EPCOT Best Restaurants: An In-Depth Guide

October 13, 2022

Take your tastebuds on a world tour at EPCOT! The tastes of Italy, Morocco, Japan, and beyond all come together at this flavor mecca. 

If you’re a picky eater (or up to try it all), EPCOT at Walt Disney World is a foodie haven with something for everyone. Tantalizing tastes from across the world are brought to this centralized location for your dining pleasure. It’s hard to say what the best EPCOT restaurants are, but we have a few ideas.

While we know personal tastes are diverse, consider this guide a starting point to direct you to your future favorite places to eat in EPCOT. Keep in mind there are even more options than this. These are just the highlights! Note that they are not in any particular order.

From pasta to steak to sushi and everything in between, this captivating Disney park delivers! By now, your mouth is probably watering. With your appetite primed, keep reading for the lowdown on the best EPCOT restaurants.

Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada)

For juicy steaks and fresh seafood, reserve a table at Le Cellier in Canada. Not only is the menu spectacular, but the setting is supreme for a long, leisurely dinner. The château-style decor is complete with rich wood and smooth stone accents, set aglow in the light of flickering candles.

Raving reviews of the filet mignon conclude it may take the title for all-around best dinner at EPCOT. We recommend starting your meal with the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. Moreover, the Le Cellier Signature Poutine is an essential addition to your meal. Poutine is a classic Canadian dish, which could be summarized as souped-up french fries.

At the end of your meal, indulge in a Warm Pecan-Brown Butter Tart and a glass of dessert wine. 

Pro Tip: Don't forget that you’ll need Walt Disney World EPCOT theme park tickets to dine at any of the following restaurants. Grab discounted tickets today!

View of the entrance to to Le Cellier Steakhouse with flowers on either side of the arched iron entrance in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Teresa Christopher Thornborough via Facebook

La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)

Authentic Mexican cuisine and a spectacular waterfront view is a combo that’s hard to beat. Fresh, colorful ingredients pack a burst of flavor into every bite, making this one of the best EPCOT table service restaurants.

Photo Alert: Aspiring to be an Instagram influencer? Don’t forget to get a photo (or two) in front of the view at this restaurant. Just make sure you get it done before your waiter brings out the piping-hot food!

Fresh is the hallmark of La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion. We’re talking house-made corn tortillas and the freshest salsa varying from sweet to spicy. For dinner, the Tacos de Langosta is a seafood twist on the classic Mexican fare. 

A kid-friendly menu offers everything from quesadillas to chicken tenders. So, you know the littles won’t be going hungry, either.

To quench your thirst, choose from a broad selection of tequilas or handcrafted margaritas, including flavors such as Black Magic, La Cava Avocado, and El Diablo.

photo credit: La Hacienda de San Angel via Facebook

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Italy)

It’s difficult to top true-blue Italian cuisine. Pizza and pasta and parmesan, oh my! If you’re looking for restaurants in Italy in EPCOT, Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria has our vote.

Craving pasta? Go for the tortellini, ravioli, or spaghetti. Tender noodles adorned in the perfect amount of sauce are an Italian favorite. The addition of veggies, meatballs, or extra cheese completes these dishes.

On the other hand, you may be leaning toward classic pizza. Wood-burning ovens cook crispy thin crusts to perfection. Caputo flour, imported straight from Italy, is the secret ingredient. Follow your cravings to choose your toppings! Ooey-gooey mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, and spicy Italian sausage are just a few of the options.

Finish off your meal with an espresso, just like the Italians do.

Pro Tip: On the hunt for other EPCOT restaurants Italy? Another Italian option is Tutto Italia Ristorante. Be sure to order cannoli for dessert!

photo credit: Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (1510 Avenue of the Stars, Orlando, FL) via Facebook

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway)

Served with your meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a good dose of Disney magic! Beloved princesses, such as Cinderella, Belle, and Aurora, are known to walk beneath the cathedral ceilings of the medieval castle the restaurant calls home. This is one of the must-visit restaurants in EPCOT Orlando, Florida, if you’re bringing the kids.

While the princesses may outshine the menu here (for the kiddos, at least), the Norway cuisine can hold its own. Scandinavian seafood pairs well with delicious imported cheeses if you opt for the Taste of Norway starter.

On the kids menu are some healthier options, like grilled chicken and salmon. Of course, Norwegian meatballs are a great pick for children who truly want a taste of Norway!

Pro Tip: This is one of the pricier restaurant options. We suggest eating breakfast here if you want the magic without dishing out the moolah. The family-style morning meal is likely to be cheaper than the other meals and includes favorites such as scrambled eggs, potato casserole, and cinnamon rolls.

