Top 5 Disney Restaurants
Disney World has an incredible amount amazing of restaurants from Steakhouses and African buffets to Polynesian themed family style meals and Buffets where you can meet Chef Mickey himself! Whenever I am planning a trip to Disney World the first thing I think bout is “Where am I eating this trip???” Not the typical thing you think of when planning a Disney Trip however with all of the different experiences to be had, its a lot of fun to try everything Disney has to offer! Throughout the years I have been fortunate enough to have dined in a majority of the Restaurants in Walt Disney World. I have had some incredible meals as well as some not so incredible… however all in all I have had more good meals than bad. Over the years I have always had my favorites but I have never actually completed a list of my top 5… until now! I present you my Top 5 Disney World Restaurants!
Here are my Top Five Disney Restaurant’s in order from 5 – 1
Sanaa is 1 meal credit on the Disney dining plan and is in my opinion head and shoulders above any other 1 credit restaurant. Its themed like an African Village and the food is inspired by African and Indian influences. They have a tandoori oven which h Overall a lot of the food is incredible however the best part of the restaurant are the views! Sanaa overlooks one of the Savannas at animal kingdom lodge, with views of zebra’s, Giraffes and many other animals make this a must do experience whenever visiting Walt Disney World!
Yachtsman Steakhouse is a Walt Disney World signature restaurant. This means its 2 credits on the Disney Dining Plan and supposed to be a step above the other Disney restaurants. Yachtsman is known as a top tier Disney restaurant located in the Yacht Club resort. I first ate at here in March 2012 overall the experience was lackluster and seemed a little off I figured it was an off day and thought I would eventually give it another try. As I continued to hear great reviews about this restaurant I knew I had a couple of days before a Disney Cruise I thought I would give Yachtsman another try… This experience was 180 degrees different than the first! So good it worked its way into my top 5 Disney World restaurants! I had the most amazing waiter named Riccardo and the entire meal was spot on perfect! This restaurants atmosphere is themed to a Nautical New England Steakhouse. It has views of Storm Along Bay the pool / water park area for the Beach and Yacht Club and views of the Boardwalk inn both add to the overall atmosphere of Yachtsman. On top of the fun atmosphere and fantastic service the Steaks really shine! I can recommend giving the 28 oz Porterhouse enough! Overall the great atmosphere, service and atmosphere lead to Yachtsman ranking in my top 5 Disney World Restaurants!
At the Top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort sits one of Disney’s best restaurants, California Grill. Like Flying Fish and Yachtsman Steakhouse, California Grill is one of Disney World’s signature restaurants I believe it has the best views of any restaurant in Walt Disney World. Everytime I enter California Grill it feels incredibly special. In 2013 it went through an extensive refurbishment, it tried to go back to the original feel of the Contemporary. This refurbishment was much needed and I love absolutely love the updated decor it adds to the overall atmosphere and the views are still truly breathtaking! California Grill’s menu goes back to its name its menu is Californian inspired. It is known for having incredible Sushi as well as Filet Minion with Tomato risotto and a verity of unique desserts. The head chef Brian Piasecki is very well knows for creating some incredible food! The thing that truly sets California Grill apart is its phenomenal views of Wishes! Every night when Magic Kingdom sets off its fireworks California Grill turns down the lights and pipes in the music! It doesn’t matter how many times I have seen this show it leaves me speechless it really is a site to see and worth the price of admission. If you are looking for a night out, with great food views and overall atmosphere California Grill is a perfect option!
Sitting on right on Disney’s Boardwalk Flying Fish Cafe is a top notch restaurant! Themed after a 1930′s roller coaster it has a whimsical atmosphere that really makes it different than the other Disney Signature restaurants. On top of the fun atmosphere every meal I have ever had at Flying Fish has been absolutely fantastic, superb food, service and atmosphere. Flying Fish executive Chef Tim Keating is known for using local ingredients that really bring out the flavors of his amazing dishes. Their signature dishes include Crab Cakes, Mussels, Sushi, Red Snapper, NY Strip, and Banana Napoleon. Every single one of these dishes are excellent in fact the NY Strip is so good Chef Tim won’t tell where he gets the meat, from what I’ve heard its a local supplier all I can say is its the best NY Strip I have ever had! On top of the fantastic food, the open kitchen is a blast to sit and watch there is always something going on! On some nights you can peak out the windows watch the friendship boats go between the Boardwalk and the Yacht and Beach Club as well as jugglers entertaining guests on the Boardwalk. Flying Fish Cafe’ is a great option for seafood lovers and non seafood lovers, its also great for families and as the night goes on it turns into a great night spot with lots of unique cocktails lending itself for a perfect couples night out!
When it comes to restaurants you would be hard pressed to find a better option than Jiko! Located in Animal Kingdom Lodge Jiko means “the Cooking Place” in Swahili the restaurant has many African influences that are shown in the overall atmosphere as well as the menu. With a unique upscale atmosphere, largest selection of South African Wines in North America and incredible food offerings showcasing a wide variety of ingredients Jiko has everything a great restaurant should have! Jiko has the best flatbreads I have ever had as well as a great Wild Boar Tenderloin, Taste of Africa appetizer, Filet with Mac and Cheese and even Spicy African inspired Short Ribs. On top of all of the fantastic food Jiko also has a beautiful open kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare the different appetizers for the evening the open kitchen is absolutely beautiful capped off by the biggest “hidden mickey” in all of Walt Disney World! If you enjoy dining at Jiko I wholeheartedly recommend doing a Tour of the Restaurant every weekday at 4:00 there is a free guided tour of both Boma and Jiko located right across from each other in Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo house. This is an excellent way to learn about the different restaurants and you also may get to sample of of the amazing offerings from each of them. Even if you are not staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jiko is an absolute must do when coming to Disney World I whole heartedly recommend it to any foodie, couple or even family looking for a formal night out!
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