When you think of dining at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, most of us immediately think of ‘Ohana. Don’t get me wrong, ‘Ohana is delicious and filling, but an overlooked gem is the Kona Café next door on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House at the Polynesian.
It’s true that a LOT of us know Kona Café for breakfast with the Tonga Toast, but I don’t want you to overlook this great location for dinner!
This is a table service restaurant that is one dining credit on the Disney Dining Plan and reservations are required, but based on my experience, you have a higher likelihood here than ‘Ohana to walk up to the host stand and get your name in with less than a 30 minute wait.
The menu is a little bit overwhelming but it’s full of sushi, Hawaiian poke, dashi bowls, large appetizers and family-size side dishes! Since I had seafood for lunch, I was looking more for more meat than seafood but immediately regretted that decision when I saw the sushi and poke being delivered to nearby tables.
I opted for the Hawaiian Reuben and it was huge. It’s got the traditional corned beef, but also Kalua Pork, very rich kimchi and a mustard-tomato aioli, topped with Havarti and served on wonderful toasted rye. Sadly, I couldn’t finish it…but I gave it my best shot. The sweetness and spice combined with the crunch of the toast and the kimchi was Hawaiian sandwich perfection.
Expect to start with warm Hawaiian rolls with a generous portion of butter.
Now, you might ask ‘can I get a Lapu Lapu drink here served in a pineapple?’ Yes!
Can you get a Dole Whip (with or without a rum floater) here? No, but less than a minute away downstairs at the Pineapple Lanai, the Dole Whips are waiting for you as a delicious way to end your evening of dining.
Pete Herrick has been with Once Upon A Vacation since 2013 and has visited Walt Disney Destinations over 30 times and takes every chance to travel to just about any fun location in the world. He and his wife Tessa live at Lake Norman near Charlotte, NC. Find him on social media @peteherrick (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)