Being a pescatarian, I know how difficult it can be to find vegetarian friendly restaurants at Disney World, especially ones that have a bit of health and taste good. It took quite some time, but after many visits, I have found some great restaurants that are vegetarian friendly and (gasp!) have good food too. Here are a few of my favorite vegetarian friendly restaurants at Disney World.
1. The Yak & Yeti Quick Service Counter
There are many great vegetarian friendly restaurants at Disney World, but Yak & Yeti is my favorite. It is located in Animal Kingdom, right outside the Expedition Everest ride area. Although there is not much in the vegetarian category on the menu, you can special order sweet and sour vegetables for a yummy switch. The cast members are very easy going with this change and the vegetable option is great! You can also go to the sit down restaurant next door for some great (and slightly more expensive) vegetarian options.
2. Pinocchio Village Haus
If you like flatbreads, you will like the Pinocchio Village Haus! The flatbreads here are surprisingly good and they have salad options that are more than your average Disney salad. I would highly recommend this place if you have kids or are with a large party. There is plenty of seating for a crowd and the kids menu has flatbread along with some more traditional pizza options.
3. Sunshine Seasons
I have recently eaten at this restaurant for my first time and was very surprised. The Sunshine Seasons is located in EPCOT’s The Land Pavilion and is perfect for picky eaters or those not wanting to try out any of the World Showcase eating options. The Sunshine Seasons has four counter options including a salad station, Chinese station, a dinner station, and a dessert station. Pick which counter you want, order, then meet up with the rest of your party at checkout. The Chinese counter service option has a great teriyaki chik’n dish for any vegetarians out there.
4. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and Pecos Bill's
Cosmic Ray’s and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe both offer a bean veggie burger. Cosmic Ray’s is located in Future World, while Pecos Bill’s is in Adventure Land. Both these restaurants have great options for those who don't eat meat, and both have a great atmosphere. Try going to Ray’s before the fireworks display for a great view while you dine.
5. The Hollywood Brown Derby
The Brown Derby is a bit more pricey than your Sci-Fi Drive-In, and boy does the food prove it! I would highly recommend the Brown Derby if you are looking for a quiet retreat with a wonderful atmosphere and delicious noms. The restaurant is located just outside the old Hollywood area of Hollywood Studios with the same glamorous, decor. The menu is super good and super diverse, having everything from brie and oyster appetizers to lamb and a delicious Cobb salad.
6. Chef's De France
Chef’s De France in EPCOT has recently gone through a face lift with the restaurant and the menu. I cannot say that I dined there before the changes, but we have since. I was extremely surprised with the vegetarian options available; one of them was even on the "must try" list on a Disney food blog! The endive salad is incredible and the Gruyere Macaroni is not your Grandma’s Kraft. Be warned though, this meal will cost your wallet a good chunk of its precious moneys.
7. 50’s Prime Time Cafe
This restaurant is such a fun place to dine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Prime Time Cafe is designed to look like home in the 1950s, with super fun colors and black and white TVs to boot. The food has this same theme and is one of the only places in Disney to have meatloaf. I was a bit leery of dining here since comfort food does not usually scream "vegetarian friendly," but they do have some great vegetarian options! Be sure to make reservations if you wish to eat here, I have never gone without a reservation and been able to get in.
8. Boma - Flavors of Africa
Boma is one of the highest recommended restaurants to visit by most any Disney blog. I have not been here yet (for shame), but have heard such fantastic things that it had to be added to the list. The restaurant is located in Animal Kingdom Lodge and is open for breakfast and dinner. The dinner menu looks amazing. Dishes range from Central and South African to Indian as well. Seriously cannot wait to try this place out on our next trip to Disney!
There we are, some of my favorite vegetarian friendly food options at Disney World. Whether your price range is counter service only or Cinderella’s Royal Table, there are plenty of herbivore friendly options to keep your mind at ease. These are just a few of my favorites, but there are quite a great deal more in the wide world of Disney. Let me know some of your must-haves and I will be sure to try them out!