It can be TOUGH to decide what to eat in Disney World when there are so many great options. And that’s especially true at EPCOT, where you’ll find food inspired by countries around the world, a restaurant located “220 miles above Earth,” and even a couple of brand-new restaurants. There are plenty of choices for excellent snacks and meals here, but there are also some less-than-stellar eats to watch out for.
We’re in Disney World every single day, and we’ve tried just about everything there is to eat there. We’re here to help you find the best possible food, drinks, and snacks! Come along with us to see the best places to eat in EPCOT.
In this post, we ranked the 5 best table service (sit-down) restaurants, the 5 best counter service (fast food-style) restaurants, and the 3 best places to get a snack or treat. Of course, there are a lot more options than what’s listed here, but we focused on only the BEST eats for this list. If you want to see the rankings for ALL the restaurants in EPCOT, check out our video on that topic.
Of course, EPCOT is also known for its festivals, which take place throughout the year (there are 4 festivals each year). These festivals bring lots of food booths to the park, which means even MORE options for snacks and drinks. We love snacking around the booths, and we highly recommend doing that if you visit during one of the festivals. However, for this post, we’ll focus on the restaurants that are available year-round in EPCOT.
Now on to the best eats!
Table Service Restaurants
You will need a reservation for table service restaurants in Disney World (although sometimes you can join walk-up waitlists, depending on availability). You can start making those reservations 60 days before your trip. These meals tend to be more expensive than most counter service meals, and they’re also usually bigger and fancier. But which table service spot should you choose? We’ve got the answer.
Chefs de France can be found in — you guessed it — the France pavilion! This spot is an authentic French bistro featuring eats like French Onion Soup, a charcuterie board, Ratatouille, Boeuf Bourguignon, and (our favorite) gruyere cheese baked Mac and Cheese.
While this is a great option for those who enjoy French cuisine, it might be tricky for picky eaters to find something they like on this menu. In addition, it’s a bit more upscale, so it’s better for date night or an adult dinner party rather than for families with younger kids.
- Classic French options
- An escape from the theme parks if you’re feeling overwhelmed
- Great for a romantic dinner
- Not great for guests in a hurry
- Only French cuisine served here — not a great variety for pickier eaters
- Not the best option for families with younger kiddos
Via Napoli has hands-down the BEST pizza in EPCOT, and we’d even say it’s the best in all of Disney World! Although the pizzas can be pretty pricey here, the larger sizes are definitely big enough to feed a group. We recommend the Quattro Formaggi and Prosciutto e Melone pizzas.
Authentic eats aren’t the only thing to recommend this spot — the atmosphere is impressive at Via Napoli as well. The dining room has soaring ceilings (which can make it a bit loud in here when it’s crowded) and 3 massive wood ovens named after the 3 active volcanos in Italy.
- Best pizza on property
- Easy to share with the group
- A mix of casual and upscale vibes
- Limited menus for those who don’t like pizza or have certain allergies
- You pay the big bucks for this quality pizza
- Appetizers and desserts are nothing to write home about
We’ve been to France and Italy now, and for the next restaurant on this list, we’re visiting the UK. The Rose and Crown Dining Room is a cozy pub that serves British classics like shepherd’s pie and fish & chips. And you can’t forget to order an Imperial Pint from the pub while you’re here!
This location has fireworks dining packages available as well, and it’s one of our favorite choices for those packages. If you book a dining package for Harmonious at this spot, you’ll be sat out on the lakefront patio for great views of the nighttime show.
- Best Fireworks Dining Package
- Great balance of both traditional and adventurous options
- Cozy atmosphere
- Not great for those looking for a lighter lunch/dinner option
- Takes a chunk of time out of your day to dine here
- If you’re wanting Fish and Chips, they’re CHEAPER at Yorkshire! To get them here, you’ll be dropping $26 as opposed to the basket of them just next door for $13.
If you’re looking for a great cut of steak in Disney World, there may not be a better option than Le Cellier, found in the Canada pavilion of World Showcase. You’ll dine in a wine cellar, with wooden tables, stone walls, and candle sconces. Some of our favorite options on the menu are the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, the Filet Mignon, and the signature Poutine.
The ambiance here makes it an excellent choice for date night, and the service has been consistently good when we’ve visited. However, it may not be the best place to bring smaller kiddos, and the menu is definitely on the more expensive side. As a signature restaurant, it’ll have most entrée options around $50.
