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Jiko - The Cooking Place

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2901 Osceola Pkwy, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, FL 32830-8410
+1 407-939-3463
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17:30 - 22:00
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Hudson, Ohio
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Being gluten free, there is always a concern about food ingredients. Disney resorts are very keen on this. Gluten free menus were detailed and rolls were excellent. I had the butternut squash soup, small fleet and chocolate dessert. Service was impeccable.

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Cary, North Carolina
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195 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Made a return visit, just as good as our first time earlier this year. Had same appetizer of Taste of America, fantastic sauce and breads, although the price went up $3.00 in 9 months. Menu changed slightly, one of us had Peri-Peri Roasted Chicken, nice size portion and the other slowed cooked lamb, all very good can't go wrong at... More 

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Miami, Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had one of our best dining experiences in Jiko. We had a table for two and picked a variety of dishes to share. My husband tried an african beer and he said it was great! Dessert was to die for!

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Valrico, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After the 2 hour Safari tour our group sat down together for a multi-course gourmet meal with wine pairing. It was a culinary experience that rates as one of the best and most unusual I have had. We did not have regular service at Jiko during our stay, only the special dinner which was fabulous.

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Naples, Florida
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109 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were here a few years ago but our experience this time was even better than I remember. This was one of those rare dining experiences where the food and service were absolutely perfect. The African theme gives Jiko a uniqueness from the get go but it could have been just a gimmick. Instead, the theme is faithfully carried out... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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200 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have eaten at over a dozen sit down restaurants at Walt Disney World, and this one is by far the best restaurant we have experienced. There are unique items on the food menu and the food is delicious. Service is fantastic, and prompt. What I love about the entrees is the vegetables and side items. We haven't tried V&A,... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Year after year this place is constantly fabulous. Wine list amazing. Three Sisters blend is fabulous. We followed the recommendations for the elk entree ( get it medium rare) and wild bore appetizer. The buffalo and the chicken were all fabulous. Don't forget The Taste of Africa spreads and breads. Our favorite. Great amarula Mavul pudding was the most divine... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is so very hard to see one of your favorite restaurants sink to the point that when the night was over we said, "I guess we won't come back here again." Sadly that is what we said after dining there a couple of nights ago. Jiko's food used to be outstanding, but not anymore. There were four adults and... More 

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten here may times over the last few years, its a destination we never miss when at Disney. The food is always impeccable, better than any we've had at any other Disney signature restaurant (and we've eaten at most of them). The service is always excellent and the atmosphere of the restaurant is great! Its a can't miss... More 

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Georgetown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best service! Alfredo was charming, sincere and personable. He had the best recommendations for food and wine. He really went above and beyond. The bobotie was amazing... filet was melt in your mouth tender but the Mac and cheese almost made me lick the plate. Fabulous time. Thank you so much Alfredo, we loved hearing about your hometown.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Cuisine
African, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, FL 32830-8410
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Orlando
  • Phone Number: +1 407-939-3463
  • This restaurant is at Walt Disney World
Description
Jiko – The Cooking Place fuses the bold flavors of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.Twin wood-burning ovens roar and the soothing, warm colors of an African sunset bring energy to this remarkable restaurant. The menu features modern cuisine with an African flair. Delight your palate with dishes that change seasonally, such as braised short ribs, Chermoula-roasted prawns, and Peri Peri roasted chicken, along with conventional favorites. Take a culinary tour of Africa with tantalizing appetizers such as grilled wild boar tenderloin, crispy beef bobotie roll and brick oven-fired flatbreads. Watch the chefs prepare each meal in The Cooking Place, a show kitchen with a rich atmosphere befitting the beauty of this unique restaurant. Jiko also offers 2 tantalizing wine-and-dine experiences: Jiko Wine Dinner Series: Four times a year, Jiko partners with renowned winemakers from South Africa to take you on a culinary journey. The chefs prepare a 6- to 8-course meal carefully designed to complement the unique characteristics of the African terroir. As you dine, the winemakers paint a picture of their vineyards through the taste of their wines—and Jiko's Wine Room transforms into a mixture of flavors, friends, aromas and conversations that go into the night.Jiko Wine Tastings: Every Wednesday, explore the South African wine regions as you taste unique wines paired with artisanal cheese.Whether you're seeking a decadent wine dinner or a vibrant accompaniment to your meal, Jiko offers wine options to suit your style.

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