The pros and cons of all Animal Kingdom restaurants

(Article last updated: April 20, 2016)

Animal Kingdom has several good options for meals.

Since most people leave in the afternoon, dinner reservations are easier to get than breakfast or lunch.

I've put together a list of Quick Service and Table Service restaurants with links to menus, Yelp ratings, tips and more.

Let's take a look...

Quick Service Restaurants

Tamu Tamu Refreshments

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Price range: ~$5
Location: Africa section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: Tasty snacks

Cons: Limited seating

Tips: Grab a snack here and head to the nearby Dawa Bar/Tusker House area for a covered area to sit


Harambe Market

Harambe Market

Price range: ~$10
Location: Africa section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack and Quick Service credits
Link to menu

Pros: Very unique menu offerings

Cons: Limited seating

Tips: Grab something to eat here and head to the nearby Dawa Bar/Tusker House area for a covered area to sit


Mahindi

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Price range: $3-5
Location: Africa section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
Link to menu

Pros: Great tasting (and smelling!) snacks like popcorn and glazed nuts, Jungle Juice Slushie drink is a unique option available here

Cons: No seating (though there are seats in the vicinity), can be busy

Tips: You can get souvenir popcorn buckets here


Dino Bite Snacks


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Price range: $2-5
Location: Dinoland section, next to Restaurantosaurus
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
Yelp rating: N/A
Link to menu

Pros: Great place to grab a snack, some covered outdoor seating available

Cons: No indoor seating

Tips: Try the ice cream sandwich which is huge and made with fresh-baked cookies and 3 scoops of ice cream


Eight Spoon Cafe

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Price range: $3-6
Location: In between Its Tough to Be a Bug and Adventurers Outpost
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
Yelp rating: N/A
Link to menu

Pros: Great place to grab good snacks, including baked lobster mac & cheese and Mickey pretzels

Cons: No indoor seating

Tips: The pasta dishes offer a nice change from traditional theme park food


Flame Tree Barbecue

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Price range: $7-12
Location: Near the bridge to Dinoland
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
Link to menu

Pros: Fantastic food (try the pork sandwich, smoked 1/2 chicken or ribs) and picturesque seating areas

Cons: No indoor seating

Tips: There are several areas with tables here. Keep walking down the path to find seating with nice views of the water. Napkins, condiments, etc., are located in the seating areas and not at the counter area where you order.


Pizzafari

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Price range: $8-10
Location: Discovery Island (as you're facing the Tree of Life, it's to the left side)
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: Lots of indoor seating, generous portions

Cons: Pizza isn't great (though it may be a welcome meal for kids who want something familiar)

Tips: Try the non-pizza items which get great reviews: Caesar salad and Italian sandwich. There are several rooms here so try to look for ones that are further back and have fewer people.


Yak and Yeti Local Cafe

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Price range: $9-11
Location: In the Asia section, near Kali River Rapids
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp25
Link to menu

Pros: Interesting choices of various Asian dishes like Kung Pao beef, sweet and sour chicken, honey chicken, Mandarin chicken salad, Asian chicken sandwich and pork egg rolls

Cons: No indoor seating, inconsistent food quality

Tips: Try the drink window at this restaurant where they serve Animal Kingdom Safari Amber beer


Restaurantosaurus

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Price range: $8-10
Location: Dinoland section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menu

Pros: Large indoor seating area, topping bar that makes the burgers and other sandwiches customizable, refillable drinks (including a spigot for refilling water)

Cons: Lines can be long, food is mostly standard fare

Tips: The veggie sub is a favorite


Smiling Crocodile

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Price range: $8-10
Location: Discovery Island
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Snack Credits
Yelp rating: N/A
Link to menu

Pros: Unique salads that can be a delightful change from burgers and nuggets

Cons: Only Snack Credits are accepted and the closest seating is nearby at the Flame Tree Gardens

Tips: The Salmon Salad is a favorite


Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks

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Price range: $8-10
Location: Near Expedition Everest
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Snack Credits
Yelp rating: N/A
Link to menu

Pros: Unique choices such as shrimp and an Asian noodle salad as well as a decent selection of adult beverages including beer and frozen drinks.

Cons: No seating available so you'll have to take your food to another location if you'd like to sit to eat.

Tips: The location makes it ideal for grabbing a drink or snack before watching Rivers of Light.


Table Service restaurants

Rainforest Cafe

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Price range: $15-25
Location: Near the entrance of the park
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp3
Link to menu

Pros: Ambiance, some good food options like ribs, Cobb salad and pasta

Cons: pricey, not unique to Disney World, loud, waits are often long (even with a reservation), service is inconsistent

Tips: Rainforest Cafe only releases some of its seats to the Disney World dining reservation system. If you're unable to find availability through Disney Dining, call the restaurant at 407-938-9100 to see if you can make a reservation that way.


Tusker House

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Price range: ~ $18/kids, $30-35/adults (breakfast and lunch include characters, dinner doesn't, but pricing is about the same for all meals)
Location: Africa section
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp4
Breakfast menu, Lunch/dinner menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food (standard breakfast items, various African dishes available at lunch and dinner), chance to mingle with characters

Cons: On the pricier end of restaurant prices at Animal Kingdom, service can be inconsistent

Tips: This is probably the most popular dining reservation at Animal Kingdom. Be sure to book 180 days in advance, particularly if you want the much-coveted 8 a.m. breakfast reservation.


Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Yak & Yeti Restaurant
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Price range: $8-14
Location: In Asia section, near Kali River Rapids
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: yelp35
Link to menu

Pros: Beautiful decor, variety of well-reviewed Asian dishes to choose from including pot stickers, lettuce cups, rips, Pho, Lo Mein, soups and salads, stir-fry, sweet and sour meats and hot teas

Cons: Food is a little pricier, may not appeal to all palates

Tips: This location is much more well-liked than its Quick Service counterpart. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time.

