PHOTOS: Buffet Return to EPCOT’s Biergarten Restaurant!

Disney World is entering a NEW phase in its ongoing reopening processes because buffets have officially returned to the parks!

Plenty of desserts!

While Boma in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge was one of the first spots to bring it back, other places like the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom are planning to do the same now too. And now, EPCOT is the next park to see buffets return!

Over in the Germany Pavilion, guests looking for a buffet-style meal can head over to Biergarten! Previously, when the restaurant reopened last year in World Showcase, food was served family-style. Options included pretzel bread, schnitzel, sauerkraut, spaetzle, traditional sausages, rotisserie chicken, and more!


But, now that Biergarten had made a shift back to a buffet, there’s also the change in what items are being offered as well. And, before you head to EPCOT soon, we’re giving you a look at what the new meal experience is like.

Welcome to Biergarten!

The buffets were operating similarly to how they had pre-pandemic, as guests were able to pick and choose what they would like on their plates. However, there is the requirement for guests to wear face coverings now, since the indoor mask mandate still applies in restaurants.

Face Covering Requirement

Guests had a WIDE selection of hot and cold plates to choose from, depending on how they wanted to build their meal. Many of the buffet options were focused on German cuisine, like Sauerbraten, Herb Spätzle

Sauerbraten and Herb Spätzle

Pork Roast

Pork Roast

Warm German Potato Salad

Warm German Potato Salad

Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage



Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes

Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

…and Peas and Carrots.

Peas and Carrots

Sauces like Mustard, Ketchup, and Applesauce were available on the side too!

Sauce Options

The build-your-own salad area was also included in the buffet with fresh choices like Tomato Salad, German Potato Salad, Three Bean Salad, and Macaroni Salad

Salad Area

…as well as greens and salad dressing.

Salad and Dressing

The big ticket parts of the meal, though, were the incredible entrées available throughout the buffet line! Everyone could indulge in Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce

Meat Balls and Red Wine Sauce

Pork Schnitzel

Pork Schnitzel

Seasonal Fish with Vinaigrette

Seasoned Fish

Green Beans

Green Beans

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

Sauerkraut and Roasted Potatoes

Sauerkraut and Roasted Potatoes

…and a Sausage Selection, including Bratwurst.

Sausage Selection

But, we know that one of our favorite parts of the meal happened to be the Pretzel Rolls that could be dipped inside….

Pretzel Rolls

Cheese and Beer Soup (a fan-favorite, of course)!

Cheese and Beer Soup

After you’ve finished your meal, you have the choice to treat yourself to dessert options like Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel



Chocolate Chip Cookies




Black Forest cake rolls

Dessert Rolls

…and a LOT more (you might need a plate or two to try everything!).

We Can’t Resist All This Dessert!

We have to say that, even though we enjoyed the family-style version of this meal, we’re excited to see Biergarten’s buffet back with so many unique options you won’t find elsewhere around Disney World!

Our Biergarten Spread

We’ll keep you updated about other buffets that will be returning to Disney World! Stay tuned with All Ears for the latest dining and Disney news coming soon!

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Will you be going to any buffets in Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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5 Replies to “PHOTOS: Buffet Return to EPCOT’s Biergarten Restaurant!”

  1. Years ago we spent a most memorable night at the Biergarten with our family celebrating my husband’s birthday. Staff really made him feel special. Miss those perks but glad to see buffet returning.

  2. I think this article should be combined with your article about Florida leading the nation in Covid cases…I mean….a buffet? What could possibly go wrong? People are worried about sharing a table but not a shared buffet? This kind of makes me sick.

  3. I enjoyed this more family style. Less hectic in the restaurant. More time to enjoy the fantastic show and spend time with your party.