Four Cheese Stuffed Pasta

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Chefs de France (France)

The dreamy city of Love is waiting for you with a collection of exceptional flavors. Bright and airy French decor sets the scene for your meal of tantalizing Parisian cuisine at Chefs de France in the France pavilion!

Delight yourself with your choice of French wine, surrounded by the charming ambiance. Satisfy your appetite with rotisserie chicken, braised beef, or ratatouille. Or, splurge with the Gratin de Macaroni -- a fancy version of macaroni and cheese baked with cream and Gruyère cheese.

End on a sweet note with crème brûlée or tarte au chocolat. Bon appétit! 

Pro Tip: If you can’t get enough French food, there are other EPCOT French restaurants to choose from! Check out Monsieur Paul and Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie. This French bakery is the perfect dessert stop.

family sitting at table at Chefs de France at Epcot in Orlando, Florida, USA

Experience fine dining and hospitality at Chefs de France.

San Angel Inn Restaurante (Mexico)

To continue our search for the best place to eat, EPCOT’s San Angel Inn Restaurante is up there. Transport yourself to a 17th-century hacienda at the base of Mayan ruins, backlit by a twilight glow. Here, you can dine at dusk, no matter the time of day! A dreamy, romantic setting makes this a great pick for couples.

Of course, you’d be amiss if you skipped the guacamole. It’s topped with mango and toasted pumpkin seeds for a unique flair. For the main entree, Tacos de Ribeye or Carne Asada are first-rate options. Top it all off with Tres Leche de Horchata for dessert! The Chocolate “Fiesta” Pyramid is another great choice.

photo credit: San Angel Inn via Facebook

Yachtsman Steakhouse (United States)

Located in the resort area of EPCOT, Yachtsman Steakhouse is situated within a comfortable walking distance of the EPCOT park and is easily one of the best EPCOT restaurants. It’ll take you about 15 minutes on foot to make your way to the Yacht Club from the International Gateway entrance at EPCOT.

This New England-inspired dining room is decorated with knotty pine beams and features nautical touches. As for the menu, you’ll want to go straight for the steak. In the dry-aging room, watch butchers hand-cut steaks! Beef is aged in-house at this classy restaurant.

Steak with a side of Truffle Macaroni and Cheese is an exceptional match!

Pro Tip: Yachtsman Steakhouse is an upscale experience that requires guests to dress as such. Pull out your nicest vacation getup for this one!

photo credit: Where To Travel Team- TTMCW via Facebook

Tokyo Dining (Japan)

Journey to Asia for a taste of Japanese traditions in the realms of hospitality, cuisine, and culture. Tokyo Dining offers a wide selection of delicious Japanese fare in a sleek, modern setting. Towering windows allow you to dine with a view: the World Showcase Lagoon.

Of course, you can’t skip the sushi and sashimi. Matcha Tiramisu is the perfect finale to your meal. Additionally, enjoy a hot cup of traditional green tea! This may be one of the best sit-down restaurants in EPCOT.

photo credit: Disney Dining via Facebook

Biergarten (Germany)

With a Polka band playing in the background, dining is a lively affair at Biergarten! Journey to a cozy Bavarian village, where you’ll encounter a mouthwatering feast.

A hefty buffet caters to every taste. If you’re looking for variety, this is quite possibly one of the best EPCOT dinners. Choose from rotisserie chicken, Schnitzel, and traditional sausages. Of course, there’s also a large selection of beer and wine for those of age!

photo credit: Morgan Abtahi via Facebook

Spice Road Table (Morocco)

Near the top of the list of best places to eat, EPCOT’s Spice Road Table offers much more than a delectable dinner. Enjoy a show featuring a blazing fireworks spectacle with your meal! The sweet sounds of beloved Disney songs fill the air with nostalgia. Just be sure to opt for the fireworks dining package.

Photo Alert: Get a couple of photos (or even a boomerang!) of the fireworks show for the ‘gram. Make it quick, so you don’t miss the show!

On the menu is a smorgasbord of classic Mediterranean fare. An appetizer of House-Made Hummus Fries sets the night off on the right foot. Afterward, choose from a selection of Mediterranean small plates. We recommend the Grilled Lamb Kefta and Naan Spreads!

photo credit: Disney Parks via Facebook

Garden Grill Restaurant (United States)

This cuisine hits close to home, but it’s worth sampling anyway! You’ll find the Garden Grill Restaurant in the Land pavilion, which is part of the World Nature neighborhood.

The restaurant rotates, meaning you’ll get to dine in an array of settings, from rainforests to prairies. Characters Chip ‘n Dale wander around, making this a great choice if you’re bringing the kiddos! This is why the Garden Grill Restaurant is one of the best EPCOT restaurants for families.

