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Jiko - The Cooking Place

African Restaurant · Walt Disney World Resort
Jambo House, Animal Kingdom Lodge (Walt Disney World), Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, United States
Hours:
Closed until 5:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:30 PM–10:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.9/10

Based on 198 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Brad H.
    "Don't pass up the Taste of Africa."(6 Tips)
    Larry N.
    "Filet with Mac and Cheese is outstanding"(3 Tips)
    JJ B.
    "She really does great job!!!wild boar is tasty.braided"(4 Tips)
    Kristen H.
    "You can still ask for the mac and cheese with your filet!"(5 Tips)
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  • filet with mac
  • taste of africa
  • good for dates
  • wild boar
  • mac & cheese
  • wine
  • romantic
  • curry shrimp
  • desserts
  • risotto
  • filet mignon
  • cozy
  • creme brûlée
  • good for a late night
  • spicy food
  • fancy
  • great value
  • cheesecake
  • monkfish
  • beef
  • What's Good Here

    One of the best meals at one of the best restaurants at Disney. Very tender. Spicy Botswana-style "Seswaa" Beef Short Rib with Cassava-Potato Purée, Sambal, Mushrooms, and Fava Beans

    What's Good Here · August 7, 2014
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  • Connor

    Absolutely phenomenal! Request Oscar from NY as your server. Tastes of Africa is a great Appetizer. The Filet medium rare is amazing and the cheesecake is amazing. Worth 2 dining plan credits for sure

    Connor · May 29, 2013
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  • Dave G.

    This is by far the BEST dining experience we have ever had at the WDW resort. If you're into shrimp, try the Grilled Wild Gulf Shrimp Curry and for steak lovers, the Oak-grilled Filet is outstanding!

    Dave G · October 9, 2011
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  • Epicurious

    Here, African flavors mingle with those of India and the Mediterranean. Pair curry-rubbed lamb loin or maize-crusted grouper in tomato-butter sauce with any of dozens of South African wines. Read more

    Epicurious · May 1, 2015
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  • Carlton H.

    Make sure you order a flat bread they are unique and just the way to get your palate ready for great combinations of flavor to come. Can't go wrong with the shrimp or filet. Never been disappointed

    Carlton H · September 2, 2012
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  • amanda g.

    Our favorite place to eat every time we come to WDW. Asked for Mary because of below remarks and we were not dissappointed. Mary is an amazing waitress who went above and beyond for us. Taste of Af

    amanda gumtow · May 23, 2011
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  • Tyler

    Hands down the best food in Disney. Compared to CA Grill and Le Cellier, this knocks it out of the park. Seriously incredible. Everything on the menu is to die for. "One Last Cup" = best dessert

    Tyler · June 30, 2011
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  • James W.

    We had an awesome waitress our first visit here. Afterwards, I came on Foursquare to leave a tip and found multiple comments referring her. They are telling the truth, Mary went ABOVE and BEYOND :)

    James Watt · March 7, 2011
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  • Jenna A.

    For the money there are far better places to eat than Jiko. The filet I got was so-so, I have made better filets myself with Ohmaha Steaks. For a far more reasonable place to eat in AKL try Sana.

    Jenna Apgar · May 19, 2013
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  • Michael C.

    Best signature dining (or dining period) at WDW. Michele was our waitress and amazingly helpful. Best food, best atmosphere, best service and the price was worth it. Eat here.

    Michael Church · February 7, 2012
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  • Mike

    Get the mac n cheese with the filet mignon, it's not listed but they will make it for you. One of the best dishes I've ever had. Service was excellent as well.

    Mike · September 4, 2014
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  • Simar S.

    Ask for Hassan, he's just amazing, we are here again after a day! The wild boar as a starter was just out of the world! The 2 lamb entree too was excellent!

    Simar Singh · October 11, 2014
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  • Chester B.

    All of the entrees are over sauced, leaving tje star off the plate lost. The duck breast has a great sear, braided beef comes with a yummy side of truffle potatoes.

    Chester Beltowski · January 2, 2011
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  • Leanne Z.

    If you're not staying at the hotel or on the dining plan, prepare to WAIT, even with a priority seating. Tonight? Over an hour. Taking it off our special occasion list!

    Leanne Zobrist · November 13, 2011
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  • Heather V.

    Best food at Disney. Wild boar appetizer is great, and the Lake Victoria perch is delicious. They made us a special dessert because we were on our honeymoon :).

    Heather Vana · July 21, 2011
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  • What's Good Here

    Get the Nigerian-spiced Berkshire Double-cut Pork Chop with Braised Greens, Ancient Grain Risotto, and Apple Butter

    What's Good Here · February 16, 2015
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  • Elizabeth C.

    Come on Mon, Tues, or Wed and ask for Mary. Or visit Yak & Yeti on any other day. She is simply the best! Make sure you meet Johnny aka Mgr-in-the-making too!

    Elizabeth Cusick · July 14, 2011
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  • Kanou F.

    We had the short beef ribs and the kenyan pepper steak. It was very delicious. The staff is very nice.. Love it!!!!!

    Kanou Fatal · October 26, 2014
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  • Hide N.

