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BENIHANA‒ Japanese. Chefs en­ter­tain as they pre­pare steak, chicken, lob­ster, scal­lops and shrimp at your ta­ble. Tep­pa­nyaki-style cook­ing. L, D (daily). www.benihana.com. Hil­ton Ho­tel, 1751 Ho­tel Plaza Blvd., 407.827.4865.

THE BOATHOUSE ‒ Amer­i­can. The com­pany be­hind T-Rex and Rain­for­est Cafe brings an­other fun, fam­ily-friendly theme to Dis­ney Springs fea­tur­ing steaks, fresh seafood and a raw bar. En­joy live mu­sic and tours on an am­phibi­ous retro car or a 40-foot Ital­ian wa­ter taxi. L, D (daily). www.the­boathouse­or­lando.com. Dis­ney Springs, 1486 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.939.6244.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA GRILL‒ Cre­ative/Con­tem­po­rary. In­no­va­tive sushi, pork ten­der­loin, lob­ster mashed pota­toes and Cal­i­for­nia wines. Time dessert for a view of the Magic King­dom fire­works. Reser­va­tion only. D (nightly), Br (Su). www.dis­ney­world.com.

Dis­ney’s Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort, 4600 N. World Drive, 407.939.3463.

CAPA‒ Span­ish. This 17th-floor rooftop steak­house and bar of­fers a range of cui­sine with a Span­ish twist and out­door seat­ing for views of Dis­ney fire­works. D (nightly). www.foursea­son­sor­lando.com. Four Sea­sons, 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777.

CHEF ART SMITH’S HOME­COM­ING ‒ South­ern. Start with a sig­na­ture moon­shine cock­tail be­fore in­dulging on South­ern com­fort foods like fried chicken, freshly baked bis­cuits. Church Lady Dev­iled Eggs and Hamilton County pe­can pie for dessert. www. home­com­ingk­itchen.com. Dis­ney Springs, 1602 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.560.0100.

DEEP BLU SEAFOOD GRILLE ‒ Seafood. Ex­pert chefs pre­pare din­ners of fresh seafood, sushi and more in an open kitchen. Don’t miss the scal­lops with lo­cal but­ter­milk grits or the fresh oys­ters from the raw bar. D (nightly). www.deep­blu­o­r­lando.com. Wyn­d­ham Grand Re­sort Bon­net Creek, 14651 Ch­elo­nia Park­way, 407.390.2300.

FLY­ING FISH ‒ Seafood. A fa­vorite on Dis­ney’s Board­Walk, Fly­ing Fish has just re­leased an all-new menu in a newly de­signed din­ing room. Guests will find a menu of 100 per­cent sus­tain­able seafood like blue crab, scal­lops, Chilean seabass, rock shrimp, yel­lowfin tuna and oc­to­pus. For land­lub­bers, try the Kurobuta pork belly or wagyu filet mignon which melts in your mouth. D (nightly). www.dis­ney­world.com. 2101 Ep­cot Re­sorts Blvd., 407.939.1947.

FRONTERA COCINA‒ Mex­i­can. Chicago’s culi­nary gi­ant and Mex­i­can food pi­o­neer Rick Bay­less comes to Dis­ney Springs. www.fron­ter­a­cocina.com. 1486 Buena Vista Drive, 407.560.9197.

IL MULINO NEW YORK TRAT­TO­RIA‒ Ital­ian. Tra­di­tional Ital­ian cui­sine from the Abruzzi re­gion, served in a dy­namic rus­tic trat­to­ria. Free child­care while par­ents dine. D (nightly). www.swan­dol­phin. com/il­mulino. Walt Dis­ney World Swan Re­sort, 1200 Ep­cot Re­sorts Blvd., 407.934.1199.

JIKO ‒THE COOK­ING PLACE ‒ African. The An­i­mal King­dom Lodge is an amaz­ing venue where you can ac­tu­ally see gi­raffes and ze­bras be­fore you dine. En­joy au­then­tic African cui­sine and rare wines. D (nightly). www.dis­ney­world.com. 2901 Osce­ola Park­way, 407.939.3463.

LA LUCE ‒ Ital­ian. This mod­ern Ital­ian coun­try kitchen fea­tures thin-crust piz­zas, home­made fam­ily-style pas­tas and Ital­ian dishes in­spired by fam­ily recipes handed down through the gen­er­a­tions. D (nightly). www.hilton­bon­netcreek.com. Hil­ton Bon­net Creek, 14100 Bon­net Creek Re­sort Lane, 407.597.3600.

LANDRY’S SEAFOOD RES­TAU­RANT‒ Seafood. A 1940s seafood house dé­cor makes this a fun place to dine. Dishes such as Crab Remick and New Or­leans seafood bread are nods to its Louisiana roots. Fresh fish, live Maine lob­ster and steaks. L, D (daily). www.landrysseafood­house.com. 8800 Vineland Ave., 407.827.6466.

MON­SIEUR PAUL‒ French. Renowned French chef Paul Bu­cose leaves his mark on this clas­si­cal French menu with high­lights such as the soupe aux truf­fles and Maine lob­ster with mol­let quail egg and creamy black-truf­fle bouil­lon. Time din­ner for the 9 pm fire­works. D (nightly). www.dis­ney­world.com. Ep­cot World Show­case, 200 Ep­cot Cen­ter Drive, 407.939.5277.

