Surprisingly, some of the best restaurants in Orlando can be found inside Walt Disney Resort, which takes up a sizeable chunk of land in the southwest of the city. 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.
The cuisine at Disney World Florida spans to every continent on Earth, from fast-food joints to fine dining, classic American grills to elegant seafood restaurants – they’re all here! We've eaten our way through the resort to bring you this Top 10 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.
Since its opening at the glamorous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (next to the Hilton), Bull & Bear has been consistently ranked as one of the top fine dining restaurants in Orlando, as well as the wider Central Florida region. Although actually located outside of Disney World, the amusement resort is very nearby; so close, in fact, that if you get a table by the window here you can admire the famous nightly firework display over Cinderella’s Castle in the distance. Being a steakhouse, the pièce de résistance here has to be the 32-Day Dry-Aged Tomahawk Rib Eye, good for two people. There’s also other standout dishes such as the wagyu sirloin, filet mignon and melt-in-the-mouth Chateaubriand, again for two. Expect many of the cuts to come in around the $100 mark... expensive, but tasty. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00-22:00 daily
- Location: Waldorf Astoria Orlando, 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821
- 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 six-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 – which on the face of it seems 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: Dinner reservations available from 17:00
- Location: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, FL 32830
- Tel: (407) 939-3862
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s mini-empire of restaurants haven’t missed out on Orlando – far from it. In fact, he now has two separate venues at Disney World that present multiple dining options. The Dining Room has to be the most highly-rated, if not the most expensive, with a far-reaching menu of creative Asian-Californian fusion food served up in an intimate dining room at Disney Springs West Side. You’ll need a reservation in advance and do note the restaurant’s relatively strict smart-casual dress code. Fine dining in Orlando doesn’t come cheap, so best plan onwards of $100 per person (excluding the wine). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00-24:00
- Location: Disney Springs West Side, Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida
Situated at the rather luxurious Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (next door to the Waldorf and across the gold course from Disney World) is La Luce, a refined Italian restaurant that serves up thin crust pizzas, delectable pastas and plenty of other tasty al la carte selections. Only open for dinner, the candlelit tables and lulling music makes for a romantic setting, although the generously-sized portions and lively service make this good for the whole family, just no shorts or flip flops please.
- Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00
- Location: Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821
- Tel: (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, which is 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 tourist-inflated (this is inside Disney World remember).
- Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00
- Location: Disney BroadWalk, Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida
Wolfgang Puck Express
For a chance to sample some of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s signature creations in some slightly less formal settings to his ‘Dining Room’ spot at Disney Springs West Side, try heading to this more 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: 08:00-22:30
- Location: Disney Springs Marketplace, Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida
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 strip loin, 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: 17:00-22:00
- Location: California Grill, 4660 World Dr, Orlando, FL 32831, United States
- Tel: +1 407-939-3463
Jiko - The Cooking Place
An African-themed restaurant set in the perfect place: right in the heart of Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Everything from the vibrant décor, carved wooden seating and flavorsome dishes take inspiration from the African, 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 Local Grouper and Botswana-style Seswaa Beef Short Rib. Most of these mains come in at around $30-50 while appetizers and desserts are around $10-20. This is definitely a family-friendly place too, and there is a small and very cheap selection of kids’ dishes too.
- Opening Hours: 17:30-22:00
- Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort Area, 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando
- Tel: +1 407-938-4733
Cinderella’s castle isn’t just for show, did 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 colorful stain-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! (plan around $60 per head excluding drinks and service charge) Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-10:00; 11:45-14.40; 15:50-21:00
- Location: Cinderella’s Castle, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort Florida, Orlando
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 co 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, certainly compared to some of Disney’s other restaurants. For example, generously-sized hot and cold sandwiches come in at the $10 mark, while sports-bar classics like nachos, hot dogs, pizzas, chicken nuggets and wings are all around the same price.
- Opening Hours: 10:30-20:00 daily
- Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill, Walt Disney World Resort Florida, Orlando