It’s no secret that the Walt Disney World Theme Parks have some of the most amazing restaurants & dining options on the planet – but it doesn’t stop there! Something you might not know is that there is a ton of amazing food available BEYOND the Theme Parks – WDW has over 25 Resort Hotels on-site that also offer some out of this world food. Read on for our top picks for WDW Resort Restaurants:
Boma: Head Over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort – and there you will find this African-themed restaurant serving up an amazing buffet of fresh salads, soups, meats, and amazing desserts daily. And don’t worry if you’re not much of an adventurous eater – while many of the dishes do have an African flair, you’ll still find some more tame items – which are also delicious and prepared with only the freshest ingredients. Oh – and be sure to head over to Animal Kingdom Lodge well in advance of your ADR time so you can explore the Resort – not only is it a beautiful place inside, but there’s a savannah viewing area in the Resort – where you can enjoy safari animals up close!
Wins For: Best Buffet
California Grill: The 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to this gourmet dining experience – accessible only by special elevator, you’ll feel like a VIP right from the start. The wine list offers over 300 types to choose from – with sommeliers on hand to ensure your pairings are perfect! The menu changes often – rotating with the seasons and utilizing fresh ingredients for every dish (like Oak Fired beef filet & Yellowfin Tuna). Items always on the menu include mouthwatering sushi and brick oven pizzas – prepared while you watch via their “onstage kitchen”. Be sure you make your reservations for around fireworks time – as this spot offers the best view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks available – view right from your dining table or enjoy them from the restaurant’s observation deck
Wins For: Best View
‘Ohana: The word means “family”, and from the moment you walk into ‘Ohana – that’s what you’ll feel like! The restaurant is located at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, a lush tropical paradise who’s theme continues through the dining area too. Breakfast is a character affair with Lilo, Stitch & friends circulating the dining room for autographs & hugs. The menu is generally typical breakfast fare – eggs, pastries, fruit, Mickey waffles, etc – served family-style “all you care to enjoy”. Dinner doesn’t have characters present – but you won’t miss them – you will be too busy enjoying the amazing menu! Bread & salad, pot stickers & chicken wings, and then waiters circulate with giant skewers of grilled chicken, sirloin steak & shrimp, which is served alongside teriyaki noodles & stir fry vegetables. If you have room (which if you can, try and save room!), dessert is warm bread pudding served a la mode. It’s an amazing meal served in an awesome atmosphere – one of my family’s favorites!
Wins For: Best Dinner (I mean come on – meat on a stick!)
Yachtsman Steakhouse: Nautical New England is the theme at this popular spot – located at the beautiful Yacht Club Resort, they age their beef in house and prepare it to your exact specifications over an oak-fired grill in the open kitchen. If you’re more into offerings from the sea – you can enjoy fresh fish, lobster, crab, and other fresh seafood as well
Wins For: Best Steak
Cape May Cafe: This beach themed spot (located at the Beach Resort, of course!) serves up a breakfast buffet with character – Minnie, Goofy & pals are in attendance in their beach gear! But dinner is where the menu really shines here – a full buffet full of seafood delights awaits! Snow crab legs are a favorite here, fried clams, salmon, shrimp, mussels & more – a seafood lovers dream come true! Oh and they also offer plenty of non-seafood options too – like hand-carved strip loin, pastas, salads and much more
Wins For: Best Characters (Breakfast) & Best Seafood (Dinner)
While these are some of the best the WDW Resorts have to offer, there are plenty of other places hidden around among the Resort Hotels, too! So next time you’re hungry, instead of waiting in a long line and battling for a table at the Theme Parks, hop on a boat, monorail or bus and head to one of the many amazing restaurants at a WDW Resort!