With wood-filled dining rooms that make guests feel like they're dining in the hull of a lavish yacht, complete with porthole windows and ship wheels on the walls, it's an aptly ornate setting to feast on some epic surf & turf.

The upscale dinner restaurant is situated on the front side of Yacht Club Resort, with windows overlooking the pool area. More high-end than most full-service restaurants in Disney World, this is one place where formal wear isn't exactly required (but you'd feel weird if you wore anything less). It's also more of a mature, adult-oriented vibe, although there is a small kids' menu with unique offerings like oak-grilled steak skewers. But in terms of price (signature entrées sail up to $56, steaks top out at $65), and the fact that the dining room doesn't have the whimsical nostalgia, Yachtsman feels like more of a date night destination — and a darn good one at that. It's another in-demand restaurant, so reservations are strongly suggested as soon as possible, but it's worth refreshing your Disney World app for availability in order to sample signature items, like the 28-ounce porterhouse for two, slathered in cognac-truffle butter.

22. La Crêperie de Paris - Epcot

When it comes to batter-based breakfast fodder, Disney World is more known for its Mickey waffles than for crêpes. But to round out the recent expansion of the France Pavilion in Epcot, which saw the opening of the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride, Disney added a new restaurant that even the most discerning Pixar rat-chef would love: La Crêperie de Paris.

Modest and rather understated in terms of decor, at least compared to other highly themed restaurants in the parks, the crêpe restaurant puts its focus on the food — an emphasis made clear by the quality and authenticity of the menu. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with both full-service and quick-service options, as well as affordable prix fixe choices, the restaurant really offers something for everyone and every age at a reasonable price point (savory buckwheat-based crêpes are all $18.50, while all sweet crêpes are $10.95).

The sunny restaurant is located in the rear of the France Pavilion, behind the faux Eiffel Tower, and along a walkway designed to resemble the streets of Paris as you stroll to the Remy ride. The menu is inspired specifically by the Brittany region of France, with real-deal offerings like the Savoyarde crêpe brimming with molten Raclette cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, and French Bayonne ham, or the Pomme crêpe, a sweet caramel apple homage filled with caramelized apples and caramel beurre salé, a salted butter staple from Brittany.

21. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen - Magic Kingdom

One thing that Disney does well with its restaurants is curating a full-body sense of whimsical immersion, and nowhere is this more apparent than at Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen. The quasi-tropical full-service restaurant is inspired by the nearby Jungle Cruise ride in Magic Kingdom's Adventureland, with a lot of similar jungle-themed decor and the same quirky jokes from the servers, mirroring those of the skipper guides on the boat ride.

The massive, multi-roomed restaurant is one of the premier full-service concepts in Magic Kingdom, with tons of immersive knickknacks, faux vintage photography, and vibrant colors on full display. Equally adored by kids and adults (this is one of the rare Magic Kingdom spots that serves alcohol), it's a restaurant that's as fun as it is flavorful. Open for lunch and dinner, it's a casual and comfy dining experience that dares to be different with items like Orinoco Ida's Cachapas (corn pancakes with beer-braised pork, roasted corn, fresno pepper salsa, and avocado cream), and Kungaloosh (an African-inspired chocolate cake with caramelized bananas, cashew-caramel ice cream, and coffee dust).

Prices are higher than most places in Magic Kingdom: Appetizers range between $10 to $16, while entrées range from $23 to $38. But portions are generous, flavors are original, and it's a kid-friendly dining experience that's as fun as the rides. It's a popular spot, so make reservations if you can, but wait times for lunch and dinner usually aren't too unreasonable.

20. Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' - Disney Springs

Southern comfort food is on full, decadent display at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin', one of the most popular restaurants in Disney Springs, for good reason. The huge, clamorous restaurant is perched on the inner lagoon in the shopping and dining district, with massive dining rooms evocative of a cozy Southern cottage, where the hospitality is as warm and charming as the soulful cuisine. Said cooking is courtesy of chef Art Smith, a celebrity chef who once worked as Oprah Winfrey's personal chef, and whose penchant for buttery Southern cuisine is revered enough to make this one of the most in-demand tables in Disney World (reservations are highly suggested for brunch, lunch, and dinner, though you can get a boozy cocktail from the bar area to bide your time while you wait).

