*The Top 20 Best Disney Restaurants, So Says the Fans!

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Ever feel like you eat at the same restaurants all the time? I fall into that category when we head to Disney, because I don’t like stepping out of my comfort zone. I really dislike taking a gamble with my vacation dollars. There are 139 restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort, with 74 of them taking Advance Dining Reservations 180 days before people check in at the resort front desk. That’s a lot of choices, and to get a table, sometimes you have to make those decisions months in advance. This sort of pressure can take the fun right out of my vacation planning, but not planning can literally take the yummy Disney food right out of my mouth.

There is no end to the lists of Best WDW Restaurants, Cheapest Disney Restaurant, Best Disney Restaurants for Kids, and so on. Everybody seems to have different opinions about Disney restaurants, and lots of that has to do with price and service on their particular trip. I have also read a plethora of reviews by someone who ate at a restaurant just once. I don’t want to pick a restaurant to feed my family of five adults based on someone’s suggestion who ate there once.

 

How will I know if choosing a “new to me” restaurant will be OK?

You know you like a restaurant if you would be willing to recommend it to your friends. Cheapskate Princess Facebook fans got together with Facebook fans from My Dreams of Disney and Mouze Kateerz, and we asked for their favorite restaurants suggestions. Close to 15,000 combined Facebook fans had the opportunity to list the restaurants would they easily recommend to their friends.

The votes have been tallied, so let’s get to the winners.

Top 20 Disney Restaurants

The Top 20 Disney Restaurants, Voted by the Fans Who Eat There

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1. ‘Ohana, Polynesian Resort

At ‘Ohana, you can hang out with Stitch and characters during breakfast and enjoy games, storytelling and a Hawaiian-style feast during dinner. You will enjoy American and Polynesian Cuisine in a Character Dining/ Buffet/Family Style atmosphere. Reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $59.99 per adult.

Click here for an ‘Ohana menu, pricing information, and online reservations.  

2. The Crystal Palace, Magic Kingdom, Main Street, U.S.A.

At the Crystal Place, you will feast with Pooh and characters from the Hundred-Acre Wood at this all-you-care-to-enjoy family style / Character Dining buffet. You will enjoy American Cuisine, and reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $59.99 per adult.

Click here for The Crystal Palace menu, pricing information, and online reservations.

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3. 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

At 1900 Park Fare, you will enjoy  Character Dining/family style breakfast and dinner buffets, plus there is a fun afternoon tea party hosted by Disney Characters. You will enjoy American Cuisine, and reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $59.99 per adult.

Click here for a 1900 Park Fare menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

4. Tusker House Restaurant, Animal Kingdom Park

Tusker House is a colorful marketplace eatery where you’ll find a family style buffet featuring African and American Cuisine. Character Dining is available, and reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $29.99 per adult.

Click here for a Tusker House menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

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5. Chef Mickey’s, Contemporary Resort

Join Chef Mickey and his Disney friends for a fun-filled family styled/ Character Dining buffet at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  You’ll enjoy American Cuisine and reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $30 to $59.99 per adult.

 Click here for a Chef Mickey’s menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

 6. Liberty Tree Tavern, Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square

At Liberty Tree Tavern,  you’ll feast at a stately colonial-style inn serving traditional New England-inspired American Cuisine in a family style buffet. You’ll dine in a casual atmosphere, and reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $59.99 per adult.

Click here for a Liberty Tree Tavern menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

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7. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, Hollywood Studios

Located in the backlot of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll enjoy American and Italian Cuisine in a casual dining atmosphere. This is best described as an Italian eatery with a California twist.  Reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $29.99 per adult.

Click here for a Mama Melrose menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

8. 50′s Prime Time Café, Hollywood Studio, Echo Lake

At the 50′s Prime Time Cafe, you’ll enjoy classic American comfort food in a setting that makes you think you’ve traveled back to the 1950s.  Reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $29.99 per adult.

