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Jiko - The Cooking Place

#16 of 2,909 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
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2901 Osceola Pkwy, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, FL 32830-8410
407-939-3463
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Ringgold, Georgia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This restaurant is outstanding. From the service to the food you will never be disappointed. Yes it is a little up scale and it has a dress code but trust me it's well worth every penny.

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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218 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Four of us dined here on our first night at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I had been wanting to eat here for many years, and sadly it did not live up to my expectations. My wife and I started off with the Taste of Africa - four dips and three breads/crackers. Two of the dips were very good, and two... More 

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Orlando
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Jiko's is arguably the best restaurant on Disney property although Victoria & Alberts may have them edged out by a shade. The food is very tasty and the service is impeccable. At the Animal Kingdom, I recommend Boma's for breakfast, Sanaa for lunch and Jiko's for dinner.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I did the South African wine tasting offered on Wed afternoon and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The sommelier speaking about the wines was funny and engaging. She encouraged questions and participation. I liked the 3 wines we tasted and really enjoyed the cheeses presented with it too. This is definitely something I would do again and worth... More 

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Indialantic, Florida
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary here. Service was very attentive, gracious, helpful and efficient. We were thrilled with the filet and scallop dinners we ordered. We were given an anniversary dessert with coffee. Couldn't have asked for more or better. Not cheap, but worth it!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food and atmosphere here is first class. You have to trek to the animal kingdom lodge but if you haven't seen the lodge it's part of the fun. It's pricey but you will not be disappointed. We had an excellent waiter, Mounir, who knew every item on the menu and made suggestions that did not disappoint. We all cleaned... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went to Jiko for our anniversary dinner. Jiko is an upscale restaurant that serves unique African inspired dishes. The atmosphere was great and the service was wonderful. I had the short ribs and they were DELICIOUS! My husband had the pork shank and it was very tasty as well. If you are looking for a nice... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we entered the animal Kingdom Lodge we were awestruck by the beauty of the building. Everywhere we look with a feast for the eyes and we were not disappointed to find the same thing through when we entered the restaurant. Although we had made the reservations online they did not seem to be able to find them but they... More 

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Westland, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, but if i had the choice between Boma's or Jiko - go to Bomas. There is alot more variety at Boma's.

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Northport, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have to say I expected more, and I really did, but I do appreciate the vegetarian options, the attentive service, the FABULOUS (and strong) drinks, the good wine list, and the ambiance very much. It is located RIGHT NEXT to another dining area that is somewhat of a zoo, but once you are inside Jiko you are on another... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Cuisine
African
Meals
Lunch, 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, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
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
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?