The Tastiest Restaurants in Walt Disney World

Disney's Magic Kingdom , Dining , Be Our Guest , Walt Disney World , Dining in Orlando , Eating and Drinking
The Tastiest Restaurants in Walt Disney World
Take a look at our guide to the best restaurants to check out when visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando.
If you’re looking to satisfy your hunger while making the most of your theme park passes to Disney World, here’s our guide to the best restaurants.

Walt Disney World is renowned as one of Orlando’s finest theme parks; with fun and excitement in every direction, it’s likely that the whole family will develop quite the appetite after a long day of exploring!

If you’re looking to satisfy your hunger while making the most of your theme park passes to Disney World, here’s our guide to the best restaurants to check out.

Be Our Guest – Magic Kingdom

The first ever Disney park of the four parks that make up Walt Disney World to open was the Magic Kingdom in 1971. At the heart of the Magic Kingdom is the Cinderella Castle – the enchanted palace is among the most recognised structures across the world. However, the Cinderella Castle is not the only magical castle that finds a home at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Beast's Castle, in the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland themed area is another enchanted structure that Disney guests have fallen for since opening in 2012. Beast's Castle makes home to the much loved Be Our Guest Restaurant – which has been themed around the ballroom in Beast's castle in the Disney film Beauty and the Beast. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or a full dinner, the Be Our Guest Reastaurant is also the favoured choice for theme park blogger Monet, who runs the Theme Park Princess blog. Here’s what she had to say about this stunning establishment:

Be Our Guest – Magic Kingdom

“My favourite theme park restaurant in Orlando is Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. This restaurant is a favourite of mine because the food is delicious, the staff are friendly and you feel like you're stepping right into the movie Beauty and The Beast, which is what the restaurant is modelled after.”

What’s on the menu?

Seamlessly blending American and French cuisine, diners can enjoy anything from a Quinoa Salad for lunch and a Thyme-scented Pork Rack Chop as a main to a Triple Chocolate Cupcake for dessert. To learn more, click here to take a look inside the menu.

With reservations made up to 180 days in advance of your visit, be sure to reserve your table and you won’t have to worry about queueing.

The Hollywood Brown Derby – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Another recommendation of the Theme Park Princess, The Hollywood Brown Derby celebrates the golden age of Hollywood. Its wood-panelled walls and classically styled restaurant is an experience well worth discovering. Specialising in American cuisine, it is an almost an exact replica of the famous Los Angeles food chain and the walls are adorned with famous faces from Tinsel town’s past – continuing the traditions of the original restaurant. 

 

Dinner!

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What’s on the menu?

Although it’s on the pricier side compared to Be Our Guest (up to $59 per adult), the fact that you can find Pan Seared-Scallops, Scotch Maple-glazed Loch Duart Salmon and Double Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée means that it’s well worth the premium. To read the full menu, click here

50’s Prime Time Cover – Hollywood Studios

If you’re looking for a dining experience that’s packed full of family fun, be sure to head over to the Hollywood Studios and pay a visit to 50’s Prime Time Cover. An experience of classic American comfort food but with a surprising twist, it’s a favourite haunt for the Theme Park Tourist. Here’s what he had to say about the restaurant after we contacted him:

“In this surprising restaurant, guests take on the role of the 1950s family as the wait staff ("mom" and "dad," if you prefer) serve up classic American dishes while you sit in the kitchen and watch sitcoms from the area on old-time television sets. Expect to be told off frequently by the wait staff, who will demand that you refrain from resting your elbows on the table.”

50’s Prime Time Cover

What’s on the menu?

From Aunt Liz’s Stuffed Pork Chop, Grandpa’s Crab Cake and Grandma’s Chicken Pot pie, it really is a home from home. With prices about the same as you would expect to pay at The Hollywood Brown Derby, you can view all the menus by clicking here.

San Angel Inn Restaurante - Epcot

Modelled on a 17th century hacienda at the base of Mayan ruins, San Angel Inn Restaurante offers a taste of Mexico like nowhere else in Walt Disney World. With authentic Mexican wines and beers matching the fresh and powerful flavours of the food, it’s easy to see why it stands among the most popular restaurants in Walt Disney World. 

 

The San Angel is a favourite for the Theme Park Tourist, who recommends it for a romantic dining experience:

“If you're looking for somewhere romantic and atmospheric, try the San Angel Inn at Epcot. My wife and I ate here on the first night our honeymoon, and it was an unforgettable experience. The restaurant places you in the Mexico Pavilion's courtyard at "dusk", before a looming temple and surrounded by jungle trees. A volcano is visible in the distance. The busy atmosphere, stunning backdrop and upscale Mexican fare all contribute to one of Epcot's most enduring and popular eateries.”

San Angel Inn Restaurante

What’s on the menu?

From traditional Tacos and Enchiladas, to authentic dishes like Pescado a la Veracruzana and Pollo a las Rajas, the original taste of Mexico can be enjoyed by all. To learn more about the menu for yourself, click here.

California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort

For a real culinary treat, the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers the finest examples of American cuisine, seafood and sushi. Using only the finest ingredients to hand, it’s only right that the establishment benefits from a beautiful setting to match the fine food, certainly delivered by the sights of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom in the horizon. As shown below, the California Grill is also a recommendation of the Theme Park Tourist:

“The California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort offers incredible (but expensive) food and an impressive view of the Wishes fireworks displays at the Magic Kingdom.”

 

The most amazing tuna ever! #californiagrill

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What’s on the menu?

Towards the higher end of the price scale, diners can choose from a host of fine dishes including the Spicy Kazan Roll, Pork Two Ways and Lamb Porterhouse. Click here to take a look for yourself.

Monsieur Paul – Epcot

We end our culinary tour of Walt Disney World at Monsieur Paul, a restaurant that looks to provide a masterclass in classic French cuisine for all diners. The establishment has won plaudits for its great attention to detail and finely-crafted menu, with one of its many fans including the Theme Park Insider, who labels the restaurant as the best dining experience in Walt Disney World:

“Epcot's Monsieur Paul is my top choice -- and the top choice of ThemeParkInsider.com readers -- among table-service restaurants in the Orlando theme parks.  Sure, it's expensive, with entrees starting at US$39, but the family of legendary French chef Paul Bocuse (the Monsieur Paul of the title), knows how to run a restaurant. The food and service here are Disney's best in the United States. The $29 "Soup aux truffles V.G.E." is the most famous selection here, and a worthy indulgence, but Monsieur Paul really excels with its roasted meats, including the rack of lamb and a bone-in rib eye for two.”

 

What’s on the menu?

Whether you’re longing for a classic French dish like Magret de Canard or La mille-feuille, or perhaps something different like Free-range Chicken Ballotine, it’s sure to be a taste who can appreciate long after the plates are reluctantly taken away. To view this masterpiece of a menu for yourself, click here.

With Attraction Tickets Direct offering fantastic deals on Walt Disney World and other Orlando theme park passes, they can help in your quest to discover all these great restaurants we’ve mentioned.

Image Credits: Theme Park Princess, Image © Disney, Josh Hallett (Flickr.com)

Disney's Magic Kingdom , Dining , Be Our Guest , Walt Disney World , Dining in Orlando , Eating and Drinking