No trip to Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square is quite complete without a stop at the land’s quick service restaurant, Columbia Harbour House, or a meal at Liberty Tree Tavern, Liberty Square’s table service option.
And Liberty Tree Tavern just so happens to be our stop for lunch today. We can never resist some of the old favorites here… but there’s also a Secret Menu item that we have to let you know about!
Liberty Tree Tavern brings guests into the American Revolutionary era, well in keeping with Liberty Square.
The tavern’s seating is divided into six rooms, each dedicated to a Revolutionary-era hero: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, and John Paul Jones. On our most recent visit, we were seated in the Benjamin Franklin room. And if you take the time to look around, you will find nods to Franklin throughout, including a First Edition Poor Richard’s Almanack, written by Franklin himself.
We’re keeping our tour brief today to focus on the best part of the Tavern: the FOOD. (For a full tour, check out this post!) But our server did point out some cool details that we’d love to share with you here before tucking in.
There’s no shortage of those famous Disney details at Liberty Tree Tavern. And, thankfully, there’s no shortage of good food, either…
Our recent visit was for lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern, which has a different serving style from dinner. Dinner features the All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Bill of Fare featuring the Patriot’s Platter — basically a Thanksgiving feast any time of year — served family-style for all guests at the table. Lunch also offers Patriot’s Platter these days, but retains its long-standing a la carte menu, as well.
For appetizers, we were immediately drawn to the Crab, Artichoke, and Spinach Dip for Two ($15), which is served in a skillet with three huge servings of French bread.
The dip itself was a terrific blend of cheesy, savory goodness. Sometimes, I worry about seafood dishes. Far too often, I get a dish of something almost too fishy and it takes away from the meal. However, this is a home run.
The artichoke and spinach nicely complemented the crab, and the broiled cheese on top created a gooey, mouth-watering appetizer. The bread was slightly toasted, yet still soft — a better option than the usual crackers served with a dip. I found myself eating the dip with a spoon towards the end because I ran out of bread. So, yes, I would order it again. (And again.)
Now, we’ve got two entrees to share and while one is a classic favorite, the other is something you’ve likely never heard of: a Secret Menu item!
I’ll keep this brief because I know what you are waiting for, but I always feel like Our Tavern Keeper’s Favorite deserves its own shout-out, too! This is the Tavern’s traditional pot roast served with mashed potatoes and green beans.
Okay, so the green beans were nothing to write home about (even though we received about a million of them). But the mashed potatoes were perfect: smooth, buttery, and delicious.
And, as always, the pot roast itself is moist, cutting like butter on a hot knife. It’s seriously like a home-cooked meal right in the middle of Magic Kingdom. I applaud you, Liberty Tree. Maybe you can adopt me?
Now, the Secret Menu item you’ve been waiting for: The Bell Burger.
The Bell Burger takes the house Angus Chuck Cheeseburger — which is already topped with bacon and cheddar along with tomato and lettuce — and adds an EGG and LOBSTER!! Oh, and a garlic marmalade, for good measure.
First, this burger is HUGE. I don’t think any picture could allow you to comprehend just how massive this burger is. The bun is slightly sweet, as if King’s Hawaiian rolls and a burger bun had a baby and called it… well, whatever that bun is.
The bacon and the Angus Chuck burger both had a strong peppery flavor that without that sweet bun may have been overpowering. Along with the lobster and garlic marmalade, it made for a fantastic combination. Then there’s the egg, which is a fairly typical topping for a burger. But here it added a whole new level of richness to an already hearty burger.
The one downside to this burger is how messy it gets, but I think you might happily deal with your newest spirit jersey getting a stain or two on it just to have this burger.
A couple things to note: When you ask your server about The Bell Burger, they have to double-check with the chef to make sure all the ingredients are still available. We went towards the end of the lunch day and luckily it was still available, but other days might be different. So if you want to try it, make your Advance Dining Reservation for an earlier time during lunch. Also, the price for this enormous sandwich is $18.99. A sizable burger that has LOBSTER on it with a side of fries at Walt Disney World for $18.99? Not too bad, really.
Nosh or Not?
You should visit Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch if:
- You prefer a la carte menus where everyone in the group can make their own choices for their preferred “Bill of Fare.”
- You’re a bit of a history buff.
- You’ve just got to try The Bell Burger!
You should pass on Liberty Tavern for lunch if:
- You’d prefer the full family-style meal served at dinner.
- You’re more into the idea of exploring some of the newer service settings in the park, like the Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen.
- You no longer feel restricted to just lunch here ever since they started serving up Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake for dinner, too!
Liberty Tree Tavern is, quite simply, a classic Magic Kingdom dining experience. Though it may not spring to your mind as such in the same way a meal in Cinderella’s Castle might, the Tavern serves truly delicious, classic comfort food in a highly detailed setting. Even if it isn’t a headliner these days like, say, Be Our Guest Restaurant, we still consider Liberty Tree Tavern a must-try, at least once, for lunch or dinner. It just rarely disappoints.
You’ll find Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. Take a food tour of ALL the eats in the area in our DFB YouTube Video!