If you’re a vegetarian visiting Walt Disney World, you may wonder – Where can I get tasty vegetarian meals at Disney World? It may seem at first glance that they are hard to find, but the truth is that there are tons of vegetarian-friendly (and pescatarian-friendly) options for both snacks and meals all over Disney World. The food at Disney is constantly evolving and it’s changed a lot – for the better – in recent years! Theme park food in general has come a long way from how it used to be and it no longer deserves a bad reputation. In fact, Disney has noticeably made an earnest effort year after year to elevate the dining experience for it’s guests regardless of whether you’re eating at one of the table service or quick service locations, and the Disney chefs are amazing at accommodating special dietary requests. Disney has actually become quite a foodie’s paradise, especially Epcot, and now the newly re-vamped & expanded Disney Springs with it’s all new “Signature” restaurants!
Since they are the most frequented, I will focus this article on the 4 main theme parks, to let you know where to go for exactly what you’re craving. I will not include any buffets in this list though, because they all have such a huge variety of foods to offer that you’re sure to find plenty of vegetarian options to satisfy your appetite. Also, you should know that you are definitely in luck when it comes to food outside of the theme parks, too. Mostly every restaurant at the Disney resort hotels and Disney Springs will always offer something for the vegetarian diner. Some will have more offerings than others, but rest easy that there will be at least one dish you can enjoy. And if you ever have any questions about a specific location, you could always send me a message! So without further ado, here’s a detailed list for all of the great options to try at the parks:
Magic Kingdom –
- In Adventureland, go to Aloha Isle for a Dole Whip for sure! That is, if you’re looking for a very tasty snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. At Tortuga Tavern, you should try the roasted corn & vegetable salad with red wine vinaigrette from their newly re-imagined menu.
- In Fantasyland, at Be Our Guest you have 3 wonderful options for breakfast. Choose from the vegetable quiche, eggs florentine (you will have to ask them to substitute the ham on the side for something else), or the ultimate sweet indulgence – a decadent cronut topped with banana-caramel sauce, pastry creme, and chocolate ganache. At lunch, the vegetable quiche makes a re-appearance, there are 2 soups – potato leek and french onion, and there’s also a quinoa salad (or tuna salad if you eat seafood). Dinner has a layered ratatouille, and for pescatarians – a salmon on leek fondue served with potatoes and a sauteed shrimp and scallops with seasonal vegetables served in a puff pastry with a creamy lobster sauce.
- Also in Fantasyland, the quick service window at the Friar’s Nook serves yummy macaroni and cheese topped with breadcrumbs, or for a snack there’s apple & caramel dippers or veggies & chips with hummus. You can also get those types of small snacks at various locations throughout the park, including Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland. Gaston’s also has giant warm cinnamon rolls and chocolate croissants if you’re looking for a sweet tooth fix in this area. And don’t miss out on their specialty drink – LeFou’s Brew! It’s a no-sugar-added frozen apple juice beverage with toasted marshmallow flavor and topped off with an all-natural passion fruit-mango foam.
- One of my personal favorites is the caprese flatbread served at Pinocchio Village Haus. Or you could always do their Caesar salad, pesto garlic bread knots, and/or tomato basil soup.
- If you’re dining like royalty at Cinderella’s Royal Table, not to worry there. For lunch & dinner they have a seasonal gnocchi with roasted vegetables or the chef’s fish of the day. And for breakfast – if you wanna be healthy, go for the scrambled egg whites with hot ten-grain cereal, Greek yogurt & granola, walnut-sunflower bread and fresh fruit, or if you wanna treat yourself, go for the amazing caramel apple stuffed french toast. Plus there’s a baked goat cheese, spinach, & mushroom quiche as well.
