5 Must-Try Restaurants at Epcot

5 Must-Try Restaurants at Epcot

Epcot Food and Wine Fest offers a world of incredible restaurants and dining experiences sure to satisfy whatever you and your family have a taste for. From fine dining to casual, and everything in between, these are some of the best restaurants at Epcot:

  1. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  2. Begin the day with an all-American breakfast at a Medieval castle. Dine on classics like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, potato casserole and cinnamon rolls.

    At lunch and dinner, the tastes of Norway are on the menu. Your feast will include the very best Scandinavian seafood, cheeses, meats and endless fresh fruit. Entrée picks come from an ever-changing menu featuring delectable pan-seared salmon and oven-roasted chicken breasts. Those with a taste for Norwegian meatballs will want to try the popular Kjøttkake.

    Families with young daughters can treat their little princesses to a meal with a Disney Princess during Story Book Dining. Guests at this unique dining experience may include Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora, Ariel or Mary Poppins. Bring your appetite for good times because the Disney characters love to mingle, sign autographs and pose for pictures.

  3. Live Music at Biergarten RestaurantBiergarten Restaurant
  4. No need to wait until October to celebrate Oktoberfest. You can enjoy all the food and take part in lively entertainment all year long at Biergarten Restaurant. Traditional German cuisine is served in a raucous Bavarian village filled with the sounds and oompah beats of a jovial band. Meals are served communal-style and guests share the dining experience along a long table. It’s buffet so bring a hearty appetite. Rotating menu items include pork schnitzel, bratwurst, rotisserie chicken and a slew of salads. Sweet treats like Bavarian cheesecake and hand-pulled apple strudel are baked fresh daily.

    Hop on down to the dance floor and take part in a vivacious Polka or just relax under the nighttime sky. If you’re 21 or older, you can enjoy a stein of beer while toasting ore than 200 festive years of Oktoberfest celebrations. A full range of beers and wines are available for those who love to imbibe with friends.

  5. Spice Road Table
  6. Surround yourself with the inviting ambiance of open-air Mediterranean cafés and enjoy a relaxing meal with a waterfront view. The picturesque Spice Road Table is quaint and authentic. Savor small plate servings of spicy garlic shrimp, friend calamari, beef sticks, chicken skewers and rack of lamb with a coriander crust. Your senses will delight in the stunning décor inspired from the breathtaking Moroccan seaside. It’s an inviting stop for a tasty meal on your journey around the World Showcase Lagoon.

    Make plans to dine at night and you’ll be treated to a spectacular laser, water and fireworks display. “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” is a don’t-miss show that celebrates and embraces the spirit of humanity. This extravaganza is a creative and technical masterpiece that features balls of fire launched 60 feet in the air, the world’s first spherical video-display system, and narration by Winnie the Pooh.

  7. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria Fried Risotto BallsVia Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
  8. It should come as no surprise that one of the best Epcot restaurants was voted critic’s choice for “Best Theme Park Restaurant” by the Orlando Sentinel. Take your taste buds on a delicious tour of Southern Italy and enjoy genuine Italian favorites like hearty pasta, fresh salad and specialty pizzas cooked to perfection in wood-burning ovens. Starters include savory fried risotto balls, thick vegetable soup and a delectable corn-crusted calamari smothered in a spicy tomato sauce. Authentic Italian cooking shines through on favorites like spinach lasagna and veal parmigiana.

    You don’t have to go to Naples to enjoy a Neapolitan pizza—you can get it delivered right to your table at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria. These thin-crust pizzas feature fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes and Caputo flour imported from Italy. Even the water for the dough is taken from an underground spring just like Italian water sources in the Campania region. Cheesy Quattro formaggi and sausage-topped picante pizzas are baked in the fiery pits of Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli—wood-burning ovens named after active volcanoes.

  9. Coral Reef Restaurant
  10. Enjoy a cozy dining experience with your family and 4,000 sea creatures at Coral Reef Restaurant. Seasonal seafood cuisine is prepared using aquatic favorites from the world’s oceans and seas plus farm-raised species. Start off with a grilled octopus and tuna tataki appetizer. Menus change frequently but often feature baked cheese manicotti with griddled lobster tail; oven-roasted chicken breast with polenta cake; pearl onions, bacon and black trumpet mushrooms; or the sustainable mahi mahi, the fresh catch of the day. Tempting desserts like the turtle cheesecake and chocolate wave will have you swimming back for more.

    Chocolate Wave at the Coral Reef RestaurantSpeaking of swimming, your dining experience includes a panoramic view of a truly amazing underwater world—The Seas. This showpiece is the largest and most spectacular inland saltwater aquarium ever built, holding enough water to fill 54 Olympic-size swimming pools. In addition to the wondrous sea creatures that include 85 species of tropical fish, you just might see Mickey going for a dive in full scuba gear.

Many of the best Epcot restaurants participate in Disney Dining Plans, but availability does vary. Always check with the restaurant before ordering.

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