The Ultimate Guide to the Best Food at Disney World

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Jessica Rausch

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  • Florida

  • Domestic Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Disney World

  • Foodie

  • Attractions

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Curator’s statement

I have been traveling to Disney World since I was barely able to walk - and now know the resort like the back of my hand! Every time I find myself back at Disney, the foodie in me loves to explore all of the new and exciting dining experiences on offer, but I also love to go back to tried and true favorites for a dose of nostalgia. Disney World offers so many unique dining locations—from character breakfasts, to themed signature dining, to fun snacks and drink kiosks—there's so much to taste and it can be overwhelming! I tend to prioritize planning around the dining reservations I'm able to snag, and then fill in my schedule with the more obvious attractions, shows and nighttime fireworks. I hope my favorites below can help you plan your own foodie adventure!

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Places to eat & drink at Magic Kingdom

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Skipper Canteen: Tropical cuisine across from the famous Jungle Cruise — ask for a table in the S.E.A. Room!

The Crystal Palace: Winnie the Pooh Character dining in a Victorian greenhouse.

Gaston's Tavern: Grab a quick bite - know for cinnamon rolls & LeFou's brew slushies!

Aloha Isle: Always my first stop after lunch for Dole Whip in Adventureland.

Places to eat & drink at Epcot

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Takumi Tei: Premium sushi and Omakase experience.

Rose & Crown Dining Room: Casual British pub fare with seating on the water (great for watching the nighttime fireworks.

San Angel Inn: Beautiful setting inside the Mexico pavilion.

La Cava del Tequila: An intimate bar with over 200 tequilas to taste.

Spice Road Table: A Moroccan-themed lounge on the lagoon.

A note from Jessica

Epcot is also home to a rotating series of festivals, all of which have uniquely themed kiosks that serve small plates and beverages. Check Disney's website to see what's on during your visit. It's a wonderful way to progressively dine and drink "around the world."

Places to eat & drink at Hollywood Studios

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The Hollywood Brown Derby: An authentic replica of the original Hollywood restaurant, with a famous cobb salad and grapefruit cake. One of my favorite restaurants on property!

Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo: Star Wars themed quick service with excellent eats.

Baseline Taphouse: A great place to take a break with a brew and charcuterie board.

Oga's Cantina: Star Wars themed watering hole.

Places to eat & drink at Animal Kingdom

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Tusker House: Safari-themed Character dining with African flavors.

Nomad Lounge: The best spot to take a break from the madness of the park! Sit on the porch and enjoy globally inspired cocktails and small plates.

Satu'li Canteen: One of the best quick service outlets on property with creative bowls and avatar-themed desserts.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments: I always stop here for my Dole Whip fix.

Places to eat & drink at the Resorts

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Animal Kingdom Lodge:

Jiko - The Cooking Place: Wood-burning oven cooking with an extensive South African wine list.

Beach Club:

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop: Diner fare with the infamous "Kitchen Sink" sundae (wait to see what happens when you order it).


Flying Fish: Upscale dining with sustainable seafood. Don't miss the potato-wrapped red snapper.


Steakhouse 71: Casual dining with the BEST burger on property (available at lunch or always on the lounge menu).

California Grill: A really special, classic Disney restaurant serving California cuisine and sushi on the top floor of the resort with Magic Kingdom fireworks views (they even pump in the music!)

Coronado Springs:

Dahlia Lounge: Another great rooftop with Spanish tapas and cocktails.

Grand Floridian:

Narcoossee's: Upscale seafood with great views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Electrical Water Pageant.


'Ohana: Character dining with hawaiian food served family style.


Trader Sam's Grog Grotto: Over the top tiki bar (family friendly before 8:00 pm).


Topolino's Terrace: Character breakfast with expansive rooftop views.

Wilderness Lodge:

Artist Point: Story Book Dining with Snow White.

Yacht Club:

Yachtsman Steakhouse: Upscale dining in a New England inspired setting (the best bread on property - onion pull apart sourdough with garlic butter - yum!)

Dinner Show:

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue: An absolute must-do if you have time! A western themed musical revue with a family-style feast and unlimited beer and wine.

A note from Jessica

I love lounge dining around the property if you aren't able to secure a reservation at a table service restaurant. The food and cocktails tend to be on par with some of the other great signature dining restaurants, and no reservations means sometimes you can just walk in and sit down!

Resort hopping is a favorite activity of mine, especially during the afternoon/evening on the Magic Kingdom monorail. It's a great way to take a break from the park, especially since MK doesn't have great table service dining options. Have a cocktail and snack at the Grand Floridian, enjoy sunset on the beach at the Poly, and then head to the Contemporary for dinner!

Places to eat & drink at Disney Springs

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Wine Bar George: My absolute favorite restaurant in Disney Springs, a great place to enjoy a glass from the master somm curated wine list and amazing food (try to snag a table on the upstairs porch).

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin': Great "farm-to-fork" southern cuisine in a relaxed setting.

The Boathouse: Coastal favorites served in an upscale waterfront setting (and afterwards take a ride in a vintage amphicar or water taxi!)

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar: A family-friendly Indiana Jones themed dive bar.

Salt & Straw: Scoop shop with classic, seasonal, and adventurous flavors.

Gideon's Bakehouse: Giant cookies with a cult following - be prepared to wait in line!

Swirls on the Water: Finally, a place to get Dole Whip in Disney Springs!

Need to Know

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