Sci Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Top 21 Best Disney World Restaurants for Families

Between the awesome rides and exciting shows, exploring the Walt Disney World Resort is an adventure that can work up quite an appetite, especially if you’re traveling with a kid or two (or more) in tow. The top Disney World restaurants for families not only dish up delicious food but also create unforgettable, kid-friendly dining experiences in magical, memorable settings.

From regal feasts hosted by Disney Princesses to wild encounters with dinosaurs or African animals, from character-filled meals with the likes of Mickey Mouse or Winnie the Pooh to nostalgic eateries inspired by a drive-in movie theater or a meal in your grandma’s kitchen, there is an array of wonderful options to satisfy the cravings and interests of every family.

In this restaurant guide, we’ll dive into these pixie-dusted culinary delights—including their atmosphere, dining style, menu and more—as we break down the top 21 Disney World restaurants for kids and their families. Let’s dig in!

Hollywood & Vine at night during Christmas

21 Best Table-Service Restaurants in Disney World for Families with Kids

With a veritable smorgasbord of dining outlets in Disney World (over 200, to be precise, including more than 90 table-service restaurants), knowing which option is right for your family can be overwhelming, to say the least. For this handy-dandy restaurant guide, we’ll go over the best Disney restaurants for kids, from the theme parks to the Disney World hotels to Disney Springs. That way, you’ll be able to choose the one that is best for you, no matter what your plans are or where you’re going for the day.

Magic Kingdom Park

Be Our Guest Restaurant

If you’ve ever dreamed of dining in a fairytale castle, then Be Our Guest Restaurant at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is a must-visit. Located in Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland, this enchanting eatery transports guests straight into one of Disney’s most beloved animated movies: Beauty and the Beast. While this restaurant is on the spendy side—plan on spending $67 per adult and $39 per child ages 3 to 9 (plus tax and gratuity)—we think it’s worth it for the transporting experience.

The French-inspired cuisine on offer begins with dishes like buttery escargot and succulent steak and ends with what could arguably be the most iconic dessert at any Walt Disney World restaurant (except for maybe DOLE Whip or, as we’ll get to in a bit, ‘Ohana’s bread pudding), the famous Grey Stuff. (Can’t make it to Be Our Guest yourself? Check out the recipe to make your own at home.) It’s not just about the food, though. Every detail has been meticulously designed to recreate the magic of Belle and Beast’s world, with immersively themed dining rooms inspired by settings like the West Wing and Grand Ballroom. If you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to see the Beast himself prowl through on his way to check on Belle or his enchanted rose.

Gargoyle statue in front of Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Without a doubt, one of the most iconic Disney restaurants also happens to be one of the best Disney World restaurants for kids: Cinderella’s Royal Table. Located in, you guessed it, Cinderella Castle at the heart of Magic Kingdom Park, this character-hosted table-service restaurant is one of Disney World’s most coveted dining experiences. As you can probably imagine, the atmosphere here is truly magical, complete with medieval-style decor, stained glass windows, and grand stone archways. It’s like stepping into your own storybook.

The prix fixe menu is also fit for royalty, featuring American classics with a gourmet twist. Even the desserts get a sprinkle of Cinderella-inspired pixie dust, such as The Clock Strikes Twelve, a rich dark chocolate mousse, and Jac & Gus, a creamy cheesecake. What really sets this place apart, however, are its special guests, the Disney Princesses themselves. During your meal, you’ll have opportunities to meet and greet characters like Cinderella, Ariel or Snow White, making it an unforgettable experience, especially for little ones. As you might expect, the regal setting and guest list make Cinderella’s Royal Table one of the more expensive restaurants in Disney World. But if you ask us, it’s worth every penny.

Royal Table Dining Hall

The Crystal Palace

Looking for a charming character dining experience that’s as delightful as a romp through the Hundred-Acre Wood? Then look no further than The Crystal Palace at the top of Main Street, USA. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this Victorian-inspired buffet restaurant is currently the only character meal at Walt Disney World where you can meet Winnie the Pooh and his friends. It’s like stepping into one of A.A. Milne’s beloved stories. (They typically also greet guests alongside Mary Poppins, Alice and The Mad Hatter during breakfast at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort—along with Cinderella, her step-sisters, Lady Tremaine and Prince Charming during dinner—but, at the time of writing, it remains temporarily unavailable.)

