Our Walt Disney World dining guide and restaurant reviews help you book the best ADRs, choose where to eat and where to avoid, find underrated restaurants, steer clear of overrated/overhyped food, and more. These resources cover themed dining, discounts offered, recommended dishes, and more. (Updated March 5, 2023.)
With the ‘Free’ Disney Dining Card Discount at Walt Disney World, it’s a great time to plan how to put those dining cards to use on your 2023 Walt Disney World vacation. With the advice here, you can use the dining cards to reduce your budget, spending less out of pocket as a result while also having the best possible experience at restaurants, snack spots, and more.
We have extensive experience dining at Walt Disney World; the two of us have eaten in virtually every restaurant–some many times. We still regularly revisit restaurants to see what’s changed and offer insights on where to eat and avoid. If you want to be notified of our new and updated reviews, and all things going on at Walt Disney World, be sure to sign up here for our FREE Disney newsletter here.
Since there are literally hundreds of restaurants at Walt Disney World, the choices can be overwhelming. We’ve dined at every single Walt Disney World restaurant that’s in-park at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. The handful of locations we’re “missing” at this point are all in the hotels or Disney Springs.
In the last several years, we’ve started adding a lot more Disney Springs restaurants as the dining scene has dramatically improved there in the last couple of years. In fact, we’d now recommend trying to do multiple meals at Disney Springs. Quite the change from a few years ago, when the only thing worth doing at Disney Springs was Raglan Road!
Our Walt Disney World restaurant reviews are based on cuisine, ambiance, and value for money. We particularly value themed design and atmosphere, as this is primarily where Disney excels over it’s real world counterparts. Obviously, food is also important, and we typically eat at a restaurant at least a couple of times before reviewing it. Nevertheless, quality can vary from one day to the next and menus change frequently.
To that point, inconsistency is one big issue with Walt Disney World restaurants. We may have a horrible meal at a restaurant one night and you may have a fantastic at the same restaurant the next night, or vice-a-versa. This is especially true of service, which is why we don’t factor that into our scores except in certain (noted) circumstances. Due to this inconsistency, we recommend reading a few reviews (not just ours!) of the same restaurant before making a decision on it.
Another note before we begin is that the Disney Dining Plan is still not back as of 2023. See When Will the Disney Dining Plan Return?for our predicted timing of its comeback, as well as our rationale. The Disney Dining Plan has long been polarizing for Walt Disney World fans. Some find it to be a good way to budget or save money–others think it forces them to overspend and/or overeat. Like anything, there’s good and bad to the Disney Dining Plan; both perspectives can be true, it all depends upon the party. All of that is irrelevant for now, as the Disney Dining Plan remains temporarily unavailable.
Another big thing to know right now is that restaurant capacity is limited due to staffing shortages, which has made reservations even more competitive. As such, we highly recommend consulting our Top 10 Tips for Booking Difficult Advance DiningReservations before your trip. Now more than ever, it’s important to plan–and reserve–the restaurants that are most important to your family prior to your vacation.
With all of that out of the way, here’s our guide to dining at Walt Disney World, followed by reviews and food photos from various Walt Disney World restaurants…
Money-Saving Tips for Dining at Walt Disney World – Ways to cut the fat from your food budget at Walt Disney World without sacrificing on the quality of the experience. Easy ways to reduce unnecessary expenses and spend less while still having a ton of fun.
22 Best Restaurants at Walt Disney World – This focuses on the restaurants we recommend most often to friends and family, and also eat at ourselves for fun. It’s not an objective list of the absolute top-tier restaurants at Walt Disney World (that’s the next spot down), but offers more practical advice for most vacation planners.
Top 10 Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World – Our rankings of the very best restaurants at Walt Disney World. Most useful for couples or convention-goers. Those on their honeymoons or with expense accounts will appreciate this list of mostly fine dining. Everyone else should use the top 22 list above that.
Best Burgers at Walt Disney World – I really love burgers. This regularly-updated list is a bit of a passion project, and hopefully one appreciated by fellow carnivores!
Overrated Restaurants at Walt Disney World– Some of Walt Disney World’s most popular restaurants aren’t so great. This list of overrated table service restaurants at Walt Disney World takes a look at ones that are worse than their reputation or hype might suggest.
Top 10 Themed Table Service Restaurants – While real world restaurants can beat most theme park dining options when it comes to cuisine. Where Walt Disney World really excels is thematically, so you might want to prioritize on the basis of atmosphere and immersiveness, and that’s where these restaurants shine!
Top 10 Counter Service Restaurants – Our favorite quick service restaurants in all of Walt Disney World, with something from every single park, plus convenient options in the hotels and at Disney Springs.
We’ll update this page regularly as we do more Walt Disney World dining reviews. It’s also a good idea to search the menus of different Disney restaurants to see which restaurants might appeal most to your family–given all of the choices, that can be a smart way to narrow things down.
As mentioned at the start of the article, these are just a portion of the Walt Disney World restaurants we’ve tried. If you have questions about other restaurants, please leave them in the comments. We haven’t dined everywhere, but we’ll help with advice where we have!
Which Walt Disney World restaurants are your favorites? Anywhere you don’t like? Other tips about dining at Walt Disney World? Do you agree or disagree with any of our reviews? Restaurants you’d like to see us review (or re-review)? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!