It might come as a surprise, but some of the best restaurants in Orlando can be found inside the Walt Disney Resort. The cuisine at Disney World Florida spans every continent on Earth, from fast food joints to fine dining, classic American grills to elegant seafood restaurants – they’re all here! The whole Disney area is free to enter (it’s the individual theme parks inside where you’ll need a ticket), so don’t be put off by the fact that you’re dining in a giant amusement resort.
We've eaten our way through the resort to bring you this list of the best restaurants at Disney World Florida. Remember, these selections are the cream of the crop, so if you want to eat on a budget, it might be better to walk towards the nearest fast food joint instead.
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- Eat and Play Card – 1 Card for 4 Travelers
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Crayola Experience Admission
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- Blue Man Group
- Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket
- Chocolate Kingdom Factory Tour
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Orlando’s finest steakhouse just happens to be located within one of the city’s grandest hotels, the Waldorf Astoria. Overlooking the hotel’s namesake golf club – right on the border of the sprawling Walt Disney World – views out of the floor-to-ceiling windows are superb. The meticulous service and refined décor are similarly impressive, keeping things smart and sophisticated without ever feeling too stuffy. Being a steakhouse, the pièce de résistance here has to be the 32-day dry-aged Tomahawk ribeye, big enough for 2 people to share. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 10pm
- Location: Waldorf Astoria Orlando, 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln a, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
- Tel: +1 407-597-5500
This fine-dining institution is located inside Walt Disney World Resort, at the luxurious Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Victoria & Albert’s isn’t exactly the kind of place you can just rock up to any time of day in your shorts and crocs. Reservations are required in advance and the dress code is 'smart' (meaning guys need to wear a jacket). On the 6-course tasting menu, you’ll find the likes of Masago-crusted Maine scallop, quail with cardamom and sunchokes, veal with black truffles and Sauce Périgord, and onion ash-crusted Niman Ranch lamb. Prices start at $150 per head – quite reasonable for what has been dubbed ‘Orlando’s best restaurant’, although that final bill at the end will be a lot higher once you add on drinks and service charge. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
- Location: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
- Tel: +1 407-939-3862
Promising a refined Italian menu of thin-crust pizzas, delectable pastas and an excellent Trattoria-style wine programme, the Hilton’s signature La Luce is up there among Orlando’s best restaurants. Only open for dinner, the candlelit tables and lulling music make for a romantic setting, although the generously-sized potions and lively service make this good for the whole family. If you’re not into your wines, the creative Mediterranean-inspired cocktail list is well worth checking out, too.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 11pm
- Location: Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
- Tel: +1 407-597-3600
Flying Fish Café
Fresh seafood (obviously), as well as prime cuts of steak are the name of the game at this highly rated spot on Disney’s BroadWalk. It’s actually more of a restaurant than a café. High ceilings, funky light installations and high-energy service all make the dining experience complete at the Flying Fish Café, although do expect prices to be a little inflated.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 9.30pm
- Location: Disney's BoardWalk, 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
- Tel: +1 407-939-2359
Wolfgang Puck Express
For a chance to sample some of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s signature creations in an informal setting, try heading to this modest, fast-paced diner at Disney Springs Marketplace. As an all-day restaurant, you can treat yourself to a gourmet breakfast, fancy (but still affordable) lunch or come for one of the dinner specials, with the contemporary American and international menu changing on a regular basis.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 11pm
- Location: Disney Springs Marketplace, 1780 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
- Tel: +1 407-828-0107
This delightful spot benefits from an elevated position at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (near the Magic Kingdom), offering some superb views over the park – especially good if you are dining when the firework display over Cinderella’s Castle takes place. The menu presents an eclectic mix of dishes from around the world, with sushi plates ($25), Italian-style pastas and salads, and of course, plenty of meat such as the bison striploin, oak-fired filet of beef, Bell & Evans chicken, and pork belly rillettes. Most of these mains come in at around the $50 mark, meaning an evening spent here with the whole family will be an expensive one – but one you won’t forget in a long time.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 10pm
- Location: Disney's Contemporary Resort, 4660 World Dr, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
- Tel: +1 407-939-3463
Jiko - The Cooking Place
This African-themed restaurant is set in the perfect place: right in the heart of Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Everything from the vibrant décor, carved wooden seating and flavoursome dishes takes inspiration from Africa, not to mention the impressive wine list which is exclusively imported from South Africa. To whet your appetite, we’ll let you know they serve up the likes of Nigerian-spiced pork shank, Garam Masala-spiced sea scallops, maize-crusted grouper and Botswana-style Seswaa beef short rib. Most of these mains come in at around $30-50 while appetisers and desserts are around $10-20. This is definitely a family-friendly place, with a small and very cheap selection of kids’ dishes, available.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5.30pm to 10pm
- Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom, 2901 W Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
- Tel: +1 407-938-4733
Cinderella’s castle isn’t just for show, you know? For a completely unique dining experience, and one the kids will never forget, Cinderella’s Royal Table allows you to dine with the Disney Princesses in a grand banquet hall at the top of the building. After following the winding staircase all the way up to the top, you’ll be greeted by a scene looking like something out of the movies, complete with colourful stained-glassed windows, towering stone archways overhead and medieval-style flags draped throughout. Food – which obviously takes second place to all the grandeur that surrounds – is modern American cuisine, with plenty of choice to suit all tastes. The banquet hall is open for breakfast and lunch, although the true magic here is best experienced during dinner. Don’t forget to dress up and plan for around $60 per head excluding drinks and service charge. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sunday–Tuesday and Thursday from 8am to 8.45pm, Wednesday from 8am to 10pm, Friday–Saturday from 8am to 10.15pm
- Location: Disney's Magic Kingdom, 1365 W Monorail Way, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
- Tel: +1 407-934-2927
ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill
For a no-nonsense, no gimmicks diner at Disney World, the one and only ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill provides exactly what it says on the label: live sports streams and a meat-centric menu that’s cooked to order on the grill. The spacious diner has a genuine sports bar feel to it – almost as if you’ve left Micky Mouse and friends behind and headed into Downtown Orlando. The main room is spacious and bright, with sports memorabilia plastered on the walls in between the flat-screen TVs. Food is much more wallet-friendly here, too. For example, generously-sized hot and cold sandwiches come in at the $10 mark, as are sports-bar classics like nachos, hot dogs, pizzas, chicken nuggets and wings.
- Opening Hours: Fridays from 10.30am to 6pm, Saturdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm
- Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, 700 S Victory Way, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA
- Tel: +1 407-939-3463