Not too many sit down options, but buffet style places are nice... like Queen of Hearts in Fantasyland. Also, Try The SteakHouse in World Bazaar.
at TDS, many options abound and they are great.. Try the very best the park has to offer.. Magellan's, Ristorante di Canalleto (sp?), and SS Columbia dining room. They also have great quick counter options.. like Zambini Restaurant and Portofino Cafe in Mediterranean Harbor.
At Miracosta.. you must try Oceano. At TDL's Sherwood Cafe is nice for a morning or midafternoon meal. At Ambassador Hotel, there is Chef Mickey and Hana.
For Table Service Restaurants at the Tokyo Disney Resort your options are selected but if your after a good meal with perhaps a decent bottle of wine you can't do no wrong with Megellan's. Another good choice if you like italian cuisine is to try Ristorante de Canaletto. S. S. Columbia and Japanese food Restaurant Sakura top the list for fine dining at Tokyo Disney Sea.
If your interested in eating Table Service do it during days when your visiting TDS, as the problem with Tokyo Disneyland is the park is so busy and with so much to do, having a 2-3 hour meal will really cut into your time and enjoyment at the park. TDS on the other hand is a much quieter park and the atsmophere is much more relaxed than at TDL where the pace is a bit more hectic.
Bare in mind also that food portions are smaller than that of western standards, so you may like to try an all you can eat Buffet Restaurant like Sailing Day Buffet, but due to the fact like most Buffet Restaurants, the place is producing mass amounts of food and so the quality may not be what your looking for here!
One thing to keep in mind as well.. Many of the restaurants feature small portions that are more to the japanese liking. If you anticipate going to any of these expensive restaurants, keep in mind that the size of the portion may not be as large as the price. At TDR, the meals are quite decent but sometimes you are also paying for the ambiance. That is especially true to TDS' eateries. TDS' Sailing Day Buffet may not be the best place to eat at TDS, but it certainly gives you the chance to pig out if having a large meal is more to your liking. Seems to me you will have to order a la carte at many pplaces to add on to your meal components.
Another thought is that it may not be wise filling up on big meals with so many snacks available though out both parks including about 20,000 differnt flavours of popcorn. Counter Service at TDR is very edible and nothing like the crap served at other Disney parks, with the exception of Hong Kong Disneyland, which also serves up some good dishes.
Hi ErikM! One of my favorite things about the resort is the constantly changing menu and whimsical look of the food. At TDL I don't really have that many favorites because usually we just go snacking but we tried the Blue Bayou restaurant after the chef won an award and it was a fun atmosphere and not too expensive so I would recommend giving that a try if you want to do sit down at TDL. Another restaurant at TDL that we like is Hokusai which serves Japanese food that is not only very pretty to look at with Disney touches but also tastes very nice!
At TDS there are more choices and it gets harder to choose. Magellans is very nice and the atmosphere is lovely whether you choose the lounge or the restaurant. If you choose the lounge ask about what special cocktails they have for the season or if there is a special dessert menu going on. When we do the restaurant we usually go for the special menu for the event/season going on. S.S. Columbia is also nice and sometimes there is someone playing the piano which my husband loves. The special menu here can be very cute and delicious but one of the things I like to do at this restaurant is to take a break and just order a cappuccino and seasonal dessert while enjoying the atmosphere. If you go one floor lower to the Teddy Roosevelt loung the theming is great and once again ask for the special cocktail. They also usually have a special glass you can buy and take home with dessert inside. At the lounge besides cocktails we love the camembert cheese with bread and the creme brulee and sometimes they have a special dessert set.
Restaurant Sakura which serves Japanese food is also very delicious and nicely themed. Another restaurant at TDS that we haven't had the chance to try is the Ristorante di Caneletto. The menu always looks nice and the outdoor seating looks very lovely. They are supposed to have very yummy pizza and I like that there special menu's always look really elegant. While we haven't tried it personally we've had a few friends recommend it to us and they really enjoyed it.
The hotel dining always has something going on. If you want fun dining but also want a souvenir you should go to the Ambassador hotel. They usually have dining events where you get little plates or a glass with your meal. Right now the have a princess event going on and we've already received a princess themed teapot and sugar holder. The horizon lounge usually has a special dessert set going on and they have really cute and very Disney designs and come with tea or coffee. Empire grill has some really pretty resort themed dining and the all male staff is really different and interesting. We haven't tried Chef Mickey or Hana yet but Hana's menu always looks really gorgeous!
We usually dine at Miracosta restaurants. The BellaVista lounge has a beautiful view of TDS and the menu is always very delicious and elegant looking. It's a very nice place for a romantic dinner or having a cocktail after a day at the park. Oceano is a really beautiful restaurant and the food is very beautiful too! We have been for both the course dining and buffet and can recommend it in both cases. The course dining is very romantic and while I usually dislike buffet the buffet food is actually very good and there are many cute desserts too! If you go around the time of Mythica you can see it from the balcony too which is very fun! We tried Silk Road for the first time on Valentines nights and the flavors were very refreshing and delicious and we will definitely come back again to try the Chef course menu.
The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel has fewer dining options but we have liked what we've tried. The Dreamers lounge has a good special for the sandwich set in the afternoon and the afternoon tea is really nice, we tried the Christmas version. The cocktails are great and the non alcohol cocktails are themed to the different lands which is very fun. We haven't eaten at Sherwood garden but the cafe attached to the restaurant is very nice a relaxing when you need to take a break. Canna also we haven't tried usually because it closes just a bit too early for us but the new course menu looks really whimsical so we would love to give it a try.