Tokyo DisneySea has several good table service restaurants, and in this post, we rank all of them. From lounges to buffets to fine dining, you can find it all at Tokyo DisneySea, and we take into account theme, cuisine quality, atmosphere, and value for money when making this list.
If you’re looking for the best quick meals at Tokyo DisneySea, check out our list of the Top 10 Counter Service Meals at Tokyo DisneySea. If you only have a single day in the park, that might be your better option. However, if you have a couple of days to enjoy DisneySea, we highly recommend a table service meal or two. The sit-down dining options in Tokyo DisneySea are far superior to those at Tokyo Disneyland, so do your counter service meals there.
We figured we’d make this list to supplement our reviews for these restaurants, some of which have not been updated since our first couple of visits, despite us returning to most of these restaurants several of times. Basically, this provides us with an opportunity to supplement existing reviews and provide a fresh/comprehensive resource for planning purposes.
With several strong options for table service meals in Tokyo DisneySea, you’ll want to do a few nicer meals in this park. You really cannot go wrong no matter what you choose, but here’s how we’d prioritize. Click the name of any highlighted restaurant to open our full review of it…
This bar is basically a tribute to the life of an American who came to be president…set aboard a classic ocean liner…in Japan. Its existence defies expectations, yet it’s absolutely glorious. However, it is not ranked here because it’s not really a restaurant, and should not be compared to the other choices. Since we aren’t going to do a separate list for lounges in Tokyo DisneySea, it at least bears mention here.
Rather than viewing Teddy Roosevelt Lounge as a restaurant or bar, think of it as a ‘lounge-through attraction.’ Sort of like a walk-through, except you do all of your time sitting. We seldom order drinks here (although it does have an extensive drink menu), instead soaking up the rich atmosphere and unwinding a bit. Our typical order is of their ice cream sundae in a souvenir cup; always delicious, and usually an awesome glass.
We dined at the S.S. Columbia Dining Room once, on our very first trip to Tokyo Disney Resort, and have not been back since. By contrast, we’ve since done Sailing Day Buffet multiple times on the same trip.
To be fair, I don’t think this says as much about the S.S. Columbia Dining Room as it does about the competition. Restaurant Sakura is a great option for authentic, Japanese cuisine in a fun environment. Ristorante di Cannaletto has excellent pizza that can be enjoyed on the waterfront. Sailing Day Buffet gives you the chance to pig out on food that’s pretty good.
Magellan’s is S.S. Columbia Dining Room’s closest competitor…and there’s really no comparison. Not only is the food better at Magellan’s, but the ambiance is far and away superior. This isn’t to say S.S. Columbia Dining Room is lacking; it does a good job of conveying the Art Nouveau style of a classic ocean liner. It’s just that the alternatives do it better.
4. Restaurant Sakura
Restaurant Sakura is a family-run restaurant established by Japanese immigrants who repurposed a New York City fish market and turned it into a restaurant, where they still sell fresh seafood inside. The theme feels authentic, and somewhat familiar.
The cuisine is also pretty good, albeit nothing exceptional if you make any effort to find good Japanese cuisine in Tokyo. Still, it’s better than the norm at Tokyo Disney Resort. My hesitation to recommend it stems partially from my perspective as an American (it’s in American Waterfront), and from the fact that it doesn’t really push the envelope thematically. For me, the gap between Restaurant Sakura and the “Big Three” is pretty significant.
Ristorante di Cannaletto is one of my favorite places to pause and let the “THIS IS A THEME PARK?!” feeling I so often get at Tokyo DisneySea sink in. The restaurant is located in Mediterranean Harbor with outdoor patio seating overlooking the Venetian waterway canal and gondolas. Unsurprisingly, it serves Italian cuisine, including the best pizza we’ve had in Japan.
While the inside is nice, you will absolutely want to request a patio seat. The ambiance on the patio alone was worth the price of the meal, as it truly felt like a lunch at an Italian restaurant by a canal in Venice. It is so easy to suspend disbelief there, and the restaurant brilliantly captures the ambiance of Venice…or so I assume. Bet you didn’t realize you’d get a ‘two-fer’ when you booked a trip to Japan, as you can spend ~$70 to eat here and skip that trip to Venice.
Sailing Day Buffet is set inside a dockside warehouse for the United States Steamship Company, an actual company formed in 1848 to carry U.S. mail from New York to California, with stops in New Orleans, Havana, and Panama. Thematically, it has a similar ‘repurposed’ vibe to Restaurant Sakura mentioned above.
Yet, we are huge fans of Sailing Day Buffet, and have dined at this restaurant more than anywhere else at Tokyo DisneySea (save for Sultan’s Oasis and Casbah Food Court). The reason for this is pretty simple: it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet that typically has very good seafood, curry, dim sum, and desserts (among other things). Given that restaurants in Japan typically have small portions for an American appetite, Sailing Day Buffet is a favorite of ours not just for the good food, but for its value proposition.
The crème de la crème of all in-park Disney restaurants…anywhere in the world. Magellan’s is themed as the extravagant meeting place of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.), a secret society founded after the Age of Exploration.This, along with Fortress Explorations, is also the birthplace of S.E.A., a club that has since spread to other parks and incorporating fictional Disney characters, after originally being a dream-team of real explorers and visionaries.
The environment inside Magellan’s is every bit as lavish as you’d expect of luminaries who continue to have a profound impact on our society, with intricate woodwork, an unparalleled level of detail, and a grandiose rotunda design.
When it comes to the food at Magellan’s, I’m also a fan. Tokyo DisneySea treats this as a fine dining restaurant, and meals are plated accordingly with incredible attention to detail and care. The dishes we’ve tried have been exceptional, with nuanced flavor. It’s not on par with a place like Napa Rose or Jiko, but I would put it near Tiffins (probably just below) in terms of quality.
However, that thematic quality carries the day, and its beautiful detailing and elegant atmosphere coupled with very good food at a fair price point makes Magellan’s a must-do. If you only eat one meal at Tokyo DisneySea, this should be it.
If you’re thinking of visiting Japan for the first time and are overwhelmed with planning, definitely check out our Tokyo Disney Resort Planning Guide. It covers much more than the parks, from getting there to WiFi to currency and much, much more. For more photos and an idea of what we did day-by-day during our first visit, read our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report.
What’s your favorite table service restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea? Any restaurant you disliked? Do you agree or disagree with our rankings? Any questions? Hearing feedback about your experiences is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!