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Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by XMom, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. XMom

    XMom DIS Veteran

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    We have planned our 1st ever trip to WDW. We will be there a Sat-Sat and are staying at AKL. What are your top 5 family restaurants (non-character) in or out of the parks to eat at and why? Thanks in advance!!
     
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  3. Mousemommy1

    Mousemommy1 DIS Veteran

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    In no particular order:

    1) 'Ohana
    2) Biergarten
    3) Via Napoli
    4) 50's Prime Time
    5) Le Cellier

    My answer would include Be Our Guest, but that's kind of a character meal.
     
  4. DisGirl819

    DisGirl819 <font color=blue>Then I thought about it and reali

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    1. Boma
    2. Cape May Cafe
    3. Captain's Grille
    4. Garden Grill (character)
    5. Be Our Guest
    6. Grand Floridian Cafe (since I included one character meal)
     
  5. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc <font color=royalblue>We had a wonderful time, but

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    1. Cape May Clambake (delicious!)
    2. Dinner at 1900 Park Fare (for your daughter, though we all get a kick out of it. None of the characters is a "face" character.)
    3. Le Cellier (a family favorite!)
    4. Coral Reef (atmosphere is unbeatable!)
    5. Sci Fi (we're so-so on the food, but your boys will LOVE it!!!)
     
  6. EspositoScoresOTR

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    1. Via Napoli only decent pizza in WDW, one of our favorties.
    2. Sanaa Great Indian/ African food, and the best of the more causal spots in Animal Kingdom Lodge. The food court in AKL, the Mara) is also our favorite food court on property by far.
    3. Tangerine Cafe - Favorite Epcot Quick Service, can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
    4. Yak and Yeti (much better than Epcot Asian inspired menus, but not too fancy)
    5. Tepan Edo, good Benihana style food and entertaining but not too fancy)
     
  7. mom2my3kids

    mom2my3kids Doesn't believe in the Tag Fairy

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    Trails End
    Ohana
    50's Prime Time
    The Plaza
    Sci-Fi
     
  8. chocovrdmicears

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    Staying at AKL - BOMA is top of my list for you.:goodvibes

    Via Napoli
    Raglan Road
    San Angel
    Sci Fi or 50's - both have fun atmospheres.

    :)
     
  9. jjl181

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    50s Prime time - good food and fun atmosphere

    Whispering canyon - same as above

    Ohana - one of our faves, plus kid activities during dinner

    Teppan Edo - entertaining for all ages

    Cape May - good buffet for different tastes
     
  10. purple figment

    purple figment DIS Veteran

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    Via Napoli - the pizza
    'Ohana - fun kids' activities , go to the beach to see Wishes afterwards
    Les Chefs - lunch to see Remy
    Be Our Guest - the atmosphere and decor
    Sci Fi - cartoons and bad sci fi movie trailers
     
  11. bostonminnie

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    I would have to agree with all of this:thumbsup2
     
  12. shell8558

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    1.) Ohana
    2.) Crystal Palace breakfast - before park opens
    3.) Whispering Canyon
    4.) Hoop De Doo
    5.) Wolfgang Pucks

    All of these are family favorites and we enjoy the food as well as atmosphere . Crystal Palace is a character meal , however my 14 year old even request this every year for the food . Not to mention it is awesome to be in Magic Kingdom before the park opens . The pictures are priceless!!
     
  13. writersblock42

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    Since you are staying at AKL, I think Boma would be a great choice. We also loved Sanaa also at AKL. 50s Prime Time is a lot of fun but the food is only ok (pork chops, meat loaf, fried chicken). Biergarten is another fun restaurant. The food has a vinegar taste to it but the desserts are really good. I thought Rainforest Cafe was really good especially if you are on the dining plan but others give it bad reviews.
     
  14. mickeynut1

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    1. Boma @ AKL - great buffet; nice atmosphere

    2. Cape May Cafe @ BC - great buffet with a lot of variety; nice atmosphere

    3. Ohana @ Poly - all you can eat served family style to your table; great atmosphere/views
     
  15. wdwloverz

    wdwloverz Tigger, is that you??

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    Kids love T-rex and Rainforest Café.
    Since not much counter service has been mentioned, I will name a few of my families favorites!
    Flametree BBQ at AK, when walking towards the seating areas, stay right and follow the path all the way down to the seating area with a spectacular view of Everest, the kids will love it but don't feed the birds!!;)
    Be Our Guest for lunch at MK, also Columbia Harbor House and Pecos Bills for a SUPER fixins bar for your burger or taco salad!
    At Downtown Disney Marketplace is Earl of Sandwich and Wolfgang Puck Express, very good food at both.
     
  16. lmhall2000

    lmhall2000 May the road rise to meet you....May God hold you

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    We are a family of five, we go for theming/food...here are our top five...

    MK: Cinderella's Royal Table..just plain cool to eat in a castle!!!
    HS: Sci Fi..eating at a drive in, in a car...where else can you do that?
    Epcot: Rose & Crown...just love fish and chips and theming...plus the waiters accents are just too cool :)
    Resorts: OHana, good food, incredible atmosphere..not likely to get to Hawaii anytime soon, this takes me there :)
    Downtown Disney: Raglan Road..we love everything Irish and I hear their bread pudding is worth extra trips :)
     
  17. juliebug1997

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    We love character meals, but I'll play along:
    Via Napoli, Yak and Yeti, Hoop Dee Doo, Biergarten, and Le Cellier.

    I will say that, if it is your first trip, I would maybe consider Cinderella's Royal Table. There are characters there and it does come with a heavy price tag, but you get to eat in the castle. I recommend breakfast as it's not too fancy.

    Have fun no matter what you do!
     
  18. GrumpyBelle

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    50's PTC or Sci Fi
    T-Rex or Rainforest cafe
    WCC or Hoop de Doo
    Ohana
     
  19. Harters2WDW

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    My recs:

    O'Hana
    Via Napoli
    Kouzzina
    Boma
    Be Our Guest

    Good luck!
     
  20. etail

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    Not in any order:

    Boma - great buffet by take small serving of many things because there is so much diversity
    Kona Cafe - at the Poly. Feel free to share entrees (here and almost everywhere). THe worlds best bread and butter. Seriously.
    Sanaa - great Indian food. Disney visa discount at lunch.
    Earl if Sandwich - DTD. Almost affordable. Big servings. Not worth a trip but if you are there anyway.
    Whispering Canyon - OK food. Entertaining. Fun to take the boat from MK to WL. Great resort to tour around while waiting for an ADR.
     
  21. mare1203

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    1) Hoop Dee Doo at Fort Wilderness is my favorite family restaurant. Fun, corny show and all-you-care to eat and drink makes it a great night. We have been visiting for more than 20 years and we still love the show

    2) Boma

    3) 50's Prime Time

    4) Biergarten in Germany

    5) Liberty Tree Tavern, most will recommend lunch, but I also really enjoy it for dinner!

    I also recommend Flame Tree BBQ, Casey's Hot Dogs, and the Fish n Chips stand in terms of counter service
     

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