Click here for a 50s Prime Time menu, pricing information, and online reservations.

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9. Whispering Canyon Cafe, Wilderness Lodge Resort

At Whispering Canyon, you’ll enjoy a rowdy, rootin’ tootin’ good time, enjoying American Cuisine with a western twist. Reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $14.99 to $29.99 per adult.

Click here for a Whispering Canyon Cafe menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

10. The Garden Grill, Epcot, Future World

Visit with Disney characters as you enjoy American Cuisine in a family style setting, watching rotating views of the Living with the Land attraction. Reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $30 to $59.99 per adult.

Click here for Garden Grill menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

11. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Epcot, World Showcase

At Via Napoli, you will enjoy authentic Italian cooking, including hearty pastas, fresh salads and pizzas cooked in wood-burning ovens. Reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $29.99 per adult.

Click here for a Via Napoli menu, pricing information, and online reservations.  

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12. Boma – Flavors of Africa, Animal Kingdom Resort

Resembling a lively African marketplace, this restaurant features all-you-care-to-enjoy buffets. Serving African and American Cuisine  in a family style buffet setting, reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $59.99 per adult.

Click here for a Boma menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

13. Flame Tree Barbecue, Animal Kingdom, Discovery Island

At Flame Tree Barbecue, you will enjoy hearty American Couisine seasoned with a special Flame Tree BBQ rub, topped off with a terrace view. Specialties include chicken, St. Louis ribs and a pulled pork sandwich, all served with beans and cole slaw.  Beer and wine are also available, but as a quick service restaurant, reservations are not available.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals are $14.99 and under per adult.

Click here for a Flame Tree Barbecue menu, pricing information, and online reservations.

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14. Rainforest Cafe, Downtown Disney & Animal Kingdom

At Rainforest Cafe, you will feel like you have ventured deep into the jungle. You will enjoy flavorful American favorites and kid-friendly cuisine, and reservations are accepted at both locations.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $29.99 per adult.

 Click here for information on the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney. 

Click here for information on the Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom. 

15. Le Cellier Steakhouse, Epcot, World Showcase

At Le Cellier, you will descend into the cozy cellar of a Canadian château. Dine on exquisite American Cuisine including popular favorites steaks and seafood. This is a Disney Signature Dining restaurant, and reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $30 to $59.99 per adult.

Click here for a Le Cellier menu, pricing information, and online reservations.

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16. The Hollywood Brown Derby

You’ll feel like you have stepped into the Golden Age of Hollywood at this warm, wood-paneled restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine. This is a Disney Signature Dining restaurant, and reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $30 to $59.99 per adult.

Click here for a Brown Derby menu, pricing information, and online reservations.

17. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

Do dinner and a movie retro-style at this eatery dressed up like a ’50s drive-in. The Sci-Fi serves all-American Cuisine, and reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $29.99 per adult.

Click here for a Sci-Fi menu, pricing information, and online reservations.  

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18. Tutto Italia Ristorante, Epcot, World Showcase

Delight in warm service and traditional Italian favorites like platters of chicken, fish, handmade pasta, and lasagna. Reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $15 to $29.99 per adult.

Click here for a Tutto Italia menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

19. Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland

Step inside the Beast’s enchanted castle for a delicious quick-service lunch or a delightful sit-down dinner. You will pull up a chair in either the mysterious West Wing, Belle’s book-filled Library, or the grand 2-story Ballroom. You will enjoy French-inspired American Cuisine, and reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and meals range from $14.99 to $29.99 per adult.

Click here for a Be Our Guest menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

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20. Todd English’s bluezoo, WDW Dolphin Hotel, Epcot Resort Area

At the bluezoo, enjoy raw or cooked seafood, plus tender chicken, beef and pork dishes. This is a Disney Signature Dining restaurant, and reservations are accepted.

Some dining plans are accepted, and prices are $30 to $59.99 per adult.

Click here for a bluezoo menu, pricing information, and online reservations. 

