DISNEY'S WORLD OF DINING


Some of the best restaurants in the country are at Disney World. Unless otherwise indicated, the dress is casual, and children are welcome. All of them are smoke free, but they allow smoking in some of the bars and lounges.

Reservations for priority seating are always a good idea; in some cases they are required. Show up fifteen minutes early. They will seat you at the next available table, ahead of guests without reservations. Our experience with priority seating has been good; we are usually seated within a few minutes.

The meal portions are often larger than most of us can comfortably eat. In some places, we even suggest that two guests split a meal. Most of the restaurants will do this for you, and you'll feel much better because you didn't overeat. Ask your waiter for advice and look at the meals being served around you. If you are still hungry after splitting a meal, you can always order dessert.

Diet Restrictions: The chefs at Disney restaurants routinely receive requests by guests for special meals, and they are happy to accommodate them. If you must avoid certain foods, let them know in advance. There is little they can do if you simply show up and request a special meal. Notify the restaurant about your diet restrictions when you make your meal reservation. Bring a printed list of the foods you must avoid and give it to the hostess when you arrive at the restaurant. Finally, be patient and flexible; they will do the best they can.

Each of our park guides has a restaurant section. Here are some good are some good choices from the parks as well as the popular restaurants in other parts of the Walt Disney World. If you are interested in a good value, not necessarily inexpensive, select a restaurant with a higher star rating than its pricing guide.

Artist Point: Wilderness Lodge
Dine on buffalo, elk, salmon, rainbow trout, or other specialties. The magnificent murals and the view of Bay Lake evoke a feeling of the Pacific Northwest. Reservations are highly recommended. $$$
 
California Grill: Contemporary

Enjoy a spectacular view of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom. The creative meals are skillfully prepared and beautifully presented by an attentive staff. There is also an excellent selection of California wines available by the glass. It was rated by USA Today as one of the best restaurants in the country.

For an added thrill, make your reservation for about thirty minutes prior to the fireworks show, and request a table by a window with a view of the Magic Kingdom. When the show starts, the lights are dimmed and you can watch the show. We loved it! Reservations are highly recommended. $$$

 
Cinderella's Table: Magic Kingdom
This popular restaurant in Cinderella Castle features beef, fresh fish, and chicken. Plan to spend an hour here; the pace is leisurely. It is a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy a nice meal. The character breakfast is so popular with young children that it is always sold out. Reservations are required for all meals. $$$$

 

 
Citricos: Grand Floridian
Casual ambience with a European flair, it features lobster salad, rack of lamb, grilled salmon, and braised veal. Citricos is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $$$$
 
Coral Reef: EPCOT
This restaurant in the Living Seas has a spectacular view of the aquarium, which fills an entire wall. It features fresh seafood, of course. There is a children's menu, or they could split a meal from the main menu. Reservations are required. This is one of our favorites. $$$$$
 
Flying Fish Cafe: Boardwalk
A great restaurant with a bizarre atmosphere, it features New American cuisine and, of course, fresh fish. $$
 
Hollywood Brown Derby: MGM
The quiet atmosphere, menu selections, and prices suggest that this somewhat formal dining is not for young children. We have tried it twice, and our only complaint was the incredibly slow service. Reservations are required. $$$$

 

 
Jiko: Animal Kingdom Lodge

A casual restaurant open for dinner that features a taste of Africa in an atmosphere shaped by local traditions and customs. Focusing on simpler, lighter cuisine, it retains the spirit and refinements of a great restaurant while concentrating on the basics of cooking with an emphasis on the freshest of products. It has an excellent wine list. $$$$

 
Les Chefs de France: EPCOT
Traditional French cuisine is served in a casual setting. We loved everything except the seafood casserole. Reservations are recommended. $$$$$
 
Narcoossee's: Grand Floridian

This waterfront restaurant features lobster, swordfish, and beef tenderloin. Their seafood chowder is terrific. Some tables have a view of the Magic Kingdom, and you might see the evening's fireworks show while dining. Reservations are highly recommended. $$$$

 
Victoria & Albert's: Grand Floridian
An intimate retreat for world class dining, it features fresh poultry, fish, and beef specials daily in Continental and American styles. Proper attire and reservations are required. $$$$$
 
Yachtsman Steakhouse: Yacht Club
This traditional American steakhouse features a variety of aged cuts of grain-fed beef, chops, and poultry. Reservations are highly recommended. $$$$