Your dining choices are the framework of your vacation and with literally hundreds of restaurants at Walt Disney World®, deciding on where to dine at can be one of the most challenging parts. While determining which restaurants are the best is entirely up to you, we have narrowed down a few of our favorites. From international cuisines to seafood and a steak-lover’s paradise, Walt Disney World® features a number of amazing restaurants to dine at and we believe you will find “the best of the best” in our list below.
Sanaa (Animal Kingdom, Kidani Village)
If you find yourself in Animal Kingdom, Sanaa is a restaurant that scores a lot of points amongst Walt Disney World® visitors, mostly due to its unique and excellent menu that is also reasonably priced. Sanaa features an incredible ambience with large windows overlooking wonderful views of zebras, giraffes, and other animals grazing just beyond the restaurant while you eat a delicious meal and enjoying African and Indian-inspired decor. One of the best parts about Sanaa is also the fact that it is rarely ever crowded due its location in Kidani Village which also gives it a particular sense of intimacy and attentive service that may be difficult at other Walt Disney World® restaurants. For this reason alone, Sanaa is most certainly one of the absolute best table service restaurants at Walt Disney World®. Sanaa’s “hybrid” menu features a lot of adventurous entree options comprised of cuisines, rice, and naan bread served with nine different dipping sauces. If you are looking for something a bit more “adventurous,” Sanaa also serves entrees such as garam masala duck and several vegetarian options like lentil dhal, chickpea wat, and paneer tikka. For visitors looking for lighter menu items, Sanaa also features tandoori shrimp, pulled pork sandwiches served with Kenya coffee barbecue sauce, several versions of biryani, and a South African sausage sandwich. Sanaa is also open for breakfast and offers egg-featured entrees, as well as tomato chutney and a coconut Johnny Cake.
Artist Point (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge)
One restaurant that tends to fly under the radar at Walt Disney World® is Artist Point. The reasonably priced signature restaurant serves great food in National Park-inspired dining rooms with rough-hewn timbers, high ceilings, and large windows that overlook the hotel’s Silver Creek Falls. Like Sanaa, it is incredibly easy to grab a last minute table and you can usually make same-day reservations, too. The Smokey Portobello Soup and the Cobbler are just two of many menu options that are not to be missed at Artist Point as the Pacific Northwest flavors are in the spotlight on this menu. Featuring other seafood specialities such as cedar plank king salmon and a paella featuring seared sea scallops, the Artist Point menu items also include meat dishes like slow-braised venison osso buco with roasted cauliflower and crispy Brussels serving as the most popular accompaniments. Artist Point also features a wonderful wine menu imported from Washington, Oregon, and California and taste great alongside items on the dessert menu like Cobbler with seasonal berries served with house-made black raspberry ice cream.
Be Our Guest Restaurant (Magic Kingdom, New Fantasyland)
Be Our Guest Restaurant is one of the most elusive restaurants at Walt Disney World® as it has quickly become one of the most raved about restaurants in the park since its inception nearly five years ago. Featuring a menu that surpasses the hype, it’s quite easy to understand why Be Our Guest Restaurant has displaced Le Cellier and Cinderella’s Royal Table, two other popular restaurants located in Disney. Remarkably popular with families, Be Our Guest serves quality food with an outstanding menu that doesn’t require any items that are too inventive with striking, whimsical, and well-crafted casual diner atmosphere. If you arrive at Be Our Guest for dinner, you will find yourself escorted to the Grand Ballroom directly from the film Beauty and the Beast and the nighttime setting is beautifully accented by “snow” that is constantly falling amid a backdrop of moonlit mountains just beyond the floor-to-ceiling picture windows. The table-service dinner at Be Our Guest is quite different from its casual-service breakfast and lunch as you will quickly find after placing your order with any member of the elegant waitstaff much like you would in a casual diner. French-inspired dishes including Marseilles-style mussels and layered Ratatouille on quinoa are the most popular menu items, but high-quality appetizers and entrees are what Be Our Guest does best and they are all quite tasty and may even leave you without room for dessert.
Yachtsman Steakhouse (Disney’s Yacht Club Resort)
One of the most superior restaurants in Walt Disney World® in our opinion is Yachtsman Steakhouse. Upon entry of the New England yacht-themed restaurant, you are greeted by a butcher in a case slicing all of the meat that you will have to choose from on the menu and from that point forward, Yachtsman Steakhouse is a steak-lover’s magical paradise. As you would expect from a steakhouse, the atmosphere has a “vintage” feel and the prices can be a bit high, but they are quite understandable with the cuts of meat you have to choose from. Each steak is perfectly marbled, giving them excellent flavor, and roasted garlic butter, Waldorf wedge salad, and fries as your side dishes give you the perfect “meat and potatoes” style meal. Yachtsman Steakhouse also features a variety of other classic menu items such as jumbo shrimp cocktail, lobster, and fried calamari if you would like something other than steak, but the Porterhouse, Kansa City strip, and Black Angus filet mignon are the favorites amongst most visitors. If you find yourself with a hankering for a perfectly cooked meat dish, Yachtsman Steakhouse is the place to go.
Flying Fish (Epcot)
What Yachtsman Steakhouse is to steak, Flying Fish is precisely that to seafood. Located on the BoardWalk, the retro seaside ambience of Flying Fish makes it the perfect place to enjoy the ambience of the BoardWalk after an eventful day at Disney World. With elegant decor and an open kitchen, Flying Fish is a unique restaurant that also features a substantial bar menu with a great wine selection for the adults to enjoy. If you find yourself in the mood for a filet, Flying Fish features a tasty list of great entrees, but the seafood is truly what the restaurant excels at. A signature Blue Crab Bisque is the most popular appetizer, but the “Tour of the Coast” is a good way to sample a variety of menu items if you can’t choose from the amazing list of options. Also, accompaniments such as heirloom radish, leek fondue, and roasted fennel could practically be a meal in themselves. The prices are quite fair at Flying Fish and the portions leave you just enough room to find something equally as tasty from their wonderful dessert menu.