The name of this article should be “Five Reasonably Priced Restaurants You Can’t Go Wrong With”, because I’m not including signature restaurants, which are always a good choice. They’re not always budget friendly though.
There is an in between for those of us without (or with!) kids in tow who don’t want to be at $50 character buffets with mediocre food, or the opposite, which is spending $100+ on a dining experience each night of our vacation at a signature restaurant.
Eating amazing cuisine and drinking delicious concoctions are probably the top reason I travel – and this includes all of my trips to Disney World too.
Here are some of the first restaurants I recommend to those going to Disney World who definitely enjoy a good dining experience.
1. Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge
A bit more off the beaten path and therefore a hidden gem, Sanaa is a restaurant in the Kidani Village section of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. It is well worth a trip, especially because coming to the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a treat itself. Don’t forget, Disney resorts are for everyone to enjoy – not just those who are staying there. So do it!
While the Animal Kingdom Lodge is African themed, the food at Sanaa is more Indian and Ethiopian flair. And it’s a very welcome break for theme park fare, and at a reasonable price.
It’s popular for many of us Disney veterans because of the infamous bread service. You’ll start off the meal (if you choose, and you should) with 5 styles of Naan and 9 different dipping sauces for them.
For an entree you can’t go wrong with, get the butter chicken.
2. La Hacienda de San Angel at EPCOT
Did someone say craft margaritas? Coming here for apps and the margarita list is enough, but I recommend coming for the whole dining experience.
If you’re really ready to indulge and do it like the pros do, hit La Cava del Tequila in the pyramid across the street before for your first round of margaritas and chips and queso. Then hop over to La Hacienda to indulge in some seriously delicious Mexican cuisine.
3. The Boathouse at Disney Springs
Oh, The Boathouse. How I love thee. Dining at The Boathouse is like having second vacation during vacation. It’s like your whisked out of the craziness of Disney World and on a dreamy Florida gulf coast vacation. I grew up going to the Gulf Coast for summer vacations, so this type of experience is pure nostalgic joy for me.
The atmosphere can’t be beaten. And the menu is vast, and everything is delicious. You can also get a “side” of macaroni & cheese for $9, and it’s about three portions in one. I seriously think this is one of the best deals at Disney.
Request a seat outside if the weather permits, and stuff yourself silly with delicious seafood and more.
4. Raglan Road at Disney Springs
Delicious and unique food, live entertainment, solid draft beer selection. Can’t go wrong with any of these, and this is probably why Raglan Road is so popular.
I’m not a huge fan of Disney Springs (it’s a bit too Vegas or strip mall for me, and I can do that at home), but I will come here for some of the killer food. Raglan Road is one of these spots.
It’s even more fun after dark when it is frequent and changing live entertainment, so this is a great spot to come for a late night dinner after leaving a park.
This is a great spot for parents who want to do some unwinding too – it’s a good atmosphere for that, but still family friendly.
5. Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge
You also may have noticed that two restaurants at the Animal Kingdom Lodge made this list, and there’s a good reason. The Animal Kingdom Lodge architecture and restaurants are worth a visit for anyone.
If you want a breakfast buffet but hold the characters at the extra charge, Boma is incredible and easily the best value breakfast buffet at Disney World.
Dinner is a bit more of a charge, but well worth it if you’re an eater or appreciate trying a wide variety of food in one meal. Or if you’re on the dining plan, this is actually a good use of a credit.
You’ll find a huge selection of both exotic African dishes to try, as well more basics for the less adventurous eater. There is indeed something for everyone here.
And you can never go wrong with a breakfast buffet that includes both unlimited Mickey Waffles and French Toast bread pudding, amirite?
There you have it. Five restaurants to book for the next trip that will not fail you in the least bit. All at reasonable prices, and with a great atmosphere. So make those dining reservations! And if something is booked up, make sure to sign up for our free video course that will teach you how to score a last minute reservation!
Note: if you are on the dining plan, many of these aren’t the best values for your credit – Boma is a solid choice of credit use if you are, and a few others could be if you order the most expensive entrees. I always recommend a price analysis for the dining plan, as the majority of people lose money.