Best Overall Restaurants

Well we made it.  After a handful of weeks and using different categories as our guide, our team of Disney Authorized Agents have found the GREATEST RESTAURANT AT DISNEY! We took the overall results from the previous weeks and rankings and came up with cumulative scores. From there, the top scores determined the best.  And so, without further ado:

Welcome to Believe Vacations weekly post where today, you will find out our choice for BEST RESTAURANT AT DISNEY!  So let’s start with some that will serve its purpose well should you visit any of them:

50) The Plaza Restaurant (Table Service, 1 credit)  – American Cuisine, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom
49) Sunshine Seasons (Quick Service, 1 credit) – Fast Casual, Future World, Epcot
48) ESPN Club (Table Service, 1 credit) – Unique/Themed Dining, Disney’s Boardwalk
37) Cove Bar (Bar or Lounge, 1 credit) – Lounge, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
46) Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (Table Service, 1 credit) – American/Italian Cuisine, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom
45) Flame Tree Barbecue (Quick Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Discovery Island, Animal Kingdom
44) California Grill (Table Service, 2 credits) – American, Seafood, Sushi Cuisine, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
43) Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (Table Service, 2 credits) – American Cuisine, The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
42) The BOATHOUSE Restaurant (Table Service, 2 credits) – American, Seafood, Steakhouse Cuisine, The Landing, Disney Springs
41) Pinocchio Village Haus (Quick Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom
40) Biergarten Restaurant (Table Service, 1 credit) – German Cuisine, World Showcase, Epcot
39) Contempo Cafe (Quick Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
38) Monsieur Paul (Table Service, 2 credits) – French Cuisine, World Showcase, Epcot
37) Rose & Crown Dining Room (Table Service, 1 credit) – British Cuisine, World Showcase, Epcot
36) Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, The Landing, Disney Springs
35) Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs Marketplace (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, The Marketplace, Disney Springs
34) Main Street Bakery (Quick Service, 1 credit) – American, Bakery Cuisine, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom
33) Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show – Polynesian Cuisine, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
32) Rainforest Cafe – Animal Kingdom (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Animal Kingdom
31) Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory (Quick Service, 1 credit) – American, Cajun/Creole Cuisine, Disney’s Port Orleans REsort – French Quarter
30) ABC Commissary (Quick Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Commissary Lane, Hollywood Studios
29) Boma – Flavors of Africa (Table Service, 1 credit) – African, American Cuisine, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
28) Columbia Harbour House (Quick Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom
27) Liberty Tree Tavern (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom
26) La Hacienda de San Angel (Table Service, 1 credit) – Mexican Cuisine, World Showcase, Epcot

Pioneer Players from Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue performing on stage

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25) Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Table Service, 2 credits) – American Cuisine, The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

 

Dinner platter with ribs, chicken, sausage and mashed potatoes, and sides in bowls

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24) Whispering Canyon Cafe (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

 

A bowl in the shape of a kitchen sink filled with ice cream, cookies, candy, cake, whipped cream and fruit

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23) Beaches & Cream Soda Shop (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Disney’s Beach Club Resort

 

Breakfast plate of pork sausage links, smoked bacon, biscuits and scrambled eggs

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22) ‘Ohana (Table Service, 1 credit) – American, Polynesian Cuisine, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

 

A hot dog covered in chili and shredded cheddar cheese on a plate near a dish of cheddar cheese

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21) Casey’s Corner (Quick Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom

 

Princess Belle dances with a girl dressed as a princess

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20) Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Table Service, 1 credit) – American, Norwegian Cuisine, Epcot

Dine with Disney royalty in a Norwegian Castle

 

Dining area with dark-wood tables and beamed earth-tone ceiling

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19) Tusker House Restaurant (Table Service, 1 credit) – African, American Cuisine, Animal Kingdom

Go on a character dining, African safari with Donald, Daisy, and the rest of the gang.

 

Cinderella welcomes a boy while her evil stepmother and 2 sisters look on

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18) 1900 Park Fare (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Whimsical characters await you for breakfast and possibly a spot of tea.

 

Three wood-fired ovens with comical faces whose mouths show the oven flames

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17) Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Table Service, 1 credit) – Italian Cuisine, Epcot

Authentic Italian in the form of pastas and oven-baked pizzas.

 

Italian flags, framed book covers and pizza-shaped art on brick wall

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16) Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano (Table Service, 1 credit) – American, Italian Cuisine, Hollywood Studios

California-Cool Italian dishes meets hip and eccentric decor.

 

Chef Mickey greets a little girl and her mother at their breakfast table

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15) Chef Mickey’s (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The Disney Classics join you for family-style, buffet dining under the Monorail.

 

A balcony containing church pew seating overlooks the ground floor and stage of House of Blues Music Hall which is set with a drum kit, percussion instruments and a grand piano

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14) House of Blues Restaurant and Bar (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, West Side, Disney Springs

Dinner and a concert under the stage lights with traditional bar and grill dishes.

