Jiko - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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$31 to $50
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African
Vibrant spices, crackling wood-burning ovens and boutique South African wines transport you to the heart of Africa. Twin wood-burning ovens roar as subtly changing light mimics the warm red, orange and gold tones of an African sunset. Watch chefs prepare appetizers in the open show kitchen, and discover a delicious blend of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine. Steak, chicken, seafood, vegan and vegetarian dishes are infused with a uniquely bold blend of tantalizing flavors and fragrant spices. Changing seasonally, the menu may include flavor bursting appetizers like imaginative brick oven-fired flatbreads and mouth-watering entrées such as oak-grilled filet mignon. The children’s menu features pizza, grilled chicken or steak, and market-fresh fish served with ancient grains and vegetables.
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RaniaG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very nice place in the area - food was so delicious and definitely worth the money

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Carol
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was poor with dirty dishes not cleared between courses. The server had the attitude that all tourists are just”lucky” to be at the restaurant. The service did not match the price.

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vipMeagan
New England
32 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We visited the Animal Kingdom Lodge just for dinner. We heard from friends Jiko had an excellent wine list. That did not disappoint, as our wine was delicious. But the service was SO slow. The only think that came fast was our toddler’s dinner. We ordered no appetizers and received no bread. It took our entree an hour to arrive. The food was fine, but not nearly worth the price tag. I really thought I would see more at a Disney property.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, both food and service. It’s expensive but worth it for a special occasion.

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KristinB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and outstanding service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dubai
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The filet mignon and Kushari were amazing. Worth a visit even if you aren’t a guest of Animal Kingdom Lodge!

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Jamie
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not bad but not awesome. Some of the food was really good: flatbread, filet mignon. The bread was not warm, no flavor really, same with the butter. My boyfriend got the lamb and it just didn’t have enough flavor, kind of bland. The environment was cool with music, although some people weren’t adhering to the dress code. Overall, were disappointed we spent that kind of money for not amazing food. But hey, it’s Disney food. Can’t expect anything crazy good.

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MiriamR
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It’s just too much money for the value. The food, ambiance and service were all very good, but not excellent. We would have done better to take the buffet at Boma.

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HappyThanksgiving
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

My issue was the online reservations, I wanted to eat at Boma not Jiko. When I made the reservations but I am not sure how or when in the process my preferred restaurant got changed. When we arrived they would accommodate us at Boma but they were completely booked at the wait could have been several hours.

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vipDRWTS
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We took the tour of the restaurants the day before and chose to eat with Jiko for our birthdays. We had to keep reminding the server we were celebrating birthdays. We wore pins as well. The food was good and we had the bone marrow. We asked for a small variation on the set menu but the waiter said "unfortunately" so many times we gave up trying to reason with him. We even asked to speak to the chef but the chef never appeared or acknowledged us. TWO BIRTHDAYS and we asked to see the chef and "unfortunately" we won't be coming back. If the chef or kitchen cannot accommodate a menu variation then "unfortunately" we will go elsewhere. Boma is a great restaurant but "unfortunately" there was not a reservation at a reasonable time for us.

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CaterinaC
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Jiko with my sister and young nieces. The waiters, including one who was in training, were wonderful. My youngest niece accidentally spilled her water all over the table and floor. The waiter and waitress did not even blink. They were over in a flash and took care of it immediately and with kindness.

The food was awesome, lots of interesting and unique flavors. My sister has a gluten allergy and they immediately brought her gluten free bread and gave her recommendations on what foods on the menu were gluten free. They also told her that if she did not like the selections that the chef could make something more to her liking.

Excellent experience. We will definitely be back.

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JamesR
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our server Jessica from Cleveland was amazing. She was an incredible server was there when we needed her to be and was knowledgeable of the food. Eating at a Disney restaurant we know it will cost more and we accept that however, the food quality and taste was not up to the standards or price we expected to pay. Maybe it was an off night for the kitchen staff. At this point I would not recommend it on the food quality and price.

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vipFoodie4good
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Disney standards - magical and delicious! An extraordinary dining experience due the lovely authentic atmosphere, delicious meal and fun as only Disney can deliver!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Triplets birthday.

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HGen
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Jiko's for over 16 years and they have never come up short, always a highlight on our trip!

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OrlandoFL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The hostess Gugu was wonderful, genuine, and thoughtful. Our waiter Leslie was a bit impatient and not too friendly which almost took away from our dining experience but we didn’t let it. My Husband's fish was delicious. I got a vegetarian dish...some corn entree...that needs to be developed more or just taken off the menu. Would we go back? Definitely. The ambiance is lovely. Menu is limited but they seem to have some solid options.

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vipRobS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get out of the parks and treat yourself. Mykaka was spot on with wine and food recommendations. Scallops and fillet melted in your mouth.

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FoodLoverNan
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Delicious food in an exotic decor. Service was very good. This was a dining adventure. Nice rose-scented towel before dinner. Excellent wine. It was a little noisy and crowded. Sat at the bar first and enjoyed a cocktail which was well prepared. I would recommend this venue for adults and families with older children. This was not a buffet. Pricier food but better quality than other places. Enjoyed Taste of Africa appetizer and lobster tail with succotash and a tomato-based sauce. Others enjoyed seafood curry. The macaroni and cheese with added ingredients had a delicious but somewhat greasy elk ragout on top.

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Kpatpen
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Sit back, relax and trust your waiter’s recommendations.

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KimD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best choice at Disney. Little skimpy on the wine, though.

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twofer
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

More of a place for adults and leave the young kids at home. Menu limited to very african themed choices and honestly, we cook so well ourselves, that it's hard to spend $50 per plate and not be critical - lol

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georgeannes
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter and food were exceptional. The service we received was outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to my friends and family. Thank you for a wonderful time.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! Fantastic appetizers and the seafood curry was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food delicious. The room was beautiful!

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vipMichael818
Washington DC
207 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant is nice in a very Disney way. The appetizers were both very good - some dips with naan and a nice elk flatbread. My entree was disappointing, the bison wasn’t cooked to the temperature I requested and the meat was tough and chewy. The other entree of short rib was adequate, nothing very special. Desserts were good. Prices were high, probably no surprise in a Disney resort. Wine prices also seemed a bit high to me, a Cabernet was $23 a glass. All in all, a nice atmosphere and good food but make careful choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good place to take in the animals and just go and have a culinary experience

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Jmoney
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Somewhat overpriced but worth the experience. Something different. Amazing selection of flavors. Delicious. Worth the trip

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RichardB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, one of our favorite at WDW. Or main server was knowledgeable and prepared for my wife's celiac questions. Made great suggestions. Food was great, very tasty with the usual great presentation. The gang service though was not quite up to the snuff. They miss timed bring accompanying wine courses. Some came after the course was eaten. Also they did not bring the tables plates for each course in unison. There was 5 or more minutes waiting for everyone to get their food. Not terribly busy.

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AdrianaC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The attendants are great, but the value is too high. The portions are small, and the prices are too high.

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AlanaB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Jiko was delicious! It was great to be able to enjoy a blend of African cuisine. Excellent service and lovely atmosphere too. Great wine and cocktails as well. Would highly recommend!

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vipMrDerekinFlorida
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in the Walt Disney World resort. Always a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing South African food and drinks! Worth the money.

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vipCathE
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The ambiance was nice. It was around 9 PM on a Sunday and not too busy. Unfortunately, we our food took ~40 minutes to be delivered with no explanations. Luckily the food was tasty.

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