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Which are the best Epcot restaurants? Of course this will always be a matter of option, but we think that some restaurants are stand outs. Others are probably best put to the bottom of your must do list!
Best Epcot Restaurants
Here is our guide to the best Epcot restaurants 2018. What is the best place to eat at Epcot?
All menu prices are correct as at October 2018.
Epcot Le Cellier Steakhouse Restaurant
Epcot Le Cellier Steakhouse has consistently been one of the most popular restaurants in the whole of Walt Disney World for many years. Le Cellier is certainly high on the list of places where it is most difficult to get a reservation at Disney World. Part of the reason is the great food and atmosphere. Another reason is that Le Cellier only seats a relatively small number of guests.
Epcot Le Cellier is tucked away in the Canada Pavillion. If you don’t look carefully you may miss it. The unassuming entrance leads to a restaurant which is designed to give the feeling of a traditional wine cellar. The seating is a good mixture of tables and booths. Some of the tables are a little closer together than we would like, but we understand they are trying to seat as many guests as possible here.
The lighting is low and the atmosphere is cosy and upbeat. You seem a million miles away from the Epcot theme park, but you are right at the edge of World Showcase.
Even before you start on the Epcot Le Cellier menu, you will experience the fabulous bread service. It doesn’t get much better than their Pretzel Bread Sticks! Make sure that you don’t over indulge too much as you will want to save room for their excellent menu food.
Epcot Le Cellier is designated as a Disney Signature Dining Restaurant. What this means is that if you have the Disney Dining Plan you will need 2 credits for a meal there. This also means that it is one of the most expensive restaurants in Epcot with appetizers around the $13 to $24 mark. Entrees range from $29 to $54. You can even get a Le Cellier Porterhouse Steak for Two – Loaded Mashed Potatoes, crispy Onions, Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, Béarnaise Sauce, and blue Cheese Fondue for $119.00.
The menu does change quite a bit, but you will always find that the usual favorites are there. The Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup which is made with Moosehead Pale Ale and Neuske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon, is very popular.
The Le Cellier Signature Poutine which is Fresh-cut French Fries, Canadian Cheddar, Truffles, in a Red Wine Reduction is also well worth a try. Particularly if you are not on the Dining Plan as it is priced at $10 and is very filling.
As you would expect the speciality is the Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon. At $54 this is not an inexpensive option if you are not on the dining plan. However, diners say that it is worth it.
If steak is not your thing there is always a seafood and a vegetarian option on the Le Cellier Menu.
To see more about this excellent restaurant you can read our Epcot Le Cellier Steakhouse Menu and Review
Coral Reef Epcot
There are only two full service restaurants in Epcot Future World. Coral Reef Restaurant Epcot is our favorite. You can go for years to Epcot without ever really realising where this restaurant is. Epcot Coral Reef is tucked away behind The Seas Pavilion. However, you must make the effort to eat here at least once during your visit to Epcot as it is well worth it.
The decor is stunning. The Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant has a wall of 8 feet high windows which look onto the huge salt water aquarium. Diners can view not only 85 species of tropical fish but also the divers who often swim past the windows. The best seats in the house are next to the aquarium and one seat away from it. The rest of the seats in the Epcot Coral Reef restaurant are raised up so you still get a decent view.
As you would expect, the Disney Coral Reef Menu is dominated by seafood. Our favorites include the Lobster Bisque and the Crab Cake Appetizers. As an entrée we think the Lobster macaroni and Cheese is hard to beat. If fish is not your thing you will find New York Strip, Roasted Pork Belly and Herb Chicken Breast. There is always a vegetarian entrée available too.
For dessert at Coral Reef you have to try the Chocolate Wave. Just the right amount of chocolate extravagance!
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Epcot Chefs de France
Another one of our favorite Epcot Restaurants is Chefs de France. It is rare that you get an authentic French dining experience in the middle of a theme park! Chef de France is one of two French restaurants in Epcot. We prefer Chef de France to Monsieur Paul Epcot. Monsieur Paul is a Signature Dining Restaurant and a lot pricier than Chef de France.
The decor in Epcot Chefs de France is stunning. The design is based on a traditional large cafe restaurant in Paris. Take some time to really soak in the atmosphere and look at the detailing in the decor. From the elegant tiled floors, beautiful lighting and floor to ceiling windows, Chefs de France is a stunning restaurant.
