Best Sit Down Table Service Restaurants

With only three sit-down restaurants, Animal Kingdom has the most limited choices of any of the theme parks that make up Walt Disney World.  In fact, there are fewer options at the Animal Kingdom than there are at several of the Deluxe Resorts.  Considering about 30,000 people visit the Animal Kingdom every day, it may appear as though the dining facilities are inadequate.  However, the Animal Kingdom usually closes around 5-6pm, and many guests choose to dine elsewhere.  It’s not uncommon for visitors to bus over to the nearby Animal Kingdom Lodge to dine at Boma, Jiko, or Sanaa or park hop over to Epcot for a meal and a few late evening rides.  Luckily, all three of the restaurants at the Animal Kingdom have something to offer.  The Yak & Yeti and Tusker House buffet in particular are vastly underrated and would be an excellent choice on or off the Disney Dining Plan.

Be sure to read over the full reviews for more information on any of the restaurants listed.  You can either click here for the full list in alphabetical order or click the individual highlighted links throughout this post.

Most Unique Menu

1. Yak & Yeti

2. Tusker House

3. Rainforest Café

Yak & Yeti has the most unique menu, featuring a wide variety of Asian inspired dishes including roasted duck, baby back ribs, skirt steak, lettuce cups, and wonton soup. The restaurant also offers different beverages than the standard Disney-owned restaurants. With a menu similar to the popular Boma buffet at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Tusker House serves a number of interesting African and Indian inspired dishes including seafood stew, curry chicken, couscous, and about a dozen unique salads and soups.  For the less adventurous, there are also plenty of “normal” dishes like rotisserie chicken, top sirloin steak, cold cuts, and a host of others.  Rainforest Café comes in third because it’s a chain restaurant that has about two dozen locations nationwide.  You’ll find the usual variety of sandwiches, burgers, and salads as well as some more interesting dishes.

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Oh, boy.  There are a lot of choices at Epcot – 17 sit-down restaurants to be exact.  That’s eleven more than at Magic Kingdom, twelve more than at Hollywood Studios, and fourteen more than at the Animal Kingdom. Several of the best or otherwise most popular restaurants in all of Walt Disney World are found at Epcot.  At first it may seem difficult to decide which restaurant to choose.  Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to select which restaurants you want to eat at well before you even think about leaving for Disney World.  The days of walking up to a restaurant and getting a table with a minimal wait are long gone, in part due to the popular Disney Dining Plans. Fortunately, with changes that make it difficult for guests to double- or triple-book restaurants for the same meal, reservations for many restaurants are available the day before or even the day-of.  The following analysis should make it easier to hone in on which restaurants sound like they would be the most ideal for your group.

Be sure to read over the full reviews for more information on any of the restaurants listed.  You can either click here for the full list in alphabetical order or click the individual highlighted links throughout this post.

We’ll skip the “Most Unique Menu” category for Epcot.  Every one of Epcot’s restaurants features interesting and unique food, save for perhaps Garden Grill and Coral Reef.

Best “Value” AKA Most Expensive Meal on the Dining Plan

Add around $3 to each table service meal for the non-alcoholic beverage. When “dinner” is in parentheses, it means that the restaurant offers a different, more expensive menu at dinner.

1. Chefs de France (Dinner) (Average Entrée Cost $25, Average Dessert Cost $9, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $35, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $9, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $44)

2. Via Napoli (Average Entrée Cost $23.91, Average Dessert Cost $10, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $30, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $14, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert + Beverage $44)

3. Tutto Italia Ristorante (Dinner) (Average Entrée Cost $24.77, Average Dessert Cost $11, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $30, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $13, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $43)

4. Coral Reef (Average Entrée Cost $25.88, Average Dessert Cost $8, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $33, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $9, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert  $42)

5. San Angel Inn (Dinner) (Average Entrée Cost $25.17, Average Dessert Cost $7.75, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $28.50, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $8, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert + $41.75)

6. Teppan Edo (Average Entrée Cost $27.75, Average Dessert Cost $6.28, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $32, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $7, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $39)

7. Tokyo Dining (Average Entrée Cost $27.35, Average Dessert Cost $6.33, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $32, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $7, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $39)

8. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Breakfast: $38 for adults, $23 for kids 3-9; Lunch: $39 for adults, $23 for kids 3-9Dinner: $39 for adults, $23 for kids 3-9)

9. Garden Grill ($39 for adults, $20 for kids ages 3-9)

10. Spice Road Table(Average Entrée Cost $27, Average Dessert Cost $7, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $30, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $7, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $38.49)

11. Rose and Crown Dining Room (Average Entrée Cost $21.77, Average Dessert Cost $6.25, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $32, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $6.49, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert$38.49)

12. Biergarten (Lunch: $26 for adults, $14 for kids 3-9; Dinner: $38 for adults, $20 for children)

13. La Hacienda de San Angel (Average Entrée Cost $27.22, Average Dessert Cost $7.18, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $29.50, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $8, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $37.50)

14. Restaurant Marrakesh (Dinner) (Average Entrée Cost $27.11, Average Dessert Cost $8, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $29, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $8, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $37) This only includes the items that do not have an upcharge. There is an extra fee for the “royal feast” and the “sampler platters.”

