Fun, family, entertainment, pretzel bread, and beer! Those are the things that come to mind when you think of Disney World’s Biergarten Restaurant! It’s one of those restaurants that’s almost sure to put a smile on your face.
The unassuming facade — and massive wooden door — of this Epcot Germany restaurant don’t begin to describe what you’ll find once you walk inside.
A soaring ceiling covers an auditorium of a restaurant, where long wooden tables surround a stage where just about anything can happen, including lederhosen!
Themed to represent a community square in a small village in Germany, the decor will automatically transport you to a different place. And in the main stage area, you’ll be treated to some wonderful authentic Alpine entertainment! Feel free to cut a rug on the dance floor.
And while you’re enjoying the entertainment taking place in the town square, a massive buffet stretches the length of the back wall behind the communal tables.
One aspect of this restaurant that can be make-or-break for some people is that you’ll likely be seated at the same table with strangers. Like Teppan Edo, unless you have a big enough group to cover all of the seats, if it’s a busy time at the restaurant you’ll end up getting up close and personal with other park guests. For extroverts, outgoing children, and those who enjoy meeting and engaging new people, this is an ideal experience, which has been known to facilitate new friendships that have lasted for years. For introverts and shy kids, this might end up being more stressful than anything else. Consider how your group feels about these circumstances before booking Biergarten for lunch or dinner.
The buffet structure of Biergarten makes it very easy for large groups and picky eaters. With plenty of options — most of them what you’d expect from a German-themed buffet — there’s going to be something for everyone. Staples here include carved meats, the famous pretzel bread, sausages and bratwurst, red cabbage sauerkraut, pork schnitzel and spaetzle. The kiddos who aren’t ready for sauerkraut will have plenty of mac and cheese to sample!
There are also several delicious desserts to choose from:
Here are a couple of “sample plates!”
Of course, who can go to the Biergarten without partaking? Here’s where you can score 33-ounce steins of Beck’s!
It’s often hard to tell how popular Biergarten is. While anecdotally everyone seems to love it, it’s still one of those restaurants where you can get an Advanced Dining Reservation at the last minute much of the time.
To learn more about Biergarten, including discounts, Disney Dining Plan info, and more, see our Biergarten info page.
I’d love to hear how Disney Food Blog readers weigh in on this one — please let us know where Biergarten falls on your scale of favorites in the comments section below.