When considering where to dine at Walt Disney World, a lot of it comes down to a matter of personal taste. However, there are some Disney World restaurants that just don’t stack up against the rest. Epcot, for example, has a reputation for dining that is a smidge overblown.
There are plenty of good places to eat in World Showcase. I feel like it’s more about the range of food than the quality, in most cases. Still, by theme park standards, almost all of the restaurants there are exceptional. Without that qualification though, I don’t think 90% of them hold up to what is available at Disney Springs.
Restaurants to Avoid at Disney World
While you consider where you might spend your meal times during your Walt Disney World vacation, consider skipping these locations in favor of something more charming, better tasting, or just less expensive.
Jungle Navigation Co. Limited Skipper Canteen
It feels wrong to hate on one of the few table service restaurants in Magic Kingdom, but this one deserves it. The theming is great, especially if you’re a big fan of the Jungle Cruise attraction. My family just wasn’t impressed with the food.
If you’re wanting a new experience, this would be a fine choice. However, if you’re in it for the food, skip this Disney restaurant.
Next, you can definitely skip Sunshine Seasons quick service restaurant at Epcot. This restaurant is in The Land pavilion, right in the middle. Sunshine Seasons has had a menu overhaul, but I still wasn’t impressed the last time we ate there.
If you’re looking for a healthy dining option, there are definitely interesting choices on the menu, but with so many more options around the World Showcase, this restaurant is a pass for me.
Additionally, the Diamond Horseshoe may be worth it if you are really into the atmosphere, but this may be the weakest food option in the Magic Kingdom.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe and Columbia Harbor House are two of the best quick service locations in Disney World, let alone Magic Kingdom. Liberty Tree Tavern offers better food for the price.
I never understood Rainforest Cafes at Disney resorts. They are fun, but the theming is so inferior to anything Disney does, and the food is just average.
Its two locations (TWO?!) are at Disney Springs and Animal Kingdom where they are surrounded by superior dining options.
Finally, Le Cellier is a good signature restaurant in the Canada Pavilion, so this opinion may cause controversy. However, it is a little cramped, dark, and loud. Some may find that fine and it’s okay.
The food is really good too. The problem is that this is a steakhouse, and there is better steak just outside the park at Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club.
There is also better steak in Disney World restaurants like The Boathouse at Disney Springs. You can skip this in favor of other types of dining while in Epcot, especially if you are on the dining plan. Le Cellier uses two meal credits from the Disney Dining Plan, and those credits are better spent elsewhere.