I have listed before the best VALUE in restaurants at WDW. Buffets offer a better price vs reward for dining.
Now I will list the best restaurants with ATMOSPHERE or DINING EXPERIENCE.
1) Coral Reef>> Ever dine in an aquarium? The Coral Reef puts you eye to eye with sharks and sting rays. The food is better than average, but the service has sometimes been lacking. My trip was wonderful. This is a rare experience of the sea.
2) Royal Table>> Maybe you would like to lunch in a castle. You can be a king or queen for a day. Cinderella’s castle has a restaurant, ornately decorated with stain glass windows. For aspiring princesses, this is the pinnacle of pleasure.
3) California Grill>> High atop the Contemporary offers a view of the Magic Kingdom that most describe as the best in the “World.” Watching the fireworks from here is a grand experience. The food is cutting-edge for innovation and taste.
4) Sci Fi Dine In>> Drive-in theaters inspired with “always night-time” restaurant. Classic science fiction movie trailers play while guests dine in booths shaped like parked cars. Everyone faces the screen while burgers and even more upscale food is consumed.
5) Whispering Canyon Cafe>> The antics of a not-to-bright cowboy makes the experience at this restaurant fun for all. Kids of all ages will laugh at the crazy service you will receive. The food is barbecue and plentiful if not extraordinary. Remember not to ask for catchup!
6) 50’s Prime Time Cafe>> Another interactive restaurant takes you back to the 1950’s and “mom’s” kitchen. Mom keeps a close watch on her “kids.” Fun is for all when “mom” enforces the rules. This interactive experience is for the no-so-shy adult and children at heart. The food is “home style” and comfort foods.
7) ’Ohana’s>> ‘Ohana means family. Everyone is “cousins” here. A large barbecue pit produces hot meats brought to your table. The tropical tastes of the South Pacific and umbrellas in your drinks accent your experience. Views of the lake and Magic Kingdom castle give a wonderful island feel to a reasonably priced meal. Dessert is extra.
1) Mexico>> This “always night-time” experience of dining on a river in Mexico makes this restaurant a jaw dropper. The food is classic Mexican if not extraordinary. Kids will enjoy the simple ride that passes by the restaurant.
1) Morocco>> A Moroccan band and belly dancer entertain while guest feast on lamb and chicken. You will feel a thousand miles away in this exotic locale. The French taught the Moroccans to bake so dessert is excellent and flakey pastry wraps both meats and sweets.
2) Germany>> A reconstructed Alpine village and a lederhosen wearing band will put you in the mood to sing along. HUGE beer steins clink to the music of Oktoberfest. Strangers might be seated at you table allowing you to meet new friends. The food is German and not outstanding.
3) Italy>> Venice is the inspiration for this Italian restaurant. Colorful murals line a ornately Italian table. Emphasis is placed on pasta, olive oil and fresh vegetables. Not much tomato or spices in this menu.
4) Norway>> A smorgasbord is laid out for you at this restaurant set in a Viking castle. Hot foods are prepared for you and brought to your table. Norway being mostly a sea going nation offers wonderful fish selections, both cold and hot. Swedish meatballs are on the lunch menu.
1) Boma>> This 5 star restaurant is known to the Cast Members as the best value at WDW. African inspired dishes will have your mouth dancing in delight. I have not had something that I did not like. For the less adventurous and kids, traditional American food is served.
2) Le Cellier>> This prime steakhouse offers a French meets Canadian menu. Expect wonderful sauces to enrich most dishes. The cheddar cheese soup is great! This is one of the best places to eat at Epcot!
3) Chef’s de France>> Fine French food is served in a wonderful window lined, Parisian setting. This restaurant is less expensive than the one upstairs and still gives you fine French food. Lunch is more reasonably priced than dinner.