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Dad’s Favorite Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

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What are Dad’s favorite Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World?

Which comes first? Go ahead.. Take a guess…

Dad’s Favorite is ‘Ohana

The fire pit at 'Ohana

This is where the Magic happens – Photo by Brett Svenson

My favorite table-service restaurant is … Drum roll please. ‘Ohana, yes. It is ‘Ohana.

I love ‘Ohana. ‘Ohana is just one of those places that makes me happy. Meat cooked over fire on sticks, served in copious proportions. Isn’t that the definition of happy?

I think they serve some green stuff there, I don’t know. I don’t eat it. Yeah, I do. I eat a little bit of it. I even ate the salad once. But, yes. I’m there for the steak, and for the pork, and for the chicken, and for the shrimpies. Whatever they got. Meat on sticks. Just that’s what I want. What could be better than that?

And don’t forget the bread pudding. ‘Ohana used to give you pineapple with caramel sauce for desert. The first time they changed to the bread pudding, we decided we weren’t going to do the bread pudding. They were still giving you the choice with the pineapple and the caramel.

We had decided not to try the bread pudding. We just weren’t going to do it. We were traditional. We were going to stick with the pineapple. The server said, “Okay, that’s fine, but I’m going to bring you one.”

At that time The Man-Child was probably 15, 16 at the time, and we were having a kind of eating contest. My belly was full and I really just wanted a little pineapple to kind of top off the meal, but they brought out this bread pudding, with big old scoops of ice cream on it.

We all said, alright we’ll give it a try. we tried it. And we tried, and we tried, and we ate. We ended up eating two of those that night, when we weren’t going to touch it at all. Two big old bowls of bread pudding and ice cream.

Needless to say, we were all really stuffed by the time it was time we left there. But I love that bread pudding and ice cream. I got a taste for it.

Yep, ‘Ohana is our favorite Table Service Restaurant at Walt Disney World!

Dad’s ‘Ohana page

The Hoop Dee Doo Revue

The cast of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue

The cast of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue is really good – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Number two is the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue. Hoop, Hoop-Dee-Doo-Doo. I love the Hoop-Dee-Doo. I like the show. I like the foods. The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue serves fried chicken and ribs, and beans, and potatoes, corn on the cob, cornbread and all that fatty goodness. The stuff you should eat on vacation.

I even like the salad. It was the best salad I’d ever eaten. It’s nothing special. I mean, it’s just lettuce, tomatoes and dressing. But oh, that dressing was just perfect. Perfect! the first time I had it. Me eating salad and liking it. Surprising.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue is my second favorite restaurant at WDW and the show is downright good!

Dad’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue page

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Cinderella Castle is home of Cinderella's Royal Table

Cinderella’s Royal Table is in… – Photo by Wayne Wood

Number three, Cinderella’s Royal Table. Cinderella’s Royal Table is a great experience. It’s a little fancier than most of Dad’s choices, but it’s a great meal.

Cinderella’s Royal Table is located in the castle. Cinderella Castle. Right on Main Street. Right in the middle of the Magic Kingdom. It’s a very special meal.

A couple of years ago the whole family went to Cindy’s for dinner. It may be the best quality meal we’ve ever had at Disney. The food was really good. The Princesses came around to the tables and the interaction was really good. The Man-Child even got his picture made with Jasmine. He’s had a crush on her since he was 5.

Dad’s Cinderella’s Royal Table page

Sci-Fi Dine-In

A milk shake on a table at Sci-Fi Dine-In

Who doesn’t like a milk shake at the drive in? – Photo by Judd Helms

Let’s go to the other end of the spectrum. From really fancy to Sci-Fi Dine-In.

We don’t go to Sci-Fi Dine-In for the fine dining. We go to Sci-Fi Dine-In for the fun. You sit in a car, you watch the old movies. It’s just fun.

I grew up going to drive-in theaters. Sci-Fi reminds me of the good ole days. It’s just so kitchy and cute. Yeah, the movies aren’t recent. They’re black and white. They’re just trailers for old B movies and C movies and D movies. Some pretty awful movies. But it’s just the atmosphere is so much fun. I just love Sci-Fi Dine-In. And the shakes and burgers are pretty good.

Dad’s Sci-Fi Dine-In page

Tusker House (character breakfasts)

Mickey in his safari gear giving Trent a hug

The character interaction is pretty awesome at character breakfasts – Photo by Brett Svenson

What comes next? Character breakfast. I’m going to use Tusker House because it’s the one that we typically go to, because we’re usually trying to do some kind of dining package at Animal Kingdom, and that’s where we like to eat, is breakfast at Tusker House.

Disney does buffet breakfast really, really well. The food is usually good. There’s some special items at Tusker House, but I really enjoy the character breakfast at Tusker House.

Donald and Daisy, and Mickey and Minnie, and Goofy, all in their safari gear, and it’s just a lot of fun to go to character breakfast at Tusker House. Now, wherever character you want, all of the character breakfasts are pretty, pretty good. So, whichever character breakfast fits you, that’s the one you ought to go to.

Dad’s Tusker House page

Olivia’s Cafe

Olivia's Cafe is kind of quiet

This is rush our, lol – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Speaking of my favorite table service breakfasts at Walt Disney World, try this. We went to this one just on Tuesday morning. We went to Olivia’s Café.

