Getting a dining reservation for a restaurant on Walt Disney World property can be difficult. If you’re planning a last-minute date you might not be able to snag a reservation for the most popular Disney restaurant. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t options. There are over 30 full-service restaurants at Walt Disney World, so the possibilities are endless and there is something for every taste bud. The following restaurants generally have reservation availability a week or so in advance.

Underrated Restaurants at Disney for Romance

Jaleo by José Andrés

Location: Disney Springs
Best for: Lunch, Dinner

If you don’t have Jaleo on your list of must-try restaurants, this is your sign. This restaurant concept by James Beard Award-Winning Chef, José Andrés, offers a menu full of delicious Spanish tapas. The restaurant design is beautiful and makes a whimsical and colorful statement, with a moody and romantic vibe, perfect for date night.

Order a pitcher of sangria to kick off the date. The sangria here is exceptional and you won’t want to stop at just one glass. Definitely order a few Spanish staples such as the croquetas de pollo and the patatas bravas. For seafood lovers, the Spanish favorite paella is a must. This is a great place to order for the table and share.

Dining Room at Jaleo at Disney Springs features red and gold tones and a geometric light fixture as a center piece
Dining Room at Jaleo at Disney Springs

Trattoria al Forno

Location: Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Best for: Breakfast, Dinner, Epcot fireworks after dinner

This might be the most underrated restaurant at Walt Disney World. I visited for the first time last year and was blown away by the flavor of the food. We told our waiter to guide us in our entree selection and he suggested the lasagna. And wow, it is the best lasagna I have ever had in a restaurant. The portion size is generous and your taste buds will thank you. Make sure to ask for the complimentary bread service. When I visited the bread service was not offered, but I asked our server about it and he said it is by request only. Trattoria al Forno is one of the few Walt Disney World restaurants that offers dining al fresco, so if the weather is good, feel free to ask the podium Cast Member for a table outside.

After eating all that pasta and bread you’ll want to take an after dinner stroll, and Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is the perfect place for just that. In fact, if you time it just right you’ll be able to catch glimpses of the EPCOT fireworks show. This is a great way to make the evening extra special and create a memorable date.

Todd English’s Bluezoo

Location: Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort
Best for: Dinner

If you’re looking for a seafood restaurant at Walt Disney World then this is the place. Bluezoo aims to bring you the freshest seafood and my experience here was fantastic. The vibe of the restaurant is definitely geared towards adults, it is dimly lit and when you enter the restaurant you will first pass through a beautiful bar and lounge area. Because the Dolphin Resort sees more of a convention crowd you are likely to find less children in this restaurant.

The menu focuses on seafood and places fresh fish at the forefront of the menu. My red snapper was perfect and I opted for a lobster claw to top the fish to take it to the next level. I highly recommend the Risotto ‘Tots.’ These are rice balls with white truffle-infused into them. While they might sound like an appetizer they are listed as a side, and I almost missed them on the menu. Do not make that mistake!

the dining room at todd englishs bluezoo walt disney world feature rich blue and orange tones, with light fixtures that resemble bubbles
Dining Room at Todd English's bluezoo

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Location: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Best for: Dinner with fireworks view

In the last several years rooftop restaurants have been popping up quite a bit around Walt Disney World, and the ever-popular California Grille is no longer the only option to get beautiful birds-eye views of the most magical place on Earth. In my opinion, Toledo at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is the most underrated restaurant at Disney World. In my two visits here I have found it to be a fantastic experience with great service by dedicated Cast Members. Toledo offers a menu of flavors inspired by the cuisine of Spain.

The vaulted ceiling of this restaurant takes center stage as it changes colors throughout the evening. It is truly magical, very unique and there is nothing quite like it in the Central Florida region. The 16th-floor dining room windows offer sweeping panoramic views of Walt Disney World, and if timed correctly you’ll be able to see glimpses of fireworks at EPCOT.

dining room and ceiling at toledo features a colorful vaulted ceiling
Dining Room and Ceiling at Toledo

Word is spreading about this beautiful restaurant because the Michelin Guide for Orlando now recognizes it.

