Don’t Miss These Must-try Restaurants at Disney World

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Disney World boasts magic brought to life at its theme parks and resorts. It’s fun for the whole family, a place where everybody can meet their favorite Disney movie characters, go on thrill rides and stay in themed hotel rooms or villas — the park really has it all.

Known for impeccable attention to detail, even the restaurants at Disney are experiences in themselves. Not only do they offer that authentic Disney feeling, but the food is equally impressive.

Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom

At Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom, you’re transported to a medieval-style room to get the full fairy-tale experience. You need to call in advance to make reservations and enjoy the menu packed with a range of American dishes.

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During your breakfast, lunch or dinner you’ll get to meet a variety of Disney princesses such as Cinderella, Aurora and Ariel. Also included with your party’s meal is a photo with Cinderella to take home as a wonderful souvenir. Rated by guests as one of the best restaurants in Magic Kingdom, you’re sure to enjoy being treated like royalty here.

Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot

Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot is located in the Canada section of the park and is a crowd favorite. Themed as a château in a wine cellar-like space, this restaurant offers both steak and seafood plates. It’s located underneath the Canada Pavilion in the World Showcase.

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You can dine here romantically with your significant other for lunch or dinner by candlelight. The dress code is casual, so there’s no need to be fancy to enjoy the Canadian-inspired food. Cheese, wine, AAA-grade Canadian meats and maple crème brûlée are among past favorite options on the menu.

Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom

Aloha Isle is located in the Adventureland section of Magic Kingdom and offers guests delicious desserts. That beloved Disney treat — yes, the famous Dole Pineapple Whip — is here! You can have it by itself or as a float complete with pineapple juice. It’s a crowd favorite, so be prepared to wait in line.

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Due to changes made at Dole, the treat has become gluten and dairy free so even visitors who are lactose intolerant can enjoy the Whips. You can also order Dole Whip on top of cake. Either way, this frozen treat is the perfect snack on a hot day at Magic Kingdom.

The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Hollywood Brown Derby is a replica of the famous Brown Derby in Los Angeles, California, and it’s designed to give you a taste of glamorous old Hollywood. As you might expect, the food served at this restaurant is classic American for both lunch and dinner.

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On most days you’ll find live performers providing music and caricatures of movie stars. The space is decorated in classic wood paneling to give the ambience and feel of an old-school venue. At The Hollywood Brown Derby, you can choose from a variety of foods like the famed Cobb salad, char-grilled Angus filet and fresh seafood.

50’s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This restaurant is themed like Mom’s kitchen and gives guests the feel of eating a typical American meal — in the 1950s. The theme is complete with a fully immersive interior: think old televisions everywhere airing black and white sitcoms, checkered diner flooring and vinyl galore.

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The menu offers choices like crab cakes, golden fried chicken, traditional meatloaf and stuffed pork chops. It’s all the hearty homemade classic American food that makes anyone nostalgic. Milkshakes are, naturally, menu staples, and there’s also a full bar and wine list.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Magic Kingdom

At this space-themed cafe, you can find Angus bacon cheeseburgers, foot-long hot dogs, Greek salads and even plant-based sloppy joes for vegetarians. Kids can order macaroni and cheese or chicken nuggets, among other options. Located in the Tomorrowland section of Magic Kingdom, this cafe is popular for guests looking for a fast, American-style lunch or dinner.

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This quick-service, cafeteria-style eatery doesn’t require reservations and even offers a Mickey Mouse burger on the menu. For entertainment, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe also has a robot alien named Sonny Eclipse who sings to the crowd from his personal booth.

Pinocchio Village Haus in Magic Kingdom

Pinocchio Village Haus is another quick-service restaurant in Magic Kingdom that’s open for both lunch and dinner. Located in Fantasyland, guests who dine here can view the popular “It’s a Small World” attraction from the windows.

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The menu consists of a variety of Italian foods, such as flatbreads and pasta, that the chefs can make without gluten, dairy, soy and eggs, depending on your preference. The popular Tangled Wall Éclair can be found here, and it’s nothing short of an edible work of art. Filled with dulce de leche and topped with white chocolate whipped cream, it’s how Disney World does intricate baking.