- For some fun specialty snacks, you could try the Golden Oak Outpost in Frontierland near Splash Mountain. They have waffle fries topped with brown gravy & white cheddar cheese and also sweet potato nuggets topped with powdered sugar. Also in Frontierland, Pecos Bill Cafe recently debuted a new menu with a Chipotle-style roasted vegetable rice bowl, a southwest salad with chipotle ranch, and churros with chocolate dip as well as sopaipillas for dessert.
- Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square near the Haunted Mansion is the jackpot for vegetarians and pescatarians, with lots of different options! For both lunch & dinner they have a “Lighthouse Sandwich” (hummus & tomato & broccoli slaw served on a toasted multigrain bread with potato chips), the “Anchors Aweigh Sandwich” (white tuna, lettuce, & tomato on toasted multigrain with chips), fried shrimp, battered fish, grilled salmon, broccoli peppercorn salad and garden harvest salad (ask for no chicken on the salads), vegetarian chili, and New England clam chowder. At lunch only, they also have a lobster roll, and at dinner only, look for the seafood macaroni & cheese entree. Right outside the restaurant, there’s a snack mecca – the Liberty Square Market – where you can find all sorts of fruit like apple slices, whole green apples, oranges, watermelon, grapes, bananas, & mixed fruit and pineapple cups. They also have carrots and celery sticks, pickles, cookies, yogurt, drinks, chips, craisins, trail mix, and best of all – fresh baked potatoes! Also in the Liberty Square area, the table service restaurant Liberty Tree Tavern has several vegetarian/pescatarian friendly choices and the Sleepy Hollow quick service window has yummy waffles and funnel cakes!
- In Tomorrowland, you can find the delicious Mickey-shaped jumbo pretzel snack at the Lunching Pad as well as a pretzel stuffed with sweet cream cheese – it’s awesome! Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe serves both a veggie burger and a Greek salad in bays 2 and 3.
- Speaking of veggie burgers, you can also find one over at the Plaza Restaurant next to the ice cream parlor on Main St. They also have a vegetarian sandwich with fresh mozzarella, hummus, basil pesto, cucumber, roasted red pepper, tomato, & lettuce on fresh focaccia.
- Last but certainly not least, Tony’s Town Square has got lots of good Italian food choices. We happen to love the zucchini fries appetizer, but actually all of their appetizers are vegetarian-friendly (you would just need to ask for no bacon on the wedge salad)! For your entree, you could order spaghetti (with no meat), shrimp scampi, pasta primavera, Caesar salad (shrimp topping available), or margherita pizza. And for dessert, be sure not to miss the tiramisu – it’s to die for!
- At the Coral Reef Restaurant at the Living Seas pavilion in Future World, the menu is very heavy on seafood, so it’s the perfect choice for pescatarians. However, you can still eat there if you’re strictly vegetarian, but you’re limited to just Caesar salad and the heirloom beets appetizer with goat cheese cream, frisee lettuce, orange vinaigrette, and pecans.
- The quick service eatery near the Mouse Gear gift shop called Electric Umbrella has a vegetarian flatbread with a tomato pesto base and topped with mushroom, feta, and arugula, as well as a veggie naan-wich with broccoli slaw, edamame & tofu wasabi dressing.
- Over near Test Track there’s a food stand called Taste Track that serves up some delicious gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, including a fontina & tomato basil with balsamic glaze on sourdough bread and a Canadian cheddar and granny smith apple with apple butter on cinnamon raisin bread.
- One of my favorite quick service spots, Sunshine Seasons in the Land pavilion, has a few different options – like the oak-grilled vegetable flatbread sandwich with potato salad, an oak-grilled salmon, spicy fish tacos, sesame crusted tuna with Asian vegetable noodle salad, an Asian shrimp stir-fry with vegetable lo mein noodles, and even a vegan korma with meatless “chik’n” and jasmine rice.
