Vote of the week: What is the best hotel/resort restaurant at Walt Disney World?
Following the story yesterday about Disney World food and beverage VP Dieter Hannig leaving the company
, I thought I'd ask about readers' favorite hotel or resort restaurant at Walt Disney World.
I know from the site's ratings which restaurants you like inside the parks (Le Cellier Steakhouse, Tokyo Dining and The Hollywood Brown Derby), but this week I want to learn which restaurants outside the parks you think the best. [Update: I messed up and put Artist's Palette below, where I meant "Artist Point". So consider a vote for Artist's Palette a vote for Artist Point.]
FWIW, I left the Downtown Disney restaurants out of this vote because I wanted to limit it to restaurants that we do not include in our regular ratings and reviews.
I'm expecting a lively debate in the comments about these restaurants this week. Have at it!
I'd have to give it to Ohana - the food is delicious, the portions massive and the surroundings lovely.
You should have put others. My beloved resort Old Key West's Olivias was not on the list! Its fine, I wasn't going to vote for it anyway. As soon as I saw the subject of the vote, I went for Yachtsman!
I went through the Disney World public and PR websites to craft the voting list, since I didn't remember all the restaurants off the top of my head. So, my apologies for missing some.
Oh come on people! ESPN club top 5 votes as of now? Those are some goooood burgers I guess....
My vote goes to Artist's POINT lol...I havent eaten at all of them yet...I still reallly want to eat at Flying Fish, which may become my new favorite
I'm in favor of whispering canyon. Even though they are not ever remembered for the food, but the atmosphere and craziness that goes on. I always thought that would be a great place to work cause you can be straight ignorant to people and they think its part of the show. And if your a bad waiter/waitress you can just yell for more ketchup.
The best meal I've had in the World was at Jiko - fantastic service, food, and surroundings.
I agree with Joshua. Whispering Canyon Cafe is truley an unforgetable experience. When you ask for a fork, they bring you a three foot tall fork. They scream at the top of their lungs as well as provide 25 bottles of ketchup when you ask for some ketchup!
So far, in my quest to get to every dining area in the park, the winner is the Yatchmen's Steakhouse. The food, the service, the ambiance is all absolutely perfect. Admittedly, I have not visited all, so far, this is tops.
Come on guys, the California Grill is the best! You got the view, excellent food, nice quiet atmosphere, you get to dress up and not have to worry about seeing a hot dog, hamburger, or chicken fingers on the menu (unless you are a kid). This is by far one of the greatest restaurants at WDW.
I thought the Grill was excellent, but still not as good as Jiko. Additionally, my mom's seafood (can't recall what it was) was poorly prepared and made her sick.
They are all great! Most of them are top resturants in Orlando.
This is my first comment here, please be gentle.
Yachtsman is really out of this list's league. Not everyone can afford it's price points so the comparison is subjective.
Expensive? Yes, but all of them are pretty expensive. Victoria and Alberts? I think its actually more. Its a steakhouse at Yachtsman. People should expect to pay top dollar for a good steak, but you are not wrong: Its expensive!
I'm really surprised that Cape May Cafe has gotten so few votes. It's not that expensive, the kids love it, it has such a good variety, and we found that even without a reservation - that was the one restaraunt we could always get into. And it's also one of the FEW restaurants that we could find on the REGULAR food plan. We were quite disappointed with our first and possibly only trip to Disney World all the way from Oregon. It's a long way to go and a lot of money to spend to find that you don't get what you paid for.
I love this vote because restaurant reviews always polarise opinion and this has been reflected in the scores. Trouble is I can't give a totally true vote because I haven't managed to eat at all of them to make a proper comparison.
The California Grill is always a great dining experience. The view overlooking the Magic Kingdom is spectacular.
Some good comments here :)
Heck, I'm using this list to help plan my trip next summer!
I didn't get the opportunity to eat at too many non-park restaurants during my most recent visit in late January/early February of this year. And I excluded all the signature restaurants since I was traveling alone. (I think creating a vote splitting them the way Disney splits them in their dining plans would help readers choose both the best "2 credit" and "1 credit" spots.)
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