If you are on the hunt for the best Epcot restaurants you have come to the right place! Dining at Epcot is a real treat and has only gotten better over the years. Many people go into their Disney trip with the notion that the only type of food you can eat is “theme park food” a la burgers, fries, hot dogs etc. but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Food at Epcot is out of this world and truly the best of all the Disney parks as far as dining options go.
Epcot is my favorite park and one of the main reasons why is because of all of the fantastic foodie options. There is truly something for everyone. Whether you are a vegan, a hardcore meat eater, someone who loves a certain cuisine such as Japanese, or someone who is a picky eater and just looking for some Disney food that actually IS “theme park food” Epcot dining options have got you covered.
In this post I am going to take you through the best Epcot restaurants ranked from best to worst so you can get a really great introduction to the best food at Epcot. Although I have been to Epcot hundreds of times as a lifelong annual passholder, don’t trust me! I want you to see for yourself and taste something from all of the best restaurants in Epcot. You won’t regret it! Make sure to check out the Official Epcot Map so you know where everything is located around the park!
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23 Best Epcot Restaurants From Best To Worst
Best Epcot Table Service Restaurants
Rose & Crown Is My Favorite Epcot Restaurant
Rose & Crown is easily one of the best restaurants in Epcot for a variety of reasons. First, the location is great. It is located in the United Kingdom Pavilion which is on the “lower” end of World Showcase Lagoon. If you are coming from Futureworld, you won’t have a long way to go to visit the United Kingdom Pavilion as you must only pass Canada.
Second, you can almost always get a walk-up reservation. We all know that getting reservations for Epcot dining can be like searching for a needle in a haystack, but don’t fret if you don’t snag one for Rose & Crown. Often enough, if you go between 5-6pm, you will only have a very short wait. This is a huge benefit if you weren’t able to make your priority Epcot dining reservation ahead of time or if you are planning a last-minute trip but still want a table service restaurant experience.
Of course, we can’t forget the food! The food at Rose & Crown is fantastic. There is a “secret” vegan menu as well which offers MANY of the menu favorites as vegan options as well including Vegan Fish And Chips and Vegan Bangers And Mash.
Every time I visit Rose & Crown there are at least 3-4 people around me ordering from this secret vegan menu. If you aren’t vegan or vegetarian, there are still TONS of options for you, including all the British favorites you have always dreamed of!
Finally, Rose & Crown is one of the best restaurants in Epcot for viewing the fireworks and night show. The restaurant is located right on World Showcase Lagoon so you have a picture-perfect view of the show. Just make sure to snag a later reservation around 7:45 or later so that you can eat and enjoy the show without taking up space for anyone else!
La Hacienda de San Angel Offers Great Views
La Hacienda de San Angel is easily one of the best Epcot restaurants. It is located in the Mexico Pavilion and is suspended over the water on World Showcase Lagoon. There are 3 restaurants in Mexico in Epcot and this one is the mid-level option. Unlike Rose & Crown which offers outdoor seating, La Hacienda de San Angel only offers indoor seating with floor-to-ceiling window views of World Showcase Lagoon. This makes it one of the best options for dining in Epcot if you want to see the fireworks without sitting outside in the heat.
La Hacienda de San Angel has some of the best food at Epcot because the portions are quite large. There are vegetarian and vegan menu options as well if anyone in your party has dietary restrictions. Some orders come with a HUGE side of beans and a HUGE side of rice. If you ask nicely, you can even get it replenished. Also, La Hacienda de San Angel reigns supreme as one of the best restaurants in Epcot because it offers FREE chips and salsa to eat while you wait. The majority of Epcot restaurants do not offer any sort of “free” starter with your meal, but La Hacienda de San Angel does and that is why it is an incredible dining choice during your trip.
Keep in mind that La Hacienda de San Angel is VERY POPULAR and reservations sell out quickly. You can’t usually just walk up and have a table ready for you as it is usually always sold out. Make sure to reserve in advance if you are looking to eat here!
