We love a good Disney World brunch. And really, what’s not to love? You can have breakfast foods or lunch items depending on what kind of mood you’re in. You could have a lunch dish with a breakfast-y twist or vice versa. Think: burger with a fried egg and bacon or pulled pork eggs benedict. Heck, if it’s a buffet or served family-style, you could even have both! Mickey waffles and fried chicken, anyone?
Do you wish you could have a nice, light breakfast before a day at the parks (or perhaps a stuff-yourself-silly breakfast feast sure to carry you through until your character dinner – we won’t judge) and still have time to sleep in? Us too! Well, guess what! With brunch, you can have it all.
Maybe you think, “Darn it, I’m on vacation. I’ve worked hard for this break and I deserve a drink.” To that we say, “Cheers to you, dear traveler! At brunch at Disney World, anything is possible. Now, go! Have a glass, or three, of bottomless mimosas!”
Yes, friends, you can have all this and more at the best Disney brunch spots.
All jokes aside, there’s no denying the fact that some restaurants at Disney World make a mean brunch. But just where has the best brunch at Disney World? We threw ourselves into the tasty task and decided to find out.
Best Brunch – Disney Springs
When it comes to brunch at Disney Springs versus the rest Walt Disney World, Disney Springs is the undisputed victor. Whether you’re hungry for southern comfort classics, seafood-focused dishes, Italian-inspired eats, breakfast favorites with an Irish twist, or more, you’re sure to find a Disney Springs brunch spot for you and your crew.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
If dishes like biscuits and gravy with pimiento cheese and fried chicken or homemade donuts with bacon and caramel sound like brunch heaven, then you don’t want to miss the Rise and Shine Southern Brunch at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. The Rise and Shine brunch runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 2pm.
Comfort food with Floridian flair is what Homecomin’ brunch is all about. Favorites include the House-made Donuts, Hush Puppy Benedict, and the Hallelujah Biscuit, a cheddar biscuit loaded with fried chicken, bacon, pimiento cheese, and gravy. Bloody Mary fans will be happy with five kinds on the menu. And steer clear of the mimosa in favor of the White Peach Sangria, peach moonshine and a moonshine-soaked peach slice included. Thanks Homecomin’. Disney Springs brunch competition can be stiff, but The Rise and Shine Brunch definitely rises to the occasion like a well-rested buttermilk biscuit.
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
Fans of soul food, and really, soul in general, will know that the House of Blues has been crushing the brunch game for years with their longtime-running Gospel Brunch. But, surprise! House of Blues Orlando has not one, but two brunches: their classic Gospel Brunch and the new Bayou Brunch. The Gospel Brunch is held every Sunday in the Music Hall, while the Bayou Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm.
The Gospel Brunch is an all-you-can-eat breakfast extravaganza with Southern favorites like Chicken & Waffles and rousing gospel performed live throughout. Listen to live music by local artists at the Bayou Brunch, with an a la carte menu featuring more Southern-inspired classics like Pig Grits & Shrimp, Brisket Hash, and Chicken ‘n’ Donuts, as well as not-so-Southern classics like Bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Marys.
Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
Looking for something a little bit different? Like, pasta-for-breakfast different? Give Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante a try! Brunch is available at Maria & Enzo’s every Sunday from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Go for unique Italian-inspired dishes like Nutella-stuffed French Toast, Frittata Rustica, Braised Beef Short Rib Ragù, or the Italian Breakfast Board with parmesan scrambled eggs and Italian sausage. Or go for the classic Spaghetti alla Carbonara, with Bottomless Mimosas or Bellinis to wash it all down.
