Best Restaurants & Character Dining at Polynesian Village Resort

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers a myriad of exquisite dining options, from hidden interactive tiki bars to all you care to eat family-style table service, with heaps of delicious Dole Whip in between!

In this guide, we’ll give you run-down of each restaurant and what makes it special. We will even highlight a few “fan favorites”; you can consider these “must-try” options when you go.

Of course, we’ll tell you all about the Ohana Disney experience: the Ohana breakfast and dinner buffets. We’ll share their current menus.

And, don’t miss our entire write-up of what to expect at Spirit of Aloha: the Polynesian Village Resort luau.

RELATED: 50+ Magical Polynesian Village Resort Tips


Table of Contents


‘Ohana (Character Breakfast)

American, Polynesian Cuisine | Buffet/Family Style, Character Dining, Unique/Themed Dining
Open: 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
*Select Meal Plans Accepted (Disney Dining Plan, Disney Deluxe Dining Plan)

Ohana Disney! What an experience!

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is home to one of the most memorable character experiences on property, ‘Ohana.

This America breakfast, influenced by Polynesian flavors, is guaranteed to take your palate on a Hawaiian roller coaster ride.

Ohana map and location at Polynesian Village Resort

Characters traverse through the restaurant, coming right up to your table for an unforgettable meet & greet. That’s right, you don’t need to wait in line this time, which means more free time in the parks!

Throughout your meal there is a fun-n-festive musical parade, inviting both kids and adults to grab a maraca and strut their stuff beside those lovable Disney icons: Lilo, Stitch, Pluto, and of course, Mickey Mouse!

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So be sure to bring your Disney autograph book and camera along, because this remarkable banquet provides you with plenty of opportunities to collect autographs, pose for pictures, and even dance, as you feast family-style at this one-of-a-kind tropical treat.

But, beware, you know how wacky and wild Stitch can be! Don’t let him steal your food or photo bomb your picture-perfect moment, which he has been known to do on several occasions.

If ‘Ohana’s Character Breakfast is on your list of must-dos, we strongly suggest that you make your reservations 180 days prior.

TIP: Be sure to wear your favorite Hawaiian-inspired outfit, as there are several photo opportunities. One of our favorites take place before you even step foot in the restaurant. You’ll find a PhotoPass Photographer stationed right outside of ‘Ohana, along with everyone’s favorite K9, Pluto!

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The spacing of each Character introduction is impeccable. So if you or your child are easily overwhelmed by lightning fast exchanges, rest assured, you’ll have ample time to interact, take a breath, and enjoy your meal. Fan Favorite: We’ll be honest, while the entire breakfast is rather tasty, especially the Pua’a (Pork Breakfast Sausage Links and Hawaiian-style Ham topped with Pineapple Compote), the best thing on this particular menu is the priceless memories you’ll make at this special Character Dining Experience.


‘Ohana (Character Dinner)

American, Polynesian Cuisine | Buffet/Family Style, Character Dining, Unique/Themed Dining
Open: 3:30 PM – 10:00 PM
*Select Meal Plans Accepted (Disney Dining Plan, Disney Deluxe Dining Plan)

Festooned with rich artwork, luxuriant fabrics, and mythical deities, this warm and cozy atmosphere comes to life as you indulge in an unforgettable all-you-care-to-enjoy feast at this festive celebration of family!

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Endless portions of sweet Pineapple Bread, savory salad, and aromatic delicacies grace your table while the entertainment takes center stage, offering kids a chance to get on their feet and partake in an old-fashioned Hawaiian Coconut Race.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a heaping helping of ‘Ohana’s world-famous Bread Pudding!

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‘Ohana is all about providing you that island flair and is not to be missed. We strongly suggest that you make your reservations 180 days in advance.

TIP: If you time it just right, select seating provides you with a romantic view of the fireworks. But be sure to make your reservation 180 days in advance.

FAN FAVORITE: Oh, my goodness! Where to begin? There is not one thing on the menu that we would choose to do without. Thankfully, when you dine at ‘Ohana, you don’t have to choose! Remember, this is an all-you-care-to-eat dining experience!

But we’ll give you our hot take on it anyway. After sampling each and every item on the menu a few times…  and then a few times again after that…  we have finally chosen the winner of our ‘Ohana Fan Favorite! May we present to you… The Skewers! Each scrumptious spear (Sweet-n-Sour Chicken, Szechuan Sirloin Steak, Spicy Grilled Peel-n-Eat Shrimp) is prepared over an oak fire and served with mouthwatering Peanut and Sweet-n-Sour Sauces.


