Guest Review: Dinner at Epcot’s Biergarten at the Germany Pavilion

A favorite place to dine at Walt Disney World is Epcot’s World Showcase.

With unique restaurants featuring tastes from around the globe, Epcot offers a smorgasbord of dining locations. Today, guest author Rebecca Elliott shares her dinner experience at the Biergarten located in the Germany pavilion. Prost!

Epcot is designed to replicate a permanent World’s Fair with pavilions dedicated to innovation and international culture.

Future World highlights technology while the World Showcase, on the other side of World Showcase Lagoon, celebrates international culture.

The Charming Biergarten Entry Way

The Charming Biergarten Entry Way

There are 11 pavilions in the World Showcase, each themed and dedicated to a specific country. The décor can be old fashioned and kitschy, but the cast members, many of whom travel from their home countries to work in the World Showcase, give it an air of authenticity.

The restaurants are by far the main attraction. Many pavilions have two or more restaurants that serve food inspired by their representative countries. I say “inspired” because the food is not necessarily authentic, but it has elements of authentic dishes and is served in a fun atmosphere with incredible theming.

Instead of dining at our usual spot (Chefs de France in the France pavilion), my family and I decided to try something completely new on our most recent visit. This is how we found ourselves at Biergarten in the Germany pavilion.

When You Step Into the Dining Room, You Are Transported to a Lively Oktoberfest Party

When You Step Into the Dining Room, You Are Transported to a Lively Oktoberfest Party

Atmosphere

Biergarten is located in the back of the Germany pavilion, which is the fourth pavilion in if you enter the World Showcase from Future World and start from the left. Disney’s original plan was to feature a boat ride here, similar to the one at the Norway pavilion, but these plans fell through. The main entrance of the boat ride is now the dining area for Biergarten.

The setting for Biergarten is a quaint Bavarian village celebrating Oktoberfest. You are seated in the town square at communal tables, ready to enjoy traditional German music and food. It is dusk (no matter what time of day you eat), and the atmosphere is celebratory.

Stage Area and Seating

Stage Area and Seating

We checked in with a cast member at the hostess desk [Read more…]

Guest Review: Biergarten in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

A visit to Walt Disney World includes dining at some unique restaurants! In Epcot’s Germany pavilion, the Biergarten is more than a place to eat; it’s also an entertaining venue! Welcome back guest author Rebecca Dolan with a fun review.

Everyone has a restaurant or two that, for them, make a trip to Disney World complete. For me, that’s Biergarten.

This all-you-can-eat smorgasbord in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion is one of the few restaurants I insist on visiting nearly every time I’m in Orlando. Like Rose and Crown, Biergarten was one of those places my mom made me eat as a kid and I hated it. But, now it’s one of the few places where I truly relish getting my meat and potatoes on. And, if you’re a meat and carbs kind of a guy/gal, then this is definitely the place for you!

The back of the Germany Pavilion.

Atmosphere

The Biergarten can be found at the back of the Germany Pavilion, under the big bell. The hostess stand is located outside, under the stone arch to the left.

They’re a bit particular about how things are run here, and you won’t be allowed inside the restaurant until your name is called and your party is complete.

Once you’re party is called, you’ll be shown in through these doors.

Walking inside is actually like being transported back outside, as the cavernous restaurant is designed to look like an Oktoberfest celebration being held in a town square.

A semicircle of Bavarian-style buildings, draped with flags of various German locales, arches around a central stage, while a full moon oversees the action.

Inside the courtyard.

At least once during your seating, the stage will come alive with the sounds of a lederhosen-clad band that plays everything from alpine horns to polka.

The band takes the stage. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes.

Playing the alpine horns.

More cowbell!

It’s important to note that the party atmosphere comes complete with [Read more…]

Review: Biergarten in Epcot’s Germany

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!

Atmosphere

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.

Outside View

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.

First View Inside

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!

Stage Area and Seating

Here, you get the full scope of the [Read more…]

Countdown to Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Belgium, Germany, Greece

Here we go with another fun Countdown to Food and Wine post! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will begin in just a couple of days, and I’ve decided to share my excitement by counting down to the Festival with a look at the International Marketplace booths that will be located around the World Showcase Lagoon!

For those who haven’t had the chance to go to the Festival, one of my favorite parts are the dozens of International Marketplaces — little booths, or kiosks, set up that represent a specific country or region. Each booth offers a short menu of tasting plates and drinks from the country or region represented. These tasting items cost anywhere from $2-$7, so they’re a great way to enjoy the Festival without breaking the bank.

Today, I’m going to highlight the representative menus from Belgium, Germany, and Greece!

Don’t Forget!

Those with the Disney Dining Plan can use snack credits to purchase many of the items in the World Showcase booths! Just look for the DDP logos to see what’s available.

Belgian Waffle From New Belgium Kiosk at F&W Festival

Belgium

This year, Belgium is a brand new addition to the World Showcase Promenade! Exciting options on the menu will include a Belgian waffle, of course, and mussels! Here’s the full menu for Belgium:

  • Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic Cream
  • Freshly Baked Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
  • Stella Artois
  • Godiva Chocolate Iced Coffee (photo below from Tables in Wonderland 2010 Food and Wine Festival Preview)
  • Leffe
  • Hoegaarden

I can’t wait to try that delicious waffle!

The Belgium booth will be located [Read more…]

More Epcot Food & Wine Festival Food Photos

I posted a bunch of new food photos yesterday, but I hope you won’t mind one more round — this time they’re 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival food pics! Once you’re done looking at these, be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page that lead to other Food and Wine Festival photos and info! You still have until November 8th to check out the Festival…

We begin over at the Hops and Barley Marketplace, right in front of the Sam Adams Beer Seminar spot in the America pavilion. Here, we sampled a lobster roll and a crab cake — New England, here we come!

Hops and Barley Booth in the American Pavilion

Hops and Barley Booth in the American Pavilion

New England Lobster Roll

New England Lobster Roll

Boston-Style Crab Cake with Cabbage Slaw and Remoulade

Boston-Style Crab Cake with Cabbage Slaw and Remoulade

Then it’s off to the Munich Marketplace for some Spaetzle Gratin with Ham and Cheese and a Nuernberger Sausage on a Pretzel Roll. High marks for both dishes!

Munich Marketplace

Munich Marketplace

Ham and Cheese Spaetzle

Ham and Cheese Spaetzle

Nuernberger Sausage on a Pretzel Roll

Nuernberger Sausage on a Pretzel Roll

Now, we’re on our way back to the good old U.S.A. for some Spicy Cajun Crawfish and Vegetable Stew!

New Orleans Marketplace

New Orleans Marketplace

Spicy Cajun Crawfish and Vegetable Stew

Spicy Cajun Crawfish and Vegetable Stew

And, finally, we head waaaaay over to Australia to sample the Seared Barramundi with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula, and Lemon Oil.

Melbourne Marketplace

Melbourne Marketplace

Seared Barramundi

Seared Barramundi

And there are more where these came from; just click on any of these links to see even more food and marketplace/booth photos from the Food and Wine Festival this year:

For more information, photos, and details about the 2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, visit our Food and Wine Festival Details page!