5 BEST Restaurants in Animal Kingdom You MUST Try in 2022

Are you ready to dine inside one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom?

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is known for its incredible theming, awesome attractions, and of course its stellar food. When it comes to dining at the park, there are plenty of table service, quick service, and lounge options to choose from.

While I usually enjoy eating meals with family and friends at the Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is one place where I can go as a solo traveler and enjoy a meal.

It allows me to be completely entertained by the beauty of the park and the animals that call it home. So, let’s go through the five best restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park that I recommend just for you.

Kali River Rapids Water Ride Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids Water Ride Animal Kingdom

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1. Nomad Lounge

One of my absolute favorite spots to wine and dine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is Nomad Lounge, which is the bar and lounge attached to the table service restaurant, Tiffins.

Nomad Lounge cocktails at Animal Kingdom. Making it one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom.
Nomad Lounge cocktails at Animal Kingdom

The lounge has indoor and outdoor seating, the latter being the better option, and serves a wide variety of small plates and specialty cocktails. Making it one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom.

What meals are served at Nomad Lounge?

Lunch and dinner are both served at Nomad Lounge but don’t expect to get huge entrees. The better option here is to order a few of the bar appetizers and a drink and make it a light lunch before going to another restaurant for a more filling dinner.

Are discounts offered?

Discounts are not currently available at Nomad Lounge, but it’s always wise to check with your server to be sure since participating restaurants always change.

Nomad Lounge in Animal Kingdom Menu

Are reservations needed for Nomad Lounge in Animal Kingdom?

Yes, and no. You cannot make reservations specifically for Nomad Lounge, but you can join the walk-up waitlist in the My Disney Experience app.

When your table is ready you will get a push notification letting you know to return to the restaurant.

My top foodie recommendations:

One of my favorites from the Nomad Lounge menu include the Tiffins bread service. This comes with a variety of bread and dips, along with the Togarashi-spiced Tuna Nomad Bowl, which is a rice bowl topped with tuna, red cabbage kimchi, and other toppings.

Nomad Lounge in Animal Kingdom Menu Outside. Making it one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom.

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2. Satu’li Canteen

If I’m looking for a quick, but filling meal at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park I always go to Satu’li Canteen in the Pandora section of the park. The quick-service restaurant is usually very busy outside, but once you’re inside there are typically plenty of seats.

Disney Mobile Ordering with colorful grilled chicken and rice at Animal Kingdom Satuli Canteen
Chicken Bowl at Satuli Canteen using Mobile Ordering at Disney

What meals are served at Satu’li Canteen?

Lunch and dinner are both served here, and the menu is the same for both so there’s no need to worry about missing out on a dish you might enjoy.

Are discounts offered?

No, discounts are not offered at Satu’li Canteen.

Are reservations needed for Satu’li Canteen in Animal Kingdom?

No, reservations are not needed, but you will need to mobile order your food here through the My Disney Experience app.

Pandora Cheeseburger Steam Buns at Satuli Canteen. Making it one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom.
Steamed Cheeseburger Pod stuffed with Ground Beef, Ketchup, Mustard, Pickle, and Cheddar Cheese served with Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and Vegetable Chips.

Because the restaurant can get very busy it’s best to order about 45 minutes to an hour before you actually want to eat.

My top foodie recommendations:

One of my favorite part about Satu’li Canteen is that everything is completely customizable because you’re building your own bowl.

Pandora's Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl at Satuli Canteen. Making it one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom.

My favorite bowl starts with the noodles, topped with sliced grilled beef, and the creamy herb sauce.

3. Harambe Market

The Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is always buzzing with excitement, which makes it hard to leave and go to another area of the park.

Animal Kingdom Harambe Village with Wanjohi Refreshment Red Bike

When I want to spend a little more time in this part of the park, but I’m also hungry I make sure to eat at Harambe Market. The outdoor quick service restaurant has great views of the Rafiki’s Planet Watch train going by, as well as plenty of tables to relax at for a while.

What meals are served at the Harambe Market?

You can enjoy both lunch and dinner here at Harambe Market.

Harambe Village Nala and Simba Gate Animal Kingdom

Are discounts offered?