    Jiko is excellent! As of September 2012, Filet with macaloni and cheese is not printed on the menu. But ask a cast for it. I could order that one.

    Hide NISHIKAWA · September 17, 2012
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  • Perri W.

    Every trip we make to WDW includes an evening (or two) at Jiko! The food and service are always excellent! Make reservations WELL in advance.

    Perri Winkle · October 26, 2012
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  • JJ B.

    Stephanie is the best server in the park! Ask for a few wine samples. She really does great job!!!wild boar is tasty.braided beef was da bomb!"""!!"

    JJ BUCKLEY · May 6, 2011
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  • Esra D.

    Everything was deliciousssss! Rib was my favourite! Big dishes! Share your starters! Yummmmmm...

    Esra Dillon · October 1, 2014
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  • Jen D.

    the white Cheddar macaroni is no longer standard with the filet. but if you ask for it they will male it just for you! Excellent restaurant.

    Jen Dudley · October 22, 2010
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  • Gail A.

    Loved the taster risotto, the tandoori butter and the rest of the meal was delicious. Kay our server was so helpful.

    Gail Armstrong · August 18, 2013
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  • Paul C.

    Everything we tried but what make the place really special was the sugar free desert.

    Paul Cohen · February 19
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  • Karen B.

    Try stopping in even if you can't get a reservation. Well worth the time and money!

    Karen Brown · July 15, 2013
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  • StarGirl11

    Some of the best food on property. Great portion sizes and well worth the money.

    StarGirl11 · November 6, 2014
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  • Nancy H.

    The food was fabulous! Our waiter, Ron, made excellent recommendations! If you get the chance, definitely go!

    Nancy Harvey · September 21, 2013
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  • Carla G.

    Ask to sit at The Cooking Place (counter where they prepare all of the flat beards and other appetizers).

    Carla Gesell-Streeter · April 25, 2013
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  • Elizabeth M.

    Get the Corvina...you can even substitute the sides for the sides that come with the grouper if you want carbs!

    Elizabeth Madden · August 24, 2011
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  • Ricardo H.

    Awesome service and excellent food. Totally recommended. Order the selection of breads as appetizer.

    Ricardo Hernandez · June 7, 2015
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  • Eric L.

    Asked for Mary via michael's tip. She was the best! All food was great. Best disney resort too. Also saw regis philbin

    Eric Lock · December 31, 2010
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  • Shaun T.

    Be sure to check out the flatbreads. All are fantastic but the lamb and blue cheese is amazing!

    Shaun Thompson · January 16, 2013
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  • Maria P.

    Highly recommended. Wasn't sure at first but was blown away. The filet with Mac & Cheese is AMAZING

    Maria Perez · January 2, 2014
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  • Scott S.

    Start to finish, all the dishes we ordered were very flavorful.

    Scott Sanders · January 16, 2015
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  • Julie P.

    Avocado soup! Weird, strangely delicious, And well worth trying. Get one for the table to try!

    Julie Pieper · May 2, 2012
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  • Betty B.

    Try to get a seat at The Cooking Bar. (Can't be reserved.) Meet and talk with some of the chefs. Very cool.

    Betty Brewer · March 15, 2014
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  • emily m.

    The lamb, the carrot soup. Dips were fun. Syrah from Trafford. We had excellent service!

    emily moyer · February 20, 2015
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  • Heather

    If you want your filet medium-well, better order it medium, or you'll get an overcooked, tasteless and overpriced cut of meat!

    Heather · September 17, 2010
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  • jean christophe P.

    Overpriced. Food is so so. And service is appalling. Serve you the entrée before taking your appetizers plate.... never again.

    jean christophe PINAT · April 10, 2013
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  • Lee K.

    Jiko is AWESOME! The Filet with Mac & Cheese is just about the best entrée on WDW property! Read more

    Lee Kitchen · March 13, 2010
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  • Chester B.

    The food here is not very good; over sauced, over salted, just bad in general. Go to Flying Fish or Artist Point instead.

    Chester Beltowski · January 2, 2011
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  • Carolyn G.

    Bread, vegan flatbreads, entrees, and desserts. Creative soups and salads.

    Carolyn Graham · August 22, 2015
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  • Brady J.

    If you are celebrating, let them know! They included a nice hand-signed birthday card in our menu and a petit creme brûlée at dessert.

    Brady Jensen · February 24, 2012
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  • Brad H.

    Don't pass up the Taste of Africa. Also... I almost died from how good this food was.

    Brad Hall · March 5, 2012
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  • Pocohantus

    Try the Cheese Plate - Always a winner. Especially the Pleasant Ridge Reserve. Made with Wisconsin raw milk

    Pocohantus · June 29, 2012
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  • Maria M.

    The curried shrimp is amazing!! It's even better than my mother-in-law's and she grew up in India!

    Maria Myrback · January 22, 2011
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  • matt c.

    The short ribs were fantastic. They also were great about allergies!

    matt caron · October 11, 2013
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  • Hard R.

    Great food. Friendly staff. Make reservations. Dress code.

    Hard Rocker · 2 weeks ago
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  • Tim S.

    Try the goat cheese flat bread. It makes a great appetizer.

    Tim Smith · June 3, 2012
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