Friday, June 13, 2014

Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney's Animal Kingdom

By Nick

We all have our favorite attractions at Walt Disney World. Rides or shows that are a must every trip. There are also beloved eateries that we frequent more often than others, and of course favorite foods we eat on every visit.
But there are those restaurants that you really enjoy while eating there, but for some reason or other, you don't get back to for a very long time.
In Walt Disney World, there are sooooo many options that these really great food spots just get lost in the sauce, so to speak.
One of these spots is Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

We ate here on our first trip back in September of 2006. Every time we pass it, I say "That was some great barbecue, we really need to get back there." and then proceed to go elsewhere, sometimes to another restaurant in Animal Kingdom, or more often to another restaurant in a different park, or even back to our resort for a bite.

On our trip in January, I consciously made the decision to eat at Flame Tree.

The menu is not overly extensive.

I had the 1/2 Slab of St. Louis Ribs which were $11.69. They were as good as I remembered them. Tender and juicy. I love a good cole slaw, and this is very good. The beans were delicious as well.

Barbie had the Smoked Chicken Salad for $9.49, which she described as okay. She wished she had gotten the ribs after trying mine!

Prices are reasonable, and the portions are large enough to share.
They accept Tables in Wonderland and are a quick service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

There are several spots to sit, each offering a relaxing and cool spot to escape the heat, which really wasn't an issue in January.

The grounds are lush, and well themed with fountains and statues.

The condiments bar is conveniently located in the pavilion where we chose to sit, which is the same place we sat way back in 2006.

By the water, it offeres a great view of Expedition Everest.

There are a few pavilions by the water if you want to get a different vantage point of Everest.

Another wonderful thing about sitting by the water, you might have an encounter with local wildlife!

So, will we return to Flame Tree Barbecue? Yes, certainly. But it still isn't a must do every trip.


  1. I love the salad there...have never tried the ribs..probably will the next time I go!

  2. And dont forget the Mandarin citron vodka lemonade!!!! Very refreshing on a hot summery day alongside your chicken and onion rings!!!

  3. We are a family of 5. I had Flame Tree BBQ on my Must-Do List for some time. We finally ate there in December. The 5 of us split 3 meals and it was PLENTY of food. I love the atmosphere as well. Great review.

    1. Thank you very much Heidi, glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Oh my I love Flame Tree so much - what a great set of pictures as well. I'm hungry now. Thanks for sharing and joining the hop!

  5. Have never eaten anywhere but Tusker House for the Donald Safari breakfast, this looks delicious. Where in AK is this located ? Going in 60 days and REALLY want to try new restaurants for lunch we are on the deluxe DP

  6. It is located on Discovery Island, as you walk towards DinoLand.

  7. I love Flame Tree. The ribs, beans & slaw are allergy safe for me and I have them every visit. You do such a good thorough job of taking photos!
    In May I ate lunch there and a nice couple from Georgia joined me at a table right by the water. They were lovely to talk to and we all had a great meal.

    1. Glad you like it as much as we do, now we know of a great place to get together when we eventually meet!

  8. Jill and I ate there last time we were there after you had to leave :(. We enjoyed it and felt the portion was more than enough. Definitely recommend along with you.

    1. We can always hit it with you in December if we can shoe-horn anything else into our schedule! lol


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