As for the food, each meal here is served buffet-style, with dishes like pancakes and waffles for breakfast and seasonal ravioli, prime rib, country-fried chicken and mashed potatoes for lunch and dinner. Character meals tend to be on the spendier side, so plan to pay $45 per adult here for breakfast and $59 per adult for lunch and dinner service. However, we think it’s worth every penny for the enchanting atmosphere and memorable encounters with some of Disney’s most loved characters.

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Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Ready to dine like royalty? Step into the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion in World Showcase. This medieval castle-themed restaurant offers a Disney dining experience fit for a king or queen. The atmosphere is enchanting, with high arched ceilings and grand chandeliers casting a warm glow. But it’s not just about the surroundings—Akershus serves up delicious Scandinavian cuisine, like Norwegian meatballs, lefse slathered with cinnamon butter and salad drizzled with lingonberry vinaigrette.

Of course, the real highlight is meeting the Disney Princesses as they visit each table throughout the meal. Although the meal price may be steep ($53 per adult for breakfast and $63 for lunch and dinner), we think the cost is well worth it because of the chance for your little ones to interact with their favorite characters without waiting in long lines. Just be sure to secure your spot at this renowned banquet hall ahead of time—it’s one of the most sought-after restaurants in Disney World.

Pan of sausage links and sauerkraut

Biergarten Restaurant

Imagine dining in a Bavarian village while being serenaded by traditional German music. That’s the experience you’ll get at Biergarten Restaurant, which is located in the Germany Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Designed to look like you’re dining in a quaint town square by moonlight, the atmosphere is festive and family-friendly, with a live oompah band and long communal tables that encourage socializing (and maybe even a little polka dancing). It’s like a party, but with bratwurst!

As for the food, Biergarten serves up hearty German fare buffet-style. Think sausages, sauerkraut, schnitzel and more. It’s a feast fit for a beer-loving Bavarian king. Although this is a buffet, it is on the cheaper side, costing $49 per adult and $27 per child. However, once you see your kiddo dancing their heart out on the dance floor, we think the price will be well worth it.

Garden Grill tables and signage

Garden Grill Restaurant

Looking for a character meal unlike anything else at Walt Disney World? Then Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot is the place to be. This unique table-service restaurant slowly rotates, giving you ever-changing views of Epcot’s Living with the Land attraction. Add in a relatively lower price point compared to many of the other character dining options, a lineup of dishes perfect for picky eaters and close-up encounters with two of Disney’s most dynamic duos and this family-friendly spot might just become your new favorite Disney World restaurant.

Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the menu features family-style palate-pleasing all-American classics like Mickey waffles, roasted chicken, grilled beef, mashed potatoes and ‘berry’ delicious shortcake crafted with fresh, seasonal ingredients harvested from The Land, right downstairs in the pavilion’s greenhouses. It’s farm-to-table dining, Disney style. And it gets better—while you eat, expect tableside visits from everyone’s favorite chipmunks, Chip ‘n’ Dale, as well as Mickey in his farmer getup and his best pal Pluto. All in all, this is one of the best character meals Disney World has to offer.

Guests at Space 220 Restaurant

Space 220 Restaurant

For a truly intergalactic culinary experience, Space 220 Restaurant is the perfect destination. Located in World Discovery in Epcot’s Future World, this place will take you on a cosmic culinary adventure. Prepare for liftoff as you step into the simulated elevator that will transport you 220 miles above Earth. Then, once you arrive, get ready to feast your eyes on breathtaking views of outer space through massive “windows.” It’s like dining among the stars.

Lunch and dinner at this out-of-this-world table-service restaurant offer up elevated (haha) American cuisine with a modern twist. Even the kids menu here is a cut above the typical chicken nuggets you’ll find at other restaurants in Disney World, with options like Steak & Space Fries and Spaceghetti. Now, let’s chat about the cost. At $79 for an adult prix fixe meal and $29 for kids, this certainly isn’t the cheapest dining outlet on our list. However, if you’re looking for a memorable experience for your next Disney World vacation that you can’t get anywhere else, then you can’t beat Space 220 Restaurant.

