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5 Best Counter Service Restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World is full of countless dining options for guests to enjoy while exploring the four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, and Disney Resorts. From fine dining experiences and character meals to snack carts and quick service options, there are endless opportunities to enjoy meals while on a Disney vacation. Guests who visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom are sure to have an amazing time enjoying attractions and entertainment designed to teach them about the environment and nature. In addition to enjoying the awesome experiences in the park, there are plenty of places to sit down and eat a delicious meal. While there are several full service restaurants in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are also plenty of quick service locations which allow guests to enjoy great food without losing a lot of time that could be spent exploring the park. With unique themes, locations, and cuisine, guests are sure to love eating at a quick service location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here are the five best quick service restaurants to enjoy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World.





 

1 – Satu’li Canteen

Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest quick-service restaurant, Satu’li Canteen is a fantastic addition to the quick-service line up at the park. The artful storytelling on Pandora-The World of Avatar continues as guests stop for sustenance at the land’s Satu’li Canteen (pronounced “Sa-too-lee”), a Quonset-hut-style building with a spacious dining area that pays tribute to the Na’vi and their culture with special décor. The menu at this fast-casual restaurant is inspired by the healthful bounty of Pandora – wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and hearty proteins. This restaurant also features the new Mobile Order Pick Up option which significantly reduces guests wait to receive their food. The food at the Canteen is affordable, delicious, and very filling. The Canteen is now our go-to quick service location for Animal Kingdom. In our opinion, it is easily in the top three counter service options in the parks. Check out the slideshow below for some meal options at the Canteen.

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2 – Flame Tree Barbecue

One of the most popular quick service locations in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found on Discovery Island near the bridge to Dinoland. Flame Tree Barbecue smells as delicious as it sounds and serves up traditional barbecue options that are sure to leave guests totally satisfied. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Flame Tree Barbecue features several ordering counters and an open air back patio that overlooks the water with a beautiful view of Expedition Everest in the distance. Guests who stop to enjoy a meal at Flame Tree Barbecue can choose from options including the Pulled Pork Sandwich, Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwich, Watermelon Salad, Ribs and Chicken Combo, Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad, and Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwich.

Flame Tree Pulled Pork Sandwich

Flame Tree Pulled Pork Sandwich

 

 





 

3 – Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes

The Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to several thrilling attractions and a quick service location which offers unique menu options sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes feature open air ordering counters that make guests feel as though they have traveled somewhere exotic to enjoy their next meal. After ordering, guests can enjoy their lunch or dinner at a table in a nearby courtyard filled with tables and chairs. The Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes serves up delicious Asian inspired cuisine like the Ginger Chicken Salad, Asian Chicken Sandwich, Teriyaki Beef Bowl, Honey Chicken, Pork Egg Roll, and Korean Stir-Fry Barbecue Chicken. With such delicious and unique options, Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes is a great place to enjoy a meal!

Teriyaki Beef Bowl

Teriyaki Beef Bowl

4 – Harambe Market

One of the newest quick service locations in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found in the Africa section of the park which is home to the fictional village of Harambe. The Harambe Market features four unique ordering counters which each serve up different options for guests to enjoy. Kitamu Grill features options like Grilled Chicken Skewer and Grilled Vegetable Stack, Chef Mwanga’s features meals including Tikka Masala Chicken and Spice-Rubbed Karubi Ribs, Famous Sausages serves up options like Beef and Pork Sausage, and Wanjohi Refreshments focuses on delicious and unique cocktails like Leopard’s Eye, Red Sangria, and Edgebaston The Pepper Pot. With so many unique and interesting options to try at the Harambe Market, guests are sure to love dining there while enjoying time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

5 – Restaurantosaurus

Dinoland in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to a quick service location that was created by the staff and students at the nearby Dino Institute. Restaurantosaurus is a large location which features several different rooms filled with humorous props and items left behind by the mischievous students. With both indoor and outdoor seating, guests can enjoy the kitschy feel of Dinoland while chowing down on some delicious and unique options. Restaurantosaurus is open daily for lunch and dinner and serves up options like Chicken Breast Nuggets, Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog, Black Bean Burger, Chicken BLT Salad, and Grilled Chicken Salad. Guests can also enjoy unique alcoholic beverages like the Safari Amber beer and the Cretaceous Cooler cocktail.



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About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello is a huge fan of Walt Disney World and has been visiting yearly since she was an infant. With many trips under her belt, she loves to take her time in the parks and discover lots of small details and secrets in between attractions. When not learning about the history of Walt Disney World, Caitlin loves to eat and drink at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, sip on a Lapu Lapu at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and stroll through the streets of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. In between trips, Caitlin resides in New York working as a Teaching Assistant in a Pre-K classroom.