Fried chicken, fluffy doughnuts, deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes, barbecue pork, and fried catfish are all requisite Southern staples (and menu hits) joined by Floridian favorites like conch chowder and hand-battered gator bites with remoulade and hot sauce. Whatever you do, try and save room for dessert — the towering chocolate cake is one of Art Smith's top recommendations. To drink, the bar is known for its fruity moonshine-based cocktails in chilled copper mugs. The vibe is fun, lively, and come-as-you-are, and while sandwiches and entrées can cost upwards of $19 and $29, respectively, you more than get your money's worth for the sheer portion sizes that are enough to feed a hungry family.

19. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto - Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is a nondescript (yet wildly popular and hard to get into) tiki bar nestled inside Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Inspired by Trader Sam, a character from the Jungle Cruise ride in nearby Magic Kingdom, Disney carved out an entire bar to build out an adventurous space filled with tiki torches, puffer fish lights, fake storms, and water guns that bartenders squirt at customers when they order certain cocktails.

By the time the bar opens in the late afternoon, customers are already lining up down the hotel hallway. The bar doesn't take reservations, and wait times only get longer as the evening grows on. It's also only 21 and up after 8 p.m. While kids certainly have plenty of fun in the Jungle Cruise-themed space, there's not a ton of menu options for them. There are also alcohol-free drinks, but the bread and butter are the boozy, rum-soaked libations served in glassware designed to resemble sea creatures, ships, and totems.

Cocktails are pricey ($15 to $37), but worth it for the spectacle of the experience, the playful mugs, and the fact that they certainly don't skimp on alcohol. The Polynesian Pearl is a fun one made with RumChata, Grand Marnier, cinnamon, and tropical fruit juices, served in a pearl mug that customers get to keep, while the Uh-Oa is designed for two or more guests, with long colorful straws sinking into a medley of two kinds of rum, Falernum, cinnamon, and orange, passion fruit, guava, pineapple, and grapefruit juices.

18. Rose & Crown - Epcot

All around the central lagoon in Epcot, the World Showcase features elaborately themed pavilions inspired by different countries, each one boasting its own architecture, shops, and restaurants, with a few rides thrown in for good measure. In the U.K. Pavilion, Rose & Crown is a quaint, bustling pub designed to transport diners straight to London, and it succeeds with its rustic, cozy decor, and hearty pub grub.

While British beers and ciders take top billing, the restaurant (and its lagoon-adjacent patio, a prime spot for watching the fireworks at night) is quite family-friendly and casual. Open for lunch and dinner, kids love the fish and chips or cheesy pasta, while adults have plenty to savor and sip, from Scotch eggs and shepherd's pie to sticky toffee pudding and pints of Guinness and Boddingtons English Pub Ale.

Rose & Crown is undoubtedly a popular go-to restaurant in Epcot, but it's not terribly difficult to snag a reservation. At the very least, wait times won't be too long, aside from prime dinner time and during the fireworks. If you're looking to just grab a pint of beer to go, customers can order drinks from the front bar without any wait. You also get a lot of bang for your buck, where hefty portions of shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and fish and chips are all in the mid to high $20s.

17. The Hollywood Brown Derby - Hollywood Studios

The restaurants in Disney's Hollywood Studios are just as dazzling as their adrenaline-pumping thrill rides. One example is the iconic Hollywood Brown Derby, modeled after an actual restaurant from Hollywood's Golden Age heyday.

Located in the heart of the Hollywood Boulevard area by the front of the park, this restaurant is anchored by a vast dining room clad in regal crimson hues and lined with comfy booths and faux caricatures of Hollywood stars. Decidedly decadent and upscale yet still friendly and casual, families can comfortably come as they are and tuck into a meal of classic American food. The Cobb salad is the signature dish, a healthy portion of spit-roasted turkey, bacon, egg, tomatoes, blue cheese, and avocado, all tossed table-side for a little pomp and circumstance. Other dishes include escargot, braised short ribs, and shrimp and scallops Newberg in a sherry cream sauce with blue crab toast. Expect to pay $14 to $23 for appetizers, and up to $49 for entrées. The restaurant also has a robust wine and cocktail list, including one of the best Manhattans in Disney World, and a popular Grapefruit Cake Martini made with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka, Stoli Vanil vodka, cream, and a graham cracker rim.