- Best date-night restaurant
- Consistently good service
- Top-tier steaks, entrees, and appetizers
- Not the best for families with smaller kiddos
- Heavy portions (which might not be the best idea if you’re going to walk around in the Orlando heat after)
Garden Grill is, in our opinion, the BEST table service restaurant for families. It’s located on the second floor of The Land pavilion in EPCOT’s World Nature area, and the dining room slowly rotates (!!), showing off views of the Living With the Land boat ride below. It’s also a character dining meal, so you can say hello to Farmer Mickey, Chip, Dale, and Pluto while you eat.
The menu here is pretty straightforward, which makes it great for kids or picky eaters. It’s a harvest-inspired meal with a salad, mashed potatoes, meat, and a berry shortcake.
- Best for families
- Unique atmosphere and fun character meet and greets
- Good selection for picky eaters
- Not the best for more adventurous eaters
- Takes a chunk of time out of your park day
- Not serving breakfast at this time
Counter Service Restaurants
Now we’re moving on to the counter service restaurants in EPCOT. You don’t need a reservation for these spots, and they tend to be much cheaper than the table service options — but that doesn’t mean they’re not as good! In fact, we sometimes prefer these eats to the fancier table service meals.
Check to see if the restaurant you choose has Mobile Order available. That can save you time because you won’t have to wait in line to order! There’s a HUGE range of food types and quality in this park, so check out where you should eat here.
This service window is where you can get delicious crêpes fast. Crêpes À Emporter at La Crêperie de Paris is the quick service component of the full-service restaurant that it’s attached to. You’ll find both sweet crêpes and savory galettes on the menu, with options like the Cream of Brie Cheese Galette and the Hazelnut & Chocolate Crêpe.
There’s also a selection of hard ciders, sparkling drinks, and wine available here. One of the biggest problems is that there isn’t a lot of seating offered (basically your only choices are the few benches located nearby or standing), so you’ll often see guests sitting on the ground nearby to eat their crêpes.
- Great for guests who want a speedy savory or dessert crepe
- Unique dining option
- Limited menu (that’s smaller than its table service counterpart)
- Lighter options (which isn’t the best for those who’ve worked up an appetite around the showcase)
- Not a buckwheat fan. (Since all galettes are made with buckwheat)
4. Yorkshire County Fish Shop (on Mobile Order)
Yorkshire County Fish Shop serves ONE thing: Fish and Chips. And that’s it. Well, there are sometimes limited-time treats or snacks offered here, and yes there’s also a drinks menu. But really those Fish & Chips are what this spot is all about. The fish is battered and fried until it’s crisp, golden, and beautiful, and we’re big fans of the thick-cut chips as well.
This spot is also pretty inexpensive — you get a good portion for what you pay, so if you’re not too hungry, a single serving could easily be a hearty snack for a couple of people to share. Seating here is outdoors at lakeside tables with umbrellas, and because of Yorkshire County Fish Shop’s popularity, it can be a little tricky to find an available spot during crowded days.
- Great fish and chips!
- Quick and easy
- Just fish and chips
- Not great for those looking for unique items or a variety of options
- Nearby tables can fill up quickly, meaning you may have to eat on-the-go
If you’re trying to find a restaurant with enough options to please many different palates, Sunshine Seasons will be the best choice. This spot serves up options for picky eaters (like pizza rolls and grilled chicken) and adventurous eaters (like an Asian vegetable noodle salad and Mongolian beef) alike. There are even a few options here for plant-based eaters (like vegetable korma and a Mediterranean sandwich).
There’s also a LOT of indoor seating offered at this restaurant, so it’s a good choice for very hot or rainy days. We recently tried the spicy fish tacos here and were pleasantly surprised by how tasty they were! And don’t forget to check out the desserts — the turtle brownie is one of our favorites.
- Best for catering to a variety of tastes/wide variety
- Affordable options
- TONS of seating
- Not the best for foodies looking for “top-tier” dining
- Though there are more “adventurous” options, EPCOT still has more unique dining available elsewhere
- Even standard options (like sandwiches and flatbreads) have better alternatives around World Showcase
Head to the American Adventure pavilion to visit Regal Eagle and get some of the best barbecue in Disney World. This restaurant serves American BBQ inspired by different regions of the country. Think Memphis Dry-Rub Pork Ribs, a Texas Beef Brisket Sandwich, and Kansas City Half-Smoked Chicken.
