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Which Is the World's Best Theme Park Restaurant?

June 18, 2015, 9:06 PM · With the 14th annual Theme Park Insider Awards approaching, we need your votes to help determine the winner of our Best Table Service Restaurant award. This honor will go to the restaurant with a minimum number of reader ratings that receives the highest average rating among all eligible restaurants.

S.S. Columbia Dining Room
The S.S. Columbia Dining Room in Tokyo DisneySea is the two-time defending champion in this category.

For the first time, we started listing hotel restaurants on Theme Park Insider during the past year, so those table service restaurants now will be eligible for a Theme Park Insider Award, along with the in-park restaurants.

The Theme Park Insider Awards will be announced on July 4, so please take a few moments to follow the links for all the restaurants you've eaten at in the past year and submit a rating for each. All Theme Park Insider readers are eligible to rate attractions on the site. Readers who register with the site may also submit comments and photos, too.

Here are the eligible table service restaurants with the highest average reader ratings (in alphabetical order), as of this moment, for your rating convenience:

Tomorrow, we will feature the leading candidates for the Best Quick Service Restaurant award.

Replies (16)

June 19, 2015 at 3:47 AM · Carthay theater, Blue Bayou and SS columbia are my favorite theme park restaurants. I love Cathays connection to Walt and it is, after Radiator Springs racers, the best part of DCAs massive expansion. Blue Bayou is the original and best restaurant within a ride. Amazing what Walt was dreaming up in 1967. And SS Columbia, well like the rest of Disneysea, is theme park perfection.
June 19, 2015 at 6:49 AM · I've only eaten at 6 places on this list. My favorite probably being Sanaa.

2 notes: 1. @Robert: All the restaurant links are dead.
2. @Daniel: Walt died in 1966.

June 19, 2015 at 8:15 AM · I've eaten at quite a few of the American selections on this list. I've always considered Mythos the best of the bunch inside the parks. It's a high quality sit down restaurant with a gorgeous dining room, and the food is delicious for a reasonable price. Other inside park restaurants on the list like Carthay Circle, LeCellier, and Monsieur Paul may serve dishes a notch above what Mythos serves, but guests pay a premium for that at the toll of frequent $100+ bills, while a nice meal at Mythos including appetizers, drinks and desserts for 2 can easily come in around $80. Blue Bayou will always be near the top of our list for in-park sit downs because of its location inside POTC.

Be Our Guest is obviously going to get a lot of votes, and while I really enjoyed our meal there, the hassle of trying to get into the uber popular eatery is a real pain. Even with reservations, guests can sometimes wait 30-40 minutes to be seated despite already placing orders online prior to arrival.

Of the resort restaurants (and I do think Robert should split these into 2 categories), I'm partial to Victoria & Albert's because we got to experience the creme de la creme of Disney meals at the famed Chef's Table. However, when you throw value into the equation, I really liked Napa Rose, where we dined at the Chef's Counter (no additional charge, just exclusive seating on the edge of the open kitchen). The modern American cuisine combined with the reasonable prices was a real treat just steps outside of DCA.

June 19, 2015 at 8:01 AM · There is simply no argument to this, the winner is Victoria and Albert's. Its charm, amazing dining options, extensive wine list and top notch service is equal to or greater than any big city supper club. Truly a must do for every trip my wife and I make out to the Orlando area.
June 19, 2015 at 8:04 AM · Went to Be My Guest in 2014. Brown Derby over 10 years ago. Haven't visited any other restaurant on the list. I doubt I will visit them since the character restaurants are not featured as the best.
June 19, 2015 at 8:28 AM · Just went to Mythos for the first time a few weeks ago. Hands down the best "overall" restaurant. Others exceed in one area or another, but Mythos seems to perfectly mesh, food, atmosphere, service and value into one (dare I say) magical experience.