Tiffins Restaurant in Animal Kingdom

Tiffins Restaurant is a real culinary treat. Located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park in Discovery Island, the menu features international cuisines from Africa, India and South America. Guests can dine here for either lunch or dinner, surrounded by sculptures and other carved decorations.

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The restaurant is divided into three sections, or “galleries,” with each perfectly themed as one of the regions of cuisines available. Menu choices include dishes like Indian butter chicken, North African-spiced tofu, crispy sadza and more. Desserts include a dish featuring a brownie with caramel mousse and strawberry-mango sauce called The Lion King.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in Magic Kingdom

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant sits right on Main Street U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom and is a picturesque Italian trattoria. It’s where Lady and the Tramp shared their famous spaghetti meal, so it’s really a must-visit spot. The restaurant features a fountain and French doors that’ll have you feeling like you were dropped straight into the 1955 film.

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The menu features fresh pasta made daily; you can choose the traditional spaghetti with meatballs that the famous dogs shared. Or, go for scampi, ravioli, Alfredo or even pizza. Appetizers include mozzarella sticks and calamari, and no Italian meal is complete without cannolis and tiramisu.

The Diamond Horseshoe in Magic Kingdom

The Diamond Horseshoe is a Wild West-themed restaurant featuring American cuisine in the Liberty Square area of the Magic Kingdom park. Open for both lunch and dinner, this eatery used to offer an all-inclusive buffet, but dishes are now available to enjoy a la carte. However, traditional Southern favorites are usually available and include options like BBQ pulled pork, beef brisket, sausage and other classics.

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Detailed moldings, red curtains and a stage give The Diamond Horseshoe a real music-hall vibe. There’s even a piano playing tunes for background music as you dine. Reservations are advised for dinner at this visitor favorite.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a Norwegian-themed restaurant located in the Epcot World Showcase. This is where you can find the Disney Princesses to entertain you while you and your family dine on dishes such as pizza and Norwegian meatballs.

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The setting is a regal medieval castle that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora and Ariel often drop by to mingle with you and your party and pose for pictures. Compared to Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall offers a more affordable meal while still putting you in the presence of the Princesses.

Columbia Harbour House in Magic Kingdom

Another favorite restaurant offering quick service is Columbia Harbour House, which you can find in Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. Seafood lovers should schedule this into their park visits, either for lunch or dinner, to enjoy the charming nautical setting.

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Menu choices include New England clam chowder, lobster rolls and fried shrimp or fish. If you or your party would rather opt for something different than seafood, you can also choose hearty meals like chicken pot pie. Perhaps you want the best of both worlds; in that case, order a mixed platter with samplings of favorite dishes.

Tusker House in Animal Kingdom

At Tusker House you’ll find an open-air marketplace eatery serving a buffet-style mix of both African and American cuisines. During breakfast and lunch, you and your party will also enjoy entertainment from various Disney characters in their safari outfits.

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The buffet features dishes such as basmati rice and curry chicken, peri peri salmon, black-eyed pea salad, tabouli and other options. Themed cocktails are also available here. Keep an eye out for Donald Duck decked out in his best khaki clothes!

Teppan Edo in Epcot

Teppan Edo is a hibachi-style restaurant in the Japan Pavilion of the Epcot World Showcase. Chefs prepare your meal in front of you at tableside grills and provide full entertainment with their knife skills. Anticipate plenty of lighthearted banter for you and your party to enjoy.

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At this entertaining restaurant, you can choose meats like steak, chicken, fish and shrimp as entrees for the chefs to grill right in front of you. Of course, you have the option of combining some of the mentioned favorites and can even add fresh sushi as an appetizer. There’s also an extensive sake, wine and cocktail menu to complement your Japanese meal.

Woody’s Lunch Box in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This eatery is located in the Toy Story Land section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It features quick-service takes on American favorites like s’mores french toast and banana split yogurt parfaits for breakfast. Lunch and dinner have heartier options like a BBQ brisket melt, a three-cheese grilled sandwich and the perennial favorite macaroni and cheese. If you only need a refreshment, why not order an old-fashioned soda float?