It's not hard to get a reservation at the Hollywood Brown Derby if you start checking a few weeks in advance. The restaurant also has a reservation-less patio that offers a pared-down version of the main menu.

16. Satu'li Canteen - Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom, in all its wilderness adventures and far-flung theming inspirations, is the Disney World park that's big on getting wild — even the otherworldly kind. Located in the "Avatar"-themed Pandora section of the park, Satu'li Canteen is a quick-service spot that feels like dining in a cafeteria on another planet. Here, you can customize your own bowl, drink a green beer, and chow down underneath a huge Avatar-inspired plant on the patio.

Great for diners of all ages, the lunch and dinner spot offers hearty bowls with base options like rice, noodles, and salad, plus toppings like wood-grilled chicken, slow-roasted beef, and chili-spiced fried tofu. Portions are huge, and accouterments are as colorful as they are flavorful, including crisp vegetable slaw, black bean vinaigrette, and boba balls. The Cheeseburger Steamed Pods are a fun favorite: fluffy bao buns stuffed with ground beef, ketchup, mustard, pickle, and cheddar cheese. To drink, there's wine, sangria, juices, and space-themed beers, like the Elysian Space Dust IPA and the Mo'ara High Country Ale.

The restaurant is enormous, with an interior area designed like an otherworldly mess hall. It's quick-service, so it doesn't take reservations, but you'll need to select a time slot by pre-ordering food via the My Disney Experience app (it usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes, so don't wait until you're starving), and then approaching the host stand in front of the canteen when your app notifies you. This is also one of the most economical restaurants in the parks, where huge bowls range from $13.29 to $17.99.

15. 'Ohana - Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Any "Lilo & Stitch" diehards out there might recognize the word "'Ohana" means family in Hawaiian, and this lush breakfast and dinner mainstay inside Disney's Polynesian Village Resort stands out as one of the best restaurants for families in Disney World. Why? The all-you-can-eat family-style food is the ultimate comfort food feast, and Disney characters have been known to make the rounds through the totem-filled dining room.

In the morning, the endless eats are $49 per adult and $30 per child, with platters brimming with pineapple-coconut bread, cinnamon sugar doughnuts, and breakfast skillets loaded up with eggs, pork sausage, Hawaiian-style ham, pineapple compote, fried potatoes, Mickey-shaped waffles, and biscuits. At dinner, things are a bit pricier ($62 per adult and $40 per child), but the all-you-can-eat food is far more immense. Meals come with 'Ohana bread with honey butter, mixed greens salad, honey-coriander chicken wings, pork dumplings, and dinner skillets sizzling with grilled teriyaki beef, shrimp, grilled chicken, chimichurri sauce, noodles, and roasted broccolini. For dessert, the 'Ohana Bread Pudding is one of the most coveted sweets in Disney World, swimming in sticky caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

The restaurant has a cool tropical Polynesian theme, and views of the Seven Seas Lagoon are epic. It can be tricky to snag a desired reservation time, but it's well worth the concerted efforts for one of Disney World's tastiest family-style dining experiences.

14. Sebastian's Bistro - Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Of all the resorts in Disney World, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort feels like one of the more underrated. Tucked away in the palm-filled wilderness, far enough from the parks and Disney Springs to afford some solitude, the resort — and its restaurants — feels like a hidden gem, and a breath of fresh air. The same sentiment certainly applies to its sleeper hit of a restaurant, Sebastian's Bistro.

Decked out in colorful pastels and complete with a sprawling porch lined with lime-green lounge chairs, the full-service dinner restaurant is as casual and leisurely as a beachy island vacation. The menu is a prix fixe that costs $38 per adult and $20 per child, with a spree of Latin- and Caribbean-style eats served family-style. Items include fluffy pull-apart rolls with guava butter and caramelized onion jam, kale salad with grilled pineapple and key lime dressing, and the Taste of the Caribbean, a hulking platter of citrus chicken, mojo pork, mango sambal, grilled flank steak, cilantro rice and beans, vegetable curry, and grilled broccolini. It's all followed by a shareable portion of coconut pineapple bread pudding. To drink, look for lots of tropical rum-based cocktails, sangria, Caribbean spirits, and beer. As underrated as it is, Sebastian's Bistro remains an easy reservation to snag, with a motif and menu — and casual, breezy vibe — befitting diners and families of all ages and persuasions.

