Planning a trip to Epcot in the near future? If you’re a food lover—and who isn’t?—you’re going to absolutely adore this park. The World Showcase in particular is a fabulous place to try all kinds of food, and the fact that the food helps you dive into the culture of each of the countries represented makes it an even more fun experience. That said, there is no way you are going to be able to eat something from each country pavilion in a single trip. Therefore, it’s best to narrow your options down to the best of the best. In this article we will rank each of the World Showcase pavilions by their food. This will help you decide which places to chow down and which places to skip for the sake of your tummy, weight, and wallet.
For us, Italy is easily the top pick when it comes to dining in the Epcot pavilions. This fabulous area includes the upscale Tutto Italia Ristorante—serving up pasta and other Italian favorites—as well as the more casual yet equally delicious Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria. Both have some seriously good offerings, and we’ve yet to hear a bad review of either one. Once you’re finished enjoying your pizza and pasta, be sure to stop by the Gelati and grab a cup of amazing gelato to enjoy as you continue walking the World Showcase.
Morocco is another wonderful pavilion for those who are looking for a yummy bite to eat. Restaurant Marrakesh and Spice Road Table both offer some unusual but flavorful and delicious dishes that offer a nice change of pace from the usual theme park food. Tangierine Café is the pavilion’s quick-service location and is also amazingly tasty. Here you’ll find dishes such as kefta and falafel to please your palate, and the baklava is the perfect way to end any meal.
As you might’ve guessed, the France pavilion is pretty high on our list as well. This is fitting, as France is pretty well known for their amazing food. The dining locations in this pavilion include the sophisticated Chefs de France and Les Vins de Chefs de France, the upscale Monsieur Paul, the quick-service Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles, and the snack stands Crepes des Chefs de France and L’Artisan des Glaces. That’s a lot of options, and every single one is delicious. We especially love all the pastries and treats found in Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles, and make a point of trying something new each time we visit.
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4. United Kingdom
If you’re in the mood for comfort food, the UK is your pavilion. The Yorkshire County Fish Shop offers quick-service fish and chips and is one of the best quick-service eateries in all of Disney World. Meanwhile, the Rose and Crown Dining Room offers tons of UK favorites such as bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie. That fantastic fish and chips is also available here, as is some wonderful beer.
The food in the Canada section is actually awesome. In fact, the only reason this pavilion isn’t closer to the top of the list is the fact that there is no quick-service option. This is mainly a problem for those wanting something to grab and go quickly, or people who are on a budget. Fortunately, the Refreshment Port right outside of the Canada Pavilion is an option. This place serves up poutine, and honestly could almost qualify as a Canada Pavilion eatery anyway. The table-service option here is Le Cellier, a fabulous restaurant that serves some of the best steak on property. Because it’s so good, Le Cellier is almost always booked solid, so be sure to get your reservation quickly!
We love the Japan Pavilion for its shopping. The food here is pretty good too, though it doesn’t quite measure up to the pavilion’s shopping and isn’t the very best food in the World Showcase. Still, the number of dining options is fabulous, and nothing we’ve tried has been anything but good. The restaurants in this pavilion include Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, Katsura Grill, and Kabuki Cafe. Teppan Edo is our favorite, as it offers dinner and a show of tricks done by chefs as they prepare your food. Kabuki Cafe is also fun, serving up delicious shaved ice.
If you enjoy German food, you’ll enjoy the food in the Germany Pavilion. That said, it is far from the best German food on the planet. Additionally, there are many out there who just don’t care for German food in general. These two things together put the Germany Pavilion closer to the middle of our list rather than the top. If you’re among those who perfectly enjoy German food, we do recommend trying the options here at least once. Biergarten Restaurant is the table-service eatery here. This is a neat little buffet restaurant, because the dining hall is themed to look as though you’re eating outdoors in a small German village. Additionally, there is usually live oom-pah music being played on the nearby stage, giving diners the chance to dance a polka or two after their meal. Sommerfest is the quick-service eatery and features foods such as bratwurst. Meanwhile, the Karamell Kuche shop serves up some of the best caramel popcorn on the planet (which, we might add, is one of the better snack deals on-property).
We love Mexican food, and very few people would disagree with us on that front. For this reason, we really wish we could rank the Mexico Pavilion a bit higher. Unfortunately, while the theming at La Hacienda San Angel is wonderful, the food is sub par. That said, the food served at the other restaurants in this pavilion is pretty good, and the drinks found at both Choza de Margarita and La Cava del Tequila are amazing!
If you’re a fan of the…shall we say, Americanized food found at most Chinese buffets and takeout places here in the US, you’ll like the food found in the China Pavilion. Unfortunately, this food isn’t very authentic. On top of that, considering how cheap Chinese takeout is outside of the parks, we feel it’s pretty overpriced. We only recommend heading to this pavilion for food if you’re seriously craving that takeout style of food. Here your options are Lotus Blossom Cafe for quick-service, Nine Dragons for slightly higher quality table-service, and Joy of Tea for beverages.
Norway’s food choices include Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe. While dining at Akershus is lots of fun with plenty of princess wandering the dining hall, the menu just isn’t our favorite. While everything is okay, there is nothing that really stands out, especially considering the price. Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe doesn’t have a whole lot in the way of real food, and what they do have is simple and served cold. That said, they do have some pretty tasty baked goods.
11. United States
Let’s be honest, hardly anyone decides to eat in the World Showcase to sample American fare. Therefore, the United States Pavilion is our least favorite for food by default. That said, a new barbecue restaurant – Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue – is set to open soon in this pavilion, and that could potentially change our point of view.