Restaurant Reviews

Ranking the Table-Service Restaurants We’ve Eaten At – Walt Disney World

I recently started a series ranking the table-service and counter-service restaurants at each resort.  We began in Disneyland and are now headed to the east coast, ranking Disney World’s table-service restaurant.  This list does include signature restaurants (2-credits on the dining plan).  As with the previous posts, I’ll be adding to this list as we go to more and more restaurants.  We’ve already got quite a few ranked but aren’t even half way to all of them.

These restaurants include Disney World’s 4 parks, Disney Springs, and the numerous resorts scattered across property.  Disney Springs ever-changing dining line-up has us only listing a few here.  Along with that, there are some places that we’ve eaten that I won’t list because it’s been too long to give them a fair review/ranking.

Cream puff swan Chefs de France

Another caveat is that I’m leaving Victoria & Albert’s and the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue off the list.  Victoria & Albert’s is so different (and better) that I can’t clump it in this list.  Hoop-Dee-Doo is a dinner show, making it far different from anything else on the list.

The restaurants are ranked based off food, atmosphere, and value, among other things  If there are restaurants that you love that aren’t on our list then please let us know in the comments and we’ll try to get to them next time.  Click on the restaurant name if you want to read the full review (a few don’t have a review).  Let’s get to it!

25. Grand Floridian Cafe (Grand Floridian Resort) – I didn’t really want to rate this last.  Some of my dislike for the restaurant may have come from too high of expectations.  I have certainly have worse meals at Disney World than this, but the combinations of bland food, an underwhelming atmosphere and a limited menu all combine to make this last place for now.  Your mileage may vary, I would recommend going for lunch and not dinner like we did.

ravioli GFC

24. La Hacienda de San Angel (Epcot) – It seems as if the better location a restaurant has in Epcot, the worse the food is.  La Hacienda has prime location, sitting right on World Showcase’s Lagoon.  The food misses the mark.  The Mexican cuisine is no better than your local Azteca and the prices are certainly higher.  There’s much better options in World Showcase.

23. Coral Reef Restaurant (Epcot) – Basically the same as what I just wrote.  Coral Reef is awesome because you are basically eating in an aquarium.  But, save the $30+ per person and just go the seas pavilion next door.  The food is pretty bad here.

22. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater (Hollywood Studios) – It’s a cool environment and not a bad place to try if you really like American food.  But the burgers were average, the food is incredibly heavy and the prices were pretty high for it essentially being a burger restaurant.

Sci fi seating DHS

21. Trail’s End Restaurant (Fort Wilderness) – One of the cheaper buffets at Disney World, so if that’s your thing go here.  This place also earns points for being at Fort Wilderness and having good fried chicken.  The food is pretty forgettable though.   If you do end up here, get the Moonshine juice (non-alcoholic).

20. Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom) – This restaurant coasts to a 20th place finish solely because you get to eat inside of the iconic castle.  The food is mediocre and the prices are extremely high.  I’m happy we went once but I don’t think we’ll be going back anytime soon.

CRT After Midnight

19. Tutto Italia Ristorante (Epcot) – I’ve had one very good meal here and the other times were very underwhelming.  The prices are high and I’d give the food mixed reviews.  I like the inside of the restaurant but prefer other places in the Italian Pavilion and throughout World Showcase.

18. Restaurant Marrakesh (Epcot) – This restaurant is beautiful and entertaining.  Unfortunately, I didn’t love the food and thought it was lacking in flavor.  I prefer the counter-service in the Morocco Pavilion, as far as food goes.  I don’t think anyone would be disappointed in having a meal here though.

17. Teppan Edo (Epcot) – Teppan Edo has good food and the chefs are very entertaining.  This isn’t very authentic, for being in the Japan Pavilion, but it is fun and good.  The prices are fairly high and there isn’t anything that makes this place stand out above the typical Teppanyaki restaurant.

16. Trattoria al Forno (Boardwalk Resort) – A very good option for a character breakfast, with interesting characters and fairly versatile menu.  Trattoria also has an interesting dinner menu, serving mostly Italian fare.  The prices aren’t bad, the location is great and the food is good.  The environment is largely unthemed but looks nice.

15. Be Our Guest Restaurant (Magic Kingdom) – I definitely prefer lunch here.  This is certainly one of the best atmospheres of any restaurants at Disney World.  My praise basically ends there though.  The food is good but not great and the prices are quite high.  I think most would enjoy dinner here but it’s not worth the headache of trying to get a reservation and doesn’t measure up to the hype.