Biergarten Restaurant Is The Best Epcot Restaurant For Dinner And A Show
If you are looking for dinner and a show during your time dining at Epcot, look no further than Biergarten Restaurant. Located in the Germany pavilion, Biergarten Restaurant is a family-style, all you can eat buffet. There is a traditional German-style show which is fun for the whole family. Biergarten Restaurant is designed to look like you are outside while you are really indoors.
Keep in mind that you will NOT be sitting alone. Instead, you will be sitting at long tables with other people than just those in your group. If you are looking for a romantic dinner for two, this won’t be the best Epcot restaurant for you. Dinner runs about $60 for adults but the amount of food you can gorge on makes up for the hefty price. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, ensure to save your credits and use them for a meal here!
Finally, the food at Biergarten Restaurant features all of the German favorites from bratwurst to sauerkraut. The best part? Adults will receive beer to drink during the show. Prost!
Nine Dragons Restaurant Is An Underrated Epcot Dining Option
The powers that be will probably be mad at me for recommending Nine Dragons Restaurant, located in the China Pavilion, as one of the best restaurants in Epcot, but I would never lie to you! This place is usually always marked as one of the WORST Epcot dining options and I truly have no idea why! First off, there are usually ALWAYS reservations. This is probably because of the myth of it being a horrible place to eat at Epcot is always spread around. You can even find day-of reservations at Nine Dragons Restaurant.
Secondly, the prices are very affordable! A vegetarian meal costs $17 here when at other Epcot restaurants it will ring in at around $24. They are very good with accommodating request such as if you would prefer noodles over rice in your dish. Simply ask! In addition, the portions are HUGE and if you want to “upgrade” to fried rice over plain white rice, the price isn’t that expensive. You can certainly leave Nine Dragons Restaurant feeling full.
Finally, Nine Dragons Restaurant also features panoramic windows of World Showcase Lagoon. I have sat near the windows many times and it makes people watching so much fun. I truly don’t understand the bashing of this place and truly think it has some of the best food at Epcot.
Affordable, good views of World Showcase Lagoon, and always a reservation to be had? Isn’t that all you can really ask for when dining at Epcot? Give Nine Dragons Restaurant a try and let me know in the comments what your thoughts are!
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria Is One Of The Most Affordable
If you are taking the whole family to Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria and ordering pizza, then boom, you have one of the most affordable restaurants in Epcot. Although the prices may intiailly seem alarming for PIZZA, as soon as you divide up the price, it really isn’t that bad at all, compared to other Epcot dining options. Plus, it is easily the best place to eat in the Italy Pavilion for both price and fun atmosphere.
Let’s break it down! You can get a pizza with toppings for around $41 [ouch!] that feeds 3-5 people. Once you do the math, you will see that $41/3 is $13.60 which is incredibly cheap for table service dining in Epcot. If you divide $41/5 you are now at just $8.20 per person. These prices are stellar and the pizza is actually really fantastic. If you have a picky eater on your hands, this is one of the best Epcot restaurants for the whole family. If you don’t want pizza, there are also other dining options for you too so don’t worry!
Make a reservation in advance here as the wait will be long for walk-up service. There is usually a few reservations left 1-2 days in advance so if you are booking last minute, you are truly in luck because Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is home to some of the best food at Epcot for a really affordable price!
Chefs de France Offers Huge Portions And Some Of The Best Food In Epcot
If you are looking for the best Epcot restaurants that offer huge portions for the price, Chefs de France is the place for you! It is one of three restaurants in the France pavilion, but the most easily accessible as it is right off the main walkway. You really can’t go wrong when you eat at Chefs de France as it is home to some of the best food in Epcot. You will want to make a reservation in advance as walk-up service is hard to come by unless you come very early like 5 PM or late like 8 PM.
If you are looking for a fantastic starter, the cheese board at Chefs de France is MASSIVE and incredibly filling. If you need more crackers or bread, simply ask and you will be provided with more. It is great for sharing and is priced around $15 which isn’t that expensive considering all the food you get. You can take home the cheese for a snack on another day or later that night if you want as well, just ask for a to-go box!
If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, it is a great way to use up your credits! Although it isn’t a Disney owned establishment, they do still work with the dining plan!
