Your personal Top 5 Disney Restaurants/ Dining Experiences

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by magicbar, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. magicbar

    magicbar Earning My Ears

    Nov 10, 2006
    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:
  2. erikthewise

    erikthewise Guest

    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)
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  4. skater

    skater <font color=blue>Change sometimes stinks.. doesn't

    Jul 11, 2005
    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
  5. mickaholic4077

    mickaholic4077 I kicked cancer's butt!!

    Apr 18, 2003
    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.
  6. trulygoofy

    trulygoofy DIS Veteran

    Dec 7, 2005
    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
  7. MJMcBride

    MJMcBride Barely lost is barely found

    Jan 10, 2006
    My top 5 are Boma, San Angel Inn, 'ohana, Le Cellier, and, to throw a CS, Flame Tree BBQ
  8. tampaguys

    tampaguys AUGGGHHHH

    Dec 28, 2006
    Ours are:

    1. Narcoossee's
    2. Tempura Kiku
    3. Artist Point
    4. Cape May Cafe
    5. Jiko
  9. Jrabbit910

    Jrabbit910 Keep Calm and get your Sparkle on!!

    Apr 14, 2006
    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... :)
  10. jenjersnap

    jenjersnap yadda yadda yadda

    Sep 18, 2004
    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
  11. Amy&Dan

    Amy&Dan DIS Veteran

    Feb 19, 2004
    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. Disneynut322

    Disneynut322 DIS Veteran

    Oct 12, 2006
    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
  13. rrkman

    rrkman Mouseketeer

    Mar 11, 2006
    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
  14. jimmiej

    jimmiej I invented the Naked Segway Tour

    Jan 12, 2000
    Le Cellier
    San Angel
    Brown Derby
    1900 Park Fare (Character Breakfast)
  15. puddleduck

    puddleduck DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2005
    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
  16. Cookie Princess

    Cookie Princess DIS Veteran

    Oct 10, 2004
    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!
  17. Maggi May

    Maggi May DIS Veteran

    Jun 21, 2003
    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
  18. Ron from Michigan

    Ron from Michigan DIS Veteran

    Aug 23, 1999
    Our top 5 are : Jiko, California Grill, Le Cellier, Boma, Flying Fish.
  19. Mystry62

    Mystry62 When French people swear do they say pardon my Eng

    Nov 9, 2006
    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)
  20. mjc05

    mjc05 <a href="" targ

    Feb 10, 2005
    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:
  21. hockeybabe

    hockeybabe DIS Veteran

    Aug 2, 2005
    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

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