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Jiko - The Cooking Place

#16 of 2,919 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
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2901 Osceola Pkwy, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, FL 32830-8410
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hernando, Florida
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

The food is outstanding, as is the service!!! We close to 2 hours away, and will make the drive to eat here as a special treat!!!

Thank 4pawsrus
Zeeland, Michigan
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've written before about the blandness of Disney's park restaurants, that decor seems to want to hide what is really just boring food... but again, at the Animal Kingdom Lodge they've got something different, delicious and unique. If you have it in your budget, check this place out!

Thank Norman B
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126 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first time dining here. It won't be the last. What a restaurant. The service, decor, and food are outstanding. We were seated in a side room away from the busier section. The knowledge of Tim, the waiter was amazing. He helped with descriptions of food selections. He didn't steer us wrong. The beginning Ethiopian beer bread was... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent food and service. This restaurant has many wines from Africa to try and the food is very good. There is a dress code, should wear a shirt with sleeves.

Thank abeja
Memphis, Tennessee
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41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere here was lovely and relaxing--we sat by the big window next to the water feature and on the way to the table, the hostess explains the meaning behind the decor. Very nice. Our server was phenomenal - she helped us with wine selections and the menu. We tried a wonderful South African red blend and shared the Wild... More 

Thank creaghzy
Orlando, Florida
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Jiko at the Animal Kingdom lodge this week with my sisters and fiancé for dinner. Had a reservation for 8:10 but they were running 20 mins behind so we had a drink at the bar. No biggie. When we sat the hostess gave us a scented hot towel which was nice but then no waiter came for 15... More 

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Venice, Florida
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74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The best menu for African/Indian food. It changes often so all I can say is we were there October 11 and had two great appetizers to share instead of a dinner. One was corn/seafood soup, absolutely suburb!!! The other was the flat bread with chicken, pineapple and cheese and other things???, it was also great. The menu on line is... More 

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North West England
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Jiko didn't quite live up to my expectations but I'd still recommend it and will probably return. It may be that I'd been spoilt by the meal/experience at California Grill or that my choice wasn't the right one. Jiko is double credit on the Disney Dining Plan and it is definitely worth it as the food is one level above... More 

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Stow, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently visited Jiko during a short trip to Disney World. We had reservations for the restaurant, but like previous trips, we decided to sit at the small bar. Our bartender / server was Ian, and he could not have been more friendly and helpful. He explained the changes that had happened with the menu, and really helped us to... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience. Before we went to dinner, we enjoyed watching the animals outside the resort. We walked around the main lobby and looked at the displays. We had reservations and were seated shortly after arriving to the restaurant. Very attentive staff. Largest South African wine selection outside of South Africa. We were lucky and the wine we picked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
African, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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: 407-939-3463
  • This restaurant is at Walt Disney World
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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