Back in what seems to have been years ago, we ran a poll asking what you thought the best casual dining location at DVC Resorts in Walt Disney World was.
Voters were able to select up to three restaurants that they felt exemplify the best dining options at the DVC Resorts. Here are the results:
First, let’s take a look at what we are considering the bottom of the barrel. These restaurants all failed to break the threshold of 5% of the total vote, with most barely getting one percent and collectively only receiving 14% of the total votes cast:
- ESPN Club (BoardWalk) – 1%
- Chef Mickey’s (Contemporary) – 1%
- Big River Grill (BoardWalk) – 1%
- 1900 Park Fare (Grand Floridian) – 1%
- Beaches and Cream (Beach Club) – 3%
- Whispering Canyon (Wilderness Lodge) – 3%
- Kona Cafe (Polynesian) – 4%
No real surprises jump off the page to me here, however, I am slightly shocked that both Beaches and Cream and Kona Cafe ended up so low. Then again, when you compare them to the top ten I can begin to see why.
10. Geyser Point (Wilderness Lodge) – 5%
When I begin to read through this list, it pains me to see some of my favorite Walt Disney World restaurants ranking so low. However, that is hopefully a testament to the quality of food that many of these have. Geyser Point’s Bison Cheeseburger is hands down one of the best burgers I have had on Disney property.
9. ‘Ohana (Polynesian) – 6%
Here lies what has become quite the debate. ‘Ohana, although providing a fantastic concept and menu, has been hit or miss for many in recent years with many reporting rushed or disappointing service, while others still having an enjoyable meal.
8. Cape May Cafe (Beach Club) – 7%
I can’t openly bash Cape May Cafe because it is my wife’s absolute favorite restaurant at Walt Disney World, but I will say I am not the biggest fan. If you are up for a good old fashioned crab house experience and are ready to get cracking, this is the place for you!
Having only eaten here once for breakfast, I don’t have a huge amount of experience to go off. Grand Floridian Cafe does what it does well, which is offering an almost diner-like concept to the resort. It likely would’ve wound up a bit further down my top ten list, though.
6. The Wave (Contemporary) – 7%
I’ll say two things here, both of which are quite jarring. First, I’ve never been to The Wave. It is likely the number one restaurant on my current list of must-tries at Walt Disney World. Second, and I think I speak for Pete on this one… “Are you all crazy?! Sixth place? Is something loose in your head?!”
5. Olivia’s (Old Key West) – 8%
If I personally had to pick a restaurant I expected to finish a little higher, it would be Olivia’s Cafe. This restaurant is an absolute gem and is tucked away discretely, making it an amazing escape after a long day at the parks. Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, you can catch me happy as a lark at Olivia’s.
4. Trattoria al Forno (BoardWalk) – 8%
Trattoria al Forno offers good Italian. It’s not the best Italian food on property, but good enough to likely earn it a spot in the top ten. Fourth place is pushing it a bit to me, but you can read a dining review Amy previously wrote to get a better idea of why.
3. Turf Club (Saratoga Springs) – 9%
I honestly have zero opinion or experience with Turf Club, so I don’t feel I can make an informed opinion on this one. If nine percent of you thought it was this good, though, there must be something I’m missing. Since I don’t have much to say and am overall surprised, I’ll let this previous Disney Dining Show do the words for me…
These top two are about what I expected going into this poll. If Animal Kingdom Lodge does anything right, it is it’s casual dining (among basically everything else). I’ve had the opportunity to experience Boma for breakfast and dinner, and the most disappointing part of the meal has been when I’ve gotten full.
No surprises here! I have rarely heard of anyone unhappy with anything they have gotten at Sanaa. I dream nightly of the Indian bread service, as well as the candy bar dessert. Writing this now makes me wonder why I don’t have an ADR there for my next trip to Walt Disney World.
There you have it – Our best and worst casual dining restaurants at DVC Resorts! Share with us in the comments what your top pick would be and what surprises jumped off the list to you! Also, stay on the lookout here for our next DVC Fan poll!