No shoes, no shirt, no problem! Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool with some fantastic Disney Resort food just steps away. Stroll those bare feet right up to these poolside restaurants and select a great meal, snack, or beverage. Plus, don’t let the words “Pool Bar” scare you off. These quick-service restaurants have some of the tastiest meals and great selections. Countdown with us through our top 10 poolside restaurants. Will your favorite make the list?
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, not all restaurants have reopened. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for up to date hours.
10 – Courtyard Pool Bar
Location: Grand Floridian Resort @ the Courtyard Pool
Grand Floridian’s Courtyard Pool is the perfect place to relax while being surrounded by the elegant architecture of the Grand Floridian. Make your relaxation time even better with a meal from the delicious Courtyard Pool Bar, which includes a few sandwich entrees such as Roast Beef, Ham and Swiss, and a Grand Turkey Sandwich. Don’t forget the “Grand” Margarita while you’re ordering!
9 – Maji Pool Bar
Location: Animal Kingdom Resort – Kidani Village @ the Samawati Springs Pool
“Maji” is Swahili for “water,” so there is no way you’ll go thirsty while spending time at the Samawati Springs Pool with the Maji Pool Bar just steps away! Arguably, the most beautiful poolside restaurant on the list, guests can enjoy great beverages but also wonderful entrees such as Barbecued Pork Sandwich with Coleslaw, Cheeseburger, Veggie Burger, Bratwurst, and a Vegetarian Falafel. Try the specialty drink – the Safari Amber.
8 – Sand Bar
Location: Contemporary Resort @ the Feature Pool and Water Play Area
No need to leave the pool to please several different taste buds with a meal at the Sand Bar. Picnic poolside with selections from this large menu! Entrees such as Cheeseburgers, Chili Cheese Dog, Blackened Chicken Pita, Three Cheese Quesadilla, Antipasto Salad, and Wraps are available. Looking for a lighter snack? Try the Assorted Sushi, Gluten-Free Cookie and Brownie, Watermelon Cup, Nachos and Cheese, or one of the many other snacks and beverages.
7 – Beach Pool Bar & Grill
Location: Grand Floridian Resort @ the Beach Pool
Four words – Homemade Crab Cake Sandwich! Other awesome selections, such as the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Nuggets, and Cheeseburger, are also available. Kids will love the pizza selections on the children’s menu. But again, when in doubt, order the Crab Cake Sandwich!
6 – Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill
Location: Beach Club Resort @ Stormalong Bay Pool
Not only is this restaurant a beautiful location next to the Stormalong Bay, the food here is excellent! The Lobster, Shrimp and Scallop Roll entrée is completely unexpected for a poolside spot. While the list of entrees and yummy taste mimics some of the above restaurants, we place Hurricane Hanna’s in the middle of our countdown for it’s gorgeous and convenient location.
5 – Uzima Springs Pool Bar
Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge @ the Uzima Pool
African stew, Falafel Pita, Mara Chicken Salad… yep, you are at Animal Kingdom Lodge, alright! With the fantastic scenery and extremely close poolside location, you’ll be eager to jump out and scan that MagicBand to purchase a meal to lounge back with. This “spring of life” will keep you wanting to lounge and eat by the pool all day long!
4 – Meadow Snack Bar
Location: Fort Wilderness Resort @ Meadow Area Pool
Slightly rustic in appearance, the Meadow Snack Bar is a hidden gem! This place has a spectacular and unique menu, which includes entrees such as Cowboy Sandwich, Guerdie’s Loaded Chips, Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwich, Not Yur Yungin’s Grilled Cheese, Beef and Bleu Sandwich, Wilderness Dog, and Chuckwagon Wrap. Salads, pizzas, snacks, desserts, beverages… it’s all here!
3 – Siestas Cantina
Location: Coronado Springs Resort @ Lost City of Cibola Pool
Breakfast poolside? Coming right up! Siestas Cantina next to the Lost City of Cibola Pool serves up some delicious Mickey Waffles and more for breakfast, or catch some favorite food selections for lunch! Small bites such as Queso Empanadas are available or go with an entrée such as Caprese Roll or Fish Tacos. Basic burgers and other American food is available. Siestas Cantina offers excellent variety and an excellent central location while staying at Coronado Springs.
2 – Good’s Food to Go
Location: Old Key West Resort @ the Main Pool
Good is in the name – and good (GREAT!) is exactly what you will get. Sit at a picnic table next to the water or take your food out to the pool deck and enjoy a meal. Since Good’s Food to Go shares a kitchen with Olivia’s Café (a table service restaurant), the entrée selection is fantastic. Plus – breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served for whatever fits your schedule! The Caribbean Jerk Chicken Pita or the Key West Barbecue Pork Pita are our favorites.
1 – Oasis Bar & Grill
Location: Polynesian Resort @ Oasis Pool
Keyword here – AMAZING! This is poolside dining at its very best. Not only does the Oasis Bar & Grill feel as if it’s surrounded by a tropical paradise, but the food matches the incredible draw this place has! We especially love the huge menu that has food options unique to the Polynesian Resort. Chili-Spiced Asian Sticky Wings, Fried Wonton Chips, Kalua Pork Sliders, Teriyaki-Glazed Angus Chuck Burger… we could go on and on. You might as well purchase a bathing suit one size too big because this is an easy place to get your fill while your taste buds keep asking for more!
Did your favorite make the list? We’d love to hear your poolside restaurant favorite at the Disney World Resorts!
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