4 Underrated Disney World Restaurants (and How They Compare to More Popular Ones)

by | Apr 17, 2024 | WDW Blog

Looking to enjoy some delicious food without struggling to obtain advanced dining reservations? You’re in luck! We’re breaking down some great underrated alternatives to some of the most hyped restaurants in Walt Disney World.

There are so many restaurants to choose from at Disney World, with options everywhere, from in the parks to Disney Springs. But, a couple of fan-favorite restaurants tend to have their reservations snapped up fast. Luckily, if you have trouble booking a reservation for one of these extremely popular restaurants, there are some equally great (and delicious!) alternatives to consider. We’re breaking down a few of our favorite alternatives to Disney World’s most hyped-up restaurants.

Alternative to Le Cellier Steakhouse: Steakhouse 71 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Le Cellier Steakhouse, located in the Canada Pavilion in EPCOT, is known for its steaks and Canadian Poutine. While the steaks taste quite good, it isn’t the only great steakhouse option at Disney World. One of our favorite alternatives is Steakhouse 71, which you can find at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, one of the Monorail resorts.

Located in the spot that used to be home to The Wave…of American Flavors, Steakhouse 71 opened in 2021 in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Steakhouse 71 is a great spot to consider when visiting.

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Steakhouse 71. Photo by Danny Shuster

Appetizers like the Steakhouse 71 Onion Rings and the Bacon & Eggs are must-try items. Outstanding dinner items at Steakhouse 71 include the 12-oz Roasted Prime Rib with the Classic Yorkshire Pudding and the 6-oz Filet Mignon. And you can top off your dinner with the huge (and delicious!) Steakhouse 71 Chocolate Cake. 

The best part of Steakhouse 71 is the pricing! The steaks are reasonably priced between $30 and $39, which is a huge difference from that of Le Cellier Steakhouse, which charges between $54 and $62 for their steaks. While the spot is popular, we also have found that obtaining an advanced dining reservation for Steakhouse 71 over Le Cellier can be a bit easier.  

Steakhouse 71 Highlights:

  • Located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Requires advanced dining reservations
  • Available for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner
  • Price ranges:
    • Breakfast: $15 to $34.99/per adult
    • Brunch: $35 to $59.99/per adult
    • Lunch: $15 to $34.99/per adult
    • Dinner: $35 to $59.99/per adult

Le Cellier Highlights:

  • Located in the Canada Pavilion at EPCOT (will require a Park Pass reservation)
  • Requires advanced dining reservations
  • Available for lunch and dinner
  • Price ranges:
    • Lunch: $35 to $59.99/per adult
    • Dinner: $35 to $59.99/per adult

Alternative to ‘Ohana: Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

One of our favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World is ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This all-you-care-to-enjoy meal includes items such as the famous ‘Ohana Noodles and Polynesian Grilled Chicken. But we’re not the only ones who love ‘Ohana, and the restaurant’s popularity makes it tricky to grab a reservation. Alternatively, you may love Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. 

The table service restaurant debuted in 2018 and brought all the Caribbean feels to guests who enter its dining room. The best part of Sebastian’s Bistro is the music. You’ll constantly hear a cycle of Sebastian (from The Little Mermaid) singing all of his favorite songs. 

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Sebastian’s Bistro is a table-service restaurant at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

Why do we consider Sebastian’s Bistro an alternative to ‘Ohana? Aside from the island feels, they are both all-you-care-to-eat style and offer unique dinner offerings. At Sebastian’s Bistro, you can enjoy Oven-Roasted Citrus Chicken, Chili-Rubbed Beef, and Cilantro Rice, among other things. 

Aside from being an easier reservation to obtain, Sebastian’s Bistro also is reasonably priced for a table service restaurant. The restaurant is only open for dinner but offers meals at $32 per adult and $19 per child (plus tax, and with the option to add enhancements for an additional cost). By comparison, ‘Ohana will cost $59 per adult and $38 per child for dinner.

One key difference between the two is that ‘Ohana also offers a breakfast option, which includes character dining with Lilo, Stitch, and friends. This option costs $45 per adult and $29 per child.

