What Are Your Favorite Disney World Hotel Restaurants?

I love hearing from you about your favorite restaurants and experiences in Disney parks and resorts. So as I gear up for another trip to Walt Disney World in the very near future, I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite restaurants at Disney resorts (aka: hotels)…and hoping you’ll share right back!

Beaches and Cream

What are your favorite Disney World Hotel Restaurants, and why? What are the spots that keep you coming back, visit after visit?

I’ll tell you mine, and then I want to hear all about yours…

Beaches and Cream

If you know me, you know that Beaches and Cream Soda Shoppe is truly my go-to place (and it’s my parents’ go-to place…chances are you’ll see AJ’s Dad and AJ’s Mom there if you’re in Disney World at the same time they are)!

Nestled between the Yacht Club and Beach Club resorts, this table service restaurant — which does NOT accept reservations — is just like the soda fountains that you grew up going to (or hearing about)! This is THE place at Disney for burgers and ice cream treats, like my absolute favorite, the No Way Jose.

The ooey gooey peanut butter and hot fudge confection is pretty amazing, don’t you think?

No Way Jose

Flying Fish Cafe

The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn consistently wows me every time I dine there. With unique decor, awesome service, and inventive food, this spot currently holds one of the top spots on my list of hotel restaurants…and never disappoints.

Whether you choose seafood or a land lover’s option, you will leave happy! And fun desserts, like this Trio of Concession Sweets (a nice tribute to their spot on the Boardwalk) are just the icing on the cake.

Trio of Concession Sweets: Popcorn Mousse, Cherry Limeade Popsicle, Crunchy Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie with Pound Cake Fries

Jiko…The Cooking Place

Romance, incredible food, and an upscale atmosphere are in store at Jiko. This place is a hidden gem, and serves consistently delicious and interesting food inspired by the flavors of Africa.

They also boast one of the largest collections of South African wines in the world along with one of the best filet mignons on property. (It used to come standard with their phenomenal mac and cheese, but can now be specially ordered with the side dish.)

Filet and Mac and Cheese at Jiko (Mac and Cheese by request)


But have I saved the best for last? You’ll have to weigh in! ‘Ohana pretty much had me at Bananas Foster Bread Pudding! (Well, after the Lapu Lapu, of course!)

This restaurant is a guest favorite for both breakfast and dinner — and it’s a tough reservation to get — but it’s so worth it.

One of my favorite things about ‘Ohana is the gorgeous view. Head over during the day and feel instantly relaxed as you gaze out on Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella castle. Head over at night and get a grand view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks as they dim the lights and play the music right there in the restaurant.

But, hands down, my FAVORITE thing about ‘Ohana? The bread pudding. I’m pretty sure I could eat that whole thing every single day and never get tired of it. The best part? It’s all-you-can-eat! ;-)

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

Now It’s Your Turn!

Let me know in the comments what YOUR favorite Disney World Hotel Restaurant is! Can’t get enough of California Grill and their Goat Cheese Ravioli? Or does Boatwright’s with its amazing Jambalaya get your vote?

Inspire me and other DFB readers by telling us your top pick for a Disney World hotel restaurant!


  1. Katie says

    My favorite hotel restaraunts are Cape May Cafe and The Pepper Market at Coronado Springs. The Pepper Market is the best counter service restraunt on disney property, because it is the only quick service buffet! Plus, I am a huge fan of spanish food and they have some of the best.

  2. Paul S. says

    When it comes to restaurants at the resorts, my top choice is Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I went to this place on my 40th birthday, 11 years ago, and I have NEVER gotten tired of it. It’s been a while since I had the money to enjoy this wonderful place, but I WILL be going back.

    Another place I LOVE is Whispering Canyon Cafe, which is just plain fun and skillet that just keeps being filled with all the food I want. I especially had a wonderful time my first Thanksgiving in Florida in 1996 and decided to enjoy it at WCC. Just what I needed to enjoy what could have been a rather lonely holiday.

    Finally, I have to give a nod to the Beach Club’s Cape May Cafe and the evening clambake. I’ve been there several time and even took my parents there, when they came down to “check on me,” when I was working at WDW in 1997. They truly had a wonderful time and the food, as always, was great!

    Have more places I want to try, but their time will come.

  3. Linda Martin says

    Having dined at just about every hotel restaurant, I would have to say that I have a few favorites: Victoria & Alberts is amazing, Jiko is wonderful & California Grill is one of the best dining experiences! I could go on but those are my top 3!

  4. Claire says

    We tried Beaches & Cresm for the first time this year, best burger I’ve EVER had, and the desserts are excellent. Great news us that they do now take reservations!!

  5. laura carnein says

    jiko was definitely an awesome experience – but also love artist point and boma buffet for breakfast AND/OR dinner!

  6. Mark Hoerrner says

    What a great selection – we love Le Cellier. I’m not a big steak person, but the Wild Mushroom Filet is one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Citrico’s is such a great variety restaurant that ny wife and I often just dine on appetizers there to get as many tastes of the menu as possible. And I have to agree about Ohana.

  7. carol says

    Of course it’s California Grill and the Goat Cheese Ravioli!!!!! I am a not a meat eater so I look forward to this dish. And a close second is DOLE COOL WHIP!! But like it best at MK!!!!!

  8. Roberta robinson says

    I have 2. Cape May Cafe Clam Bake is the best! I also really like Mama Rosa’s at Hollywood Studio.

  9. says

    Great picks! We love Jiko at the Animal Kingdon Lodge, too. The food is advertuous, and the design of the space is sophisticated and chic, plus it doesn’t get too crowded. We also love ‘Ohana for both breakfast and dinner. Fun atmosphere, fun food, great service. And of course, California Grill. Does it get more sophisticated at a theme park? I think not!

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