Best Epcot Restaurants and What to Skip

Best Epcot Restaurants and What to Skip

The best places to eat at Epcot are sometimes not “places” at all… and more like some outdoor kitchen at one of the annual festivals. Thus is our current issue with restaurants at Epcot. Of all the Disney Parks, Epcot is by far the most blessed when it comes to restaurant options thanks to the World Showcase. But, just because there are tons of food options, doesn’t mean they’re all good! You can, however, find some fantastic food at Epcot, if you know where to look. 

tokyo dining udon bowl

Epcot Restaurants We RECOMMEND

 There is so much amazing food to be had at Epcot, and even more at the festivals, that there is no reason to not eat the best. While dining at Disney Springs is quickly rising to #1 in regards to food at Walt Disney World, Epcot has held the title for years! Here are our favorites. 

Tokyo Dining

  • Where: World Showcase-Japan
  • Views: Japanese Gardens, Epcot
  • Theme: Japanese
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Sushi, Japanese Artisan, Meats, Soups

We Recommend it Because:

Really, we were so impressed with Tokyo dining. The Udon soup and plum steak were amazing. And if we were sushi eaters, we’d be in heaven! With good views, food and a nice price this is a great Japanese restaurant. It didn’t make the list because it’s closer to average than spectacular. But definitely worth a try, check out the review.

france at food and wine world showcase

Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie

  • Where: World Showcase- France
  • Views: Gift shop interior or french street outside
  • Theme: French
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Breakfast, sandwiches and decadent desserts

We Recommend it Because:

This is one of our favorite places to grab an early breakfast before the World Showcase opens. Freshly baked croissants, breakfast sandwiches, and delectable little french pastries make this one of our favorite indulgences. Grab a mimosa or cappuccino to go along with whatever your having. It’s the second best things to actually being in a Parisian cafe. Enjoy it. 

La Cantina de San Angel

  • Where: World Showcase- Mexico
  • Views: Lake
  • Theme: Mexican
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Authentic Mexican Food

We Recommend it Because:

We love the Mexican offerings here. With classic taco and burrito options, a great rice bowl, nachos and empanadas you really can’t go wrong. Add in dining on the water, fast service and some of the cheapest food in Epcot, and we find this to be a great lunchtime meal at the right price. 

Sunshine Seasons

  • Where: Future World- The Land Building
  • Views: The Land
  • Theme: All Varieties
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Classic foods, and cultural cuisines. For breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We Recommend it Because:

Such a variety of food offerings here can keep everyone in the family happy. From sandwiches to bowls, to some of the best desserts in Epcot, you can grab food at Sunshine Seasons while waiting for the Soarin’ wait queue to die down. We like the Asian Noodles and classic sandwich offerings. Check out the whole menu here. 

Garden Grill 

  • Where: Future World- The Land Building
  • Views: Living with The Land
  • Theme: All Varieties
  • Character Dining: Yes, Chip and Dale and surprise visits by Mickey, Goofy and more in farmer gear. 
  • Food: Classic foods, family-style. For breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We Recommend it Because:

Whether you’re here for breakfast or dinner, you’ll be sure to love the classic foods you know at the Chip and Dale Harvest Feast. Breakfast has your basics like waffles, eggs, and sausages. Lunch and dinner offers Turkey breast, stuffing, mac and cheese, salad and berry shortcake, courtesy of Smuckers.  This restaurant “spins” in the slowest way to give you views of the Living with the Land ride below and allows for a slow, easy meal. Perfect for kids, and groups, this is one of the cheaper character meals on property!

Chefs de France

  • Where: World Showcase- France
  • Views: Fancy Restaurant
  • Theme: French Dining
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: French country staples

We Recommend it Because:

We love that this is one of the cheaper, and yet still cultural and fancy, restaurants in Epcot. You can get basics like Ratatouille, Lasagna and Chicken, or step it up a notch with braised Duck, Salmon, Escargot and more exquisite cuisine. The Gateau au Chocolat is by far one of the best chocolate cakes layered with mousse you will ever have. Be sure to indulge in dessert while you’re here. 

regal eagle smokehouse at epcot american pavilion bbq at epcot

Regal Eagle BBQ Smokehouse

  • Where: World Showcase- America
  • Views: Casual Restaurant
  • Theme: Southern Barbecue
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: BBQ meats, pulled pork, burgers

We Recommend it Because:

As the new kid on the block in Epcot’s quick service lineup, the BBQ Smokehouse has tons of flavors, options and a plant-based burger too. We like this new addition as a casual sit down restaurant if you want something a little more unique than your typical burger and fries. Be sure to try all the BBQ sauces!

pizza at walt disney world

Via Napoli

  • Where: World Showcase- Italy
  • Views: The Pizza Ovens
  • Theme: Italian
  • Character Dining: No
  • Food: Pastas, Italian meats, salads, and Pizza

We Recommend it Because:

You can find some pretty great Magherita Pizza here. It’s also one of those classier places where if you have two hours and want to lounge about eating Italian and sipping wine you absolutely can! And as far as Italian on Disney property this one is pretty close to the top! Withstanding Disney Springs multitude of up and coming Italian restaurants, of course. What we don’t love is that it’s all kind of  pricey here! 

germany food and wine festival

Epcot Restaurants that ALMOST MADE THE LIST

Teppan Edo: This Hibachi restaurant in Japan combines freshly made food and an entertaining hibachi experience. While not crazy eclectic, the menu offers a limited selection of foods, especially for kids. This place is super allergy and gluten-free friendly. And the  Matcha ice cream here is great. Read the review. 

