View Full Version : Your personal Top 5 Disney Restaurants/ Dining Experiences

12-29-2006, 06:06 PM
We all know how hard it is to pick a single favorite place, so please list your Top 5 Walt Disney World Restaurants/ Dining Experiences.

I am going in APril with my sister and 2 nephews and have never stayed onsite or eaten anywhere other than quick counter service places (oops I have eaten at ESPN Club).

Thanks in advance for any and all responses:banana:

12-29-2006, 07:30 PM
If you're looking for fine dining, the signature restaurants are the best bet, and the most expensive. So here's a little more variety.

Best Counter Service: (tie) Tusker House/Columbia Harbour House
Best Buffet: Boma
Best Family Style: Garden Grill
Best World Showcase: Akershus (Norway)
Best Signature Restaurant: California Grill (we haven't been to all of them)

12-29-2006, 08:34 PM
Our family's favorite restaurants are:

Teppanyaki - Great experience and food
Whispering Canyon - we were lucky enough to have an extremely fun waiter
Ohana - Great dinner and most fun character breakfast
Liberty Tree Tavern - We haven't done the character meal, but the food at lunchtime was excellent
Cape May Buffet - the best buffet I've had anywhere

12-29-2006, 09:09 PM
My top 5 favorites at WDW are(not necessarily in order): Boma,Jiko,Cape May Cafe,Biergarten,and Sunshine Seasons Food Court in The land.

12-29-2006, 09:24 PM
1. Le Cellier. The desserts alone earned it #1!:cloud9:
2. Kona Cafe. O.K...I like the desserts here too, but everything was really
3. Crystal Palace. I thought my kids might be to old for Pooh and the gang,
but some of our best pictures are with Eeyore.
4. Sunshine Seasons. This may be an odd to 5, but we were on the dining
plan and we got so much food there it was unreal. We went
back the day before we were leaving and used our extra credits
(and we did not have many left) and got enough food for
breakfast and lunch for the trip home! I like the tomato and
mozz. salad and of course I must mention the strawberry
5. For us it would be the Rainforest Cafe at the Animal Kingdom. I know
that there are much better places to eat at, but we eat there
every time we go to Disney. The kids really
look forward to it. I gotta admit that I like it when the rain
starts and the animals move around too!:rolleyes1

12-29-2006, 09:24 PM
My top 5 are Boma, San Angel Inn, 'ohana, Le Cellier, and, to throw a CS, Flame Tree BBQ

12-29-2006, 09:31 PM
Ours are:

1. Narcoossee's
2. Tempura Kiku
3. Artist Point
4. Cape May Cafe
5. Jiko

12-29-2006, 09:39 PM
Hi magicbar;
If we had to choose the top 5 restaurants, ours would be
1- The California Grill- @ CR- the best service and food ever had at Disney.
2- The Japanese Restaurant in Epcot
3- Alfredo's in Epcot
4- Sci Fi in MGM (great burgers and shakes)
5- Primetime cafe (great service) @ MGM

If your looking for fine dining you can not go wrong at all w/ the california grill. They have something for everyone... the view of the castle is great as well and if you go at night you can watch the fireworks @ MK.

Think about your nephews as well... what are they into and how old they are really matters. You dont want to take them to a place where they wouldnt have any fun... :)

12-29-2006, 09:48 PM
Eek, it's hard to narrow down since our experiences have been generally positive (there's something special to like about so many of the restaurants!)

Fave buffet: Boma
Fave signature (haven't been to CG though): Jiko
Fave family style: Ohana
Fave TS: Kona Cafe or Le Cellier
Fave character meal: Crystal Palace for breakfast/Chef Mickey's for dinner

12-29-2006, 09:50 PM
In no particular order:
1. Boma
2. O'Hana (for dinner)
3. Tony's (I know some of you are shuddering but we had a wonderful meal there last week, one of the best we have ever enjoyed)
4. Prime Time
5. San Angel Inn

We have had wonderful food at all of these (and have eaten at each one but Tony's more than once). They are also about the atmosphere for us since when we dine at Disney its about more than the food. I wil also mention, Liberty Tree Tavern as a favorite character meal and Sci Fi for another fun favorite.