There are plenty of great choices on the Chef de France menu. If you are a little adventurous why not try the Escargot? The Cheese Board has an amazing selection of French cheese. For the more traditional choice, you can’t beat the French Onion Soup.
Entrees range from $18.99 to $35.99. Specialties include Filet de boeuf grillé (Grilled Tenderloin of Beef) for $35.99 and Filet de saumon mariné auvin blanc et citron for $29.99.
Epcot Restaurant Marrakesh
If you are looking for something a little different, look no further than Epcot Restaurant Marrakesh. It is tucked away in the back of the Morocco Pavilion so you may miss it unless you actually seek it out. The decor inside the Epcot Restaurant Marrakesh is vibrant and colorful. The atmosphere is bustling and welcoming. If you want to you can even join in the belly dancing!
Restaurant Marrakesh is one of the best value restaurants in Epcot. Therefore if you are not on the Disney Dining Plan it is a good value with appetizers ranging from $7.99 to $17.99 and entrees starting at $16.99 going up to $24.99. Therefore, if you are on the Disney Dining Plan this is not the best use of your dining credits.
The food may be a little different, but we think that it is well worth a try. The appetizer of Goat Cheese with Crispy Bread for Two is a mix of cheese and kalamata olives served with tabouleh, red pepper sauce, and balsamic vinegar reduction. At just $14.99 for two people this is a bargain at an Epcot restaurant.
Many of the entrees at Restaurant Marrakesh are based around Couscous. Ranging from the simple Vegetable Couscous to Couscous with Lamb, Chicken or Beef, this is a great choice for a tasty entree.
The Marrakesh Restaurant desserts are also great value. The Assorted Moroccan Baklavas are just $6.99.
You can see more details in our guide at Epcot Restaurant Marrakesh
Epcot Rose and Crown Restaurant
There is nothing quite like traditional British pub food. The Epcot Rose and Crown Dining Room does a great job of bringing traditional British fare to Disney World.
The Epcot Rose and Crown menu has a lot of items which are typical British Pub food. The appetizers include the United Kingdom Cheese Platter for $14 which includes Stilton, McCall’s Irish Cheddar, and Cotswold Cheese. If you want to try something a little different you should order the Scotch Egg appetizer for $11. This is Golden-fried Hard-boiled Cage-free Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce.
One of the most popular Rose and Crown entrees is the traditional Fish and Chips for $22. If you want to make it truly authentic you need to order the mushy peas for an additional $5. You may also be tempted by Bangers and Mash or traditional Shepherds Pie for $21.
For dessert if you want to make an authentic British choice go for the Sticky Toffee Pudding or the English Trifle.
Epcot Tokyo Dining Restaurant
The Epcot Toyko Dining Restaurant is one of our very favorite restaurants in the park. The quality of food and service are excellent. Plus if you manage to get a table by the window you get a fabulous view over the Epcot World Showcase Lagoon. Obviously its a particularly great place to eat if you can get a view of Illuminations.
The decor in Epcot Tokyo Dining Restaurant is very modern. You can watch the sushi chefs prepare your food. The menu at Tokyo Dining is probably not as expansive as your local Japanese restaurant. There is not a huge amount of choice of traditional sushi and rolls, but there is still plenty to keep most people happy. The food is fresh and tastes great – the presentation is also excellent.
Prices at Epcot Tokyo Dining restaurant are, as you would expect, on the high side. A Bento Box is $34, Volcano Roll $34 and Shrimp and Crab Tempura is $30.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
We have to admit we didn’t know whether to include this one or not. The Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is home to Princess Storybook Dining. This made our Best Epcot Restaurants list because of the experience rather than the quality of the food.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is one of the best places in Walt Disney World to meet the Princesses. Located, in the Norway Pavilion, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is the only Epcot World Showcase restaurant which is open for breakfast.
Disney Princess Storybook Dining is a combination of an all your care to eat buffet, and entrees which you order from the menu.
Akershus is an amazingly themed recreation of a 14th century Norwegian castle. High ceilings with huge wooden beams, rustic chandeliers, stained glass windows and atmospheric lighting make this a fitting venue for the Disney Princesses.
The Disney Princess Storybook Dining Breakfast is served family style. The food is brought to your table for you all to share. Really not our favorite style of food, but this Epcot restaurant really is about the Princesses more than the food.
The Disney Princess Storybook Dining breakfast costs between $43.86 and $50.85 for adults and $26.49 and $28.68 for children aged 3 to 9. It is served from 8.30 am to 11.00 am.
