Dining alone can be intimidating but it doesn't have to be at Disney. We've done a little research, listened to our our forum members, and compiled a list of some great places to dine while solo at Disney World.
A restaurant with group seating can take away the stigma of dining alone and force you to get out of your shell. Both Teppan Edo in Japan and The Biergarten in Germany offer group or "family" style seating.
Restaurants with Bar or Counter Seating
Picking a restaurant with bar or counter seating is another great option for solo diners. It is a great place to meet other people, interact with the cast members, or just watch whats happening in the kitchen or around the restaurant.
Some of our favorites restaurants with bar or counter seating are Wolfgang Puck Cafe at Downtown Disney, bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, the House of Blues at Downtown Disney, the Flying Fish Cafe, and the chef's counter at Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
If you are looking for entertainment while you dine The Spirit of the Aloha at the Polynesian Resort and the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness are both great dinner shows. For more low key show options the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater at Hollywood Studios and the Marrakesh Restaurant in EPCOT both offer great entertainment.
Dinner with a View
A great view can take your mind off of dining alone and provide entertainment. The Coral Reef Restaurant allows for a fun dining experience at the Seas Pavilion in EPCOT.
Disney's fireworks are some of the best you will see and several restaurants at Disney World offer a great view.
'Ohana, Narcoosee's, and California Grill all offer great viewing of Wishes. Rose and Crown, La Hacienda de San Angel, Bistro de Paris, Cantina de San Angel, and Tokyo Dining are all great places to see Illuminations.
The most important thing I want you to get out of this is that dining alone at Disney doesn't have to be intimidating or boring. It can be a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people. I would also recommend bringing a book or your iPhone to entertain yourself. Just remember to enjoy yourself (and the delicious food!)
For more tips and to join in on our discussion visit our forum's page on Solo Disney Travel.
What are your tips for solo dining at Disney?