Epcot is certainly the foodie’s park at Disney World. None of the other parks have more restaurants than Epcot! With character meals, table service restaurants, quick service, countless kiosks and specialty food windows, and festivals on-going almost year-round, the Epcot food scene can certainly get overwhelming!
If you’re a first time visitor and you just need an overview of what’s available for relaxing meals, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to break down the types of dining locations and provide a summary of Epcot restaurants so that you can quickly and easily decide where your family may want to enjoy meals.
If snacking your way around the park is more your style, visit Eating Around The World at Epcot. Looking for longer sit-down meals? Keep on reading!
Epcot Food Strategy
How you choose to dine at Walt Disney World is truly a matter of personal preference.
If you want to focus on attractions and just grab quick bites to eat, you’ll want to stick with mostly quick service restaurants and kiosks as those will take less time. Since quick service locations do not require reservations, they’re also a good choice for those who don’t want to have a detailed food plan or want to remain spontaneous.
Foodies and those who enjoy full, leisurely meals may want to make reservations at more table service restaurants.
The majority of Disney World guests fall somewhere in the middle. It’s quite common to make one table service or character dining reservation each day, guaranteeing a place to relax for a while and enjoy a meal while the other meals of the day are spontaneous and on the go.
Let’s see what Epcot has to offer in each of these dining categories…
Epcot Quick Service Restaurants
Quick service restaurants do not require reservations. At quick service restaurants, orders are placed at an attended podium and then you pick up your meal and find your own table. Some quick service restaurants only have outdoor seating, but many are indoors.
Most quick service restaurants offer mobile ordering using the My Disney Experience app. USE THIS! Mobile Ordering allows you to bypass the ordering line and will save you so much time.
Quick service meals average around $12-$15 for adults.
There are several quick service restaurants in World Showcase including Katsura Grill in Japan (offering sushi, teriyaki, and udon), La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico (tacos, nachos, and empanadas), Lotus Blossom Cafe in China (pot stickers, egg rolls, orange chicken, fried rice), and, my family’s favorite, Tangierine Cafe in Morocco (shawarma platters and salads). With the exception of La Cantina which only offers covered outdoor seating, all of these restaurants offer tables both indoors and out.
Sunshine Seasons at The Land in Future World offers an extensive menu with several marketplaces including Asian cuisine, rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, and soups and salads. It is also one of the few counter service locations in Epcot open for breakfast. This restaurant is huge and entirely indoors so it’s a great place to relax on a hot or rainy day.
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Norway and Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in France both offer extensive cases where you can select from a variety of amazing sweets from those countries and a selection of prepared sandwiches and entrees. Yorkshire County Fish Shop in the United Kingdom has yummy fish and chips served at a counter. You can also make a meal from bratwurst and nudel gratin from Sommerfest in Germany with a limit amount of seating.
My Epcot Quick Service Restaurant Guide lists all of these quick service locations where you can get a full meal clearly and concisely.
There are numerous other kiosks and windows scattered throughout Epcot. These are just the highlights for getting meals. You can enjoy small plates at the Tutto Gusto wine cellar in Italy, margaritas to go in Mexico, and gelato from Italy. La Cava del Tequila is a popular lounge in Mexico.
In addition to these permanent locations, there is also usually a festival underway at Epcot. Except during the summer, there will be food booths scattered throughout World Showcase with small plates, desserts, and drinks to enjoy. Exact festival dates vary from year to year, but you can expect these festivals annually:
- Festival of the Arts: mid January – mid February
- Flower and Garden Festival: early March – early June
- International Food and Wine Festival: late August – November
- Festival of the Holidays: late November – December
Epcot Character Dining
At character dining locations, characters will come to your table, interact, and pose for photos. This can be a great way to meet characters without waiting in line at the parks.
Character dining locations require reservations. Pricing typically falls in the $35-$60+ range for adults.
Garden Grill Restaurant serves a family style meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a slowly rotating restaurant. Meet Chip, Dale, Mickey, and Pluto in farmer attire.
Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus presents an American and Norwegian buffet. Meet princesses Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Prince Aurora, and Ariel. This is a great alternative if you can’t get a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom.
Epcot Table Service Restaurants
At table service restaurants, your group is seated by a host and orders from a menu or buffet. These restaurants require reservations. You may be able to show up without a reservation at certain less popular restaurants, but plan on availability at a restaurant that accepts reservations.
Signature fine dining restaurants will run $35-$60 per entree. Regular table service restaurants range from $15-$35 per entree.
Coral Reef Restaurant at The Seas with Nemo and Friends serves seafood with aquarium views.
Mexican cuisine is served inside with a dark, outdoor-themed market setting at San Angel Inn and with indoor lake views at La Hacienda de San Angel.
Nine Dragons Restaurant serves Chinese cuisine.
Biergarten Restaurant offers a German buffet with communal tables and a lively band.
Italy offers a traditional restaurant, Tutto Italia Ristorante, and a pizza specialty at Via Napoli.
In Japan, eat Teppan-yaki-style cooking at grills right at your table at Teppan Edo, traditional cuisine at Tokyo Dining, and a new fine/signature dining location with a dress code, Takumi-Tei.
Morocco offers two restaurants: Spice Road Table with mostly outdoor seating and Restaurant Marrakesh with live belly dancer entertainment.
There are two restaurants in France. Chefs de France is casual while Monsieur Paul is fine, signature dining.
Rose & Crown Dining Room is a United Kingdom pub and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
Le Cellier Steakhouse is a popular Canadian signature dining steakhouse. Can’t get a reservation at Le Cellier? Try the Yachtsman Steakhouse nearby at the Yacht Club Resort instead.
Notable Dining at Nearby Resorts
There are several gorgeous resort hotels adjacent to Epcot. Dining at these resorts can easily be incorporated into an Epcot day of your trip. Every Disney park ticket allows you to leave the park and return the same day. Even the base ticket that gives you access to only one park per day will allow you to leave as long as you return to the same park. So, feel free to take a break and visit the hotels nearby for a snack or meal!
All of these resorts are a 5-minute walk from Epcot’s International Gateway and there are FriendShip boats to make the journey as well.
Beach and Yacht Club Resorts
- Cape May Cafe – character breakfast buffet with Minnie and friends in beach attire; seafood buffet for dinner with no characters
- Yachtsman Steakhouse – fine/signature dining – American steakhouse cuisine
- Beaches and Cream Soda Shop – American cuisine and ice cream, with a to go window
- Ale & Compass restaurant and lounge – casual American cuisine
- Ample Hills Creamery – arguably the best ice cream in all of Disney World, limited seating all outside
- BoardWalk Bakery – quick service sandwiches and pastries
- Trattoria al Forno – Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast (plated entrees) with Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider; dinner is Italian cuisine
- Flying Fish – fine/signature dining, American cuisine/seafood
- Big River Grille & Brewing Works – microbrewery and casual American cuisine
What type of restaurants are you most interested in? Do you just want to grab a quick bite from a quick service restaurant or do you prefer making reservations at table service restaurants for longer dining experiences?