Overwhelmed by large menus? We get it. How can you be expected to make a decision when it all looks so good? Then brunch at Paddlefish is for you. Served on Sundays from 11:30am to 4pm, the Paddlefish Disney brunch menu is decidedly petite. However, what it lacks in options, it more than makes up for in breakfast-y goodness. For something savory, try Crab & Asparagus Benedict (Hello, lobster-infused hollandaise sauce!) or the fully loaded Bloody Mary with king crab, shrimp and candied bacon. Sweet tooths will enjoy the Monte Cristo sandwich and The King Meets the Captain, Elvis-inspired French toasted encrusted in Cap’n Crunch.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
It really must be true what they say about the luck of the Irish because The Rollicking Raglan Brunch at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is magically delicious. Raglan Road brunch is served from 11am to 3pm on Saturdays and 10am to 3pm on Sundays, with entertainment provided by the Irish band and Raglan Road Dancers.
The menu here is split between “Brunchy Stuff” like the Full Irish, Pork Hash Tagged, and The Anglo Irish eggs benedict with Irish Ham, and “Lunchy Stuff” like classic Fish & Chips. You’ll also get a hunk of the restaurant’s Irish Brown Soda Bread and their addictive Guinness Dipping Sauce to share with your table – which you won’t want to do because it’s so yummy, but you need to do so you have space for the rest of your food. Oh, the sacrifices we make. Bottomless drinks aren’t provided here, but there is an extensive drink menu.
Wanting something a little more upscale? Be sure to check out weekend brunch at STK Orlando on Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 3pm. This is a carnivore’s paradise, with meat of all cuts and protein-forward breakfast dishes galore. Try the Truffle Steak & Egg, Smoked Pork Belly Benedict, Lobster & Eggs Benedict, or Hot Chicken & Waffle. While you’re at it, snag a Bag O’ Donuts and Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys for 90 minutes.
The Boathouse is the newest place for brunch at Disney Springs since The Captain’s Sing-Along began on February 21. Brunch runs here from 10am-3pm, with dueling pianos providing some lively entertainment between 11am and 2pm. That’s right, folks! It’s like Jellyrolls with eggs and bacon. The Captain’s Sing-Along is still flying pretty under the radar, and we’re not sure yet whether this is just a Sunday brunch or a weekend brunch. We will update as we learn more.
As far as the menu goes, meal options include seafood-forward dishes like Shrimp and Grits, Jumbo Lump Crabcakes Benedict, and the Boathouse Bloody Mary with jumbo shrimp, as well as standbys like Fried Chicken Biscuit & Gravy and Avocado Toast. Plus, if you show up in a captain’s hat or a Boathouse shirt, you even get a free mimosa! Are these especially unique brunch dishes? Not exactly, but with unique entertainment and the ability to earn yourself a free mimosa, we think The Boathouse brunch is one of the most fun of the bunch.
Wine Bar George
You may think that Wine Bar George is only good for a cheese and charcuterie board and a glass of frosé after a long day at the parks. And while it is definitely good for that, it is also worth a visit for its Wine Country Brunch. Served on Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 3pm, brunch here features a variety of starters, mains, sides, sweets, and, of course, drinks.
While some brunch items, like the always tasty Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites, others are exclusive to the brunch menu, such as the Kendall Brook Smoked Salmon, a brioche and mascarpone French Toast, Steak & Eggs Frites, and Burrata with avocado and candied bacon. Umm… yum! Drinks are available by both the carafe and glass. While any of their frozen wine cocktails are worth a try, we highly recommend going for the Froscato Mimosa with Dole Whip, moscato, and prosecco.
Best Brunch – Disney World Resorts
Basic brunch is lovely, but brunch at Disney World resorts can be just plain magical. The theming is a delight, the food is delicious, and you get a bit of resort hopping in too. It’s the perfect combination of weekend vacation indulgence and that famous Disney pixie dust. Brunch is available at resorts across Disney property with a variety of takes on breakfast-meets-lunch favorites, including everything from African-inspired dishes to brunch you can drink.
California Grill at Contemporary Resort
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We love a meal with a view. And oh, what a view it is at the Brunch at the Top at California Grill. Brunch at the Top typically runs on Sundays. This is a unique, hybrid dining experience, with a buffet spread, a la carte entrees, bottomless mimosas, a Bloody Mary bar, live entertainment, and valet parking all included in the price.
