Disney for Adults: Top Restaurants for an Enchanted Evening

If you are planning a trip to Disney World, one of the first things you need to figure out is what restaurants to dine at. If you don’t want to spend your vacation eating overpriced chicken fingers and hot dogs, you need to plan some meals in advance. I have found the best Disney World restaurants for adults, so you can prioritize these sophisticated options for your trip.

Disney World offers dozens of unique cuisine options, but many require a reservation to be made months in advance. For adults planning a Disney World vacation, this is even more important, as the best restaurants run out of availability fast. Read on to find out the best places for adults to eat at Disney World in each theme park and throughout the Disney World Resort and which ones to make a reservation at!

best Disney World restaurants for adults

Disney World Resort Restaurants for Adults

First things first, there is more to Disney World than just the theme parks. I often recommend adult vacationers make a point of visiting the resorts outside the theme parks for meals. These are usually a short walk or bus ride away and offer a better experience for a lower price. These first four options are some of the best restaurants in Disney World for adults.

1. Roaring Fork

  • Price Range: Affordable ($20 per person or less)
  • Atmosphere: Rustic Cabin
  • Cuisine: Homestyle Comfort Food

I will start with the best counter-service restaurant on Disney World property. Roaring Fork at the Wilderness Lodge has a wide variety of tasty meals for less than $20. This includes potato hash and mickey waffles for breakfast and barbecue brisket and cornbread for dinner.

I recommend coming here early for breakfast before Magic Kingdom rope drop. Conversely, you could take the boat ride from Magic Kingdom here for a relaxing lunch or dinner. It’s also a great opportunity to explore this gorgeous national park-inspired resort. Roaring Fork is my number one recommendation for adults looking for an affordable Disney World meal.

roaring fork breakfast at disneys wilderness lodge

2. Trattoria al Forno

  • Price Range: Moderate ($35 per person or less)
  • Atmosphere: Tuscany Style Kitchen
  • Cuisine: Italian

Next up, I highly recommend heading to the Boardwalk for the best Italian restaurant at Disney World. This spot offers a lovely atmosphere and an ambitious menu with many entrees under $30. The portions are huge too, so many couples can split the lasagna and a salad and be full!

Trattoria Al Forno is a quick walk from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can also take a boat or gondola from multiple locations. I recommend having dinner here and if you are hungry enough, be sure to order the delectable arancini!!

lasagna at trattoria al forno at disneys boardwalk

3. Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood

  • Price Range: Splurge ($35+ per person)
  • Atmosphere: Rooftop Restaurant with Spanish Vibe
  • Cuisine: Tapas

For an outstanding tapas meal, Toledo at Coronado Springs is a must-visit. This beautifully appointed rooftop restaurant has a diverse menu and stunning views. Though the charcuterie board is my favorite thing, the steak is also some of the best I have found at Disney World.

This restaurant is a bit more challenging to get to and you will most likely have to drive or take a bus from the parks. But it is a relaxing respite from the hustle and bustle of Disney World. Between the wine list, flavorful cuisine, and surrealist art-style atmosphere, I think this is just the restaurant adults at Disney World will prefer.

toledo tapas charcuterie board

4. Jiko – The Cooking Place

  • Price Range: Splurge ($35+ per person)
  • Atmosphere: Cozy, yet Exotic Dining Room
  • Cuisine: Fine Dining with an African Twist

Though I love those three options, the crème de la crème of Disney World resort dining is Jiko – The Cooking Place. Outside of the $300+ Victoria and Albert’s, you can’t get a better meal than this. The menu is both ambitious and traditional and has flavors for all!

If you eat steak, the oak-grilled filet mignon with one of the exquisite sides like the peri peri prawns is irresistible. However, vegans will also love the artfully prepared injera basket. This restaurant even boasts a dedicated staff and we really felt doted upon and even got our own private wine tasting when we went!

