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Guide to Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants

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Guide to Animal Kingdom Lodge RestaurantsIf you are planning a Disney vacation at Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort, you might be wondering about restaurant choice. You will be glad to know that there are some really great Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurants to choose from.

In fact, some of these restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort are award-winning!

Guide to Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants

If you do want to check out any of the table service restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge, be sure to make a reservation in advance as they do tend to book up quickly.

Jiko Animal Kingdom LodgeJiko – The Cooking Place

One of the award-winning restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is Jiko-The Cooking Place. This table service restaurant features African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine.

This is a popular restaurant in Disney World so you will want to make sure that you make reservations as soon as you book your resort stay.

Popular Dishes at Jiko

  • Chilean Sea Bass with asparagus puree
  • Oven-baked garlic Chicken Tagine with grapefruit, olives and herbs
  • Whole roasted papaya stuffed with spicy minced beef.

Jiko also has an extensive wine list that offers wines from South Africa!  

If you love good wine, you will want to sign up for a wine tasting at Jiko. 

Jiko is considered a signature dining experience so make sure that you bring an appropriate outfit to wear. You don’t have to wear suit & tie, but it is the place for khakis and a polo.

Boma Restaurant at Animal Kingdom LodgeBoma, Flavors of Africa

Boma happens to be one of my favorite buffets in Disney World! It is an Award-winning, African themed restaurant that features cuisine from over 50 African countries!

The Boma breakfast buffet is pretty standard for Disney buffets, but the dinner at Boma, Flavors of Africa offers prime rib and other wonderful entrees.

Main Entrees on the dinner buffet include:

  • Slow Roasted Prime Rib
  • Whole Roasted Salmon
  • Pork Shoulder
  • Whole Durban-style Roasted Chicken

Side Entrees on the dinner buffet include: 

  • Couscous
  • Spiced Sweet Potatoes
  • Coconut Rice
  • Plantain Crisps

You will find wonderful fresh breads like African-inspired golden-brown naan, chapatis and a blue cornbread.

When it comes to dessert, this buffet doesn’t disappoint and you will have a hard time not trying everything! 

Zebra Domes at Boma BuffetThe top dessert at Animal Kingdom restaurants is the Zebra Domes. These not only look amazing, they taste even better!

For those who don’t already know, a Zebra Dome has a white thin layer of white chocolate ganache coating with milk chocolate stripes (like a zebra). Inside, is a white cake with an Amarula liquor mousse filling.

This is also one of the more popular Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurants so make sure that you make reservations in advance.

Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Sanaa Restaurant

One of Disney World’s most sought after table service restaurants is in the Kindani Village section of Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort.

Sanaa view of HabitatSanaa is an East-African restaurant serving authentic African dishes with an Indian flair and sits right along the nature reserve so you can watch the animals as you have your meal.

You can dine at Sanaa for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but often dinner is the most hard to get a Disney Dining reservation.

Begin your meal with an Indian-style bread service. You will get a choice of Five Breads (Traditional Naan, Garlic-Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kulcha, or Paneer Paratha) and with these nine accompaniments:

  • Cucumber Raita
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • Mango Chutney
  • Tomato-Date Jam
  • Tamarind Chutney
  • Coriander Chutney
  • Garlic Pickle
  • Red Chile Sambal
  • Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle

Popular Dishes at Sanaa include

  • Braai Lamb with Apricots, Pap, Spinach, Cashews, and Goat Cheese
  • Butter Chicken with Aloo Masala and scented Basmati Rice
  • Roast Piri Piri Half Chicken with Sweet Yam and Roasted Vegetable Hash

The Mara

If you are looking for a quick dining option, there is only one, and it is located at Jambo House

The Mara, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with everything from fresh soups and burgers to flatbread.  While much of the menu serves American food, there are some selections that take on an African inspired flair.

Meal at Animal Kingdom MaraWhat to try at the Mara for lunch or dinner:

  • Slow-roasted Barbeque Ribs
  • Braai Chicken Flatbread
  • Tamarind Barbecue Pork Sandwich

They also have a small grab and go selection of desserts that include the Zebra Dome mentioned earlier!

Animal Kingdom LodgeNo matter which of these Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurants you choose, you can’t go wrong!

And remember, you don’t have to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge resort to enjoy all the dining options!

It gives you a great opportunity to not only check out the resort, but you can also enjoy seeing some of the animals that roam around the resort area!

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