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I love eating out, and I love Disney, so it makes perfect sense that I’d love dining at some of the best restaurants in Walt Disney World. My favorite park for dining at Walt Disney World is Epcot. There are so many Epcot restaurants, including a few character dining options and some fine dining options.
Wondering where to eat in Epcot? Here are some great options. Keep in mind that there are some restaurants I didn’t mention because I haven’t experienced them – not because they aren’t good.
Epcot Restaurants: Where to Eat in Epcot
Future World Restaurants
While many of the great Epcot restaurants are in the World Showcase, there are still some options in Future World as well.
Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion is a quick service restaurant that’s a convenient choice for families. There are some great, healthy meal options, including some produce that’s grown right in the Land. It’s open from breakfast through dinner. Menu items include sandwiches, Asian noodles, chicken, pork, and salmon. As a quick service restaurant, you won’t need to make reservations. Arrive early or late to avoid crowds during the busier times. The land pavilion in general is very busy, so the whole area can be crowded.
Seafood lovers will enjoy dining at the Coral Reef, which is located in the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion. You can order delicious entrees with views of the sea animals living in the Seas. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and it’s best to make reservations. While most of the entrees are seafood, there are plenty of things on the kids’ menu that appeal to kids, including pasta and chicken. So don’t be afraid to eat there even if your kids (like mine) won’t eat seafood.
Epcot World Showcase Restaurants
We typically stay at Disney’s Beach Club resort, because it’s so convenient to the World Showcase of Epcot. I get park hopper tickets for our family, and we head to one of the Epcot restaurants for dinner before going back to our resort. There’s a back entrance of Epcot called the International Gateway that makes it easy to go back and forth from the Beach Club to the World Showcase.
Le Cellier, Canada Pavilion
It look a few times for me to try to get Le Cellier reservations before I lucked out and got one. It’s a popular restaurant. If you love steak, this is definitely a spot to try. It’s a dark restaurant, so it may not be the best option for the youngest kids, however. Le Cellier offers lunch and dinner, and lunch reservations may be easier to get.
On the menu, you’ll find Canadian specialties like cheddar cheese soup, poutine, salmon, and porterhouse. The kids menu includes steak, macaroni and cheese, and grilled cheese.
Rose and Crown, England
This casual English pub is located in the England pavilion. It looks like an authentic pub, so it’s a fun spot for the atmosphere. There’s also some seating outdoors.
As you’d expect, the specialty here is the fish and chips, which is their signature dish. The menu also includes bangers and mash, Scottish salmon, and corned beef and cabbage. It’s open for both lunch and dinner, and reservations are accepted.
Spice Road Table, Morocco
One of the newest restaurants in Epcot is Spice Road, located in on the waterfront in the Morocco pavilion. We’ve always loved eating in the Morocco pavilion, so we were excited to check out this restaurant as soon as it opened.
Spice Road offers table service with both indoor and outdoor seating. For dinner, they offer both standard entrees and small plates, so it’s a great place to try new foods with little risk. You’ll find Mediterranean-inspired dishes, like grape leaves, lamb, and garlic shrimp. Spice Road offers lunch and dinner.
Tangierine Cafe, Morocco
Tangierine Cafe is, in my option, the best quick service Epcot restaurant. Like Spice Road, it’s located in the Morocco pavilion. The food is delicious – I love the Shawarma Chicken Platter, while my kids enjoy eating the chicken nuggets. You won’t need to make reservations, but there is limited seating, so you’ll want to arrive early. Plates are big, so they are great for feeding growing kids.
Teppan Edo, Japan
Love Teppanyaki? Teppan Edo in Japan offers traditional teppanyaki in a family-friendly environment. You won’t feel rushed while you are there, and you’ll completely forget that you are in a theme park. If you like scallops, definitely consider that entree. It’s one of my favorites. Sushi is also available. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and you will need to make reservations in advance.
Teppan Edo is one of two Epcot Japan restaurants. A new table service restaurant in Japan has also recently been announced.
Tutto Italia, Italy
There are two Epcot Italian restaurants within the World Showcase. I’m a sucker for Italian food, and Tutto Italia is one of my favorite Italian restaurants. I recommend ordering the Grande Antipasto Misto, which comes with different Italian delicacies. There’s also homemade pasta, fish and more. Don’t skip dessert, because they are all absolutely delicious. There’s also a great wine menu. Tutto Italia is open for lunch and dinner and does take reservations.
Via Napoli, Italy
Another one of my favorites is the more casual Via Napoli, located adjacent to Tutto Italia in the Italy pavilion. Via Napoli is known for its delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas, although they also offer other delicious Italian entrees. While you are there, try one of their house-made Agua Frescas. We generally share a pizza or two and salad.
