Top 10 Best Disney World Restaurants in 2021

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Top 10 Best Disney World Restaurants in 2021

Planning to visit the happiest place on earth? Don’t forget to pack your appetite as we are about to break down the Ten best restaurants in Disney World for 2021! And as a bonus we’re even going to break down the best Disney World park restaurants  and the best restaurants in Disney World for adults. 

Walt Disney World is home to hundreds of top-rated restaurants throughout their parks, resorts and even Disney Springs. With so many fantastic table service restaurants to choose from, you might be wondering which are the best? That’s why we created this list. We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning a trip to Disney World be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time on your next vacation and find the cheapest Walt Disney World tickets!

So if you’re ready to look at the Best Disney World Restaurants in 2021 read on! 

SPECIAL NOTE: If you’re looking for the best time to visit Disney World be sure to go straight to our Disney Crowd Calendar! 

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Complete Guide to the Best Restaurants at Disney World

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March 2021 Update: Here at The Park Prodigy we are committed to bringing you the most up to date information when planning your next Disney trip. It’s important to note that based off of the reopen Florida tasks forces guidelines we do expect the park experiences to be different for the foreseeable future. This does mean some of the attractions and special events might be altered.

Some of the restaurant experiences at Walt Disney World might be modified. Be sure to speak with a Disney cast member if you have any questions!

What Are the Best Restaurants in Disney World for 2021?

Before we dive into details, below is a quick overview of the 10 Best Disney restaurants in 2021:

  • Takumi-Tei – EPCOT
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom
  • Le Cellier – EPCOT
  • Topolino Terrace – Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Sanaa – Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • The Boathouse – Disney Springs
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby – Hollywood Studios
  • California Grill – The Contemporary
  • Nomad Lounge – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Them Park
  • Hoop Dee Doo Revue – Disney’s Fort Wilderness

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Best Disney World Restaurants

Takumi-Tei – Best Disney Restaurants #1 

Location: EPCOT, Japan Pavilion 

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What to Expect: An upscale dining experience with a hefty price tag. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when I heard Disney would be opening an up scale restaurant in the middle of one of it theme parks. However Takumi-Tei lived up to the hype. It was some of the best food I’ve had and not just for a theme park. 

Guests will be seated in one of the five themed rooms which are water, earth, wood, stone, and washi paper. The attention to detail and service also make this restaurant one of a kind and simply one of the best places to eat at Disney World. 

Type of Food: Japanese 

Must-Try Menu Items: We splurged and went for the nine-course meal. The chefs sushi was simply amazing and the wagyu beef was out of this world.

With or Without Kids: We were seated next to a family with a few young ones and they seemed to love their meal just as much as we did!

Related Posts: Complete Guide to the Best Restaurants in EPCOT 

Cinderella’s Royal Table – Best Character Dining at Disney World #2

Location: Magic Kingdom Theme Park

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What to Expect: Cinderella’s Royal Table is typically high on everyone’s bucket list when it comes to the best restaurants in Walt Disney World. We ranked it so high on our list for two reasons: The location as you simply can’t beat dining inside of Cinderella’s castle but also you have the chance to meet Cinderella and other princesses during your meal.

Type of Food: American, three course meals

Must-Try Menu Items: Tenderloin of Beef and Jaq & Gus (whipped cheesecake) for dessert.

With or Without Kids: Cinderella’s Royal Table is the perfect character dining experience for kids of all ages.

Le Cellier – Best Disney Restaurants #3

Location: Epcot, Canada pavilion 

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What to Expect: A cozy, inviting and excellently-themed restaurant that feels like an authentic steakhouse you’d find in Canada. Prepare to pay a higher price for each meal as the quality of food here is impeccable. 

Type of Food: Hearty and heavy! Le Cellier is known for their delicious meats and poutine. 

Must-Try Menu Items: Le Cellier Filet Mignon, Mushroom Risotto and Truffle Butter Sauce and the Asparagus-Tomato Relish.

With or Without Kids: While the menu here is more upscale, the waitstaff and menu is perfectly suitable for children. Making this one of the must go to restaurants in Disney world. 

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Topolino Terrace – Best Disney Restaurants #4

Location: Disney’s Riviera Resorttopolinos-terrace

What to Expect: Disney’s Topolino Terrace has quickly become one of the best dining experiences at Disney World. It’s one of the newest Disney restaurants and located at Disney’s Riviera resort. The views from this restaurant are amazing and it’s also a character dining restaurant which makes it that much more enjoyable.

Type of Food: French and Italian fusion

Must-Try Menu Items: Winter pumpkin ravioli and the smoked breakfast salmon

With or Without Kids: The character dining experience make this the perfect meal to bring the kids

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Sanaa – Best Disney Restaurants #5

Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge  

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What to Expect: A hidden gem and simply one of the top Disney restaurants! Surprisingly enough, Sanaa is typically pretty easy to get a reservation for. Expect a stellar meal with views of the animals on the resort’s savanna during breakfast and lunch. 

