Our 4 Favorite Disney Restaurants
As much as we love the Disney parks, resorts, and shopping areas, one of our favorite parts about Disney is the food!
One of the most frequently asked questions we get when people find out our unrelenting love for Disney is: where are your favorite places to eat? Eating in Disney can sometimes be hit or miss, and it’s never fun to “waste” a meal on a not-so-great dining experience!
HOW TO MAKE A RESERVATION
Something to note about eating at restaurants on Disney property is that you have to make reservations in advance via the My Disney Experience website or app, or by phone at 407-WDW-DINE (or 407-939-3463). Reservations for restaurants can be made as far out as 6 months in advance (and some restaurants literally fill up six months out!).
Today, we’re I’m sharing our four favorite restaurants on Disney property, why we love them, and what you can expect pricing and experience-wise when eating there!
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Whether you dine for Brunch, lunch, or dinner, expect your food and service to be outstanding! Nestled on the corner of Disney’s Boardwalk, Trattoria al Forno serves Italian cuisine and features an open kitchen design. Here, you’ll discover the diversity of Italian food, with well-known favorites and authentic dishes.
We first tried this restaurant on our honeymoon, and every time we’ve visited Disney since, we’ve always made plans to eat here! Everything we’ve eaten there for both breakfast and lunch has been outstanding. We especially love their artisan pizzas!
Location: Disney’s Boardwalk (a short walk or boat ride from Epcot and Hollywood Studios)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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If you’re looking for a location at Disney to celebrate a special occasion, look no further than Disney’s California Grill! Located at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the California Grill overlooks Magic Kingdom, giving guests a unique view of a Disney classic. This restaurant features a wide variety of cuisine from around the world, with American Seafood, and Sushi staples. Included any reservation is the exclusive opportunity to watch Magic Kingdom’s fireworks and light show from the rooftop!
We’ve only dined at Disney’s California Grill once, on our honeymoon, and we had an amazing experience! When we arrived (early) for our reservation, we were seated in a cocktail area and brought drinks and ordered some hoerderves. We were seated (early!) at our table, and experienced one of the best meals we’ve ever had. We both opted for a mango chicken dish, which was cooked to perfection! It was a little small portion-wise, but it left us room for a complimentary crème Brule, which they kindly gave us as a celebration of our honeymoon!
Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort (a short walk or monorail ride from Magic Kingdom!)
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Sushi, and other rotating global cuisine
Meals: Brunch, Dinner
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The Nine Dragons Restaurant is a large restaurant located in the heart of Epcot, China that features Pan-Chinese cuisine in an authentically decorated space! You can expect traditional favorites, along with new dishes and flavor combinations.
This restaurant had some of the best Chinese food I’ve ever had, and I know for SURE that it was THE best Chinese food Nick has ever had! He literally checks their online menu every few weeks to make sure they have his favorite dish: “Typhoon Shelter Shrimp.”
Location: Epcot China
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
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Don’t let the name fool you: there’s anything but whispering happening here! This family friendly restaurant is located inside Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge Resort and has all sorts of antics going on! Yelling, hollering, running, and ketchup corralling are just a few of the noteworthy items you might expect here.
This is my favorite restaurant when it comes to experience! It’s super casual, so fun, and the food is delicious too!
Location: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort (a short boat ride from Magic Kingdom!)
Cuisine: American & Barbeque
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Have you been to Disney? What restaurants would you recommend? Leave a comment below!
And until next time - to Boardwalk and beyond!
Jenna & Nick