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My Favorite Table-Service Restaurants

Disney food, is there any food better? Maybe, but it’s not easily found, and definitely not as prevalent as it is at Walt Disney World. You literally have the whole world at your fingertips when it comes to food, and the limits know no bounds. This is especially true at the table-service restaurants, which feature brilliant chefs, exquisite menus, authentic food, and elegant atmospheres. With so many seemingly boundless options, how is one to choose where to eat? Fortunately, I’m here to help with my list of favorite restaurants, which should help narrow things down a bit. This list only encompasses table-service restaurants, since I already did my list of favorite quick-service restaurants. I’ll link that post down below. Now, unlike my other food inspired posts, I’m not going to organize this post by location. I’m actually going to just list each restaurant and talk about them individually. These are the restaurants that I love, and I love to go to every time I’m in Walt Disney World. These have the most repeatability for me, or simply have my favorite experience or menu items. This may end up being a long list, but stick with me. We’ll get through them all, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of each restaurant by the time we’re done. Ready?

My all-time favorite restaurant is Cinderella’s Royal Table. Not only are you dining in Cinderella Castle, but you get to meet Cinderella while you’re there. The food is great, and the atmosphere is unbeaten. It’s truly exquisite, and everyone is treated like royalty. I did a post about my most recent experience there not too long ago, and include more details about the restaurant. I’ll link this post below. While this restaurant is probably the most expensive on the list, I think the experience is worth the cost. Maybe not every trip, but definitely for the big occasions, I love to splurge here.

Next on my list is another castle restaurant: Be Our Guest. I adore Beauty and the Beast, and having the opportunity to dine in Beast’s castle is a dream come true. I definitely teared up when I walked into the ballroom. You feel like you truly stepped into the film, complete with an opportunity to meet Beast after your dinner. It is an incredible experience that I cannot recommend enough to Beauty and the Beast fans. Now, be warned, the menu here is very French, so if members of your party don’t like French cuisine, they may not enjoy it much. This was the case with my family. While I love French cuisine, my dad does not, and he didn’t enjoy his meal quite as much as the rest of us. I would go back in a heartbeat. This restaurant is quite expensive, but I think it’s worth it for Beauty and the Beast fans. Again, maybe not every trip, but definitely for special occasions. Of course, you have to try the grey stuff. It’s delicious!

Another cuisine I love is Italian, and my favorite Italian restaurant at Walt Disney World is Tutto Italia Ristorante in EPCOT. This is authentic Italian food, and the best I’ve ever had. The atmosphere is great, and the restaurant is beautiful. I’m always fascinated by the gorgeous frescos on the walls. I personally love the fettucine, and it’s by far the best I’ve ever had. Tutto Italia is definitely one of the more expensive and high-end Italian restaurants at Disney, but it’s so worth it. If you love Italian food, I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. This is the place that all other Italian restaurants have to compare to, and so far, none have ever measured up. My family had the pleasure of eating here last year, and I believe that most of us ordered different meals, and everyone loved what they got. Some of us tried each other’s food, and were impressed by it all. It was not our first experience here, but we all tried something new, and were very happy with the results. If you’ve never tried Tutto Italia, put it on your list for your next trip. You won’t regret it.

I adore the Rose and Crown Dining Room in EPCOT. It’s incredible food, and a fun atmosphere. You can never go wrong with the fish and chips, but don’t knock the shepherd’s pie. I’ve dined here several times, and have always gotten the fish and chips, but the last time I ate here, I got the shepherd’s pie. It was incredible, and I crave it often. I described it as the ultimate comfort food. Rose and Crown is all British food, so just know that going in. They don’t have the most varied menu, but everything is done to perfection. This is also a great place to view fireworks, as it is right on the World Showcase Lagoon, so it’s popular during later dining times. If you want to try and see the nighttime show, be sure to tell them when you check in. That will determine where they seat you. If you’re looking for something a little different during your next trip, be sure to give Rose and Crown a try.

