It’s the sad but honest truth that not all Disney World restaurants are equal.
There truly are some great places to eat at Disney World and some not-so-good ones if you’re unaware, but today we’re talking about what are the WORST restaurants in Disney World according to the reviews on Tripadvisor. Let’s check out the bottom four!
Now, before we begin, just because these are the worst-rated restaurants on Tripadvisor, that might not be your group’s opinion. Remember that more people are willing to write about a bad experience than a good one, usually, so user reviews tend to skew negative. Still, a rating near the bottom of this list could at least mean the restaurant is inconsistent in its service or food quality.
We also want to note here that even the BOTTOM of the list at Walt Disney World is pretty good — with ratings of 3.5 out of 5. Let’s take a look!
2,790 reviewers on Tripadvisor rated Tony’s Town Square Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom at 3.5 out of 5.
Some particularly scathing reviews include one that said, “Food was standard and service was rushed. No atmosphere. Reservation times mean nothing. It felt more like a cafe. A very expensive experience for a sub-standard quality. Do not go here.” Another reviewer mentioned, “I was disappointed with this experience at Disney. It was before the fireworks show. I got chili. They did not have any spoons. So, I used a fork. They gave me fries I did not order. The fires were cold. I did use them to help eat my chili. Poor experience. No tables, too crowded. we should have gone over to Tomorrowland and gone to Starlight café.”
So, would we come back to Tony’s? We’d love to come back just for the Tony’s Garlic Bread for the Table, which included toasted ciabatta with roasted garlic-butter and parmesan fonduta. This bread is heavy on the garlic (not a problem for us) and the sauce is like a creamy parmesan Alfredo sauce, which works perfectly with the garlic bread. Honestly, we’ve never looked at garlic bread the same again — that’s how incredible it was, but we’re not sure if we’d return for the other menu items.
If you’re already a fan of Tony’s, by all means, keep going. It just doesn’t quite deliver “upscale” Italian for us, and there aren’t any other dishes on the menu that really stand out. We have found it pricey for the quality, and the atmosphere the past couple of times we have dined there has felt rushed. If you don’t care about that and you’re looking for an excellent Magic Kingdom location with great views, you might consider it worth a visit!
529 reviewers on Tripadvisor rated Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs at 3.5 out of 5.
One reviewer noted, “We were very excited to eat here for the first time. But our excitement quickly turned to a desperate need to just leave. The menus are small and limited. Our waiter was very nice but very slow, and not really anywhere to be found. The worst part was the food. $150 for cafeteria Italian. Cold pasta, and burnt chicken drowned in watery tomato sauce. I guess we just expected more from Disney.”
Another reviewer shared, “Food was subpar and overpriced. It tastes like the pasta you get from the frozen food section of the supermarket. Would never recommend nor return. Staff was courteous and attentive.”
We’ve had good meals at this spot, but we’re still not feeling like it’s anything special. Nothing we ate was all that mind-blowing and the HIGH prices don’t help to make the meal feel worth it. Still, we had good food and amazing service, and it was very easy to get a table. We’re also not totally in love with the atmosphere. The space is HUGE and it feels a little underutilized. If you’re not at one of the tables by the windows, it feels a bit like gazing out into an event space.
As far as our food goes, everything was VERY fresh (which might contribute to the pricing) and we did enjoy all of our courses. Still, there are much better locations in Disney World and even nearby in Disney Springs. It’s just the price point feels a little high and the food feels…just fine. For the price, it feels like the spot could be better.
5,208 reviewers on Tripadvisor rated Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs at 3.5 out of 5.
One reviewer said, “Booked for a family dinner. The atmosphere is lively and fun. Sadly, the food is mediocre for the price and the service is not great, with some staff just plain rude: – I was physically prevented from visiting the restroom by an overzealous member of staff who said there was a large party entering the restaurant. What horrors did he think would ensue if I had preceded to the restroom???”
Another noted, “I ordered steak and asked for medium to well done. The meat was red raw freezing cold and had more fat than actual meat. I asked the waiter to take it back as I couldn’t eat it. He said he would get it changed. I was waiting over 30 minutes still no sign of it coming and everyone else was finished. I ended up canceling it and having no dinner as everyone was fed up waiting and wanted to leave. Never again would I visit this restaurant!!!”
Like most of our previous experiences here, we haven’t really had bad meals, but they weren’t great meals either. It’s saying something if, after multiple reviews, our favorite food we tried was still just the fries. We are pop culture junkies, though, so we love the atmosphere with the props and costumes. But the food is still just okay and we feel it’s a little too expensive for what you get.
That said, if you just want an easy meal where you don’t have to worry about finding something you’ll like on the menu, this might be up your alley. It’s in line with other restaurants in Disney Springs, like T-Rex or Rainforest Cafe, that offer a little bit of this and that but don’t have a particular theme or direction nailed down for their menus. This can be great for kids or pickier eaters though, so look at your crew and see if this is a fit.
Last on our list, 349 reviewers on Tripadvisor rated The Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom at 3.5 out of 5.
One person thought the experience wasn’t worth it by saying, “When the food came it was barely enough to feed one person. They are supposed to bring you all you can eat but the waiter did not return for another 35 minutes. There was myself, my husband, and two teenagers .. we got between us all a tablespoon of mashed taters, 3 slices of Turkey, 2 slices of pork, and a tablespoon of pot roast. Even the desert they advertised they only brought two and we had to share between 4 of us. This is NOT all you can eat. It’s more like daylight robbery. After paying a bill for $190 we had to go across the way and fill up on pretzels and popcorn. Don’t waste your money”
Another felt the same way, “Quality of food was like a cheap buffet. The food arrived cold, and so did the coffee. The service was good. The table was too small to handle all the food so some had to be taken away to make room. Mashed potatoes without gravy, frozen corn on the cob without salt and pepper or butter. Butter was brought after asking. The manager and I discussed food quality. No discount was given. Years ago this restaurant was a fun little place that served peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and simple food with a little show. They should have kept that. Paid 88.00 with passholder discount and tip for two adults. Food was worth 10.00.”
So, here’s the thing: The Diamond Horseshoe’s food is the SAME as Liberty Tree Tavern, and Liberty Tree Tavern has 4 out of 5 stars on Tripadvisor. The different ratings could be because Diamond Horseshoe used to have its own menu. Overall, it’s not a bad place. The environment here is a bit more quaint with the piano and a smaller dining room, but it’s not anything unique or new. If you’ve never been inside this spot, this is a cool chance to check it out. It’s classic Disney at its best.
We enjoyed our recent dining experiences at Diamond Horseshoe and nothing we ate was bad. The mac & cheese and Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake were the real standouts, and if you want to simply stuff yourself like you would on Thanksgiving — this is a great choice for that! Just remember to drink lots of water because those meat options were SALTY.
Whew, those are some pretty scathing reviews! You can check out our thoughts on these spots at the links above. As always, keep an eye on DFB for all the latest reviews from Disney World.
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Now, these restaurants may be the PERFECT fit for you and your family, but now you know what others didn’t like about them, to help you decide. As always, stay tuned to DFB for all the latest Disney food news, tips, and tricks!
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