 

A girl and her dad enjoy waffle fries seated at their table with Dinosaur themed decor in the background

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13) T-REX (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Marketplace, Disney Springs

Step back in time a few million years ago and dine with the Dinos.

 

A Cast Member serves lunch to a family at 50's Prime Time Café

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12) 50’s Prime Time Cafe (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Echo Lake, Hollywood Studios

Enjoy a meal at Mom’s table with American kitchen classics.

 

Dimly lit dining area with Mayan pyramid in background

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11) San Angel Inn Restaurante (Table Service, 1 credit) – Mexican Cuisine, World Showcase, Epcot

Dining under the Mexican night sky near the Mayan ruins has never been more romantic.

 

A plate of chicken, bell peppers, black beans and rice

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10) Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (Quick Service, 1 credit) – Mexican Cuisine, Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

Enjoy the Old West in this replica saloon that is home to the tall tale legend, Pecos Bill.  Fajitas, tacos, burgers and the infamous Toppings bar await you partner!

 

A girl stands between Chip 'n' Dale and squeezes Dale's big red nose at The Garden Grill restaurant

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9) The Garden Grill (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Future World, Epcot

Chip N Dale welcome you to this fun, revolving restaurant.  Enjoy popular dishes from the buffet as you dine family style.

 

An elaborately decorated chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate shavings, a chocolate Darth Vader helmet and a miniature light saber

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8) Backlot Express (Quick Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Echo Lake, Hollywood Studios

The food may not technically be from a galaxy far, far away but the force is strong with these treats.  Enjoy all your favorite park foods with a Star Wars twist.

 

Minnie and Mickey, dressed to thrill, stand arm in arm outside the Hollywood & Vine marquee

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7) Hollywood & Vine (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Echo Lake, Hollywood Studios

Depending on the time of day, meet Disney Classics or your favorites from Disney Jr.  All within a fun diner complete with family style eating and a buffet.

 

Princess Rapunzel kisses a girl on the cheek at Cinderella's Royal Table

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6) Cinderella’s Royal Table (Table Service, 2 credits) – American Cuisine, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

The “Holy Grail” of all dining reservations but well worth your effort for the little prince or princess in your family.

 

Audio-Animatronics alien lounge-lizard singer Sonny Eclipse on an indoor stage

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5) Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Quick Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom

Don’t let the fact that it’s “the burger joint” in Tomorrowland fool you.  What it lacks in table-service, characters and depth of menu, it more that makes up for in terms of convenience, location and views.  Especially once the sun sets and the neon lights start glowing, expect this place to being hopping until park close.

 

Pooh and Tigger pay a visit to a dinner table with 3 Guests

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4) The Crystal Palace (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom

Character Meals litter our Top 10 but this is the only place where you can dine with Pooh!  Okay, that didn’t come out right (d’oh another pun) but it truly is all fun and games when you dine with your family and friends from the Hundred Acre Woods!

 

A table for 4 against a wall with a large aquarium window, with a shark swimming by

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3) Coral Reef Restaurant (Table Service, 1 credit) – American, Seafood Cuisine, Future World, Epcot

Under the sea, beyond the sea, across the sea, however you say it, you’ll enjoy the underwater dining experience at this establishment.  Enjoy your favorite seafood courses at a magnificent table-service restaurant and check out your favorite marine life as well.

 

 Close-up of the cover of a menu from Be Our Guest restaurant

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2) Be Our Guest Restaurant (Table Service, 1 credit)  – American, French Cuisine, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

Back when we did our Best Attraction at Disney poll, we said Seven Dwarfs Mine Train would perhaps one day take over as the best.  Same goes for the restaurant that opened about the same time.  Quickly becoming one of the most requested dining reservations at Disney, this immaculate dining hall within the Castle of the Beast has all you wanted from the movie.  And try the Grey stuff – it’s delicious!

 

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

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1) Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (Table Service, 1 credit) – American Cuisine, Commissary Lane, Hollywood Studios

Whereas Pirates of the Caribbean barely took home the title of Best Attraction at Disney, this one was a rout and it wasn’t even close.  Let’s look back at how Sci-Fi did in our posts leading up to the reveal of the winner: 5th for Best View, 2nd for Best Food Quality, 2nd for Best Entertainment, 2nd for Best Location, 2nd for “Bang for your Buck” and 1st for Top Themed Restaurant.  That’s a pretty solid scorecard.  All that to say that Sci-Fi has it all going for it and is our runaway choice for BEST RESTAURANT AT DISNEY!!

Did our poll line up the way you thought?  Which restaurant should have been higher or lower on our list?  Leave your comments in the section below and remember there’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!

Brian Pavlick
brianp@believevacations.com

Brian Pavlick is a husband and father residing in Maylene, AL. His love of Disney goes back to his early memories of watching the New Disney Channel on cable, occasional vacations to Orlando Florida and attending Disney Institute Management Training classes. He keeps up with Disney news and updates by reading numerous websites, experiencing attractions by watching YouTube videos and introducing his family to classic and timeless Disney movies, attractions and songs.

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