The Plaza Review – Is It Worth It?
The Plaza is a restaurant located on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom. The food is what I?d call southern American food. While the food is loved by some and not by others we can all agree on the bottomless milkshakes being the best part of The Plaza?s offerings. There are some things we loved about the Plaza and some things we just flat out don?t like. Let?s jump in and see what Disney says.
Discover casual, family-friendly fare amid an atmosphere of turn-of-the-century elegance at this charming dining gem located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A.
Step inside this charming casual dining parlor awash in a sophisticated elegance with a menu the whole family will enjoy.
Whether it?s a hearty breakfast, mouthwatering lunch, or a family dinner with decadent desserts, you?ll discover something for everyone in an atmosphere of early 20th-century style featuring Art Nouveau touches, beautifully embellished light fixtures, stunning decorative mirrors and an inviting solarium.
Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.
Now Serving Breakfast
Begin your day of magic by fueling up with a delicious breakfast at the Plaza Restaurant.
Choose from delectable breakfast fare like the Classic All-American Breakfast Platter featuring scrambled eggs with breakfast potatoes, sausage, bacon and a biscuit. For a scrumptious and savory morning start, try the Lobster Benedict, or create your own omelet with fresh ingredients that include your choice of sausage, bacon, ham, onions, peppers, tomatoes and cheese served with breakfast potatoes. And, of course, there?s Mickey Waffles for the kids?or kids at heart!
Breakfast at the Plaza Restaurant is served every day from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM.
Lunch and Dinner
Dig into a deli-style lunch or dinner with sandwiches, burgers, fresh salads? oh, and desserts galore too!
In the mood for lighter fare? Then the chicken strawberry salad is a surefire choice! Or explore the middle ground with options like the grilled chicken sandwich, Plaza club and fried green tomato sandwich. And don?t miss out on some of our heavier hitters?including the Angus chuck cheeseburger, grilled Reuben and cheese steak sandwich.
From the fountain, freely flowing favorites hearken back to a simpler time when sweethearts sat and shared a shake, an ice cream float or a banana split. For something more decadent, the brownie sundae is sure to delight your taste buds, while glowing Ariel or Pirates Punch will please the little ones in your party!
The menu is the same whether you are enjoying lunch or dinner. We?ve eaten there during both meals. Choose which picks best for your schedule knowing you won?t miss out on anything. Breakfast is a relatively new offering as of late 2018. If you are into benedicts it would be a great addition to a trip.
Get your reservation as far out as possible. You can always cancel if you decide to go to another park. You can get one as far as 180 days out. But try to snag a reservation at least 30 days out if not more. This restaurant isn?t the most popular in the Magic Kingdom and you can usually get lucky enough to grab one closer to your trip.
Tip: plan to wait an extra 30-45 minutes for your reservation. We have never eaten at The Plaza on time. When you sign in, ask if they are behind any on reservations. If so, leave them your mobile number and they will text you when your table is open. Then enjoy some downtime on the green space in front of the castle or shop on Main Street until your table is ready. If you plan to wait extra you won?t be as stressed about it. Don?t plan any Fast Passes right after your meal or you might miss them.
The cost is between $15 and $35 per adult. This place can get pricey for what you are actually getting. We?ve shared items on trips and the portions are plenty big enough to do so. We almost always purchase the Deluxe Dining Plan and this restaurant accepts both the regular and deluxe plans. To see how we hack the Dining Plan be sure to read this post. (LINK). If we weren?t on the dining plan we would definitely approach this place differently in terms of what we?d order. See the ticket for our last visit on the dining plan. No way we?d pay that out of pocket.
What Did We Eat?
Appetizers we?ve tried:
- Wedge Salad – this salad is quite good and we would consider eating it in place of the meals you can choose from
- Plaza Loaded Fries – I love a good app of loaded fries, that being said these aren?t the best of Disney restaurants but they are good. (The poutine options at Epcot are by far the best.) I have eaten these in place of a meal several times at The Plaza.
Entrees we?ve tried:
- Home-style Meatloaf – one of the most popular items on the menu, it is definitely hearty and would be easy to split. Pretty heavy meal…be careful what you do right after this meal.
- Angus Chuck Cheeseburger – typical burger with bacon, our son enjoyed it very much
- Baked Honey-Barbequed Brisket Mac N Cheese – this thing looks like a million bucks…but sadly the look was way better than the taste…it is super sweet and I don?t like sweet meals…that aren?t dessert. Proceed with caution.
Alcohol we?ve tried:
- Michelob Ultra – with all the carbs I was to take in we thought a less carb rich beer would be the way to go.
- J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon – great cab! But we haven?t met a cab we didn?t like either…
Kids Entrees we?ve tried:
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich – shaped like a goldfish cracker and tastes like cardboard as well as looks like it. Not recommended.
- Cheeseburger – if you are on the Deluxe Dining Plan your kids can get a real burger from the ?adult? menu for no extra charge
- UNDERSTAND IF you get two sides for your kids they don?t get a dessert!!! We found this out the hard way.
Desserts we?ve tried:
- Desserts are the milkshakes for us. They are bottomless and don?t disappoint. Every flavor we?ve tried is amazing. They do take a while to come out. So order them right when you sit down and reorder when your ?extra? silver mug starts to get low.
- We did try the Bread Pudding, Chocolate Cake, and Brownie Sundae ? all of which are good but not nearly as good as the milkshakes. The Brownie Sundae was our favorite in this group..if not sticking with a milkshake only.
We don?t love the food at The Plaza. It is generally one of our last choices later in the week. We typically like the appetizers and milkshakes as much or better than any of the food options. It isn?t that the food isn?t tasty. Most of the good food is really heavy. Look to split the ?heavy? dishes where you can. We also split meals for our youngest 2 all the time. We also don?t blindly use credits on them when on a dining plan. On the Deluxe plan credits are pooled and you can save the credits you may have used on the kids and use them on yourselves later. See what we mean by reading this post here. LINK
Did the kids like it?
Our kids like the fries and the milkshakes. Our son likes the adult menu burger but not the kid’s burger so much. It seems our kids are pretty tired every time we eat The Plaza. (which is usually later in the week after we?ve eaten at our favorite restaurants multiple times) Our approach is fries and milkshakes for the kids and let them rest and look cute.
Is It Worth It?
This is an interesting one. We plan to try breakfast here soon. Lunch and dinner are better spent elsewhere in our opinion. The restaurant is pretty small, the tables are small, and the chairs are uncomfortable. However!!!! If we?ve eaten at all our favorites and need a plan for rest and food on any given day we will always take The Plaza to fill that need.
Our Biggest Takeaways
We probably say this too much but we enjoy resting throughout the day at any Disney park. Table service meals are a great way to rest and refuel. If that means using The Plaza to get some rest and bottomless milkshakes then bring it on. Otherwise, we enjoy Tony?s and Skipper Canteen much more when it comes to the food. And we definitely enjoy Cinderella?s Castel and Be Our Guest as out top favorites. Get your reservation ahead though as they go fast!