In case you were wondering – unfortunately a reservation for Princess Storybook Dining does not get you priority for the Frozen Ever After ride which is located next to the restaurant. If you time breakfast early enough you may be able to finish just as the line opens at 9 am. You may have to rush your breakfast though so this is a pay off you may not want to sign up to.
Lunch and dinner are also available. The cold buffet is billed as a “Taste of Norway”. There is a good selection of breads, cheeses and of course fish selections.
The entrees are ordered off the menu and cooked to order.
The Akershus menus includes an excellent Norwegian Turkey Club, Oven-roasted Chicken Breast and Pan-seared Salmon with Roasted Potato Cake, Pickled Fennel Slaw and Aquavit Cream Sauce. If you want to try a Norwegian dish then Traditional Kjottkake is available. This is ground beef and pork dumplings with lingonberry sauce.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is definitely a good choice if you want to spend a decent amount of quality time meeting the Princesses. We enjoy the food here, but you do need to be prepared to try something a little different.
Epcot Spice Road Table
Epcot Spice Road Table is the newest addition to the Morocco Pavilion. Whilst Restaurant Marrakesh is at the back of the Pavilion and almost hidden,you really can’t miss Spice Road Table. It is right at the edge of World Showcase Lagoon and designed to take the most advantage of viewing time for Illuminations. If you can snag a table here for around 8pm onwards you are going to get a great view.
However, the charm of Spice Road Table is not just it’s location We think it’s menu is definitely worth exploring. The decor is very well done. The actual restaurant is relatively small, with an indoor and outdoor seating area. You will see lots of nice attention to detail in the decor.
The cuisine is Mediterranean, but it is not as adventurous as the food in Restaurant Marrakesh. A favorite appetizer is the Brie Fondue. If you want to try a twist on a classic dish then order the humus Fries!
Entrees range from $22.99 to $34.99. The NY Strip gets a Mediterranean twist with a Harissa Demi Glace for $34.99. The Mixed Grill Skewers, Yellow Fin Tuna and Lamb Sliders on the menu show much more of a south western mediterranean influence than a Moroccan one. Maybe somewhere between Italy and France!
The food is good, but not outstanding. The view however, really can’t be beaten.
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
If you are just craving a really good pizza Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is the place to be. We like the lively atmosphere and the consistently good food at this Epcot Italy restaurant. Great pizza is not easy to find in Walt Disney World, but Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is in our view pretty much top of the list.
The restaurant is large, but it can be difficult to get a reservation here. We think it is one of the better Epcot restaurants to choose if you are not on the Disney Dining Plan. Instead of being tempted into a three course meal, if you are not on the Disney Dining Plan, you can share a large pizza. They serve 3 to 5 people and are priced around the $45 to $48 mark. That’s a bargain for a restaurant at Epcot if you are prepared to share.
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria isn’t just about pizza. There are plenty of other appetizer and entree dishes to choose from the Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria menu. Pasta dishes start at $22 and there are appetizer and entree sized salads available.
You are dining in an Italian restaurant so it will be difficult to pass on the dessert. Of course you will find the classic Tiramisu for $12. Why not try something a little different? Zeppole di Caterina is Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Served with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce. Priced at $14 it is a good use of your Disney Dining Plan credit.
Which Are The Best Epcot Restaurants?
Of course we left some Epcot restaurants off our list and no doubt some will disagree. One was very easy to leave off – Nine Dragons in the China Pavilion. This is such a missed opportunity in our opinion. In our opinion Nine Dragons just doesn’t win any prizes for food service or atmosphere. It is consistently underwhelming.
You may also notice that we did not include either of the restaurants from the Mexican Pavilion. It was a close call, but we really don’t think that the food is that great at either La Hacienda de San Angel or San Angel Inn Restaurante.
Perhaps the one that many will disagree about is that we don’t have Germany’s Biergarten on the list. This Epcot buffet restaurant is a whole lot of fun, but we simply do not enjoy the food. We are not meat eaters and really you need to be to come here to get full value out of the experience. The communal seating is not really our thing either! That’s just our personal preference and many will disagree.
Monsieur Paul doesn’t quite make the list either. This is a Signature Dining restaurant and so requires 2 Disney Dining Credits. The food and service are very good, but it just doesn’t quite justify the cost for us. We think there are better Signature Dining choices at Walt Disney World.
Which do you think is the best Epcot restaurant?