Best Disney Magic Kingdom Sit Down Table Service Restaurants

by josh on May 27, 2010

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.

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

Table service meals don’t include non-alcoholic beverage, which pushes the cost up about $4 on average and is the reason some sit-down restaurants are listed above the buffets, despite a lower listed price.

  1. Tony’s Town Square Dinner (Average Entrée Cost $22.13, Average Dessert Cost $5.75, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $33, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $6.49, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $39.49)
  2. Be Our Guest Restaurant Dinner: (Average Entrée Cost $25.56, Average Dessert Cost $4.19, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $33.49, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $4.19, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert  $37.68)
  3. Crystal Palace (Breakfast: $25 for adults and $14 for kids ages 3-9; Lunch: $28 for adults and $15 for kids ages 3-9; Dinner: $38 for adults and $18 for kids ages 3-9)
  4. Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch (Average Entrée Cost $17.56, Average Dessert Cost $6.80, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $23, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $8, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert $31)
  5. Liberty Tree Tavern Dinner (Adult Dinner: $32, Child Dinner: $16)
  6. Tony’s Town Square Lunch (Average Entrée Cost $17.35, Average Dessert Cost $5.75, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $22, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $6.49, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert  $28.49)
  7. Plaza Restaurant (Average Entrée Cost $13.12, Average Dessert Cost $5.85, Most Expensive Entrée Cost $19, Most Expensive Dessert Cost $8.49, Most Expensive Entrée + Dessert + $27.49)
  8. Cinderella’s Royal Table (Two Credits) (Breakfast: $52 for adults and $32 for children 3-9; Lunch: $54 for adults and $34 for children 3-9, $62 for adults and $36 for children 3-9 / 2 credits = $31/18)

 

 

With the highest average entree cost and nearly the highest peak prices, Be Our Guest is probably the best bet for those looking for the most expensive meal on the Dining Plan. Tony’s does have the benefit of more expensive desserts and enjoys the highest overall cost. Crystal Palace dinner is third and considering it includes a beverage, comes in about $10 under the top two choices. With beverage, Liberty Tree lunch arrives ahead of dinner should you order only the most expensive entree and dessert, but most guests will want to take advantage of the dinner spread with more options for similar money. Without the steak or pork entrees, Tony’s lunch falls to sixth, making it a better choice for those seeking a less expensive cash lunch. Plaza is the least expensive restaurant on property and a poor value on the Dining Plan. Cinderella’s Royal Table is a signature restaurant, which means it costs two credits. While the sticker price is higher than the other restaurants, the per-credit cost is actually the lowest.

Best Value Out of Pocket

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

With inexpensive sandwiches and burgers, Plaza is an easy choice for those looking for a quality meal on a budget. You’re paying just a dollar or two more per entree than quick service for significantly better food in a generally calmer atmosphere. Be Our Guest arrives in second. While it’s significantly more expensive, the atmosphere is varied and mesmerizing and the menu is consistently executed. There’s a reason it’s such a sought after reservation. While expensive, Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that is impossible to replicate elsewhere. For most people it is a “one and done” thing, but few people seem to regret splurging on the expensive meal for the sake of memories that last a lifetime.

Liberty Tree Tavern is an economically priced a la carte lunch featuring similar items as dinner for less money. An $18 lunch entree is sure to fill most guests up as much as a $32 dinner buffet. Lunch also brings the superior Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake for dessert, in addition to similar pot roast and turkey entrees. Crystal Palace is a good value if you’re interested in the Winnie the Pooh characters and arrive with a big appetite. It’s designed to appeal to a certain demographic interested in character interaction and succeeds at creating a fun atmosphere with generally good food.

Tony’s offers a less expensive lunch menu with pizzas and sandwiches in the $17 range, which represent a decent value out of pocket. Unfortunately, the pastas and many of the other dishes are previously frozen and prepared long before anyone actually orders them, which diminishes quality. Tony’s dinner menu eliminates many of the better, less expensive lunch options in favor of mediocre steaks and chicken parms. Liberty Tree dinner isn’t a particularly special affair without characters. The Thanksgiving-themed meal is good, but there’s nothing particularly special about it and most guests will prefer a less expensive lunch in the same atmosphere.

Best Atmosphere

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

Set high atop Cinderella Castle in the middle of Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Royal Table is the quintessential WDW experience for those looking to be immersed in classic Disney magic. There’s nothing else like it. Be Our Guest is a close second, set in Beast’s enchanting Castle with several unique seating areas, from the grand ballroom, to the west wing, to the rose gallery. The last four spots aren’t really close.

Tony’s is a pleasant recreation of the restaurant from the film with dark woods and a fountain inside, but the solarium seating is less interesting and the outdoor patio seating is uncomfortably hot or cold much of the year. It is unlikely to disappoint, but it probably won’t be enough to compel a meal either. Liberty Tree Tavern is another interesting restaurant inspired by the revolution, but kids are unlikely to appreciate it and it’s not necessarily deep enough to engage most adults. Crystal Palace looks neater on the outside than the inside and the Victorian theme is probably lost on most, but it remains a unique venue. Finally, Plaza falls to last with its ice cream parlor theme and scant details. It’s not “bad” by any means, but nothing about it is particularly special.

