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Top 5 Restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is my favorite park in Disney World when I’m in it. The themeing is incredible. I could wander around just looking at things there for days! But the other thing that keeps me coming back to Animal Kingdom again are some seriously awesome restaurants. This place has it all!

Let’s take a look at some of our favorites — and what sets them each apart from the crowd.

Tusker House

If you haven’t booked a meal at Tusker House, then you’re missing out.

This sprawling restaurant sits on the main thoroughfare in Harambe village within the Africa section of the park. And with some of the best immersive themeing anywhere at Disney World, it’s hard to take in all of the intricate details and imagineering here with just one meal.

Tusker House -- Outside View

Tusker House — Outside View

But it’s not just the surroundings that are interesting. Tusker House has some incredible food as well. Inspired by the flavors of Africa, you’re in for a treat, whether you’re dining for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

We especially love the Spit-Roasted Meats. And taking advantage of the all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet may save you on other meals during the day.

Spit-Roasted Meats Are a Specialty at Tusker House

Spit-Roasted Meats Are a Specialty at Tusker House

But if you’re still looking to add a character dining experience to your list of advance dining reservations, be sure to book the breakfast or lunch, as characters don’t appear at dinner.

Eating a big breakfast will fill you up -- and cost less than dining big later in the day!

Seeing Your Favorite Disney Friends in Safari Garb at Breakfast and Lunch is Super Fun!

It’s always a kick to add pics Mickey and Friends in different outfits, and at Tusker House, they’re dressed to go on a Kilimanjaro Safari with you!

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Looking for something exotic with an Asian twist? Then check out Yak and Yeti Restaurant. You can’t miss the big purple building in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom!

Themed as a grand home that’s been converted to a hotel, guests to the town of Anandapur are guaranteed to find

all kinds of interesting things when they spend some time wandering through the rooms.

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

But as much as I love all the detail, it’s the food that really captivates me at Yak and Yeti. The menu focuses on Asian specialties, and just about everything I’ve had here has been absolutely delicious.

I can never pass up the opportunity to order the Dim Sum Basket for Two. The beautiful presentation and variety always makes this one a hit.

Dim Sum Basket for Two

Dim Sum Basket for Two

And be sure to save room for dessert! The Fried Cream Cheese Wontons with Pineapple are a guest favorite!

Yak and Yeti Fried Cream Cheese Wontons.

Fried Cream Cheese Wontons

And if you time your visit (and your seating request) just right, you’ll have an air-conditioned, front row seat for the afternoon parade!

Watch the Jammin Jungle Parade from Yak and Yeti Restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom!

Watch the Jammin Jungle Parade from Yak and Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Flame Tree Barbecue

If you’re looking for a place to relax and sit a spell, then check out Flame Tree Barbecue.

You might not even know it from looking at the ordering area, but the open air dining pavilions here stretch on and on throughout the park adjacent to the restaurant, and offer some of the best views the park has to offer.

View of Expedition Everest from waterside dining pavilion Flame Tree Barbecue

View of Expedition Everest from Waterside Dining Pavilion

Each pavilion is covered with ceiling fans, making them a great and often quiet place to take a break from the park hubbub. And be on the lookout for all of the whimsical — and kinda creepy — circle of life themed artwork throughout.

Circle of Life Theme at Flame Tree

Circle of Life Theme

And just like its name says, you’ll find some delicious barbecue eats here. The Barbecued Chicken has good flavor, but the 1/2 Slab of St. Louis Ribs is killer!

And don’t forget the extra sauce! At Flame tree, they have sauce dispensers near each dining area — choose from regular or spicy!

Barbecued Chicken and Ribs at Flame Tree Barbecue

Barbecued Chicken and Ribs at Flame Tree Barbecue

For an out of the ordinary snack, try their Onion Ring Basket and Chocolate Mousse. It may sound a little strange — but it’s an awesome sweet-savory combination!

Restaurantosaurus

If your stomach is roaring with hunger, it’s time to head to my personal favorite restaurant in Animal Kingdom – Restaurantosaurus.

Located in Dinoland USA, Restaurantosaurus is the hangout for a group of paleontology students on a dig — and provides some of the quirkiest, most interesting surroundings I’ve ever seen in Disney.

Eat here!

Eat here!

Having lunch in the Airstream is my favorite! But be sure to look around when you eat here. It’s totally worthy of a few Disney minutes.

Seating Inside the Airstream

Seating Inside the Airstream

And even though I come here to explore, there are some decent food choices as well. But me? I rarely go interesting when I’m here. Who can pass up Disney Chicken Nuggets?

Restaurantosaurus Chicken Nuggets

Restaurantosaurus Chicken Nuggets

Bradley Falls and Mr. Kamal’s Kiosks

But you don’t even have to go to a restaurant to score some excellent eats at Animal Kingdom. Just check out some of their terrific kiosks for a meal on the go!

Find both Bradley Falls and Mr. Kamal’s on the back side of Tree of Life, right on the path between Africa and Asia.

