In our last post I talked about our Top 3 Dining Spots to enjoy WITHOUT kids. If you missed that post, you can check it out here. Well this week, I wanted to go over a few places at Disney where you can bring the kids and have them be as entertained and satisfied as you are! Almost every restaurant at Disney welcomes kids, however, these restaurants provide excellent food AND entertain the kids. They are a win-win.
1. Cinderella's Royal Table
So this is a bit of an obvious one since its a character meal, but the food at Cinderella's Royal Table is really delicious. Here you get the best of both worlds! Great characters and theming to keep the kids interested and happy AND great food for the adults to enjoy. My favorite thing to eat here: Steak and Shrimp! Oh definitely try "The Clock Strikes Twelve" - a dark chocolate mousse with a dark chocolate ganage topping. My one note here is that this place books up fast! Be ready on your 180 day mark to snag this reservation. Also be prepared that this is a meal that you are required to pay for at the time of booking.
2. San Angel Inn
Located in the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot, San Angel Inn is also a great choice of table service restaurant for both kids and adults. The atmosphere is truly immersive as you dine along a Mexican river overlooking Mayan Ruins and volcanoes. The food here is upscale Mexican cuisine of which I personally like the Carne Asada Tampiquena - a well cooked steak with black beans and guacamole. For the adults though this place excels at Tequila. The vast tequila and margarita menu makes San Angel a favorite among the adults, and yet the quesadillas are perfect for kids.
I also recommend the Biergarten in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. The set up is has lots of tables surrounding a stage of lively music and dancing. Kids can watch and be entertained or join in to the Oktoberfest themed activities. Or if they are like my kids, they can be loud without disrupting other diners. The food here is, obviously, German and is served buffet style. By far my favorite of the menu selections is the assorted sausages, but they also have Schnitzel, potatoes, salmon, and other assorted offerings. For the kids, there are macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and usually a vegetable like green beans. This restaurants fun and lively atmosphere is definitely appealing to kids who don't like to sit in quiet restaurants.
4. Coral Reef
Lastly, I would pick Coral Reef located in Future World at Epcot. This restaurant is really a hidden gem tucked in the back of the Seas building where the Nemo ride is located. The menu here is seafood and its really quite an upscale spot. The food is delicious, as is the wine, and yet there is no dress code. What makes Coral Reef appealing to kids is the fact that all the tables center around a giant aquarium. I have seen kids be mesmerized through an entire three course meal. Heck, I have found myself staring off at the gigantic aquarium as sharks and sting rays swim by. For a look at our full review of Coral Reef, check that out here. On the menu, I particularly like the ceviche with mango sorbet, the lobster bisque, and the Chocolate Wave for desert.
Have you taken your kids to any of the above? How did it go? Or is there somewhere I have missed? Let me know!
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!