Hibachi grills in Japanese restaurant

Teppan Edo

Located in the Japan Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase, this restaurant serves up authentic Japanese cuisine cooked right before your eyes. For anyone who has never had the delight of dining at a teppanyaki restaurant before, then you are in for a treat. At this Asian-inspired eatery, you and your family will be seated around a sizzling grill that becomes center stage for the rest of your meal.

Here, talented chefs put on a dazzling culinary display, flipping, tossing and grilling up ingredients to stunning effect. It’s like dinner and a show all in one. Your kids will love it. You’ll love it. It truly is a win-win all around. Lastly, let’s talk about the price. You can expect to spend anywhere from $20 to $60 or more, depending on what you order. But trust us, the quality of the food and the unforgettable dining experience make it worth every penny.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Hollywood & Vine sign

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood & Vine

Looking for a kid-friendly dining experience with a dash of Tinseltown magic? Look no further than Hollywood & Vine in Disney World. Located in Echo Lake, this restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios serves up two different character meals: the Disney Junior Play n’ Dine Breakfast and, for lunch and dinner, Minnie’s Seasonal Dining.

As for the menu, expect an all-American feast made with picky eaters in mind. We especially enjoy the rotating lunch and dinner menus, which change along with the decorations and characters’ costumes to fit the current seasonal theme, whether spring, summer, Halloween, holiday or silver screen. No matter when you visit or who your favorite Disney character might be, one thing is certain: a meal at Hollywood & Vine promises memories that will last long after dessert has been served.

BBQ meals on a table

Roundup Rodeo BBQ

If you’re looking for character-inspired fun, a fun atmosphere and some delicious grub, look no further than Roundup Rodeo BBQ. Located in Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this is one of the newest Disney World restaurants and a great spot for families looking for an immersively themed dining experience. The atmosphere of Roundup Rodeo BBQ transports you straight into Woody’s world with its vibrant colors and playful decor. You’ll feel like a toy among the oversized crayons and other familiar items from the beloved Pixar films, especially when they say that Andy’s coming.

As for the cuisine? Well, partner, get ready for some mouthwaterin’ barbecue. The menu boasts a variety of smoked meats slathered in tangy sauce, along with tasty sides like mac & cheese or baked beans. In terms of price point, while it isn’t the cheapest option at Disney World (few things are), it offers good value considering the quality of food and unique dining experience.

Old cars at an indoor theater
Image © Walt Disney World Resort

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

If you’re a fan of movie nights with the family, dreamy starlit nights and a whole heap of nostalgia, then Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is just the place for you and your crew. This highly themed restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios transports you to an old-school drive-in movie theater, complete with cheesy sci-fi clips playing on the big screen as you dine “al fresco” beneath an enchanting starry sky. Aside from a few picnic tables, many of the tables in the dining room are even shaped like classic cars with softly glowing headlights and taillights.

When it comes to the food menu here, you can expect all-American diner-style classics like burgers, shakes and fries. In short, from the nostalgic atmosphere to the palate-pleasing dining options, this family-friendly table-service restaurant is a winner. Best of all, this unique dining experience won’t break the bank either. Boasting a relatively wallet-friendly price point, it’s perfect for families looking to enjoy some old-fashioned fun without splurging too much.

Old 50's kitchen with dining

50’s Prime Time Café

For an entertaining and delicious dining experience, the 50’s Prime Time Café is a great choice. Located in Echo Lake in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this retro-themed restaurant provides a blast from the past with its charmingly vintage decor and scrumptious American comfort fare. The atmosphere at 50’s Prime Time Café is lively and fun, from dining rooms that look like old-school kitchens to servers who playfully remind you to keep your elbows off of the table or finish your vegetables before having dessert. Trust us, your kids are going to think it’s a hoot.

