Better Value Options for Disney World Table Service Dining
Let’s face it: Food can be expensive at Disney World. Character dining is easily $60 per adult for dinner, and signature dining is often more than that when you factor in drinks, appetizers, and/or desserts. While you can save by doing more quick service meals, sometimes you just want to enjoy a leisurely table service meal. Below are a few places where you can do just that without breaking the bank!
50’s Prime Time Cafe
Visit Mom’s kitchen for some classic comfort food and television shows from the 1950s! There’s fried chicken, pot roast, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and more with nearly all entrees priced under $28. Don’t forget to mind your manners, or your “cousins” may just reprimand you.
Ale & Compass
Located at the Yacht Club, Ale & Compass is often overlooked. However, this unassuming spot has a reasonably priced menu for lunch and dinner, and it’s an especially good value for breakfast. For breakfast, you can order an entree by itself or an entree with the continental breakfast buffet for $23. The buffet has seasonal fruit, yogurt parfaits, pastries, granola, cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy, and either coffee, tea, juice, or a soft drink.
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
This popular spot at the Beach Club serves burgers and sandwiches but is best known for its sundaes. Peanut butter lovers will love the No Way Jose sundae, and larger groups will enjoy the showstopper Kitchen Sink sundae that has every topping in the house. Entrees here are $20 or less.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Celebrity Chef Art Smith’s Disney Springs outpost is known for its fried chicken and serves lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. Main plates range from $20 to $37, but the portions here are very large. You can easily split them with someone, or take the leftovers back to your DVC villa for the next day.
La Crêperie de Paris
Tucked in the back of the France Pavilion near Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is La Crêperie de Paris. The restaurant has both savory and sweet crêpes. Savory buckwheat crêpes are $18.50 and sweet ones for dessert are $10.95.
This family-style all-you-care-to-eat restaurant at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort may just rival ‘Ohana! Inspired by the Caribbean, dinner includes citrus chicken, mojo pork, chili-rubbed beef, and baked fish with Veracruz sauce. It comes with cilantro rice and beans, vegetable curry, seasonal vegetables, rolls, a salad, and coconut-pineapple bread pudding. At $35 per adult, it’s quite a feast!
The Plaza Restaurant
The Plaza Restaurant is the most affordable sit-down restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. Its recently revamped menu has meatloaf, sandwiches, salads, and burgers for $26 and under. Leave room for one of their specialty milkshakes or desserts!
The restaurant at the Dolphin Resort offers similar food to Beaches & Cream: burgers, sandwiches, and ice cream. It doesn’t offer the same playful ambiance, but you do get a 20% discount for DVC members.
Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion is known for its authentic Neapolitan pizzas that are cooked in the restaurant’s wood-burning ovens. These pizzas come in three different sizes: individual, large, and mezzo metro. While the mezzo metro ones cost about $50-$55 depending on which variety you choose, they feed about four people, so they are actually quite a good deal for a table service entree at Disney World.
Whispering Canyon at Wilderness Lodge is known for its playful hijinx and all-you-care-to-eat skillets for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Breakfast and lunch skillets are a particularly good value since the skillets are $26 instead of $38 like they are at dinner. The skillets are both filling and affordable. If you prefer something lighter than the skillets, you can order an entree instead.
If you need any help finding a reservation for any of these restaurants, don’t forget to check Unlocked Magic’s Dining Reservation Finder. You can set as many alerts as you would like and receive notifications via text or email when the reservation you want becomes available!