Table Service Restaurants at Disney’s MGM Studios
50’s Prime Time Cafe – This fun 50’s style restaurant in Disney’s MGM studio’s is entertainment in itself. The servers speak to you are though they are your parents, and you’re badly behaved children. Try putting your elbows on the table to test this out. The food, including meat loaf, pot roast and fried chicken, is nothing out of the ordinary, but all in all this is a fun experience.
Open for lunch 11am to 3.45pm and dinner 4pm to park closing.
Our Opinion – this is a fun place to dine, but we prefer lunch here to dinner. Whilst the food is nothing special, we love the milkshakes and s’mores. We would eat here again, but we prefer the Sci-Fi for atmosphere and Hollywood Brown Derby for a special dinner.
Hollywood and Vine – Coming soon.
Hollywood Brown Derby – This sophisticated restaurant seems a bit out of place in a theme park. You’ll feel a bit under-dressed in here – but don’t worry, everyone else is in the same boat. The theme is thirties Hollywood and the restaurant is a replica of the famous original Brown Derby restaurant. Meal choices here include Filet Mignon, Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna and Roasted Pork Tenderloin.
Open for lunch 11.30 to 2.45pm and dinner 4.30 to park closing.
Our Opinion: We love the ambience of this place and the filet mignon is to die for. Also, don’t miss the famous Cobb Salad – it was the best we have ever eaten, and you can get one to share as an appetiser. For dessert – we love the grapefruit cake. This restaurant is worth doing as part of the Fantasmic package, and if you eat there, don’t forget to check the guest book in the entrance. Famous people sign this. When we were there – Dave Lee Roth had eaten there earlier in the day.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano – coming soon
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant: Sitting in this restaurant, is just like being at a real drive in. If you loved the movie “Grease”, you will enjoy this place. You are seated in a booth in the shape of a car, facing a huge screen which plays sci-fi movie clips. Whilst the food is just standard fare, with items such as barbeque chicken sandwich, burger, or smoked ham sandwich, the atmosphere is brilliant.
Open for lunch 11 to 4 and dinner 4pm to park closing.
Our Opinion: We never miss dining at the Sci-Fi. We prefer the lunch choices to dinner, as the food is nothing special, so we tend to stick to sandwiches or burgers. But, what we love about this place is the atmosphere. Be careful of the floor in the hallway to the diner – it gets extremely slippy, especially on rainy days. Even wearing sneakers, I almost came a cropper on our last visit.
Donald’s Breakfastosaurus is an all you can eat character breakfast, held in McDonalds Restaurantosaurus. Offerings include quiche, omelette, breakfast pizza and french toast. Opening times are 8am to 10.30am daily. Characters at the breakfast are Donald, Pluto, Goofy and Mickey.
Our Opinion: We ate here without children and managed to get a late seating with no reservation. Character interaction wasn’t as good as at some of the other character meals but the buffet breakfast was excellent.
The Rainforest Cafe, at the entrance to Animal Kingdom is a themed restaurant featuring, animals, including elephants, and monkeys, set in a tropical rainforest theme. Food offerings include Raging Thunder Buffalo Wings, Tsunami Shrimp Cocktail and Big Blue Crab Delight. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner.
Our Opinion: We love the Rainforest Cafe. The food is tasty – they serve great smoothies and the theming is a lot of fun. The only downside is that you often have a long wait for a table here, but they have a cool gift shop which you can browse whilst waiting. If you are leaning towards dining at one of the Rainforest Cafes choose this one. The one in Downtown Disney receives a lot of complaints, and we found the food there to be appalling in comparison to this one.
Disney World Hotels
Some of Walt Disney World’s best restaurants are outside of the parks, in the Disney Hotels. You don’t need to be staying in a particular Disney Hotel to eat at a restaurant there. However, it is best to make an advance dining reservation, as seats go quickly, especially at the busier times of the year.
Read on, for our views of Disney World Resort Hotel restaurants.
Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Restaurants
This fine dining room is luxuriously furnished, as one would expect in Disney World’s flagship hotel. Appetisers include Gateau of Crab, and Pan Seared Quail, and entrees – Sauteed Salmon Fillet and Rotisserie Roasted Chicken. Open for dinner from 5.30pm. Children are often seen dining here, but the atmosphere is definitely more adult oriented.
Our Opinion: Last time we ate there, whilst the service and surroundings were impeccable, the food was nothing out of the ordinary. This restaurant is expensive, with the average entree costing $28. For the price, we expect better quality. Better to splurge on Victoria and Albert’s, or try the California Grill at the Walt Disney World Contemporary resort instead.
1900 Park Fare
Grand Floridian Cafe
Victoria and Alberts
This is Disney World’s most prestigious, and most expensive restaurant. With tables for two being spaced a good distance for each other, and it’s quite, and elegant ambience, Victoria and Albert’s is the perfect venue for a romantic dinner. vbChildren are not allowed to eat here. And given that the price per head is $100 per head plus tax and service for this seven course meal, most people won’t mind that.
Menus change daily, but past menus have included such delights as Fennel Crusted Ahi Tuna with Maine Lobster Salad and Champagne Vinaigrette, Berkshire Pork Tenderloin and Belly with Cranberry Bean Cassoulet and Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle. Wine pairings are also available at $55 per person. Open evenings only – 2 seatings available.
Our Opinion: If you enjoy fine dining, Victoria and Albert’s is the quietest and most romantic venue in Disney World. Do come here for a special celebration or romantic meal, and do dress up. You will need to allow about 3 hours dining time.
Disney Hotels – restaurants in the Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort
Walt Disney World Polynesian Resort Restaurants
In the evening, Ohana serves an all you care to eat dinner with marinated meats and shrimp. At breakfast time, you can join Mickey and friends – sometimes Lilo and Stitch are there. Open for breakfast and dinner (characters are at breakfast only)
This is a great restaurant for families. Service is friendly and food is tasty, but not too fancy. A great plus is the fact that they dim the lights during the Magic Kingdom fireworks. We love Ohana and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
Also in Disney World’s Polynesian Resort, the Kona Cafe serves entrees including Almond Chicken and Beef Teriyaki. The cafe is also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves the famous Tonga Toast (banana stuffed french toast) at breakfast.
Our opinion: Food quality is good at the Kona Cafe. However, we feel the setting is quite ordinary, and whilst it is nice to eat there, we would not travel there specially to dine – unless of course, you are going to take a look round Disney World’s Polynesian Resort.
Restaurants in the Walt Disney World Wilderness Lodge Resort and Villas
This restaurant is the Wilderness Lodge hotels fine dining restaurant. It is in a lovely picturesque setting and is not quite as fancy as the other fine dining restaurants in Walt Disney World. Entrees include Cedar Plank Salmon and Buffalo Steak. Artist Point is open for dinner from 5.30pm.
Our Opinion: We love the relaxing atmosphere in the Artist Point. Whilst it is not as fancy as most other fine dining restaurants in Disney World, the food is excellent. This restaurant is nice for a romantic meal for too, and families with children would feel equally comfortable here. The buffalo steak is excellent.
Whispering Canyon Cafe
This is Disney’s Wilderness Lodge’s fun restaurant. It caters to families and those wanting to have fun on their vacation. They even have wooden stick horses, to keep the kids amused. Food here includes family sized skillets of all you can eat food, chicken sandwich and rainbow trout. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Our opinion: This is a fun and lively restaurant. We did not care for the all you can eat skillets, we preferred the choices at breakfast and lunch. We would highly recommend the Whispering Canyon for a fun family meal.
Restaurants at Walt Disney World Boardwalk Inn and Villas
Flying Fish Cafe