WARNING: I’m going to anger some people with this post. Because while I think Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest are super special dining experiences, they’re not my favorite. *GASP*
I also am totally a fan of Liberty Tree Tavern and Skippers Canteen (which I think is another underrated gem!) but… also not my favorites.
My FAVORITE table service at Magic Kingdom? Look no further than the big yellow umbrellas because you’ll find me at The Plaza Restaurant!
Why The Plaza Restaurant is my Favorite Table Service at Magic Kingdom
Besides the simple fact that I truly enjoy the food at The Plaza Restaurant, I am a huge fan of the value, the overall atmosphere and the fantastic location! Plus, DESSERT.
The Plaza Restaurant Food
Let’s talk about food. Whether you’re dining at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are great options.
I almost always get the meatloaf at lunch or dinner time — I’m a creature of habit. Once I find something I like, I stick with it. And I love the Plaza’s meatloaf! I’m a huge fan of typical theme park food (like a chili dog from Casey’s or chicken nuggets, etc) but the meatloaf is a really nice change from that! It reminds me of the food at 50s Prime Time in Hollywood Studios — which I’m also a fan of!
My kids LOVE the chicken tenders at the Plaza! They’re not your typical theme park chicken tenders. They’re actually more of a really crispy tempura coating. My kids can’t get enough of these!
PRO TIP: Make sure you ask your server if you want the crispy tenders! They actually only list them on the menu as grilled tenders. Another thing you can ask for is fries! Fries are also not listed as a side dish for kid’s meals but they do have them available.
For breakfast, they have the typical offerings like eggs, bacon, and Mickey waffles — and that’s my jam! I love a breakfast platter! Ha!
They also offer more “adventurous” options like Steak and Eggs and my husband’s favorite: Lobster-Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict. Note that breakfast isn’t available at The Plaza right now but hopefully that will be back soon as Disney brings back more offerings!
Dessert-wise you have milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, cake, banana split, etc!
The Plaza Restaurant Pricing
I think one of the biggest selling points for me when it comes to dining at The Plaza Restaurant is the really great bang for your buck! Portions are very large and prices are low for table service dining!
We dined for dinner the other night and my daughter’s kids meal that came with a drink AND a dessert was only $11!! A Mickey ice cream bar at the parks alone is $6 so the fact that she got chicken tenders, fries, a drink, and an ice cream for $11 at a table service restaurant is amazing.
PRO TIP: When you’re ordering at The Plaza Restaurant, you’ll want to choose the “Mickeylodeon” as one of your kiddo’s side dishes if they’d like an ice cream. Cute name but not very self-explanatory. HAHA!
The meatloaf that I love so much is the priciest entree on the menu at $23. The turkey club is only $17 and the burger that comes with bacon, an onion ring, and a sunny side up egg is $21.
Breakfast pricing is great too! Especially for kid’s meals which are $6-$8.
I think for table service, the pricing is really great here. Especially when you compare to the prix fixe options of other Magic Kingdom table service restaurants like Liberty Tree Tavern, Crystal Palace, Be Our Guest, and Cinderella’s Royal Table which are set menus and much pricier.
The Plaza Restaurant Atmosphere and Location
Maybe I’m a sucker for Main Street USA atmosphere but I love the fact that I can dine at The Plaza Restaurant and see Cinderella Castle right out the window!! I also love people watching at the yellow umbrellas as we sit and enjoy our meal. You can see character cavalcades pass by and I assume you’d have a view of fireworks from a window table as well — I’m going to have to try this soon (for research purposes obviously HAHA!)!
I like how small and homey the restaurant feels overall too. Especially at the holidays when they decorate the inside with wreaths and garlands! There’s plenty of space inside the restaurant and lots of tables at the windows!
Remember that Advance Dining Reservations are recommended for The Plaza Restaurant; however, you can sometimes luck out with the walk-up list! Just check often within the app.
Have you ever dined at The Plaza Restaurant before? Did I convince you to add it to your list?
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