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Jiko - The Cooking Place

#18 of 2,928 Restaurants in Orlando
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2901 Osceola Pkwy, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, FL 32830-8410
+1 407-939-3463
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17:30 - 22:00
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Savannah, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great restaurant. Interesting wine list, all from South Africa. I had an excellent meal here with my family, and my husband and I have high standards for upscale dining. Staff is wonderful, and our server (Nassar, I believe his name was) was on point. My children were thrilled with the special attention he showed them throughout the... More 

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Phila. PA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After 2 visits in the past I expected a stellar meal and experience at Jiko but I was disappointed. We had reservations for weeks before tonight. We were seated in the " wine room". In hindsight we should have asked if we could sit in the main dining room- ambience so much better. The room we were in had families... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Just had the most excellent meal with my husband sans child! The food was outstanding and the atmosphere calming for a Disney establishment. Our server/ sommelier Shellie took the time to get to know us a bit and brought two spectacular wines to our attention. We are foodies and spent four years in Europe amassing. A wine collection. They were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As we were staying at Animal Kingdom lodge I wanted to try Jiko's as I had heard how good it was and we were not disappointed. the service was exceptional and the food delicious, I had the seafood curry and it was probably the best I ever had. It is a little pricey it is considered fine dining but not... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit Jiko, The Cooking Place, you can expect a dining experience, not just a dinner! From the unique appetizers to the recommended wines, if you're adventurous, you will enjoy this restaurant. The ambiance is lovely, calm and the food is delicious. The wine list offers many African wines, to be paired with the entrees. When I visited with... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is considered fine dining in Disney. We enjoyed Citricos more than this place. The highlight of the dinner was walking through the Animal Kingdom lodge. Go to the lodge for some drinks, but I would eat elsewhere.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in the Animal Lodge and ate here 3 times because it was so good! The steak was just the best steak we have ever eaten, and we travel a lot. I am also not a steak person but goodness me - the Waygu beef was just....well gorgeous. We ate here on our last night was such a great... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It says a lot when you experience a restaurant's exquisite capabilities then go back and are wowed even more. This time, I had the house salad (delicious) and the Victoria Perch. One of the best pieces of fish, due mostly to the fact that it had a Tomato Beurre Blanc surrounding it. Oh, my. Service is professional and fun, not... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was ok... not our thing. Good experience and glad we went, but wouldn't want again. Bread service was fun trying the different flavors. Food spicy, Indian flavors.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere, host and waiter. I think his name was Alberto. I had the filet which was very good. My husband had the short ribs with Mac and cheese. My kids had Mac and cheese and scallops. I was the only one that liked my dinner. My kids and husband didn't like the Mac and cheese but the went crazy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
Cuisine
African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
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: +1 407-939-3463
  • 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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