Best Amusement Park Restaurant: Aunt Granny's Restaurant

Dollywood wins big with readers

Gone are the days when amusement park food consisted of overpriced hot dogs and cotton candy. These 10 amusement park restaurants were nominated by a panel of industry experts and voted the best in the U.S. for their food, atmosphere and service. 

  • Aunt Granny's Restaurant
    Dollywood

    Aunt Granny’s offers the biggest all-you-care-to-eat buffet in Pigeon Forge, featuring wide variety of comfort food such as chicken and dumplings, a taco bar and Salisbury steak in addition to in addition to a salad bar and other healthier options. The restaurant opens 30 minutes before Dollywood, should you want to grab a quick and hearty breakfast.
    Photo courtesy of Dollywood

  • Marco Polo's Marketplace
    Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    This market-style restaurant within Busch Gardens Williamsburg is ideal for families or groups of friends who can't decide what to eat. There's a bit of everything on offer – pizza, pasta, orange chicken, vegetable lo mien and even customized cannoli.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / mphillips007

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
    Magic Kingdom

    Named for the famous “Be Our Guest” scene in Beauty and the Beastthis dining experience at Magic Kingdom Park features three different themed rooms including a magnificent ballroom, the Beast’s West Wing study and the Castle Gallery designed as a replica of Belle’s private library. The same menu of American and French cuisine is featured throughout with quick-service ordering by tablets at each table during lunch and breakfast. Dinner is a more formal sit-down affair.
    Photo courtesy of David Roark / Walt Disney World Resort

  • Three Broomsticks
    Universal Studios Hollywood

    If you've ever wondered what a Butterbeer tastes like, head to Three Broomsticks within Universal Studios Hollywood's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Cast-iron chandeliers and weathered wood beams recreate the famous watering hole, while the menu showcases British fare like fish & chips or shepherd's pie.
    Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood

  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
    Disney's Hollywood Studios

    This guest favorite restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios recreates the experience of a 1950s drive-in movie theater. Diners sit at tables shaped like classic cars, watch kitschy sci-fi movie clips and dine on nostalgic comfort foods like burgers, onion rings, wedge salads and warm glazed doughnuts.
    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

  • Mythos Restaurant
    Orlando

    The unique setting of Mythos, a fine dining restaurant, alone is a feast for the senses. Guests step into grotto with intricate carvings of ancient figures on the walls and towering rock formations. A seasonal menu offers salmon, risotto, pad Thai, burgers and more. A full wine list is also available while outside seating provides views of Islands of Adventure's inland sea and colorful islands.
    Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

  • Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant
    Knott's Berry Farm

    This family restaurant at Knott's Berry Farm has been serving famous chicken, biscuits, and boysenberry pie since 1934, back when Mrs. Knott did all of the cooking. Since then, it’s estimated that over 20 million people have eaten chicken dinners here but current offerings include farm fresh breakfasts and family-style meals as well as salad and gluten-free options.
    Photo courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm

  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
    Epcot

    Styled after the cozy cellar of a Canadian chateau, Epcot's Le Cellier Steakhouse showcases north-of-the-border flavors in dishes like P.E.I. mussels, filet mignon and maple creme brûlée. Adult diners have their choice of Canadian wines and beers as well.
    Photo courtesy of Diana Zalucky / Walt Disney World Resort

  • Biergarten Restaurant
    Epcot

    It's Oktoberfest all year long inside Epcot's Biergarten Restaurant. This German buffet, fashioned after a traditional Bavarian village, features favorites like German sausages, sauerkraut, schnitzel and Bavarian cheesecake made fresh daily. Several german beers and wines are on offer for of-age diners.
    Photo courtesy of Sam Howzit / Flickr

  • Cafe Orleans
    Disneyland

    Formerly known as Creole Cafe, this casual table service eatery in New Orleans Square has been serving hungry Disneyland visitors since 1966. Order a cup of coffee from the same espresso machine that served Walt himself in his day, or sit outside on the patio to enjoy shrimp & grits, a three-cheese Monte Cristo or some Mickey-shaped beignets with views of the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia.
    Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort

The top 10 winners in the category Best Amusement Park Restaurant are as follows:

  1. Aunt Granny's Restaurant - Dollywood
  2. Marco Polo's Marketplace - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  3. Be Our Guest Restaurant - Magic Kingdom
  4. Three Broomsticks - Universal Studios Hollywood
  5. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant - Disney's Hollywood Studios
  6. Mythos Restaurant - Orlando
  7. Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant - Knott's Berry Farm
  8. Le Cellier Steakhouse - Epcot
  9. Biergarten Restaurant - Epcot
  10. Cafe Orleans - Disneyland

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Robb Alvey (ThemeParkReview.com), Doug Barnes (Season Pass Podcast), Austin Carroll (Fastpass to the Past: The Theme Park History Podcast), Monet Massa-Sena (The Theme Park Princess), Clint Novak (In the Loop), John Stevenson (Coaster101.com) and Josh Young (Theme Park University) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of amusement parks in North America.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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