Lately, Bradley Falls only seems to open at the busiest times.

Bradley Falls

Bradley Falls

But no worries. When it isn’t opened, many of the vegetarian dishes it’s known for are available at Kamal’s.

Mr. Kamal's

Mr. Kamal’s

The Asian Noodle Salad is filling and full of fresh, vibrant veggies.

Asian Noodle Salad at Bradley Falls Kiosk

Asian Noodle Salad at Bradley Falls Kiosk

The Falafel Sandwich is hearty and the perfect answer when you’re after a vegetarian option that’s both warm and portable!

Falafel Sandwich

Falafel Sandwich

We’ve enjoyed Samosas — pea and potato turnovers — often at Tusker House and Sanaa. Now, you can get them to go!

Samosas

Samosas

Dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is as much of an adventure as exploring the park! Be sure on your next visit to carve out some time and check out the varied restaurants and eats at this awesome spot. So much good food — so little time!

What’s your favorite Animal Kingdom Restaurant and dish? Leave a comment and tell us all about it below!

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12 Comments

  1. Tiffany says:

    I did not know AK had so many cool choices! I will be there in 4 weeks and all my ADRs are already made but now I’m second guessing my choices. I’m eating breakfast at Tusker House and dinner at Sanaa but now I really want to eat at Yak and Yeti too! I guess now I know for my next trip to WDW. So many good choices….so little time. Thanks for all the great info, A.J.!

  2. Claire says:

    Our family ALWAYS like to eat so we’ve eaten at most of these places at least once. We happened to be at Yak and Yeti for its opening day. When we were seated our host made sure to point out that we were the first guests to ever sit at this particular table (well, as long as you don’t count the cast member soft openings they had before it officially opened). And after we got seated, who was ushered in a couple of tables away but John Lasseter!!!! And just to make it cooler, after a few minutes Joe Rohde (the creative mind behind the whole Animal Kingdom!), came in and was introduced to John Lasseter! Two Disney mega-minds in one room…meeting for the first time!!! And I was too polite to interrupt, I wish I had, but being an uber-polite Canadian, I didn’t want to intrude.
    After that, I’ve always kind of had a soft spot for Yak and Yeti.

  3. Paul C says:

    We found the Yak and Yeti take out to be much better than the table service.

    Remember, your Tables in Wonderland discount applies to most counter service places in AK.

  4. Max says:

    Would you consider the falafel sandwich an alternative for the vegeterians? Or is it recommended for everyone?

    Thank You (:

  5. Tristen says:

    My husband and I always get reservations at Tusker House, but during one visit, where we did not and the wait was very long, we discovered Yak and Yeti and fell in love. I actually daydream about those Fried Cream Cheese Wontons and the Honey Crispy Chicken is awesome. At Tusker House, I look forward to the desserts, most especially the Passion Fruit tarts. We haven’t tried Flame Tree BBQ yet, but that’s on the list for our visit in 2015. We’ve definitely had some of our best meals at AK and love trying out the ones we haven’t visited yet.

  6. Wendy says:

    Claire — just had to say what a COOL STORY!!!

    Yak & Yeti rocks, and I’m addicted to the Fried Wontons, too.

  7. Sherrie says:

    Flame tree is the place I HAVE to have lunch anytime I am in AK! I LOVE IT! One of my favorite counter service places in all of Disney

  8. Laura says:

    And don’t forget that Flame Tree, Restaurantosaurus, and Y&Y all accept Tables in Wonderland. Or if you don’t have that, keep in mind you can save $25 off your first meal at Y&Y if you sign up for a Laundry’s membership!

  9. AJ, thanks for highlighting the good eats in my favorite park! And a BIG thank you for mentioning Bradley Falls and Mr. Kamals- my two go-to spots for fresh, relatively healthy eats.

    Yak and Yeti is a must- for the air conditioned, cushy bar seating, and for the Lettuce Wraps. Unfortunately, they don’t take Tables in Wonderland, though.

    Claire- what an awesome, awesome story. I would be star struck, too. Joe Rhode is someone I would love to meet and have a conversation with.

  10. Safari Mike says:

    Now that the pulled beef and house made chips are back at Tamu Tamu, that needs to be on this list. I’d kick off Flame Tree, the bbq has slipped the last few years

  11. Ellen Goodman says:

    I booked lunch at Tusker House to get the Character greeting experience and the buffet was a bonus treat. We are South African’s so chose not to eat the South African choices but the rest of the selections were very yummy and we didn’t need to eat till later that night cos we were like stuffed turkeys. :) Well worth the advanced booking I had to make.

  12. jane says:

    So people know, the Landry’s card isn’t exactly $25 off. You have to buy the card for $25, and then they put a $25 credit on your card to use at a restaurant. Then you can build points. They also will give $25 credit to you during your birthday month, which is good until the 15th of the following month. We managed to coincide our trip with the Bday month and had that extra $25.

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