13. Via Napoli - Epcot

Via Napoli is an authentic Italian restaurant located in the Italy pavilion in Epcot. And if you are craving some lunchtime carbs to keep you going through the long walking journey that is Epcot, then this is the place for you. Loads of classic Italian dishes like pizza, pasta, calamari, chicken parm, and more await you.

This sit-down restaurant has a beautiful interior, yet it's still fit for casual diners decked out in the same clothes they wore to ride Guardians of the Galaxy and Remy's Ratatouille Adventure. I recommend going for some of the specialty pizzas when you're here, like the four-cheese quattro formaggi, the carciofi pizza (a white pizza with truffle oil, artichokes, and various kinds of cheese), or the build-your-own pizza so you can really customize it to your liking. You also can't go wrong with the desserts, and favorites include the tiramisu and the limoncello float.

12. Oga's Cantina - Hollywood Studios

In terms of in-demand bars in Disney World, the hottest spot is one that takes guests to another planet, in a galaxy far, far away. Said planet is Batuu, the meticulous and immersive "Star Wars"-themed Galaxy's Edge land in Disney's Hollywood Studios, where spaceships, stormtroopers, and lightsabers are commonplace sights. Follow the line to Oga's Cantina, a bustling music-filled watering hole that feels right out of the movies (which has one of the best bars in Disney World).

It's still tough to find reservations (although last-minute openings pop up pretty regularly on the My Disney Experience app). Those lucky enough to snag a barstool or booth are rewarded with a truly out-of-this-world drinking experience, thanks to the bubbling and fizzing drinks, the in-character bartenders, and the party-starting music from DJ R-3X, a droid pilot that hardcore "Star Wars" fans might recognize for his role on the Star Tours ride nearby.

Though booze is front and center, the cantina is a smash hit with kids, thanks to its fun cavernous space and kitschy droid energy. Plus, kids love the Blue Bantha, a blue milk drink garnished with a vanilla-butter sugar cookie. Adults, meanwhile, can feel the tingle with the Fuzzy Tauntaun, a vivacious mix of peach vodka, peach Schnapps, tangerine-orange juice, cane sugar, and a "tingling foam" that'll zap your lips (in a fun way). Food-wise, limited offerings include Batuu Bits, a smattering of crispy "Galaxy Snack Bits" with spiced chermoula dip, and the Happabore Sampler with cured and roasted meats, cheeses, and pork cracklings. Most drinks are reasonably priced, clocking in between $17.50 to $20.50 (though there is a special $46 drink that comes with a souvenir mug).

11. ABC Commissary - Hollywood Studios

The ABC Commissary has been called the best quick service option in Hollywood Studios, but I'd go as far as to say that's one of the best quick service options in all of the parks. First of all, unlike many quick service options, indoor seating is abundant, providing you with a shaded, cool place to unwind in steamy Florida. What's also amazing about the ABC Commissary, aside from its location and seating, is that you are getting pretty big portions of whatever you order, and there is so much variety on this menu, too. You're not just stuck with chicken tenders.

The absolute best thing I've ever gotten here was the heavenly buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich. It was absolutely divine, and it hit the spot. In fact, it was the best buffalo chicken grilled cheese I've ever had, and it wasn't too spicy, so my mouth wasn't left burning. Instead, it was delightfully balanced and added some much-needed protein and flavor to an otherwise simple meal. Other food options include the Mediterranean salad, a plant-based California burger, pork carnitas tacos, and many allergen-friendly options, including gluten-free, nut-free, soy-allergy-friendly, milk-allergy-friendly, and more. This is a perfect spot for a big group with many dietary preferences. But if you can, go for that buffalo chicken grilled cheese.

10. Wine Bar George - Disney Springs

For proof of Disney Springs' dining legitimacy, look no further than Wine Bar George, a sophisticated wine-centric restaurant that looks like something out of Napa, presided over by certified master sommelier George Miliotes. Not only is the wine list here gargantuan, but some of the bottles are rare gems that go up to $3,000 per bottle. Don't worry, though — if you want a taste of the elite, the bar employs a needle-like device called a Coravin to offer 1-ounce pours that cost far less.

