The best restaurants at Magic Kingdom, ranked

The Magic Kingdom is known as the happiest places on earth. It is, after all, the hallmark of Disney World. Filled with princesses, music, and rides to both thrill and delight, The Magic Kingdom is a place where all dreams come true. That can include the culinary as well. Wait, really? You bet — it just so happens to be one of the tastiest places on earth! Where else can you find Mickey Mouse shaped pretzels? Pancakes? Dumplings shapes like the aliens from Toy Story? While all of those are adorable, it's not just the novelty treats and snacks that make The Magic Kingdom stand out in the food world — it's the restaurants.

From Main Street to Adventureland and Liberty Town Square, the food that is served up around the largest of Disney World's theme parks is an attraction in its own right. Sprawling buffets and high-end dining make up just as much of The Magic Kingdom's food scene as cute little stands. However, getting reservations at some of Magic Kingdom's restaurants is a feat in itself, with some restaurants booked out for months in advance. 

Never fear though. If you're looking for the best places to eat while visiting, look no further. We've broken down the very best places to chow down and have a magical time doing it. Just try not to drool.

12. Aloha Isle

There are fewer things more iconic than the DOLE Whip in Adventureland at Aloha Isle. Set up next to The Enchanted Tiki Room, there is always a long line for this tart yet sweet treat that is beloved by Magic Kingdom goers far and wide for its refreshing taste. You can have it just by itself or combined with pineapple juice for a DOLE Whip float. Occasionally extra flavors will become available, including orange, raspberry, lemon, mango, and lime. DOLE Whip happens to be dairy-free, allowing those that are lactose intolerant as well as vegan to partake in something cool on a hot day. It's also gluten-free, so those suffering from gluten intolerance or celiac disease can enjoy.

This pineapple concoction is so popular that Disney actually has merchandise for it, including key-chains and string lights. Aloha Isle is counter service, but has seating available to enjoy this famous treat, so grab a cup (or a cone) and see what all the fuss is about. You'll probably go back for seconds as a regular whip will only set you back $5, while the float costs $6.

11. Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

Counter-service fast food is relatively easy to come by in The Magic Kingdom, but it's fun when it's at least themed based on where you are in the park. If you're looking for a burger that sends you into orbit, then head to Tomorrowland and eat up at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. While you can get the Mickey Mouse stamped burger here, opt for something a bit juicier, like their 1/3lb Angus bacon cheeseburger. During the holidays they have french fries covered in red and green icing, which is nothing to write home about, but can give you a guilty pleasure bite or two.

There are some healthier options here as well, like a grilled chicken club and Greek salad. There's also a plant-based sloppy Joe at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, which may sound like an oxymoron, but is just as messy and delicious as the real thing. If you have allergies, there is an entire allergy-free menu here that includes items free of gluten, soy, milk, shellfish, egg, and tree nuts. Prices range from $7 for kids meals to up to $16 for that Mickey burger. The real treat at Cosmic Ray's, however, is the entertainment, brought to you by the animatronic alien Sonny Eclipse.

10. Casey's Corner

Hot dogs aren't exactly known as the finest cuisine, however, if you're a fan of a sausage between some buns and loaded up high, you need go no further. The dogs at Casey's Corner on Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom are to die for. These all-beef hot dogs are perfect for a snack on-the-go or to sit down and really delve into. You can get a regular sized one, or go all out with a foot-long to really fill your belly. The toppings available are practically infinite, and there are frequently seasonal choices or themed ones based on new Disney releases. The fried pickle dog topped with cheese and jalapenos (a limited-time option) is salty and juicy, the perfect combination for a hot day.

Other hot dogs on the menu include a hot dog covered in macaroni and cheese with bacon on top for some extra decadence, as well as chili cheese dogs, and even a selection of corn dogs. If you're vegetarian or vegan, there's something here for you too! Casey's Corner has plant-based sausages, which you can have plain or topped with pickled slaw and a vegan aïoli. How's that for a fancy hot dog? Enjoy them on the outside terrace to get a view of one of the many parades, or get them at the counter to go.

The loaded hot dogs will cost upwards of $12, but regular dogs and other sides are in the $7 to $9 range.

9. Pinocchio Village Haus

If you're craving Italian, but don't want to shell out for it as much, Geppetto will welcome you to this rustic restaurant in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. Pinocchio Village Haus is serving up classics like chicken Parmesan as a sandwich and a pasta, as well as a selection of flatbreads and salads. The flatbreads are really the stand-outs here, coming with an array of delicious and filling toppings. From basic marinara to cheese blends and pepperoni, think of it as a healthier pizza. Not much healthier, but you can at least fool yourself a bit. Also, don't miss out on the breadsticks. If you're looking to treat yourself to a trip to Pleasure Island, get the decadent chocolate gelato or the Tangled Wall Éclair filled with luscious Dulce de Leche and topped with white chocolate whipped cream and candy flowers. Prices are moderate here, with meals running between $12-15 a person, and the counter service means you can choose your own seating and can get fed pretty quickly if the line's not too long.

