Good Downtown Disney Restaurants for Older Kids & Teens

Downtown Disney is Disney’s shopping and entertainment district which is great because you don’t need a ticket.  

  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain.  This ice cream parlor doesn’t serve any “real” food but who needs it?!?  The Sundaes, cones, Ice Cream, Floats, Banana Splits, cocoa, coffee, and more will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth.   Indulge in some family stickiness with the Earthquake Sundae which has 8 scoops of ice cream, 8 toppings, sliced bananas, whipped cream, chopped almonds, and cherries ($29.95).
  • House of Blues.  Cajun inspired cuisine and funky décor make this a fun place to dine.  Night owls can enjoy live Blues music on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday nights after 11:00 PM.  Check their website to be sure there isn’t a special event that requires a ticket the night of your planned visit.
  • Planet Hollywood.  The food and service are only so-so on a good night but the movie memorabilia and building are worth a stop at least once in your life.  Very noisy restaurant. If you booked a “Magic Your Way” package, you’ll have a voucher with a $15 meal voucher. 
  •  Raglan Road.  We love this restaurant!  Irish Pub décor with live music after 9:00 PM.  The music will generally include Irish folk songs as well as Celtic infused interpretations of American 80’s & 90’s cover songs. Once the music starts, it is a loud Pub atmosphere.  Guests from the United Kingdom either love it or hate it.
  • Rainforest Café ~ Neat restaurant with a giant fish tank, waterfalls, jungle ambiance and the occasional “thunderstorm”.  Food and service are average but the well-themed restaurant is a fun spot to eat.
  • T-Rex ~ Truthfully, we haven’t been to this restaurant yet because it just opened.  It is designed by the same folks who brought us the Rainforest Café so we suspect that the restaurant décor will be very impressive.  This restaurant might be worth a try – I’d love to hear from anyone who has been there.  
  • While not elaborately themed, Bongos Cuban Café, Wolf Gang Puck Express, and Earl of Sandwich all have food that generally appeals to older kids and teens.

Our next post will be the last in this series – it’ll also be our biggest because we’ll be looking at restaurants in the Walt Disney World Resort hotels.