Disney World’s Tangierine Cafe (like “Tangier,” Morocco; get it?) is a guest favorite for two reasons: consistent quality and a unique menu. While many think that Disney counter-service (fast food) is all burgers and pizzas, Disney fans know that there’s a lot more beneath the greasy exterior!
This is easily one of the most beautiful quick-service restaurants in all of Disney World. Being part of Epcot’s Morocco pavilion means that the architecture and design of the restaurant was under the guidance of the King of Morocco; intricate tiling and decor is all authentic Moroccan design.
Gorgeous Moroccan chandeliers, zellige tiling along the counters and serving areas, plaster carvings lining the walls, and intricate iron work are all components to the design here — it’s worth it to just pop in, get a mint tea, and relax while taking in the incredible surroundings. And while there is seating indoors, you might enjoy sitting outside on the fenced-in patio and watching the World go by.
Good, unique, and healthy food can be found here at Tangierine Cafe, a counter-service restaurant that is continually mentioned in favorite Disney counter-service spots.
With a focus on Moroccan standards with an American twist, you’ll find options here for everyone, including adventurous and picky eaters.
Reader (and friend!) Sarah Holodick did a little investigating on her recent visit and has this to say about her experience at Tangierine Cafe:
I know I told A.J. that we would likely be getting both the lamb AND falafel wraps, but I couldn’t resist the lamb! (I promise, I will order the falafel again at some point in the near future and relay the info! I’ve ordered it many times and am never disappointed.) This was also the day that perhaps there was a new cast member working the spit. In multiple past visits (our favorite quick-serve in all The World!), the lamb is sliced in thin strips like one would expect in a gyro. This time, we likened it to lamb sausage. Seriously, look at the picture. That is not typical. Delicious, but not typical. I actually stopped trying to tackle the entire wrap about 2/3 of the way through, and went right for the filling. There was also a lack of the normal marinated (in tzaziki, I presume) veggies of lettuce and tomatoes, probably due to the massive amount of lamb involved. I’m not complaining, just saying!
Here are a few more delicious options at Tangierine Cafe:
And I’ve heard many accolades for this dish from vegetarian readers:
Of course, you can’t forget drinks and desserts. The cafe at the back of the restaurant holds a case of goodies, including baklava and other Moroccan specialties. You can also order a fantastic Tangerine Slush (alcoholic) or authentic Moroccan Mint Tea (iced or hot).
This is clearly one of Epcot’s gems, offering authentic Moroccan cuisine for those who want to move away from the burgers and fries of standard counter-service. However, if you’re not as adventurous as the rest of your family, the kids menu offers hamburgers and chicken nuggets, and the platters can always be ordered without “fixins” if you’d like a more plain option.
I’d love to hear what you think about the Tangierine Cafe. Have you been recently? Favorite items? Headed over to try it soon? Let us know in the comments section below!
Thanks again to Sarah Holodick for contributing some food photos and the food review to this one! Always a pleasure to work with you, Sarah!