Barefoot Pool Bar

American Cuisine | Quick Service, Pool Bar
Open: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
*Meal Plans Not Accepted

This little tiki hut is a splash of Polynesian paradise. Here you will find the natives getting anything but restless, as they sip on tropical cocktails poolside whilst enjoying captivating views of Cinderella’s castle in the not-so-far-off distance.


Tambu Lounge

American Cuisine | Lounge
Open: 7:30 AM – 12:00 AM
*Meal Plans Not Accepted

Tambu Lounge can be considered the not-so-hidden gem of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. While it appears to be just your average tiki watering hole on the periphery of ‘Ohana, this bewitching bar is home to one of Disney’s most sought after Insta-worthy tropical-n-topical cocktails, the Lapu Lapu.

Cocktail at Tambu Lounge at Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World
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TIP: In addition to enough spirits to inhabit The Haunted Mansion for decades to come, the Tambu Lounge also plays host to a few select hard-to-get menu items from ‘Ohana… no reservation required.

FAN FAVORITE: Have a sweet tooth? We suggest that you skip dessert and order the Piña CoLAVA. This decadently fresh take on the much beloved Piña Colada features Bacardi Raspberry Rum blended with flavors of Coconut, Pineapple, and a heavenly finish of Raspberry Purée.


Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Polynesian Cuisine | Casual Dining, Unique/Themed Dining, Lounges
Open: 3:00 PM – 12:00 AM
*Meal Plans Not Accepted

No two tiki bars are created equal. But if gags, wit, and hijinks are your idea of a good time, you just may find Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto the most… punny… of them all.

In 1934, Ernest Gantt opened Don the Beachcomber, a Polynesian-inspired bar that seemingly paid homage to the lush tropical islands he frequented throughout his travels in the South Pacific. After World War II, veterans sought to recreate the more pleasant memories of their time in paradise and quickly gravitated to these sanctuaries of escapism, where bamboo, thatched roofs, mystical mood lighting, creative cocktail concoctions, and buoy balls abound. Add a touch of underscoring from Martin Denny, and America’s tiki craze was born.

Now, if you’re a fan of the Jungle Cruise attraction, chances are you’re familiar with Trader Sam, the legendary “head” salesman, offering passersby the deal of a lifetime, two of his heads for one of yours. Well, he has officially set up shop in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Trader Sam Sign at Disney Polynesian Village Resort
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Located within The Great Ceremonial House, this 51-seat bar highlights highly immersive and interactive theming, overflowing with special effects, tiki statues, shrunken heads, and artifacts from around the world.

Keep in mind, a grog is a diluted rum that used to be served to sailors. So, you’ll find more to sip than chew here.

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If you’re in search of more than light fair and appetizers, we suggest ‘Ohana’s exceptional cuisine for a fulfilling dining experience. However, if you’re in need of a libation, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is the proverbial ‘X’ on the map. But beware, your order just my wake a nearby sleeping volcano or anger the ancient tiki goddess, Uh Oa.

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is open to all ages from opening until 8:00 PM. After 8:00 PM, only Guests 21 years of age or older are permitted.

TIP: You cannot make an advanced reservation at Trader Sam’s and seating is extremely limited. However, it is absolutely one of the most fascinating hotspots on property.  Be sure to arrive early to put your name on ‘the list.’ You’ll be glad that you did.

FAN FAVORITE: There is only one drink in the world that can make the natives chant, instigate wet-n-windy storms to rage the seas, and wake an ancient omnipresent tiki-goddess. Oh, and did we mention… this lively libation is topped with real flames? Aptly named, Uh-Oa`, this classic staple at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto treats guests to a little bit of everything, including; Plantation Original Dark Rum, Bacardi Superior Rum, Orange, Passion Fruit, Guava, Pineapple, and Grapefruit Juices, Falernum, Cinnamon, and fresh Lime Juice. While we do love it for the interactive aspect, it is absolutely to die for!


Capt. Cook’s

American, Seafood Cuisine | Quick Service, Mobile Orders
Open: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
*Meal Plans Accepted

When it comes to Counter Service options on property, you’ll be hard pressed to beat the likes of good ol’ Capt. Cook’s. Located on the ground level of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Great Ceremonial House, this convenient stop is this ideal blend-ship of speed and spice, serving up Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner options, including Hawaiian Flatbreads, Thai Coconut Meatballs, Pulled Pork Nachos, and Tonga Toast. Not to mention, with outdoor seating, you’re just steps away from the pool.

Tonga Toast at Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World
World famous Tonga Toast! Source: Instagram

FAN FAVORITE:

Ladies and gentlemen… we have a tie! Capt. Cook’s doles out two specialty items that render both novices and foodies utterly speechless:

  • Thai Coconut Meatballs (House-made All-Beef Chili-Garlic Meatballs cooked in a Coconut Cream served over White Rice)
  • Pulled Pork Nachos (topped with Cheese, Spicy Mayonnaise, Pico de Gallo, and Pineapple Salsa)

In fact, for under $20, you can snag both these mouthwatering delicacies! If you’re in need of a budget friendly savory and satisfying meal, look no further!


