Kona Cafe Breakfast Review: Polynesian Resort

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Kona Cafe

Kona Café is a Polynesian- Asian Fusion restaurant located at the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World. It is located in the Great Ceremonial House on the second floor. Nestled between Ohana and Kona Island (A sometimes coffee bar, sometimes sushi quick service). Kona Café can be pretty busy, especially for breakfast, so we recommend getting a reservation.

Our Experience

We have eaten at Kona Café twice. Each time we were seated within five minutes of our reservation. If you have a stroller finding somewhere to park can be a little tricky.  Stroller parking is usually shared with Ohana (which features a Lilo and Stitch character breakfast). Sometimes you may be able to park your stroller in front of Kona Cafe but normally those spots are taken.

Kona Café is very much a hotel restaurant. It is open to the lobby so you can see everyone coming and going. The layout is a little cramped, which is just a testament to how many people like to dine here. This combined with it being open to the lobby creates a noisy atmosphere. The tables and decorations are very bland but really your just here to get a quick bite before going to the parks.

After being seated we had our drink order taken immediately, and within five minutes our server came back to get our food order. This is very much an eat and get out kind of meal. We were in and out in about an hour, which we had no problem with. We don’t like lingering over breakfast with Magic Kingdom two monorail stops away.

Our servers on both occasions were great. Kaitlyn never finishes her food at breakfast. She’s normally on I want to go to the Magic Kingdom and see Mickey mode. Both times the servers boxed up her food for us without me asking so she could eat it in the park.

The Food

WE LOVE EATING HERE!!! This is hands down our go to for breakfast when we are staying on the Monorail Loop. Breakfast is delicious and the offerings are so much better than what you get for breakfast at a quick service location.

Kona Cafe Tonga Toast
Tonga Toast

The two items we highly recommend from Kona Café are the Tonga Toast and Macadamia Nut Pancakes. The Tonga toast is two Texas style slices of Sourdough bread, stuffed with bananas and deep fried. The Tonga Toast is then coated in cinnamon sugar goodness. It comes with a strawberry syrup and a side of sausage, bacon, or ham. Personally, we don’t use the syrup because we find it to be perfectly sweet on its own. The Macadamia Nut Pancakes are a much higher quality pancake than what we have found at other locations on WDW property. The pancakes are smothered in a pineapple sauce and served with macadamia nut butter. Ugh, I’m hungry now…

Kona Cafe Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes
These are so good its hard to stop and take a picture 🙂

Besides our two favorite items, the Polynesian Egg Platter is also a good option. Two eggs, home fries, your choice of breakfast meat, a fresh fruit “poke” and a muffin. The Poke was apple and mango. It was fresh, if not the most creative thing. The muffin was a really cute Mickey Mouse chocolate chip muffin that Kaitlyn really enjoyed.

Polynesian Egg Platter Kona Cafe
Polynesian Egg Platter, Poke and Muffin not pictured

Kids Options at Kona Cafe

We got Kaitlyn an option off of the Kid’s Check Meals. It was a scrambled egg with broccoli and tomatoes. It’s supposed to be served with yogurt and a fruit salad but they gave us home fries. We don’t really have anything too positive to say about this. The broccoli was in huge chunks mixed into the egg and it wasn’t soft. It’s not something I would be comfortable giving to a small child as it was a choking hazard. (Kaitlyn was one at the time). So, we had to remove all of the broccoli from the eggs.

Other items like mickey waffles and french toast are also available. In the future we will be opting for those items instead.

Another thing to note is that sometimes it can be hard to find whole milk while eating at Walt Disney World. We try to give Kaitlyn whole milk whenever possible so we always ask the server if it’s available. There isn’t really any rhyme or reason to which restaurants  have it, and which only have 2%. One highlight to our meal was that they serve Liliko’I juice at Kona Café. Or POG juice as my husband and I refer to it. Passion Fruit, Orange juice and Guava. It’s so good and something we both love to have in the mornings.

If savory is more your style in the morning they do have eggs benedict which sounds delicious. We can’t wait to go back and try it. As well as a salmon option.

Would we eat at Kona Café again?

Absolutely! This is a restaurant we eat at on the majority of our vacations. The food is good and it’s a great place to start your morning if you are making your way over to the Magic Kingdom.

Special Note

Tonga Toast is also available at Captain Cook’s, Now it’s not as good as what you get at Kona Cafe, it’s kind of a shadow of the real thing. But hey, if you’re in a pinch go for it.

Click here to see Kona Cafes Breakfast Menu

Be sure to check out our other reviews at the Polynesian Resort. We’ve dined at Ohana, and Captain Cook’s.

Have you guys dinned at Kona Cafe before? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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