I know there are top 10 lists for Disney food all over the internet… So I’m following the crowd. 🙂 I thought I’d post my TOP 10 Table Service Restaurants. Some people don’t see why dining is necessary at Disney, but I am now a firm believer that Dining is a must-do experience if you are able! Sadly, we haven’t had the opportunity to eat at more than 5 at a time, so we’ve only had 15 meals to speak of. 😦 So…I’ve included a Top 10 “Can’t Wait” list, too. 🙂
TOP 10 TABLE SERVICE RESTAURANTS/EXPERIENCES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
10. CHEF MICKEY’S at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
This place is so popular with my clients. We had it for breakfast and it was alot of fun! Very colorful and energetic.
9. 1900 PARK FARE at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
We went here for the Wonderland Breakfast. We had alot of fun meeting Mad Hatter, Alice, and Mary Poppins, even!
8. CINDERELLA’S ROYAL TABLE at Magic Kingdom
I have eaten here twice – once in 2000 on my honeymoon, and once in 2002 with my 6 month old, husband, parents, and sister. Both times, we walked up to be seated with no reservation. That is rare nowadays! I know we ate for lunch or dinner each time, but I don’t remember much more about it other than it’s a great experience to eat in a castle! We plan on trying for a coveted breakfast reservation for this year to take our girls for their first time!
7. AKERSHUS ROYAL BANQUET at EPCOT
This is a WONDERFUL alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table. There are princesses EVERYWHERE! We went for breakfast and had a great time walking to our reservation before rope drop!
6. WOLFGANG EXPRESS DINING ROOM at Downtown Disney
It’s been a LONG time since we have enjoyed this (2003, I believe), but the atmosphere and food were wonderful!
5. SPIRIT OF ALOHA DINNER SHOW at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
If you read my Top 10 Attractions list the other day, you know that I love culture. This show has SO much culture in it! I loved the fire shows, the dancing, everything! And Polynesian food is full of sweetness…of the two dinner shows we have done, this is by far our favorite!
4. 50S PRIME TIME CAFE at Hollywood Studios
I love home-cooked comfort food, so this was a great option for us. I also love the simple-ness of the “past” so the 50s kitchen atmosphere is perfect here. I look forward to dining here again someday, after I’ve tried the 3 other restaurants I haven’t had yet!
3. CORAL REEF at EPCOT
Mmmm. We ate here way back in 2008 and it was unforgettable. I love aquariums and sea life. The aquarium wall had me in a trance most of the time, and I loved it when the diver came up to the window with a message for one of the guests! The food was excellent, as was the service. It was an “unforgettable” kind of meal.
2. LE CELLIER STEAKHOUSE in Canada at EPCOT
It’s REALLY hard to enjoy a steak. I like them well done. No pink at all. BUT…I also like it juicy and “chewable.” Most places just don’t get it right for me. This place, though, we perfect. Yum! I also loved the cheese soup, the pretzel bread, and the Glow-Tini. 😉 My family is begging me to go back here this fall. I am having a hard time saying no…
1. LIBERTY TREE TAVERN at Magic Kingdom
We ate here for dinner – family style – and enjoyed every. single. bite. Everything from the salads to the dessert was wonderful. In fact, it was our “last meal” before leaving the next day, and I am so thankful because it left us with a great taste! LOL I want to try it for lunch, too, but it will be hard to not go back for dinner! 🙂
TOP 10 “I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY IT” RESTAURANTS
I read alot of reviews for dining, and am choosing between these for our next trip!
