There are SO MANY exciting changes happening around the Walt Disney World resort!
Between new attractions (hello- Rise of the Resistance!), Epcot’s amazing transformation, and new resort openings, it can be hard to keep up with the latest and greatest restaurants to hit the Disney world scene.
Have no fear! We got your back. A lot has happened in the past year you may have overlooked! We’re taking a look at 8 newish Walt Disney World Restaurants that we think should DEFINITELY be on your radar. Without further ado and in no particular order, let’s DIG IN (literally — our forks are ready!).
Jaleo at Disney Springs is a welcome table service addition to the West Side brought to you by James Beard award-winning celebrity chef José Andrés. This authentic Spanish restaurant serves on up traditional fare on their extensive tapas menu that features paella as well as hand-picked wines. With such a large menu, there’s truly something for every taste bud.
Some of our favorites? Their hand-carved, 48-month cured Jamon Iberico and the Croquetas de Pollo (the presentation is super fun, too!). Of course, you can wash all this back with one of their signature sangrias.
If you’re looking for a unique dining experience outside of the parks, head down to Disney Springs and give this location a try. No time to sit down and eat? You can also swing around the corner to visit José Andrés’ quick service location, Pepe, to pick up a variety of tasty sandwiches and even a few favorites from over at Jaleo like those mega yummy Croquetas de Pollo!
Enchanted Rose Bar and Lounge
While technically a lounge, The Enchanted Rose Bar and Lounge is a Beauty and the Beast-themed foodie destination at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Located on the resort’s 2nd floor in the main lobby, they are serving up a limited menu that features some substantial and delicious options. Snack on Crab & Gnochetti Gratin, Short Rib Sliders, or Truffle French Fries while basking in an elegant Baroque-influenced atmosphere (There are also some subtle Beauty and the Beast details scattered throughout the location!).
The lounge also features an inspired cocktail menu that includes a few tableside service options. Drinks and a show? We are always down for that!
Many of the mixed drinks feature fresh notes like citrus, herbs, or florals, which we loved. Some of our favorite sips were the Lavender Fog, with its floral addition of Crème de Violette, and the Garden Daisy, with a strong flavor of fresh cucumber.
While the lounge opens daily at 1:00 PM, please be aware that food service doesn’t begin until 5:00 PM. We were majorly impressed by the quality of the food and drinks here, and the upscale yet chill vibe of the lounge provides a welcome respite after a long day in the parks!
Toledo — Tapas, Steak, & Seafood
We have seen some major (and exciting!) upgrades in the past year at Disney’s Coronado Springs, including the opening of the lavish new tower, Gran Destino. Perhaps the highlight of this new tower is Toledo — Tapas, Steak, & Seafood, a rooftop Spanish-inspired restaurant with gorgeous views of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios via floor-to-ceiling windows.
The menu is reflective of various regions of Spain and includes tapas, steak, and seafood entrees, as well as hand-crafted beverages. They also proudly feature an extensive wine list that is prominently on display in the restaurant with over 80% of its vintages from Spain. Visitors can dine on bites like Savory Churros, Heirloom Tomatoes or their gorgeous Manhatten Filet.
The notably upscale vibe of the restaurant combined with those killer views made for a relaxing dining experience. Everything we tried was beautifully presented and created with quality, fresh ingredients. We welcome the opportunity to return to this location!
Our next stop on the list is a truly unique new fine dining experience at the Japan Pavilion at Epcot. Takumi-Tei may be quite the investment (both time and money) but it is oh so worth it. This elevated experience offers a main menu in addition to an Omakase tasting menu (Priced at $130 per person).
Beverages include traditional Japanese Beers, Wines, and Sakes as well as specialty cocktails. If you’re feeling adventurous, we recommend the Sakurajima which arrives in an oh so trendy glass smoke box.
Are you feeling zen yet?
You can dine on delicious Japanese A5 Wagyu strip steak and incredibly fresh sushi in a gorgeous space that feels far removed from a theme park.
Takumi-Tei also offers an Omakase tasting menu, which is a fun way to leave it up to the Chef as they prepare you dishes from a prix-fixed menu.
Looking for an even fancier experience?! You can book the Chef’s Table in the Water Room. This is a private dining experience in a gorgeous setting for up to 8 guests with a carefully curated menu.
We do want to note that while we received phenomenal service and outstanding dishes, this is a true EXPERIENCE and should be treated as such. There is a dress code (no casual shorts are permitted, men must wear a collared shirt, no flip flops, tank tops, or hats are allowed!) and this experience will take some TIME! Be sure to budget time for this multi-hour dining experience if you’re interested!
Three Bridges Bar & Grill
There’s another exciting new addition to the original section at Disney’s Coronado Springs. Three Bridges Bar & Grill is an over-the-water dining spot at Villa del Lago. This open-air restaurant is offering up plenty of space with bar, table, and lounge-style seating available.
