Best Dining in Disney World

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by zdelacruz, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. zdelacruz

    zdelacruz Earning My Ears

    Mar 9, 2013
    We have a Disney trip planned for November 2013 :D I'm super excited!! It's our first time going as a family and my second time ever :). Anyway on to the point, where would you recommend to eat anywhere in the World? I wanna do at least one character meal and at least try one restaurant in each park including Downtown Disney. What are your recommendations :) We don't want to waste our money on mediocre experience/food. Also another question, can we make ADR's even if we don't stay on site?

  2. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala 1937, what a year that was

    Jun 22, 2001
    Anyone can make ADRs within 180 days.
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  4. edk35

    edk35 DIS Veteran

    Jul 18, 2004
    You are going to get a lot of different responses. I would just keep reading the Dining reviews. I think some places are hit and miss anymore. I think it depends on what time of year you go too. Crowd levels definitely play into it. The best character breakfasts we have had in the past few years... Cape May over at Beach Club and O'hana at the Poly. Friends enjoy the dinner there as well and go back almost every trip. We don't eat the dinner because of the peanut sauce and having three kids allergic...we don't want to chance it.

    We tried Crystal Palace again this past summer and didn't think it was good and was not worth the price. Pretty much feel the same about Chef Mickey's which we also ate at this past summer.
  5. disnmooner2013

    disnmooner2013 DIS Veteran

    Dec 25, 2012
    Sanaa - Animal Kingdom Lodge (only restaurant you can view animals while eating; and has very good food)
    Via Napoli - Epcot (IMO only good pizza on Disney property)
    Crystal Palace - Magic Kingdom (I would go for breakfast. It is much cheaper for breakfast and has a very good breakfast selection with good interaction with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.)
    50's Prime Time Cafe - Hollywood Studios
    Kona Cafe - Polynesian (great breakfast and dinner)
    Yak & Yetti - Animal Kingdom
  6. DisGirl819

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

    Apr 1, 2006
    Character meal: cape may cafe breakfast and garden grill dinner. Yummy food and fantastic character interaction

    Mk: we are trying CRT and BOG this time.
    Epcot: we loved rose and crown
    Dhs: I've heard good things about a Sci fi and brown derby
    Ak: love tusker house lunch. This is a must do character meal for us
    Resort: captains grille at yc is delicious and so quiet. Best resort meal.
  7. VillianDiva

    VillianDiva Falling in LOVE with Disney!

    Oct 17, 2012
    Resort - Kona (breakfast), Boma, Kouzzina, WCC (breakfast)
    Animal Kingdom - Yak and Yeti
    Epcot - Chefs De France or Via Napoli
    Hollywood Studios - Sci Fi (honestly, I would just have a shake here and go to a resort for dinner)
    MK - Liberty Tree for lunch
    DTD - Raglan Road
  8. kimber11

    kimber11 Kimberley

    Sep 25, 2012
    I would say Be Our Guest is a must and so if the Chef Mickey's breakfast with all of the fab 5 characters. :) We also quite enjoyed Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom, Hollywood and Vine at Hollywood Studios and Akershus (with all of the princesses) and Chefs de Frances (with an animatronic Remy) in Epcot. :) Have fun planning and have a great trip!
  9. JimmyV

    JimmyV Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

    Jun 4, 2008
    OK. Here's the problem. Your post title asks for the "best" dining, but then you state that you want at least one character meal and a restaurant recommendation in each park. The problem is, the best dining is found outside of the parks with no characters in sight. So are you looking for the most favorable options within your constraints, or the best dining without qualification? The suggestions for each would be very different.
  10. Pats Dragon

    Pats Dragon DIS Veteran

    Jul 19, 2004
    We just got back from 10 days at DW and this trip our favs were: BOG dinner-wonderful food and experience. The beast is there! Loved everything about ohana this year. Via napoli had wonderful beer and spaghetti. Cape May was super. Loved Cooks at DTD. If you really have to have a burger the one at pollo compare DTD was very good as well.
  11. davinakb

    davinakb DIS Veteran

    Oct 5, 2007
    Might also help to know more about dining preferences. Picky eaters? Likes, dislikes? IE we are big wine drinkers, so places like Jiko w/ its killer wine list is totally us - but if you're not into signature or wine, it may not be for you.

