Biergarten - seems like a love it or hate it place

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by PetePanMan, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. PetePanMan

    PetePanMan Mouseketeer

    Oct 4, 2010
    I frequently see Biergarten highlighted as a fav but also a one of the worst around. My sense based on reading reviews is that food is just ok (at best) but this is compensated by fun german atmosphere. Those really looking for good food generally don't like it whereas those looking for all round experience seem to like - is this a fair analysis?
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  3. patty57

    patty57 DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2009
    I think the food at Biergarten is good.
  4. tarheelmjfan

    tarheelmjfan <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=blue>

    May 10, 2001
    IMO, it would depend on how big of a fan you are of buffets in general. To me, it's heavy, mediocre buffet food. From the reviews here, I was expecting more. Who knows why? All the WDW buffets are similar to cheap buffets everywhere. There's no comparison to upscale brunch buffets. The only thing they have going for them that cheap buffets outside WDW don't have is a special atmosphere & in Biergarten's case huge beers that many seem to love. Some people like buffets in general though.
  5. Beer Me

    Beer Me Mouseketeer

    Jun 3, 2014
    I grew up eating home cooking from my Czech grandmother who made many of these dishes. Biergarten isn't fancy but it's comfort food done right.
  6. JoeA

    JoeA Mouseketeer

    Apr 19, 2014
    Haven't been since they converted. Do you still sit in "common tables"? We always had great conversations with others at our table.
  7. Dizzytime

    Dizzytime DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2008
    No, not the way I see it.
    We love the atmosphere and music, but certainly would not make it a must-do every trip for all these years if we didn't think the food was delicious. Obviously it's a buffet, and not all dishes suit us, but overall think it's very good food with a lot of different and exciting choices, but still with something for everybody.
    Can't wait to go back, but wherever you go sure hope you have a great time!

  8. jsal318

    jsal318 Mouseketeer

    Jun 11, 2013
    I ate at Biergarten with my German sister in law and she thought it was very authentic home cooking. My whole family (not German) enjoyed it very much.
  9. rndmr2

    rndmr2 DIS Veteran

    May 3, 2009
    Yes you sit at long tables that hold 6-8 people, I think they may have a few 4 and 10 tops too but mostly 8 I think.
  10. DisneyParkLover

    DisneyParkLover Mouseketeer

    Jun 30, 2013
    My husband was born in Germany and his mother was also born and raised there. So he ate a lot of traditional German foods growing up. He LOVES Biergarten and thinks the food is very good and authentic. The rest of my family loves it as well and it is our only must-do restaurant every trip. I firmly believe that it is impossible for buffet food to be as good as made-to-order food because it is made in large batches and does sit out. But we think this buffet is very, very good!
  11. msdaisy

    msdaisy Mouseketeer

    Jan 31, 2012
    We love it, and we always have a great time! I love their mac n cheese.
  12. awfullybigadventure

    awfullybigadventure Mouseketeer

    Aug 18, 2009
    We love it too and it is on our must do list. The atmosphere and the music are so much fun, but if the food weren't also really good it wouldn't be on our must do list. We love the food and even my very picky daughters always have a good meal here.
  13. Haley

    Haley DIS Veteran

    Mar 2, 2008
    I really like the atmosphere and food - and I don't eat sausage or any of the meats there really. I love the sides, salads, soup and pretzel bread. The music is great and my dd loves dancing to it down in the front.

    We just don't do the ddp so it's expensive OOP for us- so we don't do it every trip.
  14. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

    Jun 11, 2000
    I went in expecting to not like it as I HATE German food. Surprise! I LOVED it and it's our new favorite in Epcot.
  15. juliebug1997

    juliebug1997 DIS Veteran

    Jan 19, 2011
    I had German food a couple of times before trying Biergarten, but had never really liked German food until then. I not only enjoyed the food, but also the atmosphere, the restaurant and the band. So much fun!!!!!
  16. L&Lfan

    L&Lfan DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2008
    Biergarten-we enjoy the food and atmosphere but HATE the communal (table-sharing) seating. It's not a must-do for us every visit but we put up with the lousy seating every few years or so.
  17. PJ

    PJ Mouseketeer

    Nov 9, 1999
    Definitely not a place to go if you want to be able to talk. I'm not a fan of that type of entertainment, but an old classmate I hadn't seen in many years was in the area and wanted to go there. (not the place to try to have long conversations...)

    I expected to enjoy the food, but the only 2 things I liked were the dessert (yum) and the brussels sprouts - which was surprising since I usually hate them!
  18. hsmamato2

    hsmamato2 <font color=magenta>Tink in Training-Good Girl,Bad

    Mar 28, 2005
    I think it's the total package, and I eat very few TS at Disney.... great atmosphere, lots of fun, and GREAT food (I wanted to eat that cheese soup forever) Boma and Biergarten are my whole familys favorite places!
  19. DisneyFansInNYC

    DisneyFansInNYC DIS Veteran

    May 28, 2012
    My DH loves Biergarten. We have a lot of fun. The girls get up and dance with him. We enjoy the food too.
  20. jhaig

    jhaig Ooooh, stuffed crust

    Oct 3, 2007
    Going to try Biergarten for the first time in September. Is there a schedule for the entertainment during dinner?
  21. dkrauss

    dkrauss Goofy Fan from Jersey

    Nov 9, 2013
    We had dinner here in May 2013. The communal table was still in force and I agree it was a great experience. We're from NJ and sat with a family from Missouri. So much fun discussing our trips, Disney likes, and other things. As far as the food goes..........I'm a fan because I grew up with German food. Was it fine meant to be. Was it good........most definitely. German cuisine can be heavy which some may not like. We also enjoyed the "flight of beers" great treat to try a group of different beers. I'm a not into the heavier/darker beers so I just traded them off with my sweetie who enjoys that style of beer. Music and dancing too..........great for the kids..... :goodvibes In the end it was a great time!!!

    Doug :goofy:

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