Need a new EPCOT restaurant...

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by BuzzLiteyear, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. BuzzLiteyear

    BuzzLiteyear To infinity and beyond....or just drop me off at t

    Oct 8, 2007
    I am not one to try new things, but I'm going to force myself to do this. We have eaten at Biergarten (one of my favorites), Coral Reef, San Angel Inn, and soon Via Napoli.

    I'd like to hear opinions on some of the other EPCOT restaurants. The only foods I don't eat include seafood.

    Thank you!
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  3. softballmom3

    softballmom3 DIS Veteran

    Jan 10, 2010
    We have eaten at Le Chefs last November and it was a decent experience. I'm glad we tried it one time, but don't really know if I would include that one again. I ate from the price fixe menu--a soup, roasted chicken and veggies and a great creme brulee. It did feel somewhat rushed though.
  4. LazyDaisy

    LazyDaisy Mouseketeer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Well, SAI is one of my favs, and Biergarten has a cool atmosphere, so you got those two.

    I actually like the Rose and Crown. It's got a bit of a mellow vibe to it I think.

    I would not recommend the Chinese place. Its decor is very pretty but the food is so-so, and I think overpriced. (Even for Disney.)

    And if you can get into Le Cellier for lunch, I would definitely do it.

    Honestly I think one of the funnest experiences you can have at Epcot is to wander from counter service to counter service and try various pastries and dishes. (This is the case whether or not the Food and Wine festival is going on.) I love the pastries at France and also am dying to try to the ones at Norway. Germany seems to be a popular place as well.
  5. ChloroFiend

    ChloroFiend DIS Veteran

    Jun 24, 2008
    La Hacienda de San Angel, hands down.

    Other good options would be Le Cellier (if you can get it) or Rose & Crown.
  6. scrappymel

    scrappymel DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2010
    we really enjoy teppan edo. the meat is very tender and (depending on the chef) the show is pretty good. good luck!
  7. Brook1099

    Brook1099 DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2007
    Le Cellier Lunch is our families must do every trip!
    Tutto, really enjoyed our meal here.
  8. MichVick

    MichVick Mouseketeer

    Jan 30, 2012
    My favourite Epcot restaurant is Garden Grill :)
  9. leyeball

    leyeball Mouseketeer

    Mar 4, 2012
    Are you traveling with children? The Garden Grill is a fun place. The food is good (served family-style) and you get lots of interaction with the characters. We also really like Le Cellier! It's probably our favorite restaurant in Epcot. On the DDP, it's 2 TS credits for dinner and 1 TS credit for lunch.

    The one place that we will never return to in Epcot is Restaurant Marrakesh. We found the food and atmosphere to be very boring. We do, however, love the counter service spot in the Morocco Pavilion! It's called Tangerine Cafe.
  10. dmurch1

    dmurch1 Earning My Ears

    Nov 15, 2010
    My wife and I were not big fans of Via Napoli. The food was cold and the service pretty poor when we went earlier this year.

    Le Cellier is excellent!

    We also enjoy Teppan Edo for the experience. The food is good, but we have found the portions to be a bit small and perhaps a bit overpriced (but then again, I think you are also paying towards the entertainment a bit).

    We'd recommend you try either of those! :thumbsup2
  11. camsdad

    camsdad Earning My Ears

    Aug 5, 2003
    Le Cellier for lunch, it's only one credit at lunch. Amazing meal and atmosphere.
  12. staceycrouton

    staceycrouton Mouseketeer

    Sep 9, 2009
    Some that we like that you haven't tried: Agree with PP about the Le Cellier lunch:thumbsup2! We also like Les Chefs de France and Teppan Edo! These are all restaurants that we have really enjoyed! You should look at the menus to see what Epcot restaurants really appeal to your taste buds, this might help you make your decision. :)
  13. havoc315

    havoc315 DIS Veteran

    Aug 22, 2010
    I'll be the contrarian... Le Cellier is "eh." It's a mediocre steakhouse experience, similar in quality to Outback.

    Chefs De France -- I went in with low expectations, but I was overall impressed with the quality. While not exactly a gourmet fine dining French experience, it was fairly good French bistro food. Better than I expected.

    You have Via Napoli coming up... Their pizzas may be among the best food at Epcot. In many ways, the most "authentic."

    Trying Restaurant Marakesh and Tutto Italia in a couple weeks... Not quite sure what to expect.
  14. ghtx

    ghtx DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2012
    That's because it's Bistro de Paris that's the gourmet restaurant, and Chefs is more casual bistro food (ironic, I know). :)
  15. gwmort

    gwmort DIS Veteran

    Feb 28, 2012
    I really liked the restaurant in Morocco. I put off going there for years because I am not very adventurous when it comes to food, but finally decided I needed to just do it.

