Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Restaurants

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is home to not only one of the best resorts in all of Disney World but it also hosts some of the best restaurants. The Southern Pacific Islands theme is consistent throughout the resort and extends into the dining options.

Beautiful decor, fun atmosphere and impeccable Disney service makes it a wonderful experience to dine here. Even if you are not staying on the property you can enjoy easy access to this Resort from one of Disney’s transportation services, including the monorail.

It is especially convenient if you are visiting the Magic Kingdom to take a short monorail ride over to the restaurants.

We have listed all the places to get food and drinks at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. You will find the location, what the specialties are, and any additional comments we have.

Restaurants at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

We have also noted if the restaurant has been a part of the Disney Dining Plan. Disney has not resumed the dining plan option yet, but they have indicated that it will be back at some point in the future.

1. Barefoot Pool Bar

Location

Barefoot pool bar is located in the pool area at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Food/Drink Specialties

If you love Dole Whips (who doesn’t) you will want to try some of the adult Dole whips at the Barefoot Pool Bar! You will find a Frozen Margarita with Dole Whip Lime, Frosty Pineapple, and the delicious The Voyager, which consists of Parrot Bay Coconut Rum blended with cream of coconut and pineapple juice, layered with Dole Whip Pineapple and blue curacao.

Fun Fact – the precursor to Dole Whips was the Citrus Swirl by the FCC and Orange Bird! Orange Bird is making a comeback, and you’ll want to know about him!

Disney Dining Plan

Yes, Barefoot pool bar is part of the Disney Dining Plan.

Comments

Until recently, you could only get a delicious tropical drink at the bar but now guests can enjoy the food menu from the Oasis Bar & Grill. The kid’s menu has the classic chicken nuggets and cheeseburger while adults can grab a grilled chicken strips, fish tacos, wraps and other appetizer style fare.

Polynesian resort swimming pool

2. Oasis Bar & Grill

Location

By the Oasis pool which is a quieter area.

Food/Drink Specialties:

Please see the Barefoot Pool Bar. The Oasis Bar and Grill has almost completely identical menu and drink offerings.

Disney Dining Plan

Yes the Oasis Bar and Grill is part of the Disney Dining Plan.

Comments

The Oasis Bar and Grill’s location is one of the biggest draws. It is off the main pool area in more of a relaxed part of the property.

Oasis Grill Disney
photo by Tom Bricker of Disney Tourist Blog

3. Pineapple Lanai

Location

Pineapple Lanai is located just outside the great Ceremonial House

Food/Drink Specialties

Pineapple Float served in a souvenir Tiki Sipper.

Disney Dining Plan

Yes, for a snack option.

Comments

They serve one thing and they serve it very well. The famous Dole Whip!

dole whip at disney world

4. Captain Cook’s

Location

You will find Captain Cook’s on the lower level of the great Ceremonial House. Seating can be inside or on the outside patio with views of the Lava Pool and the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Food/Drink Specialties

The most famous would have to be the banana-stuffed, deep-fried Tonga Toast!

Disney Dining Plan:

Yes Captain Cook’s is part of the Disney Dining Plan.

Comments

Capt. Cook’s is a quick-service location that serves all three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has a wonderful “grab and go” appeal.

It’s a great place for you to grab Tonga Toast for breakfast and get to the parks or grab a quick lunch and get back to the pool. The cuisine is a mix of Polynesian and American foods including, Mickey Waffles, Pan Asian Noodles and Vegetables, Pulled Pork Nachos and Coconut Meatballs.

photo credit Alexis Lariscy

5. Kona Cafe

Location

Kona Cafe is located on the second floor of Great Ceremonial House.

Food/Drink Specialties

Tonga Toast is also served at the Kona Cafe for breakfast and the Kona-braised short rib is an amazing dinner entree!

Disney Dining Plan

Yes Kona Cafe is part of the Disney Dining Plan.

Comments

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Kona Café is a popular table service dining restaurant at Disney’s Polynesian Resort! The Tonga Toast is a breakfast favorite and it also serves wonderful sushi if this is something you are after. The Polynesian/Asian cuisine and American fare is served.

Sushi

6. Kona Island

Location

Second floor of Great Ceremonial House, adjacent to the Kona Cafe

Food/Drink Specialties

Fun and delicious desserts and sushi

Disney Dining Plan

Yes, for snacks. (All our favorite Disney snacks are here!)

Comments

Not really a restaurant but more of a quick “grab and go” foods or a casual delicious Kona coffee and pastry enjoyment time at the coffee bar.

7. Tambu Lounge

Location

Tambu Loung is located next to ‘Ohana on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House

Food/Drink Specialties

Lapu Lapu which is a rum concoction served in a pineapple!

Disney Dining Plan

No, Tambu Lounge is not on the dining plan.

