5 Disney Lounges Serving Up Scrumptious Food

Dining in Walt Disney World is a treat for many fans that make their annual pilgrimages to see the mouse. Travelers man their phones and computers as far as 180 days in advance of their vacations to vie for their perfect Advanced Dining Reservation. However - if you're not into competitive planning, Disney is also home to some fabulous cocktail lounges that serve food straight out of the kitchens of the best restaurants on property. No reservations needed, these bar scenes are worthy of any walk-up wait for a fabulous meal.

5 Disney Lounges Serving Up Scrumptious Food5 Disney Lounges Serving Up Scrumptious Food

Crew's Cup at Disney's Yacht Club Resort

This lounge is one of my favorite spots for a delicious meal without a reservation. I haven't seen it overly crowded, even though it shares a kitchen with the signature restaurant Yachtsman Steakhouse. With comfortable chairs and ample tables, the Crew's Cup is located just a short stroll out Epcot's back door. That makes it a great spot for a quiet dinner on a Park day even without a reservation. What to eat? This is steak country - just do it. The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted, however Tables in Wonderland is.

Rick Oak Interior of the Crew's CupRick Oak Interior of the Crew's Cup

Tutto Gusto in Epcot's Italy Pavilion

At Tutto Gusto is a cozy wine cellar and bar in Epcot's Italy pavilion. Guests can order from an awesome tapas-style menu of meats, cheeses, pasta, and paninis. Let's be clear though, if you're all about wine, the list here is molto bella. A relaxing atmosphere and full tables allow for an easy meal and sharing a variety of small plates means everyone can find something they'll like. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted here, as well as Tables in Wonderland.

Charming Fireplace Seating AreaCharming Fireplace Seating Area

Tune in Lounge at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Belly up to Dad's bar for quirky cocktails, and some hearty food made just for you by Mom. The Tune in Lounge is known for its great shakes and fun signature drinks for the grown-ups. The full menu at 50s Prime Time Cafe is available, but you'll have to pay out of pocket because the Disney Dining Plan is not accepted. The comfort food is piled high on these plates, and the bartender is friendly. This is one of my favorite spots to eat when I'm traveling on my own, give Mom's Old-fashioned Pot Roast a go.

Mom's Favorite Recipes at the Tune In LoungeMom's Favorite Recipes at the Tune In Lounge

Territory Lounge at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Just a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom, the Territory Lounge is a perfect place to slow down and relax awhile for an early dinner before heading back to the Park for the night. The rustic Northwest setting is comfortable, and the unique appetizer menu is just made for munching. I say go for the Pork Nachos with Corn Chips, Cheddar, and Hard Apple Cider Salsa. The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted, but Tables in Wonderland is. This is a perennial favorite of our friends over at the Disney Food Blog.

Pork Nachos... seriously, get them.Pork Nachos... seriously, get them.

California Grill Lounge at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Maybe the hardest lounge and bar to be seated in, both the view and the food at the California Grill make dining here an experience to remember. First-come, first-served is the rule, and it's best to get there as soon as they open at 5pm. If you keep your receipt you can come back later for a magnificent view of the fireworks. The California Grill Lounge offers the exact same menu as Disney's Signature California Grill restaurant, both the Disney Dining Plan (this is a 2 credit meal), and Tables in Wonderland are accepted.

An Exciting New Sushi and Sashimi menuAn Exciting New Sushi and Sashimi menu

Thanks so much to our friends at the DFB for sharing their yummy images with us! Where do you head for a fabulous meal at Walt Disney World without reservations? Leave a comment and let me know. Next time instead of hitting the quick-serve, give one of these great lounges a try!

JimmyV wrote on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 14:12:

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Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar at Disney Springs is another lounge that has amazing food. °o°

JL wrote on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 16:41:

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Tune-In Lounge also takes Tables In Wonderland.

Laura JG wrote on Thu, 01/07/2016 - 01:14:

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What does "Tables in Wonderland" mean? Never heard of this

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 01/07/2016 - 16:22:

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Laura - Tables In Wonderland is a discount program available to Florida Residents, DVC Members, and Annual Passholders. It offers a 20% discount on food and beverage, including alcohol, at over 100 participating restaurants at the Walt Disney World(r) Resort. You can find more information on the program website here - http://tablesinwonderland.com/

Cyndi wrote on Thu, 01/07/2016 - 23:01:

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First - please stop advertising our favorite dining "secret"! =) My husband and I like to make breakfast reservations, then find a lovely lounge for a very late lunch or early dinner each day of our stay. The lounges are wonderful, delicious, and relaxing. We are blessed to be able to use Tables in Wonderland, and find it to be perfect for us as opposed to the Dining Plan. We enjoy appetizers much more than dessert. Your list looks great to me. I would also recommend The Brown Derby Lounge in Hollywood Studios. They have a wonderful menu, but are sometimes difficult to get into. We also love the lounge at Raglan Road. They too have great food and beer. We arrive at The World this weekend, and are looking forward to trying the new lounges at Disney Springs.

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