Biergarten: We love Biergarten. The festive atmosphere with singing and table sharing is enough to make you feel like you’re in an olde German village surrounded by friends. BUT… the food is still your basic buffet fare, and sharing your table with another family may not be your cup of tea. Definitively a fun experience you should have at least once. 

Katsura Grill: The quick service restaurant in Japan, Katsura Grill comes with limited seating, and a limited menu. Serving teriyaki, ramen, miso and more if you’re in the mood for Japanese, hold out for Tokyo Dining instead. The food will be of much higher quality and not that much more expensive. 

Epcot Restaurants On Our List TO TRY

Epcot Quick Service Restaurants YOU CAN SKIP

Electric Umbrella: Classic fast-food, Electric Umbrella can offer you food like chicken, hamburgers and mac and cheese. But with so many other places at Epcot to eat, why would you choose here!

Lotus Blossom Cafe: Your basic fast food Chinese. The pork and vegetable egg rolls here are decent, and the peach oolong tea is nice. Most everything else on the menu has the standard high msg found in Chinese foods so finding somewhere else to eat, especially when it’s hot out, could be good for your heart and hydration levels!

Epcot Table Service Restaurants YOU CAN SKIP

La Hacienda de San Angel: The table service of La Cantina de San Angel, we’ve had both great and sub par meals here. For the most part though this is a great atmosphere, on the water, and pretty good Mexican. 

Restaurant Marrakesh: Apart from the belly dancer show that happens while you eat, there isn’t much that differentiates this from basic middle eastern fare you’d find anywhere. You can grab the couscous and meats with more authentic flavor over at Spice Road Table. 

Coral Reef: Known for the fish tank feature that allows you to watch the tank while you eat, Coral Reef is more about the view than the food. While the food is adequate, if you’re a seafood person, you’re better off heading to the Boathouse at Disney Springs. 

San Angel Inn Ristorante: Found in the Mexican Pavilion, this restaurant is themed to be outdoors at nighttime. That said it’s candlelight dining at best. The food is average but if we’re picking a Mexican place at Epcot, La Hacienda is better for both counter service lunch and table service dinner. 

Nine Dragons: Ok, so just know we’re pretty hard on Chinese Food. Nine Dragons is decent Chinese, but nothing compared to Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs. The experience and food are just better. So for our money the Best Chinese Restaurant at Walt Disney World is Morimoto Asia, so why settle!

Akershus: This table service restaurant in Norway gets you all the Disney princesses in one place. The only other place on property where you can get this is Cinderellas Table, for twice the price. Since the food here is heavy, a la classic Norway, it’s not our cup of tea, but may be worth it if you can scratch those Princess signatures off your Disney To-Do List.

Best Restaurants in Epcot

Epcot, hands down has cultural cuisine covered. Whether it’s the awesome Japanese over at Tokyo Dining or the classic cheddar soup in Canada, there is a ton to eat at Epcot. 

Dining at Epcot is like entering a Foodie Wonderland. But with so many restaurants how can you choose? Here's our list of Best Epcot Restaurants, and all the ones that you are safe to skip! #disneyepcot #epcotrestaurants #polkadotpixies

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2 thoughts on “Best Epcot Restaurants and What to Skip”

  • It’s funny that some of your best are some of my worst. Garden Grill was a one-and-done for us. The food was bad. I mean really bad. The service wasn’t much better. It’s the only restaurant where we’ve paid a small fortune for a meal we didn’t eat. The kids wouldn’t eat the macaroni & cheese and they love mac & cheese. We left & headed straight to a quick service for dinner.

    The Regal Eagle wasn’t what we’d hoped for, either. The burgers are served on garlic bread. I know some love that, but we didn’t. The garlic bread overpowered everything.

    We’ve tried Via Napoli twice, and it won’t get a third chance. First time, we left without eating, or even ordering! We were seated at a table and no one ever came to serve us. Didn’t even get a drink order put in. We gave up after waiting 25 minutes. Second time, the service was great, but the food was just meh. I don’t know why everyone raves over their pizzas. We had a pepperoni pizza and I’ve seriously had better frozen ones. We got an individual pizza to split between two of us and left with half of it still on the tray.

    We’re trying Tutto Italia on our trip next month. Hopefully it redeems our Epcot dining experience!

  • I guess that just goes to show you that we all have different tastes! For example, we do not like buffets (and never really have) and yet so many people do!
    Walt Disney World has had consistency issues with their food within the last few years, and that always makes it difficult in posts like these. I’m sorry you’ve had bad experiences with these restaurants; we’ve never encountered anything like that at Disney.
    Are there any Epcot restaurants that you do like?

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