The pros and cons of all Animal Kingdom restaurants

by Shannon Albert 24 comments Like the Facebook page

(Article last updated: April 20, 2016)

The pros and cons of all Animal Kingdom restaurantsAnimal 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.