The Best Family Restaurants at Walt Disney World

The Best Family Restaurants at Walt Disney World

The Food Network did some delicious research in the Orlando area and chose the best restaurants for families.  Here are their top picks for restaurants on Disney property.

Circular oak-burning fire pit

First up is ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  At breakfast, you can eat family style with Lilo and Stitch.  They serve eggs, friend potatoes, sausage, ham with pineapple, fresh fruit, and bread.  Dinner is a Polynesian-style, all-you-care-to-eat dinner featuring sweet and sour chicken, shrimp, and steak.  There are also dumplings, stir-fried vegetables, lo mein noodles, and salad.  There are also fun games to play and a Hula dance.

La Hacienda de San Angel dining room with large windows and beamed ceiling, lit up at night

For the best place to “light up the night,” they chose La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot.  The food is traditional Mexican fare with house made corn tortillas, pan-seared snapper, and avocado margaritas.  If you time your reservation right, you”ll get a great view of Illuminations through the large windows or from the patio seating area.  They also play the music inside the restaurant so you can get the full experience.

A father and his young daughter enjoy food and beverages at the Splitsville Dining Room

Named the best for “being bowled over,” Splitsville at Disney Springs made the list.  Dine on burgers, pizza, sushi, or rice bowls among other options.  This is also a great place to hit the lanes and bowl as a family.  Dining is available inside or outside and you can make reservations for your food, lane, or both.

Irish Dancers perform on stage with a live band

The best place for a “jig and a pint” is Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs.  The Irish owners of the pub brought in chefs from Dublin, and their traditional Irish fare does not disappoint.  Choose from fish and chips or shepherd’s pie, and don’t forget to check out their drinks menu.  The little ones are not forgotten in this restaurant with the traditional Irish dancers providing entertainment for kids of all ages.

Tribal-design tables under faux tree canopy with hanging lanterns

For a “simulated trip to Africa,” check out Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Kidani Village.  No reservations are required for breakfast, which is served quick service style.  When dinner comes around, the menu is full of east African dishes with some Indian flavor thrown in.  Any time you eat there, you are sure to have an amazing time viewing the animals on the savannah through the floor to ceiling windows around the outside of the restaurant.

Overhead view of convertible 1950s era car dining booths of Sci-fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

For dinner and a movie, you can’t beat the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  With menu options like the smoked prime rib sandwich, Buffalo chicken salad, or one of their amazing burgers, you are sure to find something to eat for everyone.  Be sure to check out their milkshake and dessert selections, as well.

Atrium dining area with a light and airy look and a Victorian décor

For Italian food and family, check out Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  Every pasta on the menu is made in house at this Lady and the Tramp themed restaurant.  The kids menu is just as good as the adult menu, and there is gelato for dessert.  Plus, Mickey Mouse himself is right next door, so you can hop on over after you eat.

Clouds lord above the rustic walk-up windows of Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park

If you’re a parent, you are bound to know what it is like to eat with a picky eater.  Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom features four quick service restaurants sure to satisfy everyone in the family.  Options include grilled chicken skewers, watermelon shave ice, ribs, beef-lamb gyros, and corn dogs.  You’re sure to find something for everyone at this one stop shop.

A 15-foot T-Rex shows its sharp teeth and a giant octopus lurks in the background

If you have a dinosaur lover in your group, T-Rex Cafe at Disney Springs is the place to go.  They have a delicious menu, but that is secondary, particularly for the kids, to the decor and activities.  Animatronic dinosaurs are all around you as you dine and a meteor strikes every once in a while, as well.  For the kids, there are options in the store to dig for fossils, pan for gems, or build your own stuffed dinosaur.

These are their top choices.  What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below!


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