Flame Tree Barbecue ~ WDW Dining

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Flame Tree Barbecue

Credit: Melissa of Rolling with the Magic

For our first trip to Walt Disney World, I did ridiculous amounts of research on where we should eat. Since we were using the dining plan, I wanted to make sure we were getting a good value for our money and eating some great food! Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom was the first place on our meal time itinerary since it easily covered both of those bases.

This quick service restaurant is not your typical burger and fries joint. In fact, while they do have fries, there is not a single burger on the menu! I enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich (which was HUGE,) while my husband had the St. Louis ribs and chicken combo, both served with baked beans. For those who aren’t wanting a meal meant for carnivores, there are also a couple of great salad options available. The kids menu includes hot dogs, Smuckers Uncrustables sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, and chicken drumsticks. My kids, however, all decided they wanted the smoked turkey breast sandwiches, which happen to be on the adult menu. Thankfully, I only ordered two of them for the four kids to share because, like my pulled pork sandwich, they were massive! It is also worth noting that thanks to these large, easily shared portions, this restaurant is perfect for people on the Disney dining plan! You can really stretch your quick service meal credits here by sharing a single meal. If you aren’t on the dining plan, with most menu items being around $10, Flame Tree Barbecue is still a very economical (and delicious) option. Here is my warning: with this amount of food sitting in your belly, you may want to get that ride on Expedition Everest in before hand!

Flame Tree Barbecue

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The food is amazing, but what really makes this quick service restaurant a step above the rest is the scenery. I almost view this seating area as another attraction at Animal Kingdom because it really is a sight to see. This picturesque water feature truly gives you the feeling that Disney has somehow magically transported you to Southeast Asia.

Flame Tree Barbecue

credit: Melissa of Rolling With the Magic

As if that wasn’t enough ambiance for you, the Flame Tree Barbecue has covered tables overlooking the water and the surrounding lush green landscape with an unobstructed view of Expedition Everest. If I didn’t know better I would think I was on the other side of the world somewhere looking at one of nature’s wonders, NOT sitting at a theme park! Since I do know better, I have to take a second to bow down to the incredible imagineers who built Expedition Everest. More importantly, I’d like to thank whoever preserved this area with a killer view as open seating for the Flame Tree Barbecue. I don’t want to say it too loudly, but I would have paid much more for the view that came with my meal.

View of Expedition Everest from Flame Tree Barbecue

Flame Tree Barbecue is one of the best (if not the best) quick service restaurants you will find at Walt Disney World. Quality food in easily shared portions combined with incredibly scenic views are what make this place worth visiting. Although I must warn you, when you do visit the Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, BEWARE OF THE YETI…and the two year old who gets into the beans!

Flame Tree Barbecue seating

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11 Comments
  • Heidi Strawser
    Posted at 22:24h, 21 January Reply

    I agree with you 100% about Flame Tree BBQ. When my family of 5 at there, we shared 3 meals. They were HUGE and plenty enough for sharing (though I don’t think my middle child shared ANY of that smoked turkey leg – she loves those things!) The view is AMAZING – I could have sat there for hours, just soaking it all in. And, it’s definitely a good bang for your dining plan buck!

    • Michaelyn Pouncey
      Posted at 05:56h, 27 January Reply

      Your middle child sounds like ALL of my children! haha They don’t share well so we have to divide up the meals before bringing them to the table! Disney has always been good about giving us an extra plate so we can make everyone’s food look the same! haha Thanks for stopping by, Heidi!

      • Heidi Strawser
        Posted at 06:07h, 27 January Reply

        You want to know the funniest part? That middle child is VERY THIN! But, she can out-eat the rest of us! (Well, not my hubby!)

  • Rosanne Mottola
    Posted at 22:31h, 21 January Reply

    I LOVE Flame Tree BBQ. The one and ONLY reason I don’t eat there every time I go to the Animal Kingdom is that it’s outdoors and sometimes a girl just needs some air conditioning! Seriously though, the food is great and unique and I truly enjoyed my experience there!

    • Michaelyn Pouncey
      Posted at 05:58h, 27 January Reply

      I totally agree! That is the ONE thing the Flame Tree Barbecue is missing! At least there are a lot of shaded table options there…it is a little better than sitting in the sun! Thanks for coming by, Roseanne!

  • Kimberly
    Posted at 02:33h, 24 January Reply

    I wasn’t much for BBQ until recently, so I’ve never tried Flame Tree BBQ. Now that I like BBQ, this is definitely on my to do list!

    • Michaelyn Pouncey
      Posted at 05:59h, 27 January Reply

      You’ve been missing out, Kimberly! haha I love my BBQ and have pretty high standards where that is concerned, but this food definitely hit the mark! Let me know when you try it!

  • Pam
    Posted at 01:46h, 26 January Reply

    Flame Tree BBQ is my all time favorite quick service place! I completely agree that not only is their food delicious but their seating area is amazing! I love how you feel so separate from all of the hustle and bustle at Animal Kingdom and can eat a meal quietly.

    • Michaelyn Pouncey
      Posted at 06:01h, 27 January Reply

      Exactly! It just really takes you out of “theme park” mode and lets you enjoy a nice, relaxing meal…until you have to rush off to your next FP! haha Thanks for stopping by, Pam!

  • Cindy Howell
    Posted at 02:46h, 31 January Reply

    Oh wow! We’ve never eaten at Flame Tree BBQ and I had no idea the view was so awesome. It’s going on our “must do” list.

  • Capturing Magical Memories
    Posted at 07:37h, 14 February Reply

    This is one of our favorite and your are right the seating area is great for getting away or letting a little one sleep for a bit.

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