Listen to instrumental renditions of your favorite Disney songs as you dine on an array of breakfast and lunch items like Sushi, House-made Charcuterie, Blackened Gulf Shrimp with parmesan grits, or Pineapple-Coconut Stuffed French Toast. And be sure to swing by the Chef’s Omelet Station.
Chef Mickey’s at Contemporary Resort
“If this is Disney,” you’re probably thinking, “where are all the characters?” They’re all over at Chef Mickey’s Fun Time Buffet at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! The only character dining option on our list, Mickey’s Fun Time Buffet is normally offered every day of the week from 11:30am to 2:30pm.
The chef (AKA Mickey Mouse) will stop by for a visit, along with his friends Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald. As you’re waiting, guests can nosh on an array of breakfast-y and lunch-y dishes like Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Corned Beef Hash, Pot Roast, and Pork Tenderloin with Apple Chutney.
Grand Floridian Café at Grand Floridian Resort
All right, we confess. The next brunch spot on our list isn’t technically brunch – it’s a breakfast-meets-lunch menu with breakfast hours. However, we hope you’ll forgive us because breakfast at the underrated Grand Floridian Café is well worth a visit. Better yet, unlike other brunch places at Disney, you can enjoy brunchy favorites every single day here between 7:30am and 11am.
The menu here features simple yet elevated American brunch classics. We recommend trying the Lobster ‘Thermidor’ Burger or the Eggs Benedict. For a boozy hit, don’t forget to add on the Chipotle Bloody Mary or the Grand Mimosa.
Olivia’s Café at Old Key West Resort
Brunch is all about laidback relaxation, and nothing says laidback quite like the Florida Keys. So, take a trip to the islands during brunch at Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. To start your day on island time, enjoy Olivia’s Café brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30am to 2pm.
As you’d expect, the brunch menu here is filled with sweet and savory classics with a tropical twist. The Crab Cake-Eggs Benedict with key lime hollandaise is a highlight, as is the Chicken and Waffles (yay bacon jam!), Banana Bread French Toast with coconut whipped cream, and Shrimp and Grits. Top it all off with the Loaded Key West Bloody Mary.
Phins at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Ok, so this next one isn’t so much brunch as it is a conveniently portable meal that just happens to be in a cup… with alcohol. That’s right, folks – it can only mean one thing: ridiculously over-the-top Bloody Marys. Swing on in to Phins at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort for their Proud Marys, AKA “Brunch in a Glass.” Part of Phins’ Sunday Sips program, these next-level Bloody Marys are available on Sundays between 10am and 2pm.
You’re probably thinking, “Bloody Marys? Surely, those can’t be enough to justify a trip to a hotel lounge.” However, we beg to differ. Phins serves up four different Bloody Marys, each inspired by one of the signature restaurants at the Swan and Dolphin. There’s the seafood-filled Zoo Mary, the Maria Italiana with antipasti skewers, the surf-and-turf steakhouse Hail Mary, and the Asian-inspired Dragon Mary. Extreme? Yes. Delicious? Also yes.
Trail’s End at Fort Wilderness Resort
Trail’s End Restaurant at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is what we’d consider one of Walt Disney World’s hidden gems. With its hearty, homey comfort food favorites, down-home hospitality, and rustic atmosphere, it’s enough to make you forget that you’re on Disney property. And we really like it that way. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30am to 2pm at Trail’s End Restaurant.
Disney brunch, we’re sad to say, has a bit of a “same same, but different” kind of vibe to it. And while that is still the case here at Trail’s End (the Mickey waffles are everywhere!), we still think brunch here is worth the trip if you’re in the mood for cozy classics like Cheese Grits and Pulled Pork Benedict. Plus, as one of the more affordable buffet options on our list, this is a great brunch for those looking to eat a lot for not a lot while staying on the notoriously expensive Disney property.
Best Holiday Brunch at Disney World
If you’re anything like our family, you love celebrating holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day with a good, old-fashioned brunch. Because nothing says “I love you, mom” like a smorgasbord of smoked salmon, eggs benedict, shrimp cocktail, and a free carnation.
