Do you love sushi? How about Disney? Combine the two and you’re in foodie heaven. As luck would have it, I live less than an hour away from the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and have done a lot of research.
Here are the top five places for sushi at Walt Disney World. No theme park admission required.
California Grill tops the list because you just can’t beat the view from this restaurant. Set high atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort with sweeping views of the Magic Kingdom, Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon, this signature restaurant offers sophisticated dining in a relaxed atmosphere.
The menu rotates out seasonally but some of the main stays on the sushi menu are the Dragon Roll, Spicy Kazan Roll and Pork Belly Nigiri.
Disney’s California Grill is only open for dinner but sushi is available on their Sunday brunch menu and reservations are required. If the space has not filled to capacity, it’s possible to score a seat in the lounge where the full sushi menu is available.
Kona Island Sushi Bar
The Kona Island Sushi bar at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort takes its spot on the second floor of the hotel overlooking the beautifully manicured grounds that make up this tropical paradise.
Grab sushi for either lunch or dinner after Kona Island transforms from its morning coffee bar into the afternoon and evening sushi bar.
Try an inside out Salmon Roll, Lava Roll with shrimp and scallops or a unique California Luau Roll with jumbo lump crab, pineapple and avocado. If you’re not feeling that adventurous go with a traditional Sashimi plate, Shrimp Tempura Roll or assorted Nigiri.
Kimonos sushi bar in the Walt Disney World Swan Resort was voted Orlando Sentinel’s Critic’s Choice for best sushi in Orlando.
This small and intimate spot is open daily for dinner with nightly karaoke in the lounge.
Try their Coconut Shrimp Roll or Cajun Roll if you’re feeling adventurous. Other options include a Bagel Roll, Dragon Roll, Jalapeño roll and a namesake offering called the Kimono Roll with tuna, yellowtail, salmon and wasabi mayo.
Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs is a fairly new addition to Walt Disney World’s sushi culture. It’s located at the Landing in Disney Springs and is the brainchild of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Take a seat at the second level sushi bar as you look down into the exhibition kitchen below.
Morimoto Asia is open for lunch dinner and late-night options are available in the Forbidden Lounge. Nosh on a traditional California or Shrimp Tempura Roll as well as a Spicy Tuna, Eel and Avocado or Vegetable Roll.
Another Disney Springs contender is something that you may not have considered before. Splitsville Luxury Lanes gives you the opportunity to “roll in and rock out”. Yes, this is a bowling alley but it also has some of the best food, including sushi, that you can find in Disney Springs.
The Splitsville dining room is open for lunch dinner and also has late-night options including traditional rolls such as Spicy Tuna and California and more interesting options like The Alberto which has no rice just protein and vegetables. Try out the Volcano Roll, Fantasy Roll or Crab Rangoon Roll for something a little different.