Top Five Sushi Restaurants at Walt Disney World


Theme parks often have reputations of being places where burgers, pizza and popcorn reign supreme. At Walt Disney World, there is a variety of unique dining experiences for every palate. Sure, you can still get hot dogs and Mickey ice cream bars, but you can find restaurants offering diverse cuisines such as African, German, Irish and Norwegian. One popular food offered at many restaurants at Walt Disney World is sushi, but the quality of sushi and the dining experience can vary wildly from restaurant to restaurant. Here are five of the best places to get sushi at Walt Disney World.

Tokyo Dining
It should come as no surprise that one of the most impressive signature locations for sushi is at Epcot's Japan pavilion. Tokyo Dining offers many standard sushi rolls, plus beautiful "decoration sushi" presentations that are as beautiful as they are delicious. One unique feature of this restaurant is that the sushi chefs are women. ​For the best experience, try to get a reservation after 8 PM and enjoy a prime viewing location for the nighttime fireworks show, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

Kimonos
Located at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Kimonos is a more intimate restaurant offering a wide range of sushi. Cooked rolls like the coconut shrimp and dancing eel are noteworthy, but on the raw side, try the spicy crawfish roll or the signature Kimonos roll (with tuna, yellowtail, salmon and wasabi mayonnaise). ​For a quiet experience, make sure to get there early. Later in the evening, Kimonos offers karaoke, often filled with rowdy convention-goers.

Kona Island Sushi Bar
For a more casual experience, the Kona Island Sushi Bar at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is a hidden gem. Rolls like a Crab Rangoon roll, Mackerel roll and Luau roll with lump crab meat, pineapple and avocado are unique offerings. Many of the rolls available at Kona Island can also be requested at the sit-down restaurant, Kona Café, which is next to Kona Island.

Wolfgang Puck Grand Café
At Disney Springs, Wolfgang Puck Grand Café offers a variety of dining experiences, including a sushi bar. Although not the biggest sushi menu around, the fish is fresh and the presentation is quite artistic. The sashimi and nigiri are excellent, with offerings like octopus, seared tuna and freshwater eel alongside standard offerings such as salmon and yellowtail.

California Grill
​Located on the fifteenth floor of the iconic Disney's Contemporary Resort, the California Grill does not have an extensive sushi menu, but the items it offers are memorable. Whether you order a Pork Belly nigiri, the Truffle-Scented Tofu roll (with avocado, jicama and crispy fingerlings) or the signature Tuna Three Ways (wasabi-crusted tuna roll, tuna poke and teriyaki tataki), or go with one of the other rolls offered, you can't go wrong with anything on the sushi menu. Make sure to check times for fireworks on the night of your dinner. The California Grill offers fantastic views of fireworks over the Magic Kingdom.

Julia Mascardo is a freelance writer living the dream of being a neighbor to Walt Disney World. She is a frequent contributor to TouringPlans.com and has written several travel and tourism books.