Tiffins (opening Memorial Day Weekend 2016)

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Price range: $20-35
Location: Discovery Island
On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes
Yelp rating: N/A
Link to menu

Pros: Diverse menu, indoor and outdoor seating, waterfront views

Cons: Unique menu may not appeal to all tastes

Tips: Advanced Dining Reservation information should be available May 20th

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So, where will you be eating during your trip? I'd love to hear what you've decided to do in the comments.

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Rhonda B

Do you have any reviews on the Bohma Restaurant at the lodge? We are going in 20 days! So excited to find your blog. I’ve used so many of your tips planning our trip so far. 🙂

Elliott

So Rain forest Cafe is located OUTSIDE the park entrance? Is it a pain in the butt to leave the park to eat there for lunch, then try to re-enter the park and go back through security and all that mess? Leaving in 8 days for our FIRST TIME!!!

Lisa Cohen

How long do you think we will need to eat at Tiffins? Thanks

Ann

I never have much luck w/food in AK.

I do love the frozen bananas though.

We have eaten in the Dino area.

I wonder what restaurants might be included in a dinner package for Rivers of Light?

Randy

Shannon, I believe Tusker House dinner includes characters now, but I may be wrong.

Tasha

I am thinking the same thing.

Michelle

Is Tusker House doing character dining at dinner now as well. I keep finding mixed information out there.

Jason Graff

Yes, they have characters at dinner. I just called them and confirmed. The rep. said that they have had character dinners since march.

Daniel Grace

Rainforest isn’t worth the price or the wait. It’s worth walking in to check out, it’s a cool place. We had a table of three adults and one child. The bill was $150 and food was comparable to Applebees. We only got two drinks from the bar, so not much of it was booze.

Aimee

Several weeks ago I had a wonderful kale and quinoa salad with a glass of wine that made my day at rainforest cafe.

phyllis

We ate there years ago and never went back. It’s not as good as Applebee’s. I got a giant pile of mashed potatoes in a wide soup bowl with soup poured over them. Horrible!
I ordered what the menu said was chicken, vegetables and mash potatoes.

Mary

Totally agree. It sounds like it would be fun, but it’s crowded, LOUD, and over priced.

VERY accurate! Worked Restaurantosaurus 2000-2003, while it still had a character breakfast option. Miss it immensely, but wanted to raise my kids back home!

Christy

Anytime I see you post a DAK-specific article I get all nostalgic! As a past CP who worked merch in Dinoland, I know I can trust your articles because you say everything I would say! I always recommend this website 🙂

Also: I love Restaurantosaurus because I love the theme! The grad students who study at the Dino Institute live here. 🙂 After you order, go into the room on your right, then turn right again into the next room, and look up–you can see where the students sleep! The next room on your right is the rec room, which is also super cute!

Kelsey

We ate at Flame Tree on our first trip (together) and really liked it, but we haven’t been back since. We tried Pizzafari, too, but it was just like every other pizza place on WDW property. We generally eat at Restaunrantosaurus when we eat at AK, mainly because of the free refills (big deal for us), the indoor seating, and the toppings bar. If it’s cooler outside, I would definitely try Flame Tree again, though! Just prefer indoor seating when it’s available during the hot summer months!

Also, intersting note for someone who has never eat here – no restaurants in AK (at least QS) will give lids or plastic straws. They are a hazard to the animals (hadn’t thought about it until I ate there the first time). They do have paper straws, but still no lids.

Paula

Thanks so much for this–we are about to take our first trip to Disney World, and are planning to eat at Flame Tree and Rainforest Cafe (we don’t have one where we live, and my son will love the atmosphere; the food is not a big deal), but after reading this, we’re adding the ice cream sandwich at Dino-Bites.

Kristina

Pizzafari (well all of WDW) has the worst pizza. Might as well be Elios. But living in Northern NJ….we do know how to make a great slice.

BUT, this is a spot for a decent breakfast. I recommend the spinach and goat cheese fritatta and spicy potatoes. Unfortunately, they use those bizarre eggs from some alien chicken.

Marilyn Maszk

We have Yak & Yeti reservations and also plan on eating at Flame Tree.

After going over your list, I’ll be adding the ice cream sandwiches at Dino-Bites to my list :)!

Stacy Hodges

I LOVE YAK & YETI Restaurant!!! I have an allergy to all kinds of pepper & Disney is great with allergies but one of my BEST experiences with Disney dining was with this restaurant, they created some of my favorite asain foods that weren’t even on the menu & the chef was so awesome!! He even ce back after we ate to check one , just really one of the best experiences ever!!! On the opposite side of the spectrum was Rain Forrest Cafe’ … Their chef ce out to meet me before I ordered my meal & still they ended up serving me food with peppers … Needless to say having the paramedics show up with a stretcher & bring hooked up to machines in the middle of the restaurant was horrible ( however funny my family finds it after the fact) the food is average there…

Sarah Kelley

We grabbed lunch at Flame Tree (I believe we sat at the table in the top left corner of the picture! lol) and all seven of us thought it was good – even my gluten-free MIL. The shady pavilion was a nice break from the sunshine, and having everything right there, especially extra napkins, was great.

We had a dinner reservation at Tusker House, last seating of the day. The food was delicious, and we had most of the restaurant to ourselves! The *only* con I can think of was the fact that the (ENORMOUS) buffet is some distance from the tables, but that can’t really be helped, and isn’t a big deal for most people. I suppose maybe you could request a table nearer to the buffet…hmm. But again, the food was SO tasty, with tons of choices.

Shannon, ya got me jonesin’ for another WDW trip!!! 🙂

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