One of our favorite restaurants in the Magic Kingdom is the Liberty Tree Tavern. It is conveniently located in Liberty Square and it serves consistently good American comfort food. If you want to escape the Orlando heat (or rain), this is a great place to find a reasonably priced lunch… especially important if you are not using the Disney Dining Plan (or simply don’t choose to use one of your Table Service credit here). After a morning of enjoying the Magic Kingdom, it is really nice to sit down, relax, and have a waiter bring you your food.
The Liberty Tree Tavern brings you back to America’s early colonial days. The dark wood, fireplaces, period bric-a-brac and the servers’ authentically designed costumes all contribute to the feeling that you have traveled back in time, if just for an hour or so.
The restaurant is divided into rooms that honor prominent people in U.S. history: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Paul Jones, Paul Revere, Betsy Ross and George Washington. Each room is decorated with portraits and trinkets that are associated with each exceptional American figure. This restaurant is a perfect example of the incredible detail that Disney puts into everything they do!
The tables and chairs are comfortable and you are not seated right on top of your neighbor. The restaurant can get loud at times, as is the case with a lot of Disney dining locations, but at least you won’t have concerns about the volume of your own children.
Paul Revere Room
John Paul Jones Room
The lunchtime menu is what keeps pulling us back to the Liberty Tree Tavern. Traditional American fare is their specialty and they do it well. The Pot Roast, Turkey dinner (think Thanksgiving on a plate!), salads and sandwiches are all delicious… and don’t forget dessert!
The New England Clam Chowder is thick and well-seasoned. This could be a meal just on its own.
The Angus Burgers are huge, juicy and big enough to split (that’s just what we did!). You can get them topped with Bacon, Cheddar, Mushrooms or Provolone… and they come with a side of Fresh Fruit, Sweet Potato Fries or regular “Tavern” Fries.
Angus Burger with Cheddar and Sweet Potato Fries
Angus Burger topped with Cheddar and Bacon with Tavern Fries on the side
If you are in the mood for something lighter, the Colony Salad is a solid choice. Field Greens are topped with Grilled Chicken, Washington Apples, Craisins, Pecans and Applewood-smoked Cheddar. Tossed in a Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette. This is my kind of salad… lots of yummy toppings. But although it was filling, it was a bit bland. In retrospect, a little extra dressing (or a different kind of dressing) would have fixed this.
We also ordered the Patriot’s Punch… primarily because I wanted to keep the souvenir mug… but it was surprise stand-out. So delicious! It was more dessert than beverage, with the frosty orange and vanilla slush blending into a wonderful creamsicle flavor. It was so thick that we had to start out using a spoon instead of a straw… and it was also big enough to share. I will definitely be ordering this again. The cute mug is a bonus! By the way, you don’t have to take the sticky mug with you once you are finished. Your server will bring you a fresh new cup to take home, if you like.
And… I saved the best for last. Quite possibly my favorite Disney dessert (it is neck and neck with the bread pudding from Raglan Road!)…. the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake. This is simply amazing. A dense cookie-cake is topped with a huge amount of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and toffee pieces. The cake is served warm and the ice cream begins to melt immediately, contributing to the ooey-gooey nature of this dessert! The toffee pieces give the dessert a wonderful chewy texture and the whole thing is just 100% great!
Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake
As you can see, the Liberty Tree Tavern is a great place to recharge after a morning filled with Magic Kingdom fun. Simple, delicious comfort food. This restaurant “costs” one Table Service credit per person on the Disney Dining Plan, but since the menu items are reasonably priced it is generally a good idea to pay “out-of-pocket” for this meal.
Is the Liberty Tree Tavern a “must do” restaurant for you on your Disney vacation?
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