While kid-friendly (especially at brunch with its crispy mac & cheese bites and brioche French toast), the swanky restaurant definitely feels more conducive to a date night or girls' night, especially considering its wine emphasis and the fact that most food is designed to pair with vino. Along with a dictionary-sized menu of Old and New World wines, lunch and dinner selections run the gamut from hummus and grilled octopus salad to flaming saganaki cheese, charcuterie boards, and red wine-braised short ribs.

Prices aren't cheap, but they're reasonable for the high quality and craft that goes into every bite, mirroring the attention to quality that goes into the wine list. For dinner appetizers, prices range from $9 to $26, charcuterie and cheese boards are $27 to $64, and entrées between $38 to $52. The restaurant is usually pretty easy to get into, but if you need to bide your time — or simply grab a snack or a drink on the go — then just stop by the takeout window, The Basket at Wine Bar George.

9. Enzo's Hideaway - Disney Springs

True to its name, Enzo's Hideaway is quite literally tucked away in Disney Springs. In fact, it's so elusive that it might be a little bit hard to find at first. You have to use your eyes to find the signs directing you to it. Once you reach the bottom of the stairs, you'll enter Enzo's Hideaway and quickly realize that the extra effort will be worth it. You'll be transported to a breathtaking Italian wine cellar, complete with hanging racks of meat and wine bottles lining the walls.

Aside from the atmosphere, this restaurant has genuinely tasty food with prices that aren't too outrageous, especially for the quality that you're getting. The Caesar salad is a popular choice, and though the menu is a bit small, even the picky eaters of your group will have a good time here. Simple pleasures like spaghetti e polpette (plain spaghetti and marinara sauce with meatballs) and ravioli delight, while more complex options like the linguine alla burrata (complete with mushrooms and a white wine sauce) and the lemon-oregano pollo arrosto will satisfy the foodies of the group. And if you're craving a beverage, don't miss out on specialty beverages like the Fragola mule (strawberry purée, ginger beer, etc.) and the Luciano spritz (Combier Orange Liquor, Aperol, blood orange juice, and Prosecco).

8. Sanaa - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

From Disney World's wide portfolio of elaborately themed and transportive resorts, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge reigns as the most authentic and immersive. Tucked away from the rest of the parks and resorts, on the far western edge of Disney World, the resort feels like a real-deal African savannah lodge, surrounded by woods and teeming with African wildlife — both of which are viewable through the windows at Sanaa, an Indian and African restaurant filled with African art.

Although Sanaa lacks the nostalgic kitsch and childlike wonder of other restaurants and attractions (which might make this restaurant a challenge for some kids), it's unabashedly authentic in both its artsy decor and its cuisine. Again, kids might shy away from some of the unfamiliar flavors at this all-day restaurant, but adventurous adults have lots to get excited about. The most popular item on the menu, the Indian-style bread service, pairs five different kinds of breads (including three naans, an onion kulcha, and a paneer paratha) with a multitude of dipping sauces and chutneys (like cucumber raita, mango chutney, tomato-date jam, and red chile sambal). The rest of the globe-trotting menu features items like char-grilled lamb kefta, samosas, Goan seafood curry, Zazibari vegetable curry, and turmeric-marinated fish with roasted cauliflower and coconut gravy.

Prices are fairly high, with appetizers between $9 to $22 and entrées between $24 to $36, but the ingredients and authenticity merit the cost. Sanaa is relatively easy to get a reservation for, but there's also an adjoining Sanaa Lounge that offers a slimmed-down version of the menu without reservations.

7. Teppan Edo - Epcot

Teppan Edo in the Japan pavilion in Epcot is a place that definitely requires a reservation. This ideal dinner spot will wow the kids and impress the adults. A hibachi-style setup is what you're walking into, complete with grills that the trained chefs work on in front of you. But this isn't just any hibachi place — this is Disney, so you'll see chefs working their own kind of magic, like turning onions into Mickey Mouse shapes and tossing bits of food into guests' mouths.

If traditional hibachi items like steak, chicken, and veggies are tasty but you need some extra oomph, you can always add some sushi to your order, including classic rolls like the California roll, volcano roll, and spicy roll. It is more of a pricey and classy spot, so if you're balling on a budget, you might want to take a look at the menu prices before making that reservation. But if you have room in your wallet to spare, this is a great, fun spot you won't regret going to.

