What are the best restaurants at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando?
Published: September 5, 2013 at 3:37 PM
Readers' choice as the best theme park restaurant in Orlando
According to our Theme Park Insider reader ratings, here are the top table-service and counter-service restaurants in the Orlando-area theme parks. (10 votes minimum)
Best table-service restaurants
- Lombard's Seafood Grille, Universal Studios Florida
- The Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Mythos Restaurant, Universal's Islands of Adventure
- Finnegan's Bar and Grill, Universal Studios Florida
- Teppan Edo, Epcot
Best counter-service restaurants
- Be Our Guest*, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
- Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, Epcot
- The Three Broomsticks, Universal's Islands of Adventure
- Krusty Burger, Universal Studios Florida
- Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney's Animal Kingdom
*We've got Be Our Guest listed as a counter service restaurant, since we've heard it serves more guests that way at lunch than as a table service restaurant at dinner, even though many readers are rating it on the basis of dinner. Either way, though, it's making these lists.
(Update: We also had Finnegan's on the counter service list by mistake, originally. That's corrected, which bumps Liberty Tree Tavern from the table-service top five, and promotes Flame Tree Barbecue to the counter-service list.)
If you've dined at any of these restaurants recently (past year or so), please follow those links above to submit your own rating, and a short review if you're a registered member of Theme Park Insider. (Member can submit reviews on any listed attraction, restaurant or hotel. You don't need to register to submit a rating, however.)
Of course, visitors to the Orlando theme parks have abundant options outside the parks, including many top-quality restaurants in the resorts' hotels and in the Downtown Disney and CityWalk marketplaces.
Our fans on Facebook recommended 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort, along with Victoria & Albert's at the Grand Floridian next door. In Downtown Disney, our Facebook fans liked Bongos, while Margaritaville and the NASCAR Cafe at CityWalk earned some shout-outs, too.
Over on Twitter, the California Grill atop Disney's Contemporary Resort earned the most mentions. That restaurant is reopening next Monday, September 9, with a new look and menu, and we'd love to hear some reviews from visitors. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with pictures and descriptions!
Our Twitter followers also recommended 'Ohana and the Kona Cafe at the Polynesian, as well as Jiko, Boma, and Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Trails End at Fort Wilderness, and Kouzzina at Disney's Boardwalk.