Apr 192016
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Disney's Best Hidden Bars and Restaurants

For some Disney diners, finding hidden bars and restaurants is all about finding a place to enjoy a meal that isn’t packed to the gills and for others it’s all about being in the know. If either is what you’re after, or if you just want to find another Disney World dining option that isn’t all everyone is talking about, these hidden restaurants and bars are all great options. From sit down to fast food to bars that have complete menus too, there is always something new to discover in your favorite park.

Boatwright’s, Port Orleans Riverside

Resort restaurants tend to go unnoticed if they don’t make it on any of the many top places to dine while at Disney World lists. and Boatwright’s is one of them. This restaurant dining hall can be found at the Riverside option of the resort, and is a great place for southern cooking with plenty of Cajun options that really pack in the flavor. One of the biggest complaints at Disney is that much of the food is bland in order to appeal to the masses, but you won’t find that a problem here. Decor-wise, the restaurant is unique, with a riverside, boat repair shack theme that makes it really feel like you are in the Deep South.

Yak & Yeti, Animal Kingdom

Most Disney guests have never heard of Yak & Yeti, but it’s a great little bar that serves up a full specialty drink menu alongside a few great dishes. The ambiance here is lounge style, so it really is a great place to put up your feet for a little while, get off the beaten path and recharge before heading back out into the delights of Asia. Fortunately, this place is so hidden and undiscovered that there is always a seat in the place, even on the busiest days at Disney.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, Magic Kingdom

This large cafe gets the thumbs up from a lot of Disney regulars and even cast members that will tell you it is a little known place to dash for lunch. Located in Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s has a space theme and serves casual American favorites, like burgers and fries. Here though, you have a toppings bar where you can customize your meal to your heart’s content. Here in the Magic Kingdom, nearby sit down restaurants that offer a character appearance often grab all the attention.

Tortuga Tavern, Magic Kingdom

Most guests miss this restaurants because there are so many incredible attractions in this section of the park that dominate their time and attention. If you are open to trying new places in the parks this place is for you, where they serves up tacos, burritos, and other Mexican favorites. The food is good and fast, so you can order while the kiddos are busy taking pirate lessons or get on their next favorite ride and have a couple plates ready to split by the time they get back.

Sanaa, Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sanaa is this incredible restaurant at Disney that gets little attention because it serves a cuisine that most people are not familiar with. The menu is a fusion of Indian and African cuisine, which confuses a lot of people, but once you try it, you’ll learn why it’s worth seeking. Everything here is worth a dinner reservation, from the decor, to the view of the African Savannah, to the delicious food that is cooked in open ovens.

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  89 Responses to “Disney’s Best Hidden Bars and Restaurants”

  1. We are going back in July, so thank you for sharing, especially the Animal Kingdom one as we never got there last year and are going hopefully this year. So will look out for that when we do for sure 🙂

  2. I have to admit that I haven’t explored the dining options there much. I tend to go to the same places all the time.These sound better!

  3. Disney definitely has some great dining if you know where to look. I want to eat at Sanaa.

  4. I love going to Disney!! I have not been to some of the restaurants I need to check them out.

  5. These sound like wonderful places to eat. I’d love to try Sanaa. The cuisine sounds truly unique! We’re planning to go to Disney later this year!

  6. We love going to Disney!! Trying out new restaurants is my favorite thing to do when we are at Disney World it is so much fun and always exciting for the kids.

  7. I’ve never been to Disney (any of them). But I’m pinning this for when I finally get to experience pixie dust!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing this. Disney is an amazing place, but it’s so huge, you can miss things if you’re not careful.

  9. This is a great resource for anyone visiting Disney. It is SO massive, you can miss so many wonderful hidden gems.

  10. What a great guide of off the beaten path stuff with Disney. Sometimes you just need a break from all the madness at Disney sounds like some of these places are nice places to hide away and have a drink.

  11. These all sound like great places to eat. I will have to check out Yak & Yeti, at the Animal Kingdom when I go next month.

  12. Agh, my Dad wanted to try Tortugas, and we just ran out of time! It was my daughter’s first time in the parks.

  13. We like playing hidden Mickey. C loves to try and trick the cast members by picking out really odd places to find them.