The relaxed setting offers up a lounge-style menu that includes Sangria, Specialty Cocktails, Wine, and a limited, yet impressive food menu. With a menu that is broken down between Sharables and Sandwiches/Salads/Entrees, our highlights include the Fried Shrimp Corn Dogs and Harissa Lamb Chop. Not what you’d expect from typical bar food, right?
They also feature a dessert menu which includes their irresistible Warm Churros. Not at ALL like those of the same name found in the theme parks, these beauties are traditional Spanish style and super light.
We just recently found their ah-mazing secret menu Street Corn Dip. It’s worth a trip out of your way to Coronado Springs for this dip alone. It’s THAT good!
Grab a Sangria Flight and sit back to enjoy the calm water views. And that corn dip. Seriously…get the corn dip!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has become a new favorite for unique food and beverage options. Our trips to Batuu are never complete without a stop at Ronto Roasters. The force is strong at this quick-service spot offering up some seriously delicious (and addictive) bites.
The smells of freshly grilled meats lure in visitors from around Black Spire Outpost. In addition to specialty beverages and a breakfast menu, the main draw here is the handheld delight that is the Ronto Wrap. This handheld wrap is a crazy explosion of flavor! It features roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce, and tangy slaw, all wrapped up in a delicious and fluffy pita wrap.
Since first opening, they’ve added a few other wrap options to the menu as well! Now guests can choose from the standard Ronto Wrap, the Chicken Ronto Wrap with lots of fresh veggies inside, and a plant-based Ronto-less Garden Wrap.
If you eat one thing in Galaxy’s Edge, we hope it’s a tasty wrap from Ronto Roasters!
Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera
We’re loving the newest restaurant to open in Disney World. Topolino’s sits atop the just-opened Riviera Resort, boasting panoramic views of the surrounding area, as well as stellar food.
Topolino’s is a one-credit character breakfast in the mornings with the CUTEST characters we’ve seen in a long time! You can visit with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in their finest Rennaisance inspired attire!
Guests can choose from entrees like the gorgeous Quiche Gruyere served with a fresh salad, the Spiced Sausage Hash, or the decadent Croissant au Jambon (which is a wonderful excuse for a hefty serving of creamy Bechamel sauce and cheese!). Guests are also served complimentary pastries in the most adorable way possible.
For dinner, we were seriously blown away by how phenomenal their fresh pastas were when we tried them all.
The entrees at Topolino’s are substantial and everything was incredibly well prepared and fresh. Meat eaters enjoyed the Tomahawk Veal Chop when we tried it, and seafood lovers equally enjoyed the Bouillabaisse.
We can not stress enough how much we enjoyed not just the food but the overall experience and service at Topolino’s for dinner. This is one spot we’re quite eager to return to!
Cookie Dough and Everything Sweet Food Truck
Food trucks seem to be all the rage these days so it’s of no surprise that the food truck park is quite popular over in Disney Springs. Keeping with the trend, last year saw the arrival of a Cookie Dough and Everything Sweet Food Truck! This sweet treat haven on four wheels can be found on the West Side and features a menu of edible Cookie Dough (of course!) available in a cup or cone, and other delectable desserts.
Favorites include the Celebration Parfait that includes layers of Celebration Cookie Dough and Celebration Mickey Cake, vanilla custard, strawberries, sprinkles, whipped cream, and a cherry. LOOK at that thing! So much sweet in a cup!
They are also serving up fun cookie dough ‘tacos’ as well, like the super Instagrammable Springs Candy Taco.
Head on down to Disney Springs for a total sugar rush at this fun and colorful food truck!
While not technically a restaurant, we couldn’t make this list and not include the incredibly immersive Oga’s Cantina at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the local watering hole of Black Spire Outpost features otherworldly concoctions and a VERY limited food menu.
The drinks here are weird in the best way possible. Sure, they have beer and wine available (Brace yourself for blue wine. ‘Cause you’re in spaaaace!), but the mixed drinks are the star of the show. Otherworldly mixed drinks here are all premixed and most are on the sweeter side. Expect the unexpected in the drinks here! Some are shimmery, puff out smoke, or, in the case of the Fuzzy Tauntaun, will make your mouth go NUMB (but just for a few seconds!).
As for the bar grub, the breakfast menu features Rising Moons Overnight Oats and the Mustafarian Cinnamon Roll. For the rest of the day, you can pick up an order of Batuu Bits or their once-secret menu Charcuterie Board, but honestly, both of these options didn’t blow us away.
Keep in mind that we HIGHLY recommend snagging an Advance Dining Reservation for this spot. It’s quite popular and often can’t accommodate walk-up guests. They often won’t even let you in to take a peek around without a reservation! If you want a peek in Oga’s, you can book a reservation 180 days out.
With so many new locations recently opening and even more to come, it can be VERY easy to overlook some great new-ish locations around Disney world! Pretty soon, you’ll have even more spots to add to your must-eat list with the upcoming openings of spots like Space 220 and Regal Eagle Craft Drafts and Barbecue in Epcot! We’ll be here to share all the newest restaurant info with you so you don’t miss anything!
What has been your favorite recent dining addition to Walt Disney World? Let us know!