Best Restaurants to Eat at in Epcot
Epcot has over 50 dining options, but what's the best?
Epcot is arguably the best park to stop for food because of the many different options in the World Showcase and Future World. With 50 food places ranging in price, style, service, and origin, Epcot has a dining option to fit the wants and needs of every guest. While there are plenty of quick service choices for both meals and small plates, the sit down restaurants can get really jammed during traditional lunch and dinner hours so it’s always a good idea to make reservations way in advance.
There are also some exciting new dining options coming in the next year. The Liberty Inn recently closed down in July, 2019 to undergo renovation into the new Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbeque. In summer 2020, paired with the new Ratatouille ride will come La Creperie de Paris, a sit down and quick service food option crafted by the son of Paul Bocuse, chef of other France pavilion restaurant, Monsieur Paul. As for Future World, the addition of a space-themed restaurant called Space 220 was announced a few years back.
The 10 Best Places to Eat at Epcot
Listed below are the best restaurants and places to eat at Epcot for the type of experience you’re looking for.
San Angel Inn (Mexico) – Best Atmosphere
The atmosphere of the restaurant, especially indoors, is unmatched. When you walk into the Aztec pyramid it opens up into what looks like nighttime in a downtown. There are string lights hanging from the ceiling and store fronts on all sides, with vendors selling unique goods all scattered in the middle. The restaurant itself overlooks the river and boat ride that flows through the back half of the building, creating a truly scenic experience. The dim lighting illuminates the volcanic setting in the background, so while it does add to the view, it can get a bit hard to see your food at times.
Instead of bread, you’ll be greeted with chips and salsa and an authentic Mexican menu (but don’t worry, the descriptions of the options are written below). The carne asada is typically a fan favorite entree and the queso fundido is the best appetizer on the menu. For vegetarian guest, we highly recommend the plato vegetariano. Yelp ratings give the San Angel Inn 3.5 stars, so while it’s not the most consistent, it’s a great option for a cool experience.
Sunshine Seasons (The Land Pavilion) – Best Quick Service Food
The Sunshine Seasons is the most unexpected surprise when it comes to quick service food in Epcot. Located right outside of Soarin’s entrance and open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sunshine Seasons surpasses some of the food at sit down restaurants. The uniqueness of the meals is incredible and often season-based. You’ll always be able to find snacks, soups, salads, sandwiches, delicious entrees, and even plant-based options. Don’t go looking for these exact dishes, as the menu is constantly changing, but some favorites from the past include the barbeque pork sandwich with maple mustard and barbeque sauce or power salad with oak-fried chicken, quinoa, almonds and honey vinaigrette. With a 3.5 star rating on Yelp, this American-Asian stop is a must try.
Biergarten (Germany) – Best for a Large Group
If you plan on going to the Biergarten you need to (1) love to be social or go with a large group (2) prepare yourself for a heavy feast. The German buffet is filled with German meats, breads, and cold options. The food itself is very good and has 4 stars on Yelp, but it’s expensive at $41.00 for adults and $22.0 for children, especially if you’re only going to have a single plate.
The real draw is the setting of a small town placed in this dining room of long tables and lots of people. Every 25 minutes there’s a dinner show with a lederhosen-clad oompah band that plays music even the kids will like. Because you’re seated community-style, there’s plenty of room for large groups to sit together. Of age guests can get the liter sized beer mugs or a German Beer Flight of 5 oz. pours to make the experience all that more real.
Via Napoli (Italy) – Best Menu for Kids and Parents
Via Napoli is an authentic pizzeria and restaurant with an open kitchen design where guests can see their pizza being prepared. Picked as a family favorite, there’s something for kids (spaghetti with meatballs, plain pizza, mozzarella sticks) and plenty for adults. All of the pizzas are incredible but the Piccante Pizza with italian spicy sausage is out of this world. The Cimarola (fried stuffed artichoke) and Arancini (fried risotto balls) are two of the best appetizers.
The drink menu is also pretty extensive, featuring wine flights and sangria. With a Yelp review of 4 stars, Via Napoli will hit the spot if you’re an italian food lover. If you want a taste of the best pizza in Disney but don’t have time to sit down, check out it’s next door neighbor, Pizza al Taglio, a walk-up pizza window with three different pies to choose from.
Le Cellier (Canada) – Best Steak Dinner
If you’re in the mood for a steak dinner, Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada’s pavillion is your place. The dining area is set underground to look like an old wine cellar, with plenty of wine and other craft drinks on the menu. The entrees are a bit pricey with the New York Strip Steak listed at $55 and filet mignon at $59, but you’re getting what you pay for.
With a 4 star Yelp review, guests love the Candaian Cheddar Soup finished with a pale ale and bacon as well as the poutine offerings. There’s no bad option for an entree here, but the sides are heartwarming and to die for. The loaded mashed potatoes, four-cheese mac & cheese, and whiskey glazed brussel sprouts are just a few examples. If you’re visiting Epcot for Thanksgiving, Le Cellier has a special ‘Turducken’ dish for that day only!