What sets Pinocchio Village Haus apart, however, is the Monstro room, where you can watch people riding on It's A Small World. The entire restaurant is set up like a tavern with puppetry reigning king here. You'll also be able to spy the memorable characters from the movie, like The Blue Fairy, Gideon, and Figaro.

8. Tony's Town Square Restaraunt

It's amore! And our first sit-down restaurant of the list. Fans of Lady and the Tramp will know Tony's. This Italian staple is where Lady and Tramp fell in love and enjoyed some seriously tasty spaghetti and meatballs. Situated on Main Street, USA, in the Magic Kingdom, this restaurant has a cult following of devotees who not only love the decor, but love to chow down on the food. With a menu that starts off with caprese, calamari, and Caesar salad, this is where the restaurants in Magic Kingdom start to get legit. The Italian Trio is a staple that boasts chicken Parmigiana, fettuccine Alfredo, and spaghetti and a large meatball, while the house-made gnocchi primavera is fresh and light. If there's an Italian dish you love, chances are you'll find it here. You can even get the famous dish that Lady and Tramp had... just maybe don't wear white — marinara sauce stains.

For dessert, don't miss the cannolis or Tiramisù, though the chocolate hazelnut cake is awfully tempting as well. Kids can create their own pastas here, allowing those who are a bit picky to actually order something they'll eat after a long day of running around. This makes Tony's Town Square a top pick for families, especially as you can get a the Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package here that will not only get you a three-course lunch, but prime parade viewing. The package costs $54 for adults and $19 for children aged 9 and under.

7. The Diamond Horseshoe

Liberty Square is the Old West meets Colonial America. It's also an amazing melting pot of mouth-watering food options in The Magic Kingdom. The Diamond Horseshoe will not leave you hungry, especially with their Saloon Feast that is an all-you-can-eat free-for-all of mouth-watering beef brisket, heart smoked sausage, barbecued pulled pork, bright citrus chicken, and a host of down home staples with macaroni and cheese, baked beans, mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. If that seems too daunting, lunch platters are the name of the game here with choices between brisket, chicken, pork, and vegetarian friendly stuffed peppers. There's also sandwiches available for lunch time. The feast will run you $38 for adults and $21 for children, while lunch platters are $20-24.

This is also one of the few restaurants in The Magic Kingdom where you can get wine, beer, and cider. Pair one with a campfire apple cake and thank us later. Reservations are highly suggested for this restaurant, especially for dinner when it's exclusively Saloon Feast time (along with a show). It operates as both a quick service restaurant if you need something on-the-go and with table service. Regardless of how you choose to eat here, you won't be walking away hungry.

6. Columbia Harbour House

Liberty Square strikes again with Columbia Harbour House, the go-to place in The Magic Kingdom for all things seafood. It's also worth eating here for the ambiance. Set up as a dockside tavern with a heavy nautical theme, this counter service restaurant is immersive as well as serving up fresh seafood that's bright and satisfying. The grilled salmon here is a healthy meal choice while also being decadent and tender. The fried shrimp and clam baskets give you that seaside summer feel, and the shrimp skewer is perfect to enjoy on the deck. Never mind the lobster roll! Entrees will cost you between $12 and $14, with sides and drinks between $2 and $4. 

While seafood is the highlight here, those who get a bit seasick have some options as well. Try the Harbour salad or chicken pot pie for a hearty landlubber meal. Vegans have a hummus sandwich option as well as vegetarian chili. Don't miss out on the hush puppies or the peach cobbler, both a great addition to your meal. If you're looking for fancy table service, you'll need to head next door. This is your typical order-at-the-counter sort of place, but the decor sets it above many other restaurants around the park. 

5. Liberty Tree Tavern

If you haven't guessed it by now, Liberty Square has some of the best restaurants in The Magic Kingdom. Food is king in this quarter and it's not hard to see why. Good American cooking is the name of the game here, and Liberty Tree Tavern is the best of them all. Much like Columbia Harbour House, New England fare is what's on the menu here, but at Liberty Tree Tavern it's a bit more elevated in its preparation and plating, and it's a table service sit-down restaurant. If you have a craving for New England, this is where you'll want to brook a table, and book a table you must. The lobster rolls here are as authentic as they get, and everyone wants one. Other highlights include the portobello pot roast, Vermont cheese plate, fish and chips, and the deliciously gooey toffee cake. Beer and wine is available here, as well ciders and sangria. Meals here will be between $35 and $59 a person.