6. Dahlia Lounge - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Located atop Gran Destino Tower in Disney's Coronado Springs Resort (one of the more mature, adult-centric resorts on the property), Dahlia Lounge is a high-flying restaurant in a league all its own. This is true of its panoramic views, as well as its art-filled decor inspired by Spanish Surrealism, and especially of its legit Spanish-inspired menu of dishes and drinks.

Chic, modern, and swanky, the lounge definitely feels more fitting for adults, or a parents' night out — it's also one of the best late-night options in Disney World, open until midnight. The food menu offers a curated array of shareable tapas, like shrimp in aji amarillo, traditional tortilla Española, ham and cheese bocadillos, Spanish charcuterie boards, and crispy artichokes with raspberry-grape gastrique. Meanwhile, drinks include an extensive selection of Spanish wines, gin & tonics, as well as sangria. Dahlia Lounge is also known for its boozy after-dinner drinks, like the Cafesito Delicioso with coffee liqueur, Licor 43, espresso, and heavy cream.

Considering plates are small and shareable, prices feel very reasonable, running from $8 to $38. Accessible for reservations, or for walk-in drinks and bites, the lounge is especially doable later at night. And there's really no better nightcap than a glass of wine on the terrace, overlooking an epic Floridian sunset.

5. Victoria & Alberts - Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Any restaurant with an in-kitchen chef's table, which also just so happens to be named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, is bound to be top-tier. Indeed, Victoria & Albert's is far and away the most high-end restaurant in Disney World, tucked within the ornate confines of its most luxe resort: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

The restaurant is intimate and regal, offering one seating nightly for elaborate, ever-changing tasting menus. Dishes change constantly based on seasonality, and two different tasting menu options are available, each one utterly meticulous, masterful, and artistic. Victoria & Albert's feels like dining inside an actual queen's palace, with elegant furnishings inspired by Queen Victoria's Jubilee Celebration. Wine pairings are available, pulling from more than 500 wines across the globe.

Three different dining spaces are available, including the English garden-themed main dining room, the Queen Victoria's Room (limited to four couples per night), and the elite Chef's Table, where up to six guests can sit right in the kitchen overlooking the culinary action. Clearly designed for adults who aren't afraid to splurge, the restaurant is more expensive than ever. Tasting menus in the main dining room now go for $295 per person, the Queen Victoria Room is now $375 per person, and the Chef's Table is at a staggering $425 per person. But if you're lucky enough to get a rare reservation (and view the experience as something on par with the country's finest restaurants), then it could be an expense that's worth the splurge.

4. Steakhouse 71 - Disney's Contemporary Resort

Nestled on the ground floor of one of Disney World's original hotels near Magic Kingdom, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Steakhouse 71 is a newer restaurant that puts an aptly contemporary spin on the classic steakhouse template. Sleek and modern in design, the sprawling, upscale restaurant and adjoining lounge is a breath of fresh air in its modernity and calm atmosphere.

Although kids have plenty to choose from on the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, its understated decor and sophisticated vibe make this Disney World restaurant more appealing for adults. In addition to standout steaks like New York Strips and top sirloins, the menu offers an elevated take on vintage American fare. This includes a fork-and-knife Caesar salad, citrus-poached shrimp cocktail, sea salt-dusted potato brioche, red wine-glazed mushrooms, and lump crab cakes with Old Bay remoulade, corn hash, and housemade saltine crackers. To drink, there's a selection of wines from across the globe, plus some of the best cocktails on the property — try the Cocoa Boulevardier, a richly smooth tipple of single-barrel reserve bourbon, Campari, vermouth, and chocolate bitters.

By ritzy steakhouse standards, this is one of the more affordable options in Disney World, with steaks topping out at $39. The huge restaurant is pretty easy to get a reservation for, but the casual lounge offers a limited version of similar snacks and drinks in a large bar area where it's always easy to find a chair or a stool.

3. Space 220 - Epcot

In the midst of a major metamorphosis of new rides, attractions, and restaurants, Epcot is the Disney World park with the most new sights and flavors. Particularly, its new restaurants are so transportive and otherworldly that they feel like rides in and of themselves. Space 220, in all its immersive glory, is a game-changer of a restaurant that mixes Disney's penchant for intensive theming, unexpected flavors, and theatrics.

