If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you’ve probably either made advanced dining reservations, or you are counting down the days until you can do so.
Disney recommends making advanced dining reservations (ADR), which Guests can book 60 days in advance, for all table service restaurants in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom Parks, in Disney Springs, on Disney’s BoardWalk, and at any Disney Resort Hotels.
One place we never worry too much about having an advanced dining reservation is the World Showcase in Disney’s EPCOT. There are so many quick-service spots to grab a bite in the pavilions for each country that we often just snack around the world, especially during festivals like EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.
Still, there are several table service restaurants in this part of the Park that deserve your attention – and an ADR. Here are some of the foodie highlights you’ll enjoy when you eat around the world at EPCOT’s World Showcase.
The star of the culinary scene in EPCOT’s Canada Pavilion (and indeed, the star of the entire World Showcase, according to many Guests) is Le Cellier Steakhouse, a cozy restaurant in the style of opulent railway hotels from the 1800s, like the famed Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec.
Le Cellier specializes in steak and seafood, but Guests shouldn’t leave without trying the beloved Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and one of many delectable signature desserts like the Warm Pecan-Brown Butter Tart.
Quick service spot Yorkshire County Fish Shop in the United Kingdom Pavilion offers battered fish and chips, along with draught beer, and you can grab an outdoor table overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon!
Another excellent option from across the pond is Rose & Crown, which offers both a table service dining room (with indoor and patio seating and a traditional British menu) and a quick service pub and bar (with minimal seating and a limited menu). You can even grab a pint from the UK Beer Cart, especially popular with Guests who aim to drink around the world.
Predictably, the food in the France Pavilion at the World Showcase is some of the best in all of Disney’s EPCOT.
You’ll also be spoiled for choice here. Chefs de France is a beautifully elegant table service restaurant with delicious French cuisine like onion soup and beef tenderloin, plus an extensive French wine list.
For a more casual bite, head to Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie any time of day for scrumptious sandwiches, soups, and baked goods. La Creperie de Paris is the newest restaurant in the France Pavilion and offers savory and sweet crepes plus wine and cider.
For the best ice cream we’ve tasted on Disney property, don’t miss out on the life-changing artisanal ice cream and macaron sandwiches at L’Artisan des Glaces.
The Morocco Pavilion is undergoing changes following Disney’s takeover of operations, so the culinary scene is in flux. Guests can currently enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at Spice Road Table, which no longer takes reservations.
Oasis Sweets & Sips is a fabulous pit stop for anyone with a sweet tooth – you can pick up pastries like baklava and almond cookies along with tasty cocktails here. Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina is another quick service option offering Moroccan fare like kebabs, flatbread, and hummus.
If you love fish, you really should make a point to dine in the Japan Pavilion! Watch chefs prepare your meal right before you at Teppan Edo, one of the most popular restaurants in EPCOT’s World Showcase.
Tokyo Dining offers traditional Japanese dishes as well as contemporary choices, while Katsura Grill brings you your favorite Japanese favorites like sushi and teriyaki in a quick-service setting. Kabuki Café is a hit because of its shaved ice and sake, perfect on a hot Orlando day.
Feeling like a culinary adventure closer to home? Check out quick service Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbeque, at the American Adventure Pavilion. What could be better than celebrating backyard barbecue and beer at the same time? Bonus: this spot is run by Sam Eagle from The Muppets, which makes it a must, really.
Other foodie options in this pavilion are Fife and Drum Tavern, which serves a limited menu of American favorites, Block & Hans for domestic beer and cider, and Funnel Cake, serving (you guessed it) funnel cakes in various flavors.
Pizza and gelato are synonymous with Italy, and unsurprisingly, Guests can find both at EPCOT’s Italy Pavilion.
Discover Italian pizza and some seriously quirky wood ovens at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, and head to Gelateria Toscana afterward for delicious gelato or sorbet. Tutto Italia Ristorante is the table service spot here, and it’s full of hearty, feel-good Italian favorites.
Our go-to in EPCOT’s Germany Pavilion is always Karamell-Kuche, the incomparable Werthers caramel bakery you’ll smell before you see it. There’s no problem that can’t be solved with caramel popcorn or a brownie that simply oozes caramel!
That said, there is an actual table service restaurant here for those who are interested: Biergarten Restaurant, which celebrates Oktoberfest year-round with live entertainment and classic German eats.
Nine Dragons is the primary offering in the China Pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase. It’s a table service restaurant featuring Pan-Chinese delights, meaning you can enjoy specialties from regions across China while enjoying great views of the World Showcase Lagoon promenade.
Guests can also stop by Lotus Blossom Café for a casual quick service meal of Chinese dishes like chicken fried rice and potstickers.
Once you’ve ridden Frozen Ever After, stick around the Norway Pavilion to try some regional cuisine. Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe offers Viking coffee, beer, and Norwegian sweets like Mickey Cinnamon Rolls, Troll Horns, and the Guest favorite, School Bread.
The final stop on our world tour is EPCOT’s Mexico Pavilion. La Hacienda de San Angel is a table service, waterfront restaurant specializing in classic Mexican dishes like Queso Fundido and Tacos de Langosta.
San Angel Inn Restaurante allows Guests to dine inside Mexico’s Mayan pyramid itself, while La Cantina de San Angel offers Mexican cuisine in a casual, quick-service setting.
You can also sample your favorite Mexican beverages at Choza de Margarita and La Cava del Tequila.
Walt Disney World Resort is full of spectacular dining locations to suit every budget and taste. But only in EPCOT’s World Showcase can you eat around the world, a highly recommended activity for your next Disney vacation!