Ale and Compass

Location: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Best for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disney Imagineering reimaged this restaurant space several years ago and it is gorgeous, with nautical touches that are more elegant than what you might expect from a Disney resort. If you’re planning a brunch date, Ale and Compass offers a breakfast buffet that includes a selection of continental-style breakfast items as well cheddar biscuits with country gravy, and cinnamon rolls. The $23 price of the buffet also includes one entrée from the a la carte menu and a beverage of choice.

And, of course, Ale and Compass’ breakfast menu has signature brunch cocktails such as a Mimosa and Bloody Mary. This restaurant location puts you in a great spot to stroll through the other Epcot Resort Area hotels such as the Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn and Swan and Dolphin, or head into Epcot itself to keep the date going.

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Underrated Casual Restaurants at Disney

Skipper Canteen

Location: Magic Kingdom
Best for: Lunch or Dinner

Magic Kingdom tends to get a bad wrap when it comes to food, but Skipper Canteen is a hidden gem, and you can normally find last-minute reservations at this highly themed restaurant. Skipper Canteen is in Adventureland, not far from the inspiration for the restaurant, the Jungle Cruise attraction. This restaurant is a must-do for fellow adventurers.

Those who remember The Adventurers Club from the days of Pleasure Island, part of what is now Disney Springs, will feel right at home at the restaurant. Skipper Canteen has multiple rooms with unique artifacts from far corners of the world.

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Geyser Point Bar & Grill

Location: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
Best for: Outdoor dining with great food and drinks

Looking for a bit of adventure in the wild frontier? Ok, maybe not that wild, but you will have a bit of an adventure getting to Geyser Point, especially as a guest who is not staying at the resort. But, hear me out, dining at Geyser Point will offer a date beyond just having a meal. In order to reach Geyser Point you’ll first need to park at Wilderness Lodge, which often requires a hotel or dining reservation. Problem is, Geyser Point is a table service restaurant, but it is casual and outdoors, and therefore doesn't take reservations. Have your photo ID ready and see if the Security Cast Member will allow you to park at the resort so you can dine here.

The burgers, sandwiches, salads, and craft cocktails are awesome. And the lakeside venue is one of the most relaxing spots at Disney.

After your meal take a boat over to Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort. Not only is this boat ride relaxing and romantic, but you'll disembark at one of the best places at Walt Disney World. Once at Fort Wilderness Campground walk over to Tri-Circle-D Ranch, where the horses of Walt Disney World live. You can walk inside the stables and see a part of Walt Disney World that many do not even know exists. With some advance planning, you can even book a horseback riding experience or take a carriage ride through the wilderness.

Sebastian's Bistro

Location: Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Best for: Family-style dinner

Sometimes kids have to come along for date night, or maybe you'd like a double date at Disney with friends. Sebastian's Bistro at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is a great idea for either scenario. The tropical island flair will sweep you away. And the all-you-care-to-eat dinner is a great deal, relative to Disney pricing.

Colorful Dining Room at Sebastian's Bistro Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Sebastian's Bistro Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort – image by Dani Meyering

You can start off your meal by building your own Old Fashioned from a variety of special ingredients, including rare rums. And your meal ends with warm House-made Coconut-Pineapple Bread Pudding, served with sweet vanilla ice cream and silky caramel sauce. It is sinful and delicious.

House-made Coconut-Pineapple Bread Pudding at Sebastian's Bistro Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
House-made Coconut-Pineapple Bread Pudding at Sebastian's Bistro – image by Dani Meyering

For $38 per adult you can get your fill on Latin and Caribbean flavors. After such a satisfying meal, take a romantic stroll through Caribbean Beach Resort, or next door to Disney's Riviera Resort.

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Originally written by Brian Kirkwood (@briantreks), updated May 2024 by Dani Meyering