  14. My blog contributor is going to Disney this year with her family. I will be passing these gems along to her, so she can check them out during her visit.

  15. I can’t wait to take my kids to Disney World, we’ll definitely have to check out the restaurants you’ve mentioned!

  16. I haven’t been to Disney in YEARS (since I was 12 and I’m 26 now) and I would love to go back eventually to experience it as an adult. These sound like fantastic places to visit! I’m all about the food when visiting places.

  17. We loved Boatwright’s! We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside the last time we went to Disney, and ate there almost every night 🙂

  18. There are so many places to eat at Disney it is really easy to miss them.

  19. These sound like great places to eat. I hope we go back to Disney soon so we can try these places out.

  20. I had no idea there were any bars in Disney, but I can not think of a time when a cocktail is needed more. We love a good themed restaurant too!

  21. I will be going there in May for my brother’s wedding so I will be making a list of your recommendations! I do not think my brother even knows about these and they look like great places to eat! Thank you for the post!

  22. This is so fun! I want to get on a plane now. There are so many layers to the Disney experience.

  23. Great info to know. Will remember this for my next trip.

  24. We are going to Disney next month and I can’t wait to try some of these! We have reservations at the one at Animal Kingdom already!

  25. I completely agree with Sanaa! That’s an incredible restaurant – with an incredible view.

  26. I remember the Tortuga Tavern, me and my family had a great time eating there =)

  27. I’ve been to Disney about 50 times (the benefits of living 1 hour away and annual pass holder tickets lol) and I have only been to a few of these. I will definitely have to check these out next time I go.

  28. This is great to know. Glad you are so knowledgeable about Disney!

  29. I’ve never been to Disney before but I plan to soon!! I will definitely keep these places to eat in mind when I go!

  30. We don’t usually make it to Disney World, Disneyland is our preffered spot, but I am hoping we can change that up this year.

  31. I’d like to try all of these. Everything Disney does is magic!

  32. I really want to try Yak and Yeti next time I visit Disney. Last time I was there we mostly enjoyed the snacks and never ate at a park restaurant.

  33. Sanna sounds totally unique! I love learning about little treasures like these, especially involving my favorite place ever. Thank you!

  34. This is great! Who knew Disney had so much amazing food. Can’t wait to go back!!

  35. We have only dined at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, and loved it. I can’t wait to go back and try the others!

  36. I have been to Tortuga’s and it was so good. I really loved how fast it was because we had just got into FL that day and went straight to the park and needed to get the kids something to eat ASAP!

  37. I think it’s so cool that there are so many hidden gems at Disney!

  38. I haven’t been to Disney in a long time! I’ve been meaning to go there with my girls and it’s good to know that there are a lot of options for dining! I love that there are undiscovered restaurants to explore aside from the very popular ones!

  39. Yak and Yeti sounds like my kind of place! Those special concoctions of drinks sounds really yummy. Thanks for letting us in on some lesser known places 🙂

  40. I have not been to Disney in ages! Finding great spots to eat at places you love to go is the best.

  41. We love visiting all of the great restaurants when we visit Disney.

  42. Thanks for this list. It will come in handy on our next trip to Disney

  43. I’ll keep these in mind when I go and visit Disney. Thanks! I, too, hate it when restaurants or theme parks are filled to the brim.

  44. I am forwarding this post to a friend who is going to Disney this summer. She always looks for new things to try.

  45. Such a great resource. Glad you share this with us.

  46. These are good to know. We’re planning to go this summer, so I’m bookmarking this.

  47. What a great list! You’re right, sometimes it is hard to find the best restaurant for you because there are just so many great ones to choose from. Thanks for the help 🙂

  48. Thanks for sharing this list of hidden bars and restos. Will keep them in mind in case we visit Disneyland anytime soon!

  49. These sound like awesome places to visit! I haven’t been to Disney in so long – I would love to visit again some day soon!

  50. Thanks for the information! I never heard some before. Glad you shared it.

  51. Yak and Yeti is my favorite! So incredibly good

  52. We stopped at Cosmic Ray’s on our last trip there a couple of years ago. It was actually VERY busy, we couldn’t even find a place to sit!

  53. disney world is just so huge, it’s nearly impossible to get to everything and explore. Loving this post, will help us next time we go.