Oasis Bar & Grill

American Cuisine | Quick Service, Pool Bar
Open: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
*Meal Plans Accepted

Nestled by the Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Oasis Pool, you’ll find the Oasis Bar & Grill, serving up cold beers, crisp cocktails, and light snacks with decadent Hawaiian zest.

Map of Oasis Bar and Grill at Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World

If you really wish to get lost in the majesty of the island, treat yourself to a Lava Flow and slip into the neighboring hot tub.

FAN FAVORITE: Crisp, clean, light, and delicious, Oasis Bar & Grill knows just how to prepare Fish Tacos, a deceivingly difficult dish to knock out of the park. But with a base of crunchy cabbage, a delicate drizzle of cilantro-lime crema, and a touch of cumin to spice things up, we couldn’t think of a more fitting pool-side pick-me-up.


Kona Café

American, Seafood Cuisine | Casual Dining
Open: Breakfast 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Lunch 12:10 PM – 2:55 PM | Dinner 5:00 PM – 9:45 PM
*Meal Plans Accepted

Located on the second floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Great Ceremonial House, this open-air café alerts the senses from the moment you step off the monorail.

Adding just a touch of Polynesian flair to each dish, this excellent dining option is ideal for guests looking to escape the crowds while still treating themselves to one of Disney’s culinary masterworks.  

Our advice is to shake it up and be adventurous while dining at Kona Café. Sure, they have classic American staples on the menu, but the cultural zest is where this hidden gem really shines.

FAN FAVORITE (Breakfast): You’re on vacation, aren’t you? Start your day off the right way, with fried banana-stuffed French Toast, rolled in Cinnamon Sugar and served with a Strawberry Compote! If we haven’t given it away already, our pick is, was, and will always be… Tonga Toast!

FAN FAVORITE (Dinner): Maybe it is the eclectic décor that sets the stage within the Great Ceremonial House, but there is something about Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort that just makes you want to sample a little of this and a little of that. That’s why we chose The Kona Sampler (Large), offering you a plentiful selection of Tuna Poke, Three (3) pieces of Nigiri, Three (3) pieces of Sashimi, and Five (5) pieces of their delightful California Roll.


Kona Island

American, Sushi | Casual Dining, Quick Service
Open: Breakfast 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Lunch 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Dinner 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
*Meal Plans Not Accepted

Sometimes you just need to get up and out to the parks. But that shouldn’t stop you from giving your taste buds their own thrill ride of a lifetime.

Located on the second floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Great Ceremonial House, this fast-paced fast-pass park-hopper’s dream combines indulgent treats with lightning fast service!

Seriously, Kona Island is only an arm’s length away from the monorail. If you’re looking to make every second count in the parks and can’t allow restaurants to slow you down, this is your meal ticket. 

FAN FAVORITE: Wake up to Kona Island’s freshly made Kona Blend Coffee Press Pot for Two. This aromatic pleasure may seem a bit basic. But once you try it, you’ll be hooked just like our good friend, Maui.


Pineapple Lanai

American | Quick Service
Open: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
*Meal Plans Not Accepted

Once you visit Pineapple Lanai you may never be the same again. Located just outside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Great Ceremonial House, you will find a taste of the isles with the legendary DOLE Whip®.

Dole Whip at Pineapple Lanai at Polynesian Village Resort (Walt Disney World)
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FAN FAVORITE: When it comes to DOLE Whip®, we’re purists. Simply give us the original DOLE Whip® soft-serve and a view of the Seven Seas Lagoon!


Private Dining

American, Seafood, Steakhouse Cuisine | Room Service
Open: 7:00 AM – Midnight
*Meal Plans Not Accepted

Sometimes you just need time to relax and unwind. Afterall, you are on vacation. Private Dining serves up a delicious dose of Disney magic right to your door!

FAN FAVORITE: What is our Fan Favorite? With over 100 menu items from which to choose, we believe this trick question deserves a trick answer. Our Fan Favorite is… whatever you want! Honestly, isn’t that what Private Dining is all about? Make this experience all about you and indulge in whatever is your pleasure. You’re at a Disney Deluxe Resort at the most magic place on earth… you can’t go wrong here!


Gas Grills

Settled betwixt the Disney Vacation Club longhouses (Moorea, Pago Pago, and Tokelau) at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, lies an open-air barbecue pavilion.

This Disney Vacation Club exclusive features two Viking gas grills, four picnic tables, and plenty of shade and shelter for the entire family! In need of some grilling utensils? Just ask the front desk. Bon Appetit!