Located in the World Discovery section of the park, Space 220 is hidden away behind a nondescript facade. Guests follow the restaurant sign to a huge faux elevator designed to create the sensation that they're soaring 220 miles up into space. Diners then walk through a spaceship hall, into an expansive dining room with windows overlooking planet Earth way down below.

Open for lunch and dinner, prix fixe meals offer two courses at lunch ($55 per person) and three courses at dinner ($79 per person). "Lift-Offs" (aka appetizers) include Neptune Tartare with yellowfin tuna, yuzu ginger miso, and mango coulis, and Blue Moon Cauliflower, with tempura-fried cauliflower, hot sauce, and blue cheese dust. For the "Star Course" (entrées), try the Space Glazed Duck Breast with fried Jasmin rice, pineapple, orange, and hoisin, or the plant-based Terra-Bolognese with corn linguine, tempeh ragu, and macadamia nut "ricotta." Cocktails are equally spacey, like The Big Tang with tequila, Grand Marnier, Tang-infused agave nectar, and strawberry, garnished with astronaut ice cream. Although it's hard to get a reservation, it's a restaurant that's fun for the whole family, with kids' menu items that include Cosmic Chicken and Spaceghetti.

2. Nomad Lounge - Animal Kingdom

Bursting with authenticity, Animal Kingdom is a park that goes to great lengths to source ingredients and draw inspiration from across the globe. This is true of its African-inspired full-service restaurant, Tiffins, but what's even better is its casual, reservation-free sister spot, Nomad Lounge.

Located on Discovery Island towards the middle of the park, Nomad Lounge is easier to get into and offers a largely similar menu in a more family-friendly environment. Overlooking the river, its huge covered terrace offers a tranquil escape from the bustle of the park and great views of boats with waving Disney characters drifting by. The atmosphere feels like a swanky African safari lodge, with a menu of snacks and cocktails that's just as well-traveled.

The Tiffins Bread Service is a habit-forming combo of naan and paratha with red pepper hummus, spicy coriander yogurt, and ginger-pear chutney, along with tuna poke bowls, Impossible Beef sliders with yucca fries, and churros with vanilla crema and coffee creme anglaise. The relaxed terrace is especially popular for families and kids, with shredded beef tacos, grilled shrimp, and falafel for little ones. The cocktails, though, are the main attraction. Showcased via an elaborately illustrated menu, travel-inspired tipples include the Lamu Libation with African rum, banana rum, guava puree, and orange, lime, and pineapple juices, and the Annapurna Zing with gin, passion fruit purée, mint, lime juice, ginger beer, and a lotus flower garnish. Its prices are more affordable compared to Tiffins, with plates between $10 to $16 and cocktails between $15 to $17.

1. Liberty Tree Tavern - Magic Kingdom

Liberty Tree Tavern is the best restaurant on Disney property, full-stop. Yes, that includes Disney Springs. If you've been here, then you know. And if you haven't had the chance to check out this magnificent Magic Kingdom restaurant, then you have a real treat ahead of you. For starters, walking into this restaurant transports you immediately back to the aesthetics of 1776, complete with workers decked out in period attire. There are two floors, and while there's plenty of seating, you still should make a reservation in advance, as this is a highly sought-after dining spot.

Whenever you can make that reservation, book it. The food here is the best. The lunch pricing is $42 for adults and $23 for kids, and the dinner pricing is the same, which is something that's pretty uncommon at Disney. You are getting the most for your money here, with an unlimited amount of food for each course. You can literally eat to your heart's content, and you're going to because every course is so delicious. Though it might sound a bit basic on paper, Liberty Tree Tavern has the best mashed potatoes and mac and cheese I've ever had, along with delicious turkey with house-made gravy and amazing stuffing. And it's a crime to skip the desserts like the ooey gooey toffee cake.


I based these Walt Disney World dining recommendations on a combination of extensive personal experience and online research to compile a list of the best places to eat. I looked at not only the four parks (Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) but also the resorts and hotels Disney offers, as well as Disney Springs' offerings. Price, what you get for the price, quality, variety, atmosphere, and more were all considered in my ranking.