Located at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, this Disney World restaurant can also be difficult to get to. You need to take a bus or drive there. However, it is so worth it for adults wanting a romantic dinner at Disney World. You can make it an even more unforgettable experience by getting there early and seeing the giraffes on the savannah!

jiko injera basket at animal kingdom lodge

Magic Kingdom Restaurants for Adults

It’s hard to resist the siren song of the Magic Kingdom when visiting Disney World. Being the original park, this theme park offers many of the classic ride and a spectacular firework show. Unfortunately, it has the worst dining options for both food quality and price. If you don’t feel like leaving the parks during your day at the Magic Kingdom, I recommend adults check out these restaurants.

5. Columbia Harbour House

  • Price Range: Affordable ($20 per person or less)
  • Atmosphere: Colonial Eatery
  • Cuisine: New England Style Fast Food

For a quick lunch, the Columbia Harbour House is the best quick-service option. This restaurant has more fresh food options than other counter-service spots and most are less than $15 per meal. If you like seafood, the shrimp boil and the salmon are actually quite tasty.

This is located between Peter Pan’s Flight and the Haunted Mansion so you can conveniently eat here before or after riding the mountains of Frontierland (aka the best Magic Kingdom rides for adults). Since it is a quick-service restaurant, you cannot make a reservation but try and go before 11:30 or after 1 PM to wait in less of a line.

6. Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen

  • Price Range: Moderate ($35 per person or less)
  • Atmosphere: Themed Restaurant with South Asian Style
  • Cuisine: Tropical Fusion

As far as sit-down restaurants at the Magic Kingdom go, the only one worth it for adults visiting without kids is the Skipper Canteen. This is located in Adventureland and has a quirky explorer theme that goes along with the Jungle Cruise. Fans of the attraction will enjoy the hidden references and foodies will appreciate the intricate menu.

This is one of the few places at Disney World to get meals like crispy pork Dan Dan Noodles and curried vegetable stew. They also offer more traditional offerings like hanger steak or fried chicken. No matter what you are in the mood for, this restaurant has plenty of fresh options at a more reasonable price than dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table or Crystal Palace.

magic kingdom fireworks at disney world

The Best Epcot Restaurant for Adults

For adults visiting Walt Disney World, Epcot is a can’t-miss park, not only just for drinking around the world. The park boasts a top-tier dining scene, informative and thrill rides, and interesting shows. Though many opt for trying the different festival dishes instead of a traditional meal, I like to plan at least one meal for the day to rest and get out of the sun. Here are my picks for adults looking to dine at Epcot.

7. Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie

  • Price Range: Affordable ($20 per person or less)
  • Atmosphere: Parisian Cafe
  • Cuisine: French Bakery

Pretty much everyone, young and old, will love Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, but I especially think adults will appreciate the options. This French bakery is tucked away in the back of the pavilion and has delicious sandwiches, snacks, and desserts to try any time of day. I love coming here for breakfast and getting a base of French bread in me before exploring the world showcase, but there is so much to choose from!

Some favorite dishes include the jamon beurre sandwich, the vegetarian brie au pommes sandwich, the lobster bisque, and the bacon and cheese roll. Those are just the savory options though and sweet tooths will rejoice with all the bakery treats to try. This is one of those Epcot restaurants that really does transport you to a different world, so be sure to stop by, even if it’s just for a croissant.

8. Le Cellier Steakhouse

  • Price Range: Splurge ($35+ per person)
  • Atmosphere: Canadian Chateau
  • Cuisine: Refined Steakhouse

I don’t often splurge for a signature meal at Epcot with all the other snacking to choose from but when I do, Le Cellier is at the top of my list. This is one spot you will need to secure a reservation for as early as possible. It is located right in Canada at the start of the World Showcase, but its location feels like a cozy cellar in Montreal.

