Where should I dine at Disney?

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Where should I dine at Disney?

I'm very adventurous when it comes to food, so what are some good suggestions for me? Is there any places you think a first timer should try either because of the food, atmosphere, or both?

I definitely want to try and get a reservation for my birthday dinner at Be Our Guest, but I don't know how lucky I'll be with that? I might just have to choose lunch. We'll see what happens at my 180 days mark.

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The DH and I like to try new places every time we go to Disney but I can tell you we have some favorites that we can't pass up. Yachtsman is amazing and if you are a meat eater you will be sooo happy. Artist Point at WL is amazing and has some interesting dishes. Chefs de France is another favorite. The goat cheese salad makes me do my happy snoopy dance! laugh Oh and our arrival day is always dinner at The House Of Blues. It is great food and amazing service. This year we are very excited to be trying California Grill and Narcoossee's.

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There Are so many options and we all have a few favs. If you read through the menus and think maybe then give it a try. http://allears.net/dining/location. Our family favs are below but you may find a menu more tempting than the picky eaters in my family.

MK

Crystal Palace. We are fans of tigger and pooh and the character time is not rushed. The food is kept very fresh so this has become our favorite buffet.

Be our guest. While we have not tried lunch our dinner experience was fun and the food was better than average on our trip.

Epcot

Chef de France. We love the food and it has a romantic feel to it
Akershus. Another character meal this time with princesses. The food is fun and different than we can find in Oklahoma.

We also recommend trying Boma at the animal kingdom lodge. While we have tried a variety of other places each year when we start planning these all get votes every trip.

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You've come to the right place for recommendations. We love to talk about Disney food.

Here are my top choices for each park for table service restaurants (at least as of today. it could change tomorrow LOL).

MK
Be Our Guest
Liberty Tree Tavern
Cinderella's Royal Table

Epcot
Chefs de France
Via Napoli
Biergarten

Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Brown Derby (my favorite of all restaurants)
50's Prime Time
Sci-Fi Dine In

Animal Kingdom
Yak & Yeti
Tusker House

Resorts
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Grand Floridian Cafe*
Kona Cafe*

* I've only had breakfast at these locations. I have heard that other meals are good there too.

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Amanda wrote:
I'm very adventurous when it comes to food, so what are some good suggestions for me? Is there any places you think a first timer should try either because of the food, atmosphere, or both?

I definitely want to try and get a reservation for my birthday dinner at Be Our Guest, but I don't know how lucky I'll be with that? I might just have to choose lunch. We'll see what happens at my 180 days mark.

Hi Amanda
Well here are my suggestions for dinner-
MK: Liberty Tree Tavern, Crystal Place and I want to say BOQ(but I haven't eaten there as yet..but will come this May)
EPCOT: Coral Reef ( I know has got mixed reviews but it has always been great when I've gone), The Garden Grill, La Hacienda de San Angel, Les Chef de France
Hollywood Studios: 50's Prime Time Cafe, Sci-fi Dine In Theater

Animal Kingdom resort: Boma, Sanaa
Boardwalk: Flying Fish, Couzzina by Cat Cora
Contemporary: California Grill
Coronado Springs: Maya Grill
Grand Floridian: Narcoossee's, 1900 Park Fare

I think that is enough of my 2 cents. laugh

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It really all depends on your tastes. Some places offer something different beyond regular American theme park staples that are really good. But then again, there may be where you want a good old classic burger and fries. So these are my picks. Some are based from personal experience. Others are what I feel a solid majority really like.

MK: Be Our Guest (Vibe I get lunch is better than dinner.), Columbia Harbour House, Plaza Restaurant (Very underrated.), Liberty Tree Tavern
Epcot: Sunshine Seasons, Tangierine Cafe
AK: Flame Tree BBQ, Yak and Yeti
HS: 50s Prime Time Cafe, Mama's Melrose
Downtown Disney (Soon to be renamed Disney Springs): Earl of Sandwich, Wolfgang Puck Express, Raglan Road

Resorts:
AKL: Sanaa, Boma, Jiko
Contemporary: California Grill
Yacht Club: Yachtsmen Steakhouse
Poly: Ohana, Kona Cafe

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Restaurants I would recommend to adventurous diners:

At Epcot, I recommend Restaurant Marrakesh because many of us don't have a Moroccan place close to home. I've had interesting food at other World Showcase restaurants, but unless you live in a small town or out in the country you probably have a Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and French restaurant nearby, and you might have a German place as well. If you want more than one table-service meal at Epcot, I'd suggest Restaurant Akershus because the cold buffet sounds pretty cool and most of us don't have a Scandinavian place in the neighborhood. We've never eaten there, but it's on my long-term Disney dining bucket list.