If you are looking for some of the best food at Epcot for parents AND kids, the baked macaroni for $18.99 is your go-to. The portion is totally MASSIVE and it is so rich you will be full after only a few bites.
I really can’t state enough how this baked pasta dish is easily one of the best things to eat at Epcot and that it is so incredibly filling you won’t have room for dessert! There are a variety of traditional dishes as well as steaks and fish options here making Chefs de France one of the best Epcot restaurants by far.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Is Character Dining Heaven
If you want the best character dining in Epcot, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, located in the Norway Pavilion, is the place for you. While the food gets mixed reviews, the number of princesses that you get to meet all in one setting is well worth the price and lands Akershus Royal Banquet Hall on our list of the best restaurants in Epcot.
The prices are around $50 for adults [use your Disney Dining Plan!] and the food is a mixture of Norwegian fare [something unique] and more familiar food for Americans. If you have a picky eater on your hand, consider this when you are making your reservation. You are served an entree by ordering from a menu but your starter is served from a buffet so you get to get up and walk around.
But honestly, we aren’t recommending Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for the food alone, we are recommending it for the princesses! Instead of standing in line for hours across all the parks, why not just dine in Norway and meet a whole bunch of them at one time? The princesses are able to spend more time and you are able to take great photos! There is even a specific “photo section” where you can meet and greet the princesses without having them just come around to your table! If you are looking for the best restaurant in Epcot for character dining, you can’t pass up Akershus Royal Banquet Hall because of the number of characters you get to meet all in one place!
Worst Epcot Table Service Restaurants
Spice Road Table Offers World’s Tiniest Portions For A Huge Price
I can’t think of a better restaurant in Epcot to start off our list of worst table service places than Spice Road Table. It is located right on World Showcase Lagoon and offers open-air dining with stunning views all around. It is the perfect place for viewing the fireworks, but the portions are absolutely minuscule for the hefty price tag.
I was so excited to visit here, but the price you pay isn’t even remotely worth the atmosphere. We left Spice Road Table feeling hungry after paying $25 per person for our meal and $13 for a starter, walked across the walkway to the quick service dining, and saw we could have purchased something very similar for a fraction of the price [more on that below]. Do NOT be convinced to eat at Spice Road Table simply based on the pretty view alone unless you have Disney Dining Plan credits to burn and you don’t mind tiny portions for a huge price.
Tutto Italia Ristorante Leaves A Lot To Be Desired
It had been my mom and my longtime dream to eat at Tutto Italia Ristorante but we couldn’t justify the high prices until one day we decided to go as a special occasion and see what the hype is all about. We thought that Tutto Italia Ristorante would have some of the best food in Epcot, but it truly left a lot to be desired. First, the dining room was cramped and loud and dimly lit. We even sat near a window but if you sat in the main dining room it would have been incredible “meh.”
Second, the food was the tiniest portions you can imagine when you are paying $28 for a pasta dish. Unlike some of the best Epcot restaurants listed above that provide large portions for the price, Tutto Italia Ristorante does not do this and we ordered multiple things on the menu. They were all small and no better than what you would get at Olive Garden or the little Italian place down the street.
There are FAR better Epcot dining options if you are looking for a really nice experience and this really isn’t it. If you are looking to eat Italian food in Epcot, check out the Pizzaria instead, also located in the Italy Pavilion. It is a much better price and the pasta there is more affordable and better too.
Tokyo Dining Should Be Skipped For Teppan Edo Instead
Once again, we come across an Epcot restaurant that has incredible views of the World Showcase Lagoon but mediocre food and small portions for a high price. Located on the second level of the Japan pavilion, Tokyo Dining leaves a lot to be desired. The prices are high and the portions are small. If you really love Japanese food, this really should be skipped as you will be left disappointed and annoyed.
While the views are incredible, once it gets dark, you won’t be able to see anything outside because of the glare and reflection in the windows. If you are visiting Disney in winter, this means the sun sets at 5 pm so practically all dining will be done in the dark.
