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Jiko - The Cooking Place

#17 of 2,904 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
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2901 Osceola Pkwy, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, FL 32830-8410
+1 407-939-3463
17:30 - 22:00
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Owensboro, Kentucky
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to Jiko multiple times and have greatly enjoyed our meals every time. There is always something new and tasty to try on the menu. The staff is very knowledgeable and have made great suggestions to allow us to fully enjoy our meals. The location within the Animal Kingdom Lodge resort is very unique and interesting to explore.... More 

Thank DarthDad07
Cosby, Tennessee
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491 reviews
400 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 322 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We selected this upscale restaurant for our first night at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We arrived at our reservation time of 18:00 to find the place about 20% full. We were greeted by our server from Morocco, Omar who possessed an excellent professional presence and knowledge. We had a white wine for the wife and a draft beer for myself.... More 

Thank Richard F
Buffalo, Wyoming
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was such a delight that we ate dinner here two nights in a row. The menu is inventive and interesting. Our servers both nights were very attentive. In fact, the first night was so yummy that even our kids (9, 7, and 3) asked to go back. Highly recommend the lamb tagine.

1 Thank KIDzOUTApp
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Jiko is worth the trip to Animal Kingdom Lodge. The food is delicious, has some unusual options, and service is top notch. I started with the cheese board and salad. The cheeses were tasty and well presented, while the salad was fresh and well dressed. My entree was the lamb shank. Overall it was good, but the portion was immense.... More 

2 Thank amurriano
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Open to Animal Kingdom Lodge guests, this extra expense tour was absolutely well worth the cost. Reservations required. Groups limited to 12 adventurers. Experience a late day drive through the savannas then top it off with a family style dinner with the group at Jiko-The Cooking Place. Jiko is a 5 star dining experience inside Jambo House Lodge. The 4... More 

1 Thank STmickles
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This may be the nicest restaurant I've ever been to. The food was cooked to perfection and you have so much to choose from. If you get the chance to go to this restaurant, you must go. It is expensive but the quality of the food, alcohol and service you will receive make it worth every penny.

1 Thank Andrew H
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is the most inviting from the moment you walk through the door. The service is impeccable! We debated on the wild boar medallions but they came highly recommended on various sites and we were not disappointed. They are expensive and small but the flavor is wonderful. Your taste buds will explode with all the new and exciting flavors... More 

1 Thank LJW1005
Spruce Grove, Canada
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162 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am always impressed with this restaurant the flavours are to die for. It keeps calling my name every time we visit Disney. Don't pass it by.

1 Thank Dave M
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of three signature meals we had while at Disney. While it wasn't bad by any means, it was probably our least favorite of the three. The flavors of the food were great and I really loved the décor of the restaurant. However, my husband thought his portion of elk was quite small, and our waiter was just... More 

Thank heatherjordan56
Charlottesville, Virginia
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73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This easily would be one of my favorite restaurants in any town, and a surprise to find this gem in Disney while on a business trip. My husband's filet was cooked to perfection and had a unique smokey oak-grilled flavor. I had the short ribs, which were also delicious and prepared with African flare. The meat was tender and not... 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
US$31 - US$40
African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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
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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