Wondering what the best of the Italian restaurant at Epcot is? It’s very difficult for me to choose. I prefer Via Napoli for lighter bites, like pizza, and Tutto Italia for Italian dishes.
It’s (family-friendly) Oktoberfest everyday at Biergarten, located in the Germany pavilion. In addition to a delicious German buffet, you’ll be treated to some fabulous German entertainment.
Seating is at large tables, and the atmosphere is very festive. If you aren’t sure if you like German food, the buffet is a great way to try out a variety of different options. This was one of our favorite restaurants when I was growing up.
La Cantina de San Angel, Mexico
This counter service restaurant on the World Showcase lagoon offers large plates of delicious Mexican food. This was the first counter service restaurant that we ate at with our kids, and it’s one of our favorites. Entrees are big – you get great value for your money here. It has a good amount of seating, and doesn’t require any reservations.
San Angel Inn, Mexico
If you are looking for a slightly more formal atmosphere, the San Angel Inn is a great option. It’s located in the Mexico pavilion building, overlooking the Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride. We love the atmosphere here, because it always feels like a fiesta. Menu items include Tacos al Pastor, Mole Poblano, and Carne Asada Tampiqueña. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
Chefs De France, France
There are two table service restaurants in the France pavilion, with Chefs De France being the more casual, family-friendly option. There, you’ll find traditional French entrees like Boeuf Bourguignon, Steak Frites, and Salade Niçoise. There’s also a prix fixe option that can be a great deal if you are looking for a larger meal.
Character Dining at Epcot Restaurants
Young kids will love the character dining options in Epcot. We’ve been to both Akershus and the Garden Grill and loved the experience.
Akershus, located in Norway, is home to a princess breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has more seating capacity than Cinderella Castle, so it’s a great option for princess-loving families that can’t get a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Despite the larger capacity, it’s still a challenge to get a reservation, so be sure to make one as soon as your window opens.
Breakfast at Akershus is served family style. You’ll get some American breakfast specialties, and can also choose from the Norwegian Smorgasbord. For lunch and dinner, you’ll get some Norwegian specialties, and then can choose your entree from the menu selections.
Note that while the World Showcase part of the park is generally closed during breakfast, Akershus is open. You’ll be able to walk directly to the restaurant, but the rest of Epcot will be closed off. After breakfast, if the World Showcase is still closed, you’ll have to go back to Future World.
The Garden Grill, The Land Pavilion
This is one of my favorite character meal options. The Garden Grill, located in the Land pavilion, is a rotating restaurant, featuring Chip ‘n’ Dale and other Disney characters. Meals are served family-style, and include some of the delicious produce grown right in the Land pavilion. As you dine, the restaurant slowly rotates around.
It’s a low key character meal, but we love it. It offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you visit Epcot during one of their popular festivals and events, like the Epcot International Food and Wines Festival, the Epcot Festival of the Arts, and the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, you’ll have even more delicious food options. During these festivals, there are booths set up through the park that feature small plates and drinks. I usually plan one of my meals around visiting the festival and sampling various options.
Adult Beverages at Epcot
In addition to wondering where to eat at Epcot, you may also wonder where to get a great adult beverage at Epcot. One of the most fun adult activities at Epcot is “drinking around the world”. There are a variety of options to choose from. The restaurants mentioned above have alcoholic beverages, but if you just want a quick drink while you are walking, stop at one of these spots. Please drink responsibly.
Les Vins De Chefs de France
Located across from the Epcot restaurants at the French pavilion is a Les Vins De Chefs de France. The booth features delicious French wines, as well as the popular Grand Marnier Orange Slush and the Grey Goose Citron Lemonade Slush. They are both refreshing, but popular, so be prepared for a line.
La Cava Del Tequila
Love margaritas? La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico pavilion offers margaritas to go or for dining in. There are a number of different delicious options, so be adventurous.
Common Questions about Epcot Dining
Can you go to Epcot to eat without a ticket?
You’ll need valid park admission to dine at any of the Epcot restaurants. If you don’t have the park hopper option on your Disney tickets, it’s a good idea to plan your meals at Epcot for whatever day(s) you plan to be in the park. Since you generally make advance dining reservations before FastPass reservations, take that time to set a rough draft park schedule for your visit.
What is the best restaurant at Epcot?
This is an impossible question to answer. It definitely depends upon what type of cuisine you enjoy. For atmosphere, I love the San Angel Inn, but for food, my favorite is Tutto Italia or Via Napoli. But your opinion may be very different depending on your preferences.
What is your favorite of the Epcot restaurants?
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