Editor’s Note: At Tusker House Restaurant, characters now appear at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And be sure to save room for dessert! The Fried Cream Cheese Wontons with Pineapple are a guest favorite!
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!
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.
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.
And don’t forget the extra sauce! At Flame tree, they have sauce dispensers near each dining area — choose from regular or spicy!
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.
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.
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?
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!
Lately, Bradley Falls only seems to open at the busiest times.
But no worries. When it isn’t opened, many of the vegetarian dishes it’s known for are available at Kamal’s.
The Asian Noodle Salad is filling and full of fresh, vibrant veggies.
The Falafel Sandwich is hearty and the perfect answer when you’re after a vegetarian option that’s both warm and portable!
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!