  54. If I ever do get to Disney, I’d be all over that Cajun one!! But I love Asian inspired foods too. Basically, imma eating a lot. Ha.

  55. Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten has been at a restaurant that was little home town cafe.

  56. I love all these amazing tips! Totally saving it for the next time we hit up Disney 😀

  57. Going back to Disney for my 30th in September – I’ve been A LOT but usually with family so this is going to be a completely different trip. Pinning this for the celebration!

  58. These sound amazing. We have never been yet but I’ll have to someday.

  59. I have not heard of any of these! Definitely sound hidden! Good to know!

  60. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been in and out of Disney for many years and still haven’t been to all the restaurants they have.

  61. I have tried the two you mentioned in Magic Kingdom. They were both very good!

  62. I cant wait to visit Disney. Thanks for sharing these restaurants!

  63. This is great information. I am hoping to get to Disney this year. I will have to check a few of these out.

  64. This is a great list of the best hidden bars and restaurants at Disney! I’ll have to check these out next time we go.

  65. I would much prefer to visit one of these than the over-crowded options that others seem to flock to.

  66. Ohh we went to the Yak & Yeti but couldn’t get in because there was such a long wait! I wish I had known about Tortuga Tavern, I would have been eating there everyday!

  67. Sanaa sounds like a great spot! I’ll have to check it out on our next trip. Thanks for the tips!

  68. We stayed at the Port Orleans resort the last time we stayed at a Disney Resort and you’re right, that restaurant is amazing!!

  69. Oh how magical, I love Disney and the Yeti Kingdom sounds simply magical. It is amazing how many types of foodie outlets they have out there!

  70. What a great idea to mention this hidden places! I am always looking for new things to try and would love to try them out too

  71. Nice. I have been to Disney but didn’t do enough research to find the hidden gems.

  72. Babushka’s all about good eats & eateries, and if they’re not crowded?? That’s a definite BB Twofer!! Gracias for the info, will definitely take this post with me next time we visit Mickey’s casa. BB2U

  73. Disney has some of the best restaurants. We love going to this one place every time we go that serves an awesome monte cristo that you can’t get anywhere else. There’s just something about it.

  74. Cosmic Ray’s is an often overlooked gem. It’s my youngest child’s favorite Disney restaurant. He loves the roasted chicken meal and the salads. When the kids were younger we could do two of the roasted chicken meals for the whole family of and have full bellies for $20. Nowadays with two growing boys it takes 3, but a full meal for 5 for $30 is still a bargain, especially in a theme park!

  75. This is a great list, with lots of helpful insights 🙂 I’m definitely more of the “off the beaten path” type Disney diner. After a day in the park, I like a little down time 🙂

  76. I figure even if they are not in the top places to eat in Disney World list, any dining option at the theme park must be pretty decent. And extra points for being less crowded than the usual choices! 😉

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  77. I never would have considered Disney, or any other amusement park for that matter, to have such great restaurants!

  78. As many times as I’ve been to Disney, I can’t believe I haven’t heard of these. I’ll have to check them out on our next Disney vacation.

  79. I am putting this on my list of things of disney places to visit. I have never been to Disney World but have been to Disney Land so many times! Thanks for sharing!

  80. I had no idea there were so many great places to eat at Disney. The Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe sounds like my kind of restaurant.

  81. Sanna is where I always tell people to go!!!! It’s literally the best and the animals are right there.

  82. I totally want to go back to Disney some day and I shall certainly try and find these to try! x

  83. FUN! I can’t wait to go to Disneyland later this year. Now I know to eat in some of the hidden gems.

  84. These bars and restaurants seem like some really great finds. I’ve never been to Disney before, but this is a great resource for people looking for something new.

  85. We’ve been to most of these but, my fave Disney restaurant is Citricos. It’s amazing! Saving this list to hit up the ones we have missed.

  86. I am one of those people who doesn’t want to eat where the crowd is so one of these restaurants is for me.

  87. The Cosmic Ray Cafe is the best ever but it is so crowded on any given day. Last time we went is was off season and it was standing room only it was so packed. We ended up over at Pinocchio Village Haus.

  88. Disney is always lovely to visit. We tend to grab and go food while visiting Disney. But it’s great to have all these lovely resto on the spot.