MO­RI­MOTO ASIA‒ Asian. Fa­mous Iron Chef Masa­haru Mo­ri­moto brings his pop­u­lar res­tau­rant to Dis­ney Springs, of­fer­ing fresh sushi, seafood and Asian cui­sine in a spec­tac­u­lar din­ing room. L, D (daily). www.mo­ri­mo­toa­sia.com. Dis­ney Springs, 1600 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.939.6686.

PLANCHA‒ Cuban. Plancha at the Four Sea­sons Golf Club of­fers a lake­side set­ting with Cubana sand­wiches, em­panadas and the chorizo burger along with mo­ji­tos and a Hem­ing­way daiquiri. L, D (daily), Br (Su). www.foursea­sons.com. 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777.

PLANET HOL­LY­WOOD OB­SER­VA­TORY‒ Amer­i­can. The newly re­designed Planet Hol­ly­wood Ob­ser­va­tory fea­tures a menu de­signed by Guy Fieri and some of the rarest Hol­ly­wood and tele­vi­sion mem­o­ra­bilia. L, D (daily). www.plan­ethol­ly­wood. com. Dis­ney Springs, 1506 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.827.7827.

RAGLAN ROAD IR­ISH PUB AND RES­TAU­RANT‒ Ir­ish. Grab a Guin­ness, try a con­tem­po­rary take on shep­herd’s pie and have a rol­lick­ing good time at this Ir­ish-ac­cented mega­pub and res­tau­rant at Dis­ney Springs. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.raglan­roadirish­pub.com. Dis­ney Springs, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.938.0300.

RAIN­FOR­EST CAFÉ ‒ Amer­i­can. A large, fam­ily res­tau­rant com­plete with tropical birds, aquar­i­ums, in­ter­ac­tive an­i­mals and lush veg­e­ta­tion, with a big chance for thun­der­storms. Pas­tas, sand­wiches, burg­ers and sal­ads. L, D (daily). www.rain­forest­cafe. com. Dis­ney Spings, 1800 E. Lake Buena Vista

Drive, 407.827.8500.; An­i­mal King­dom, 505 N. Rain­for­est Road, 407.938.9100.

SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE ‒ Steak. Cus­tom An­gus steaks com­bined with their ag­ing process make up an award-win­ning “Shula Cut.” Maine lob­ster and hearty side dishes round out the ex­pe­ri­ence. Free day­care pro­vided. D (nightly). www.swan­dol­phin­restau­rants.com/shu­las. Swan and Dol­phin Re­sort, 1500 Ep­cot Re­sorts Blvd., 407.934.1362.

SPRIN­KLES ‒ Dessert. Stop by the bak­ery fran­chise that started the orig­i­nal cup­cake craze back in 2005. Don’t miss the fab­u­lous as­sort­ment of ice cream, like the peanut but­ter cup or red vel­vet. Plus, a cup­cake ATM turns out freshly baked cup­cakes from 8 am-2 am. L, D (daily). www.sprin­kles. com. Dis­ney Springs, 1676 E. Buena Vista Drive, 888.220.2210.

STK‒ Steak­house. Don’t ex­pect your fa­ther’s steak­house. With hip lo­ca­tions in Ve­gas and D.C. and a new out­post at Dis­ney Springs, STK fea­tures high­end cuts, a raw bar and cool cock­tails in a trendy din­ing room com­plete with a DJ. For a quiet cor­ner, head up­stairs to the rooftop bar. Park­ing is free. L, D (daily). togrp.com/res­tau­rant/stk-or­lando. Dis­ney Springs, 1580 Buena Vista Drive, 407.917.7440.

TODD ENGLISH’S BLUEZOO ‒ Seafood. Celebrity chef Todd English draws on coastal cul­tures to cre­ate a seafood menu. Im­pres­sive raw bar se­lec­tion and as­sort­ment of fresh fish pre­pared over an open fire pit. Free babysit­ting avail­able. D (nightly). www. swan­dol­phin.com. Walt Dis­ney World Dol­phin Ho­tel, 1500 Ep­cot Re­sorts Blvd., 407.934.1111.

VIC­TO­RIA & AL­BERT’S ‒ Cre­ative/Con­tem­po­rary. At the city’s only five-di­a­mond res­tau­rant, Chef Scott Hun­nel pre­pares out­stand­ing seven-course and 10-course meals each night, in­spired by his world trav­els to Asia, Spain, Italy and France. For the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence, in­dulge in the Chef’s Ta­ble din­ner in the kitchen or the private food-and-wine pair­ings in the Queen Vic­to­ria Room. D (daily). www.dis­ney­world.com. Dis­ney’s Grand Florid­ian Re­sort & Spa, 4401 Florid­ian Way, 407.939.3862.

ZETA BAR AND SUSHI LOUNGE ‒ Sushi. A stylish and so­phis­ti­cated set­ting of­fer­ing tra­di­tional and sig­na­ture sushi rolls, sashimi, noo­dle dishes and in­no­va­tive, hand-crafted cock­tails. D (nightly). www.hilton­bon­netcreek.com. Hil­ton Bon­net Creek, 14100 Bon­net Creek Re­sort Lane, 407.597.3600.

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