Although I usually travel to Walt Disney World for the rides and attractions, food is always a big part of my family vacation. The Disney’s Animal Kingdom restaurants are my favorites among the theme parks, thanks to the diverse cuisine and unique dining experiences. Here are some of my favorite Animal Kingdom restaurants, for your next family Walt Disney World vacation.
Keep in mind, that like the restaurants throughout Walt Disney World, the table service Animal Kingdom restaurants accept Advance Dining Reservations. In some cases, these may be required, especially during the busiest times at the Disney parks.
If you choose to eat at one of the quick service restaurants or at the food carts, mobile ordering may be offered. This can be a great way to save time.
To place a mobile order, simply open the My Disney Experience app and place your order at the restaurant. Then, proceed to the mobile order area of the restaurant and get your food!
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The Best Animal Kingdom Restaurants
Table Service Restaurants at Animal Kingdom
This popular, family-friendly restaurant chain has one of its two Walt Disney World locations at the entrance of Animal Kingdom (the other is in Disney Springs). It offers its standard menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are lots of different types of food on the menu, so it will likely appeal to your whole family.
The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted at the Rainforest Cafe, so plan accordingly.
This signature restaurant is one of the newest offerings at Animal Kingdom. It’s perfect for a special dining experience – the food is absolutely delicious. It’s located on Discovery Island, right by the entrance of Pandora.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Unique menu items include the Tamarind-braised Short Rib and Lobster Mac and Cheese – don’t miss the bread service appetizer. There is a kids’ menu, which includes things like beef tacos and chicken breasts.
Tiffins is also home to the Nomad Lounge. In addition to specialty drinks, you can get small plates including the Tiffins bread service, charcuterie, and poutine. Visiting the Nomad Lounge can be a great way to try some of the delicious flavors without the expense of Tiffins.
Tiffins is definitely one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom (if not THE best).
Yak and Yeti
Yak and Yeti, located in the Asia part of the park, includes a table service restaurant as well as local food cafes that offer counter service. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and offers an Asian-inspired menu. There’s also a kids menu.
The only character meal at Animal Kingdom is at Tusker House, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s hosted by Donald Duck and friends, who are all dressed in their best safari gear.
If you have little kids, I definitely recommending visiting Tusker House. The food includes some African dishes, as well as standard American fare. Be sure to try the popular jungle juice, a blend of passion fruit, orange, and guava juices.
In the mood for pizza? Pizzafari, located in the Discovery Island area of the park, offers family-style meals for dinner. Guests can choose from a variety of items include salads, pizza, and pasta.
There’s also the option for counter service at Pizzafari, which is typically open for lunch/early dinner. That can be a quick way to grab lunch before riding more rides.
Quick Service Restaurants at Animal Kingdom
Satu’li Canteen opened as part of the new Pandora, and rapidly became one of my favorite quick-service restaurants at Walt Disney World. It’s very popular, so arrive early to ensure seating availability.
Satu’li offers delicious, healthy cuisine. My favorite entree is the Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl. There are also delicious desserts.
Flame Tree Barbecue
Another of my favorite quick-service restaurants is the Flame Tree Barbecue. This restaurant, located on Discovery Island, has a large outdoor seating area.
As you’d expect, you’ll find a variety of bbq specialties on the menu, including ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and mac and cheese. Entrees are pretty big, so bring your appetite.
For those groups with diverse tastes, Harambe Market can be a good option. Because there are four separate walk-up areas, there’s something for everyone here. Menu items include gyros, sausages, and shave ice.
Seating is covered, so you’ll be able to stay out of the sun during your lunch or dinner.
Restaurantosaurus, located in DinoLand USA, offers lunch and dinner. It’s a bit tucked away, with a pretty standard menu, so it can be a great choice for families.
On the menu, you’ll find burgers, chicken, and salads. There is both indoor and outdoor seating at the restaurant.
Snacks and Other Food at Animal Kingdom
Quick bites are available throughout the park. Here are a few of the best options – but there are plenty of other fantastic options that are not listed here.
Looking for a quick refreshing snack during your visit to Animal Kingdom? Stop by Dino-Bite snacks for ice cream cones, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream sundaes.
This small booth outside of Avatar Flight of Passage offers snacks (including a delicious Pineapple Cream Cheese Spring Roll), as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Stop by the Dino Diner in DinoLand USA for a quick bite to eat. This trailer offers hot dogs, chips and queso, corn chip pie, and churros. There’s no real seating, but you can eat your item on the go.
Tamu Tamu Refreshments
If you want to try one of those popular and delicious Dole Whips, you’ll need to stop by Tamu Tamu Refreshments. This food cart offers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of this beloved treat.
Craving your daily Starbucks? Stop at Creature Comforts on Discovery Island for a full-service Starbucks.
Dining Packages at Animal Kingdom
There are several different dining packages that are available for special experiences at Animal Kingdom.
The Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Package includes VIP seating to the Festival of the Lion King show as well as dinner. It’s currently offered at Tiffins, and you can choose either Tier 1 or Tier 2 seating.
There’s also a Rivers of Light Dining Package offered. It’s currently available at both Tiffins and Tusker House.