Sarah and I recently had the opportunity to enjoy one of WDW’s often overlooked restaurants for dinner recently. The Kona Cafe is located on the second floor of the Great House, the lobby of the Polynesian Hotel. The restaurant seems to be overshadowed by the more popular and exciting Ohana restaurant located near by. But the Kona Cafe has some great characteristics that make it a great choice in many different dining situations. Let’s first start out by talking about the cocktails and starters. The restaurant offers a full drink menu but the drink offerings are definitely characterized by the island/pacific flare. The signature drinks are the same ones that are offered at the Tambu Lounge, which is just feet away from the restaurant. Here are a couple of photos of the drinks that we had.
The famous Lapu Lapu.
My drink of choice, the Tropical Macaw.
Both drinks were very good. Nice and refreshing.
They give you a loaf of Hawaiian sweet bread and a side of macadamia nut butter as part of your meal. The bread is always warm and very fresh.
I had the pot stickers for my appetizer.
Sarah had the lump crab cakes.
For my entree, I really wanted to order something that would represent the flavor of the Pacific. I ordered the Pomegranate BBQ Pork Chop with fingerling potatoes and Swiss chard. The pork was cooked perfectly, and the accompaniments were very tasty.
Sarah chose the Tuna Oscar and, as an avid fish eater, she believed the tuna to be seared very nicely and said that it tasted very fresh. I’m not a huge fish fan, but I had a bite and it was great.
Last but not least, the grande finale…dessert! They were to-die-for. Here is the Banana Creme Brulee.
My pick, the Chocolate Lava Cake served a la mode. Notice the chocolate lettering in the bottom left corner of the plate, very cool.
The service was great and we were able to make an Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) the day of, which leads me to a very important point. The Kona Cafe is a great alternative to some of the more popular, harder to get into resaurants. I believe that the quality and amount of food that you get with your entree makes it a good value, especially on the Disney Dining Plan. We really had nothing to complain about and genuinely enjoyed this dining experience, and we would recommend the Kona Cafe to all diners: couples, singles, and families. So, keep Kona in mind whether you are planning your dining way in advance or you just need a last minute ADR.
The Kona Cafe is one table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan, and they accept the Tables in Wonderland card.