    Luckily this is the right place for you, sure you'll get great advice. Enjoy your trip. :-)
  12. mudfish

    mudfish Earning My Ears

    Jan 6, 2013
    My wife and I loved Kouzzina in Downtown Disney... It was a nice quiet dinner... I had the Snapper which was excellent and the house wine was great as well...
  13. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    My favorites include:

    -Be Our Guest for dinner!
    -Crystal Palace, with Winnie the Pooh and friends for breakfast, bonus if its a pre park opening meal
    -Le Cellier for lunch, best filet I've ever had, and the cheddar cheese soup and bread is amazing!
    -Boma over at AKL for dinner buffet is awesome!
  14. brertoad

    brertoad DIS Veteran

    Mar 22, 2012
    Sanaa - animals, great food, naan bread is delicious
    Boma - great food, zebra domes and desserts are awesome, sample anything you want on the buffet
    Tusker House - buffet, samosas, curry, good variety, character interaction
    Cookes of Dublin - DTD great food
    Biergarden - great entertainment, buffet food is good
    Quick Service Japan - great food for QS
    Quick Service France - ham and cheese croissant, lots of desserts to choose from
    Sci-fi Dine In - atmosphere is awesome
    Mama Melrose's - atmosphere, like the chicken parm
    Via Napoli - great food, best pizza, best ice cream sundae "Ugly but good" sundae
    Ohana's - fun with friends or family, good food
    Kouzzina - great calamari, great goat cheese appetizer, steak was good, they serve good bread and olive oil too
    Captain's Grille - we usually do breakfast here
    Cape May - seafood buffet (dinner), pretty good variety
  15. sephorachick

    sephorachick DIS Veteran

    May 9, 2011
    MK- Columbia Harbor house & Liberty Tree Tavern are my picks
    Epcot- Biergarten dinner
    DHS- Brown Derby or Primetime 50s for fun experience
    DD- T-Rex
    DAK- sanaa
    Offsite-Yachtsmen steakhouse for a great meal
    best bfast- I LOVED cream chz stuffed french toast at Cinderellas royal table & also loved KOna CAfe too Chef Mickeys is fun as well & good bfast buffet :)
    def go to ghiradelli's in DD or Fantasyland storybook treats for ice cream
  16. sephorachick

    sephorachick DIS Veteran

    May 9, 2011
    Kouizza is at the boardwalk as FYI not DD :)
  17. clc053103

    clc053103 DIS Veteran

    Mar 13, 2009
    A thread like this always confirms for me that Disney dining is inconsistent! For example, We thought Kouzzina was terrible- bad food, atrocious service, loud. Yet someone else will have a great experience. I have also eaten the absolute worst meal at Narcoosee's ( so terrible they comped it) yet it has since become our favorite! S take all reviews with a grain of salt!

    But here goes..,
    Kona cafe breakfast
    LE cellier lunch
    California grill, Narcoosees and Flying Fish dinner.
  18. DannyDisneyFreak

    DannyDisneyFreak Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

    Mar 8, 2005
    I will only say DO NOT choose not to eat anywhere because of bad reviews because some of my best meals have been at restaurants that get trashed here on the boards. I have eaten some good meals at restaurants that I was leery about and horrible meals at places I had high expectations about. For a theme park breakfast I would choose Crystal Palace or CRT at MK. If you don't mind princesses do CRT for dinner, I LOVED the food there and it is wonderful to eat in the castle. Or my suggestion in the MK area is a monorail ride to one of the resorts, my favorite Restaurant in WDW is Ohana breakfast or dinner. At the AK do Tusker House for lunch or dinner OR my suggestion is to take a quick bus ride across the road to the AK lodge and go to Boma, love love LOVE Boma! At DHS do either the SciFi or Prime Time, both are great themes. Epcot there are so many choices it depends on what you are in the mood for except for don't eat in China, that is the only place that I hear consistent bad reviews. Coral Reef is a great place despite bad reviews you will hear, and I had the best steak there for it being a seafood place.
  19. hardlabor

    hardlabor Mouseketeer

    Nov 12, 2008
    For the best there is only one Victoria and Alberts

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