I’m a carnivore and my girlfriend is vegetarian. Eating meals around Walt Disney World includes a lot of planning on my end because it’s important for both of us to have a great experience. In the past, we’ve stuck to buffets, however on our last Disney Dining Plan Vacation to the World we did our research and came up with a list of solid options to please both of us.
7 Table Service Restaurants that Cater to Both Vegetarians and Meat-Eater Couples
Main Vegetarian Tip
Inform your server that you have a vegetarian (or Dietary Preference/Allergy) and they will get a chef to walk you through the offerings and provide you with options that you may not have known about. The signage is usually pretty basic, so this expert level of service is what puts Disney’s restaurants on a gold standard level.
#1 – Tusker House
This is so much more than a traditional buffet. With Disney, you’re going to find the common dishes at every location. Usually a carved meat selection of pork loin, chicken and beef next to a large selection of salads, breads, and desserts. However, Tusker House brings in an element of spice and presentation that lands it on this list.
The vegetarian options range from Samosa, Curried Rice to Tandoori Tofu and Fruit Chutneys.
Overall, you’re able to get a dining experience that actually rivals some of the resort locations for quality…and it’s right inside of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Vegetarian Dish Recommendation is: Buffet with Chef Walk-Through
#2 – Victoria & Alberts
Right off the bat, yes this is expensive. BUT if you’re looking for an experience that can cater to your personalized tastes and provide you with a memorable evening that you’ll be talking about for years after…this is it! The vegetarian meal is a full 7 or 10-course menu and at no point do you ever feel like you’re getting less than the meat-y menu.
Vegetarian Dish Recommendation is: Seasonal Availability, but dessert is ALWAYS a good choice!
Related Article – Our review of the Queen Victoria’s Room at Victoria & Alberts
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#3 – Cinderella’s Royal Table
The quality of the Seasonal Gnocchi with Roasted Vegetables is high when you’re thinking about being in the middle of the Magic Kingdom Castle. An added bonus, the portion sizes here are crazy! No one is going to go hungry when eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Your server is responsible for a small number of tables, so this will allow for personalized dining experience.
Vegetarian Dish Recommendation is: Seasonal Gnocchi
#4 – Be Our Guest (Dinner)
This is an option that will allow you to get back to basics, as you may spend the week with heavily creamed pasta and deep-fried dishes. Overflowing with vegetables and lightly seasoned grains, there is a reason why French food is synonymous with quality. Oh, and with Grey Stuff on the menu, it’s definitely worth the reservation!
Vegetarian Dish Recommendation is: Ratatouille with Quinoa
#5 – Coral Reef
This is a location where you really want to engage with the service staff, as the kitchen may have something special up their sleeves. If you’re ordering directly from the menu, the Chick’n Breast and Vegetables is well worth your time. It’s not a heavy “soy” flavoured taste, which is a nice change from the norm.
Vegetarian Dish Recommendation is: Chick’n Breast
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#6 – Boma
Boma is the buffet where a vegetarian ACTUALLY gets a better experience than a meat-eater. This is due to the abundance of spices, spreads, soups, curries and stews. Get a chef to point out which flavour combos work well together and ask how spicy some dishes are as they walk you through the buffet.
Vegetarian Dish Recommendation is: The Buffet with Chef Walk-Through
#7 – Sanaa
They have a full vegetarian menu! The Vegetarian Sampler provides you with selections that you’ll just dive into. Take the advice of your server, as they are able to guide you towards the best pairings.
Vegetarian Dish Recommendation is: Vegetarian Sampler
Hope this helps in your Disney trip planning! Let me know if there are other topics that you’d like to know about:)