I will cover mostly Disney Resort and Park restaurants. These restaurants are located inside Disney properties and they range from upscale to moderate. Advance reservations are strongly advised at all times of the year, especially during the busy season (see the best times to go page).
Jiko- The Cooking Place
Located at the animal Kingdom Lodge, this is a treat not to miss. Great African theme ambience, with African dishes influenced by European, Asian and Indian cuisine. Do not miss the flat breads! Moderate to expensive, depending on what you order. One of my absolute favorites!
At the Walt Disney World Swan resort. Another one of our favorites! Great ambiance, with authentic Japanese décor and food. There are many choices for everyone. We went for the sushi and sake, while our kids loved the rice and tempura fried chicken. The kids loved eating Japanese-style on the couches and low table! (Regular dining-room style seating is also available).
At the Walt Disney Dolphin resort. If you're looking for a quick, high quality meal at a very reasonable price, this restaurant is an excellent choice. It has a kid-friendly, relaxed atmosphere and fast service. True to its name, it has a 1950's soda shop ambience and cuisine - American staples such as burgers and tuna melt sandwiches. Healthy choices are also available - the salads that come with the adult entrees are excellent, and each kids meal is served with fresh strawberries. Also, don't miss the huge ice cream bar and out-of-this world desserts. The kids will love it!
At Disney’s Polynesian Resort. This is a casual, reasonably-priced restaurant. It has good quality American food with a Hawaiian influence. My favorite was the macadamia-crusted Mahi Mahi. Don’t forget to check out the open bakery-style dessert bar.
At the Beach Club Resort. Great food, on the expensive side as expected. Fish, steaks and pork. Not a place for small children. One of the employees complained about my child walking around the table. She was not screaming or anything, just wandering....
Expensive but wonderful food, worth the money! Anything from the salads to the fish and meat entrees reflected the extremely high quality of this restaurant. Very creative recipes and a top 3 favorite of mine.
Whispering Canyon Cafe
At the Wilderness Lodge. Moderate prices with great Western style. Absolutely super fun for kids. All of the waiters yell, just like in a saloon. Classic American style food: burgers, fries, pork ribs.
At the Boardwalk Inn. Great service, where we had our daughter's birthday. A fun place with fresh food, open kitchen and a very kid friendly ambience. Don't miss the wide variety of flatbreads. Moderate prices. I very much recommend it!
Fulton’s Crab House in Downtown Disney
If your trip takes you to Downtown Disney one evening, do not miss Fulton’s Crab House. This is a restaurant we always like to go to when we visit the Orlando area. The ambiance is really special, as you step aboard a huge riverboat from the early 1900s. There’s an extensive menu that offers every type of seafood imaginable. For landlubbers, it offers great steaks as well.
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