A better option is to skip Tokyo Dining and instead visit Teppan Edo. Teppan Edo is one of the best Epcot restaurants because the portions are large and you get to eat hibachi style. It is pretty cramped and you have to sit with other people, but the food is good and the portions are much bigger than Tokyo Dining. You won’t get the views [if you can even see them] but you will get great food for a reasonable price and you will leave feeling full. Plus, you will get a fun hibachi show!
Best Epcot Counter Service Restaurants
Tangierine Café Is The Best Epcot Restaurant For Atmosphere, Price, And Portion
Tangierine Café, located in Morocco, is easily the best quick service restaurant in Epcot. Remember Spice Road Table that made our “meh” list above? Skip it and come to Tangierine Café instead. You won’t be sorry! The prices are VERY reasonable and the portions are huge, especially for a walk-up dining option. It is also home to some of the best food in Epcot.
Prices range from $11-$15 and again, the portions are huge and the food is great. The hummus and falafel is really fantastic and a clear winner if you are looking to try some Moroccan food. There are also a variety of drink and dessert options if you are looking for something to cap off your meal. Tangierine Café is one of the best Epcot restaurants for vegetarians/vegans and meat-eaters alike. We have taken every sort of person here and EVERYONE has totally loved it. You really can’t go wrong when you choose Tangierine Café.
Morocco is home to some of the best drinks at Epcot if you are drinking around the world so make sure to get some while you dine!
Finally, the atmosphere at Tangierine Café is really wonderful as far as quick service dining at Epcot goes. The tiles are authentic-inspired and you can sit both outside or indoors depending on the weather and how you feel!
Sunshine Seasons Offers The Best Food At Epcot For A Variety Of Tastes
Sunshine Seasons is located over in Futureworld in The Land Pavilion. Unlike other counter-service dining options at Epcot, Sunshine Seasons is set up like a food court, meaning that there are a large variety of options to choose from. This is the best restaurants in Epcot if you are looking to feed people with a variety of tastes and styles all in one place.
There is an Asian Noodles shop featuring Mongolian Beef and Stir-Fried Shrimp [and vegan options], there is a Grill Shop featuring chicken and Pork, there is a Sandwich shop for when you want something quick and easy to take on the go, there is a Soup and Salad shop for when you want something healthy, and of course, there is a Dessert Shop!
As you can see, Sunshine Seasons packs some of the best food in Epcot all in one place. This is an exceptional choice if you just want to satisfy everyone in your group without any fussing. The best part is you can grab a sandwich from one shop and Asian noodles from another shop to mix and match your perfect meal. You really can’t go wrong with a stop at Sunshine Seasons and it is easily one of the best Epcot restaurants you won’t want to miss.
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie Is My Favorite Epcot Restaurant For Dessert
You can go through your entire trip to Disney without ever even knowing that Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie exists! It is one of the more hidden Epcot restaurants and it is in the very back of the France Pavilion. You have to go THROUGH the store in order to get to it. If you want to eat at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie [and you really should] simply ask a cast member if you can’t find it! I must admit, I didn’t stumble upon this little place for years and years. It is very easy to miss. You should seek it out as it does make my list of the best Disney restaurants throughout all of the parks and resorts!
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie has some of the best food in Epcot and shouldn’t be missed, especially for dessert! First, I am obsessed with Paris and go every year for my birthday. Every day of the trip I get a pastry from a local Parisian shop. I can tell you that Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie tastes exactly like authentic France. The desserts here are world-class and you really shouldn’t miss it!
There are plenty of grab-and-go sandwiches and little pizzas as well as sides. The Cast Members can quickly heat anything up for you so it is delightful and ready to go. There is also an indoor seating area making it easy to escape the Florida heat. Keep in mind that although it is hidden, there is always a line for Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie! That is because it is one of the best Epcot restaurants and you shouldn’t miss it, even for dessert!
Get Sommerfest’s Nudel Gratin And Thank Me Later
Sommerfest is the walk-up service restaurant in the Germany Pavilion and it is often missed as people speed through grabbing a beer and leaving for the next country. How do I know? Because I have done it for YEARS before I finally went to Sommerfest. There are only a few things on the menu, but you really shouldn’t miss it because it is some of the best food at Epcot.
