Dining Solo at Disney World
I love dining solo at Disney World, and although I've eaten at nearly every single table service restaurant at the parks, there are still quite a few on property and at the resorts where I haven't yet dined solo. I love to have a nice, relaxing sit-down meal, take some time in the air conditioning and have a nice break in my day as I explore the parks. It's also an amazing way to end your day and as they say, treat yourself!
This is by no means an exhaustive list - but here are a few of my favorite places to dine solo at Walt Disney World.
1) San Angel Inn, Epcot
Located in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, San Angel Inn is one of my favorites and I'm likely to dine there during every solo trip. It's got a great atmosphere, the food is divine (the fish tacos are my favorite) and their margaritas are delightful. You can also hop on the Gran Fiesta Tour before or after your meal, which is always a cute attraction.
When you check in for your meal, ask if you can sit at a table closest to the water and volcano. You might have to wait a bit for you table, but it's worth it!
2) Via Napoli, Epcot
Via Napoli is a great solo dining location if you want a delicious personal sized pizza, a great dessert and perhaps a yummy cocktail. It's tucked in the back of the Italy pavilion at Epcot and is such a fun place to take a break and enjoy a great meal.
3) Raglan Road, Disney Springs
I've been to Raglan Road dozens of times, both with groups and solo. The food is delicious, both at dinner as well as their weekend brunch. The fish and chips are a must-do, naturally, but I've enjoyed everything I've had there. One of the things that makes it great for solo travelers is the entertainment offered. If you're at all self-conscious about dining alone, being somewhere with lots of dancing, music and entertainment can help you feel more comfortable.
4) California Grill, Contemporary Resort
If you're looking to splurge and have a "treat yourself" moment, get to California Grill at the Contemporary. I've had some of the best solo dining experiences there, with wonderful wait staff and an incredible menu. If you can, get a reservation that overlaps the fireworks and asked to be seated near the window, although it's a great location at any time of night because of that gorgeous view overlooking the Magic Kingdom. And watching the sunset from nearly any table? Incredible.
Sometimes when I travel I want a "get dressed up and be fancy" meal, and California Grill fits that to a tee.
5) Flying Fish, Boardwalk resort area
I didn't rank these in any particular order, but if I had to chose - Flying Fish is for sure in my Top 5 of Disney World restaurants. The vibe is top-notch, the service incredible and the food is TO DIE FOR. They have a salad with warm goat cheese that is a must-have appetizer, and you can't go wrong with any of the entrees.
To have a complete night out, visit the AbacadaBar which is adjacent to the restaurant. It's super fun and the perfect place to grab a before or after dinner cocktail.
6) Sanaa, Animal Kingdom Lodge
Delicious bread at a restaurant? I love it. Delicious naan bread, with all the toppings!? Come to mama.
Sanaa is located at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and offers delicious meals, burgers and of course the naan bread service with all the dippers. I often get that as my meal, and paired with a crisp Chardonnay, it's the perfect way to end of the day.
What are some of your favorite places to dine solo at Walt Disney World?