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Jiko - The Cooking Place

#28 of 3,086 Restaurants in Orlando
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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830
407-939-3463
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Jiko – The Cooking Place fuses the bold flavors of traditional African...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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We paid out of pocket and walked away calling it good but on our bucket list. ( ie no need to return). Our waiter and everyone we encountered was very friendly and knowledgeable. Traveling with a 13 and 11 year old who are NOT picky eaters. The meal came out with great presentation but small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Crivitz, Wisconsin
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  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We paid out of pocket and walked away calling it good but on our bucket list. ( ie no need to return). Our waiter and everyone we encountered was very friendly and knowledgeable. Traveling with a 13 and 11 year old who are NOT picky eaters. The meal came out with great presentation but small portions for the price paid.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to eat for adults but if you have children between the ages of 10- 16 who are fussy beware! The child's menu is only up to the age of 9! The menu is very sophisticated so for adults it's amazing and the good is outstanding! If your children are 9 or under then it's also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

You have to try their chips and dips! Don't forget the grilled chicken and green beans!! It's all fabulous here at Jiko! You have to eat here at this delicious restaurant the next time you go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I have eaten at Jiko twice. Both times were absolutely fabulous! The last time we were there our waitress was a sommelier! She asked us what we were thinking about ordering and what type of wine we usually preferred. She was able to recommend the best wines for the both of us. She was absolutely fabulous! Both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The Service was really outstanding, and Short Rib for dinner was probably the best I've ever had. We arrived early and was promptly seated. Jiko's is attractively appointed with wonderful views of the water garden and plantings. We found the restaurant to be a very quiet location, hidden away from the millions of screaming kids you normally find at most... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This place is so so. Not really gourmet. Really a typical Disney family type place. If you want a Real dining experience go elsewhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I recommend this restaurant! Get the deluxe dining plan and you will eat like a king. Ask your servers opinion and their recommendations. I had the braised short rib over mac and cheese it was heavenly. Great wine selection and the press pot coffee was amazing. EAT HERE!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The food was amazing and our service was outstanding. We would recommend the wild boar tenderloin for an appetizer. For dinner we would recommend the beef short rib and filet migon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We ate at Jiko on the first night of our vacation, and while initially the high prices had me worried, by the end of the meal I felt the experience justified the price. The Taste of Africa bread appetizer was excellent and had a nice balance of cool and spicy dipping sauces. My pork shank appetizer fell off the bone... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Jiko could have been so much better, but slow service and poorly cooked food ruined our experience. The setting is beautiful, inside is really nice. We made reservations which I would highly recommend. We were a party of 4 and spent 3 hours here, didn't do anything special, I just felt that they wanted you to really take your time.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Orlando
  • Phone Number: 407-939-3463

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: African

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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