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Fourteen Walt Disney World Restaurants Recognized in Orlando Sentinel’s 2023 Foodie Awards

2023 Foodie Awards

The 2023 Foodie Awards have just been given out by the Orlando Sentinel, the city’s daily newspaper, and fourteen restaurants on Walt Disney World property received recognition.

The Foodie Awards have two components: the Orlando Sentinel’s food critic Amy Drew Thompson, who picks her faves in each category, and readers who are invited to submit votes in the same categories.

Here are the Walt Disney World restaurants chosen best of by both the critic, and the readers, in the 2023 Foodie Awards:

Best Theme Park Restaurant

Critic’s Choice:

Winner: Nomad Lounge (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
Runners-up: Spice Road Table (Epcot) and Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Thompson called Nomad Lounge: “one of the cutest bar-eats venues in the realm.” Of Spice Road Table, she noted its waterfront views and its veg-friendly menu.

And her love of kitsch is why Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater ended up one of her picks. Can’t say I blame her. The atmosphere is a fave of mine, too.

Reader’s Picks:

Now the readers picked a non-Disney restaurant for their winner, but both Le Cellier Steakhouse (Epcot) and Tiffins Restaurant (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) were runners-up in voting.

Nomad Lounge at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Best Splurge Restaurant

Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Restaurant was chosen by readers as a runner-up in this category, as was Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek.

Victoria & Albert’s

Best African Restaurant

Readers picked Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as their top pick in this category, and Jiko – The Cooking Place in the resort as a runner-up.

Boma - Flavors of Africa

Best German Restaurant

Readers picked Biergarten Restaurant at EPCOT’s Germany Pavilion as a runner-up in this category.

Biergarten Restaurant

Best Hotel Restaurant

Readers picked Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek as a runner-up in this category.

Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek

Best Irish Restaurant

Raglan Road at Disney Springs nabbed the Critic’s Choice award in this category, along with runner-up as chosen by readers.

Of her pick, Thompson said the restaurant “pairs authenticity and truly exemplary takes on Irish fare with undeniable Disney Springs flair.”

Raglan Road -bar

Best Spanish Restaurant

Critic’s Choice

Winner: Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood (Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort)
Runners-up: Jaleo (Disney Springs)

Of her pick, Thompson noted the “insane views from the rooftop of the Coronado” along with the food for Toledo’s top spot.

Best Wine Bar

Readers picked Wine Bar George at Disney Springs as a runner-up in this category.

Congratulations to all of these restaurants for being recognized this year. If you had to pick, what would be your choice for Best Disney Restaurant? Let us know in the comments.