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Toy Story Land opened mid-2018, and Woody’s Lunch Box offers great snacks to grab and go while you enjoy the various attractions based on the Disney-Pixar Toy Story series.

The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom

At this all-you-can-eat buffet located on Main Street U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom, you can enjoy casual American cuisine along with entertainment from Winnie the Pooh and his friends. This crowd-pleasing restaurant has become an icon in the park. It features a Victorian-style design with a glass dome and large glass windows. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in this well-lit space.

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The buffet includes options like peel-and-eat shrimp, carved meats, fresh pasta and beer-battered fish — not to mention the multiple Winnie the Pooh-themed desserts. There’s truly something for everybody to enjoy at the popular Crystal Palace.

Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom

Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen is a jungle cruise-themed restaurant in the Adventureland section of Magic Kingdom. Offering African, Asian and Latin American cuisines, this spot also boasts three distinctly decorated spaces: the crew’s colonial-era Mess Hall, the Jungle Room and the Society of Explorers and Adventurers Room.

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Guests can choose from items that may include mojo-braised pork, Thai noodles, cassava cake, adobo-seasoned New York strip steak and more. With moderate prices, Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen is a great place to dine when you’re looking for spices and an exotic menu.

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot

This cute little cafe is located in the France Pavilion of the Epcot World Showcase and is the perfect place to grab a snack. The French bakery offers delicious pastries like pain au chocolat, brioche chocolat and frangipane. Have a bigger appetite? You can also try the baguettes served with meats and cheeses.

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Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie has traditional glass counters where you can see the full range of tarts and sweets available. It also serves gourmet coffee for those who need an extra kick. Either way, this picturesque eatery is a must when visiting Epcot.

Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom

When you dine at Be Our Guest Restaurant, you’re in for a Beauty and the Beast-themed treat. Either stop by for a quick lunch or sit down in one of the three different dining rooms with the whole family to enjoy a more formal meal. Every room resembles a different part of Beast’s gothic-style castle.

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You can choose from both American and French cuisines on a menu that features breakfast entrees like Feast á la Gaston, which is a traditional scrambled eggs-and-sausage meal. Lunch and dinner options offer guests dishes like braised chicken, tuna Niçoise salad and much more.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Animal Kingdom

The Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Animal Kingdom is a Nepalese-style spot serving American and Asian cuisines. It’s located next to the popular Expedition Everest attraction and is decorated with so many Southeast Asian artifacts you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Kathmandu.

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Guests can dine here for lunch and dinner and choose from Pan-American dishes such as sweet and sour chicken, an assorted dim sum basket, tuna nachos and even Kobe beef burgers. Asian beers and wines are also available for those of age. Desserts are another highlight here, with crunchy fried wontons and mango pie among the options.

Biergarten in Epcot

Another guest-favorite restaurant, Biergarten, is located in the Germany Pavilion of the World Showcase in Epcot. The fully Bavarian village-themed eatery offers a buffet-style lunch and dinner. You’ll dine at communal tables surrounded by cobblestones, and in the evenings you’ll even enjoy entertainment from a Bavarian oompah band.

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Load up your plates as many times as you’d like with bratwurst, schnitzel, braised red cabbage, sauerkraut, traditional sausages and all things German. You can be sure that Oktoberfest is celebrated all year long here with a wide variety of German beers and wines available to those 21 and up.

Pongu Pongu in Animal Kingdom

Pongu Pongu is a quick-service drink stand in Pandora — The World of Avatar located in Animal Kingdom. The name translates to “party party” in Na’vi, which is the language of the inhabitants of Pandora. While you’re busy exploring this section of Animal Kingdom that opened in 2017, stop by here for a drink or quick snack.

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Snacks during lunch and dinner include colossal pretzels with beer-cheese sauce and pineapple-cream cheese spring rolls. During breakfast hours you can also order hearty fare like egg sandwiches.

Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

At the Sci-Fi Dine-In theater restaurant located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can order all your favorite classic American dishes — think burgers, delicious cheesesteak sandwiches and pasta. Start your meal with shrimp-and-crab fondue or some fried dill pickles, and complete it with a warm glazed doughnut or a traditional hot fudge sundae.

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Themed after a classic 1950s-style drive-in theater, the restaurant features car-shaped booths to relax in while classic science fiction movies play on a large screen in the back. The setting comes complete with a star-filled night-sky effect in the ceiling.

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is a classic Italian cafe located on Grand Avenue in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Offering both lunch and dinner, the focus is on serving food an Italian grandmother would make. While here, you’ll dine in a cozy room complete with checked curtains and string lights.

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Traditional pasta, chicken, seafood and steak dishes are served up. Of course, no Italian meal is complete without coffee; order yourself an authentic cappuccino, espresso or caffé latte. The dessert menu includes Ghirardelli chocolate and tiramisu — be sure to leave some room.

Garden Grill in Epcot

The Garden Grill is located in the Future World area of Epcot and is a favorite spot for many park visitors. It complements the nearby Living with the Land attraction by providing farm-fresh, buffet-style American meals.

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The restaurant’s interior is decorated with rainforests, farmhouses and sandstorms to showcase Mother Nature and the wonders of our big, beautiful planet. You can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner here in the presence of various Disney characters who interact with you while you dine. Enjoy an iconic Mickey-shaped waffle for breakfast while you chat with Chip ‘n’ Dale.

Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Another fan-favorite restaurant is Hollywood & Vine, located at Echo Lake in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. American cuisine is served here in breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. The setting is a classic diner where you’ll find seafood, iconic Mickey waffles, carved meats, seasonal fish, salads and more. The tomato soup is well known, so be sure to scoop some up.

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This is one spot where you and your party can dine and meet Disney Junior characters. While they’re not as well-known as the Disney Princesses, characters such as Vampirina are found interacting with guests here.

Blaze Pizza in Disney Springs

Blaze Pizza isn’t located in an actual theme park but rather at the Town Center of the nearby Disney Springs. This pizzeria allows you to customize an 11-inch pie with a variety of fresh toppings. Combine your pie with a salad and a fresh lemonade to round out the meal.

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You can also choose from a list of signature pizzas, such as the Art Lover, which comes with artichokes, mozzarella, garlic and ricotta, or a White Top, which comes with a delicious white sauce instead of red tomato. The dough is available in a gluten-free option for those with sensitivities. Don’t forget a s’mores pie for dessert!

Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot

Restaurant Marrakesh is located in the Morocco Pavilion of the World Showcase in Epcot. Embark on a culinary adventure here in this Arabic-themed eatery that serves both lunch and dinner. In the evenings you’ll be entertained with live music and belly dancers, but keep in mind that reservations are highly recommended.

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Appetizers include harira soup — a traditional hearty blend full of tomato, eggs, lentils and beef — but the menu also offers some well-known classics such as a variety of kebabs, tagines and lamb dishes. There’s certainly no shortage of spices and flavors in the food served at Restaurant Marrakesh.

La Cava del Tequila in Epcot

La Cava del Tequila is located in the Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase of Epcot. This cozy lounge that resembles a hacienda is a must for cocktail and tequila lovers. With over 200 different tequilas, mezcal, beers and wines to taste, visitors over age 21 are in for a real treat.

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Chow down on fresh guacamole and nacho chips while you sip on the cocktail of your choice. Try a wildly flavored margarita like avocado, passion fruit or jalapeño, or opt for a Mexican Mule instead. A visit here is a great way to end your day at Epcot.

Rainforest Cafe in Animal Kingdom

The popular themed restaurant chain Rainforest Cafe sits at the entrance to Animal Kingdom. The restaurant offers guests an unforgettable dining experience set in a tropical rainforest. Inside the restaurant, there’s also a shop where guests can buy various jungle-themed souvenirs.

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You can opt for breakfast, lunch or dinner to accompany your night in the Amazon, complete with waterfalls, periodic thunderstorms, chirping birds and chest-thumping gorillas. Try the Mojo Bones entree, a fan-favorite half-slab of pork ribs slathered in special sauce.