Not to be out-done on the restaurant recommendations, it only seems fitting that there is a guide to finding the best steak dishes in Disney. American is known for it’s grills, and there are no shortage of great restaurants at Disney that offer up a good cut of meat! Whether you’re a fan of a classic New York strip, or the refinement of a Filet, or prefer a water-borne fish steak, Walt Disney World caters for it all!
I’m a fan of a good steak, and whilst we stayed at Disney on honeymoon, I must have had steak every night for the first week! Since then, visiting some of these restaurants have become tradition! Here are my 5 top restaurants at Disney for steak.
Located in Wilderness Lodge, Artist Point serves up food with flavours from the Pacific North West. I recommend the Buffalo Strip Loin. At a $49, it is the most expensive dish! However, on the Dining Plan, it maxes out the value-for-money! Accompanying the steak is buffalo sausage, mac & cheese, romanesca cauliflower, crispy shallots and blackcurrant demi.
Situated on the roof of the Contemporary resort, placed with the best views of the Magic Kingdom and 7 Seas Lagoon, the California Grill draws on the culinary flavours of the Golden State! From flat-breads and sushi to a variety of seafood and meat dishes, the California Grill is a popular restaurant.
A little to off-topic, but the Dragon Roll Sushi is well worth ordering! I mean, just look at it!
The main dish to have is the Bison Striploin. Served with Benziger organic olive oil potatoes, asparagus two ways, cherrywood bacon and huckleberry veal jus! Or in short, yum!
Jiko – The Cooking Place
Jiko was the first signature restaurant that Vikki and I ever visited. We booked in when during our stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. That time I had swordfish, served on a bed of brussels sprouts. This signature restaurant is located on the ground floor of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, beside Boma. The restaurant is themed on the savannah. It is worth paying attention to the ambient lighting here, as it changes over the course of your meal.
Jiko is now a bit of a tradition, and on our last holiday I had the Botswana-style Seswaa Beef Short Rib. This is a slow cooked dish, meaning the meat is tender and full of flavour. It’s served with cassava-potato puree, sambal (a spicy sauce) and mushrooms.
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Le Cellier is a recent addition to the signature dining lists. Situated in the cellar of the Canada themed area of World Showcase in Epcot. Le Cellier is a compact restaurant, with plenty of buzz. If it’s steak you want, you cannot miss this venue.
My recommended dish here is the Le Cellier Filet Mignon. This dish is a AAA Canadian beef tenderloin, served with wild mushroom risotto, heirloom tomatoes and truffle-butter sauce.
Affectionately known as “The Yachtsman”, this restaurant is located in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. This location is also near Epcot through the International Gateway. The Yachtsman holds a special place for us, as it was the restaurant Vikki and I had our wedding reception in with family and friends.
When you arrive here, check-in and order a drink in the Crews Cup Lounge. From here you can look through glass windows to the meat locker, and watch the chef carve up the steaks for the restaurant. The meat board allows you to check out what cut of beef you want.
Being a steakhouse, good quality meat is throughout the menu. Check out the charcuterie I had to start!
For mains, I opted for the 18oz Kansas City strip. This superb chunk of beef is aged 21 days and is served up classic with malt vinegar fries, black garlic aioli and chimichurri.
If you’re like me, you’re probably salivating and wanting to book now! There are without doubt many wonderful restaurants at Walt Disney World. I’m looking forward to the new restaurants at Disney Springs – formerly Downtown Disney – and I’m sure I’ll have to update this list of the best steak dishes in Disney.