2007 Theme Park Insider Awards: Best theme park restaurant

May 26, 2007, 6:22 PM · The second category in this year's Theme Park Insider Awards is "best theme park restaurant."

To be eligible in this category a restaurant must be full service (meaning sit-down, with waiters) and located within the gates of a theme or amusement park. (So the CityWalk/Downtown Disney/hotel restaurants are not eligible.)

Again, the award will go to the eligible restaurant that receives the highest average reader rating on TPI. So please click through to all the restaurants below you've eaten at over the past year and submit a rating and review. For the first time, this year, we're also conducting a poll in each of the four TPI Award categories. (The polls themselves will not determine the winner, but I'm interested to see what they say, as a "check" against TPI's normal methodology for computing attraction ratings.)

What is the best restaurant in a theme park?

Busch Gardens Africa:
Crown Colony Restaurant

Disney's California Adventure:
Ariel's Grotto
Wine Country Trattoria

Blue Bayou Restaurant
Carnation Café

Disney-MGM Studios:
50's Prime Time Café
The Hollywood Brown Derby
Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Miss Lillian's Chicken House
Granny Ogle's Ham 'N' Beans

Bistro de Paris
Coral Reef Restaurant
Garden Grill
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Les Chefs de France
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Restaurant Marrakesh
San Angel Inn Restaurant
Tempura Kiku
Teppanyaki Dining Room

Islands of Adventure:
Confisco Grille
Mythos Restaurant

Knott's Berry Farm:
Ghost Town Grill

SeaWorld Orlando:
Sharks Underwater Grill

Tokyo DisneySea:
S.S. Columbia Dining Room

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom:
Cinderella's Royal Table
Liberty Tree Tavern


Nothing deserves an award

Previously: Best new theme park attraction

Replies (3)

May 27, 2007 at 8:25 PM · Good Stuff!

I think we know who is going to win.......

Anyway, how did you decide which resturants would be nominated? I mean as far as I can see, not all EPCOT Resturants were nominated. Not that this is a problem, but I just wondered how the decision was made?

May 27, 2007 at 9:10 PM · The list of all table service restaurants was just huge, so in the interest of my sanity, I just went with the ones that had hit a certain threshold of votes in the ratings, where I thought they'd have a prayer of winning the award. But you can write in any other theme park restaurant that does not appear on the list. And if the restaurant ratings change, I'll add and subtract from the poll accordingly.
May 28, 2007 at 4:00 AM · Great list, with lots of great memories. And as I perused the list, I connected with my own proclivity - I seem to like the restaurants with water and boats going by...

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