At the other parks there isn't all that much that I would classify as adventurous. Maybe Yak and Yeti at Animal Kingdom, but we've never been there yet (it's on our schedule in April).

Outside the parks, any table-service restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge should interest you (we love Boma). Likewise any restaurant at the Polynesian would be a good choice ('Ohana is a must-do for us). IMO a hidden gem is Olivia's at Old Key West; they do some killer Florida Keys-style seafood and the conch fritters are absolutely addictive. I would go there just for them.

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I give a thumbs up to most of the restaurants people are recommending!

Here are few of our favorites:

GF - Narcoosee's (Sp?)

Boardwalk - Kat Kora's

AKL - Sanaa

EPCOT - San Angel Inn, Garden Grill, Bistro de Paris (Now called Monsieur Paul), Tutto Italia

DTD - Fulton's - Haven't been there in a while, but used to be awesome.

DHS - 50's Prime Time, Sci-Fi Dine In Theater

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Amanda wrote:
I'm very adventurous when it comes to food, so what are some good suggestions for me? Is there any places you think a first timer should try either because of the food, atmosphere, or both?

I definitely want to try and get a reservation for my birthday dinner at Be Our Guest, but I don't know how lucky I'll be with that? I might just have to choose lunch. We'll see what happens at my 180 days mark.

Dining Plan makes it easier to try these places without draining the pocket. We find it also allows the more expensive items that we might not have order before. So,
DH- We love Ma Melrose, but it is noisy and sometimes slow. The food hmmmmmm. We also doing Primetime this time for "interactive eating experience" with friend new to Disney.

Epcot - Oh my...so many choices. We have done Coral Reef, which is steep if OOP, but we liked it. We have done Le France and Canada and Japan and England and Morroco....need I say more.

MK - Nope. We have done Liberty Tree a couple times and not so much....we do quick meals there: Cosmic Rays and the Harbour are two favorites. The Bakery was excellent but not sure with conversion what it's like so will have to wait to judge after Sept trip.

Animal Kingdom: Yak an Yeti is a must for DH but we also love the picnic and Flame Tree BBQ

Hope that helps

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I'm just going to chime in quickly here but all my votes go to Sanaa! It's off the beaten path but oh so worth it!

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I've never eaten anything bad at table service in WDW. Quick service is just that, quick. But it never tastes bad either. Some of my favorites:

because of the food:
Narcoosee's
Kouzzina (for breakfast)
Chefs de France
Via Napoli
Golden Oak Outpost (oh, that chicken sandwich)
Artist Point

because of atmosphere:
Be Our Guest
Grand Floridian Cafe
Cinderella's Royal Table
Artist Point

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My only Disney problem so many good choices so little time! So here goes a few of my favorites, MK BOG lunch and dinner are both great! CP for variety a full stomach and my friends from the 100 acre wood. Chef Mickey', who can resist dining with the fab 5. EPCOT Morocco both Marakesh and TC are excellent. Les Hailles, SS and Kringla. DHS ABC if you like salads otherwise HBD, AK if a qs mecca FT, YaY and restaurantsaurous are all good! BTW the Plaza in MK is the best op bang for your buck.

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Hi Amanda, I would definitely recommend going to Teppan Edo if you are planning on visiting Epcot. It's in the Japan pavilion and it's one of our favorites. We eat there every time we go to Epcot. Another one of our favorites is Ohana at the Polynesian. They have a really good breakfast with characters which is quite fun. This past trip we took a bus over to the Wilderness Lodge and ate at the Whispering Canyon Cafe. That was quite a fun and different experience and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to have fun while they have dinner. I hope the recommendations help. mickey

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My top 5 signature restaurants in order(never been to V&A or Shula's):

Bluezoo.....not on dining plan
Il Mulino.....not on dining plan
Citricos
Jiko
Flying Fish

Breakfast: Kouzzina and Grand Floridian Cafe

DTD lunch: Raglan Road and House of Blues

Epcot lunch: Tutto Gusto and the Rose and Crown

Sushi: Kimonos and Tokyo Dining........Spicy Kazan at Cali Grill