I had made a list before we went to Walt Disney World this year to include all the restaurants I wanted to try whilst we were there. Ohana restaurant was high on my list and I was really looking forward to eating there. Situated in the Polynesian Village Resort, one of the resorts on the monorail loop around Magic Kingdom and Bay Lake, we decided to hop on the monorail to arrive at the Polynesian on day 7 of our holiday.
You could also take advantage of a Lyft or Uber to the Polynesian resort if you’re not using the Disney World transport system.
Arriving at Disney World Ohana Restaurant
We ate at Ohana restaurant quite late in the holiday and had settled into a nice pattern of arriving for dinner a little early if we had been resting during the afternoon. This was we could enjoy a drink in the bar, or have a wander round the resort if we were visiting a resort.
There was quite a queue at the Polynesian resort when we arrived to check in for Ohana and the seating to wait for the restaurant on the second floor of the Polynesian was crowded so we opted to enjoy the seating on the ground floor. The weather had taken a turn and a storm was arriving, so we took the opportunity to relax for a while.
The restaurant was running behind schedule, and I don’t know if there was a shortage of staff or what was happening, but when we were called for our table, we weren’t offered a bar menu and the drinks took ages to arrive, so much so we had to ask a different server as food had begun to arrive at the table.
**Update June 2019** We have recently eaten at Ohana again and received a very different serving experience. The restaurant was still busy and was running slightly behind. Ohana reservations are definitely very popular as we heard plenty of people taking their chances with early check in’s and also people without a reservation trying to get a table.
Our drinks and food were delivered quickly this time around.
We did have an amazing view of the castle in the distance however so I can see the appeal of the restaurant, especially later in the evening to catch the fireworks.
Does Ohana Have Characters At Dinner?
Whilst there are no characters at Ohana during dinner service, if you book breakfast then you can expect to dine with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto.
Food At Ohana Restaurant
The food at Ohana restaurant is served family style with all you care to enjoy. This means that the food will be served on big platters and you can help yourself.
Ohana dinner menu begins with a mixed green salad with a Lilikoi dressing is quickly delivered to the table, along with pineapple- coconut corn bread. I enjoyed this more than traditional corn bread, but I am always aware that I don’t want to get too full at the start of the meal. The salad was delicious and very tasty.
Quite quickly the next course is delivered which consisted of honey coriander chicken wings, pork dumplings tossed in a garlic ginger sauce, noodles and a vegetable stir fry. A pot of sweet and sour sauce and satay sauce is also placed on the table.
I found that the pots of sauces were very nice but they were so small to share between the three of us. I would have liked to see bigger portions of the sauces on the tables.
The food was hot and fresh and all of it was delicious. I particularly liked the vegetables on the platter, despite them being quite sparse in quantity, they were very welcome and tasty.
Different servers were appearing with skewers of shrimp, chicken and Szechuan sirloin steak, all of which were cooked on the open grill which you can see as you are seated, and all of which were so tasty.
Ohana restaurant is all you care to enjoy and the dishes are replenished as often as you like. I think they have their portion sizes worked out quite well as we didn’t want too much replaced. The meat continues to arrive until you say no thank you.
We couldn’t fault the service on the food side of the restaurant, we just happened to catch a glitch I think during the drinks service.
We did notice the table next to us kept having bowls of plain noodles delivered. I’m not sure why but I’m guessing that one of the guests was enjoying the noodles.
We were really too stuffed for dessert however we all gave it a go. Ohana bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream and toffee caramel sauce, not a dessert for me but the ice cream was delicious. You can also request just a bowl of ice cream which Hubby welcomed and did his best to polish off.
We didn’t feel rushed at all during our dinner at Ohana, but I think we were full within the hour. The bill was around $180 for three adults, but as we were on the Disney dining plan we used one table service credit per person and just had to cover the gratuities.
We will definitely return in the future as Ohana is one of our favourite Disney World restaurants.
Can You Watch The Fireworks From Ohana Restaurant?
If you’re looking for the best place to watch magic kingdom fireworks outside the park, I would recommend the beach at the Polynesian Resort, or inside Ohana itself.
As I mentioned we could see Cinderella’s castle in the distance from Ohana, and although our timing was off for watching the fireworks, this would be a possibility.
I would suggest booking a table for around an hour before the fireworks are due on that evening and checking in slightly early to request a window view. This may mean a wait before your table is ready, but it’s always worth the ask.
You could also watch the Happily Ever After Fireworks from a boat on Bay Lake as well like we did on a different evening.