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The Ultimate Guide to Dining in Disney: Top Restaurants to Visit

A big part of a Walt Disney World vacation is food. During your trip, you want to make sure you plan time to enjoy some of the top restaurants that Disney has to offer, both at the Parks and throughout the Resorts.

We will share some of the top restaurants at Walt Disney World so that you won’t miss out on a great meal while on vacation. Please don’t get stuck thinking it is all hot dogs, burgers, and fries. Walt Disney World offers some high-end dining and fantastic, unique options for Guests to experience during their vacation.

Let’s look at some of our top restaurants at Walt Disney World.

Family dining at Space220 EPCOT
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EPCOT- Space 220

A new outstanding dining experience in EPCOT is Space 220. This out-of-this-world prix-fixe meal serves both lunch and dinner. Lunch is a 2-course meal, whereas dinner is a 3-course meal, all featuring American cuisine.

During the meal, Guests will enjoy views of Earth from 220 miles up. Part of the fun of this dining experience is the journey in the unique space elevator that takes them to the stars. This gives fantastic views of EPCOT as they travel high up into space.

If you don’t want to spend the time and money on the entire meal, consider getting a table in the lounge. Here Guests can still experience the great atmosphere of Space 220 but can order appetizers and smaller plates instead. This is a good option if you are looking for a lighter meal.

Space 220 is such a unique dining experience that we think first-timers will truly be amazed.

Topolino's Terrace Breakfast, Disney's Riviera Resort
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Topolino’s Terrace- Disney’s Riveria

If you want a magical way to start your day at Walt Disney World, look no further than the breakfast offered at Topolino’s Terrace in the gorgeous Riveria Resort.

This prix fixe menu offers a variety of delicious breakfast entrees that will make everyone in the family happy. The best part of the meal (besides the pastries) is seeing Mickey and his friends. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy all appear in stylish outfits unique to Topolino’s Terrace.

Topolino’s Terrace is a top choice in Walt Disney World because of its incredible views, outstanding food choices, and adorable characters.

If you aren’t wanting to dine with characters, but think visiting Disney’s Riviera sounds like a great experience, consider a dinner reservation. At night the views from Topolino’s Terrace are outstanding, and the meal is no longer a character meal.

Sanaa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
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Sanaa- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

For a meal with a truly remarkable view, head to Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Here Guests can enjoy views of the savanna right outside the restaurant. While they want their outstanding meal, they can watch animals like giraffes, zebras, and other exotic animals.

Sanaa is a beautiful restaurant with a great selection of African-inspired entrees. Make sure you start with the bread service. Sanaa is known for this, and you won’t be disappointed.

You can currently experience this dining location in two unique ways. To start your day, Sanaa offers a casual quick-service breakfast. This option doesn’t require reservations but allows Guests to stop in on their way to the Parks. For lunch and dinner, reservations are needed as Guests enjoy tender meats, seafood, and a variety of flavors that everyone will enjoy.

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Steakhouse 71- Disney’s Contemporary Resort

A new favorite at Walt Disney World is Steakhouse 71, found at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This unique dining location offers meals all day long with a nod back to the 1970s when the Resort first opened.

We love the fantastic food options that are available here for Guests. From the outstanding burger to steaks, Guests will love the atmosphere, food, and chance to step away from the Parks.

Steakhouse 71 also seems to have availability most days, so check the app if you are looking for a last-minute sit-down meal. You can also visit the Steakhouse 71 Lounge for something lighter and quick. They have great drinks, and the outstanding burger is still available at the bar.

Garden Grill Restaurant
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Garden Grill- EPCOT

Garden Grill is a great family-style dining location for Guests looking for a sit-down meal at EPCOT. This restaurant slowly rotates, showing scenes from Living with the Land below. Guests can also enjoy meeting Chip ‘n’ Dale, farmer Mickey, and possibly other Disney favorites.

Garden Grill is now open once again for breakfast. The cinnamon breakfast loaf is worth the trip! Schedule a meal here for your EPCOT day and enjoy a family-friendly meal with lots of fun.

Cinderella’s Royal Table:  Magic Kingdom

The most iconic of all the dining locations is Cinderella’s Royal Table, located inside the castle itself. This is the only way most Guests can get into the castle during their vacation.

Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table. These meals are pre-fixed with a set price but offer a majestic dining experience in the Grand Hall. This meal isn’t cheap, but it is a fairytale experience we think Guests should consider experiencing during their Disney vacation.

We are thrilled that Cinderella and her friends are again greeting Guests. During their meal, Guests will be visited by some Disney princesses. This makes the dining experience that much more magical.

Dining and good meals are essential to a Walt Disney World vacation. Consider making reservations for one of these top restaurants during your next Walt Disney World vacation for a great meal and a magical time.

Related: Quick Service Options

 

 

 

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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