Even though the Nudel Gratin is marked as a ‘side” you should make a trip to Sommerfest specifically for this dish. This ‘side” is less than $5 yet the portion is SO MASSIVE you won’t believe your eyes. The Nudel Gratin is essentially a baked German Mac and Cheese that is also like a Lasana. It is warm and gooey but also sticks together nicely to form a shape. It is an entree on all its own or you can get a Bratwurst to go with it for $10.29.
If you are walking the World Showcase and find yourself getting hungry, Sommerfest and the Nudel Gratin will come to your rescue. Although it is a bit hidden, it is one of the best restaurants in Epcot and totally underrated as far as quick-service dining options go!
Worst Epcot Counter Service Restaurants
The Electric Umbrella Is The Most Uninspiring Of All The Epcot Restaurants
Let’s be honest, you are looking for the best restaurants in Epcot. You are at Epcot to eat amazing and delightful food, not typical “theme park food” and that is what the Electric Umbrella offers. Around the late 2000’s to early 2010’s the Electric Umbrella was actually pretty decent and was one of my favorites. But it truly cannot compare to all of the other fantastic food at Epcot that you can eat!
If you want a burger or chicken nuggets and sub-par french fries then this is the place to go. The “vegetarian” option is a sad Quinoa Salad that leaves a lot to be desired and is kind of a slap in the face to vegetarians. If you want “bad” theme park food, this is the place to go, but if you are looking to feel satisfied from a good meal, there are so many other restaurants at Epcot to choose from.
The only upside to the Electric Umbrella is the location which is centrally located in Future World and right near the entrance. But otherwise, it doesn’t have a lot going for it is one of the best places to eat at Epcot.
Lotus Blossom Café Leaves A Lot To Be Desired
I really wanted to like Lotus Blossom Café but it is just “meh” for the price. This boring walk-up restaurant in Epcot is actually kind of expensive when you can go next door and sit down in the nice air conditioning of Nine Dragons and eat the same thing for only a few dollars more. The food is super uninspiring and there aren’t many redeeming qualities. If you are looking to eat Chinese food at Epcot, you really should just head to Nine Dragons as the food is much better.
The only redeeming quality of Lotus Blossom Café is the Plum Wine. If you are drinking around the world and are looking for something unique, head for the Plum Wine. Otherwise, skip Lotus Blossom Café as it is far from one of the best restaurants at Epcot.
Katsura Grill Doesn’t Have Very Many Options
Katsura Grill is the “hidden” dining option in the Japan Pavilion. It is on the more expensive side as well but you don’t get very much for your money. It isn’t necessarily a HORRIBLE place to eat, but it is on this list of “worst” dining in Epcot simply because it doesn’t offer very many choices, the prices are not the best, and the portions are quite small.
If you are a sushi lover, I’ve been told to skip Katsura Grill as the Sushi is really mediocre and leaves a lot to be desired. It is also incredibly expensive and not at all the best sushi you find. Otherwise, there are Udon noodle options but none of them come without meat so if you are looking to stay away from meat during your time eating at Epcot, you are going to be out of luck.
What Katsura Grill does have going for it is a lovely view over the Japan Pavilion and both indoor and outdoor seating. There are so many other quick-service Epcot restaurants that you should try before you consider this one!
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#5. A Poncho Instead Of An Umbrella. Add a poncho to your Disney packing list instead of a travel umbrella! Unless you are outfitted in a waterproof jacket, pants, and shoes, you are going to need something to stay dry in the event of a squall. A poncho folds up teeny tiny in your suitcase and is easy to throw into a backpack when you’re are sightseeing. It is quick to whip out and put on and keeps you more covered than an umbrella. When considering what to pack for Disney make sure you pick a poncho that is made of quality material so it doesn’t rip when you put it on.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the best restaurants in Epcot as well as some dining options that should be avoided. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments what you think the best food in Epcot is! As always, if you have any questions, I am more than happy to answer them for you! Thank you for reading!
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