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway) – Best for Princesses
If you have little princess in your party who are eager to meet Disney princess, the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a great character dining option. There’s no way to look up which princesses will be in attendance before you arrive, so prepare the kids to not be too upset if they don’t get to see their favorite. Traditionally, Belle, Aurora, Snow White, Jasmine, and Cinderella make an appearance, but don’t expect to see Anna and Elsa, even though you’re in Norway. They have a separate meet in greet around the corner.
As for the food, there are plenty of American options as well as Scandanavian twists. The banquet hall offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with varying menus for each. All character meals are expensive and this one will run you about $60 a head. If meeting princesses is a priority, this is a great opportunity to find a bunch in one area. If there’s no one in your party who’s especially princesses-crazed, skip the banquet hall, there’s better food and for cheaper elsewhere. The 3.5 Yelp rating talks mostly about the incredible experience and atmosphere.
Coral Reef Restaurant (Future World) – Best Seafood
Located in Future World, next to The Seas with Nemo and Friends, the Coral Reef restaurant is unique in that it’s surrounded by 8-foot tall glass looking into an aquarium where you can often find scuba divers. The setup of the dining area is great because the tables are teired and facing the water views, so there’s not a bad seat in the house.
When it comes to seafood, it’s the best in Epcot for the amount of choices they have. Overall, it hasn’t been the most consistent and can be a little pricey for what you’re getting. Flying Fish over at the Boardwalk blows Coral Reef off, but for an in-park option there are some menu items worth going for. The crispy fried shrimp for appetizer and seared mahi mahi for an entree seem to do the trick. The 3.5 star Yelp includes some really insightful reviews on food, service, and atmosphere.
Electric Umbrella (Future World) – Quickest and Easiest
The Electric Umbrella isn’t anything particularly special but it’s quick and there’s usually plenty of indoor seating. There’s also a good mix of options ranging from a pulled pork or brisket sandwich to vegetable quinoa salad. So while it’s ‘fast food’, there’s options for those who prefer to eat on the healthy side. Kids meals are pretty typical with pizza, burgers, salads, and an uncrustable option. Cooks can make nearly any meal served here for guests with allergies, so just ask! They also serve select alcoholic beverages. Yelp shows a 2.5 star rating for Electric Umbrella.
The best thing about the Electric Umbrella is that you can mobile order and avoid the lines. It’s currently the only quick service spot in Epcot with this feature. To mobile order, download the My Disney Experience app, select order food in the ‘My Plans’ section, select Electric Umbrella, add food items to order, and then select purchase. You’ll be given a time window of when to pick up your order. Once you’re there, click into the app and tap ‘I’m here’ to send your food into prep mode for pickup.
Monsieur Paul (France) – Most Expensive/Elegant
Monsieur Paul is a French restaurant open nightly for dinner. Named after one of it’s three owners, Paul Bocuse was one of the most famous chefs in the world and Top Chef of the 20th Century. If you plan to eat dinner here, note that there’s a dress code and no tank tops are allowed. The kids menu is made up of smaller versions of fancier items including grilled beef tenderloin, roasted salmon, and seared chicken.
The price fixed menu is $89.00 + per person but has entree choice options for the less adventurous. The food is uniquely prepared (afterall it is a French restaurant), so if you don’t have a palette for different foods, this isn’t your place. The wine and champagne selection is also a great selling point as are the desserts! The Yelp review gives Monsieur Paul a 4 star rating. The quick service food and bakery, Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, right next door is a great after-dinner option. The chocolate croissant is well worth what’s usually a long wait.
Rose & Crown (UK) – Best to Get a Beer With Your Meal
The Rose & Crown is the cutest pub-looking dining area in the park. It’s homey look and patio overlooking the water makes a great lunch or dinner choice. The patio serves as the perfect seats for the fireworks show, so if possible, ask in advance if you can be seated outdoors if your reservations fall during the show. It would be hard to go to the Rose & Crown without getting a drink. The menu includes ales, lagers, stouts, cocktails, wine, and scotch. You can never go wrong with a flight of whiskey or a pint of a pub blend (especially the half Guinnesses).
As for food, the Yelp rating is 4 stars with Scotch Egg, a classic British dish being a recurring favorite. Other traditional entrees include fish & chips, Bangers & Mash (sausage, potatoes, mushrooms, and onion jam), and Shepherd’s Pie. The best dessert on the menu is the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Prepare to leave with a full stomach!
Epcot Dining Tips
You can use your Disney account via Disney.com to search restaurants and check their availability for specific dates and times. If a time you want is available, you can book it on the spot up to 180 days prior. Remember that your credit card is linked to your Disney account, so if you cancel the day of, you can be charged $10 a head (or more) for most restaurants.
Eating around the world is a super fun adventure, but can get pricey if you try to eat at all the sit down restaurants. Most of the countries have quick service huts where you can try snack-sized options of their cuisine. Try a little bit of everything by exploring these options!
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