June 19, 2015 at 9:26 AM · I'm a big fan of the hotdog stand in the Springfield area of Universal Studios in Florida. I also like the hotdog stand in the Lost Continent area of IOA because you can easily grab a frozen butterbeer to go with the hotdog combo. You have to watch out for the feisty squirrels and birds that try to steal your food while you eat at the area near the hotdog stand though.
June 19, 2015 at 12:50 PM · Mythos
June 19, 2015 at 12:57 PM · Why Mama Delia's from Portofino and not Bice (the higher end option)?
June 19, 2015 at 3:51 PM · Sorry about the links. They should all be fixed now. And if a restaurant you like isn't on this list here, just follow the links for the park and hotel reviews (at the top of the page) to navigate to its listing on the site, where you can rate it.
June 19, 2015 at 3:53 PM · And if we get enough hotel restaurants with a minimum number of votes to make that a competitive category, I will make that its own award, distinct from the in-park restaurants. You might notice that I'd fudged the wording on the hotel restaurant eligibility above, since I haven't made that decision yet.
June 20, 2015 at 10:21 AM · I'm sorry, but I think Mythos is overrated. I remember eating there once a couple of years ago. After passing by it numerous times and hearing how great it was, I finally convinced my family to have lunch there. What ended up happening?

We were waiting to be seated for what felt like an eternity. It must've been about 2 hours before we were finally seated! I don't know if it was crappy service or if the waiting list was long, or if there was some jerk who wasn't giving up his table or what, but I was sitting in that waiting room wondering when we were finally gonna be called. And mind you, this is not like waiting for an attraction where you might have a pre-show or an interactive effect or some Easter eggs to keep your mind occupied.

When we finally were seated, the look and atmosphere were well done, and the pricing was reasonable. The food was good, slightly better than most other dining options at IOA, but it didn't really stand out that much, or at least wasn't worth a 2-hour wait. But who knows? Maybe I was just a special case.

My pick for best sit-down restaurant goes to La Hacienda de San Angel. Those quesadillas flood your taste buds with hot, scrumptious delight!

June 20, 2015 at 7:25 PM · MYTHOS is by far the best theme park resturant I have eaten at. Blue Bayou is also quite good mostly for the theming.
June 21, 2015 at 1:10 PM · I think Mythos deserves the award again for general theming, food service, and quality
June 23, 2015 at 7:29 AM · Without a doubt, the best of the listed theme park restaurants is Victoria & Albert's. We have dined there twice and will a 3rd time this December. It is a AAA 5 diamond restaurant and fully deserving of the rating. For 2nd and 3rd place, I would select Jiko and Artist Point respectively. Both are excellent upscale restaurants that you would expect to see outside a theme park. I just wish Bistro de Paris was still open in EPCOT-France. It would have been my 2nd choice.
June 23, 2015 at 10:28 AM · I agree with the anonymous poster above that Mythos is overrated. I don't understand all the love it gets on this site. Every time my wife and I visited it was crowded and we waited a long time for a table despite having reservations. The themeing is nice but doesn't quite measure up to many of the better themed Disney restaurants (San Angel Inn, Sci-Fi Dine In, etc.) and the food is hardly a step up from your average quick service location. I had the buffalo chicken wrap and my wife a pasta dish and both were rather unmemorable and mediocre. The only good thing about the meal is that it was cheap which I think wins it, and its equally mediocre counterpart in the studios park (Lombard's), a lot of unwarranted praise.

Personally, I would rather spend a few extra bucks and enjoy much better food and a little bit more peacefulness in the middle of a park day by taking a short walk to one of the many great restaurants at the City Walk and the USO Resorts.

As for some of our favorites:

O'Hana - Polynesian Village (Dinner)
San Angel Inn
Tusker House Restaurant
Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano
Emeril's Orlando - City Walk
Emerils's Tchoup Chop - Royal Pacific
The Palm - Hard Rock
Blue Bayou Restaurant
Carthay Circle Restaurant

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