This family-friendly lunch and dinner spot has something for everyone on its menu. Kids can enjoy chicken tenders or a Sloppy Joe sandwich, while adults might opt for Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop or Mom’s Old-Fashioned Pot Roast or Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken. And let’s not forget about dessert! Choose from nostalgic favorites just like grandma used to make, like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie or Warm Apple Crisp. In terms of price, meals at 50s Prime Time Cafe range from $15 to $35 per adult, making it an affordable option within Disney World, especially for families with kids.

Donald, Mickey and Goofy in safari gear

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Tusker House Restaurant

Ready for a safari of flavors? Then head on over to Tusker House Restaurant for a culinary adventure hosted by Donald Duck and his pals. Located over in Africa, not too far from Kilimanjaro Safaris, this character dining experience is one of the more unique all-you-can-eat character feasts at Walt Disney World.

Cooking up both American-style favorites and Indian- and African-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Simba and Mickey waffles to jollof rice and curry, every bite of this buffet-style meal will transport you straight to the heart of Africa. (Don’t worry—kid-friendly picks like corn dog nuggets and mac & cheese will make sure everyone has something to snack on.) Plus, with Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Goofy all dressed up like safari guides, priceless memories are guaranteed.

Monorail line and train coming out of hotel

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

If you’re craving delicious food with a side of stunning views, then the California Grill is where it’s at. Perched on the fifteenth floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, California Grill is a chic and cozy spot to enjoy amazing views of Magic Kingdom and beyond while feasting on scrumptious dishes inspired by Californian cooking.

As a signature restaurant and one of the best restaurants in Disney overall, this is certainly one of the fancier options on this list, making it an excellent option for special occasions. However, between the show going on in the open kitchen and, if you time it right, the breathtaking views of fireworks bursting over Cinderella Castle, your little ones are bound to enjoy it just as much as you are.

Mickey-shaped brunch on plate

Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Get ready to dine with the main mouse himself at Chef Mickey’s, a character dining experience that will leave you and your family grinning from ear to ear. Located in the bustling lobby of Disney’s Contemporary Resort in the shadow of the Magic Kingdom monorail, this restaurant offers tableside encounters with some of Disney’s most iconic and beloved Disney characters, as well as an extensive buffet filled with both classic American favorites and internationally inspired dishes.

Imagine starting your day off by munching on Mickey waffles or fueling up after fun-filled theme park adventures on housemade macaroni & cheese or tasty meats from the carving station while rubbing elbows with none other than Mickey Mouse. And it doesn’t stop at Chef Mickey—Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck and Pluto also stop by to say “hello.” During that time, you’ll be able to snap photos and get autographs from these beloved characters as they roam around greeting guests.

As one of the most in-demand character dining experiences at Disney World, a meal at Chef Mickey’s doesn’t come cheap, ringing in at $51 per adult for breakfast and $62 per adult for dinner. But remember, you’re not just paying for food. You’re also getting to spend quality time not only with your family but some of your favorite Disney characters. Be sure to make your reservation ASAP because this character meal books up fast.

Cast of broadway show on stage

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Howdy, partners! Ready for a rootin’-tootin’ good time? Saddle up and head on over to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue in Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. As you can probably tell from the name, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is more than just a restaurant. It’s a rip-roarin’ dinner show experience. Naturally, that also explains the higher price point, which starts at $66 for adults and $39 for kids and goes up from there, depending on where you choose to sit. However, as one of Disney World’s best restaurants for guests of all ages, we think it’s well worth it.

You’ll be treated to an all-you-care-to-enjoy family-style spread of hearty American grub that will have your taste buds doing a do-si-do. Think BBQ ribs, fried chicken, cowboy beans, cornbread mac & cheese and strawberry shortcake. But that’s not all! While you chow down, you’ll enjoy a show full of singin’, dancin’ and knee-slappin’ comedy. Along with clapping and singing along to the music, there are even some opportunities for crowd involvement, including getting up on stage and becoming part of the show. In short, this is one Disney World dining experience the whole family will love. So, mosey on down today and see what all the fuss is about.

Buffet dining room with wood carvings

‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Family-friendly dining meets tropical paradise at ‘Ohana, a table-service restaurant at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. When it comes to the best restaurants for families at Disney World, it doesn’t get much better than ‘Ohana, which takes its name from the Hawaiian word for family. Meanwhile, the menu is packed with mouthwatering dishes that add tropical flair to traditional favorites. The best part? You can have as much as you want, as each island-inspired feast is served family-style.

