Foodie Friday: Top 5 Resort Table Service Restaurants for Christmas Eve Dinner

Well, it’s certainly been a while. My schedule picked up a bit the past few weeks. I’ve been traveling, wrapping up my class and inundated at work – but as we draw closer to Christmas, I plan on posting a lot more and much more consistently.

We’re in the homestretch, whether you’d like to admit it or not! Summer is coming to a close and before you know it – it’ll be Halloween, and then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas! And so starts the Christmas-related post. If you’re traveling to Disney during Christmas, there’s most likely been a lull in your planning since you booked your Advance Dining Reservations. Now, you should start to look forward to FastPass+, planning out your days, customizing your MagicBand and getting everything in order. I’ll be here to help you along the way and remind you of deadlines.

So let’s start the Christmas posts with a bang. It’s Foodie Friday and from here-on-out, the posts will cover restaurants, snacks and meal recommendations for Christmas week. Even though you most likely have your reservations in place (you should), I’d still like to throw in some ideas for meals. Here are my top 5 Resort Table Service restaurants for Christmas Eve dinner.

Cape May Cafe, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club

I know what you’re thinking – a buffet? Hear me out. My family booked this our first year celebrating Christmas at Disney. At home, we used to celebrate with a big seafood dinner on Christmas Eve. If you’re like my family, you’ll be craving some seafood on Christmas Eve. The closest thing you can get to the Feast of the Seven Fishes is at Cape May. Sure, many Disney restaurants serve fish and seafood, but few offer the variety that Cape May does. The buffet includes crab legs, seafood paella, salmon, fried clams, steamed mussels, steamed clams, shrimp, and fried calamari. The offerings can differ based on the day of the week, but this is the best way to load up on seafood! And – you can be sure that it has something for everyone. My dad doesn’t eat seafood and even he was able to fill up on their non-seafood options.

‘Ohana, Disney’s Polynesian Resort

What better way to celebrate with your family than by going to the place that’s named “family”! ‘Ohana, which means “family,” is a great all-you-care-to-eat spot located in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. It’s a step up from Cape May Cafe, in that it the food is brought to you, but in an all-you-care-to-eat format. Everything is served family style, giving it a true “holiday meal” feel.

Famous Bread Pudding at 'Ohana

Famous Bread Pudding at ‘Ohana

Trattoria Al Forno, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas

Head to Trattoria Al Forno this Christmas Eve and you just may see the Pirone family. The new Italian restaurant has received some mixed reviews, but my family decided to try it this upcoming Christmas Eve. You can get some calamari and mussels as appetizers, and it has a solid assortment of pasta and Italian dishes.

The Wave…of American Flavors, Contemporary Resort

One of Disney’s best-kept secrets. We dined here a long time ago and were big fans. The Wave offers a variety of fresh farm-to-table style offerings. I recommend The Wave if you’re looking for a quiet, upscale restaurant for Christmas Eve. It’s a very relaxing environment, perfect for enjoying the company of your family and having a nice quiet meal before heading to bed and waking up early Christmas morning.

Whispering Canyon Cafe, Wilderness Lodge

From one of the quietest restaurants on Disney property, to one of the loudest. You won’t have a relaxing dinner at Whispering Canyon, but you’ll certainly enjoy it. Whispering Canyon offers some good, homestyle comfort food that is reminiscent of a big family meal. Like ‘Ohana, they also have the option of ordering family style platters – perfect for digging in! After eating, relax around the towering fireplace in the lobby of the Wilderness lodge and take in the gorgeous decorations.

What’s your favorite resort Table Service restaurant for Christmas Eve?


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