12-29-2006, 09:54 PM
Here's mine: (in no particular order) Wow that was a lot harder than I thought!

1. Liberty Tree Tavern
2. Coral Reef
3. Crystal Palace
4. LeCellier
5. O'Hana

12-29-2006, 11:18 PM
1. Garden Grille - both trips here have been great. Good food, good character interaction, and good atmosphere
2. Kona Cafe - service and food were great
3. Liberty Tree Tavern for Lunch - not very busy and the food was very good.
4. Pecos Bills - toppings bar makes this much more than a burger joint
5. Crystal Palace dinner - a little hectic but food was good

12-29-2006, 11:30 PM
Le Cellier
San Angel
Brown Derby
1900 Park Fare (Character Breakfast)

12-30-2006, 12:37 AM
Our 5 best dining experiences in no particular order:

1. dinner in the Castle (pre-new package deal)

2. lunch at Sci-Fi

3. Dinner at Le Cellier

4. Breakfast and dinner at Crystal Palace

5. for cs Columbia Harbor House and my dh threw in Peco's Bills

Cookie Princess
12-30-2006, 06:32 AM
It is hard to narrow it down to just 5, but here goes...

CA Grill - (we prefer it over Jiko's)
Le Cellier
Crystal Palace - breakfast...YUMMY!

Maggi May
12-30-2006, 06:55 AM
Cool topic! There are a few places that rate highly here at the DIS that we haven't been to (yet!) such as Le Cellier and California Grill, but here are our top five favorite experiences so far:

1. Boma
2. Kona Cafe
3. Brown Derby
4. H&V Playhouse Disney Character Breakfast (The food is nothing special, but it was a wonderful experience for my DS and us, since my DS loves the Little Einsteins)
5. Counter Service - Columbia Harbor House

Ron from Michigan
12-30-2006, 08:29 AM
Our top 5 are : Jiko, California Grill, Le Cellier, Boma, Flying Fish.

12-30-2006, 08:34 AM
Mine are:

1. Hoop Dee Doo Review (for the entertainment and whole dining experience)
2. San Angel Inn (for the atmosphere)
3. Biergarten (I like German food)
4. Garden Grill (good food and good character interaction)
5. Beaches & Cream (for the ice cream offerings)

12-30-2006, 08:36 AM
Crystal Palace- we went before MNSSHP and loved it. The character handlers came around in advance and made sure that everyone had and opportunity to spend time with each character.

Casey's- I know they are just hot dogs, but something about sitting there staring at the castle or watching a parade makes them into extra super special hot dogs.

Biergarten- I was looking forward to this one the least and it's by far my favorite dining experience. Too much fun.

Raglan Road- If you go for an early dinner it's quiet and a lovely dining experience. One caution: if you are on the DDP watch the receipt. We got charged for 2 table services last year.

50's Prime Time: Great comfort food, fun environment and not as scary for the shy people as I had feared. Plus, I loved watching my 62 year old Mom get fed her veggies. :woohoo:

12-30-2006, 01:10 PM
My top 5 based on overall experience (includes food, atmosphere, entertainment) are, in no particular order:

1. Biergarten

2. Whispering Canyon

3. Rose and Crown (with Illumination seating)

4. Cinderella's Castle (pre new changes w photo package)

5. Crystal Palace

12-30-2006, 07:43 PM
Our favorites are: Cape May, Boma, Crystal Palace, Ohana's and Kona. :wizard:

12-30-2006, 08:37 PM
1. Flying Fish (on the Boardwalk)
2. Artist Point (Wilderness Lodge)
3. Tea lounge (high tea) at the Grand Floridian
the rest are well below those three

12-30-2006, 09:26 PM
For CS's we like Pepper Market at Coronado Springs, Tusker House in Animal Kingdom, Cosmic Ray's in Magic Kingdom and Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney.

For TS's we like Boma both Dinner and Breakfast, Ohana's, Hoop Dee Doo, Spoodles, Coral Reef, Raglan Road, Cinderella's Castle (old place not present),and Le Cellier.

We really enjoy Beaches and Cream but I just can not get myself to use a TS credit for a burger and ice cream.

