Disney Polynesian Restaurants: Resort Dining Guide

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a historical Walt Disney World treasure with some of the best food on property. The Polynesian resort has a prime location as a monorail loop resort on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon. All of the eateries here have lovely views either of lush, tropical landscaping, the resort’s Hawaiian style theming or.. the castle! Let’s take a look at the Disney Polynesian restaurants and dining options.

Disney Polynesian Restaurants Guide: Where to Eat, What to Eat

A Polynesian style Capt. Cook's sign for the Disney quick service restaurant featuring bamboo, earth tones and leaf embossing.
Capt. Cook’s is a quick service Disney Polynesian restaurant.

Disney Polynesian Restaurants Grab and Go, Quick Service and Mobile Order

Capt. Cook’s Polynesian Quick Service Restaurant

Capt. Cook’s is a quick service restaurant open for all meals and late night snacks. Breakfast has favorites like Mickey waffles and the resort exclusive tonga toast! Lunch and dinner here have something for everyone with Polynesian favorites and American entrees. The Polynesian chips are a delicious blend of house made potato chips and wonton chips.

A breakfast platter from the Disney Polynesian restaurant Capt. Cook's with hearty potatoes, a sausage link and eggs.
Breakfast at Capt. Cook’s is American style with some specialty items. The Tonga Toast is always a hit.

Pineapple Lanai: Where to Get Dole Whips at the Polynesian

Pineapple Lanai gives the people what they want: Dole Whip! What a convenience to have this fan favorite pineapple soft serve walk up window right at your resort. Did you know Dole Whip is dairy free? In addition to the traditional pineapple soft serve, Pineapple Lanai has Dole Whip Floats, Dole Whip with rum, classic vanilla soft serve and vanilla and pineapple swirl.

At Pineapple Lanai, one of the Polynesian restaurants, a swirly dole whip soft serve sits in a clear plastic cup.
At Pineapple Lanai, one of the Polynesian restaurants, a swirly dole whip soft serve sits in a clear plastic cup. This walk up window offers the popular, frozen treat right at your resort.

Kona Island: Quick Dining Disney Polynesian Restaurants

Kona Island walk up counter has coffee, pastries and sushi to go on the second floor of the Polynesian lobby.

Offerings depend on the time of day. Early in the day you’ll find a continental breakfast, while later in the day Kona Island is a sushi bar.

Kona Island walk up bar with a refrigerated snack window.
Kona Island is located on the second floor of the lobby next to the monorail station. This is a great place for a quick, grab and go breakfast or an evening snack.

BouTiki and Moana Mercantile: Groceries and Snacks at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

For room snacks or to stock your mini fridge, check merchandise locations BouTiki on the first floor of the lobby and Moana Mercantile on the second floor. BouTiki has great regionally inspired treats. Moana Mercantile is like the DVC store you’ll find at each resort with groceries and sundries.

A tropical style, earth tone sign that reads Moana Mercantile.
Moana Mercantile is the Polynesian shop with grocery options.

Polynesian Lounges

Lounges at Walt Disney World usually consist of a bar, tables and chairs and some more secluded seating areas.

The Polynesian has a few options, making it a fun stop on a Disney monorail bar crawl.

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a one of a kind, over the top, interactive, themed tiki bar. If you’ve been to the Disneyland version, this is slightly different and still worth visiting. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is like a dark, magical, tiki cave. Loaded floor to ceiling with art, textures, special effects and surprises, you never know what you’ll see. Upon delivery after ordering, many drinks on the menu cause an interactive experience to happen within the space. Note there is often a wait to get in.

An outdoor table and chairs under an umbrella in front of a waterfall.
The Polynesian restaurants include a nice line up of lounges with varying atmospheres. Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is a beautiful, outdoor patio with a waterfall feature. At night, string lights glow over the area and a guitarist performs.

Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is a related but a very different setting outside with umbrellas, tables and chairs. This is a much more natural and relaxed setting themed with beautiful rocks, a waterfall element and live music in the evenings. It’s right on the marina and is beautiful around sunset. 

A thatched roof hangs over the bar at Tambu Lounge at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.
A thatched roof hangs over the bar at Tambu Lounge at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Tambu Lounge

The Tambu Lounge is on the second floor of the lobby near the ‘Ohana restaurant. This bar and lounge is home to the famous Lapu Lapu drink that comes in a fresh pineapple. There are a few appetizers on the Tambu Lounge menu and you may be able to order ‘Ohana noodles upon special request. 

Polynesian Poolside Dining

Polynesian resort pool bar seating at night with umbrellas and Magic Kingdom lights off in the background.
The Polynesian resort has some views of Magic Kingdom icons, especially the fireworks. This is from the area near the pool bar at the main pool behind the lobby.

Barefoot Pool Bar at the Polynesian

Barefoot Pool Bar at the main volcano pool and the Oasis Bar & Grill at the resort’s other pool both have impressive poolside appetizer and entree selections. Look for some small bites like the Polynesian resort favorite Fried Wonton Chips served with Spicy Duck Sauce

Polynesian Table Service Restaurants and Signature Dining

Kona Cafe: Disney Polynesian Restaurant

Kona Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in the open setting of the lobby’s second floor. For breakfast, don’t miss Tonga Toast. Disney describes it as a, ‘Banana-stuffed Sourdough Bread, Battered, Deep-fried, and Dusted with Cinnamon-Sugar.’ It is a unique and sweet breakfast delight. For lunch and dinner, Kona Cafe has a delicious selection of sushi, stir-fry, bowls and more.

Ohana restaurant sign in a natural, carved aesthetic.
At Ohana, food is served family style at breakfast and dinner.

Ohana Character Breakfast

The ‘Ohana restaurant is a tough reservation to get but worth it. For breakfast, ‘Ohana has favorites like POG juice and a family style breakfast platter. The breakfast at ‘Ohana is one of the few Disney character meals at resorts. The Best Friends Breakfast features Lilo & Stitch.

The entry of the Ohana Polynesian restaurant with wood floors and tikis lining a walkway.
The entry of the Ohana Polynesian restaurant with wood floors and tikis lining a walkway. This is a very themed restaurant with great views including Magic Kingdom fireworks in the evenings.

Ohana: Family Style Dinner, All You Care to Enjoy Polynesian Restaurant

In the evenings, ‘Ohana has a memorable dinner, served family style, that’s all you care to enjoy served family style at the table. Everyone loves the noodles! There is a roaming ukulele player who brings so much to this restaurant by way of smooth strings. When it’s time for the Magic Kingdom fireworks, the music is played in the restaurant and most seats have a view of the show. This is a special way to watch fireworks from the Polynesian.

Restaurants Close to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Aside from the restaurants and dining locations mentioned above, Polynesian guests can easily access many other options by taking the monorail. Monorail loop resorts include Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Tip: Consider Magic Kingdom’s operating hours and if the masses will be coming or going when using the monorail to get around for dining.

If you’re ok with a long and scenic walk, there is a lovely path from the Polynesian that will take you all the way to the Grand Floridian or Contemporary. Note that it’s not a complete circle around the Seven Seas Lagoon. Disney water transportation opens possibilities from the Polynesian boat dock. A delightful boat ride across the Seven Seas Lagoon takes you to the Grand Floridian or Magic Kingdom.

For dining options at the Contemporary see our Bay Lake Tower Dining Guide.

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Nicole is a native Floridian who attended the University of Central Florida and decided to call the land of theme parks home. She’s been sharing magical tips, tricks and Orlando travel and tourism favorites online for over a decade.

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