 

So in addition to all the other Top 20 Lists floating around, that’s our Top 20 Best Disney Restaurants list.

You may love or dislike several of our restaurants based on your meal and experience there. Our top five may not be your top five, or even make it into your top 20. But hopefully you got an idea of our fan’s favorite restaurants, which could come in handy when you start planning your next trip. I discovered several places I’d like to try, some I couldn’t locate on my own until now. I also mentally crossed several names off my list due to prices for my family of five.

And if you hated one of our choices eight years ago, possibly because of bad service, or worse  - a bad food item, then maybe it’s time to give it one more shot!

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Thanks for stopping by, and we hope you enjoy your meals at Disney. If you ever ate a child’s meal so you could afford dessert two hours later, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess!

 

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Comments

  1. It’s so hard to choose just 20 … but this is a fantastic selection. I see quite a few that we’ve tried and loved! Chef Mickey’s and the Crystal Palace are our favorite character meals. And no Disney World trip is complete without a stop by the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. And I can’t wait to visit Be Our Guest. I guess I’d better start saving as I see some others too that I want to try! Thanks for such a great list!

  2. Samantha says:

    How did Cinderella’s Royal Table not make it on this list? I took my daughter and two son’s there… they had a blast! The food was delicious and omg the desserts!! I would definitely recommend that place for EVERYONE!!

  3. Gaylin says:

    I love The Wave. Quieter, amazing service. A lovely break from a noisy Disney vacation. And the desserts – awesome.

    I was surprised that 1900 Park Fare was so close to the top of the list. It was a decent meal, but not better than Boma or Crystal Palace.

    • Amanda says:

      Gaylin, that hat is totally funny! Like every restaurant, I have heard good and bad about The Wave, but rumor has it that it is a good alternative to Chef Mickey’s if you don’t need to have Mickey appear at your table. My job was just to count the votes!! Thanks for reading…~A.

  4. Maxine says:

    No one in my family is a fan of buffets (we’re a bunch of germiphobes and would like our food breathed on by as few people as possible) so unfortunately a large part of this list doesn’t appeal to us. Last time I went to WDW I tried Crystal Palace and was really disappointed not only by the food but by the presentation. The buffet was a hot mess!
    Some of the best meals I’ve had at WDW (using the free dining plan, of course) were at Tutto Italia and Coral Reef. And fish & chips from the Yorkshire County Fish Shop are always an amazing choice for counter-service!

    • Amanda says:

      The germaphobe comment really made me laugh!! I don’t fear the microbes as much as the price. “Hot mess” – another good one. Thanks for stopping by! ~A.

  5. Christy says:

    We visited Disney World last month and tried several of these. We loved The Rainforest Cafe, but Crystal Palace was so disappointing, I am surprised it is still open. The food was not good and the service could definitely be improved upon. Tusker House was alot better than Crystal Palace, but Buffets for Character Meals? Disney could really improve upon this for the amount of $$ we spend!!

    • Amanda says:

      I am feeding a family a family of 5 and too cheap for character meals, but I have heard this is an area Disney could improve. Always good to her feedback, both good and bad, to know where to have that next meal. Thanks for stopping by! ~A.

  6. Nicole says:

    I love this list it’s very helpful for a first time trip to WDW. I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for a nice but fun dinner for my two year olds birthday? For that matter any suggestions for WDW entertainment for a 2 year old would be helpful. I want to make her birthday special and this is her first time to WDW. Thank you!

  7. Christy says:

    I had a wonderful dining experience at the Garden Grill with my mom and (future husband) then boyfriend. We picked him up as he was delayed through customs at Sanford Int. Airport and got to Epcot pretty late. My mom surprised us by paying for our meal there, and we all had a really wonderful and relaxing time. It was my second time eating at this restaurant and in all honesty, I loved the family style way dinner was served. The other restaurant my husband and I like to eat at is the Rose and Crown at the England pavilion.

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