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