For snacks we love the Dole Whip Float, the dark chocolate mint squares, chocolate Gelato from the Beach Club, and the old stand by Mickey ice cream bars.

12-30-2006, 09:52 PM
Hmm...our favorites are Ohanas, LTT, Chef Mickey's, CMB and RC in AK!!!! We also love Toy Story Pizza Planet at MGM. :goodvibes

12-31-2006, 12:07 AM
1. Le Cellier
2. Biergarten
3. Garden Grill
4. Mama Melrose
5. Coral Reef

12-31-2006, 12:35 AM
For delicious food, desserts, coffee* & and best service

1) Artist Point*
2) California Grill
3) Jiko
4) Narcoosees*
5) Le Cellier

12-31-2006, 02:07 PM
Here's our top five:

50's Prime Time Cafe--We eat here each time. A favorite of everyone in our family.

Biergarten--Good food and great atmosphere

Akerhus--We've only eaten pre-princess dining but the food is good and very plentiful

Chef Mickey's--My kids still want to eat here for the great food

Pecos Bill--Probably the best burgers and cheese fries we have found

12-31-2006, 02:10 PM
My top 5 would be, in no particular order....

1900 Park Fare for dinner or breakfast,
Liberty Tree Tavern for dinner
Cape May Cafe for breakfast
Chef Mickey for breakfast
Whispering Canyon Cafe for dinner

12-31-2006, 02:56 PM
California Grill
Artist Point
Brown Derby
Coral Reef


12-31-2006, 03:07 PM
1. Flying Fish
2. Flying Fish
3. Flying Fish
4. Artist Point
5. California Grill

12-31-2006, 03:28 PM
California Grill
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Victoria and Albert's
Tempura Kiku

12-31-2006, 09:32 PM
I would have to say:

1. Le Cellier - Absolutely perfect! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was perfect! I'll go twice next time.

2. Nine Dragons - Elegant and lovely. The food was a big hit with my family.

3. Boma's - Very distintive. Such a nice variety of food and the AKL is a beautiful setting.

4. Flame Tree BBQ - Loved the food. The seating area we used was stunning as well.

5. Cosmic Ray's - Ate there a few times. Convenient, fast and such a wide range of food. There's something for everyone's tastes. The burgers are excellent! :love:

01-01-2007, 01:20 AM
In no particular order...Hoop Dee Doo, Concourse Steakhouse, O'hana, Garden View Tea Lounge, Sunshine Seasons

01-01-2007, 10:56 AM
I don't have as much experiance as many, but based upon my last trip with the DDP, here's my list:
1) Tony's Town Square - Loved the Lady and the Tramp theme, and our server was so good the first night we went back again later in the trip.
2) Coral Reef - Great food and amazing views of the Living Seas aquarium.
3) Teppanyaki - Fun interaction with some excellent chefs.
4) Prime Time Cafe - There wasn't a whole lot of interaction with our server (which was good as far as I was concerned) and the milkshake was amazing.

01-01-2007, 12:49 PM
The Top 5 for our family.

1. Boma - We have never had a bad experience there.

2. Jiko - The best filet I've eaten in the last decade. Compared to this the one I had at Yachtsman Steakhouse was like shoe leather.

3. 50's Prime Time Cafe - Good comfort food in a fun atmosphere.

4. Columbia Harbour House - It's fun to sit upstairs and people-watch while we eat.

5. Le Cellier - Another place where we have never been disappointed. Good Food and service, and then a leasurely walk to italy to view Illuminations. "Dinner and a Show" at it's best !

01-01-2007, 01:03 PM
My favorites are...

1. Jiko
2. Bluezoo
3. Artist Point
4. California Grill
5. Pecos Bill!

01-01-2007, 01:10 PM
Hmmmm, good topic. For us it would be:

Le Cellier
Kona Cafe
Grand Floridian Cafe
Wolfgang Puck

01-01-2007, 01:17 PM
Hoop Dee Doo
Restaurant Marrakesh
San Angel Inn
Rose and Crown
Crystal Palace (breakfast)

(Whispering Canyon Cafe used to be on my list, but the food has sucked each time for the last year or two, and the service has been blah.)