10. MICKEY’S BACKYARD BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney has 3 Dinner Shows. We have been to the other 2 (Spirit of Aloha and Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue), so I’d like to “even out” the score. 😉 This one is outside, picnic-style, but I don’t want to go in the fall…we had our share of mosquitoes at Hoop-Dee-Do in September…lol
9. WHISPERING CANYON CAFE AT Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
I love to laugh. I love joking around with people. So I’d like to eat here and see how the waitstaff are when our neighboring table asks for ketchup. 😉
8. CALIFORNIA GRILL at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
I do have a taste for fine dining, and the recent updates to this restaurant have my interests peaked. I don’t think I want to take the kids, though…
7. WORLD SHOWCASE at EPCOT
I have WAY too many places I want to try at EPCOT. The top picks, for now, are Via Napoli, Biergarten, Teppan Edo, La Hacienda, and Rose & Crown. Once I get those out of the way, I want to do all the others, too!
6. BE OUR GUEST at Magic Kingdom
It’s all about the experience. 🙂
5. OHANA at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
I love Bread Pudding. I hear Ohana’s is the place to go…
4. KONA CAFE at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
The waiter at Crystal Palace told us that Kona Cafe is the #1 Breakfast spot in all of Disney World. I really really really want to try the Tonga Toast. 🙂
3. HOUSE OF BLUES GOSPEL BRUNCH at Downtown Disney
I love me some Black Gospel choir music. I was saved to this type of music. 🙂 My kids are well versed in it, too. LOL So, I REALLY want to go to the Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch here on a Sunday someday. Like, BAD.
2. RAGLAN ROAD at Downtown Disney
I love Bennigan’s, but they pulled out of my city a decade ago. I also love Irish dancing. Put the two together, and I picture some very entertaining meals at Raglan Road!
1. YACHTSMAN STEAKHOUSE at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Yes, I want to see if this one is as good as Le Cellier. I have heard wonderful things, and hope I can talk the family into this one instead of Le Cellier this fall (although I think I’m losing the battle…)
So, what is your favorite table service restaurant at Disney? Any recommendations?
That seems like F.O.R.E.V.E.R. I know. (I really know…right now, the countdown on my phone says 397 days until our next Disney vacation…I’d be thrilled if it said 180 days, but still frustrated…because I want to be there NOW.)
Disney is notorious for having all sorts of timelines for everything. 45 days when the final payment is due on your reservation. 2 days prior to make changes without full loss of payment. 60 days to do your on-line check in. 180 days…this one is a pretty important one.
Lots of people say they don’t go to Disney for the food…they go for the fun and the experiences! But take it from me…a seasoned traveler to the Dis…Dining IS an experience to be had at Disney. I promise.
Our first 3 trips as a family, we didn’t plan dining at all. We just went on a whim…we “winged” it. Not a big deal. But I can’t remember much about those times. We just ate and moved on, without a plan.
The last 3 times…well…we have started to challenge ourselves! We have read so much about the restaurants and seen so many specials on tv about them. So, we decided to become Disney “foodies” ourselves.
Disney is full of various experiences! Character dining – the kids LOVE getting a hug from Mickey and his friends, or a princess! And best yet…you don’t have to stand in line in the heat (or rain) to wait to see them…they come to your table while you are eating!!!
Meeting Belle at Storybook Princess Breakfast at Akershus at Epcot.
Or how about the Dinner Shows? There are 3 “official” ones – we have made it to 2 of them. Unofficially, though, there is entertainment and MANY of the restaurants…from an awesome piano entertainer, belly dancers, Oktoberfest, and comical waitstaff. There are also some great “secrets” – such as great restaurants to eat at for a great view of the fireworks at various parks.
The pretzel bread at Le Cellier Restaurant!
This is the Wisconsin Cheese Soup at Le Cellier Restaurant…mmmmm
The dining options at Disney are becoming more and more widely known…so that’s why it’s so important to PLAN! Book your trip at least 181 days prior to going – all you need is $200 down (or a percentage if it’s a cruise or adventure). Then, we can plan and book your dining reservations! (I get up at 5 am to get this accomplished for you while you sleep snug as a bug in a rug…)
There are obviously MANY more reasons to PLAN…if you are going to spend this much money on a trip, you need to do everything possible to make it a memorable one! Let me help you!