Travel Tips | Best Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort

Earlier in the week we took at look at some of the Best Quick Service Locations at Walt Disney World. We’re back today with the next installment: Best Table Service Restaurants at WDW!

As our list demonstrates, there are great table service options everywhere you look at Disney World! Our list has a mix of in-park restaurants and resort restaurants. Table Service Restaurants are classified as those restaurants that count for one (1) meal credit on the Disney Dining Plan. Traditionally, these are “sit down” locations with serves who take your order, just like most restaurants we visit here in the “real world”! Generally speaking, if you’re using your Disney Dinging Plan at a Table Service Restaurant, you are entitled to one entree, one dessert, and one alcoholic drink.

Extra travel tip: When planning a trip to the World – regardless of whether or not you choose to purchase a Disney Dining Plan – it is imperative that you make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR) for whichever restaurants you want to try. ADRs can be booked up to 180 days in advance of your trip and because of this, restaurants across WDW often book up very quickly which means that “winging it” when you get there is a real risk. (Remember – when it comes time to book your dream Disney vacation, Ang can definitely help book your ADRs!)

Now that we’ve got the disclaimers out of the way, let’s get our list of Best Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World! Take a look at the list and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Sci-Fi Dine In Theater Restaurant

The Downlow: Sci-Fi Dine In Theater is a fantastic (if lesser known) restaurant at the back of Hollywood Studios that offers no-frills American cuisine (think burgers, fries & shakes) to customers sitting in “parked cars” in front a drive-in theater screen showing old B-movies. It’s as if you decided to eat your lunch while watching Mystery Science Theater 3000. This place is a blast!

Best Dish: Flame-broiled New York Strip Steak with garlice-herb utter, cheesy-horseradish potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and cripsy onion rings

Disney Dining Plan: Table service, 1 meal credit

Out-of-pocket Entree Price Range: $14-32


Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Tusker House Restaurant

The Downlow: Tusker House is a fun character dinner located in the Africa (Harambe) section of Animal Kingdom, right behind one of our favorite bars on property – the Dawa Bar. Tusker House offers a wide selection of family-friendly foods with just a touch of African flare.

Best Dish: Be sure to try the Cape Malay Curry Chicken, Mojo Pork with Spicy Mustard, and the Toasted Couscous salad.

DDP: Table service, 1 meal credit

Entree price range: Tusker House is a buffet. Breakfast is $37 for adults; $23 for kids 3-9. Lunch and dinner are $49 for adults; $30 for kids 3-9.


Magic Kingdom

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen

The Downlow: Framed as the tropical headquarters for the Jungle Cruise skippers, the Skipper Canteen is a new offering in Adventureland. The restaurant is filled to the brim with fun artifacts spread across three rooms: the crew’s Mess Hall, the Jungle Room, and the S.E.A. Room – a one-time meeting place of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers! If you’re anything like us, you’ll spend almost as much time taking pictures and exploring the restaurant as you do eating your meal!

Best Dish: Baa Baa Berber Lamb Chops with min couscous, curried carrots in a lamb-butter sauce

DDP: Table service, 1 meal credit

Entree price range: $19-34



Chefs de France (World Showcase – France)

The Downlow: Chefs de France is a family friendly restaurant that always seems to have an open table (even for those who don’t plan ahead with ADRs!) and that makes it one of Epcot’s more popular eateries. The menu is simple but tasy and the wine selection is surprisingly good for a Table Service Restaurant We’ve had hit or miss service at Chefs, but for families looking for a quality meal on short notice, this is definitely the place to go.

Best Dish: Steak frites

DDP: Table service, 1 meal credit

Entree price range: $20-36


La Hacienda de San Angel (World Showcase – Mexico)

The Downlow: La Hacienda is the go-to place for legit Mexican cuisine at WDW. Nestled at the front of the Mexico Pavilion along the World Showcase Lagoon, La Hacienda offers simple favorites from regions around Mexico, including empanadas, tacos, and mixed grills.

Best Dish: Taquiza – a taco sampler featuring grilled chicken, grilled steak, pork and battered fish tacos

DDP: Table service, 1 meal credit

Entree price range: $25-58


Teppan Edo

The Downlow: There’s no other way to say it – Teppan Edo is a guilty pleasure and we’ve been there countless times without regret! Yes, it’s your run-of-the-mill Japanese hibachi resturant, but there is a charm and warmth to this restaurant that we have come to love. The chefs are friendly and expertly skilled around the flaming-hot grill. You can’t help but leave Teppan Edo with a smile on your face.

Best Dish: Asakusa (steak and shrimp) combo platter with white rice, egg noodles, and sauteed vegetables

DDP: Table service, 1 meal credit

Entree price range: $24-36


Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Chef Mickey’s

The Downlow: Chef Mickey’s is just a stone’s throw away from the entrance of Magic Kingdom and is one of the most popular character dining experiences on property. It’s also known as one of the better all-you-can-eat buffets at Disney; a place where guests can fill up on standard American fare while waiting for a visit from Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy. This is a must-try for families with young kids.

Best Dish: Lenon-pepper chicken and baked salmon with herb butter

DDP: Table service, 1 meal credit

Entree price range: Price varies by season, but generally $41 for adults and $22 for kids


Disney’s Polynesian Resort


The Downlow: ‘Ohana is another popular family-style restaurant that serves a great selection of freshly-grilled meats, Asian noodles, potstickers, wings and veggies. Our recommendation is to be sure to save room for dessert – the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster Sauce! Without question, this is our favorite dessert on Disney property. Warm bread pudding topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and warm bananas foster sauce. Absolutely delicious!

Best Dish: It’s a family-style meal, but we’re partial to the grilled shrimp, and of course, that bread pudding. Seriously – have we told you about the bread pudding?

DDP: Table service, 1 meal credit

Entree price range: Prices vary based on season, but generally $30 for adults and $18 for kids


Disney Springs

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

The Downlow: There are several good Table Service Restaurants at Disney Springs, but we’re partial to the Irish pub, Raglan Road. The restaurnats features live music, dancers, great food and libations, which is basically the recipe for a perfect evening at the Springs!

Best Dish: Keen Eye for the Shepherd’s Pie (a traditional shepherd’s piece with a contemporary twist)

DDP: Table Service, 1 meal credit

Entree Price Range: $17-30



Past entry:

Best Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

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