01-01-2007, 01:23 PM
Whispering Canyon
Turf Club
Tusker House

We're trying all new restaurants in January (except Turf Club) ....looking to bump someone from the list!

01-01-2007, 01:26 PM
1. Chefs de France - Amazing French ambience, great customer service
2. Le Cellier - To die for breadsticks, cheese soup, & maple creme brulee
3. Boma - Wonderful breakfast buffet & get to see the animals afterwards
4. Grand Floridian Cafe - Elegant, relaxing atmosphere; Love that chocolate fondue for dessert!
5. Hoop Dee Doo - What a show! And can't beat that fried chicken & strawberry shortcake. Disney at its best.

Favorite Counter Service - Tie between Columbia Harbour House (great soup & sandwich eaten in usually quiet upstairs area overlooking Liberty Square) and Boulangerie Patisserie (awesome ham & cheese quiche, napolean, and cream puffs eaten on a spring day on the little Parisian street)

Fly me with Balloons
01-01-2007, 01:27 PM
1. Jiko
2. California Grill
3. Yachtsman
4. Blue Zoo
5. Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki

01-01-2007, 01:49 PM
My top 5 are:

1. Flying Fish
2. Brown Derby
3. Boma
4. Le Cellier
5. Concourse

01-01-2007, 02:05 PM
1. Crystal Palace :goodvibes my favorite!!!
2. Flame Tree BBQ
3. Liberty Tree Tavern
4. Chef Mickey's
5. Sci Fi

Paging Tom Morrow
01-01-2007, 06:42 PM
Our top 5 places:

California Grill
Wolfgang Puck's Cafe
Le Cellier
Califonia Grill (yes I know I listed it twice)

01-01-2007, 07:47 PM
In no particular order and based on food and experience, not DDP value:

Le Cellier
Beaches and Cream
Yachtsman Steakhouse

Flame Tree BBQ
Artist Palette (SSR)
Sunshine Seasons
Tusker House
Earl of Sandwich

01-01-2007, 07:58 PM
Whispering Canyon Cafe
California Grill
50's Prime Time Cafe
Beaches and Cream

01-01-2007, 08:06 PM
Mmmmm...lets see,

O Hana
Cape May Cafe (Clam Bake)
50's Prime Time Cafe
...I will leave the final one for my next best favorite!

01-02-2007, 12:07 AM
California Grill... the best combination of food and experience for me :love: Wishes! :cloud9: (dinner)

Wolfgang Puck. yum, yum, yummy. :goodvibes (late lunch)

Crystal Palace (breakfast, lunch) and Liberty Tree Tavern. (dinner)...tie. mmmm mmm good. :goodvibes

Boma... (dinner), breakfast is on my list of meals to do!!!wow, wow, wow. And good coffee too! :goodvibes

Kona Cafe... breakfast, lunch, dinner, I just can't have a bad meal here. And the very best, hands down place for coffee in all of Disney IMHO...:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: Yes, I enjoyed the pressed pot here just a tad more than at Boma's which has the second best pressed pot coffee in the World...:love: During one 11 day vacation we ate at Kona for 9 meals. I guess you might say we enjoyed the food...:dance3:

Gotta give honorable mention to Tusker House, I could eat there every day. and the atmosphere at Chef Mickey's should have put it in the top 5, but who would I have tossed my list???? :rolleyes1

So that's the best I can do with my after midnight addled brain....:surfweb:

01-02-2007, 12:27 AM
We were in the World from Dec. 2 - 10 and my family picked these as the top 5 TS of our trip:

1. Le Cellier (hands down, the best meal of the trip. My daughter rarely eats red meat, but she said the chicken was the best she's ever had.)
2. LTT (we go there for our first TS each trip. Once again, it was a wonderful experience!)
3. Teppanyaki (Epcot)
4. WCC at the WL
5. San Angel Inn (Epcot)

For CS, our choices were:

1. Tusker House, AK
2. Columbia Harbour House, MK
3. Sunshine Seasons, Epcot
4. Backlot Express, MGM
5. Earl of Sandwich, DD

01-02-2007, 09:18 AM
I'll include the year on my posts since things might have changed since the alst time I ate at these pleaces:

The Best Overall: California Grill (2004): The food was so good that I actually tried things there that I would in no way would regularly eat and they were unbelievable. Had molten lava cake desert which was out of this world. Try to time it so you can see Wishes from up there.