Type of Food: A fusion of African and Indian cuisine

Must-Try Menu Items: Grilled Lamb Kefta, Indian-style bread service and Tandoori Shrimp.

With or Without Kids: Definitely check this one out with kids—even though the menu doesn’t feature typical American grub, there is something for even the pickiest of eaters on their menu. Plus, the theming and savanna views makes it a totally memorable experience for kids! 

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The Boathouse – Best Disney Restaurants #6

Location: Disney Springs 

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What to Expect: Breathtaking views of the water accompanied by some seriously unique and delectable bites. The restaurant itself is quite large, but we highly recommend making reservations in advance as this is one of the most popular Disney restaurants in Disney Springs. 

Type of Food: Steaks, seafood, burgers and more.

Must-Try Menu Items: Mahi Mahi tacos, filet mignon sliders and shrimp & andouille mac n’ cheese.

With or Without Kids: While you’ll certainly find yourself paying the Disney Springs mark-up when it comes to prices, we’d still recommend bringing the kids along to experience The Boathouse due to its theming, views and overall magical experience. 

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The Hollywood Brown Derby – Best Disney Restaurants #7

Location: Hollywood Studios

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What to Expect: Out of all the theme park table service restaurants, Hollywood Brown Derby tops the list of delicious, high quality meals. Dressed in wood panels,  you’ll feel like you stepped right into the Golden Age! This is one of the best sit down restaurants in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. 

Type of Food: Contemporary American cuisine

Must-Try Menu Items: Cobb salad, truffle forest mushroom whipped potatoes and the filet of beef

With or Without Kids: While the food here is excellent, the old fashioned theming will most likely fall flat for kids. That said, there are plenty of other kid-friendly restaurants in Hollywood Studios like Sci Fine Dine In Theater and the 50s Prime Time Cafe which are geared towards kids and also serve some great menu items. 

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California Grill – Best Disney Restaurants #8

Location: Contemporary Resort 

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What to Expect: Fine dining in a classy atmosphere while taking in the views of the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. This is an award winning gourmet restaurant that caters to a more sophisticated palate. Even if you’re only traveling with your significant other, prepare to spend a couple hundred dollars on dinner. However Disney’s California Grill is without a doubt one of the best Disney World restaurants for adults. 

Type of Food: Pacific Coast 

Must-Try Menu Items: Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, The Cowboy-cut 19-oz. Rib-Eye Steak and aged gouda mac and cheese.

With or Without Kids: While kids are welcome at California Grill, we’d recommend saving this restaurant for adults only. With such a high priced, sophisticated menu, it makes a better option for adults celebrating milestones such as anniversaries, birthdays, anniversaries and more.

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Nomad Lounge – Best Disney Restaurants #9

Location: Animal Kingdom Theme Park

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What to Expect: Technically I’m not sure if this is even considered a restaurant but more like a cocktail bar that serves food, however it’s simply one of the best dining options at Disney World. Located right next to Tiffins in Animal Kingdom, guests can pick from an amazing variety of small bites.

Type of Food: Drawing inspiration from distant locations around the world (Disney’s words not mine)

Must-Try Menu Items: Impossible Sliders and Tiffins Bread Service

With or Without Kids: While kids are welcome at the Nomad Lounge it is a cocktail bar so you will find better options in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

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Hoop De Doo Review – Best Disney Restaurants #10

Location: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Camp Ground

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What to Expect: A live dinner show that brings tons of laughs and all you can eat family style food. It’s been a Walt Disney World staple for as long as I can remember and it’s a great choice for the price point which includes all you can eat food, and all you can drink sangria, wine, and beer.

Type of Food: American comfort food.

Must-Try Menu Items: Fried chicken and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

With or Without Kids: The Hoop De Doo review is tons of fun for guests of all ages!

Best Disney World Restaurant FAQ

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Q: How to make Disney World dining reservations?

A: By Calling (407) 939-3463. Phone reservation lines are open from 7:00AM-11:00PM Monday-Friday and 7:00AM-8:00PM Saturday and Sunday EST. Guests can also make reservations on the WDW Website/The My Disney Experience App

Q: How early in advance can I make my Disney World dining reservation?

A: Guests can make their Walt Disney World Dining reservation up to 60 days in advance if staying off property. On-site Disney World hotel guests receive an extra 10 days bringing the total to 70 days before the date they plan to dine in Disney. It’s important to note that all of the best Walt Disney World restaurants above are extremely popular and reservations for them go quick!

When is The Best Time to Visit Disney World?

Our Disney Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices, and average temperature. We also break down the best time to visit Disney World based on specific times of the year and special events.

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