3 Lesser Known Picks for Table Service Dining at Walt Disney World
A Few Disney Restaurants that Don’t Always Get the Attention they Deserve
There are a lot of great restaurants at Walt Disney World that tend to get much of the attention when it comes to recommended places to dine for table service. I have my own list of personal recommendations that I have combined as my top 10 table service restaurants at Walt Disney World in another post.
However, there is another level of restaurants at Walt Disney World that offer excellent menus and dining, but that don’t always get the attention that they deserve. With that in mind here are three additional recommendations for where to go when you are looking for a good table service dining option at Walt Disney World.
Three Lesser Known Walt Disney World Table Service Restaurants Worth Visiting
It’s pure coincidence that all three of these restaurants are all on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop. It just makes them easier to get to — especially if you’re staying in one of their parent Resorts.
Citricos, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is the reigning champ when it comes to table service dining options, with no less than five good choices right on the property. Somewhere in the middle of the list in terms of pricing is Citricos.
Located on the second floor of the main building at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Citricos features an upscale ambiance and an inviting menu of braised beef short ribs, scallop risotto and oak-grilled Yellowfin tuna, to name just a few. The desserts at Citricos are also quite inviting and the kids menu is a refreshing change, with items including shrimp, beef tenderloin and grilled chicken breast. All-in-all, Citricos is a restaurant worth trying at Walt Disney World.
Kona Cafe, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Kona Cafe is a somewhat more casual atmosphere than Citricos. It is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and is quite open to the lobby area. As is evident in the name, it has more of a cafe feel to it, but don’t let this fool you when it comes to food variety and menu options.
Dining here is a treat for breakfast lunch or dinner. A big draw here for the dinner crowd is the sushi, but if you don’t like sushi, don’t be alarmed. There is a delicious mis0-butters strip loin, lemon-grass scented airline chicken breast and even an upscale “island style” beef burger to tempt your tastebuds. At breakfast, however, Kona Cafe really shines, led by its famous mouth watering Tonga Toast (that’s banana-stuffed french toast, rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a strawberry compote).
Dining at Kona Cafe is sure to surprise and delight your family.
The Wave, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Don’t be put off by the somewhat dated look or the quirky name of The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort as this table service dining restaurant is all business. Here you will find a very good variety of mid to upscale dishes, featuring the likes of Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Braised Short Rib, Alaskan Wild King Salmon and much more. Entrees are priced in the mid-$20 to mid$30 range and there is an impressive variety of appetizers and desserts as well.
The Wave is also open for breakfast and lunch so be sure to review the menu options there as well. The Wave is also known for its trendy lounge area, where you will find a selection of organic beers, New World wines and more. Well worth a visit.
How I Review, Rate and Rank Disney Restaurants
Ratings and reviews are typically very subjective, whether it’s a movie, restaurant, hotel or anything else for that matter.
As a formally-trained Chef and Graduate of Culinary School, I review, rate and rank Disney dining based on my culinary experience, along with my lengthy history of visiting Walt Disney World Resort. As an original Disney traveler since the Resort first opened in 1971, I visit Walt Disney World for multiple weeks each year and dine at Disney restaurants on a regular basis. My opinions are based on numerous visits to each establishment and I have experienced and tasted menu changes for nearly 50 years at Walt Disney World. As a result, I never base my reviews, opinions or rankings on a single visit. Typically, if I have a poor experience with a certain establishment that is on my list, I will not remove it immediately. It could be the result of a chef having an off day, a server having an off day, or a particular dish having an off day. So I tend to give restaurants in this situation two additional seatings over the next 12 to 18 months. If things have not improved, I will generally remove that establishment and replace it with the next establishment in line, which did not previously make my list.
When looking for reviews of any kind, my best advice is to find a reviewer who has similar tastes to your own and whom you trust. That way, a given list is more likely to provide the results you are expecting. Lists that rate things are often more art than science, but they can help to shape your planning if you have confidence in a specific reviewer.
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