While moving around Walt Disney World you are bound to get hungry from time to time.
Sometimes you’ll have reservations, and sometimes you won’t.
While there are plenty of great choices out there, here are some options to be sure not to pass up on.
These five can’t miss Disney dining options range from refined to remote, but all of them are terrific.
Here’s to starting simple with an amazing food spot you don’t even need a reservation for.
This is especially wonderful if you happen to be staying in an Epcot area deluxe resort.
Le Halles is a bakery in the France Pavilion at Epcot. You can walk over from the Boardwalk or the Yacht and Beach Club through the side entrance to Epcot.
This can’t miss Disney restaurant is an amazing place to have breakfast whether you like it with espresso or mimosas.
Le Halles is a counter service restaurant in the back of the France Pavilion.
It opens along with Future World before World Showcase officially opens at 11:00.
If you don’t head there directly at any point in the day, you will find yourself inside the connecting gift shop as you exit the wonderful film Impressions De France.
This is another great opportunity to stop and have a small bite, or a full lunch.
Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe
Some can’t miss Disney restaurants land on your “must do” list because of how refined they are, or how jaw-dropping good the food is.
There are lots of reasons to choose a particular place to eat. In this case, it is pure convenience.
Yak & Yeti restaurant is one of the best in Animal Kingdom, but this counter service alternative is a crowd pleaser, which makes it a hot commodity.
There is plenty of seating in the back among the trees.
This is a can’t miss location, because you will find yourself getting very hungry as you trek through Asia and Africa to the American roadside tribute to dinosaurs, and Pandora.
One of the tricks to exploring this enormous park, especially as a family is to take advantage of certain counter service locations in order to save time and money.
Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe is conveniently located on the Western edge of Asia near the center of the park.
The variety of food there is the main win here.
This is a comfortable cuisine that offers curry, fried rice, egg rolls, beef bowls, as well as honey chicken, and Kobe hot dogs, and burgers.
The kids’ menu is also very accessible, so nobody needs to go elsewhere for a different kind of meal.
Besides convenience and accessibility, the food is very good.
The Honey Chicken is very popular and the curry is fantastic. Plus, when was the last time you had an American Kobe Beef Hotdog on a Brioche Bun?
They come plain, with Banh Mi, or with Kimchi.
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
On to more exotic fare you have to plan for.
The Skipper Canteen is an exciting restaurant at the Magic Kingdom, themed to the Jungle Cruise.
The restaurant has some silly overtones but also has very beautiful and immersive atmosphere.
There is a lot of detail for Disney Fans to admire.
The food is wonderful, and the cuisine, which is inspired by Asia, Africa, and South America has a good range for any type of eater.
There are opportunities to get really adventurous at the Skipper Canteen or play it safe. The allergy menu is really great, too. By which I mean, there are a lot of choices for different diets that don’t need to be altered. Of course, at Disney, they are happy to make whatever adjustments are necessary. That is only one of the reasons I love this can’t miss Disney restaurant in Adventureland. You can enjoy a whole fried fish, which is exactly what it sounds like, or order the “Tastes Like Chicken” Because it Is! There are also really good stews, chops, and the “A Lot at Steak” Salad.
Then, of course, there are the desserts. Quicksand!!!, Kungaloosh!, Coconut Bar with Pineapple Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream, and Bertha’s Banh Bong Lan Cake with Mango Lime Sorbet. Perhaps that last one is a tribute to the famous elephant in the shower on the Jungle Cruise. You need reservations for this place, but it is a wonderful restaurant with some of the best food in the Magic Kingdom. It’s also a great place to further immerse yourself in one of the best lands in the Magic Kingdom.
Trattoria Al Forno
Trattoria Al Forno will not be found in any Disney park. This restaurant took the place of Cat Cora’s place at the Boardwalk Inn resort hotel. This lovely can’t miss Disney restaurant sits on one of the most scenic locations, right on the boardwalk by crescent lake. You can get there from Epcot or Disney Hollywood Studios by boat, and of course, it is also accessible by bus. You must make reservations here, but they are not terribly difficult to get.
The best time to go, and what really makes this restaurant stand out as utterly fantastic, is the Bon Voyage Breakfast. This is a character breakfast event in which guests get to encounter Ariel (as a human) with Prince Eric, and Rapunzel, with Flynn Rider (Eugene). These guys are great and the whole experience is a lot of fun, whether you are a characters fan or not. The breakfast menu is phenomenal, easily one of the top breakfasts anywhere on the property. It is neither a buffet nor family style, which is unusual. The pastry course includes a fantastic Rapunzel pastry that you will want more of. But the main course inspired by the two films is sensational. Plus, the price is really reasonable. This breakfast is an excellent way to say goodbye to Disney World on your check-out date.
A few names are always circulating around the top of the “best restaurants in Disney World” List. California Grill is always one of them, and it’s usually number one. That’s because it has literally everything going for it: a sophisticated ambiance, an enchanting view, and a menu full of tantalizing food!
California Grill is one of the more expensive places to dine, but you get your money’s worth. For the quality of the food and the magic that is everywhere around you would expect to pay even more… and you can! Thanks to the location at the top of the Contemporary resort, there are incredible views of the castle that makes for a sensational evening. Because of this, the California Grill offers a variety of packages that include desserts, cocktails and a private viewing area for the fireworks. Another reason this is a can’t miss Disney restaurant, especially if you want to spend a little more on something special.
Even if you can’t make reservations for this restaurant you can and should go to the lounge. You can still enjoy the atmosphere and some of the menu. California Grill is a can’t miss restaurant if you are celebrating anything special, or romantic, but it is also very kid friendly because-Disney World.