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Old 07-06-2014, 04:46 PM   #1
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Where are the best places to eat alone? I don't mind eating alone at all, but would appreciate thoughts on places that would entertain me a little. Thanks
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:11 PM   #2
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Teppon Edo you will share a table with other guests and the chefs are very talented and entertaining.

Raglan road has music and dancing each night although I am not sure when it starts.
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:29 PM   #3
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Sci-Fi Dine-In at DHS shows movie clips. Biergarten at Epcot has communal seating and a musical show every so often. Hoop-dee-Doo Revue is a fun dinner show that I especially enjoy going to solo.

Personally I think the best places to eat alone are places you want to eat anyway. I've never felt out of place or unwelcome as a solo diner anywhere at Disney.
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Sanaa overlooks the savannah. However all of the tables right next to the windows are four tops, but there are smaller tables close enough to the windows that you can still see the animals. I've never had an issue getting a table near enough to see the animals if I went close to opening time (5 for dinner).
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:50 PM   #5
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Any place that has good food Jk, If you dont want to sit alone find the places that seat you at the larger tables. if not then I am a solo traveler about 75% of the time and have no issues being uncomfortable eating solo.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:47 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I can't wait to enjoy a solo trip.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:40 PM   #7
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After more than 20 solo trips, I've dined most everywhere solo. Sci Fi Dine Inn is a great place to "start" solo dining. Sitting in the dark staring at the movie screen-it's just like eating at home in front of the TV. After that, everywhere you dine, make sure to tell the hostess that you're solo and ask politely for someplace where you can have a view/watch things/??? since you won't have anyone to talk with during dinner. I've gotten some great "views" that way-a window table at Chef's de France and California Grill, a tank-side table at Coral Reef, the outside porch at Rose and Crown, etc. Oh, and surprisingly character meals are a great option, at least at the Beach Club. I recommend that one because with all the convention trade around, you won't be the only solo there. And if you're afraid you'll stick out as "the poor lonely person all alone", forget it! Unless you bear a striking resembalance to one of the characters there that day, no one will even notice you! And the characters are so "in tune" to what level of interaction you do/don't want. After getting my obligatory photo with Minnie, I had no further interest in her visits (nice as she is). So she just blew me a kiss every time she came by after that. And good luck if you go to a place with communal tables-not all tablemates are "talkers". I've had some downright rude ones-so I now avoid communal dining. I'd rather sit alone!
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:36 PM   #8
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A lot of the deluxe resort restos have bar areas to eat at. Or at least a lounge area. I believe at the Cali Grill or Jiko you can order from the full menu if you sit at the bar and other restos such as O'hana or Victoria Falls over at AKL have an attached lounge/bar with a smaller menu to choose from. You do not need ADR's for those.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:07 PM   #9
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I often travel solo!

ANY CS is great--get your food, find a seat and people watch.

I've particularly enjoyed LTT solo and Boma--especially if you are there at Boma's opening, I've found the servers will take the time to chat with you--ask for Allison or Paul.

The bar at Jiko, you can get food while sitting at the bar and visiting with other guests.
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My favorite meals from my solo birthday trip!

My favorite Solo meal ever was doing the "Dine with an Imagineer" at Hollywood Brown Derby for lunch! It was awesome to have Disney conversation with like-minded people who didn't mind you being solo. You were all there to talk Disney any way! The Imagineers do a great job of leading the discussion. Many of the other diners (10 total) were there "solo" away from their families as they tour'd the parks.

I am another fan of Sanaa and getting a 2 top near a window. I actually went twice on my Solo trip and once they actually sat me at a 4 top for a late-lunch walk-in.

Jiko at the bar is a great place to get a steak (I ask for my filet on mac'n'cheese) and make conversation with the bartender(s).

Flying Fish café was another meal I had at the bar and made conversation with the line cooks who I actually ended up hanging out with after their shift was over. Food was superb and they made me special little treats while there.

I enjoyed my solo meal at Raglan Road very much with the amazing entertainment. It was a perfect night out at DTD.

Lunch at Tokyo Dining was perfect. I sat by the window and enjoyed the peacefulness of the World Showcase lagoon. The sushi was amazing also.
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Since you mentioned Sanaa and "Dine with an Imagineer", it reminded me of the "Dine with an Animal Specialist [or is it animal keeper?]" that's offered at Sanaa restaurant. Last I knew it was offered 2 days a week. I've done it solo 3 times (so far) and highly recommend it.
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I was alone once for a meal at Jiko, and they sat me at the preparation bar where there were two chefs making food. That was one of my best meals ever - the chefs chatted away with me the whole time and gave met little tastes of many of the dishes throughout the evening. It was a lot of fun - they were quite interesting to talk to - and I really enjoyed getting to sample different dishes!

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I was alone once for a meal at Jiko, and they sat me at the preparation bar where there were two chefs making food. That was one of my best meals ever - the chefs chatted away with me the whole time and gave met little tastes of many of the dishes throughout the evening. It was a lot of fun - they were quite interesting to talk to - and I really enjoyed getting to sample different dishes!

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We actually noticed a man dining alone, doing the same thing. The chefs were interacting with him a lot and would give him forks and little spoons of different things from various dishes and accompaniments.
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I've heard of alot of solo diners really enjoying their experiences eating dinner at the bars at Flying Fish, CA Grill, 50's Prime Time Cafe, and the Tambu Lounge.
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I've heard of alot of solo diners really enjoying their experiences eating dinner at the bars at Flying Fish, CA Grill, 50's Prime Time Cafe, and the Tambu Lounge.
Same. It takes away the potential awkwardness of some servers and then the staring tables who think dining solo is a curse.
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