Meat on the Menu: Where to Steak Your Claim at Disney

Harmony and fun are earmarks of Disney, of course, and that carries through to its restaurant menus – which is nice, since even the most loving families don't see eye-to-eye on everything! For example, perhaps your group has a meat lover in its midst. If beef is what's for dinner, you won't go hungry at Orlando's Walt Disney World, dedicated purveyors of prime cuts – both Shula's and the Yachtsman Steakhouse may come to mind – abound. But what of the rest of your troupe: the seafood lovers, the vegetarians, the sushi fiends and the adventurous eaters always on the hunt for an exotic experience? Moreover, what about the little (or big) ones who want to dine in a castle? This is Disney World, after all. Well, fear not. Carnivores can find fantastic cuts – not to mention creative ones – all over the Kingdom. At the popular Polynesian-themed Kona Cafe, for example, pineapple-teriyaki glaze turns a typical New York strip into a trip to the Big Island. The Flying Fish Cafe is a seafood lover's paradise, but its take on the strip is so phenomenal, meat-lovers often make a special trip just to give it a try. And deep in the heart of new Fantasyland, the castle of the Beast is home to Be Our Guest, boasting three brilliantly-themed fairy tale dining rooms, French-inspired fare and a butter-laden steak fit for a prince.


Magic Kingdom ®

Appropriately located in the Fantasyland realm of the Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest brings diners inside the Beast's castle. Lunchtime here is a fast-service affair but come dinner, things become far more formal, with sit-down table service in...  Read More

Lake Buena Vista

Al fresco dining with sweeping golf course views and a comfortable clubhouse feel inside make the Turf Club Bar and Grill an excellent option for families looking for a fine array of steakhouse-style offerings alongside the Lake Buena Vista...  Read More

Disney's Animal Kingdom ®

This Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurant is lauded by many as a hidden gem – and a "wild" one, at that. Diners are treated to views of free-roaming animals – giraffes, gazelle, zebra, kudu and more – as they enjoy an array of Indian- and...  Read More

Magic Kingdom ®

The relaxed Polynesian vibe of the Kona Café permeates the ambiance at all three squares, leaving few dishes untouched – including its decidedly untraditional teriyaki-style New York strip. Pineapple glaze and sticky rice turn an old boys'...  Read More

Affording incredible views of the Disney landscape from the 15th floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort, this fashionable, long-time favorite has undergone a recent "reimagining," and now features a design inspired by mid-century modern...  Read More

Downtown Disney ®

Walt Disney World's big, beautiful Boathouse venue can accommodate up to 600 seafood and steak lovers amid its nautically themed confines. Views of Lake Buena Vista beckon from throughout; in fact, you can drink and dine al fresco here, as well....  Read More

Hold up. Wait a minute. Isn't this called the Flying FISH Cafe? Yes. Yes, it is. But the power of the menu's lone selection – the char-crusted Angus New York Strip steak (served with roasted fingerling potatoes, red Bermuda onions, young...  Read More

Walt Disney World ®

Living up to its New York namesake's reputation, Orlando's version of Bull & Bear pulls out the stops with attentive service and a traditional, club-like steakhouse atmosphere with contemporary touches. Portions are hearty, beef is...  Read More

Walt Disney World ®

The '72 Dolphins may have gone undefeated, but your hunger will be down for the count before halftime, particularly if you partake in Coach Don's massive 48-ounce Porterhouse. Despite this lauded restaurant's NFL connection, its atmosphere is...  Read More

Disney's Hollywood Studios™

Grain-fed. Aged in-house. Oak-fired. Is your mouth watering yet? These are some of the sexiest phrases in the realm of steak and all three apply at the upscale (but family-friendly) steakhouse inside Disney's Yacht Club Resort, where butches cut...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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