The highlights here are definitely the steak with options like the ribeye with onion-cognac gravy being a hit.  However, most will be enchanted by the cheddar cheese soup and pretzel bread alone! With most of the entrees being at least $45, it’s a splurge, but after a romantic day in Epcot, I can’t imagine a better place to dine!

le cellier steakhoust at epcot's canada pavillion

Recommendations for Adults Dining at Hollywood Studios

The focus of Disney’s Hollywood Studios tends to be more on the rides than the food, but that is not to say there are not some gems for dining. This park is all about transporting you into the world of movie-making so that you will feel like you are on a set or inside a fictional world itself. I would avoid most of the quick services here except for the one below and plan to dine at a sit-down restaurant for dinner.

9. Docking Bay 7

  • Price Range: Affordable ($20 per person or less)
  • Atmosphere: Star Wars Themed Cafeteria
  • Cuisine: Unique Fast Food

Star Wars fans can finally dine in a different galaxy with the addition of Docking Bay 7 at Hollywood Studios. This is space themed quick service restaurant with fast food-type meals with a creative twist. Expect to find options like beef stir fry or fried chicken mac and cheese with some interesting takes on shapes and garnishes.

Everything on the menu is under $20 and you get the added bonus of the Star Wars atmosphere experience. Adults can also enjoy themed cocktails like the dragon berry rum Takonda quencher. Do not expect a romantic atmosphere by any means, but it is an unforgettable place for dinner.

10. Hollywood Brown Derby

  • Price Range: Splurge ($35+ per person)
  • Atmosphere: Old Hollywood
  • Cuisine: Classic Californian

For a more traditional sit-down experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I recommend the Hollywood Brown Derby. This spot has an old California vibe with a vintage feel and a simple, yet satisfying menu. It is one of the easier options for getting a reservation, and there is usually room for walk-ups at the bar as well.

I find it to be one of the more reasonable Disney World signature restaurants with the Famous Cobb Salad being just as filling of an entrée at $22 as the Braised Short Rib at $41. Between excellent food and fun drink choices like a margarita flight, it’s perfect for a meal after a day of rides and shows!

Hollywood Brown Derby Shrimp and Grits

Animal Kingdom Restaurant Recommendations for Adults

My favorite Disney theme park for both rides and atmosphere is Animal Kingdom. Not surprisingly, the food also exceeds the rest of the parks. There are tons of food stands around always experimenting with different dishes and a few must-visit bars. If you plan to only spend one day here, these are the two restaurants I recommend for adults, for lunch and dinner respectively.

11. Satu’li Canteen

  • Price Range: Affordable ($20 per person or less)
  • Atmosphere: Avatar Themed Cafeteria
  • Cuisine: Healthy Fast Food

First up for Animal Kingdom, Satu’li Canteen might seem like an odd choice with its Avatar meets army mess hall theme, but the food makes up for any strangeness with the theme. This is one of my favorite quick-service Disney restaurants, especially for adults, because there are healthy and unique options. This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and mainly serves grain bowls.

They offer different variations of grilled beef, chicken, tofu, or shrimp bowls with a tasty base of veggies, rice, and toppings. There are also a few snacks, like bao buns and cakes, but I would plan to come here for a fresh and filling lunch. The bowls hover around $15, but the ingredients are very high quality and unexpected for a cafeteria.

sauli canteen steak bowl

12. Tiffin’s

  • Price Range: Splurge ($35+ per person)
  • Atmosphere: Upscale Explorers Club
  • Cuisine: International Dining

Lastly, if you want an upscale meal at Animal Kingdom and don’t feel like driving to the nearby lodge, Tiffin’s is a fabulous option. This is another great Disney World restaurant for adults, as it could compete with fine dining spots in the real world. The menu features a variety of different African and Asian cuisines and the restaurant has an explorer vibe to it.

The entrees are some of the most distinct at Disney World with options like braai-spiced veal with ruffle polenta and Chermoula-marinated Tofu. Drinks here are another high point with so many cocktails and African wines to choose from, and even a loose-leaf tea menu. If you do not plan to eat here for lunch or dinner, at the very least come to the lounge for a luxurious midday break and enjoy a drink on the patio!

