We haven’t been to Biergarten in a while here on DFB, so I think it’s time to pay this fun spot a visit!
You’ll find it in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion, and this is THE place to find sausage and beer. They have other stuff, too…but if you don’t like sausage and beer, you may not get the most out of this restaurant.
Let’s take a look!
Nestled in the back of the Germany Pavilion, Biergarten can be hard to find. It’s to the back, left of the pavilion, so look for a check-in desk in that general area.
As you head past and actually through Sommerfest, the German counter service offering, you enter an area that looks a little like a courtyard, but with a ceiling.
But once you’re fully into the restaurant, the view opens up, and you are transported to evening in a Bavarian Village town square that has been set up in preparation for a party. And you’re invited!
Here, you get the full scope of the themeing, and it’s very quaint. The lamp posts, the waterwheel — even a full moon rising over the building in back! The atmosphere is really lovely.
This is a good time to point out an interesting feature of Biergarten. Because it’s supposed to mimic the feel of a Bavarian street fair, you are seated at tables of eight. And if your party is smaller than this magic number, you will probably be sitting with strangers. Communal tables are pretty much the rule here — be warned.
If you’re dining at lunchtime, you might be picked to tap the keg. One lucky guest is chosen to do the honors in this daily ceremony. The big perk for the tapper? A free beer to celebrate!
Entertainment is key here at Biergarten. You’ll be serenaded by all manner of instruments throughout your meal, from hand bells and cow bells to those giant alpenhorns!
The guys that make up this oompah band have been here forever, and they do a great job getting you into the spirit of the celebration. While you can’t see it very well, there’s a dance floor in front of the stage, and guests are welcome to kick up their heels! (Kids especially seem to love this feature.)
The bell ringers are enormously talented, and it’s really fascinating to watch them perform!
My family and I enjoy them so much that we actually shot some video during a recent visit. Here’s one of our favorite shows.
Next, we were treated to some alpenhorn music. When was the last time you could say that?
Of course, during the show you should be eating and drinking! Let’s hit the buffet!
Biergarten is offers an all-you-care-to enjoy selection of German-style favorites. If you leave hungry, then it’s your own fault.
The perfect way to kick off this celebration is with a beer. You’re in Germany after all, right? And how perfect is a drink menu shaped like a beer stein?
There are some really terrific selections here. If you need guidance, be sure to ask your server, who will be knowledgeable about the varieties.
Something wonderful to note: in true Oktoberfest tradition, you can get a LITER of Beer! The mind boggles at the sight of this! To my knowledge, this is the only place in Epcot that you can order this quantity in a single serving. It’s huge!
Once you contemplate (and begin to quench) your thirst, it’s time to move on to the food. The buffet is two-sided, and the left and right lines are almost identical (we’ll highlight the one difference we noticed when we talk desserts a little later on). So don’t be worried that you’re missing something on the other side.
Pick the shortest line and go with it.
You’ll start with a Selection of Salads. I didn’t want to take up valuable tummy real estate here, but if you’re so inclined, go for it.
Next, you come to a group of slightly more interesting Cold Fare, including a cold sausage selection that somewhat resembles charcuterie, plus meatballs, a sausage salad, and macaroni and potato salads. Did you know you could put sausage in a dish and still call it salad? Me neither!
I didn’t expect much from the Cauliflower Soup, but it was quite good. Thick, creamy, and savory, it still had a delicate flavor.
Don’t fool yourself though. Delicate flavor does not equal light. I’m reasonably sure you aren’t saving any calories here!
The Breads are more than just a place-taker on your plate…these Pretzel Rolls are famously divine! Everyone loves them at Le Cellier, and here, you can have as many as you want, too!
If I had to pick a favorite place to camp out on this buffet, it would be right here. Both the Roasted Potatoes and German Sausages with Sauerkraut are fantastic.
This Spaetzle was tasty as well. I did not, however, try the Veal Sausage. It was altogether a little too white and scary for me. Weigh in below, Readers: did I miss out?
More Pretzel Rolls! And a Warm German Potato Salad for those of you who don’t enjoy the cold version.
The Carving Station may change up a bit, but during our visit, we sampled German Meat Loaf and Pork Roast, with a rich Red Wine Sauce on the side.
There are also lots of different Sauces to accompany your carved meats. Choose from Apricot Chutney, Applesauce, Sweet and Regular Mustard, Curry Ketchup (fancy!), and Regular Ketchup. My favorite is the Applesauce.
There is a selection of Fish and Chicken for those who prefer a lighter meat option. Options include Salmon in Dill Sauce, and Roast Chicken.
There are also warm Meatballs to contrast with the cold ones you saw earlier. And here, you finally run into Schnitzel — a chicken version. The traditional savory brown sauce known as Hunter’s Sauce is the perfect topping.
You’ll find all of your traditional favorites here, like Braised Cabbage and another Spaetzle — this one with cheese. A couple of American favorites round out the offering.
If you think you have room (and I hope you saved some), you should definitely check out desserts. There’s an assortment of fresh fruit available.
The dessert buffet is the only place we found a minor difference in the two lines. One side featured grapes as the fresh fruit, while the other had watermelon.
My favorite here? I combined the Red Berry Compote with the Vanilla Sauce to make one of the most delicious sweets I’ve ever tasted! Really! I had three.
You can also choose from Bavarian Cheesecake, Vanilla Pudding, and Chocolate Mousse Cake.
There is yummy delicious Apple Strudel as well, and while I didn’t taste the Florentine Cookies, they were quite popular.
What a completely delicious and fun lunch time experience within Epcot!
Biergarten is a very, very fun place to eat. While the food probably won’t bowl you over, it’s quite good and plentiful and perfectly suited for the atmosphere. And the entertainment and surroundings really do deliver that magical Disney experience of transporting you to another place and time.
If you happen to be a fan o’ meat, you will be delighted as you try all the different sausages and other offerings. And the beer! Yes. The beer.
If there is one word of caution, it’s for the shy folks out there. This is meant to be a communal dining experience, so unless you book with a party of eight, your chances of sitting with strangers are pretty high. If you’re completely mortified by this possibility, try speaking to your server. They may be able to move you to another table if it’s a slow day. Or you could just try seating your least shy person next to your dining companions, and let him bridge the gap! (That’s what we did!)
The restaurant is underrated in my opinion, and you can usually score an Advanced Dining Reservation fairly easily here. Take advantage of that.
In Epcot, there’s just no better party for a beer and meat lover than Biergarten.
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