Real Disney fans know that Disney restaurants are part of the thrill of visiting the Orlando theme park. Some even consider them to be attractions in and of themselves. One of your first planning ventures involves the opening of the 180-day window at which time Disney guests-to-be can make Advanced Dining Reservations.
Some people enjoy dining in Disney so much that they prefer to do it alone. Although reservations for one are much easier to get than reservations for a large group, you’ll still need ADRs during peak times and especially at the most popular restaurants.
So what are the best restaurants for dining solo? Keep reading to find out!
It’s important to note that most of the restaurants on this list are signature dining restaurants. That means they are more expensive, and will probably cost two dining credits if you’re on the dining plan. If you’re not on the dining plan, you can keep your costs down (if that’s important to you) by focusing on appetizers and dining tapas-style.
Most signature restaurants have adjoining lounge areas. These areas offer a limited menu, and some of the items on the menu aren’t even offered in the main restaurant. These areas are first-come, first-served and do not require ADRs. If you time your visit just right, you can get a table pretty quickly. Small tables – perfect for one person – are even easier to get. Some of the best lounges on Disney property include Crew Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Trader Sam’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Tutto Gusto in World Showcase’s Italy Pavilion to name a few.
4. Hollywood Brown Derby
Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is arguably on of the best restaurant in the parks. It is modeled after the original Hollywood Brown Derby in Hollywood, California making it a great place to dine alone and observe the architecture, artwork, and scenery. It’s also one of the classier places to eat lunch. Because of these things, it is a popular signature dining restaurant.
3. California Grill
California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is another signature dining experience with California-themed cuisine. Plates include fresh, vibrant food that is comforting and adventurous. California Grill has some of the best sushi and flatbreads around.
In addition to the food, California Grill has incredible views of Magic Kingdom. If you enjoy fireworks, the observation deck is a great place to view Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. If the food is more your focus, grab a seat at the bar area where you can chat it up with the bartenders and chefs. Either way, you’ll have all the entertainment you need for dining alone.
Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a signature dining experience serving up American food with a Mediterranean theme. With the open kitchen to watch the chefs and the chef’s table known as the Chef’s Domain, it is both entertaining and engaging. The knowledgeable wait staff can make recommendations, and the laid back atmosphere allows you to take your time to enjoy your food.
No dining list would be complete without one of Animal Kingdom Lodge’s restaurants. Jiko is excellent for a party of one because you can sit at the bar and watch the chefs cook or the bartenders mix fancy cocktails. They’ll even be happy to give you some insider cooking and mixology tips!
Jiko has amazing African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine and an extensive wine list. Not only will you find good company, but you’ll find good food and drink as well.