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On our recent one day trip to Disney, I was reminded what awesome food there is to eat in Epcot. For dinner we chose Via Napoli (See my review below) and on a past trip we ate at Marrakesh, which we also loved. So upon my return home, I asked some fellow bloggers to help me put together this ultimate guide to Epcot Dining (and to give me a bit of a check-list for our next Epcot trip!)
Momma To Go would like to thank Walt Disney World for providing us with two media passes. As always, all opinions are my own.
The Ultimate Guide to Epcot Dining
Epcot is amazing – we totally love it. In our limited experience, the rides are really fun and accessible, there tends to be less crowds, and the World Showcase is really amazing. I will fully admit we have been twice, and have never made it all the way around! There is so much to do see and do in Epcot – including eat (and drink).
Closer to the main entrance (there is actually an Epcot entrance in the World Showcase – who knew?) is where you will find Future World (east and west). Here there are several quick service restaurants, a food court named Sunshine Seasons and a character meal with Chip ‘n Dale at the Garden Grill.
As you make your way to the World Showcase, each country represents with their signature cuisine! In each pavilion you will find food carts, counter service, and table service restaurants. There are so many great places to eat at Epcot – and choosing one can be totally overwhelming.
With the help of my blogger friends, I put together this ultimate guide to Epcot dining – eateries are listed alphabetically, and then at the end you can choose a restaurant by type.
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Disney EPCOT Restaurants
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
If you are visiting Epcot with a princess fan, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall should be on the top of your Epcot dining list. Your Akershus dining experience begins when Belle welcomes you with a special arrival meet and greet before you are seated at your table.
Other princesses make their way around the restaurant stopping to visit each table. It is common to see 3 or 4 of the following princesses in the Akershus dining room during a meal: Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, or Rapunzel. Please note specific characters are not guaranteed and subject to change.
We’ve always had good interactions with the princesses at Akershus. This is true even when we’ve had multiple children or large age differences.
The meals at Akershus are a mix of self-serve buffet and plated foods brought to the table. For breakfast, cold items are on the buffet and hot breakfast items are brought family style to the table. At lunch and dinner, the buffet serves a mix of salads and Scandinavian foods to enjoy while you wait for your entree. A server takes your order for lunch or dinner and brings plated meals to the table. Dessert is a platter of three treats shared among the table.
Akershus meal quality has definitely improved over the years since we first ate here. When considering other character meal options Akershus is an excellent meal, but it does pale in comparison to other Epcot dining options. However, the ability to see so many princesses while eating a good character meal makes Akershus a great Epcot dining option.
Click here for full review of Akershus Royal Banquet Hall From Smart Mouse Travel
Of all the restaurants to be found in Epcot, Biergarten is a favorite of my family. Biergarten is located in the Germany Pavilion and serves traditional German food buffet style. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day and takes 1 credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
Food at Biergarten is exactly what you would expect: a rotating menu of bratwurst, potato schnitzel, apple strudel, and so much more. Everything is delicious and quite filling. You might not have to eat again for a while!
Dining at Disney when you have food allergies is a dream, and Biergarten is no different. The chef takes you around the buffet, usually with binder in hand, to let you know what food is safe. If cross contamination is a concern, they will happily bring all of your food directly from the kitchen.
While the food is great, the real draw of Biergarten is the atmosphere and entertainment. The setting evokes a traditional Bavarian biergarten. German performers entertain guests with traditional German music and even encourage dancing. The atmosphere is very lively, which is just one of the many reasons we love Biergarten.
by Nicole at The Disney Journey
If you’re looking for a fun place to eat in Epcot’s Future World, check out the Coral Reef Restaurant. One wall of the restaurant consists of large glass windows that give guests a view of the aquariums of The Living Seas. The tables are arranged stadium-style to give everyone a chance to see the fish swimming by. The atmosphere is cool and dark, just perfect for a warm Florida day. The menu has several seafood dishes, but the steak is also delicious. And don’t forget dessert! The Coral Reef Restaurant is an excellent place to make Disney memories.
