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Jiko - The Cooking Place

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830
407-939-3463
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Ranked #28 of 3,122 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Orlando, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend took me here for our anniversary last year and it was really wonderful! The atmosphere is casual and the service was excellent. I got the filet for dinner and it was honestly one of the best cuts of meat I have ever had...and I eat A LOT of steak. It's a little pricey but the food is more... More

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Too beautyfull to enjoy a wine with your wife or couple. Luxury and romantic but not for family with kids.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Great food and service, especially for Disney. Lamb and pepper steak dish were very good. Very flavorful. Server was knowledgable about the wines. Our only complaint was the child jumping and screaming on the banquette seating right next to us causing the cushion to slide from under me- I know it's Disney, but this is a quiet place that should... More

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Rochester, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Jiko is located at the Disney Animal Kingdom Resort, and the decor is inviting and interesting, blending an authentic African feeling with a modern touch. The lighting changes subtly over the course of every hour, simulating a sunset on the African Savanna. We were informed they stock the largest collection of African wines in the United states. The menu has... More

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We visited this restaurant 4 years ago on our last trip to Florida and it was excellent, so we booked again for this trip and were really looking forward to a special meal. I have to say the food was good, not excellent as the price would dictate but good. The service however was poor. The waitress was very good,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My family and friends had dinner here and really loved it. The food and service are both excellent also the décor of the hotel and restaurant are incredible. I recommend you arrive approximately 45 minutes early and wonder around the hotel and its grounds.

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lovely wait staff with at least three people catering to us to make sure we were happy. Celebrated our anniversary here and had some wine, chicken flatbread and their pepper steak sooo tender. They gave us creme Brule dessert at the end. Their food is not too intense on flavor and definitely not bland either it's perfect. Will come back!

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our dinner at Jiko was the highlight of our trip! The food was the best out of many that we tried (Be our guest, California Grill, etc.) My Fiance told the conceirge that we got engaged on our hotel balcony and as soon as we arrived to dinner they had written a card for us and gave us "Just engaged"... More

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Orlando, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This Labor Day Weekend I made reservations at Jiko in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. One of the most interesting Resorts on Disney property. Jiko is the upscale resturant in this resort and has a deserved rep for good service and unique dining. We were a party of 6 and an age range from 20 to89. Half of our party had... More

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Bedford
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Fab restaurant in the middle of the madness that is Orlando. Great table service, beautiful food and a great selection of wines and craft beers. Really good with the kids too and a chance for the kids to have some proper food away from chicken nuggets and mac n cheese

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