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Vegan Dinner Review at ‘Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
aka…Dinner with Hawaiian Hospitality.
What does Ohana mean? Ohana means family. That’s exactly what you’re going to get when you dine at this signature restaurant inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World. Family style vegan options that everyone can enjoy.
The Polynesian Resort is a classic beauty and one of Walt Disney World’s originals. It is situated along the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom theme park. The hotel is connected to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center via the monorail line which makes ‘Ohana easily accessible.
The theme in the “Poly” is tropical and fun with natural stone, dark woods and tiki sculptures adorned with exotic plants and flowers.
Be sure to look for the classic Hidden Mickey in the stonework floor upon entering the resort.
‘Ohana is located on the second floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. There are two massive stairways on either side of the rear of the lobby as well as an elevator near the east stairwell. You can find the restaurant adjacent to Kona Café.
Guests check-in for dinner service at a podium and then can settle into the seating area or grab a rum infused cocktail at Tambu Lounge while waiting for their table.
‘Ohana has two seatings per day, breakfast and dinner. During breakfast service you get the opportunity to mingle with Disney characters such as Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. Dinner offers entertainment which includes a wandering ukulele player and is all you care to eat.
You can see the breakfast option here: Vegan Breakfast Skillet at Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
The ‘Ohana dining room is extremely large with a central focal piece being the grill and wood-burning oven. The restaurant typically serves guests looking for Churrascaria style dining and although this location is meat centric your vegan dining experience will be unparalleled.
‘Ohana Vegan Dinner Eats
Remember this dinner service is going to be all-you-can-eat so pace yourself. That said, let’s get into it.
After you order drinks, the first round of nibbles will be bread service. Nothing exciting here, but at least there’s an option. Vegan and gluten-free Ener-G rolls with Earth Balance butter.
Next up is the salad course. The house made dressings that come with the salad contain honey. Your server will bring you a vegan miso dressing upon request.
The salad is a mix of greens and hale with dried cranberries and crispy chow mein noodles.
But you’re not here for the salad. Trust me and read on…
I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing dinner service at ‘Ohana on several occasions and only once has this ever happened, but I have been presented with a vegan sushi roll course. Your mileage may vary.
This was a cucumber roll topped with finley sliced avocado and mushrooms garnished with sesame seeds and served with wasabi and ginger.
The next course coming your way is a riff on chips and dips.
You used to get two types of chips here. One was a buttery and lightly crisp pita chip and the other were the crunchy wonton crisps the resort is famous for. Both chips were accompanied by roasted red pepper hummus and baba ghanoush.
Recently the restaurant replaced this offering with a much more scaled down version of chips and dips.
Guests are now offered a very small amount of plain hummus with purple potato chips.
Try not to eat all of these. It’s going to be hard, but you’re going to need to leave some empty space for the killer noodles coming your way.
The entree here is a vegan skillet.
The skillet is composed of the noodles I mentioned before, a veggie stir fry, pulled jackfruit, Beyond sausage and a sweet and sour vegan chicken.
The main draw for me when dining here are these teriyaki lo mein noodles. I have never had anything so delicious! You can also request white rice but don’t even bother. The noodles are where it’s at.
The stirfry is beautiful and is composed of broccoli, mushrooms, onions, red bell peppers, carrots, baby corn, and water chestnuts.
Remember, this restaurant is all you care to enjoy so if something stands out for you on the skillet simply ask your server to bring you a second serving of it.
Dessert here is vegan cake from Erin McKenna’s Bakery in Disney Springs topped with dairy free ice cream and chocolate sauce.
We have also been served different varieties of vegan cakes and even cake surrounded by fresh berries on occasion.
You may also be able to request the Coconut Pearl Tapioca. It’s actually available at Kona Café next-door but the chefs at ‘Ohana have never been opposed to bringing me out a serving of it to end my meal.
This dessert is a super thick and creamy coconut milk tapioca topped with tropical fruit and passion fruit boba balls with a side of Enjoy Life cookies.
Some notes about dining at ‘Ohana for dinner. Because this is a churrascaria style restaurant, there will be servers carrying large skewers of meat around the restaurant. So if that’s an issue, take this location off your list. If that won’t bother you too much, this makes for a fantastic place to book if you’re in a group dining with non-vegans. You’ll all get multiple courses of unique offerings.
The atmosphere inside ‘Ohana at dinner time can be described as somewhat chaotic so if you’re looking for a quiet spot, this is not the place. It is also on the pricier side as far as full-service restaurants go at the Walt Disney World Resort. If you time your meal correctly you will have a great view of the “Happily Ever After” fireworks over the Magic Kingdom. They do pipe the music into the restaurant. Reservations are extremely hard to come by so I suggest booking as far in advance as possible.
Special thanks to my friend Michelle of @MichellesMagicalMoments for sending over some of the updated images in this post.
Wondering when the vegan options are at neighboring restaurant Kona Cafe? Check out this post: Kona Cafe Vegan Menu Items at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
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