On our last few trips to Disney World, my family has been attempting to try several new restaurants each time in order to expand our Disney Dining experience. On our last vacation in September, we were able to book a lunch reservation at The Plaza Restaurant and it ended up being one of our favorite meals of the trip.
Tucked in at the end of the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street between the Ice Cream Parlor and Tomorrowland Terrace, The Plaza Restaurant embodies the spirit and decor of the turn-of-the-century and features an Art Nouveau style of design. The restaurant oozes charm, and part of the appeal is its very small, cozy feel. There are definitely no more than thirty tables here, and there is one small dining room with an alcove featured on the far side. Because of its size, I would recommend booking a reservation as far ahead of time as possible as it does fill up quickly for both lunch and dinner.
When you first check in for your reservation, you are greeted by Cast Members at a desk located outside the front door and presented with a pager. I would never mind waiting to be seated at The Plaza because you can settle in at one of the tables on the pathway and take in the splendid views of the hub, Cinderella Castle, and the entrance to Tomorrowland. Once you are ready to be seated, you will definitely not be disappointed with your first impression of the dining room. There are mirrored walls, gold accents, and ornate white crown molding. From the main dining room, you can also take in obstructed views of Main Street and, if timed correctly, the parades. Just keep in mind that it will be a partial view at best, but a view of the parade none the less. While I love the main dining room’s décor, my favorite part of the restaurant is a small glass alcove on the far side of the area. There are only three or four tables in this area, and it offers great views of the Castle and opportunities to people watch. I was lucky enough to be seated there during our visit and definitely will request that area again. In terms of décor and the dining room, the only downside of The Plaza is that there is no restroom located inside. The closest one is just past the restaurant near the entrance of Tomorrowland Terrace. While this isn’t really that big of a deal, it was definitely a hassle while I was there since it was a very rainy day in the Magic Kingdom.
Once you are seated and enjoying the atmosphere of The Plaza, you can concentrate on the most important thing- the food! The Plaza Restaurant takes one Disney Dining credit and offers delicious options for both lunch and dinner. Perhaps my favorite part of eating here was that all options were on the lighter side as compared to other Table Service meals. I found it perfect for lunch as I both had room for dessert and still left feeling not overly full. I ordered the Chicken Strawberry Salad which featured fresh garden greens, grilled chicken, cucumbers, strawberries, gorgonzola cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing. It was refreshing, filling, and delicious! My mom ordered the Turkey Sandwich which comes prepared like a traditional turkey club, and she was also really satisfied with her meal. Other offerings include a grilled chicken sandwich, meatloaf, a cheeseburger, a cheese steak sandwich, tuna salad sandwich, vegetarian sandwich, a grilled Rueben, and the popular Plaza Club. All sandwiches are offered with the choice of broccoli slaw, homemade chips, or French fries.
If your mouth isn’t already watering, you have to absolutely make sure that you save enough room for the Plaza’s delicious desserts. All of their ice cream comes directly from next door from the ice cream parlor and all options are great. I ordered the Plaza Restaurant Sundae which featured your choice of ice cream flavor, hot fudge, strawberry sauce, crushed pineapple, chopped nuts, whipped cream, and a cherry. Trust me, it was so delicious that I ate ever last drop so you definitely want to save room! Other delectable options include milkshakes, ice-cream floats, a banana split, New York-style cheesecake, and a brownie sundae. Since its vacation, I recommend that you go big and order a milkshake to enjoy during your meal and then share dessert with someone else at your table that way you get to try both!
All in all, I really liked The Plaza Restaurant- from the décor to the food everything was enjoyable. I would definitely go back again on a future trip, and would definitely recommend trying it if you haven’t ever eaten there before. If you have eaten there, leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite dishes are so that I can try something different next time.
Do you love The Plaza Restaurant? What is your favorite meal there? How about your favorite dessert? Be sure to let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!
Caitlin Corsello was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. Her love for Disney started as an infant and has continued to grow with family vacations to Disney parks almost every year since. She holds a particular interest in WDW’s parks and attractions, never passing up an opportunity to visit. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn about all things Disney and to share that passion with readers.