By Stacy at Love, Laughter and Luggage
Garden Grill is a FANTASTIC family Epcot dining option. Our family of six loved the all-you-care-to-enjoy table service at this rotating restaurant. Relax and enjoy the delicious meal options while rotating through various scenes. You MUST try Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake with Warm Vanilla Icing!
You will also be greeted at your table by pals such as Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale. Mickey is wearing an adorable farmers outfit to fit the scene and all of the character experiences were wonderful (Dale even tried to run away with our daughter!).
The entire experience is very relaxing and the revolving element ensures no one in your party will ever be bored waiting on the food or character to arrive at your table. It is a less popular character dining option so much easier to book a last-minute reservation. Be sure to add Garden Grill to your next Epcot itinerary!
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Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is tucked away in the France pavilion at Epcot but it should be at the top of your list when dining at the Disney park. I mean, if you can’t make it over to Paris, this is the next best thing!
As soon as you enter you are welcomed by the smell of fresh baked bread and treats. Les Halles opens at 9:00am, before the regular 11:00am World Showcase opening time, and guests will begin to line up early.
The food is a mix of sweet and savory options that will satisfy any craving. They offer sandwiches and specialty items. Our favorite was the bacon and cheese roll, Roulé Lard and Fromage.
Les Halles was probably our favorite place to eat at Epcot and we would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the park.
by Leah from Five for the Road Blog
Epcot dining can be super exciting. It’s like having every type of food you could imagine all within walking distance. We enjoyed dining at a counter order restaurant called Katsura Grill which is a Japanese Sushi Restaurant in “Japan”. We decided to do a semi-sit down dinner, so we had more time to go around the park, but we also didn’t want a walking meal. The sushi we ordered was very tasty and fresh, and was served to us quickly. They have several other menu items for those who do not like sushi. We recommend the teriyaki chicken. If you’re ever in the mood for sushi while at a theme park, this is the place we recommend!
By Sara at Our Kind of Crazy
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is a must when visiting Epcot. First off, it’s part of the “around the world” experience when exploring this Disney World Park. I mean, when will you be in Norway next? Secondly, the pastries are some of the best we’ve ever had. The berry cream puff, the school bread, and the troll horn are our top three recommendations at this amazing bakery. To be honest, I’ve dreamt of these pastries!
Find Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in the Norway Pavillion, right next to the new Frozen attraction.
By Jaeyme from Time Zone Travelers, who loves eating at Disney World
La Hacienda de San Angel
If you love Mexican food than you should visit La Hacienda de San Angel. The restaurant is located right across from the pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion, and it offers beautiful views of World Showcase Lagoon. If you time your reservation just right, you can watch the fireworks display while you enjoy your meal! We personally love La Hacienda more than its sister restaurant, San Angel Inn Restaurante, because it is much quieter and calmer. It is a perfect restaurant to sit, relax, and escape the Disney chaos for awhile.
The food at La Hacienda is made to be more traditional and less “Tex-Mex” than you would receive from many chain restaurants. Everything we ate was so delicious and well made. The menu has a great mix, and an includes vegetarian meals, as well as chicken, pork, beef, and seafood dishes. If you have children who aren’t adventurous eaters, the children’s menu includes basics like chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese.
Like anywhere else at Disney, the service we received was top notch. The server brought out fruit cups immediately for the kids to keep them happy until the meals arrived. They even provided my son a free ice cream sundae to help celebrate his birthday! We would definitely eat here again.
by Lauren at Where the Wild Kids Wander
Lotus Blossom Cafe
When we first discovered Lotus Blossom Cafe, the quick service restaurant in the China Pavilion a few years ago, I knew it was a place we would return to any chance we got. As soon as you walk into the shaded quick service area there is a welcome relief from the heat, and with plenty of indoor seating available, this is a great choice for a quick meal.
My personal favorite from the menu is the orange chicken served with steamed rice. The portion size is generous and there is plenty of succulent and tasty chicken included. We will often buy different entree options and share because we really don’t know which to choose.
By Angela at Life of the Spicers
Restaurant Marrakesh is located in the Morocco Pavilion along the World Showcase at Epcot. It stands out as an awesome choice for Epcot dining because of the fun entertainment. During your meal, you get to enjoy live music and a belly dancing show. They even invite the kids out to the dance floor to take part in the fun as well. This makes it an excellent break to your trek around the World Showcase.