- In the World Showcase, Canada’s Le Cellier restaurant has a surprising number of options for a steakhouse. Almost every single appetizer is vegetarian/pescatarian friendly with the exception of one. They have everything from an artisanal cheese selection, to the very popular Canadian cheddar cheese soup, to a romaine salad with black truffle vinaigrette, heirloom tomatoes with goat feta cheese, Cedar Key clams in a ginger-butter sauce, and a Canadian maple whiskey-cured salmon as starters. For entrees – there’s house-made potato cannelloni for the vegetarian and a halibut with crab-beet risotto, maple-onion jam, and beet chips for the pescatarian. There are even several incredible sides to choose from: creamed fresh baby spinach, loaded mashed potatoes, smoked macaroni & cheese and 3 different types of poutine. This is one of my favorite restaurants! Their food is amazing, including the delicious warm pretzels they serve while you await your meal.
- In the United Kingdom, at the Yorkshire County quick service window and in the Rose & Crown Pub & the table service restaurant, you can get beer-battered fish & chips. And in the dining room you can also get appetizers like potato leek soup, apple & frisee salad, smoked salmon, and a cheese platter. There’s a vegetable cottage pie for an entree and sides consist of Yorkshire pudding, mushy peas, and bubble & squeak (all traditional British dishes.)
- In France, the quick service Boulangerie Patisserie has lots & lots of great choices like a pumpkin soup in a bread bowl, both warm & cold sandwiches, salads, quiche, and desserts. In addition to their vegetarian soups, salads, and starters, Les Chefs de France table service has 2 vegetarian entrees – a vegetable lasagna and macaroni & cheese – plus a 3 course prix fixe menu that can accommodate a vegetarian diet with it’s available choices.
- If you like Mediterranean food, the Morocco pavilion has some yummy vegetarian meals with plenty of hummus, tabouleh, & couscous! There’s a falafel wrap & a vegetable platter at the quick service Tangierine Cafe, a vegetable couscous entree and a couple of vegetarian-friendly appetizers at Restaurant Marrakesh, and then several small plates to enjoy at the newer Spice Road Table. There’s hummus with imported olives, rice stuffed grape leaves, hummus fries, & brie fondue for vegetarians, plus a few seafood small plates too for the pescatarians and they have full size entrees as well.
- You can get seafood and sushi at the quick service restaurant in Japan, called Katsura Grill, including a vegetable roll. Tokyo Dining, one of the 2 table service restaurants in Japan, has lots of sushi types to choose from, along with miso soup and salad (with ginger or sesame dressing), edamame, and 2 vegetarian entrees: steamed veggies served with white rice or a vegetable tempura and vegetable sushi combination. You can expect all the same options at Teppan Edo, but the food is served “hibachi”-style, prepared on a large grill right in front of your table with the chef performing for you.
- The America pavilion doesn’t have a table service restaurant, only the Liberty Inn quick service, which serves a grilled vegetarian “chick’n” breast with guacamole, chipotle corn salsa, lettuce, and tomato.
- Vegetarians will have absolutely no trouble finding amazing meals in Italy, the land of pizza and pasta! Via Napoli is definitely another one of my favorite Epcot restaurants, and my favorite menu items there are the mozzarella caprese starter and the carciofi white pizza, mostly because of the truffle oil – it’s fantastic! There are so, so many good choices here – eggplant parmesan, lasagna verde – and of course, you can build your own wood fired authentic Italian pizza – the flour is even imported from Naples! You can find tons of choices at Tutto Italia and Tutto Gusto as well. Buon appetito!
- Germany is a must stop thanks to it’s heaven for caramel lovers – Karamell-Kuche, and a beer & hand-twisted pretzel from Sommerfest make for a great snack!
- The Lotus Blossom quick service in China offers a vegetable curry served Hong Kong-style over rice, and the Nine Dragons table service has a vegetable and tofu stir-fry entree. For shrimp-loving pescatarians, there are 3 different shrimp entrees there! Plus they have spinach noodles, veggie/egg fried rice, and soup as sides, and spring rolls and cucumber salad appetizers.
