Home of the Tonga Toast, Kona Cafe gets a lot of love from Disney World fans. We just LOVE stopping at this spot for breakfast. Dinner at Kona Cafe we found to be a bit less of a home run. The cuisine here is Asian infused American and the dinner menu was very limited nothing seemed to excite us.
Kona Cafe can be found on the second floor of the Polynesian Hotel right next to the famous Ohana (we which loved). It’s open air directly into the happenings of the lobby so depending on what’s happening there it can be noisy. When we stopped in one evening we were surprised how quite it remained in the restaurant despite everything else happening immediately outside. The atmosphere really doesn’t have anything too special about it other than getting to look in on the one of my favorite Disney resort lobbies.
Kona Cafe Quick Breakdown
Type of Food: Chicken, Seafood, Vegetarian-Friendly, Allergy Options
Location: Polynesian Resort
Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 1 Credits
Discounts: Annual Passholder, Tables in Wonderland
Features: Reservations, Alcohol
Good For: Casual Dining
Menu: Official Disney Dinner Menu
Kona Cafe Dining Review:
Kona Cafe Dishes
The following is a few of the dishes we have tried from their menu.
Asian Stir Fry – Yakisoba Noodles, Wok-seared with Vegetables, Roasted Peanuts, and your choice of Chicken or Tofu in a Soy-Citrus Sauce
We thought this dish was a little on the spicy side and we just can’t handle the heat. Not so spicy that I couldn’t eat more like the level of the chicken at Chipotle. I would order this dish again.
Lemon Grass-scented Airline Chicken Breast – Asian-style Chimichurri, creamy Jasmine Rice, Seasonal Vegetables
My husband wasn’t a huge fan of the this dish but I really enjoyed it. Maybe it’s because I love all this rice and cream?! Chicken was nice and juicy, no overcooked dry meat here.
Sushi – California Roll
The sushi at Kona Cafe came out super fresh, it was almost on par with the sushi we get over at the California Grill. I say almost because I think the crab chunks are bigger and well it’s just hard to let anyone else take over the spot that California Grill has in my heart.
Tonga Toast – Banana-stuffed French Toast rolled in Cinnamon Sugar and served with a Strawberry Compote and your choice of Ham, Spiced Ham, Bacon, or Sausage
This shot was taken before the wonders of the strawberry compote smothered it! SOOOO good this is something that every Disney fan should try. They even can make it allergy friendly : )
Fruit Plate – With fresh seasonal fruit and homemade banana bread
Really fresh no complaints other than it wasn’t Tonga Toast.
Kona Cafe Recommendation
If you love the Polynesian Resort this is a great spot to stop in for a meal. Enjoy the lobby while munching away on some fresh food. While I didn’t love the options for dinner I do love that the food was fresh and healthy. If you have a vegetarian in the family this is an excellent choice as it has more than one option versus other dining spots that can just be limited to one menu item. The Kona Cafe can be easily accessed from the Magic Kingdom via resort monorail or a fun boat ride. Also, it is a short walk from the ticket and transportation center.
It’s important to also mention if you haven’t yet experience the wonder that is Tonga Toast be sure to add it to your Disney World bucket list.
If you are interested in booking a reservation for Kona Cafe you can do so through My Disney Experience.
Want more dining tips? Check out our Best Disney World Restaurants recommendations along with Worst Disney Dining Sit Down Restaurants. If you are visiting with young ones read our Best Places to Eat with Kids at Disney World.