15. Nine Dragons (Average Entrée Cost $18.87, Average Dessert Cost $5.33, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $27, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $7, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $34)

16. Le Cellier (Two Credits) (Average Entrée Cost $41.67, Average Dessert Cost $10.17, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $50, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $11, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $61 / 2 credits = $30.50)

17. Monsieur Paul (Two Credits) (Average Entrée Cost $41.60, Average Dessert Cost $12, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $44, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $13, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $57 / 2 credits = $28.50)

Many of Epcot’s restaurants are among the most expensive at Disney World and offer good values on the Dining Plan. Like most signatures, Le Cellier and Monsieur Paul are poor values with the cost split over two credits. When the $3 beverage charge is included, most traditional restaurants are also better values than the buffets, assuming your group tends to order the more expensive entrees.

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Best Hollywood Studios Sit Down Table Service Restaurants Disney World

Most of Hollywood Studios’ dining focuses on theme and fun over fancy ingredients and hoity-toity presentations. To some extent, the exception is Hollywood Brown Derby, a signature restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard that specializes in roast duck and filet mignon instead of hamburgers and sandwiches. Fortunately, many of the Studios’ historically below-average to average restaurants have improved in recent memory, and there are actually some bargains to be found at several of the restaurants. Take a look at the following categories and decide which is the best fit for your group.

Most Unique Menu

1. Hollywood Brown Derby

2. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

3.50’s Prime Time Café

4. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

5. Hollywood and Vine

Brown Derby gets the nod here and in just about any category that doesn’t factor in price. The menu is full of exclusive items like blue lump crab spring rolls, porcini powder-dusted pork tenderloin, crispy duck beast, and a whole lot more. Mama Melrose’s menu isn’t particularly unique, but it does offer several flatbread variations all under $15, which you won’t find at many sit-down restaurants. There’s also items like saltimbocca, seafood arrabbiata, and shrimp campanelle that you won’t find in many other places. Believe it or not, there are not a whole lot of places to get comfort food in Disney sit-down restaurant, and Prime Time’s fried chicken, pot roast, and deconstructed chicken pot pie are all relatively rare. Sci-Fi primarily offers burgers and sandwiches that are similar to other menus, but there are some unique things too, like the fried dill pickles, reuben, and house-smoked ribs. Hollywood & Vine is your typical Disney buffet with largely generic items.

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Best Magic Kingdom Sit Down Table Service Restaurants Disney World

With the opening of Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom is home to two of the most sought after reservations – Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant. The Royal Table is one of the most magical experiences for guests looking to dine in Cinderella Castle with the princesses. But you’ll pay for the experience with adult dinner prices starting around $70 per person with kids coming in over $40 each. Breakfast is slightly less expensive with adults around $60 and kids around $35 each. Prices fluctuate based on season with more popular times being a few more dollars. be Our Guest is enchanting with surprisingly good attention to detail and consistently prepared dishes at relatively reasonable prices. Crystal Palace is your typical character buffet featuring Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore. Experiences vary, but it remains a good choice for character interaction and there is enough food variety that everyone should leave satisfied.

Liberty Tree is a table service meal for lunch and a more expensive family-style all-you-care-to-enjoy meal for a fixed price at dinner. I prefer the less expensive lunch, where you’re sure to leave filled up for around $20/entree. Plaza Restaurant is the least expensive table service restaurant on property by average and peak entree costs. It’s fairly basic, but a nice respite from the crowds for not a whole lot more money than quick service. Finally, Tony’s Town Square is an Americanized Italian restaurant focusing on chicken parm, spasghetto, and flatbread pizzas in an atmosphere akin to the restaurant from the move, Lady and the Tramp.

Despite relatively few overall options, Magic Kingdom does offer a nice variety of experiences. Let’s take a look in depth.

Be sure to read over the full reviews for more information on any of the restaurants listed.  You can either click here for the full list in alphabetical order or click the individual highlighted links throughout this post.

Most Unique Menu

  1. Be Our Guest Restaurant
  2. Cinderella’s Royal Table
  3. Liberty Tree Tavern
  4. Crystal Palace
  5. Tony’s Town Square
  6. Plaza Restaurant

This list is close because each of the restaurants’ major food choices are well represented elsewhere. Just about every sit down restaurant on property serves a $33 steak, $25 chicken breast, and $25 salmon filet, but Be Our Guest does use some unique ingredients, which is enough to push it to the top.

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