    It was much nicer inside than I expected with good food that wasn't too exotic for me, and there was live entertainment as well. It felt like an adventure for me and I enjoyed it.

    My kids love Teppan Edo, its one they clamor for when discussing going back.
  16. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

    Mar 29, 2011
    I agree with this re: Le Cellier. I certainly wasnt impressed with the steak quality. Tasteless and fatty. The soup wasnt that good either. i'd try Chefs/France, Tutto, Via, or Teppan Edo.
  17. kirrrby

    kirrrby We're all mad here....

    Aug 22, 2007
    We love Tokyo Dining (Not the cook at your table side) it offers quirky things that we don't see much like Bento Boxes and surprisingly good sushi. It also has options for picky eaters like my DBf such as Tempura and steak.

    We also like Sunshine Seasons which is QS in the Soarin Pavilion they offer some really good dinner options.
  18. everythingALICE

    everythingALICE I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, Sir, because I

    Jul 23, 2009
    I really loved Rose & Crown, La Hacienda de San Angel, and Akershus.

    The food at Rose & Crown was so delicious - even though everyone talks about the view for Illuminations, the food really stands on its own.

    I loved the food and margarita flight at La Hacienda - so yummy! I love the bright colors in the restaurant, and there's a beautiful view of the water and World Showcase if you're able to snag a table by the window. Service was great as well. Can't wait to go back on my next trip!

    Akershus is favorite of mine for both good food and good character interaction. I like the combo of the cold buffet with a plated, ordered meal. I think the food is great and I'm not worried about missing the princesses, like I sometimes am at buffets! The princesses do not seemed rushed and I always get great pictures - the photo included at the beginning of the meal is an extra nice touch as well! princess:

    I've also been to Le Chefs de France, Tutto Italia, San Angel Inn, Coral Reef, and Le Cellier, which were all good - no real complaints about any of them - but I found the others to be more enjoyable. Hope that helps!
  19. Fantasia79

    Fantasia79 Mouseketeer

    Jun 16, 2009
    Ok, I basically love talking about restaurants at EPCOT. I recommend to people that they consider what they have locally before making reservations. IMO the Disney food will at least measure up, if not be better. For you consideration: if you live in the MidWest by a Morton's Steakhouse, you'll be comparing your steak to Morton's that you have all the time (and who wants to think, might be better at home).

    San Angel Inn is truely a gem. Very good mexican food, some of the dishes are what you'd expect to see on the menu at a local restaurant, only way better. I really do like the atmosphere too. Try to request a table further away from the shopping area though. You literally cannot go wrong. The house margarita is heavenly.

    La Hacienda De San Angel is a more adventurous twist on Mexican food. I've only eaten there once (we shared the Parrillada) and was totally blown away. It's more authentic and differernt at what you'd get at home.

    Bistro de Paris is amazing (even just only for the desert cart). If you like French food, it is very well cooked and presented here. The prix fix menu is a very safe option if you're not used to French food. The atmosphere is truly sublime.

    I've only been at VIA Napoli once, but was quite impressed. I had the chicken parm. Outstanding. The preparation was on a bone in chicken which I have never had before, very good. I'll be back.

    Tutto Italia is fantastic. I usually get the lasagna. Very creamy, I'm positive the noodles are prepared fresh in house. Service is truly world class.

    Both of the Italian restaurants can be very loud, but service and quality more than make up for it.

    I have eaten and Le Cellier and do think it's outstanding, but for two DDP credits, it's becoming overpriced. Also, in Chicago, we have some amazing steakhouses. THOUGH, their desert is amazing (yes, chocolate whiskey cake)

    I always intend on eating at Restaurant Marrakesh and for what ever reason it never happens. Every trip I do have lunch at Tangierine Cafe, worth it.

    Hope that helps!
  20. P00H1010

    P00H1010 DIS Veteran

    Jul 29, 2011
    I am also not a big seafood eater and not extremely adventurous when it comes it food (I'm getting better though :rotfl:). For a place you haven't been in Epcot on the more tame side I would suggest Le Cellier in Canada. We thought the food was rather good. Also if you want to try something a bit different but not commit to a table service I would suggest the Tangierine Cafe in Morocco (it is a counter service). We ended up eating there twice last year and we have a reservation for the table service in Morocco for our upcoming trip. In my experience a good way to "introduce" yourself to different foods at Epcot is to do quick services, it is less expensive and you don't have to burn an ADR on it.
  21. BuzzLiteyear

    BuzzLiteyear To infinity and beyond....or just drop me off at t

    Oct 8, 2007
    That's a lot to digest (sorry, I had to do it). Thanks for the suggestions and reviews. Now to pick somewhere...

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