The Most Popular Walt Disney World Restaurants You Can’t Afford to Miss

by | Jul 6, 2021 | Walt Disney World Food, WDW Blog

We asked, and you told us! In this post, we’ll explore the most popular Walt Disney World restaurants, as ranked by nearly 400 of the resort’s biggest fans!

Disney does not get enough credit for its wealth of incredible food. That’s right. I said it, and I’m not taking it back.

People rarely equate theme parks with delicious, fine culinary experiences. But those people are incorrect, at least when it comes to Walt Disney World. It’s a foodie haven, waiting to be devoured.

But of the vast breadth of sit-down restaurants at WDW, which eateries are the creme de la creme? We asked you, our amazing subscribers of WDW Magazine, and here are your top favorites, based on your votes.

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most popular walt disney world restaurants: boma

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Boma is, in my opinion, one of, if not the greatest buffet on Disney Property and offers all-you-can-eat fare at breakfast and dinner.

At dinnertime, while there are lots of tasty options for picky eaters such as mac & cheese and mashed potatoes, you’re also going to find endless unique dishes, like their delicious Bobotie and their Ghanian Oxtail Stew.

Our favorite items: The Watermelon Rind Salad and the ever-famous Zebra Domes.

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most popular walt disney world restaurants: teppan edo

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Teppan Edo, Narcoossee’s, and Sanaa all received equal votes from you, our subscribers. Y’all really know how to make it difficult when ranking the most popular Walt Disney World restaurants, eh?

Teppan Edo, in Japan’s Pavilion at EPCOT, is a vibrant, hibachi-style restaurant that’s fun for everybody. The chefs are top-notch at both cooking and entertaining and perform quite an impressive show while transforming your food into Disney-themed art, before you gobble down every delicious bite.

Narcoossee’s, in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, is surf-and-turf paradise. The servers go out of their way to ensure everything is cooked to your liking, and the panoramic views overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon are just gorgeous. 

Sanaa, in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is the place you want for a unique, East African-inspired meal. The Indian-style bread service is out of this world, and the restaurant boasts views of the savanna, where you may catch a few animal sightings.

These restaurants are popular, so your best bet to experience them is an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR). Get our secret tips on making the most of your ADRs in our popular Trip-Planning issue!


50s prime time cafe - most popular walt disney world restaurants

Photo by Brett Svenson

This retro, kitschy restaurant is also an experience where you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a ’50s sitcom like Leave it to Beaver (or even the first episode of WandaVision).

Your servers are known as your cousins, aunts, and uncles, and you best mind your table manners because they may banish you to the corner if you’re caught with your elbows on the table.

The fare here is classic American comfort food, and the portions are quite large. This is a bonus for me, because I’ll either keep half to eat later in the day or share one appetizer and one entree with my husband, and we’ll still both leave full.

Our favorite items: Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken and the Peanut Butter & Jelly Milk Shake.


California Grill table setting - most popular walt disney world restaurants

Photo by Danny Shuster

If you want an intimate, romantic setting with stunning views of Magic Kingdom, look no further than California Grill. The food shows off the wonderful culinary flavors of California, and if you’re looking for a nice bottle of wine to accompany your evening, you will find an impressive and extensive list here.

Make sure you stay after dinner, as your meal includes access to the restaurant’s exclusive viewing patio for fireworks over Cinderella Castle.

Our favorite items: The Spicy Kazan Roll and the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli.


EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Filet - le cellier

Photo by Tatjana Lazar

Often regarded as the best steakhouse on WDW Property, this locale in the Canada Pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase boasts a high-quality menu, but offers a slightly more laidback setting than, say, California Grill.

Our favorite items: The Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, the Maple Crème Brûlée, and the Le Cellier Filet Mignon.


cinderella's royal table

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Can you really beat dining right inside a castle? The main draw of Cinderella’s Royal Table is the location and, of course, Cinderella herself! She and her princess friends make this character dining spot one of the most magical in all of WDW.

