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Tusker House Restaurant

1 rating: 5.0
A restaurant at the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Corporate Description: Tusker House Restaurant is in the Harambe village in the Africa area of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.Here, the flavors of Africa are drummed up in exotic lunch and dinner buffets that include a variety of vegetarian and meat-based … see full wiki

1 review about Tusker House Restaurant

Tusker House includes Fab Five Members Character Breakfast and Exotic Lunch and Dinner

  • Apr 3, 2011
Rating:
+5


Location: Animal Kingdom in Harambe Village
Type of Restaurant: Buffet
Disney Dining Plan: Table Service Credit
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Character Meal: Yes for Breakfast
Food Selections: African Accented Foods, American (Desserts next door in Kusafiri Bakery).
Alcohol: African Wines and Beers in Dawa Bar attached
Family Friendly: Yes (includes Children’s Meal)
Cost and Value: Moderately High ($$) but a Good Value.
Hours: Breakfast from 8:00 – 10:00 am; Lunch/Dinner from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Seating: Inside and Outside
Dress Code: Casual
Reservations: Yes, and highly recommended for Breakfast and Finding Nemo meals
Other: Good for Groups, Vegetarian Options

As you enter Africa coming from Discovery Island, Tusker House Restaurant is almost immediately your left in Harambe, and offers a diverse African-inspired buffet for lunch and dinner with carved meats and an array of interesting tastes such as chutneys, hummus, spiced tandoori tofu and couscous salad; plus, a primarily American meal Character breakfast.

The lunch and dinner buffets include a variety of vegetarian and meat-based options, such as:

  • Curried rice salad and Fresh fruit
  • Green bean and onion salad
  • Hummus and baba ghanoush
  • Jollaf rice and Marrakech couscous
  • Pearl couscous with sweet basil essence
  • Sliced cold cuts
  • Spiced tandoori tofu
  • Spicy South African preserves
  • Tabbouleh, Tunisian couscous salad and Traditional salads
  • Vegetable samosas

Donald's Safari Breakfast at Tusker House. Let Donald and other members of the Fab Five including Mickey, Daisy and Goofy dressed in safari outfits entertain you for breakfast (only). The buffet includes traditional American fare, plus a few unique dishes that have a flavorful African influence.

 


Tusker House Buffet Line
Photo © Disney
A current Menu (Jan. 2011) from DIS. Here is the menu for Donald’s Safari Character Breakfast (March 2011) from AllEars.Net.

Many people like Tusker House because of the variety of menu items, particularly since more and more Disney menus just seem to copy one another, especially breakfast and lunch. Tusker house with the African flavors and large number of buffet selections allows for more vegetarian and healthier meals as well.

Another advantage of Tusker House dining is the opportunity to secure a reserved seating pass for Finding Nemo the Musical (one of my favorite shows on property). Now the Nemo theatre is pretty large, so this is a big deal on days of larger park crowds. Make your ADR from 1:00 to 2:45pm, and get a pass to the 3:15 or 4:45 performance (depending on your dinner times). For details contact Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. With your pass, arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled performance time.


Tusker House Restaurant
Photo © Disney
Tusker House gets a pretty fair rating from several sources. Most recently on WDW Today Podcast it was even suggested by Matt Hochberg of StudiosCentral.Com that Tusker House is nearly as good as Boma, with some better features such as being located in Animal Kingdom. Trip Advisor places Tusker House at number 83 of 1,268 restaurants in the Orlando area; and its readers rate it four out of five. Yelp rates this table-service restaurant at 4.5 out of 5.0.

DisBoard members rate Tusker House 8.12 out of 10.0. AllEars.Net for it’s Character Breakfast rates Tusker House similarly at 8.3 out of 10.0. And here is a really good review of the lunch at Tusker House by WDW foodie expert AJ Wolfe of the Disney Food Blog.

I’m a breakfast person and like to attend at least one character meal during a visit; and Tusker House is one of those rare opportunities to visit with Fab Five members Mickey, Minnie and Donald. And I like to enter the park before opening with an ADR, so I can start making my rounds of the attractions as early as possible. Tusker House offers this opportunity. Here is a YouTube Video from Celli0905.

Donald’s Safari Breakfast
Tusker House Video from 2008



Plus, what I love about breakfast buffets is you can really have a great meal at the best price of the day, and just snack or share for lunch. This is a money-saving strategy. And like the Columbia Harbour House there is a second floor with large windows to better see things go by, like an afternoon parade.

BruceWDW
A World View - Enjoying Walt Disney World

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