Mrs. Mom loves Olivia’s Café. It is a quiet, off the beaten path. If you’re using Disney transportation, it’s really hard to get to. It’s in the Old Key West Resort, but there’s an omelet there that Mrs. Mom just loves. If you want kind of a quiet… we were there at 8:00 in the morning, and there were like four other tables that were filled at that time, so it’s a nice, quiet atmosphere. Kind of away from the hustle and bustle that you get at most of the other restaurants. Olivia’s Café is one of our favorite places for breakfast.

Via Napoli

Via Napoli fixes pizza right in front of you

Via Napoli is pretty awesome – Photo by Judd Helms

There’s lots more, but let’s end with Via Napoli pizza at EPCOT. Via Napoli has the best pizza at Walt Disney World. Period!

We ate there a couple of years ago with some friends from Australia. Just big old family pizza. Salad, and the Zeppoles. Zeppole’s are those little doughnut balls that they serve at the end of the meal. They are really good. We really like Via Napoli.

Dad’s Via Napoli page

I could go on and on. There’s probably 30, 40 restaurants that I could mention, but those are my favorite Table Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World. The ones that we think about going back to every time we go.

Your favorites

What are your favorites. Do you agree with Dad or do you have other restaurants you like? Tell us down in the comments. We’d love to hear what you think.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line is there are a lot of good restaurants at Walt Disney World. We don’t all have the same taste buds. We don’t all like the same things. Whatever you like, you should try it. Give it a try. Make your own list of favorite Table Service Restaurants at WDW!


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Comments for

Feb 02, 2018 favorites – tried and true
by: Dave

We are DVC members since 1994 and make at least 1 have visited per year for 7-10 days since then. Food is very important to our family- we call it ‘eating your way thru WDW” – from before food and wine. We book 1-2 meals each day there – just depends, but 2 more often than not- alternate breakfast/lunch with dinner–. I agree with many of your choices Dad…and will focus on tried and true although there are so many new places – we just tried a number last Thanksgiving – Boathouse/Homecoming/Morimoto’s among them- but when booking our meals there are some standards we almost always book, or at least every other trip. Breakfast, have yet to do Tusker house – we did Trails End this last trip and cost effective wise felt like a deal.But #1 breakfast for us would be either Olivia’s or Kona Cafe…usually do both every trip. Glad more people don’t crowd Olivia’s , it is a true hidden gem. Lunch we switch up – Prime Time ( fried chicken or pot pie) / Sci Fi diner / and Via Napoli ( pizza) are our favorites…. Dinner is the big deal…I don’t think we’ve ever made a trip without one night in the Biergarten (yes we are German/Czech) but the show with the food always very good. Recently Teppan Edo has made our rotation often as well. Cape May with it’s all you can eat crab legs is always delicious with great deserts as well. However the 4star ones for us are O’Hana and every trip for about the last 15-20 years we book Cali Grill about 30 minutes before fireworks. The menu has changed but remains quality ( and they’ll still make the Teryaki Filet is you ask ) – Yes it’s a bit pricey but I used to email the manager ( you can always find out who they are) ahead of time because we visited around our wedding anniversary and kidly requested that a window table would be great if available , if not we understood. Well fo our 25th a number of years ago- the manager surprised us by without our prior knowledge seating us at a table by itself at the corner window facing MK – had mickey cutouts and glitter on the table – provided us with a free 1/2 bottle of champagne – –and came out to visit us and congratulate us…( she is now managing Poly) – then the big surprise – they brought out a mini version of every desert on the menu gratis….. we have never eaten anywhere else on our last night of trip since….

Feb 02, 2018 Best Food Ever
by: Annette

We (5 adults and 2 kids) go to Disney World just about every year to 18 months, and always use the Deluxe Dining Plan. I have saved the receipts and done the math and we always save at least $500 -$800. As we are usually there for at least 8 days I prefer table service as a time to relax from a busy day. We have made it a point to try at least one or two new places each time we go. We usually only have Breakfast and Dinner with a snack in between, and like to splurge on a few of the 2 credit dining spots. Our hands down favorite is the Contemporary Grill. I always try to book a 7:00-7:30 PM reservation so that we can go out on the terrace to view the fireworks. The staff is so great, and will hold your meal when the fireworks are on. The view from the terrace is amazing.

Feb 02, 2018 Great places to eat
by: gmk

We love The Liberty Tree Tavern and The Crystal Palace at The MK. Both are buffet style and give plenty to eat. The Liberty Tree Tavern is different since everything all courses are brought to your table. I know some may agree, but this 2 are better than Cinderella’s Palace and Be Our Guest.

Feb 02, 2018 Jungle Navigation Co.
by: Anonymous

We discovered the Jungle Navigation Co. in the Magic Kingdom a few years ago, and that is now our table service restaurant on Magic Kingdom days. We like the food and atmosphere and it is rarely crowded. It is a perfect rest in the middle of a busy day for a lunch stop.

Feb 02, 2018 Oldie But Goodie
by: PegS

I want to give a shout out tho The Plaza, in the MAgic Kingdom. We started having our final meal (Lunch on our last day) here many years ago. It has become a tradition. For those who think of The Plaza as just ice cream, you are truly missing something special. An Oldie but a wonderful treat for a meal.

Feb 02, 2018 Cinderella’s Disappointment.
by: PegS

I must take issue with your pick of Cinderella’s Royal Table. It breaks my heart, to say this. I was very excited to go to The Castle for dinner. We go tho WDW every two years and for some reason never made it. We were rushed, or waiter was seemingly, bored. Never made eye contact. Yes, we were a table of an adult couple. Only two Princesses made their way tho our take.

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