Top 20 Picks for Table Service Dining at Walt Disney World

March 01, 2017

Top 20 Picks for Table Service Dining at Walt Disney World

Just about everyone who visits Walt Disney World is there first and foremost for the theme parks and attractions. That's understandable. But there's another level to this magical place when it comes to food.

Disney offers some great dining experiences, but with over 100 possible choices, how do you know which five or 10 to pick for your Walt Disney World vacation? What if you miss out on a good Disney restaurant? Unfortunately this can happen...and quite easily if you don't know the lay of the land.

"How would I know where to eat at Walt Disney World?"

I recently spoke with a colleague who had just returned from his first trip to Disney World with his family. Of course he had a great time, except for one thing...the food. "The food?!" I was in a bit of disbelief because I told him that the food is one of my favourite parts about Walt Disney World. I told him there are some great restaurants there and I asked him where he ate. He told me that probably the best one they ate at was Mama Melrose's at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

And then I understood.

Mama Melrose's is okay, but it is certainly not on my list of recommended table service restaurants. I mentioned this and he asked "but how would I know that? How would I know where to eat at Disney World?" And that is why I am writing this blog post. The restaurants I have listed here are tried and true and among the best you will find at Walt Disney World.

Narcoossee's Restaurant, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

The majority of restaurants at Walt Disney World are average but a few are really great

Most restaurants are Disney World fall into the "okay" or "average" category. They're not the greatest, but they're not bad either. You will order, eat and be satisfied with your meal. Mama Melrose's, for example, is one of those. You won't be saying "wow, that was really great" and you won't be saying "oh my gosh, that was really bad" either (there are precious few -- if any -- of those, thankfully).

So if you want to hedge your bets and add some time tested favorite Disney World restaurants to your itinerary, here are 20 recommended table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World Top 20 Table Service Dining Restaurants

Disney's Magic Kingdom Park

  • Be Our Guest (Top Pick)
  • Liberty Tree Tavern (Good Pick)
  • The Plaza (Reliable pick for good casual)

Epcot

  • Le Cellier (Top Pick)
  • Chefs de France (Top Pick)
  • Teppan Edo (Good Pick)
  • Tutto Italia (Good Pick)
  • La Hacienda de San Angel (Reliable pick for good casual)

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Hollywood Brown Derby (Good Pick, but can be inconsistent)

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

  • Tiffins (Top Pick)
  • Yak & Yeti (Good Pick)

California Grill, Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney Resort Hotels

  • California Grill, Disney's Contemporary Resort (Top Pick)
  • Jiko, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Top Pick)
  • Grand Floridian Cafe, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort (Top Pick)
  • Ohana, Disney's Polynesian Resort (Top Pick-dinner)
  • Victoria and Albert's, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort (Top Pick)
  • Artist Point, Disney's Wilderness Lodge (Good Pick)
  • Boma, Flavors of Africa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Good Pick)
  • Kona Cafe, Disney's Polynesian Resort (Reliable pick for good casual)

Disney's Boardwalk and Disney Springs

  • The Boathouse (Top Pick)

What are your favourite recommended Walt Disney World restaurants for table service dining?




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