My favorite hidden gem restaurant is the Grand Floridian Café at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This restaurant is so good, but many people don’t even know that it exists. When most people think about eating at the Grand Floridian, they think about 1900 Park Fare, Victoria and Albert’s, Narcoossee’s, and Citricos, and for good reason. These restaurants are fantastic and offer one-of-a-kind experiences. However, don’t neglect the Grand Floridian Café. The food is great here, and it is so much quieter than most places and tucked away on the main floor. Also, this restaurant has brunch every day, so that’s a great bonus. Mickey waffles at noon? Absolutely! My family first discovered this restaurant when we were at Walt Disney World for Thanksgiving a few years ago. We wanted somewhere good to eat on Thanksgiving Day, and this was one of the few restaurants that still had availability that we liked the looks of the menu. They also do a special menu for Thanksgiving, so we got a full traditional holiday meal. The food was spectacular, and we’ve been going just about every trip since. We’ve actually talked with other guests who are such frequent visitors that the Cast Members know them personally, and even know their particular orders without them having to say anything. That speaks volumes about the quality of this restaurant. So, if you want something different, or don’t want to have to go to the parks to eat, check out the Grand Floridian Café.

My favorite buffet-style restaurant is the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom. I love the atmosphere, and the fact that you get to meet Winnie the Pooh and friends. The food is good, and the restaurant is beautiful. If you get a seat near a window, you also can have an incredible view of the castle while you eat. I’ve grown up eating here, and it’s probably the restaurant that I remember eating at the most over the years. My brother and I have always been Pooh fans, so getting to meet our friends from the Hundred Acre Woods has always been a huge draw. We’ve always loved the food, but I think we enjoy the atmosphere and characters more. My brother and I had a discussion once about which we enjoyed more here: breakfast or dinner. My brother voted whole-heartedly for dinner. He prefers the variety of the menu at dinner. While I loved the dinner, I voted for breakfast. I like getting into the park early in the morning to take pictures of the castle before all of the guests arrive, and getting to walk down a fairly quiet Main Street. Also, I love Mickey waffles, so I am always up for all-you-can-eat Mickey waffles. I’m not usually a huge fan of breakfast food, so I mostly just eat the waffles. That may not make it worth the price, so the jury is still out as to which is better, I guess. Bottom line, if you love Winnie the Pooh and good food, definitely eat here.

The other option at Walt Disney World for all-you-care-to-enjoy dining is family-style dining. My favorite family-style dining restaurant is the Garden Grill in EPCOT. While the menu has changed since I last ate there, I’ve never been disappointed in the food offered. The restaurant also has one of the coolest features in all of the restaurants at Walt Disney World. It rotates! Yes, the restaurant rotates, and it is located above the Living with the Land attraction, so the various scenes that you get to see are actually ones from the ride. Now, the last time I was there, the restaurant wasn’t rotating, but I’m hoping it was just a fluke that week. If you’re worried about the fact that the restaurant rotates, don’t be. It’s so slow that you won’t really even notice it unless you’re staring at the walls and scenes. The food here is also really good, and it’s one of my family’s favorites. We try to eat here every time we go. If we can only pick one EPCOT restaurant, it’s always this one. Since EPCOT has so many food options available, that’s a big statement to make, but it’s my family’s favorite EPCOT restaurant. It’s also a character dining experience, with Farmer Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale all making the rounds and greeting guests during their meal. This restaurant is fairly popular, so it can be difficult to get reservations, especially if you have a large party or are there during peak times. Just be aware of this and have a back-up plan in case you can’t get a reservation. If you do eat there, though, you won’t be disappointed.

I think I’m going to have to end it here. I could keep going with favorite restaurants for different reasons, but it’s probably best if I quit here. These are seven of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World, but there are so many more amazing restaurants, as well. Did I list your favorites, or are they still missing? Comment below and tell me what your favorites are. I would love to know if there are any great places that I need to try on my next trip.

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