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Kona Cafe

Gardens thick with coconut palms and orchids, volcanic rock waterfalls, white-sand beaches and Polynesian music set the stage at Disney's Polynesian Resort, home of Kona Cafe.

The energetic, casual eatery is awash in warm colors with brilliant ceramic tilework, hammered ironwork and distinctive lighting. Center stage is a lively dessert kitchen, where a dazzling array of sweets is arranged like fine art on the stone countertop, tempting diners before they're even seated.

The 172-seat restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, starting with the Sunrise Menu that features fresh juices and fruits, omelets and the decadent Auntie Kaui's Tonga Toast, a longtime Polynesian favorite -- banana-stuffed sourdough bread, rolled in cinnamon sugar, then fried. The aroma of Kona coffee, one of the richest coffees in the world, wafts through the air. Kona coffee comes from one of the most fertile regions in Hawaii; the green coffee beans are flown to Central Florida, then roasted to produce the house blend. Beans are ground to order throughout the day.

The restaurant adds a Pan-Pacific spin to its Midday Menu, with pot stickers, Thai peanut shrimp salad, and giant steaming bowls of soup with Asian vegetables in miso broth with noodles and meat or fish. But the restaurant also offers basic lunchtime fare: hearty salads, blackened fish and the Big Kahuna Burger, for instance. One lunchtime favorite is the Two-Fisted Chicken Sandwich with basil mayo, roasted peppers and spinach salad on mountain bread.

At dinner, the stage is set for boldly flavored evening specialties, with Pacific Rim spices jazzing up American classics like pork chops and spoon bread.

A team of chefs spent nearly two years on the design and concept development of the restaurant, and the work centered around the idea that the food would be market fresh with a healthy Asian kick. A modest selection of beers, wines and cocktails accompanies the eclectic menu.

House favorites include crispy tempura ahi tuna, macademia-crusted mahi-mahi and pan-Asian pasta with buckwheat sota noodles and chicken. An oven-roasted chicken with red skin mashed potatoes or grilled beef tenderloin in a cabernet and port reduction get high marks as well.

Desserts range from tangerine crème brûlée to a seductive Kilauea Torte, named after the active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, filled with warm hazelnut and chocolate that spills out like lava when broken with a fork. Popular Ko Ko Puffs are filled with chocolate pastry cream and topped with icing and a dollop of whipped cream.

A favorite of all ages is the Kona Cone, an oversized waffle cone dipped in chocolate and standing upright with a spun-sugar base. The cone is filled with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, with a flourish of lacy sugar fans on top.

Helpful servers add to the enjoyment in Disney's newest gem, where the pace is upbeat but never hurried.

Essential Information

Polynesian Resort

Sit-down restaurant.
A la carte.

Included in Disney Dining Plan

Tips & Fun Facts

Drop by the separate coffee bar for a cup brewed from freshly roasted estate-grown beans.
This location can accommodate most special dietary needs. Advance notice may be required and cancellation fees may apply. Please indicate any special dietary need at time of reservation booking.
Try the Tonga Toast at breakfast.

Advanced Dining Reservations

Reservations recommended. Book up to 180 days in advance (or up to 190 days for Disney Resort guests).
Call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463)

Reviews & Ratings

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Meals Served
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Average Cost for full meal
$15 - $30 per person

Typical Menu Items
Crab cakes, salads, pot stickers, noodle bowl, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, desserts.

Most popular menu items
Tonga Toast for breakfast. This decadent, deep-fried breakfast favorite has been served at Kona Cafe for more than a quarter of a century. Sourdough bread, bananas, sugar and cinnamon are all it takes -- except for the oil to fry it in.
The Kiddie Kone, a childish delight for kids of all ages: a giant waffle cone filled with ice cream and served with cotton candy and M&Ms.



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