BOG clams

14. Akershus Banquet Hall (Epcot) – One of my top picks for character dining.  Akershus has interesting lunch and dinner options (Norwegian inspired) and I’ve never been disappointed by any of food there.  This is one of the few places where you can meet the princesses, not pay an excruciating amount, and have pretty good food.

13. San Angel Inn (Epcot) – Eating inside of the Mexican Pavilion, across from a boat ride and little volcano, makes for one of the best atmospheres in Disney World.  I think the food here is decent too, albeit inconsistent.  I liked the seafood dish I had and thought the prices were fairly reasonable.

12. Chefs de France (Epcot) – I didn’t enjoy my first meal here many years ago but we went last summer and I was impressed.  The atmosphere is festive and enjoyable, the food is delicious.  There isn’t much value to be had but this is just a good restaurant.  I recommend the short ribs.

11. Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen (Magic Kingdom) – Like the Jungle Cruise attraction it’s inspired by, Skipper Canteen is a boatload of fun.  The menu is surprisingly diverse and the items we tried were all pretty good.  The prices aren’t through the roof.  More than anything, the atmosphere shines through and makes it my favorite table-service restaurant in Magic Kingdom.

10. The Hollywood Brown Derby (Hollywood Studios) – A very good restaurant for being in a theme park.  While the looks of the restaurant won’t make your jaw drop, the food is delicious and service is top-notch.  I think there’s some value for a signature restaurant and everything I’ve tried here is wonderful.

9. Sanaa (Animal Kingdom Lodge) – I don’t love Sanaa as much as some Disney bloggers but I do think it’s one of the best values on property.  Watching the animals wander out the door while eating good, moderately priced Indian food is an idea way to spend an afternoon.  I highly recommend the restaurant though I do think there are a few better.

Sanaa bread service high

8. Via Napoli (Epcot) – The best pizza on property comes inside World Showcase’s Italian Pavilion.  There’s plenty of options here, both safe and interesting.  This is a perfect place to go and save a few bucks along the way by sharing a pizza.  The inside of the restaurant is gorgeous.  This is my favorite place to eat in World Showcase currently.

7. Narcoossee’s (Grand Floridian) – There isn’t much value here as you have to pay quite a bit to eat at this signature restaurant.  But the seafood here is the best I’ve found on property.  The location is tough to beat, sitting on Seven Seas Lagoon and is a short boat ride away from Magic Kingdom.  The lobster here is one of my favorite meals in Disney World.

Lobster again narcoossees

6. Morimoto Asia (Disney Springs) – The only negative here is that the restaurant is unthemed.  Disregarding that, the food is outstanding, the decor is very modern and beautiful, and there is certainly value to be had.  One of the most impressive meals I’ve had at Disney World.

Morimoto flowers

5. The Boathouse (Disney Springs) – Disney World’s most diverse restaurant.  The menu is large and offers a nice mix as far as price goes.  Seafood and American food are the main options here and everything I tried was delicious.  The inside of the restaurant isn’t great but sitting outside is lovely.

4. Boma – Flavors of Africa (Animal Kingdom Lodge) – An easy way to try out food that you may be a little afraid of is going to a buffet.  Boma offers that opportunity and has such a wide assortment of food that it is almost overwhelming.  Unlike other buffets, everything I’ve had here is fresh and delicious.  Not to mention, eating here entails seeing the beautiful Animal Kingdom Lodge.

3. Ohana (Polynesian Resort) – Some believe that Ohana is slightly overrated at this point but I tend to disagree.  The food is delicious and unlimited.  While the price is high, if you have a big appetite then you can make up for it.  The atmosphere is wonderful, especially if you go around firework showtimes.  I’ve always come away happy here and the first time I went was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

2. California Grill (Contemporary Resort) – While slightly overpriced, California Grill has an incredible atmosphere, delicious food, and one of the best views in Disney World.  This is one of the restaurants in Disney World I’d describe as a rite of passage.

1. Tiffins (Animal Kingdom) – One of my favorite restaurants in a theme park, Tiffins serves interesting food and mixes it with a great design and theme.  Exploring Imagineers travels, the decor is fascinating.  The beef is some of the best in Disney World and the menu is inspired and interesting.  Tiffins price isn’t too bad, especially if you get discounts, and the service is the best I’ve found in the parks.

Tiffins green tea cheesecake

Those are my rankings of Disney World table-service restaurants.  I’m looking forward to adding to the list over the years.  What would you add or change?  Let us know in the comments!  If you enjoy what you’re reading here on Wandering in Disney please subscribe to the blog and like our Facebook page.  You can find both of those on the right side of this page.  Thank you for reading, we really appreciate it!

– Andrew


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