There are six historically themed rooms in the tavern, each paying homage to a founding father or notable American. Dine while reading up about George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson, or John Paul Jones.

4. The Crystal Palace

Buffets are a great choice when you're not quite sure what you want to eat but also want to have a ton of choices. There's no better buffet than the one in The Crystal Palace, a Winnie the Pooh themed delight that has food as far as the eye can see with a beautiful view of Cinderella's castle. With Tigger, Piglet, and Pooh joining you for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, eating at The Crystal Palace will not only fill you up, but make lasting memories. The Crystal Palace is also simply stunning. The glass building is light and airy, based offof the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, not the original namesake from London. Located on Main Street, USA, in the Magic Kingdom, this buffet has plenty of prepared food as well as made-to-order dishes like salads, pasta, and freshly carved meats. Best part? It's all you can eat! For $35-60 that is.

The desserts here are particularly noteworthy, including their bread pudding, coconut flan, and choices of soft served ice cream. There's typically special buffets themed for holidays and fireworks. Reservations are highly recommended for all meals; it's a popular place.

3. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen

In terms of themed restaurants, the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen is one of the best. Nestled by The Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom, the humor of the ride translates to the hysterical waiters and hosts here. Puns are everywhere, and it's almost as delightful as the food. With a heavy dose of Asian influence, as well as some African and South American, the dishes available in the canteen are some of the most unique in the entire park. Spice and flavor is in high quantities here, and it's all, frankly, amazing. If you've got picky eaters in your party, this may be a difficult sell, but for those who like adventurous meals that are also well rounded, you'll find nowhere better. Only open for lunch and dinner, reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted and the wait tends not to be terribly long despite it being a table service restaraunt.

So when in Adventureland, grab the "Hardy Har Char" Siu Pork or "Tastes like Chicken" Because it is! for a great lunch and some laughs. Other highlights are Perkins Thai Noodles and the whole fried fish. For dessert, the African inspired Kungaloosh is the best choice. This chocolate cake is drool worthy and dripping in sweetness. However, if you want something less decadent, the Quick Sand dessert is fruity and a touch lighter, while also being exceptionally tasty. The prices here are moderate, and quite low considering the quality and uniqueness of the food. Expect to spend between $20-35 per person.

2. Cinderella's Royal Table

There's nothing quite like eating in a castle alongside a Disney princess. You may be surprised that eating in Cinderella's castle in the Magic Kingdom isn't number one, but it comes awfully close. The setting is what makes this meal truly magical. After all, you're in the castle! If you score an evening reservation, and you MUST make a reservation, you can even see the fireworks from an entirely mindblowingly different angle. However, any meal at Cinderella's Royal Table will be astounding. The food, for starters, is beautiful. They don't hold back with the fancy plating, even down to the glass slipper chocolate desserts.

The pork chops are especially delicious, but for a lighter choice go with the chickpea panisse. Breakfast has the best dishes in our humble opinion, what with their Royal Avocado Toast, beef tenderloin and eggs, quiche, and shrimp and grits. Kids have choices between waffles, frittattas, oatmeal, and scrambled eggs for breakfast with a variety of chicken dishes and macaroni and cheese for lunch and dinner.

Princesses filter in and out all day, so chances are you'll have a magical time no matter when you head up into the castle. Expect to pay for it though. This is the most expensive restaurant in the park and adults should expect to pay anywhere from $60 to over $80 for their meal. It's worth it though; it'll be a meal and experience you'll never forget.

1. Be Our Guest Restaurant

Located in new Fantasyland, the very best restaurant in the entire Magic Kingdom is, without much of an argument, the Be Our Guest Restaurant. Richly draped in Beauty and the Beast lore, the three room restaurant inside the Beast's castle is a dining experience unlike any other. Even Cinderella's castle can't compare. Will you be seated in the grand ballroom, the West Wing, or the astounding library? The atmosphere here is extraordinary, and the service is second to none.

For dinner you can be truly regal with escargot, piment d'Espelette spiced tuna, filet mignon, and sides such as fingerling potatoes, haricot verts, and artichoke hearts. Obviously, the dishes all have a French air about them, but if you're wanting something a bit lighter, try the lunch menu with a croque monsieur, French onion soup, or spring chicken salad. Lunch is also the only time you can get The Master's Cupcake that is chocolate topped with Lumiere's famous Grey Stuff (it's delicious!). The desserts, overall, here are simply divine. Cream puffs, eclairs, cupcakes, cake, and Crème Brûlée. 

Like Cinderella's Royal Table, expect to pay some big bucks for a meal here. However, prices run slightly slower than the castle, though not by much. Still expect to shell out over $60 per adult.