Tiffins Bar at Animal Kingdom

The Best Disney Springs Adults Restaurants

If you are taking an adult’s trip to Disney World, you definitely need to spend an evening at Disney Springs. This is an immersive shopping and dining district with all sorts of cool restaurants, bars, and stores. Each restaurant is specially themed, and the food is much better here than inside the theme parks.

The following three restaurants are my favorites for adults at Disney Springs, however, you can’t go wrong with any of the options listed here. These three are easier to get a reservation at and often take walk-ups. So, if you are struggling to get into any of the restaurants listed above, head to Disney Springs and try one of these!

13. Polite Pig

  • Price Range: Affordable ($20 per person or less)
  • Atmosphere: Rustic Kitchen
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Both delicious and fast, The Polite Pig is a counter-service barbeque restaurant. A couple can easily share a platter with the meat of their choice and a couple of sides (or a meal of all sides for vegans!) for less than $30 total. They also have tasty cocktails and indoor and outdoor seating.

polite pig at disney springs barbecue platter

14. Wine Bar George

  • Price Range: Moderate ($35 per person or less)
  • Atmosphere: Napa Valley Casual
  • Cuisine: Upscale Bar Food

Of all the restaurants at Disney Springs, Wine Bar George is the one I have visited most. This restaurant never gets old! In addition to its amazing wine selection, it also has some savory dishes like fried mac and cheese balls that I can’t resist.

This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, but if you visit on the weekend, I recommend going for brunch. I have tried almost all the entrees and they are incredible, especially the burrata avocado toast and the sausage biscuits and gravy. You can even get a dole whip mimosa slushie, which is truly the best way to start your day at Disney World!

Wine Bar George brunch at Disney Springs

15. Jaleo

  • Price Range: Splurge ($35+ per person)
  • Atmosphere: Modern Spanish Kitchen
  • Cuisine: Tapas

Lastly, I have to recommend Jaleo for an adult dinner at Disney Springs. With such a sophisticated menu, families may struggle to eat here but it is perfect for adults dining without kids. Jose Andres has outdone himself with this spectacular tapas restaurant.

This is the closest I have found to dining in Barcelona inside the United States, with authentic dishes like gambas a la zahara and cebolla asada. You can have a simple with a couple of entrees or go all out with small plates galore. Regardless, it is a true experience and worth spending a couple of hours relaxing and taking in the flavors.

Jaleo at Disney Springs tapas to order

Know Before You Go: The Best Disney World Restaurants for Adults

Whether you are looking to plan a romantic Disney World getaway with your spouse or planning a fun vacation with your friends, there are so many fantastic Disney World restaurants for adults to include in your itinerary. I hope this guide helped you pick a few places to ensure you have a magical AND delicious time. Before you go, here are a few tips to keep in mind for dining at Disney World.

  • I recommend making a reservation for a meal at any of the sit-down restaurants. You can make one up to 60 days in advance at this website or by calling 1-407-WDW-DINE to make reservations
  • For restaurants that are hard to get reservations for, you can always try day-up walk-ups. Groups of two that can sit at the bar can usually be accommodated in a timely fashion.
  • Some restaurants do have dress codes, although they are not very strict. If you are dining at any of the “Splurge” category restaurants, check to see what the dress code is ahead of time.
  • Disney World is a bubble and with that comes inflated prices! Expect to spend at least $15 per person at quick-service meals and at least $30 per person at sit-down restaurants.
  • If you are taking an adults Disney World trip, make sure to find out the best rides to prioritize here!
  • For those looking for hotel options, here are my picks for the best Disney World hotels for adults to stay at.

I hope this guide helped you decide which rides to prioritize at Disney World! If you need help planning a trip, I am partnered with Kelly’s Magical Vacations and highly recommend her services. Find out more here!

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For more tips on where to eat in Orlando, be sure to check out my dining guides to the Best Orlando Restaurants and my favorite date night spots.

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