Travel Tips | Best Signature Dining Restaurants at Walt Disney World

We’re back today with  another food post – this time, we’re talking about our list of Best Signature Dining Restaurants at Walt Disney World!

Signature Dining Restaurants differ from Table Service Restaurants in that they require two (2) Disney Dining Plan meal credits. For that extra meal credit, you should expect exceptional service, perfectly-prepared meals and a great ambience whether with your entire family or maybe just your significant other!

We understand that for many Disney guests, especially those traveling with family, it might seem difficult to fit a Signature Dining Restaurant into the budget. But it is doable! We wouldn’t recommend more than one or two Signature Dining Restaurants during a week stay, but if you take the time to study the menu online in advance, stick to water or a non-alcoholic beverages, and maybe skip dessert, a Signature Dining Restaurant could still squeeze into the vacation budget. These are just some ideas we have for saving you a few dollars on your next Disney dream vacation!

Now, let’s get on to the list!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Hollywood Brown Derby

The Downlow: When visiting Disney Hollywood Studios, it makes sense to indulge in the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown. Fortunately, the Hollywood Brown Derby is the perfect location to embrace your nostalgia. The restaurant feautres a vintage motif with celebrity caricatures hung on the wall. As for the menu, expect contemporary American cuisine (filt, salmon, grilled wild boar) with great cocktails choices as well.

Best Dish: The Brown Derby Famous Cobb Salad (greens, turkey breast, bacon, egg, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese and cobb dressing), or if you want to get more bang for your buck, the Road Rack of Lamb never disappoints.

Disney Dining Plan: Signature Dining, 2 meal credits

Out-of-pcket Entree Price Range: $18-49


Disney’s Animal Kingdom


The Downlow: One of WDW’s newest signature dining restaurants, Tiffins offers one of the most unique and satisfying menus on property. We visited during its first weekend in operation and were blown away by the food, the service, and the atmosphere. Tiffins sets the bar for what Disney restaurants can and should be.

Best Dishes: Tiffins Signature Bread Service for appetizer; Wagyu Strip Loin and Braised Short Rib with roasted Peruvian potatoes for the entree.

DDP: Signature dining, 2 meal credit

Entree price range: $29-53



Le Cellier Steakhouse (World Showcase – Canada)

The Downlow: One of the best restaurants on property and one of the hardest ADRs to get! Le Cellier is the signature dining restaurant in the World Showcase’s Canada Pavilion and is home to not only a GREAT steak, but also our favorite appetizer at Walt Disney World: Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. We’ve never had a bad meal at Le Cellier and so far it has consistently lived up to the hype.

Best Dish: The cheddar cheese soup appetizer; Le Cellier Filet Mignon with mushroom risotto, asparagus-tomoato relish and truffle butter sauce

DDP: Signature dining, 2 meal credit

Entree price range: $29-54


Disney’s Contemporary Resort

California Grille

The Downlow: California Grill occupies the glass-enclosed 15th (and top) floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort with beautiful views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom. For evening guests who time it right, you can watch Wishes, the Magic Kingdom fireworks extravaganza, from the restaurant’s outdoor balcony. As for the food, it can’t be beat. This is a very difficult ADR to book but if you can get in, you’ll be treated to exceptional bread service, fresh salads and savory entrees that will leave you wanting more. And we haven’t even mentioned the sushi which is a California Grill staple!

Best Dish: California Combination Roll (sushi); Crispy Rock Shrimp Salad (appetizer); and ostrich filet with crispy potato croquettes (entree)

DDP: Signature dining, 2 meal credit

Entree price range: $36-53


 Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa


The Downlow: Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spas is located right on the Seven Seas Lagooon, not far from the entrance of Magic Kingdom. Known for its casual cuisine and great views, Narcoossee’s is a great place for parents to enjoy with or without the kids. The menu is full of fresh seafood choices, as well as steak, chicken, and a fantastic bread service. Narcoossee’s is also a popular Disney brunch spot!

Best Dish: Maine Lobster Bisque (appetizer); Pan-seared Georges Band Day Boat Scallops with Trofie Pasta

DDP: Signature dining, 2 meal credit

Entree price range: $39-72


Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Artist Point

The Downlow: Artist Point is the crown jewel eatery of the gorgeous Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Guests dining at Artist Point have panoramic views of Bay Lake and Silver Creek Falls. The menu is heavily inspired by the Pacific Northwest and usually features a collection of seafood and steak. The impressive wine list features more than 130 wines from Pacific Northwest wineries.

Best Dish: 14-oz Veal Tomahawk Chop, hand dug petite potatoes, Harissa vinaigrette

DDP: Signature dining, 2 meal credit

Entree price range: $30-60


 Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Yachtsman Steakhouse

The Downlow: With a motif that mixes traditional New England-style steakhouse with nautical flare, Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is one of the hidden gem Singature Dining Resturants on property. For guests looking for the best steak at WDW, look no further than the Yachtsman which offers a savory prime New York strip steak that melts in your mouth. For those who aren’t interested in red meat, the Yachtsman also offers a fantastic pan-roasted chickena and a “Catch of the Day”.

Best Dish: You can’t get wrong wtih any of the steaks, namely the 10-oz Black Angus Filet Mignon and the 16-oz Prime Rib-Eye Steak

DDP: Signature dining, 2 meal credit

Entree price range: Around $50 for a butch cut steak entree; $30-50 for the non-steak entrees


Disney Springs

The Boathouse Orlando

The Downlow: The Boathouse is hands down one of our favorite seafood joints at Walt Disney World. A beautiful new-ish addition to Disney Springs, the Boathouse offers guests a savory selection of “suf” and “tur” with world-class seafood dishes, a raw bar, and USDA-certified angus beef steaks. For the kids, there’s a great menu that includes burgers and others sandwiches, and a great dessert line up that includes a mouth-watering key lime pie. We can’t recommend The Boathouse highly enough for your next trip to Disney Springs.

Best Dish: Baked Crab Stuffed Lobster (1 1/4 lb. Split Maine Lobster, Jumbo lump crab, grilled asparus); or the Broiled Atlantic Swordfish Steak with grilled vegetables

DDP: Signature dining, 2 meal credit

Entree price range: $25-60



Past Entries:

Best Quick Service Locations at Walt Disney World

Best Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

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Ang Bertugli Spece, one half of the Dis Downlow team, is a travel consultant with Simply Enchanted Travel and would love to help you get started planning a dream vacation!

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