The Plaza Restaurant
I love the Plaza. Here’s why:
- It’s less expensive than many other table-service restaurants
- It’s good quality
- It’s easy
What more could you want in a restaurant when you’re fighting Magic Kingdom crowds, dying to use your Splash Mountain fastpass before the parade, and coping with your tired and hungry troops?
The Plaza is a tiny little restaurant located between Tomorrowland and Main Street USA in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
It’s right next door to what some folks call the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor, but is actually — according to the sign — the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Which I find odd, as it is not connected to the Plaza Restaurant at all!
The restaurant fits into its early 20th century setting well, and features art nouveau touches throughout the dining rooms. I’m a particularly big fan of the light fixtures in here…
Attached to the main dining room is a little, round “sunroom,” covered in windows. This room has no carpeting, so it can get very loud. It also has all banquette seating, which means you’re going to be smooshed up next to another group pretty much no matter what. I tend to request (and recommend) the main dining room when I dine here.
And always keep an eye on the door — you never know when one of Main Street’s distinguished residents will stop by The Plaza! On the day we visited, the Mayor had some important remarks!
Like I said — I love the Plaza. The prices at this restaurant are on par with many of the better counter-service locations in Disney World, yet here you get to sit and be served in blessed air conditioning, the menu offers more variety (and even some healthier options), and you get an absolutely stunning view of Cinderella Castle.
I haven’t quite figured out the restaurant’s branding as far as the menu is concerned…but at least it has ice cream on it!
See what I mean about the prices? $10, $12, $14 — nothing over $15 on the menu. And the entrees are quite large! It’s a fantastic deal, especially once you note that the service here (at least in my experience) is often impeccable.
Now, on to the eats! This set of photos combines two visits to The Plaza, so I’ve got lots of photos to show you (thanks to my lunch companions!).
First up, the grilled chicken sandwich. Very light and healthy…until you add that luxurious looking swiss cheese! It was delicious! Also, here’s an example of the french fries at the Plaza — nice, thick, crispy fries. Not soggy at all.
And speaking of french fries, here’s how the condiments come to your table. So if you’re like me and ketchup is your favorite vegetable, order more in advance!
The cheese steak sandwich was quite good as well. The meat was very flavorful, and I loved the onions and cheese. Mushrooms aren’t my favorite, but they didn’t take away from the sandwich at all. While it’s probably not authentic enough to please Philly folks, the sandwich is definitely something I’d order again.
Don’t you love the look of this Rueben? They were not at all chintzy with that corned beef! FYI — that’s the slaw option in the background.
And this just looked wonderful, and got high marks from my lunch companion! The Chicken Strawberry Salad includes Gorgonzola and a White Zinfandel vinaigrette dressing.
For anyone wanting to dine vegetarian, here’s a great option. Just look at that huge portion of fresh Mozzarella! Also included — hummus, basil pesto, and roasted red pepper.
Here’s the classic Plaza Club (with the homemade chips option). Once again, a very generous portion and served on sourdough bread.
And the milkshakes here are unbelievable! While this is definitely one of the best table-service locations for ice cream (thanks to the ice cream parlor next door), I think I might have to add this to my best Disney World milkshakes list, too! This one? Cookies and Cream.
The Plaza is probably one of the better dining deals in Walt Disney World. Great food, good prices, good service, and a fantastic location/view are definitely things that we look for in a restaurant, and this one has them all.
The best part? For some reason, folks overlook this restaurant. It’s not on anyone’s must-do list, and it’s often an afterthought in dining planning, so you can get a reservation here particularly easily. Of course, no reservation is easy during peak seasons, but this is definitely not one you need to book 180 days out, and you may even be able to get in as a walk-up or if you call for a reservation the week you’re visiting.
Overall, this little gem is highly recommended. I’ll see you there!
Have a favorite entree or dessert at The Plaza? Tell us what you think in the comments below!