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Jiko - The Cooking Place

African Restaurant$$$$
Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista
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  • 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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  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    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
  • Connor
    ConnorMay 29, 2013
    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
  • Dave G.
    Dave GOctober 9, 2011
    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!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousMay 1, 2015
    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
  • Carlton H.
    Carlton HSeptember 2, 2012
    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
  • amanda g.
    amanda gumtowMay 23, 2011
    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
  • Tyler
    TylerJune 30, 2011
    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
  • James W.
    James WattMarch 7, 2011
    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 :)
  • Jenna A.
    Jenna ApgarMay 19, 2013
    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.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChurchFebruary 7, 2012
    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.
  • Mike
    MikeSeptember 4, 2014
    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.
  • Simar S.
    Simar SinghOctober 11, 2014
    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!
  • Chester B.
    Chester BeltowskiJanuary 2, 2011
    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.
  • Leanne Z.
    Leanne ZobristNovember 13, 2011
    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!
  • Heather V.
    Heather VanaJuly 21, 2011
    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 :).
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereFebruary 16, 2015
    Get the Nigerian-spiced Berkshire Double-cut Pork Chop with Braised Greens, Ancient Grain Risotto, and Apple Butter
  • Kanou F.
    Kanou FatalOctober 26, 2014
    We had the short beef ribs and the kenyan pepper steak. It was very delicious. The staff is very nice.. Love it!!!!!
  • Elizabeth C.
    Elizabeth CusickJuly 14, 2011
    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!
  • Hide N.
    Hide NISHIKAWASeptember 17, 2012
    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.
  • Perri W.
    Perri WinkleOctober 26, 2012
    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.
  • JJ B.
    JJ BUCKLEYMay 6, 2011
    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!"""!!"
  • Esra D.
    Esra DillonOctober 1, 2014
    Everything was deliciousssss! Rib was my favourite! Big dishes! Share your starters! Yummmmmm...
  • Jen D.
    Jen DudleyOctober 22, 2010
    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.
  • Gail A.
    Gail ArmstrongAugust 18, 2013
    Loved the taster risotto, the tandoori butter and the rest of the meal was delicious. Kay our server was so helpful.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CohenFebruary 19
    Everything we tried but what make the place really special was the sugar free desert.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BrownJuly 15, 2013
    Try stopping in even if you can't get a reservation. Well worth the time and money!
  • StarGirl11
    StarGirl11November 6, 2014
    Some of the best food on property. Great portion sizes and well worth the money.
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HarveySeptember 21, 2013
    The food was fabulous! Our waiter, Ron, made excellent recommendations! If you get the chance, definitely go!
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MaddenAugust 24, 2011
    Get the Corvina...you can even substitute the sides for the sides that come with the grouper if you want carbs!
  • Carla G.
    Carla Gesell-StreeterApril 25, 2013
    Ask to sit at The Cooking Place (counter where they prepare all of the flat beards and other appetizers).
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezJune 7, 2015
    Awesome service and excellent food. Totally recommended. Order the selection of breads as appetizer.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LockDecember 31, 2010
    Asked for Mary via michael's tip. She was the best! All food was great. Best disney resort too. Also saw regis philbin
  • Scott S.
    Scott SandersJanuary 16, 2015
    Start to finish, all the dishes we ordered were very flavorful.
  • Shaun T.
    Shaun ThompsonJanuary 16, 2013
    Be sure to check out the flatbreads. All are fantastic but the lamb and blue cheese is amazing!
  • Maria P.
    Maria PerezJanuary 2, 2014
    Highly recommended. Wasn't sure at first but was blown away. The filet with Mac & Cheese is AMAZING
  • Julie P.
    Julie PieperMay 2, 2012
    Avocado soup! Weird, strangely delicious, And well worth trying. Get one for the table to try!
  • Betty B.
    Betty BrewerMarch 15, 2014
    Try to get a seat at The Cooking Bar. (Can't be reserved.) Meet and talk with some of the chefs. Very cool.
  • emily m.
    emily moyerFebruary 20, 2015
    The lamb, the carrot soup. Dips were fun. Syrah from Trafford. We had excellent service!
  • Heather
    HeatherSeptember 17, 2010
    If you want your filet medium-well, better order it medium, or you'll get an overcooked, tasteless and overpriced cut of meat!
  • jean christophe P.
    jean christophe PINATApril 10, 2013
    Overpriced. Food is so so. And service is appalling. Serve you the entrée before taking your appetizers plate.... never again.
  • Lee K.
    Lee KitchenMarch 13, 2010
    Jiko is AWESOME! The Filet with Mac & Cheese is just about the best entrée on WDW property! Read more
  • Chester B.
    Chester BeltowskiJanuary 2, 2011
    The food here is not very good; over sauced, over salted, just bad in general. Go to Flying Fish or Artist Point instead.
  • Brady J.
    Brady JensenFebruary 24, 2012
    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.
  • Carolyn G.
    Carolyn GrahamAugust 22, 2015
    Bread, vegan flatbreads, entrees, and desserts. Creative soups and salads.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HallMarch 5, 2012
    Don't pass up the Taste of Africa. Also... I almost died from how good this food was.
  • Maria M.
    Maria MyrbackJanuary 22, 2011
    The curried shrimp is amazing!! It's even better than my mother-in-law's and she grew up in India!
  • Pocohantus
    PocohantusJune 29, 2012
    Try the Cheese Plate - Always a winner. Especially the Pleasant Ridge Reserve. Made with Wisconsin raw milk
  • matt c.
    matt caronOctober 11, 2013
    The short ribs were fantastic. They also were great about allergies!
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerApril 15
    Great food. Friendly staff. Make reservations. Dress code.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SmithJune 3, 2012
    Try the goat cheese flat bread. It makes a great appetizer.
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