I had started to write a long post talking about all of the amazing food that we ate while we were in Disney World at the end of August, but rather than have yet another long-ass post, I’ve opted to do something different for me.
In alphabetical order, here are my top six table service restaurants at Walt Disney World. (click on any image to see it full-sized)
50’s Prime Time Café (Hollywood Studios)
Have a delicious home-style meal, served right in Mom’s kitchen, surrounded by your cousins. That’s the concept behind this immersive experience restaurant. The food is absolutely delicious and the in-character servers keep things entertaining. Be sure to finish your vegetables, and no elbows on the table! I strongly recommend the fried chicken, though I always opt for the “Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes” (or the leftovers as our server called it on one visit). This way you get to sample the fried chicken, pot roast and meatloaf. And if you’re up for it, order yourself a PB & J milkshake. Delish!
Be Our Guest Restaurant (Magic Kingdom)
Who wouldn’t love to dine in Beast’s Castle? Three themed dining rooms (the Grand Ballroom, the West Wing and the Castle Gallery) await you as you dine in palatial splendor. Though the size of the ballroom means there are a lot of tables, the service is still quite good. The food was good, not great, but the atmosphere and experience keeps it on the list. One suggestion if you do opt to dine here – take some time to wander around after your meal. Be sure to visit the West Wing study to find the enchanted rose!
Note: Since our last visit, this has been upgraded to a Signature Dining location, meaning if you are on the dining plan, it will be 2 Table Service credits (or $55 if paying out of pocket) per adult. It is now a prix fixe 3-course dinner.
California Grill (Contemporary Resort)
During our last two trips, we found no better way to end our vacation than by dining in this Signature restaurant located on the 15th floor of the Contemporary Resort, overlooking the Magic Kingdom. As the name alludes, this is a California cuisine restaurant, whose menu changes seasonally to include the freshest ingredients. They are also known for their sushi, among some of the best I’ve had the pleasure of eating. If you time your reservation, you can view the Magic Kingdom fireworks directly from your table. Such a magical way to end your vacation.
Morimoto Asia (Disney Springs)
I will say that this is (currently) my favourite restaurant in Walt Disney World. I spoke about it a bit in my previous post. Beautiful decor, amazing Asian cuisine, friendly and helpful staff… (plus… authentic Japanese Wagyu Beef!)
‘Ohana (Polynesian Village Resort)
Wear your Joey pants! ‘Ohana is nestled inside the Polynesian Village Resort and brings a Hawaiian-style family dining to WDW. This all-you-can eat feast starts with family-style appetizers consisting of pineapple coconut bread, salad, pork dumplings and chicken wings. Then come the skewers. The servers walk around with skewers of chicken, beef and shrimp, serving all you can eat. This is accompanied by teriyaki noodles and stir-fry veggies. If, after all of this food, you still have room, dessert consists of ‘Ohana Bread Pudding. This massive serving comes à la mode and is topped with caramel sauce and bananas. I cannot even begin to say how good this dessert is. Again, wear your Joey pants (you Friends fans know what I mean) and bring your appetite.
Tutto Italia Ristorante (Epcot)
Our most recent visit to WDW was the first time that my wife and I have eaten at Tutto Italia. I don’t know why we waited for our fifth visit to come, because this one will now be added to the “must-do” list going forward. Delicious Italian fare in the middle of Epcot’s World Pavilion Showcase. The pasta was fresh and tasty, and my wife’s Corn & Shrimp Risotto was the best meal she had during our trip. The bite that I had was nearly the best meal that I had during our trip. I cannot wait to go back.
So there you have it. These are currently my favourite table service restaurants at WDW. We ate at all six of these locations during our most recent trip. With each passing trip, we try new restaurants and our list of “must-do” restaurants keeps getting longer. At this rate, we’ll need to start going for 2-3 weeks just to get them all in!
And what do you think about my list? Do you agree? Disagree? What are your must-do restaurants when you visit Walt Disney World? Comment down below!