Unfortunately, there are not any discounts currently available at Harambe Market.

Are reservations needed for the Harambe Market in Animal Kingdom?

No, reservations are not needed for any quick-service location at Walt Disney World. To get your food the fastest though you will want to mobile order through the My Disney Experience app.

Harambe Market Menu Ribs and Chicken Bowl Grilled Chicken Bowl Simba Cupcake Animal Kingdom. Making it one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom.

My top foodie recommendations:

The menu here is quite small, but what it lacks in diversity it makes up for in flavor. I love coming here when I bring friends or family with me to the park so we can split the Ribs and Chicken Bowl, which comes with fragrant cilantro rice and a mixed green salad.

Animal Kingdom Africa Harambe Village Drink Menu

The ribs and chicken are perfectly cooked with plenty of African-inspired spices which makes for a unique flavor you can’t get anywhere else.

4. Yak and Yeti Restaurant

In the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll find Yak and Yeti Restaurant on the same path that leads to Expedition Everest.

Yak and Yeti Restaurant. Making it one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom.

The restaurant is known for its Asian-inspired cuisine and lovely second floor where guests can peer out and see almost all of the theme park. I like to go here when it’s a rainy day at the park, or when I’m extra hungry because I skipped a meal knowing that the portions are large.

This makes Yak & Yeti one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom.

What meals are served at Yak & Yeti?

You’ll be happy to know that both lunch and dinner are served here.

Are discounts offered?

Yes, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders get a discount here.

Are reservations needed for Yak & Yeti at Animal Kingdom?

Yes, reservations are highly suggested and can be made through the Walt Disney World website or the My Disney Experience app.

Yak and Yeti Counter Service Animal Kingdom

My top foodie recommendations:

My favorite thing to get on the menu is actually from the “sharables” area and it’s the Ahi Tuna Nachos. Basically ANYTHING from this menu is excellent!

American Kobe Beef Hot Dog Animal Kingdom At Yak and Yeti Cafe. Making it one of the best restaurants in Animal Kingdom.
American Kobe Beef Hot Dog Animal Kingdom

These nachos start off with a big pile of crispy fried wontons that are topped with sushi-grade ahi tuna, Asian slaw, wasabi aioli, and a sweet soy glaze. They are perfectly sharable, but I’d rather keep most of these for myself.

5. Flame Tree Barbecue

When I want a filling lunch or dinner and nothing else really sounds great I know I can rely on Flame Tree Barbecue to always hit the spot.

Flame Tree Barbecue Animal Kingdom Menu.

On really good days when the lines here are long you can smell the bbq being cooked all the way over in front of the Tree of Life beckoning you over to order something.

What meals are served at Flame Tree BBQ?

Both lunch and dinner are served here.

Are discounts offered?

There are not any discounts offered at Flame Tree Barbecue.

Are reservations needed for Flame Tree BBQ?

No, since this is a quick-service restaurant there are no reservations needed.

Shrimp Topped Mac and Cheese Animal Kingdom
Shrimp Topped Mac and Cheese Animal Kingdom

My top foodie recommendations:

While everything on the menu is absolutely delicious, the best thing is the baked macaroni and cheese with pulled pork. The dish is also topped with creamy coleslaw and crispy fried onion rings to really take it over the top.

Final Thoughts on the Best Animal Kingdom Restaurants

These restaurants in Animal Kingdom are worth fighting for a reservation. Many of the Disney Dining spots on this list have some of the views in Animal Kingdom and the food is fantastic!

  • Be sure you know what restaurants accept reservations, mobile orders, or a walk-up waitlist before you get to the theme park. This will save you a lot of time walking around the park looking for something to eat.
  • Try to make a plan before you get hungry. If you know you want to eat around 1:00 p.m. for lunch, make your mobile order pick-up time or reservation time for around that time. No one wants to be hangry at Walt Disney World.

Did I leave out your favorite Animal Kingdom restaurant on this list? Leave your top pick below in the comments section.

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Megan is a theme park expert and frequent traveler to magical places. She covers all things Disney and Universal and runs marathons for fun.

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