So, there’s a good chance that you’re wondering, “Is there a Disney brunch on Mother’s Day? And what about a Disney Easter brunch?” Luckily, the good folks at Walt Disney World seem to love the delightful combination of breakfast, lunch, and festive celebrating with a splash of booze as much as we do, and typically offering both Mother’s Day and Easter brunch, Disney World style, at two resorts.
Ale & Compass Restaurant at Yacht Club Resort
For those looking for a nice place to take their family for Easter or Mother’s Day brunch over their Disney World vacation need look no further than the Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Styled after a gastropub, the Ale & Compass offers an elevated, yet still casual, atmosphere, making it perfect for a Disney Easter brunch. Guests can tuck in to bottomless helpings of breakfast dishes like Blueberry-Bacon Pancakes and Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits or opt for the savory Maine Lobster Roll.
Boma – Flavors of Africa at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Boma – Flavors of Africa in Jambo House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge may be known for its dinner buffet, but its holiday brunch is equally worth a visit. For the uninitiated, Boma serves African-inspired cuisine. While this might sound intimidating, Boma’s breakfast and holiday brunch menus are more American with a kiss of African flair. Brunch is also a buffet with all the usual items like omelets, pancakes, and French Toast Bread Pudding, along with a special Holiday Soup and Salad. Soups and salads are what Boma is known for, so be sure to save some space for some along with all the breakfast-y basics.
Whispering Canyon Café at Wilderness Lodge
Hoping for a holiday brunch that takes family-friendly fun to the next level? You won’t want to miss the Holiday Brunch-B-Q at the Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This is the sort of brunching that sticks to your ribs until dinner, with all-you-can-eat skillets brimming with homespun favorites like House-made Buttermilk-Cheddar Biscuits, Hickory-smoked Beef Brisket, and Pulled Pork. Typically known for rowdy antics from both the cast members and the guests, this is an entertaining spot for Mother’s Day or Easter brunch at Disney World for both kids and moms alike.
Well, that wraps up our review of the best places to brunch at Disney World. We hope we’ve got your culinary gears turning as you plan your next Walt Disney World vacation. We’d like to end with a couple thoughts.
First, in our opinion, one of the best things about brunch is that it runs late. It’s a meal made for relaxation – for sleeping in and lingering over delicious bites and bottomless cocktails. This is something you savor, not power through so you can go ride all the rides (and hopefully not puke your guts out).
So, if your schedule allows, consider planning your Disney brunch for the last day of your vacation. By that time, you should have accomplished everything you wanted to see, with your final day saved for packing, shopping, and maybe returning to a park for one last visit. This is the perfect time to enjoy a slower start to your day because there’s no pressure to hurry so you can check things off your vacation bucket list.
If that’s not possible but you’d still like to work in a brunch at Disney World, schedule it for one of your slower days and, ideally, not on a day when you’re visiting a food-heavy park like Epcot. You gotta save all that valuable stomach space! Alternatively, with brunch typically starting during the breakfast hours and running until the early afternoon, you could also hit the parks early for a rope-drop start, go on as many rides as possible while the lines are relatively short, take a brunch break, then either return to the same park you started your morning at or park hop somewhere new.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to make reservations! Getting a spot at a Disney restaurant as a walk-in can be a challenge during the best of times. Add in a special brunch menu and limited hours and this is one meal when you don’t want to be caught without an advance reservation. This is especially true for Disney Springs brunch spots, with an onslaught of both locals and tourists.
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In closing, no matter where you decide to eat, you’re sure to have a wonderful time brunching at Disney. Have had brunch at Disney World? We’d love to hear all the delicious details. Where did you go? What did you have? What’s next on your list? Let us know in the comments below.
Amber is a proud former Walt Disney World Cast Member, an unabashed travel addict, and a hospitality and tourism specialist with over 10 years in the industry. She likes getting her wanderlust fix by sharing her favorite park tips and tricks with other Disney fans. When she isn’t working, you can usually catch her in a hot power yoga class or spending way too much money at Disney Springs.