Dining Review: The Plaza Restaurant (Thumbnail)

Walt Disney loved classic, American comfort food and The Plaza Inn in Disneyland served up some of his favorites, (like meatloaf). In Walt Disney World, our version of this Americana dining location is called The Plaza Restaurant. Located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., it is easy to walk right past this restaurant without knowing the foodie gems that exist inside. Or if you’re like my family, you head straight for the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor next door and never think about the restaurant!

In this dining review, I’ll discuss the dining location’s theming, our experience with check-in and seating, the menu and which dishes we ate, and I’ll answer the question, “Would we eat here again?”

Let’s dig in!


Theming

Since The Plaza Restaurant is located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., it continues the famous street’s Victorian theming. The building is painted off-white, with white trim and lattice. Gold accents add a bit of sophistication to the exterior. The hostess desk is located outside the restaurant. Just across the walkway are tables, chairs, and umbrellas for guests enjoying their treats from the Ice Cream Parlor.

The Plaza Restaurant

The Plaza Restaurant

Exterior of The Plaza Restaurant

Exterior of The Plaza Restaurant

The interior of The Plaza reminded me of The Crystal Palace, a dining location just across the way! In keeping with the Victorian theme, there are mirrors along all the walls, set in ornate off-white frames. The tables are heavy, marble-like tops on bases that resemble black wrought iron and the chairs are elaborate, green wrought iron. Although the interior of the restaurant is decorated in this lavish fashion, it feels homey.

 Dining Room at The Plaza Restaurant

Dining Room at The Plaza Restaurant


Menu

The Plaza Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with each meal featuring classic Americana dishes with a contemporary twist. We chose to eat here for dinner when the menu features steak, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and comfort dishes. Since The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is right next door, guests dining at this location can order their favorite treat for dessert!

I would consider the pricing for this dining location about average when compared to others in the Magic Kingdom for dinner. The least expensive entree is the Chicken-Strawberry Salad at $18, while the Strip Steak costs $32. Desserts cover a wide price range as well, with The Plaza Restaurant Sundae at $7 and the specialty milkshakes we ordered at $16. Discounts are available for Tables In Wonderland cardholders, Disney Vacation Club members, and Annual Passholders.


Check-In Process

The interior of The Plaza is rather small and intimate, so the hostess desk is located just outside the entrance. We checked in approximately ten minutes before our 6:30 pm reservation, and the hostess took my phone number to send a text notification when the table was ready. About five minutes later, we were called back to the hostess stand and shown to our table.

Pro Tip: I recommend getting a dinner reservation no later than ninety minutes before the fireworks! The night we went, Happily Ever After was scheduled for 8:00 pm. We made it out onto Main Street about 15 minutes before the start of the show. Perfect timing!


What We Ate

 Strip Steak with Green Beans and Twice-Baked Potato at The Plaza Restaurant

Strip Steak with Green Beans and Twice-Baked Potato

Eileen ordered the 10 oz. Strip Steak, which was accompanied by green beans in garlic butter sauce and a twice-baked potato. She ordered the steak medium rare and said it was cooked perfectly. While she looked forward to the twice-baked potato, she found it just a bit too cheesy for her liking and not very smooth in texture. In her words, “It was more cheese than potato.”

 Fried Green Tomatoes Sandwich at The Plaza Restaurant

Fried Green Tomatoes Sandwich

For my dinner, I ordered the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich. This was served with arugula, bacon, pepper jack cheese, and Alabama white barbecue sauce on a Brioche bun. It was quite possibly the best sandwich I’ve ever had at Walt Disney World! The tomatoes were crispy on the outside, but soft and juicy on the inside, and the Alabama white barbecue sauce had just the right balance of sweet and spicy. I ate the entire sandwich! For a dish that featured relatively little meat, it left me feeling full and satisfied.

 Chocolate Extreme Milkshake at The Plaza Restaurant

Chocolate Extreme Milkshake

And now, time for dessert! While waiting for our dinners to come out, Eileen caught sight of this giant chocolate milkshake on its way to another table. She asked our waitress about it, and we learned it was The Chocolate Extreme. That was all we needed to know what we were getting for dessert!

This chocolate shake was served in a tall glass covered in chocolate chips and topped with a glazed doughnut, one-scoop chocolate ice cream cone, and Mickey-shaped marshmallow. This shake is perfect for Instagram, but I would describe it as your average chocolate milkshake. I enjoyed mine by dismantling it and taking a few bites of each of the toppings, but my sister had a different approach. She ate the ice cream cone first, then drank the milkshake while also eating the doughnut. It made a great dipper for the milkshake!


Would We Eat Here Again?

Based on my sandwich alone, I would definitely eat here again! Eileen really enjoyed her steak and she’s easily won over by a crazy dessert, so she’ll be back as well! The atmosphere of the restaurant mirrored that of The Crystal Palace, just without the Hundred Acre Wood characters and on a smaller scale. My family makes a tradition of eating at Crystal Palace at least once per year, so this dining location felt familiar and comfortable to me. The restaurant had an upscale feel, but without upscale pricing, and its location in the Magic Kingdom makes it an ideal way to end a busy day at the park.