Our must do Disney World table service restaurants & mini reviews
We love Disney World, I can admit we are total addicts and will not go anywhere else now. We travel as often as possible though from the UK it is an expensive vacation especially now we have little ones. We plan to return in winter 2019 probably around fall time as its our favourite season. We have been planning our trip and which restaurants to make our reservations at 180 days in advance via the My Disney Experience app.
On our previous trips it has just been the two of us so we have booked according to our food requirements, next trip we will have to take into consideration the kids needs and what they will eat. Which means we will probably eat at more buffet or family style restaurants and lots of character dining. So here is a run down of our family must do’s table service meals along with others we are hoping to try on our next visit.
Liberty Tree Tavern Dinner at Magic Kingdom
We have dined here for dinner which is the “all you care to enjoy” declaration dinner meal. Firstly you get delicious warm bread and butter followed by the declaration salad which was served with an amazing fruity salad dressing, if I remember rightly it was strawberry vinaigrette? the next course was served family style also with roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans and turkey gravy. It was so good! You can ask for more of anything, although we had plenty and didn’t ask but I am sure it wouldn’t of been a problem. The dessert was at the time we went was an apple crumble type dessert but it is now ooey gooey toffee cake I believe. I think we would of preferred that but it wasn’t an option then. Overall it was a lovely experience, the service was good and the atmosphere was warm and cosy. I can’t wait to return with my kids and with it being a more simplistic menu they will love it all. Its good old fashioned comfort food and a great use of a table service dining credit in the Magic Kingdom.
Coral Reef at Epcot
We decided to go for lunch at the Coral Reef while we were in Epcot on our honeymoon. We actually decided to go earlier than our reservation and see if they had room, this wasn’t a problem and it was just a 5 minute wait to be seated and we got a prime window seat next to the tank! We were so excited. There was a giant turtle who kept passing by while we ate along with a variety of sea creatures and fish, it really is an amazing experience. I had a non alcoholic cocktail I cannot remember what is was exactly but it was good, we had the bread service which was nice also. For our starters we had the Land and Sea combo of Shrimp and Kabob, it was nice not fantastic but the view made up for it. For mains I had the sustainable fish which was mahi mahi with mushroom risotto and my husband had the New York strip, we both really enjoyed our mains. We were so stuffed from our starter and main we couldn’t fit a dessert in although they looked amazing it was just too much food. We hope to go back next trip for lunch while its quieter, we love the atmosphere here and the view of the tank. We have heard some not so great reviews lately online but we will give it another try and see for ourselves. If you are on the dining plan this would be a great choice for the experience alone especially if you or your children are into sea life.
Rose and Crown at Epcot
We ate dinner at the Rose and Crown dining room at Epcot on a really wet windy cold evening in December whilst on honeymoon. When we entered it felt warm, inviting and cosy. We had asked for a patio table for a view of illuminations but there was none available. We were seated inside and brought the bread service and we ordered drinks. I had the Welsh dragon which was so amazing I could drink it right now, my hubby just got a pint of draught lager. We didn’t think that much of the starter menus so decided to skip that and go straight to mains, although the scotch egg is now on that menu and I don’t think it was when we visited but I will definitely be having that for starter next time. For mains we both ordered the New York strip and fried fish combo which came with mashed potatoes and green beans, I believe it now comes with Yorkshire pudding too? It was lovely, not the best steak Ive had in Orlando but the fish was really good. As an English girl I would of liked english chips instead of mash really but that wasn’t an option I don’t think? We looked at the desserts and immediately I wanted the Baileys trifle and my husband had wanted the sticky toffee pudding. They were delicious! I cannot wait to go back to the Rose and Crown dining room on our next trip, I would love to get a patio table so we can watch Illuminations and I can’t wait to try the Scotch egg. I would highly recommend this as an option for Epcot dining especially if on the dining plan. If you don’t manage to get an outside table they do have a patio area where you can go outside and watch the fireworks then return to your table similarly to the California grill patio, ask your server about this option.
Sci-fi Dine In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
We had lunch at Sci-fi Dine In one afternoon whilst in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We walked in and it was like being transported back to a dusky evening in a drive in movie theatre in the 50s. There was retro ads and tv clips playing on the big screen and while we ate. We were seated in our “car” and had our orders taken, we both picked cherry cokes made with cherry syrup, they were so good. We ordered Onion rings to start and we both had mushroom bacon swiss burgers with fries. The burgers were really tasty and they certainly filled us up. When the server realised it was our honeymoon she brought us a free ice cream sundae with Mickey Mouse sprinkles, it was perfect! We love the atmosphere in here and the food is great and value for money. I wouldn’t waste a table service credit on the dining plan as its a pretty inexpensive meal, I would pay cash and save the credit for more expensive restaurants. We will hopefully be back next year as we think the kids will love eating in the cars and the big screen experience.
Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
We really struggled to get a dining reservation for Ohana for dinner and ended up with a late one around 9pm on a Saturday evening in December. We got seated and I ordered a Lapu Lapu cocktail which was so strong! Wow it nearly blew my head off. I believe some of the items have changed since we went and the wings have gone and the vegetables have changed. We started with broccoli, potstickers, wings, salad, pineapple bread and a selection of dips these all came out together. Our server seemed disinterested and was paying way more attention to the wedding party that was seated near us having their rehearsal dinner. the starters themselves were so delicious, the salad dressing is divine. I cannot recommend this place highly enough, even though our server wasn’t great the food was worth it. A little later the skewers started to come around we only got chicken, shrimp and beef once, and they were a little stingy on them too. We waited and waited but our server seemed disinterested. Our plates were empty a while before our server noticed and returned but by this time we wanted to leave as we were tired so we just asked for dessert. Now this dessert is the BEST DESSERT I’ve ever eaten! I could eat this right now its so yummy. Banana, Caramel, Rum, Bread Pudding and Vanilla Ice cream, Oh WOW! If you haven’t tried this place, get it booked. We are looking forward to taking the kids as the have little dances and songs they do with the kids and a parade around the room, it’s really cute. Even though our service was bad, we will definitely go again.
Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge Resort
We were really excited to eat at Whispering canyon cafe and had seen lots of photos if the skillet online and couldn’t wait to try it. We had a late dinner reservation and as a couple were seated outside of the main restaurant on the outside dining area in the lobby/walkway area facing the main foyer windows at the back of the lodge. We presumed this was due to us being an adult couple with no kids as all the noise was in the main dining room. We also didn’t experience the “stick” routine the servers do here where they are a little rude and abrasive similar to what they do at 50’s prime time cafe, again we think this is due to us being an adult couple with no kids. But we did like the peacefulness of this area and enjoyed being able to chat to each other. We had strawberry milkshakes in mason jars and ordered the skillet which came with cornbread and butter which we really enjoyed it was a sweet cornbread which we like. Next up was a salad I can’t remember what dressing it had but it wasn’t very memorable just little bland. Then the main dish arrived our all you care to enjoy skillet, it was chicken, ribs, pulled pork, mashed potatoes, corn and beans. Everything was good, nothing spectacular but it was nice. We didn’t like the beans but they were barbecue beans and very smoky. We really didn’t take to them at all we like our english beans better. We could of asked for more but we wanted to save room for dessert, my husband had seen a huge chocolate cake in the restaurant and wanted one of those while I chose a caramel apple betty which was delicious. We really enjoyed most of the food here and love the lodge so much we want to return but next time we will do breakfast, I am hoping being with the kids we will get the whole experience and have some fun.
Boma Breakfast at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Boma is my number one favourite buffet breakfast in Disney World so far, I love the theming and the location, the food is amazing and there is something for everyone. I would like to try Tusker house in the future as I believe the food is similar and it’s in the parks which is a bonus and has characters so we will definitely try that. I was actually ill when we ate at Boma for breakfast I was full of cold but I still managed to enjoy everything that I ate. I started with comfort food of oatmeal with brown sugar as I was feeling rubbish, followed by Jungle juice brought over by our server along with the most amazing coffee. I was starting to feel better already. As I was ill and didn’t want to try anything too unusual I stuck to the usual breakfast foods. I had eggs, pancakes, bacon, waffles, french toast and the most amazing sausages, it was delicious! after stuffing our faces we had to try and lessen the fat intake with a big plate of fruit. I love fruits in Orlando, they have the freshest melon and selections, I never eat fruit for breakfast here but I always find myself having some kind of fruit with breakfast when we are over in the US. At the end of our meal as we had our honeymoon badges on the server brought us over a lovely surprise plate with some chocolate strawberries and little chocolate cakes saying congratulations. It was really special and made our day! We will definitely eat here for breakfast on our next trip, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is amazing.
Boma Dinner at Animal Kingdom Lodge
We originally had a reservation for late one evening at Boma and we had finished in the parks early that day and decided to go check out Animal Kingdom Lodge ahead of our reservation. We thought there was no harm asking if we could get in early (it was around 6pm) and they were very accommodating they seated us almost immediately. We had a seat by the windows but being dark we couldn’t see anything from them, I ordered a cocktail I can’t remember its name but I think it had banana and rum in? I am not too adventurous on food but my husband loves spiced food so we chose this as I knew there were options for us both. I had chicken, salmon, some prime rib, falafel, potatoes and corn bread. It was all delicious, I wish I had been more adventurous and chosen something more authentically African as my husband liked his. Now although it was very nice and we both enjoyed it it just doesn’t feel like a place we would go back to for dinner. we love breakfast there and I think that is the best time for us to eat there in preference to our tastes. I had a plate of sampler desserts and was waiting to be overjoyed at these zebra domes I had heard all about, but honestly they were a little bland to me, again we were wearing our honeymoon badges and the server did bring us a congratulations platter out with cakes and chocolate strawberries. It was all very nice but it just isn’t for us at dinner. I love the place but only for breakfast, which is when we will visit on our next trip.
That sums up our must do’s at Walt Disney World for Table service restaurants. I will be adding separate posts for Our Signature dining, Character Dining and Quick service must do’s along with a few other Orlando restaurants we love and recommend off site.
Our list of restaurants that we are hoping to try on our next trip includes the following amazing restaurants. If you have any recommendations for these restaurants of things to try please comment below.
Be Our Guest Dinner at Magic Kingdom
Chef De France at Epcot
Via Napoli at Epcot
50s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The Wave Breakfast at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Trails End Breakfast AND Dinner at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Olivias Cafe at Old Key West Resort
Kona Cafe Breakfast and/or Dinner at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
The House Of Blues Sunday Brunch at Disney Springs.