Start your day with the Best Friends Breakfast starring pals Lilo & Stitch and Mickey & Pluto for some Hawaiian-inspired family fun, complete with Mickey waffles, pineapple-coconut breakfast bread and more. As the sun sets, tuck into an all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner of succulent skewered meats and sweet pineapple-coconut bread pudding while enjoying stunning views of Magic Kingdom. Beyond food, tropical-style music and possibly even some games make the experience even more memorable.

Giraffe in front of lodge building

Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Picture yourself on a wild safari, surrounded by majestic African creatures and savoring the tantalizing flavors of Indian cuisine. That’s the extraordinary experience awaiting you at Sanaa, one of the Walt Disney World Resort’s most unique dining hotspots. Nestled within Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, Sanaa offers a dining adventure like no other, with zebras and giraffes freely roaming just outside the restaurant windows.

Just as remarkable as the view is the scrumptious spread on offer. Prepare your taste buds for a fusion of Indian and African flavors, featuring mouthwatering dishes like Lamb Kefta and Butter Chicken. And let’s not forget the star of the show, their legendary Indian-style Bread Service. It’s a carb lover’s dream, with five types of bread and nine delectable accompaniments that will make your mouth water. Worried that it might be too adventurous for your child? Never fear! Kids’ options like cheese pizza or a cheeseburger make this an accessible eatery for all.

Cafe seating in lodge

Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

If you’re craving a restaurant that serves up tasty food with a side of fun, then Whispering Canyon Cafe should be your go-to spot. Located in the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, this kid-friendly restaurant is all about hearty American fare and a rip-roaringly good time. The servers here love to pull pranks and keep everyone in the dining room laughing. (Just wait until you see what happens when you ask for ketchup or straws.)

And when it comes to food, Whispering Canyon Cafe delivers there, too, with all-you-can-eat family-style skillets filled with finger-licking BBQ meats, classic sides and cornbread that’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance. All-you-care-to-enjoy skillets are available for breakfast as well, along with a la carte options like western-style eggs benedict with smoked brisket, frittatas, omelets and more. Best of all, since this isn’t a character meal, this is also one of the more reasonably priced restaurants in the bunch.

Mash stew in a pot

Disney Springs

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

When it comes to family-friendly dining with a unique twist, Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant hits the sweet spot. Located at The Landing in Disney Springs, just around the corner from other popular restaurants like Wine Bar George and The BOATHOUSE, this lively eatery offers an authentic taste of the Emerald Isle right in the heart of Disney World. The restaurant’s menu features both classic and contemporary Irish dishes that will please more adventurous and picky eaters alike.

However, what truly sets this Disney Springs restaurant apart is its live entertainment. Diners of all ages are sure to be mesmerized by the traditional Irish music and talented step dancers who take to the stage. All in all, this isn’t just one of the best Disney eateries for families. It’s one of the best Disney World restaurants, period.

T-REX dinosaur in restaurant


Take a step back in time and dine with the dinosaurs at T-REX, a prehistoric-themed restaurant located in Disney Springs Marketplace. With robotic dinos, hands-on discovery zones for your little paleontologists and an intermittent meteor shower, experience a journey of exploration, immersively dining rooms and family-friendly food, T-REX is sure to keep everyone entertained. Is it cheesy? Sure! But that’s part of the fun. Plus, its relatively reasonable prices make this one of the more affordable options on this list.

The menu features American-style favorites that are perfect for even the pickiest of eaters. From Prehistoric Pasta to mammoth-sized burgers to a Caesar-saurus Salad, there’s something on the menu to satisfy every carnivore or herbivore in your herd. And don’t forget to save room for dessert! Big enough for a family of four, their signature Chocolate Extinction is not only delicious—it also erupts like a volcano courtesy of a cupful of dry ice.

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Well, parents, that brings our guide to the best restaurants in Disney World for families. What’s your pick for the best Disney World restaurant for kids? Let us know in the comments! Then, learn how you can save when you visit Disney World with our discount Disney tickets.