Sebastian’s Bistro Highlights:

  • Located at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Requires advanced dining reservations
  • Available for dinner
  • Family-style dining
  • Pricing:
    • Dinner: $32/ per adult, $19/per child (plus tax and gratuity)

‘Ohana Highlights:

  • Located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Requires advanced dining reservations
  • Available for breakfast and dinner
  • Family-style dining
  • Character dining at breakfast
  • Pricing:
    • Breakfast: $45/ per adult, $29/per child (plus tax and gratuity)
    • Dinner: $59/ per adult, $38/per child (plus tax and gratuity)

Alternative to Be Our Guest: Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom is a fan-favorite restaurant, making it one of the harder reservations to get when visiting Disney World. The in-park restaurant gives guests a glimpse into the Beast’s Castle from Beauty and the Beast. But it’s not the only available table service option in Magic Kingdom, and one potential option is Liberty Tree Tavern.

Liberty Tree Tavern is located in the Liberty Square section of Magic Kingdom and pays homage to our founding fathers in a colonial-style building. You will be immersed in a classic American meal composed of six rooms that honor different, important people in U.S. history. 

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Photo by Maria Salerno

The meal starts with a salad and continues with an all-you-care-to-enjoy Patriot’s Platter featuring items like roasted turkey, pot roast, and oven-roasted pork. Plus, you can top off your meal with the very popular Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake. 

Liberty Tree Tavern is usually easy to capture an advanced dining reservation for and is a more affordable option than Be Our Guest. Liberty Tree Tavern is $39 per adult as an all-you-can-eat meal, while Be Our Guest is $67 as a prix-fixe three-course meal. If you are looking for a family-friendly spot that will save you some money, visit Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square. 

Liberty Tree Tavern Highlights:

  • Located in Magic Kingdom (will require a Park Pass reservation)
  • Requires advanced dining reservations
  • Available for lunch and dinner
  • Family-style dining
  • Pricing:
    • Lunch: $39/ per adult, $21/per child (plus tax and gratuity)
    • Dinner: $39/ per adult, $21/per child (plus tax and gratuity)

Be Our Guest Highlights:

  • Located in Magic Kingdom (will require a Park Pass reservation)
  • Requires advanced dining reservations
  • Available for lunch and dinner
  • Three-course prix-fixe menu
  • Pricing:
    • Lunch: $67/ per adult, $39/per child (plus tax and gratuity)
    • Dinner: $67/ per adult, $39/per child (plus tax and gratuity)

Alternative to Space 220: Coral Reef at EPCOT

The newest restaurant on the scene at EPCOT is Space 220, where guests can take a taste and visual planetary journey. Between their space elevator and amazing views into the galaxy, this has quickly become a fan-favorite. But, like some of our other options, Space 220 is often extremely difficult to get a reservation for. That’s why we suggest visiting Coral Reef Restaurant. 

From 220 miles into space to 2,000 leagues under the sea, head over to the World Nature area of EPCOT to explore the Coral Reef Restaurant. With sweeping views of a living coral reef, you’ll get to view as many as 2,000 ocean dwellers as you enjoy a delicious meal.

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Photo by Cliff Wang

Coral Reef Restaurant is an amazing alternative at the end of your EPCOT day. Unlike Space 220’s prix-fixe menu, Coral Reef is a la carte and offers guests a delicious seafood themed meal. From appetizers such as Shrimp Cocktail and New England Clam Chowder to dinner options like Shrimp and Grits, Seared Mahi Mahi and the 10 oz. Slow Roasted Prime Rib, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to finish up your meal with the Baileys Almande and Jack Daniel’s Mousse or The Chocolate Wave. 

While heading into space requires an advanced dining reservation that is made exactly at your 60-day mark, heading Under the Sea often has reservations much more easily available.  

Coral Reef Highlights:

  • Located in EPCOT (will require a Park Pass reservation)
  • Requires advanced dining reservations
  • Available for lunch and dinner
  • Pricing:
    • Lunch: $15 to $34.99/per adult
    • Dinner: $15 to $34.99/per adult

Space 220 Highlights:

  • Located in EPCOT (will require a Park Pass reservation)
  • Requires advanced dining reservations
  • Available for lunch and dinner
  • Space 220 lounge does not require reservations
  • Prix-fixe menu
  • Pricing:
    • Lunch (includes appetizer and entrée): $55/ per adult, $29/per child (plus tax and gratuity)
    • Dinner (includes appetizer, entrée, and dessert): $79/ per adult, $29/per child (plus tax and gratuity)

Have you tried any of these alternative options before? Let us know on our social channels! 

Posts by Jenn Marrazzo

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Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
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Jenn Marrazzo

Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
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