- I’m actually quite surprised to say that La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico doesn’t have a vegetarian entree! But they do have a few starters – guacamole, corn cream soup, and a spinach salad with queso fresco, tomatoes, pomegranate, pine nuts, avocado, and mustard vinaigrette dressing. I suppose you could make a full meal out of combining those 3. Unfortunately, the same is true for the San Angel Inn, only the shrimp and mahi-mahi entrees but nothing for a strict vegetarian who does not eat fish. The vegetarian-friendly starters are: traditional tortilla soup, vegetable tacos, quesadillas, and corn cakes topped with black refried beans, queso fresco, sour cream, and green tomatillo sauce (but ask for it without the pork).
Hollywood Studios –
- Sunset Blvd. is the land of quick service eateries – there are 8 of them all in a row! – starting with Sweet Spells and Starring Rolls Cafe all the way down to the KRNR Rock Station next to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. But your best bets for vegetarian food are going to be Starring Rolls, Rosie’s, Anaheim Produce, and Catalina Eddie’s. The Starring Rolls cafe serves breakfast and it’s all vegetarian friendly – croissants, muffins, danishes, bagels, apple & cherry turnovers, cinnamon rolls, yogurt, & fruit. They also have great desserts including some really good specialty cupcakes (try the red velvet if it’s available!) and for lunch they serve a vegetable sushi roll!
- Looking for something unique and fun for lunch or dinner? Try the fried green tomato sandwich at Rosie’s All American Cafe, served with jalapeno ranch, pepper jack cheese, and arugula on ciabatta bread with either coleslaw or french fries on the side. Sounds amazing, right?
- Anaheim Produce has tons of great snacks, all of them vegetarian-friendly, and they even have some alcoholic beverages, too (beer, hard apple cider, frozen margaritas, and a seasonal colada)! You can choose from chips, snack bars, craisins, trail mix, whole fruit, carrots, apple slices with caramel, pickles, churros, pretzels, and Hayden Valley probiotics & energy mix.
- Catalina Eddie’s has a cheese pizza with Caesar salad, but don’t expect to find anything vegetarian at Fairfax Fare – even their salad option has bacon and BBQ pork on it.
- On Hollywood Blvd., the new Trolley Car Cafe (which houses Starbucks) has a spinach, feta, & egg white breakfast wrap.
- The Hollywood Brown Derby serves both lunch and dinner in an upscale atmosphere, and meals here will cost you 2 dining plan credits, but they have some pretty good vegetarian & pescatarian options. Appetizers include a sweet corn bisque, a salad with local greens, FL blueberries and peaches, drunken goat cheese, & spiced candied pecans tossed in a champagne vinaigrette, and jumbo lump crab cakes. Entrees include a noodle bowl with wok-fried coconut tofu, soy beans, sugar snap peas, bok choy, and shiitake mushrooms in a red curry broth as well as both salmon and grouper.
- In the Echo Lake area, the Backlot Express quick service restaurant between Indiana Jones and Star Tours has a cantaloupe & cucumber salad, a grilled vegetable sandwich with fresh mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, tomato, watercress, cheese, and sun-dried tomato pesto on basil asiago artisan bread, and a southwest salad that you could get without the chicken that normally comes with.
- 50’s Prime Time near Indiana Jones is one of the most fun places to dine in Disney World, with it’s retro theme and sassy servers! For starters, you can get the delicious beer-battered onion rings, fried herb & garlic cheese, or an iceberg lettuce wedge salad – but just make sure you ask for no bacon topping. For the main course, there’s a vegetable lasagna, a Caesar salad, or fish of the day. And you’ll want to save room for one of their old fashioned handmade milkshakes, like my personal favorite – the peanut butter & jelly shake! Sooo good!
- On Commissary Lane, directly to the left of the Great Movie Ride, you can find an Asian salad (available plain or with salmon), a seafood platter, and a roasted salmon served with steamed broccoli, couscous, & quinoa pilaf at the ABC Commissary quick service restaurant.