In the way of food, try the veggies! They’re grown on-site in Living with the Land greenhouses. Family-style meals are the name of the game here! Try the Barbecue-Roasted Chicken with a side of Southern-style Spoon Bread.

Rose & Crown Dining Room (United Kingdom)

This full-service, family-friendly pub serves typical British pub fare, including fish and chips and bangers and mash. The pub also features an extensive list of pub blends. In the lineup are favorites like Snake Bite, Blacksmith, and Golden.

Kid-friendly menu options include turkey meatballs and cheesy pasta. There’s something for everyone at Rose & Crown Dining Room in EPCOT!

photo credit: WDW News Today via Facebook

Nine Dragons Restaurant (China)

Chinese lanterns and glass artwork create a cozy backdrop so you can kick back and relax for the duration of a sizzling Asian meal. If you grab a table by a window, peer out at the World Showcase Lagoon promenade between bites.

Let the meal begin with some vegetable spring rolls or chicken pot stickers! When you’re ready for the star of the show, main meal options include Honey Sesame Chicken or Kung Pao Duo -- chicken and shrimp with peanuts. 

Finish strong with a dessert unlike any other you’ve had before: Boba Blue Magic. Popping boba and blue lychee jelly are a couple of the ingredients that comprise this unique concoction. 

photo credit: Disney World Passholders via Facebook

Teppan Edo (Japan)

Watch in awe as master Japanese chefs prepare your meal right in front of your eyes. You can order everything from sushi rolls to teriyaki dishes at Teppan Edo in the Japan pavilion of EPCOT. Although these chefs put on quite a show, the real work of art is what will be put on your plate after they finish cooking!

While you’re probably sold based on the experience alone, here are some menu highlights, too. The array of juicy meat choices includes steak, chicken, and fish. For the vegetarians among us, Yasai is a tofu dish you won’t want to pass up.

A selection of alcoholic beverages, including sake, is available for the grown-ups. Of course, you’ll have to order some Yuzu Mousse Cake for dessert!

photo credit: Grown Ups in Wonderland via Facebook

Space 220 (United States)

If you’re on a search for the latest and greatest, Space 220 is a new restaurant that’s truly out of this world (get it?). A prix-fixe menu helps foodies narrow down the options!

When you’re getting ready for takeoff, try the Blue Moon Cauliflower or Starry Calamari appetizers. Themed entree options include the Galactic Salmon, Spaceghetti & Shrimp, and Centauri Burger.

The restaurant’s decor will have you convinced you’re actually dining at a space station. Get ready to launch into the starry sky!

photo credit: Space 220 via Facebook

Tips for Dining in Restaurants at Epcot

Disney restaurants tend to be crowded hotspots, for good reason. Delicious eateries draw in food connoisseurs from all over! At EPCOT, best restaurants exist in abundance. So, don’t get lost in the shuffle! Go in with a plan.

Make Reservations Early

Although you can walk in and request a table, most restaurants at EPCOT are booked up well in advance. Quick service options like snack carts, cafes, and EPCOT bars are exceptions.

Table service restaurant reservations can be made up to 60 days before your trip, so request a table at your restaurant(s) of choice as early as possible. This guarantees your family will dine at a top EPCOT restaurant during your trip.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

If you know you love pasta, it’s all too easy to choose one of the Italian restaurants and go on with your day. Since the World Showcase in EPCOT is meant to expose guests to new cultures, cuisines, and world history, why not try a new type of cuisine?

If you’ve never had Moroccan kebabs, Japanese sushi, or Norwegian meatballs, now’s the time to try new dishes!

photo credit: Carolyn at Pure Magic Vacations via Facebook

Dine During IllumiNations

Often, Disney park guests prefer to dine before or after EPCOT’s captivating fireworks show. However, if you’ve seen it before or aren’t super interested, make your dinner reservations during this timeframe. Plus, with many restaurants offering exclusive views of the show, you may not have to miss it after all!

Talk to Your Waiters

Many of the employees at the World Showcase restaurants in EPCOT are from that region or country. If you notice that your particular waiter, waitress, or host may be a native, politely start a conversation and learn more about the world around you.

It’s time to try the best EPCOT restaurants and decide for yourself which one is the winner!

There are few places that allow you to try authentic cuisine from all over the world -- all in one spot. However, the impossible is made possible at EPCOT in Walt Disney World. Sample an endless variety of flavors for an unbeatable fine-dining experience!

Where in the world will your tastebuds lead you? Let your cravings guide your plans to explore the magical, multicultural world of EPCOT!

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