Best Food

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

Be Our guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table are both near the top of this list too. There’s more attention to detail at Be Our Guest where more emphasis is placed on food quality than character interaction. But Royal Table, particularly for dinner, serves up very good steak, shrimp, and other items. Plaza is on the simple side, but sandwiches and burgers are executed consistently well. Liberty Tree is very good too, if not a bit too straightforward to find itself higher on the list. Crystal Palace offers a fairly generic buffet setup where the whole is a lot greater than the sum of its parts. In other words, most things should be “just fine,” but nothing is likely to impress. Tony’s is most likely to disappoint on food quality, particularly with the staples like the chicken parmigiana and spaghetti.

Overall Best Sit Down Table Service Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom

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

For those who can afford the high cost, Cinderella’s Royal Table is the best sit-down restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. It certainly isn’t something most visitors will want to do every trip to Disney World, or even on their first trip, but it is certainly a unique experience that’s well worth doing once with the target demographic in tow. The “free” imaging package sweetens the deal, providing a nice picture keepsake to take home. Food and service have also improved and are unlikely to detract from the experience. Be Our Guest is a close second and should you have no interest in meeting the various princesses, your best choice at Magic Kingdom. Food is consistently well-prepared and prices aren’t all that much more than Tony’s on Main Street.

Plaza Restaurant comes in third, with its low cost and quality sandwiches leading the way. It loses some points for a lack of variety on the menu and the atmosphere that isn’t particularly memorable. But it is a very good choice for a relatively inexpensive lunch. Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch is a traditional sit-down restaurant with an a la carte menu and moderately priced entrées. The comfort food favorites are very good and the atmosphere is more relaxed than most others.

Crystal Palace is a good choice with kids that want to meet the Winnie the Pooh characters, particularly now that Piglet and Eeyore are hard to find elsewhere. But the menu and atmosphere are both on the generic side and it’s awfully expensive. Still, it may be a good bet with kids. Tony’s drops to last place. It’s unlikely your meal will be terrible, but you’re more likely to receive a chicken breast that was thawed and cooked before you ordered it here than the other locations. Or at least it will be more obvious. The Italian dishes are generally bland with very light spices. The lunch pizzas and sandwiches tend to be better values.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve October 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I was surprised about the low rating for Tony’s. We were there in May with a 3-yr old and a 1-yr old and will be going back in Nov. We thought the food was good, portions were decent, and was well suited for kids. We actually did the “come before reservations start” option around 4:45pm for an early dinner.

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Korey January 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I liked your comment about eating 17 pounds of food at the Liberty Tree… The one and only time I ate there, I left traumatized… They just kept bring me food and drink…Take a sip from your glass – they brought me another full glass.. The macaroni was nothing special, but everything else was great…But again, I took a bite, and they brought me more… They even gave us dessert for 4 (and there was only 2 of us)…

They just kept bringing more and more food and drink..I actually had to go back to my hotel room after eating there, just to recover…2 years later, Im still trying to recover from it

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Judy Teichmann October 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

We have eaten at the Brown Derby once and that was enough. The food was horrible, the service was worse and the reservations meant nothing. This was for a Thanksgiving Dinner. It was soooo bad I would not eat there if it was the only restaurant in all of Disney World.

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Todd January 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

We always make it a point to eat at the Brown Derby.

Cobb salads all around.

A great place to get away for lunch and it’s so relaxed you may even forget you’re at Disney World.

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truckdriverfritz February 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm

we too, always get the “Cobb” at the Derby followed by pretty good coffee and the Grapefruit Layer Cake… one of our must-do’s along with O’Hana, Bistro, Artist’s Point, Boma, the list goes on…..

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Judy Burton July 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

FYI, Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom IS on the Disney Dining Plan.. I believe they added it last year and we ate there September of 2012. It is average and very noisy. Don’t plan on eating there again

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Dannielle P September 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

I love your dining posts. Have you considered having at least one image on a given page? I, like a lot of girls, am a pinner. I have a Disney Pinterest board and I pin all of my favorite Disney tips, to-do’s and eats on my board. I can’t pin from your blog because there are no images to pin :(
Just a thought!

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lnv January 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

i am actually surprised not to see t-rex cafe on any of these lists. and, OK, OK, i know its a third party restaurant but it is in downtown Disney and a staple for all our Disney vacations. so in my mind its included lol

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Tamera February 4, 2014 at 8:35 am

We ate at the Brown Derby & had a wonderful lobster bisque, followed by Duck. The Cobb salad was just ok compared to the duck. The Grapefruit cake was delicious. I would eat there again, but be careful of the VIP Plan, 59 a person may beige than you bargained for.

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Melissa March 28, 2014 at 10:57 am

I’m surprised to see that Tony’s Town Square didn’t fare better. I thought the food was very good. My family and I ate twice in one week there because we enjoyed it so much!

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Eve April 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

We recently came back from a weekend trip to Disney World and ate at T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney and Tony’s Town Square in the Magic Kingdom Theme park. We celebrated my son’s 15th birthday at T-Rex and they were very nice and gave him a beautiful birthday celebration. The food was great as well. Tony’s Town Square was also a wonderful celebration. All of the employees at Disney were very friendly and we received excellent service.

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Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 12:30 am

Tony town square is good. I eat there so surprised it didn’t score higher. I will eat there next week thank u and it is my fave Disney place to eat. Best chicken parm.

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Stephen May 13, 2014 at 12:32 am

Tony town square portions are big and love atmosphere. The place is great and compared to all Disney places at magic kingdom its best and most unique menu. Its a must on my trip

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Kathryn July 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm

What are your thoughts on the “be our guest” restaurant? Making plans for a trip in man 2015.

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