So after a week of debating you finally settled on Epcot as your Walt Disney World ® park of choice. Now that you’re here and you’ve spent the day deciding which ride, show and attraction to visit first you have one more decision to make, where to eat. Right now, you can enjoy Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, where you can enjoy small bites from areas around the world. But come Nov 12th, the Food and Wine Festival will be over, but don’t fret. Epcot still has some of the best restaurants in theme parks. Let’s face it; getting the entire family to agree on one restaurant is never easy even when you’re not in the most magical place on Earth, but when you’re surrounded by Epcot’s 16 different sit-down restaurants the choice is even harder. Luckily, Orlando Fun Tickets has compiled a list of the top restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase.
Canada – Le Cellier Steakhouse - If nothing says a theme park visit like a nice steak than you must try Le Cellier Steakhouse. With a setting inspired by the wine cellars of the grandest Canadian chateau-style hotels, this restaurant offers regional cuisine based on recipes from the provinces of Canada including prime rib, aged corn-beef, pan seared seafood and its signature dish, Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup!
Italy – Via Napoli – The newest restaurant to join the Italy Pavilion, Via Napoli is also one of the tastiest! Diners can take a culinary journey to southern Italy and indulge in Sicilian eggplant with olives and raisins, fried saffron risotto balls, corn-crusted fried calamari, and the many Neapolitan Pizzas like pizza Bianca, Quattro stagioni, piccante, margherita and more.
France - Bistro de Paris – If you’d love a romantic meal that puts you smack dab in the middle of the most romantic city in the world try Bistro de Paris. Here you’ll enjoy a gourmet French cuisine including some a la carte and prix fixe menu options as Mediterranean tuna tartar, mussel soup, double cut white veal chop, rack of lamb, filet mignon and more all in a turn-of-the-20th-century Paris atmosphere.
Mexico - La Hacienda de San Angel – Sometimes you just have to have Mexican and there is no better place to satisfy your Mexican cravings than at La Hacienda de San Angel. The newest restaurant in the Mexico Pavilion, this restaurant offers plenty of Mexican favorites to satisfy your cravings including Parillada Del Mar (shrimp and scallops), Arrachera (strip steak), Pescado a la Talla (grilled red snapper) and much more.
Japan – Tokyo Dining – Sushi lovers will enjoy a stop at Tokyo Dining in the Japan pavilion. Enjoy traditional Japanese food culture dating back to the Edo period and all the way up to the spirit of modern Tokyo with sushi and sashimi, steak, chicken and shrimp as well as traditional Japanese beverages such as sake, green tea and Kirin beer.
Morocco – Restaurant Marrakesh – Take a trip to North Africa and delight in the sultan’s palace with plenty of Moroccan dishes including the Taste of Morocco: Royal Feast. This culinary masterpiece includes everything from Harira soup and Moroccan pastries all in one meal! The food isn’t the only authentic Moroccan thing you’ll experience at Restaurant Marrakesh either. Belly dancers entertain with their impressive moves as you enjoy your meal.
United Kingdom – Rose and Crown Pub Restaurant – Grab some fish and chips and toast with a pint at this authentic United Kingdom restaurant. Guests can taste Great Britain favorites such as angeres and mash and vegetable curry and desserts Chocolate Scotch cake, apple crumble and Sticky toffee pudding. Then enjoy a large selection of ales, lagers, ciders and stouts as a piano player plays English tunes.
Norway – Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – The place to dine if you have young children, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall offers a Disney ® princess Storybook Dining experience in a medieval-castle themed restaurant. Here guests can enjoy American cuisine for breakfast and Norwegian-inspired entrees for lunch and dinner including seared salmon cakes, open-faced sandwiches, pan-seared salmon, Norwegian meatballs, mushroom stuffed pasta, oven-roasted chicken breast and more.
China – Nine Dragons – Immerse yourself in the Chinese culture at Nine Dragons and enjoy traditional and modern cuisine from across China such as Kung Pao Chicken, Canton Pepper Beef, Five-Spiced Fish, Zha Jiang Noodles, General Tso’s Chicken Dumplings and much more.
Germany – Biergarten – Celebrate Oktoberfest all year long at Biergarten and enjoy authentic German cuisine for lunch and dinner buffets. Once you step into Biergarten you’ll be transported to Germany as costumed musicians offer traditional Oktoberfest entertainment. Diners are even encouraged to dance along with the performers! After dancing you can create your own German meal with selections of bratwurst, red cabbage sauerkraut, pork schnitzel and spaetzle.
Orlando, FL 10/31/12