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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 #27 of 3,100 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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Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the upscale dining experience at Jiko. I was able to find excellent food without heavy sauces containing dairy. I loved the naan bread with dipping sauces. The service was very good and ambience was relaxing.

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Whitehall, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I loved this place. It was a signature restaurant so we had to use two dining plan table services. The steak was wonderful and so was the service. There is one signature restaurant I like better so I haven't been back and don't want to use all my allotments on two restaurants, but is is definitely worth a try!

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Red Oak, Texas
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This was the worst restaurant we encountered at Disney - the food was marginal, our children are well behaved and go to restaurants like this on a regular basis - they were summarily ignored (the waiter walked off and had to be stopped half way away from our table so we could give him the kid orders.) We brought 29... More

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This restaurant is amazing. It's a bit more 'adult' there were some children there when we visited, and they were very well behaved - not a place for screamers! - take them to the buffet downstairs. This is a nice escape, and is more grown up. The food was delicious! The atmosphere wonderful, and the staff friendly and helpful. We... More

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Grafenwohr, Germany
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge is a bit off the beaten path from the main Disney attractions, but it hosts a fine restaurant! The decor is eclectic and attractive, the menu varied, the staff extremely knowledgeable about every selection and which (South African) wines to pair with each dish. My wife and I can recommend the Wild Boar appetizer and... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We ate here two years ago and it was so great that I couldn't wait to take my friend and her daughter there. We were a bit disappointed. For the most part, the food was good, but my friends fish was way overcooked and she had to wait long for another so it through the meal off for us. Our... More

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Rather be in WDW
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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Wow! Fantastic - can't say enough about the food or the service. One of our favorite meals in all of Disney World -- the oak fire grilled filet mignon was outstanding! Highly recommend -- ask for Marty, outstanding service.

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Orlando
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Sorry but this review is from awhile ago. I took my girlfriend to Jiko for our first date as a couple and it was fantastic! We had excellent service and was given the best recommendations for wine and desert. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect. I can see why this restaurant is considered the best one on... More

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Nashville
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We ate at Jiko on a recent trip to Disney for a dance competition. We had two adults and two preteen girls. The service was fine and the food was good--not great, in our opinion, but very good and very different. It is expensive, but we expected that based upon recommendations from friends. The setup is cool and the outdoor... More

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Covington, Kentucky
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97 reviews 97 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants ever. The food is amazing, beautiful prepared and delicious. The setting is creative and stunning and the service is great. Couldn't ask for more.

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