Tusker House Restaurant reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Tusker House Restaurant, a buffet restaurant in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Written by Robert Niles
Now an all-you-can-eat buffet, the Tusker House features "Donald's Dining Safari" at breakfast and lunch. Dine on waffles, breakfast meats and pastries at breakfast, and roasted meats, sandwiches, and stews at lunch, for $36-60 per person, while Disney characters visit your table. Dinner won't offer the character visits, but does add "adult beverages" for the grown-ups.
With this new character lunch, i thought it was going to be quite interesting, but i was wrong. Despite the good food, i almost felt unwelcome by the rude staff, particularly a seater who was directing traffic for the line for Donald's photo op who coldly advised me to take the stairs (i accidentally walked to the ramp), as well as the insistent photographers who wanted me to remove my sunglasses (it almost felt like being photographed for a mugshot). The characters interaction was practically rushed, and when i spoke with a manager in regards of the poor service, she gave me an overdone "sorry about your poor experience with us", instead of being sincere. I don't think i will ever waste my money on a lunch as disorganized and poorly planned like this again. P.S. To anyone wondering if they're still doing the Nemo Dining Package, it has been phased out due to this lunch. - Sonny Bonds
We went for lunch. As vegetarians, we seldom think a buffet is worth the money since we won't eat the most expensive stuff on the buffet. It was AMAZING. The variety of American and African/Indian influenced foods was impressive and the quality of everything was fantastic. Everything we tasted was delicious, and the desserts were incredible. Loved every second. - Heather Olson
This is the best breakfast I have had a Disney. The characters were fun. The service was stellar. And the food was amazing. Disney sometimes has a problem of narrowing there offerings at buffets to the lowest common denominator which means you get scrambled eggs, bagels, waffles, and bacon with out much variety past that. However, this buffet had a wonderful variety of unique foods with an African flare. - Tom Rigg
We went in Sept. of 2010 for the character breakfast. Our server seemed a little out of sorts, but everyone else was wonderful. They had strawberry tarts that were beyond fantastic. The rest of the food was good, but something that you would find at any of the breakfast buffets. This can definitely put a dent in your wallet, if you do not have a dining plan. - Amanda Jenkins
I rated this Fair. Yes, it is pricey, 22 for adults, 12 for children. The beef and pork that they cut for you could have been SO much better, instead we get rough meat, not tender at all. The chicken was very good though, good mashed potatoes and great variety of breads. The dessert was good as well and very special in their presentation of a chocolate lava cake for example, which is small as a mini cookie. Overall, it just sums up to be Fair. - Nick Dakuginow
You get a bit of Boma in AK, but it is not a complete spinoff as most of the dishes are unique to this restaurant. We were impressed at both food and service. The price for lunch is very reasonable and the selection is wide! You won't be sorry you tried this! - Mark Hollamon
A superb buffet! A wide variety of delicious foods. We were all stuffed because we just wanted to keep eating. - Roger Sadler
We had a wonderful character breakfast here. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but the food is great and not having to wait in line to meet Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, and Daisy was wonderful for us. My toddler loved it. Service was excellent. Another great benefit: we booked our breakfast for an hour prior to park opening. Thus, we got in the park prior to anyone else. It was neat walking through the park as the very first guests. And we were right next to Kilimanjaro Safaris when they first opened, so we got right on. No wait necessary. - Camille Kirk
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