Along with the fun entertainment, Restaurant Marrakesh serves up delicious food that had something for everyone in our group, from chicken to lamb and several seafood dishes. The lemon chicken tangine was a favorite at our table. You should also take advantage of their different drink options. I opted for the traditional mint tea, and liked it so much that I went home after my trip and bought some for myself! The other great thing about Restaurant Marrakesh is that it is fairly easy to get a same-day reservation, which isn’t true for many other Epcot table service restaurants. When you add in great food and fun entertainment, it makes it an easy pick for your next Epcot day!
EDITORS NOTE: Picky eater tip – Marrakesh offers a children’s menu of classics like chicken nuggets, pasta and hamburgers
By Sarah from Moment Mom
Nine Dragons at Epcot’s China pavilion is a hidden gem as far as I’m concerned. As a frequent Disney-goer we just recently tried it out and now I don’t know why we haven’t dined there sooner! The food was amazing and our service was Disney level fabulous. We ordered the potstickers as a starter and the Canton Pepper Beef (spicy and delicious) and the Honey Sesame Chicken (crispy and awesome). Our meal was served steaming hot and in a very reasonable time frame.
Nine Dragons is a great table service choice to relax and enjoy your meal but also maximum park time. They also have a Nine Dragons Family Dinner option where each person gets to choose an appetizer, entree and dessert from their prix fixe menu of Nine Dragons favorites. Highly recommend!
Rose and Crown
Epcot is one of our favorite parks to visit, especially because it has something for everyone! Fun Rides, pretty sites and of course, yummy food! Rose and Crown restaurant, located in Britain on the West side of Epcot is one of our favorite family friendly restaurants.
We love to get a table on the back deck, which sits right on the water. The only downside is my kids have a fascination with birds, and the birds are opportunists that love getting French fries from the patrons!
The food there is quite delicious, authentic and reasonably priced for Disney World. We love to get the fish and chips and cottage pie (also, they are gluten free and have some great allergy friendly offerings!). Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed with a drink from their full-service pub, a great way to start or end your journey around the world showcase at Epcot!
By Seely from Mouse Ear Memories
San Angel Inn
Sunshine Seasons is our go-to restaurant when our family visits Epcot. Its location in the Land pavilion is a perfect oasis from the Florida heat and the seating is plentiful. In addition, it offers a variety of delicious food options like wood-fired pizzas, rotisserie chicken, Asian wok items, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, bakery items, and several vegetarian options. The menu is expansive and there is certainly something for everyone. Plus, it’s very convenient to schedule your last Epcot Fastpass at Soarin, and then have a casual counter service dinner. Sunshine Seasons is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
By Margie at DQ Family Travel
On our recent One Day at Disney, I knew I wanted to end the night with a dinner at Epcot’s World Showcase. However, I was making a reservation about four days in advance, and I had my picky eaters to contend with. Although I personally would have chosen something from Mexico, Japan or China, I decided on a table at Via Napoli, which I knew the kids would enjoy. And honestly, I’m glad that was where we ended up eating!
Via Napoli is a table service restaurant located in the Italy pavilion. They serve all sorts of Italian fare, but the main attraction is pizza from the brick oven – just like they make in Italy! This meal was perfect for the three of us – we ordered one margarita pizza to share, I had a glass of chardonnay, and we had a delicious (and filling) dinner for under $50. Yeah, we eat pizza a lot at home, but this was the perfect meal to end a long day at Disney!
By Harmony (me) – Momma To Go
Epcot Dining By Type:
Counter Service Restaurants at Epcot:
La Cantina de San Angel
Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie
Lotus Blossom Cafe
Pizza al Taglio
Yorkshire County Fish Shop
Table Service Restaurants at Epcot:
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall*
Chefs de France
La Hacienda de San Angel
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Monsieur Paul Restaurant
Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room
San Angel Inn
Spice Road Table
* denotes character dining
Wow! Thats a lot of great Epcot dining options! What is your favorite Epcot restaurant?
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