- Right next door at my most favorite WDW restaurant of all, the Sci-fi Dine-In Theater, there are lots of wonderful vegetarian & pescatarian choices. There’s onion rings, fried dill pickles, spinach & artichoke dip, and a salad for appetizers. As an entree, vegetarians get 2 choices – either a shepherd’s pie or a southwest black bean burger served with my fave, sweet potato fries – and pescatarians can choose shrimp pasta, a salmon salad, or a salmon BLT sandwich.
- Over near to the Muppet Vision 3D show, you can get a cheese or veggie personal pizza with side Caesar salad at Toy Story Pizza Planet Arcade.
- Also nearby, Mama Melrose table service serves Italian food in a fun atmosphere with several appetizers – vegetarian minestrone, mozzarella & tomatoes, Caesar salad, mixed green salad, mussels, tuna, and calamari. The signature flatbreads include margherita and grilled vegetable, and entrees include spaghetti or penne pasta, pasta primavera (with truffle oil!), and fish of the day.
- Near the Streets of America, the Studio Catering Company quick service has a vegetable wrap with plenty of veggies & a garlic herb spread on a spinach tortilla and a Greek salad.
Animal Kingdom –
- In Africa, at the Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery (near the Kilimanjaro Safaris), you can pick up a sweet snack for breakfast like the colossal cinnamon roll that serves 2 people, an elephant ear, Danon Greek yogurt, fruit cups, turnovers, danishes, muffins, croissants, cereal, and even gourmet cupcakes and other treats.
- At the Harambe Market, there’s a grilled vegetable stack with herb pesto and chickpea salad.
- In Asia, the Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe quick service has a roasted vegetable couscous wrap in lavash bread with lemon herb yogurt sauce. The table service restaurant of the same name is fantastic and I highly recommend eating there! It has such a cool atmosphere and a great menu. Pescatarians can find ahi tuna nachos for 2 and firecracker shrimp on the appetizer menu, plus the main courses of an ahi tuna salad, miso salmon, tempura shrimp, teriyaki mahi-mahi, Malaysian seafood curry wok, shrimp lo mein noodles, and ginger salmon noodles. For the strict vegetarians, there’s wok-fried green beans and a sesame house salad as starters, and vegetable lo mein (with the option to add tofu) as an entree. Don’t miss the mango pie for dessert!
- If you’re looking for a snack in DinoLand, then try the Dino Diner for a Mickey pretzel or some cinnamon-glazed almonds or pecans. And for a lunch or dinner meal, there’s a black bean burger over at Restaurantosaurus, near the Boneyard play area.
- Another good place for snacks is the Beastly Kiosk on Discovery Island, before you cross the bridge to Asia. It has baked 3 cheese pasta, baked lobster macaroni & cheese, Mickey pretzels, and jalapeno pretzels. Another kiosk on the other side of the bridge (going from Asia to Discovery Island), called Gardens Kiosk, has 2 vegetarian salads – the Trek Power Salad with quinoa, beets, edamame and citrus and the Farmers Salad with blueberries, goat cheese, and candied pecans.
- Creature Comforts is where you’ll find Starbucks and the spinach, feta, and egg white breakfast wrap.
- At Flame Tree BBQ there’s a watermelon salad entree.
- Just like Pizza Planet in Hollywood Studios, there’s a quick service restaurant on Discovery Island called Pizzafari that serves both cheese and veggie personal pizzas with side Caesar salads.
- Did you know that the Rainforest Cafe at the entrance to Animal Kingdom serves breakfast and they have their own version of Tonga Toast??!! Other vegetarian-friendly breakfast offerings include a traditional 2 eggs (made the way you like ’em) with sides, eggs benedict (ask for no Canadian bacon), a Mexican-style breakfast pizza, omelettes, oatmeal, and waffles. For lunch & dinner, they serve a vegetarian burger as well as several seafood and pasta dishes.
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