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This is no subpar theme park pizza or old hot dogs. Disney World is almost as renowned for its food as it is its rides. Choosing where to eat during your Disney World visit, then, is just as important as choosing the rides you experience.
Overwhelmed by all the options? Check out seven of our favorite Disney World restaurants.
1. Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest is absolutely one of the most favorite Disney World restaurants. The Beauty and the Beast theme is impeccable, putting diners right in the middle of a fairytale-esque setting.
The atmosphere at the restaurant changes throughout the day, you’ll find a more casual setting around breakfast and lunch time when you can expect quick service. At dinner, things go a little more formal.
The breakfast menu features typical breakfast sandwiches, pastries and breakfast cocktails. Lunch is soup, salad and sandwiches. The dinner menu is a lot of French steakhouse style-dishes.
All diners are treated to three courses, with options ranging from escargot and artisanal cheeses to filet mignon. Three-course menus are also available for children, so if you think your kids can handle a lengthy sit-down meal, then don’t hesitate to bring them.
The three-course dinners come at a set price of $62 for adults and $37 for children.
Takumi-Tei is a relatively new restaurant at Disney World, but one that’s already gaining a lot of loyal fans. Opened in 2019, Takumi-Tei features five different themed rooms (with themes based on the four elements) and the atmosphere is nice, while not overly fancy. As you probably guessed by the name, the restaurant serves Japanese cuisine and the vibe is very calm and relaxing — a stark contrast to the bustling theme park outside its doors.
The a la carte menu is surprisingly not too pricey by Disney World standards, with items $20+, and you can’t go wrong with the delicious sushi and sashimi. If you want an even more elaborate dining experience, you can book a seven-course omakase dinner for $130 per person.
The general upscale vibe and menu make this restaurant more suitable for adults than families with small children.
3. Via Napoli
Disney continues its excellent international cuisine options with Via Napoli, an Italian restaurant with a very classic Italian look and feel. Unlike Takumi-Tei, the casual restaurant is more suited to families, as is the menu.
Expect high-quality Italian cuisine, including all your favorites, and to spend around $30 per person. Authentic Neapolitan pizza is a must-try, and great for sharing, especially if you have a child who’s likely to not finish their own, individual meal.
4. Cinderella’s Royal Table
Head inside Cinderella’s Castle for another fairytale-worthy dining experience. If anyone in your family is a Disney princess fan, this restaurant is a must-visit during your Walt Disney World vacation. You’ll meet Cinderella and an array of other Disney princesses during your meal and get the chance to snap some photos and snag some autographs.
Breakfast menus include typical favorites like French toast, eggs, quiche and other items. The lunch and dinner menus feature pretty standard American entrees, like roast chicken or the catch of the day. Children’s menus offer chicken nuggets and other expected, kid-friendly items.
Expect to spend $60+ for adults and $30+ for children.
5. Satu’li Canteen
If it’s quick service and affordable eats you want, then visit Satu’li Canteen, situated within Animal Kingdom. It’s one of the favorite quick service options in the theme park and offers cocktails and healthy menu items. You’ll only spend $15+ on adult entrees and the restaurant is very family-friendly.
Menu items include grilled beef and chicken bowls, tofu bowls and shrimp bowls. Kids can also enjoy smaller portions of the bowl entrees, or cheeseburgers, quesadilla or hot dogs.
6. Victoria and Albert’s
One of the hands-down most luxurious restaurants within Disney World is Victoria and Albert’s. Reserve it for a special date night or celebration.
The restaurant sits within the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. It requires a strict dress code (dinner jackets for men, pantsuits or dresses/skirts for women) and bans children under 10. Two people can easily spend several hundred dollars on dinner here.
The posh menu offers up caviar, Alaskan king crab, Nantucket scallops, maple-glazed Manchester quail, Texas wild boar and more.
7. California Grill
Another fine dining restaurant is California Grill, within Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
It’s slightly more affordable than Victoria and Albert’s, but the vibe of the restaurant is much the same, so don’t expect to just roll out of the park and straight to your dinner reservations. You’ll want to clean up a bit first. (Children, though, are permitted at California Grill, so no worries there.)
The restaurant serves brunch and dinner. Brunch options range from Scotch-cured salmon and smoked fish to shrimp tempura, plant-based shakshuka to eggs benedict. The dinner menu includes artisanal pizzas, hand-rolled sushi and surf and turf options.
How to Get Restaurant Reservations at Disney World
Before you can dine at any of these great restaurants at Disney World, though, you’re going to need to sort out your reservations. Some (like the Satu’li Canteen and Via Napoli restaurants) won’t necessarily require reservations, while others definitely will. Better to be safe and assured of your dinner plans, than sorry and disappointed.
You can make reservations at Disney World restaurants six months in advance and, for some, you’ll want to. It’s notoriously difficult to get a spot at Be Our Guest, Victoria and Albert’s and Cinderella’s Royal Table.
You can make your reservations directly via the My Disney Experience app and website.
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