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Where to Eat at Disney When You Need Quiet

We love Walt Disney World, but the Parks and Resorts can be extremely busy and overwhelming. Even though there are a lot of great dining locations throughout the Parks and Resorts, these often get extremely busy throughout the day. Because of this, you might see large crowds making the dining experience less relaxing than you hoped.

We have many options for top dining experiences, both quick service and table service, throughout Walt Disney World, but what if you want something quieter and away from the crowds?

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Luckily, Walt Disney World has a handful of these options for Guests. These restaurants offer quick service and table service but a quieter, more relaxing meal than those in Magic Kingdom.

Five restaurants will provide a relaxing meal during your Walt Disney World vacation.

Yak and Yeti Restaurant
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Yak & Yeti Restaurant- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It might surprise many that Disney’s Animal Kingdom takes the top spot regarding dining locations at Walt Disney World. We have an excellent selection and food here from the four Disney Parks.

Even though we love Sat’uli Canteen and Flame Tree Barbecue, these quick service locations get extremely busy throughout the day. If you need some quiet time, they aren’t the best selection. Instead, we recommend booking Yak & Yeti for a soft, sit-down meal.

Located in the Asia part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Yak & Yeti provides a beautifully themed dining area and unique dishes full of flavor. The overall atmosphere of this restaurant is relaxed and welcoming. Even when it is prime dining time, you won’t feel overwhelmed. There is a lot of seating, and Guests will love the wide variety of the menu.

When looking for a quiet spot for a meal at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, check out Yak & Yeti.

The Plaza Restaurant- Magic Kingdom

Finding a quiet area for a meal in the Magic Kingdom can be challenging. This elegant Victorian-themed location is a perfect escape from the crowds of Magic Kingdom. Guests often overlook this restaurant as they are focusing on Cindrella’s Royal Table or Be Our Guests.

Although those meals are a great experience, they aren’t relaxing. For a nice, relaxing sit-down dinner in Magic Kingdom, head to The Plaza Restauarnt. Enjoy a nice meal featuring burgers and pot pies, and don’t forget to have ice cream.

From a nice family dinner to a quick ice cream or breakfast stop, The Plaza Restauarnt is a great table service option when visiting Magic Kingdom.

Grand Floridian Cafe
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Grand Floridian Cafe- Disney’s Grand Floridian Cafe

Consider visiting the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for a quiet escape and a great meal when in the Magic Kingdom. The Grand Floridian Cafe provides an excellent menu all day long. Those that are fans of brunch will enjoy being able to order breakfast all day long. Enjoy those Mickey waffles for lunch.

The elegant atmosphere creates a quiet and welcoming experience for Guests to enjoy while having great food. Located right next to Magic Kingdom, this dining location is extremely easy to get to. We love that there are typically always reservations available, making it easy to grab when you need a break from Magic Kingdom.

Take time to walk around this beautiful Resort or hop the monorail to enjoy more downtime before returning to the Park.

Boatwright’s Dining Hall- Port Orleans Riverside

Head to Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside if you want a nice, quiet meal outside the Disney Parks. Here you can enjoy a full-service dinner at Boatwright’s Dining Hall. This beautiful Resort provides beautiful walking paths and a great way to relax and step away from the crowds of the Parks.

Cute details within the restaurant create an atmosphere that is relaxing and welcoming. From the massive ship suspended high above the tables to the gorgeous rustic decor, Guests will appreciate the quiet.

A menu focused on the flavors of the south; Guests can enjoy ribs, chicken, prime rib, and even a seafood boil. There are a lot of great items to choose from on the menu. Enjoy the excellent cuisine while having a relaxing meal at this beautiful Resort.

Caribbean Beach Sebastian
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Sebastian’s Bistro- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

When you are at EPOCT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios looking to escape the crowds, consider taking the skyliner over the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Here you can enjoy a family-style meal full of Latin and Caribbean flavors at Sebastian’s Bistro.

An easy skyliner ride away, Sebastian’s Bistro is an excellent option for a quiet meal. The delicious pull-apart rolls that start the meal are worth the skyliner ride. Continue the meal with a salad and savory meats, including chicken, pork, and beef, all flavorful.

To wrap up the meal, you will enjoy the delicious coconut pineapple bread pudding that is served with caramel sauce and ice cream—a fantastic end to a delightful and relaxing dinner.

Because of the location right off the skyliner, Sebastian’s Bistro is a fantastic option for those wanting, or needing, a break from Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT. Grab a drink at Banana Cabana before your meal to enjoy the sites and sounds of this beautiful Disney Resort.

We love being at Walt Disney World, but sometimes to Disney Parks and Resorts can be overwhelming. Because of this, we need to step away and have a quiet meal. Although there are endless dining locations to choose from, not all of them are relaxing. Many of the top restaurants in Disney become very busy and overwhelming during mealtime.

If you want to escape from the crowds, consider enjoying one of these five restaurants throughout Walt Disney World. They provide a great meal and a friendly atmosphere to relax in during your trip.



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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