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Moderate table service cafe featuring Pacific Rim cuisine. Don't forget to try the Tonga Toast for breakfast!


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Average Reviewer Rating:   4.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 5  Number of Kona Cafe Reviews: 18
4.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.0   January 2010
Reviewer: stan4d_steph Glenville, NY     January 31, 2010
Breakfast at the Kona Cafe has become something of a tradition for me when I visit WDW, especially if I have competed in a race. This visit it was a couple of days after I had completed the WDW half marathon.

We had breakfast on a Monday morning, and it was not crowded, although I had used the online system to reserve our place. Our server was attentive, but the wait did seem longer than usual for our food.

We had the Kona coffee press pot and split an order of Tonga Toast. It's a lot to finish off for one person! The coffee seemed a little bit weaker this time, which was a little disappointing. I always look forward to the good coffee they serve there. I've also had the Samoan before, and it was delicious.

Overall, I still would highly recommend a trip for breakfast. We took a cab there from the Animal Kingdom Lodge to avoid the long time via Disney transit. Cost was about $22 with tip, but well worth the time savings. From there it's just a quick monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom!
5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   May 31, 2009
Reviewer: Jodieileen6 Mechanicsburg, OH     June 12, 2009
We ate dinner here May 31. It was very busy outside the restaurant--people were waiting for seating at O'hana. Our food was excellent. I had the scallops and shrimp, my boyfriend had the teriyaki steak, and my son had yogurt and rice and something else from the kids menu. For dessert we had banana chocolate creme brulee' and chocolate fondue.

As good as the food was (I'm still dreaming about that creme brulee'), our server was just that bad. She disappeared for long periods of time and repeatedly forgot the coffee I ordered for dessert. Finally, the fourth time by our table after delivering dessert, she actually stopped by and said, "At this point, do you want your coffee to go?" Um, NO. I wanted it with my dessert!

All that said, you should definitely go to Kona Cafe'. The food is some of the best I've had at Disney World and as long as you don't get our server, you should have a good experience.

In summary:

Service: Absolutely horrible. I did notice other servers giving good service to their tables.
Price: The food was of excellent quality, and so I would say the price was fair. We used the Dining Plan.
Food: YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY. The food is what saved my opinion of the Kona Cafe. All of it was delicious, and I'm sure anything from the menu would have been as well. We will definitely go back to the Kona Cafe on our next trip.
Atmosphere: Quiet it ain't. If you want to experience the Polynesian or an open-air pastry shop, go to the Kona Cafe. If you want a quiet intimate dinner, go somewhere else.
4.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.0   June 19, 2007
Reviewer: Chicago Wookiee Chicago, Illinois     July 29, 2007
Date: Tuesday June 19, 2007 with 7:50am ADR.
Meal: Breakfast
Service: Friendly and engaging.
Price: $34 (used dining plan credits).
Value: Average for resort table service breakfast.
Food: All had good flavor.
Atmosphere: Nice ceiling fans. No wall facing the lobby and lots of people waiting for the Ohana character breakfast made it much too loud.

We arrived early for our ADR and were seated almost immediately as the restaurant was still mostly empty. It was pretty clear this would have been one meal on the trip that we wouldnt have needed an ADR. The number of people waiting for the Ohana character breakfast seemed immense and walk-ups for that meal were being told there were no available spots and that is how it seemed that many of the guests came to eat at Kona.

Our waitress was very friendly and clearly explained their specialties and what we could get that would be included on the dining plan. We were surprised to learn that the fruit smoothies were included and so we each ordered one. We had the orange passion fruit, and strawberry banana smoothies and were quite pleased with the nice fruit flavors and full creaminess of them both.

We both ordered the Tonga Toast which is a very thick slice of sourdough bread stuffed with bananas and coated in sugar and cinnamon. This was the draw of the restaurant for us and it was a good start to the day. The Tonga Toast was almost a bit dry but the flavor was good and the pineapple wedge helped round it out. Each came with a choice of meat and both the bacon and ham were thick and moist cuts with plenty of flavor. A diner at the next table had ordered the Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes and expressed to her family that she had never had such good pancakes in her life. Something we can add to the to-do list for the next trip.

Even though it was a bit noisy the food and service would bring us back to try other dishes. The Tonga Toast is also available at Boatwrights inside the Port Orleans Riverside resort but with a strawberry banana sauce rather than the cinnamon sugar.

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