Walt Disney World is home to hundreds of restaurants. Some are found within its four theme parks, some are found at the resorts, others are found at Disney Springs. Choosing the best restaurants for your Disney World vacation can be overwhelming. We’ve narrowed down the best options for restaurants at Disney World for this calendar year, 2022.
Space 220. Epcot.
Space 220 is a brand new restaurant found in the newly updated area of Epcot. It is said to offer delicious food and an out of this world experience. Guests will appear to be transported from earth to a restaurant in space. The “windows” of the restaurant look out onto the vast universe with beautiful stars and planets. What makes you want to dine here in 2022 is that it’s brand new. This means you’ll have top of the line service and the food will be inventive and current. Because Space 220 is brand new it is tough to grab a reservation.
Steakhouse 71. Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
Steakhouse 71 is a reimagined restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The former The Wave…of American Flavours, has been transformed into this new steakhouse. Steakhouse 71 is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s close proximity to Disney’s Magic Kingdom makes it easily accessible to all guests. Why you want to visit Steakhouse 71 is for the same reason as Space 220. It’s brand new. Which means the staff is the best. They’ll have been well trained and prepared for the opening of this restaurant. Same goes for the food. There would have been months of preparation to make this menu top notch. The easiest meal to get a reservation for at Steakhouse 71 is breakfast.
One of our absolute favourite places to eat at Walt Disney World is Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club. This restaurant has become a destination for many guests because of its throw back to the 50s, when jukeboxes were played loud and you could grab a soda at your local drug store. This restaurant has recently expanded which means more guests can finally enjoy this great spot. For a full review of the restaurant click here.
Sanaa restaurant is found on the ground floor of the Animal Kingdom Lodge- Kidani Village. Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to giraffes, zebras, and many other animals. The windows of Sanaa look out onto the sprawling savanna that Kidani Village surrounds. The view is a reason to go out of your way to get to this restaurant. The food is what makes you thrilled you made the effort. The menu is filled with dishes of African and Asian influence. For a full review of the restaurant click here.
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen. Magic Kingdom.
This table service restaurant is found in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. The restaurant is open for lunch and for dinner. The servers are playful, making a meal at Jungle Navigation a fun and memorable experience. What makes Jungle Navigation a destination for 2022 is its location and steadfastness. Even with many changes from COVID protocols, Skipper Canteen offers the same experience. There are no characters to stay distanced from, no buffet that had to be adjusted, and the menu has stayed the same. Eating in Adventureland also keeps you in the heart of the park instead of taking you outside of the action to grab a meal. Which means you just take a pause from your attractions instead of a detour. For a full review of the restaurant click here.
La Creperie de Paris. Epcot.
Epcot has a brand new area in their France pavilion. It features a brand new attraction: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. To create room for this attraction they expanded the pavilion. The expansion also includes two new dining locations, one is a counter service restaurant and the other is a table service restaurant. The table service restaurant is called La Creperie de Paris and is open for a late breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is filled with crepes, both sweet and savoury. What places this restaurant on this list is how new it is. It’s only been open for a few months and is tucked away out of the public eye. Creating a getaway from the busyness of the park.
Hollywood Brown Derby. Hollywood Studios.
This will go on my list every year. Every adult should dine at this restaurant once in their lives. It surpasses Le Cellier and California Grill in my opinion. The servers are invested in their guests and spend time getting to know them, as if they’ll see them again next week. This service and delicious steaks and cobb salad are what place Hollywood Brown Derby on this list. You should absolutely consider dining here if you are visiting with kids who appreciate delicious food or are visiting as a couple. Hollywood Brown Derby is also in the heart of the park, keeping you in the middle of the fun.
The Diamond Horseshoe. Magic Kingdom.
We dined here a few years ago and we didn’t love it at the time. That was because I had expected there to be a show on the restaurant’s stage. So I was disappointed. But when I think back, the food was delicious, the restaurant was so casual and the kids had so much. Given the times were in, The Diamond Horseshoe creates lots of space to keep guests distanced from each other. It’s a fun environment that gives your family a chance to unwind without worrying about your kids being too loud and disruptive. For a full review click here.
Topolino’s Terrace-Flavours of the Riviera. Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Disney’s Riviera Resort the newest resort found on Disney property. Disney’s Riviera Resort is a Disney Vacation Club resort and is in the deluxe category. Topolino’s Terrace is on the top floor of the hotel, giving diners an incredible view of Walt Disney World. The morning meal is a character meal, the evening meal is a signature dining experience.
Wine Bar George. Disney Springs.
Wine Bar George is a restaurant found at Disney World’s shopping, dining and entertainment district: Disney Springs. Wine Bar George has been created by one of the members of California Grill’s opening team. California Grill is still considered by many the best restaurant at Walt Disney World. California Grill is where the Disney executives dine. One can only assume the same level of service and food can be found at Wine Bar George.
There you have it friends, your best choices for dining at Walt Disney World in 2022. For more tips on planning out your dining for your Disney World vacation check out these previous posts: