EPCOT is arguably the most foodie theme park at Walt Disney World. The park celebrates four festivals a year and all of them serve food and drinks inspired by countries from around the world. Chances are, if you’re at EPCOT, you’re visiting during one of the festivals.
And the other times of the year? There are still plenty of good dishes and restaurants to try. You just have to know where to go! We’re frequent visitors to EPCOT’s festivals and other dining locations. So we’ve compiled a list of awesome places to eat at EPCOT during the festivals and any other time of the year!
Here’s where the Disney pros eat when they visit EPCOT!
Festival Eats at EPCOT
If you happen to be visiting during a festival, you’ll get a lot of mileage out of the food booths located around World Showcase. This section of the park is loaded with Quick Service spots and Table Service restaurants all year long, making it a go-to for dining year-round. However, during the festivals, it’s also packed with small kiosks that are specific to each event. This would be your chance to try a unique dish you couldn’t normally get any other time of the year. While menus are subject to change, here are few options that tend to make a yearly comeback!
Crème de Brie en Petit Pain from L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise
Warm creamy brie in a house-made bread bowl? Sign us up! It’s hard to imagine a better combination, to be honest. So give this snack a try if you’re in EPCOT during Festival of the Arts!
Taco Vampiro from the Jardin de Fiestas
This is one of our favorite eats each festival, as it’s jam-packed with flavor! It’s barbacoa beef in a corn tortilla with crispy grilled Monterey jack cheese, salsa ranchera, and esquites.
Braised Beef Poutine from the Refreshment Port
Fries, tender beef, garlic, and cheese? It’s not too hard to see why the Braised Beef Poutine continues to be one of our festival favorites! The only thing we don’t enjoy about this dish? It’s not on the menu year-round.
Teriyaki Chicken Bun from the Japan Booth
Japan pretty much kills it when it comes to festivals. That’s exactly why we come back to grab this snack every year. It has flavorful chicken, vegetables, and sweet teriyaki sauce wrapped up in a fluffy steamed bao bun.
The Giant Tostada de Chorizo kind of blew us away when we first tried them. And when we tried them the next year? Yep, still just as good. This tostada is topped with a hearty serving of chorizo with chipotle black bean purée, salsa verde, queso cotija, crema mexicana, and pickled onion.
Eats Available All Year at EPCOT
It’s a well-known “secret” that this popular spot in France opens a little earlier than most other World Showcase buildings. Les Halles is a pastry and coffee shop tucked in the back of the pavilion and open early for breakfast. Enjoy a fresh croissant, baguette, or espresso in the peaceful promenade early in the morning. It’s truly a blissful way to start the day at EPCOT.
The foodie fun doesn’t stop at the patisserie! There’s also L’Artisan des Glaces where you can get an Ice Cream Martini and Les Vins des Chefs de France where you’ll find the Grand Marnier Orange Slush.
Do you want Disney characters and good eats all in one place? Garden Grill is your best bet! This is one of our favorite character dining restaurants anywhere in Disney World. The restaurant is small enough that you get plenty of interaction with Mickey and friends. The atmosphere is also super fun! The dining area rotates, and you’ll get a passing view of the Living with the Land attraction. We call that a winning combination!
Tutto Gusto is charming and cozy and a great choice for wine lovers or those who are looking for a quiet escape from the noise and heat. More importantly, the food is good. If you’re looking for an excellent fettuccine or top-notch gnocchi, this is your place. The cellar is tucked away inside the Italy Pavilion and almost unnoticeable. Walk too quickly through Italy and you’ll miss it completely!
Some guests might not consider La Cava as a restaurant and think of it as more of a bar. However you want to classify it, the restaurant/bar serves a mean guacamole and queso dip. And okay, you caught us. We come for the queso and stay for the fantastic margaritas! Plus, if you want something a little more substantial, just head outside to Choza de Margarita for empanadas and tostadas!
Regal Eagle opened in early 2020 in the American Pavilion. The Quick Service restaurant that previously resided in this building was definitely a little lackluster. Disney has amped up the new restaurant with far better selections including smoked chicken, dry-rub pork, and beef brisket sandwiches. And there’s a real smoker outside the dining area that beckons you with delicious smells!
Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to good food at EPCOT. It’s truly a gold mine of sweet treats and savory eats. We didn’t even mention the fresh caramel corn from Germany, and Norway’s School Bread. It’s really hard to go wrong at EPCOT. As long as you come with an empty stomach and open mind, you’re sure to find something you love here! Hopefully, this list gets you started on your food journey around World Showcase and beyond.
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What’s your favorite place to eat at EPCOT? Let us know in the comments!
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