Best Disney World Restaurants for Picky Eaters

by | May 10, 2023 | Walt Disney World Food, WDW Blog

Looking to book a Disney World restaurant for a picky eater? There are tons of options to choose from, and we’re sharing our favorites.

When you’re visiting Disney World, you can choose from hundreds of different food spots. Whether you’re looking to grab a fancy meal, or simply pick up a quick snack, Disney World has an option for you. But, with so many different restaurants to choose from, it can be overwhelming to even know where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of our top table-service restaurants we’d recommend if you have a picky eater in your group!

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The Best Disney World Restaurants for Picky Eaters

Liberty Tree Tavern

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Liberty Tree Tavern is located in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom. This restaurant serves classic American comfort food and is a great choice for picky eaters. The restaurant offers a family-style, all-you-can-eat meal with dishes like turkey, roast beef, mashed potatoes, as well as mac and cheese. The menu will let picky eaters stick to the basics, with plenty of choices for everyone at the table.

Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace is located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., towards the Adventureland entrance. The restaurant offers a character dining experience with a breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet. At the meal, diners will be able to meet with Winnie the Pooh and friends while indulging in menu options like pancakes, Mickey waffles, bacon, and eggs (for breakfast), and ravioli, prime rib, shrimp, fried chicken, mashed potatoes (for lunch and dinner). Since it’s a buffet, picky eaters will have the chance to choose from what they want (and maybe even try a few new things with no risk of it being their only meal option). 

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

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Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant offers a particularly unique dining experience. That’s because you will be sitting in vintage car-shaped booths while watching clips from classic sci-fi films. The theming continues to the dining choices, which feature classic American fare like burgers, fries, and milkshakes.  

Garden Grill

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Located in EPCOT’s The Land pavilion, Garden Grill is a rotating restaurant that gives you views of scenes from the Living with the Land ride. The restaurant offers a family-style character dining lunch and dinner (with breakfast returning soon). Your meal options will include picks like turkey, beef, seasonal veggies, mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes.

Chef Mickey’s

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Located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickey’s is a character dining experience featuring Mickey Mouse and his friends as chefs! The restaurant offers a buffet breakfast and dinner for the whole family to enjoy. You can enjoy options such as buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy, Mickey waffles, fruits, eggs and frittatas, and more at breakfast. The buffet offers a line-up for dinner that includes carved meats, roasted pork, mac and cheese, salads, shrimp and grits, and stir fry noodles. There’s a wide variety that ensures there is something for everyone on the menu.

Via Napoli

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Pizza fans will want to head over to EPCOT’s Italy pavilion, where you can find Via Napoli. The restaurant offers Neapolitan-style pizzas and other Italian dishes. You can choose from a variety of different pizzas or indulge in picks like penne or chicken parmesan. 

Beaches and Cream

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Located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Beaches and Cream is a fun and nostalgic diner-style restaurant serving classic American fare. Picky eaters may opt for options like burgers, sandwiches, or hot dogs. The restaurant is perhaps most famous for its ice cream sundaes, though, including the massive Kitchen Sink!

Hollywood and Vine

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You can partake in character dining at Hollywood and Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The restaurant offers a rotating character dining experience, with a buffet-style menu for both breakfast and dinner. While the characters you can meet change based on the season, the menu typically stays the same, serving classic American food like roasted chicken, mac and cheese, salads, and soups. 

Rainforest Cafe

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You can find Rainforest Cafe in both Disney Springs and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The immersive restaurant brings you into the Amazon, with animated animals and a completely themed atmosphere. As for food, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a menu that focuses on American-style eats. For breakfast, you’ll have a variety of options like pancakes, eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes, and more. Lunch and dinner offer sandwiches, burgers, seafood, steak, pasta, and more. Basically, you’ll find many options here for even the pickiest of eaters.

50s Prime Time Cafe

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Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the 50s Prime Time Cafe is a nostalgic restaurant that transports you back to the 1950s. The menu features classic American comfort food, including meatloaf, fried chicken, and pot roast. Picky eaters can opt for the kid’s menu, which offers favorites like chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. However, if you are particularly picky, you should know that this immersive restaurant may not let you pick over food quietly. That’s because the servers really get into character and will heckle you for not finishing your plate or for doing things like putting your elbows on the table.

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Tips for Dining at Disney World with Picky Eaters

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Of course, there are a few tips you will want to consider when you’re picking a Disney World restaurant for a picky eater! These are a few of our top tips to consider before and during your Disney World trip.

Check Menus Ahead of Time

Before you visit a restaurant at Disney World, always be sure to check the menu ahead of time. This will help to make sure there’s an option for everyone in the family, so you can avoid any surprises when you get in. You can easily find menus on the Disney World website or the My Disney Experience app before arrival.  

Consider Character Dining

Character dining experiences can be a great choice for picky eaters! Most character dining features a buffet or family-style menu that will allow picky eaters to pick and choose from different options. Plus, it gives the group a fun, immersive experience to meet with characters and take pictures.

Bring Your Own Snacks

If you’re worried your picky eater won’t find anything they like on the menu, consider bringing snacks or small meals along with you. Disney World allows guests to bring their own food and drinks into the parks, so you can pack your picky eater’s favorites to ensure they have something to eat.

Talk to Cast Members

If someone in your party has specific dietary restrictions or needs, don’t hesitate to talk to the Cast Members at the restaurant. They can provide recommendations or make accommodations to ensure your picky eater is able to enjoy their meal.

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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