Second: The Cellier (2004): Great food, I highly recommend the Cheddar Chesse soup. Really quick service. Very convenient location.

Third: 50's Prime Time Cafe (numerous times): Good ol' homecooking, awesome atmosphere, especially if your server gets "into it". I'll leave it at that in order to not ruin the surprise.

Fourth: Chef Mickey's Dinner Buffet (last time 2004, been there tons too). As far as buffet food goes, it is great. Tons of variety, very busy surroundings, lots of characters.

Fifth: (TIE) Brown Derby (2004): Was good to very good, I think my expectations were high so I was a little disappointed that it wasn't "california grill" good, but it wasn't at all bad.

Fifth: (TIE) Alfredos (numerous times, last in 2005): This one is really hit or miss, and from what I have read on various boards that the quality of this place has dropped quite a bit. But, the last time we were there we really enjoyed our meal.....maybe it was a "hit" day and not a "miss." When we went in 2004 and it wasn't as good.

Good luck

01-02-2007, 09:26 AM
1) Victoria and Albert's
2) Jiko's
3) Boma's
4) Narcosee's (circa 2001)
5) Fulton's (circa 2001)

01-02-2007, 09:46 AM
*Crystal Palace
*San Angel

01-02-2007, 11:44 AM
I'll put in my 2 cents!

Best Counter Service: Flame Tree BBQ
Best Buffet: Chef Mickey's breakfast
Best Family Style: O'hana
Best World Showcase: Le Cellier
Best Signature Restaurant: Haven't eaten at any yet. Eating at California Grill in 2 days.

01-02-2007, 12:07 PM
V&A, Jiko, Blue Zoo, Flying Fish, California Grill.

01-02-2007, 09:35 PM
Best Counter Service Experience:
(EP) Sunshine Food Fair (pro = variety, quality, location; con = busy)
Runners Up
(DTD) Earl of Sandwich (pro - flavor good, service so-so; con = location)
(DTD) Wolfgang Puck Express (quality++, service decent)

Best "buffet" (or equivalent):
(PR) Ohana
(Haven't tried Boma - access-challenged; Used to like Pepper Market, but quality declined to the point it wasn't worth overcoming the access-challenge.)

Best Table Service - Single Credit:
(EP) Le Cellier (quality, geography, value)
Runners Up
(CR) Concourse Steakhouse (quality, not ambience)
(DTD) Wolfgang Puck Cafe Downstairs (West End)
(EP) Teppanyaki Room (pay cash)

Best Table Service - 2 Credits:
(GF) Narcoosie (surf and turf; excellent quality)
(GF) Citrico's
(WL) Artist Point (pay cash)
(Haven't tried Jiko - access-challenged)

Best Meal, but I don't like to dress up anymore, so I haven't been there lately:
(GF) Victoria & Albert

Best All Around Meal - We Go There At Least Once per Vacation - We Never Miss It, and Try to Go Twice, At Least:
(CR) California Grill - has it all - ambience, view, service, food quality - it is, hands down, my favorite!!
I like it so much, I keep taking pictures there - links to pictures on the disboards:
Soda (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1267485&referrerid=&highlight=)
Sushi (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1266973&referrerid=&highlight=)
Filet (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1266967&referrerid=&highlight=)
Halibut (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1266965&referrerid=&highlight=)
Bread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1266963&referrerid=&highlight=)
And various pictures from June on the Dining Thread Link (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=773269&page=260), starting with post #3888, including my favorite:


01-02-2007, 09:38 PM
Hmmmmm...here are mine, in no particular order.

Le Cellier
50s Prime Time
Rose and Crown

01-02-2007, 09:51 PM
This post reminds me of all the places we have yet to try! Our top 5:

Cali Grill
Le Cellier
Alfredos (more for the ambiance than the food - we only sit outside)