While Cinderella's Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant top the charts of most requested dining locations at the Walt Disney World Resort, there are plenty of other delicious restaurants to be discovered. Below are a few of those top picks. Our Tip for You! Book the minute you know you're going to the Walt Disney World Resort! Restaurant reservations open 180 days out some are snatched up within minutes. True story.
All of the locations below are open for lunch and dinner unless otherwise noted.
Magic Kingdom - Liberty Tree Tavern - Burgers and more for lunch, Thanksgiving style meal for dinner. Tony's Town Square Restaurant - We don't just go here for the adorable Lady & the Tramp fountain, the Italian food is pretty darn good too. If you're a fan of Winnie the Pooh and his friends (Piglet and Eeyore to name a few) grab a reservation at The Crystal Palace (breakfast is served in addition to lunch and dinner).
Epcot - There are eleven countries represented in the World Showcase at Epcot, all of which include both table (sit down) and quick service dining choices. While they're all pretty good, our faves are LaHacienda de San Angel - This restaurant offers fantastic views of the World Showcase. While views can't be guaranteed at the time of reservation, you can always ask upon checking in. Note that LaHacienda is open for dinner only. Tutto Italia, Via Napoli (wood fired pizza), Teppan Edo (hibachi style) and Tokyo Dining also make our list o' favorites as well as Coral Reef. The food is good but the views are even better. Click to the link to check it out. If you're a fan of Germany tradition, Biergarten is the place for you! Not only do they serve a wonderful variety of authentic German cuisine, they offer live entertainment. Yodel to your heart's desire! Last but not least, if you can't get a reservation at the castle and you really - really - need to satisfy your inner-princess, snag a reservation at Akershus, where (almost) all of the princesses can be found.
Disney's Hollywood Studios - There are a handful of restaurants here and all are pretty darn good. Topping our list are Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano and 50's Prime Time Cafe where you can order Dad's Stuffed Pork Chops and Mom's Old-Fashioned Pot Roast. To add to the experience "Mom" and "Dad" will be serving you. Keep your elbows off the table and eat your veggies or no dessert for you. Last but not least, The Hollywood Brown Derby. It's a signature restaurant (Disney speak for slightly higher menu price point) which offers steak and chicken dishes plus grown things like Duck Confit Salad, Faroe Island Salmon and Pan-Seared Black Grouper. Be sure to pair adult entrees with drinks that come in fancy glasses with light up ice-cubes. You don't want to be too grown up.
Disney's Animal Kingdom - Yak & Yeti Restaurant offers great pan-Asian inspired cuisine in a lovely Nepalese-style restaurant. Tusker House Restaurant offers African inspired all-you-care-to-eat meal with Mickey, Donald and friends! In addition to lunch and dinner, breakfast is also served at Tusker House.
Disney Springs (formerly known as "Downtown Disney") - Outside of the Theme Parks, this is one of the most fun places to be at the Walt Disney World where shopping, entertainment and dining abound. There are simply too many good places to eat - 55 to be exact - but we'll name a few off the top of our head: Raglan Road - Wonderfully noisy Irish pub with great food and entertainment. T Rex - It's not just for kids. The food is great. Tip! Call the restaurant directly to get a reservation. We rarely find a table going through Disney direct. Wolfgang Puck Cafe - Delish! There are not one, but two Wolfgang Puck restaurants in Disney Springs. One is a table service and the other is a quick service location. The food is virtually the same, so if you can't snag a ressie at the sit down place, walk over to the Market Place and enjoy an impromptu meal. The pizzas. Are. Amazing. We also love Portobello Country Italian Trattoria plus several new restaurants including The Boathouse which is known for it's food, atmosphere and amphicars. You heard that right! Cruise along the waters of Disney Springs in one of these adorable amphibian automobiles with your best gal pal. Don't forget your over sized sunglasses, scarf and lipstick to complete the look. Rounding our our list - Frontera Cocina offers authentic Mexican inspired dishes by celebrity chef Ricky Bayless and Sprinkles. (It's vacation. Calories don't count. Eat cupcakes for dinner if you want. We're not telling.)
What's a Quick Service restaurant? Think walk up dining without a waiter or waitress. There are tons of great Quick Service restaurants throughout the parks, hotels and - you guessed it - Disney Springs. It's so hard to choose, but our top picks are D-Luxe Burger, Food Trucks including Namaste Cafe and World Showcase of Flavors, and Amorette's Patisserie. Okay, okay. The last place serves desserts only, but they are the cutest, most delicious desserts eva! Don't believe me? Click the link.
Staying at a Disney Hotel? You'll find some hidden dining gems there too! Our best recommendations are Califoria Grill (Contemporary Resort / Dinner only), 'Ohana (Polynesian Resort / B L D), Kona Cafe (Polynesian / B D), Yachtsman Steakhouse (Yacht Club / Dinner only), Maya Grill (Coronado Springs / Dinner only), Boma - Flavors of Africa (Animal Kingdom Lodge / B D), Sanaa (Animal Kingdom Kidani Villas / B L D) as well as locations along the BoardWalk.