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“A wonderful dinner!”

Jiko - The Cooking Place
Ranked #24 of 3,763 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Sugar Land
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 313 helpful votes
“A wonderful dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2007

Our family of six visited Jiko after touring the Animal Kingdom, and it was our best meal in WDW. The atmosphere is modern, yet relaxing, and our server was fabulous. Our kids enjoyed their food tremendously, grilled beef or fish with potatoes and grilled vegetables, which was healthier and tastier than the standard mac-n-cheese/chicken fingers that you get at most WDW restaurants. They had a blast with their desserts-build your own smores or a white chocolate puzzle and ice cream sundae.
My husband and I enjoyed the Taste of Africa and the variety of flatbreads. The lamb patis was excellent, as were the shrimp curry and lamb shank entrees. We loved the dulce de leche cake and the chocolate cheesecake. We will be back the next time we visit WDW.

3 Thank sugarlandmom
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Timbuktu, Mali
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
“Go for the food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2007

We dined with another couple at Jiko on Saturday, October 13th in the evening. First of all, get a glass of wine at the bar if you have to wait even 2 minutes for your table. The South African wines are really something to behold!

I would say that the second time around I was not as impressed with the service. We've been to Jiko before, so we knew there was a separate vegetarian menu, however, our waiter said he was unsure of this. When we pressed him for it, voila! He produced the menu. So, that was a bit of a brow-raiser, but knowing the food would be delicious, we were able to move on pretty easily....

We started with the flatbread and the cheese appetizer. WOW. I had the Indian sampler as my dinner and it was more than enough. The other guests were all very pleased as well, with everyone trying the beef & fish dishes. Dessert was just as fabulous as the main course. If you're looking for a bit of an upscale experience at Disney, this is your place. Go, if only, for the food!!

4 Thank Hosalito
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous Meal - Good Kids choice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2007

We ate here while staying at AKL, we turned up without a reservation and got seated immediately.

Our waiter was wonderful and really new his stuff. The food and wine were delicious, and the service first class.

We ate here with our 5 year old daughter, and it was really nice to have a childs menu that didn't consist of chicken nuggets and fries. We got her a lovely chicken breast with fresh vegetables, I would have been happy eating it.

The only fault was the air-con was on so high it was freezing.

Overall a great place to dine.

2 Thank N1cky
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Orlando, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food, terrible service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2007

Food was pretty darn good. Innovative vegetarian food and the lamb was excellent as well. Very good wine selection. But, the service was worse than that found at a Circle-K! Unbelievably bad. Overall, we liked the place but could not believe how bad the server was (despite an excellent staff to assist him), for the price.

2 Thank Floridatravel_7
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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“Excellent service and food - a great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2007

We were staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and booked in here one night when we could not get a table at Boma. So glad we did!
It had an extensive childrens menu with healthier choices than most - they don't do fries but our very helpful waiter popped to Boma to get some for my awkward son!
The adults menu was great. I am sometimes picky but would have happily eaten any of the starters. They were a good size too. My 'Taste of Africa' was 3 different breads and 3 gorgeous dips - it would easily of done both of us. The main courses were lovely and beautifully cooked and presented - I can really recommend the Lamb Shanks.
Our waiter was helful and attentive all night even though the restaurant was quite busy.

3 Thank debbie2618
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