Bonjour from the Beast’s castle in New Fantasyland! Upon a recent visit to Magic Kingdom, a most magical surprise popped up on My Disney Experience — a last minute reservation to Be Our Guest Restaurant!! Dreams come true, indeed. Let this serve as a reminder to not only book your dining reservations as early as possible, but to also keep checking because you never know what can happen 🙂
Be Our Guest Restaurant is a part of New Fantasyland, and is one of the hardest reservations to book in all of Walt Disney World! No matter how many times you’ve been — and especially on your first visit — it’s always so magical to walk into the Beast’s castle.
Heading into Be Our Guest Restaurant is like watching Beauty and the Beast come alive all around you! You’ll first pass through the Knight gallery where you’ll want to listen closely — the Knights of Armour sneeze, cough, and even talk to each other!
You’ll then pass into the Beast’s study, where you may recognize the Master’s chair and fireplace! Here you can order your food, and you’ll be given a magic rose to place on your table.
After ordering your food, you can choose to dine in one of three rooms, the Ballroom, the West Wing, or the Rose Room.
The Ballroom is the right out of the most iconic scene in Beauty and the Beast. Giant chandeliers hang above you, and a beautiful instrumental score fills your ears. Make sure you go check out the windows — it’s snowing outside! And yep — that’s the same snow sequence you’ll see in the film!
The West Wing is the most popular dining room, complete with an enchanted rose and portrait of the Beast when he was still a prince.
Make sure to keep an eye on the portrait — it can turn “Beastly” before your very eyes.
It does this every time the enchanted rose drops its last petal! You’ll also notice the iconic mirror on the table with the rose.
We should note that there are also some loud noises in this room (like a rumbling thunderstorm that gets louder and louder as the rose gets closer to dropping that last petal), so be prepared if you have a family member with sensory concerns.
Lastly, the Rose Room was thought up by the Imagineers exclusively for this gorgeous restaurant (you won’t see it in the movie). Paintings of Belle, Beast, Lumiere, and the rest of the castle residents adorn the walls…
…and a giant Belle and the Beast music box spins at the center of the room.
And the magic isn’t over once you’re done dining! One of our favorite details in the restaurant hangs as you exit.
How gorgeous is this Stained Glass window? It is a perfect replica from the film and a fantastic photo opp.
There are so many amazing details in this restaurant, and we have compiled photos of every single one here in a photo tour:
Check out our Be Our Guest Restaurant Photo Tour HERE!
Be Our Guest Restaurant is unique in that breakfast and lunch are quick service, but dinner is a prix-fix table service (see our full review of the Be Our Guest Dinner here). It was also one of the first places to roll out Mobile Ordering. Since it opened, Be Our Guest has been a (very) popular spot for a high quality lunch that often outshines its table-service counterparts.
Each of the three rooms have their own beverage stations, which also have napkins and utensils — real utensils — no plastic here! This is also a rare opportunity to refill your drinks as many times as you’d care to, which is especially great on a hot day.
Make sure you place your enchanted rose on your table, as this is how the servers will magically find you. (Note — they may also find you through your magic band if you pre-ordered your food through your My Disney Experience account!)
The servers will be by shortly to present your food on a beautiful rolling cart!
The menu here doesn’t change very often, so for this trip we chose three of our favorites: Braised Pork, French Onion Soup, and the Master’s Cupcake. You can see a review of MANY of the Be Our Guest Restaurant lunch offerings here!
First up, a classic: French Onion Soup.
The French Onion Soup is lighter than the traditional recipe but it’s still very tasty! There is TONS of melted Gruyere cheese on top — which honestly is the whole reason for ordering this right? There were also lots and lots of onions, and a tasty broth. This soup still lands as a re-order for us!
Not a French Onion fan? No problem — we also love the Potato Leek Soup which has been a hit on other visits.
Next up, a DFB favorite: the Braised Pork!
The Braised Pork is cooked Coq au Vin style, and is served with green beans and mashed potatoes. As we’ve noted in the past, this dish is pretty much perfection. It is honestly shocking that this is a quick-service meal.
The green beans have a nice “snap” to them, and the mashed potatoes are buttery and delicious. But the pork is what’s truly amazing here. It comes out perfectly cooked every single time we order it. While it is on the higher end price-wise ($16.99) for an out-of-pocket meal, it’s certainly shareable, especially with a soup. And it’s absolutely an incredible use of a quick-service credit on the dining plan.
I also have to mention the Croque Monsieur. This classic ham and cheese sandwich complete with Bechamel sauce has also been one of our favorites at Be Our Guest Restaurant, and is another great lunch option!
If you’re a vegetarian, or looking for a lighter bite, the Vegetable Quiche is a great choice. Filled with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and chives and served with a delicious green salad, this dish is a good option as a lighter choice.
Last course: dessert. We once again had to try the grey stuff because well…it’s delicious!
The Master’s Cupcake is a chocolate cupcake topped with the Grey stuff and edible pearls and a chocolate piece. The Grey Stuff is a cookies and cream mousse, whose recipe is so exclusive most of the Cast Members don’t even know it! I guess Lumiere is good at keeping secrets. 🙂 While there’s nothing special about the cupcake itself, it’s pretty hard to pass up the grey stuff!
Not in the mood for chocolate? Then may we suggest the Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake.
This is a vanilla sponge cupcake, topped with cream cheese icing, and stuffed with Strawberry Mousse Filling. Both cupcakes are a real treat, so we recommend getting both and splitting with your party!
Overall (And Why You Should Choose Lunch At Be Our Guest Over Breakfast and Dinner)
Be Our Guest Restaurant and delicious lunch? At this point it’s a Tale as Old as Time. The braised pork continues to dazzle us as one of the best quick service lunches in Walt Disney World. Plus, does it get more magical than eating in the Beast’s ballroom?
There’s a reason that Be Our Guest Restaurant is one of, if not THE, most popular restaurants in Walt Disney World. You should absolutely try and book your reservation as soon as possible. But if you can’t snag one, don’t give up! Keep checking back and you never know when a little wish will come true.
But here are a few things to remember — breakfast at Be Our Guest is horribly overpriced. Unless you have the Disney Dining Plan and can use a snack credit for that meal, we don’t recommend booking it. It’s just not worth it to pay nearly $30 for a donut. The new prix-fixe dinner — at 2 Disney Dining Plan credits and a hefty pricetag — is also a bit over the top when it comes to cost. But lunch — lunch, my friends, is the sweet spot when it comes to Be Our Guest Restaurant. Decently priced (SO much cheaper than breakfast…WHY?!?), the chance to see all three dining rooms (the Rose Gallery/Room is often closed off during dinner hours to serve as a prep kitchen), AND excellent food options. It’s a winner!
In the meantime, check out this video of some of our FAVORITE quick-service spots that outshine full service restaurants!
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What do you think of Be Our Guest Restaurant? What are your favorite dishes? Let us know in the comments!