We were pleasantly surprised by the food here, which is served prix-fixe. Although the price is high due to the character dining and the location, we found the overall experience worth the cost.

Our favorite items: The Charcuterie and The Clock Strikes Twelve dessert.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, character dining is not currently available at the time of publishing.


yak and yeti

Photo by Cliff Wang

Simply said, the food here is to die for, and the atmosphere features beautiful and authentic Southeast Asian artifacts.

What’s great about Yak and Yeti is there’s something for everyone on this Pan-Asian-inspired menu, whether you crave seared ahi tuna, a filling and healthy salad, or a big bowl of yummy noodles.

Our favorite items: The Ahi Tuna Nachos and the Mango Pie.


be our guest restaurant sign - most popular walt disney world restaurtants

Photo by Judd Helms

I will fully admit, I actually shed a tear (OK, several tears) the first time I stepped foot in Be Our Guest Restaurant. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite, and the attention to detail in this place is nothing short of exquisite. 

You may even catch the Master, the Beast himself, if you’re dining at dinnertime.

Our favorite items: The Grey Stuff (it is, in fact, delicious) and the French Onion Soup.


liberty tree tavern thanksgiving

Photo by Brett Svenson

Liberty Tree Tavern is sure to delight the whole group. With its colonial-style setting, you’ll have a tummy full of Thanksgiving-inspired fare with all the fixins’ (and quite possibly a brain full of Hamilton lyrics too!).

The food here is all-you-care-to-enjoy like a buffet, but served family style, so you don’t even have to leave your table. Make sure you leave room for dessert because that Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake is oh so incredibly decadent and worth it.

Our favorite items: The Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake and the Pot Roast.

#1: ‘OHANA

Ohana Sign Polynesian Resort - most popular walt disney world restaurants

Photo by Brett Svenson

Taking the number one spot with a resounding lead, you voted for ‘Ohana as the favorite restaurant at WDW. And with good reason!

Breakfast includes family-style Mickey and Stitch waffles, ‘Ohana pineapple bread, and, of course, memorable interactions with some of your favorite characters.

Dinner includes all-you-care-to-enjoy skewers of shrimp, beef, and chicken, brought right off the grill directly to your table. And we can’t forget about those epic ‘Ohana noodles and the iconic bread pudding.

Our favorite items: Quite literally everything!

Note: The wait is almost over. ‘Ohana has been temporarily closed, but it reopens this week on July 9th!


Remy in Ratatouille screenshot

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Wherever you choose to dine on your WDW vacation, be sure to make advanced dining reservations online or by calling Disney Guest Services. Many of the most popular Walt Disney World restaurants (those we mentioned here on the list and other runners up) do book up fast, and you don’t want to miss out on these amazing meals.

Be honest with us … how much are you salivating after reading this article? Where is a must-dine when you visit WDW? Tell us your most memorable Disney dining experience in the comments on our Facebook page!

And if you’re looking for in-depth reviews of the very best dining on WDW Property, subscribe to our monthly magazine, where Creative Director Danny Shuster tells us all about the food, drinks, and entertainment at must-visit Disney restaurants.

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Posts by Esther Vallins

Esther Vallins is a pretzel adoring childless millennial who loves ALL things Disney food, Disney fashion, and Disney Princesses! She is a Disney cosplayer who never misses a D23 Expo, a DVC member, and aspires to hold the world record for most Dole Whips ever eaten (with tajín!) by a single human. Chat with Esther on Instagram!

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Esther Vallins

Esther Vallins is a pretzel adoring childless millennial who loves ALL things Disney food, Disney fashion, and Disney Princesses! She is a Disney cosplayer who never misses a D23 Expo, a DVC member, and aspires to hold the world record for most Dole Whips ever eaten (with tajín!) by a single human. Chat with Esther on Instagram!
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