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Jiko - The Cooking Place

#19 of 2,939 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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Florida
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605 reviews
405 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To me an excellent meal. Well prepared. Presentation was appealing. Moist and tender. Tasted great. BUT .... not the servicer but the kitchen was slow. Be prepared to sit for an hour before your entree arrives. Two hours in total. Had short ribs and wagyu lion. Both superb as said above. BUT, again, be aware that this is a 4Star... More 

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Thank Track1089
Sarasota, Florida
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99 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food at Jiko is excellent. The service is wonderful. The prices will make you faint. This is not a place for kids as the food is challenging and the atmosphere is quiet. Take the kids across the hall and they will be very happy. The wine list is pretty interesting and deserves a serious perusal. As with any fine... More 

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2 Thank MTClarity
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ate here in May of 2016, just now getting around to reviewing but its still one of my all time favorites! The wild boar appetizer was the best appetizer EVER! I had the lamb and it was practically perfect in every single way! Can't wait to eat here again in October! The hotel and the restaurant are absolutely stunning and... More 

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1 Thank Rebecca S
Crewe, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this restaurant and had one of the nicest meals ever. All the staff were very friendly and took time to explain the menu and made great recommendations. Would definitely tell anyone visiting Disney to make sure they treated themselves to at least one visit at this lovely restaurant.

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1 Thank Kirstie H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Located in the Animal Kingdom lodge, this place is not for the person who is picky about their food. Our waiter, Hassan, was great. He helped us order a bottle of wine and walked us through the menu. We started with the taste of Africa--different flat breads with 4 dipping sauces. Wife had the seafood curry--not oeverly spicy but good... More 

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Chicago
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

My wife, two daughters (6 and 8) and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Jiko. Started with the Taste of African which everyone enjoyed despite the variety of spices and palette tolerances. For drinks, the Victoria Falls Mist was refreshing while my wife loved the Hanging out in Cape Town. For entrees, I ordered the Wagyu steak and my wife... More 

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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Chef came to the table due to my allergies .... wonderful ambience and experience.... take a chance if you enjoy good food!

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1 Thank Karyn S
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Really nice food and great service but ultimately we were sat next to an emergency exit where I could have been in any fast food restaurants. A meal of over $200 for 2 should involve a Michelin star at least but again the machine that is Disney dictates these pricing levels as standard for anything over a basic quick service... More 

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Caracas, Venezuela
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The food is very original. They use authentic African ingredients that makes the food special a different. However we found it overpriced for the size of the portions

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing! Everyone in my party loved it here! The atmosphere was my favorite part of my experience. It was amazing trying a lot of different foods not to mention they were delicious! I would 110% come back here!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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