There’s plenty of seating indoors as well as some options outside if it’s a nice day. And you can stop by the outdoor bar to grab some drinks for your meal as well. But the best part? This joint is run by Sam Eagle of the Muppets! You’ll find nods to the theme throughout the restaurant.
The food here is well-priced for the amount and quality, but if you have an incredible barbecue spot at home, you may want to skip this one — it might not hold up to the really authentic stuff.
- Best barbecue location
- Affordable and filling
- Sam the Eagle runs the show here
- May not be the unique cuisine you’re looking for
- Not good for those looking for “fancy” dining
- Also, not great for vegetarians
We’re back at the France pavilion again for our TOP choice for quick service food in EPCOT. It’s the Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie! If you don’t know this spot is here, you might miss it entirely, but that would be a tragic mistake. This bakery is full of delicious eats, both savory and sweet. You can get sandwiches, soup, salad, pastries, macarons and more. We like to order a bunch of different things and share them among the group.
The seating for Les Halles is pretty limited, so you might need to take your food to go. There are more tables outside, which might be your best bet. Les Halles is also one of our favorite places to go for breakfast, since it’s open earlier than most restaurants in the morning.
- Best breakfast stop
- Affordable options
- Delicious and different variety
- Seating can get crowded
- No Mobile Ordering available
- Lines can get long during lunch/dinner
A very popular watering hole in the Mexico pavilion, La Cava del Tequila is home to over 200 tequilas and unique margaritas. Check out some of the celebrity-inspired drinks as well! But we don’t just come here for the drinks — the tapas-style snacks are not to be missed, especially the chips and queso.
Seating at La Cava is very limited, but you can always take your eats and drinks to go if needed. Like we said, this is a popular joint, so you should try to visit earlier in the day if possible to avoid the long line! Head inside the Mesoamerican pyramid to find it.
- Best selection of alcoholic beverages (over 200 tequilas and margarita varieties!)
- Drink in the AC(!!)
- Drinks can be taken to go, as well
- Limited seating (can only hold 30 guests at a time)
- Super busy later in the evening (or on rainy days)
- Not a lot of food options here
We’re back at the France pavilion once more, this time for dessert! L’Artisan des Glaces serves 16 flavors of house-made ice cream and sorbet. One of our favorite treats here is the Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich, but don’t miss out on the Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches either. The 21+ crowd can enjoy the Ice Cream Martinis as well!
With a variety of ice cream treats on the menu, there’s something for everyone here (as long as everyone is looking for a cool treat). Seating is pretty much non-existent, so you’ll need to take your treat to go.
- Fantastic assortment of ice cream and ice cream-inspired treats
- Fun ice cream drinks for the 21+ crowd
- A great stop on a hot Orlando day
- No savory eats
- No seating inside
- Limited options (just ice cream treats)
1. Karamell Küche (on Mobile Order)
And the #1 choice for snacks and treats in EPCOT (and the only restaurant in the entire park to score a perfect 10/10) is awarded to Karamell Küche in the Germany pavilion! You’ll smell this fantastic spot before you see it, and you won’t be able to resist the sugary, buttery goodness inside. Everything sold here is sweet, so don’t come in looking for a savory snack.
Some of our favorite snacks here are caramel popcorn (do NOT miss out on this!), caramel butter bars, and caramel cupcakes. One of our favorite seasonal snacks — the Gingerbread Salted Caramel Buttercream Cookie Sandwich — has been upgraded to a year-round option! There’s no seating inside the bakery, so you’ll need to take your treats to go.
- Best snack location
- Fresh, house-made caramel treats
- Mobile order capabilities
- Just desserts here
- Can get busy throughout the day
- Not great for guests who aren’t big into sweets
There you have it! All the best restaurants in EPCOT, whether you’re looking for a sit-down meal, a quick bite, or just some dessert. With DOZENS of places to eat at Disney World, we know it can be tough to plan your meals. That’s why we wrote the DFB Guide to Dining at Walt Disney World.
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What’s your favorite thing to eat in EPCOT? Let us know in the comments.