Jiko… The Cooking Place is, hands-down, one of the most romantic and delicious restaurants on Disney World property. We can highly recommend this one if you enjoy excellent, gourmet food and a lovely and tranquil atmosphere.
Sharing tastes of Africa with a special Jiko flourish, this restaurant doesn’t offer a great view or any characters, but it does offer truly beautiful food — and the Animal Kingdom Lodge savanna is right outside…
Please Note: Jiko is currently closed while Disney World continues in its phased reopening. We will update this page with reopening information as soon as it is announced!
Service: Table Service, Signature Dining
Type of Food: Gourmet African cuisine
Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jambo House
Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 2 table service credits
Tables in Wonderland: Yes
The menu includes vegan, vegetarian and meat-based dishes that change seasonally.
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- Interested guests may want to consider signing up for the Wanyama Safari, which culminates in a private dinner at Jiko.
- Jiko’s special Wine Room occasionally hosts dinners where guests can interact with Jiko chefs.
- Jiko has a couple of tables lining a single side booth. These can be short on elbow room and romance. Consider requesting a stand-alone table and avoid the bother of too-close neighbors.
- Jiko is designed to represent a nature scene, and many of the elements are considered “lucky” in African cultures. Watch the colors of the sunset change on the back wall throughout your dinner.
Famous Dishes: Filet of beef with macaroni and cheese and a wine reduction sauce, braised short ribs, the bread service, Kenyan coffee creme brulee.
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