Comments

This is a wonderful place to get a drink while waiting for your dinner reservation at ‘Ohana or Kona Cafe. They have some wonderful drinks, great bartenders and other fun items including a real back scratcher when you order a Backscratcher drink! Be advised that this location does fill up quickly when dinner time is approaching.

Disney Drinks

Three signature 1971 drinks are:
Backscratcher which has Rum, Passion Fruit Juice topped with Jack Daniel’s Whiskey and a Bamboo Backscratcher.

Lapu Lapu which has Rum and Tropical fruit juices served in a Pineapple topped with Goslings 151 Rum.

Polynesian Mai Tai which has Rum, Bols Orange Curacao, lime juice, Orgeat and pure cane sugar.

These drinks are called “1971 drinks” because the Polynesian opened in 1971 when Disney opened!

8. Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

Location

Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is located on the main floor terrace of the Great Ceremonial House, looking out to the Lava Pool

Food/Drink Specialties

Spikey Pineapple, Kalua Pork Tacos and HippopotoMai-Tai, Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum

Disney Dining Plan:

Yes, Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is on the Disney Dining Plan

Comments

Another popular place for drinks, appetizer or full meal. Very often you can hear live music being performed or watch fireworks and the Electric Water Pageant if they are available at the time you are there. Great fresh South Pacific fare with sushi bar and menu items that tend to lean more toward an adult appetite but you may find food for the kids as well depending on how picky they are.

Fireworks at Disney
fireworks view from the Polynesian

9. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Location

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is located steps off the main lobby for the Polynesian Resort

Food/Drink Specialties

Spikey Pineapple, Kalua Pork Tacos and HippopotoMai-Tai, Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum

Disney Dining Plan:

No

Comments: This is not a restaurant but a lounge that serves alcoholic beverages as well as non alcoholic drinks. It is a wonderfully decorated room with ancient artifacts and exotic treasures from Trader Sam. In case you are wondering, Trader Sam is the character from the Jungle Cruise attraction at Magic Kingdom.

This is a very hard place to get into so make sure you inquire about best times to visit but if you make the effort, it is a perfect place in many respects. Children and families are welcome but starting at 8pm it is adults only. This would be a great place to check out if you are on a kid-free Disney vacation!

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto
photo by Tom Bricker of Disney Tourist Blog

10. ‘Ohana

Location:

The second floor of the Great Ceremonial House

Food/Drink Specialties:

Hawaiian specialty sides, Ohana Bread Pudding with vanilla ice cream, the ‘Ohana Dinner Skillet featuring Wood-fire Grilled Teriyaki beef, spicy peel-n-eat shrimp and grilled chicken with Polynesian inspired “Chimichurri” Sauce.

Disney Dining Plan

Yes

Comments

This is the flagship restaurant at the Polynesian Resort. It serves Breakfast and dinner, is highly popular and has an “all you care to enjoy (AYCE)” dinner. This is a difficult restaurant to get into and you should get reservations.

Pineapple drink

The dining experience for dinner is amazing. You sit at a large communal table and the servers bring food to the table in courses and everyone eats the same dishes. The fact that it’s all you care to eat means if you want more of some food, they will bring it to you and if you decide not to eat something, no problem.

Breakfast used to be a character breakfast with Lilo and Stitch and other Disney character friends but as of this writing, they have discontinued this.

If you really want a character breakfast with many of the Disney Characters including Mickey Mouse, we suggest heading over to Chef Mickey’s in the Contemporary Hotel.

The breakfast is served family style like the dinner and it is filling and very delicious. If you like bread, you will be overjoyed with the Pineapple-Coconut Breakfast Bread you will be served.

This with a wonderful cup of coffee will start your breakfast off right! The main course is a Breakfast Skillet that comes with the Mickey Waffle along with hot biscuits, scrabbled eggs, Hawaiian ham and sausage and fried potatoes.

It is a hardy breakfast that will sustain you well as you make your way through the parks during the rest of your day!

Mickey Waffles

We love the different dining and drinking locations at the Polynesian Resort! The wonderful fact that it is so close to the Magic Kingdom and right on the monorail line, makes it super easy to start or finish your Magic Kingdom day with a meal or drink at one of these fine restaurants.

Polynesian Resort Restaurants Disney

Remember to make your reservations for the higher end restaurants as soon as you have your itinerary completed so you don’t miss out on a great dining experience!

For more information about the Polynesian Resort you can go here to find out about all the Deluxe Disney resorts. We have them ranked from our favorite to least favorite! We also have our favorite Disney candles here, and one of them is the smell of the lobby of the Polynesian!

If you are staying at the Polynesian, you may want to consider choosing the club level. There are many perks, including an air conditioned room to watch the fireworks! You can find out all the details about the club/concierge level Disney rooms here.

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