The food at Epcot
Center has always been one of the theme park's main focal points. As the
intent at Epcot Center is to educate visitors about the world in which they
live, it only makes sense to feature cuisines
from around the world. At the various country pavilions at Epcot Center, you
can enjoy foods that you probably won't readily be able to enjoy at home. As
for the Epcot restaurants, they are in very good supply, so when you feel like
sitting down for something a little more organized, you can take that route
as well. For a real Epcot dining treat, you might even align your visit with
the Epcot Food and Wine festival, which is one of the top annual Epcot events.
The Epcot Food and Wine Festival spans the course of two weeks and begins at
the end of September in case you want to plan around it.
You don't have to attend the Epcot Food and Wine Festival to enjoy great food at Epcot Center. Between the aforementioned country pavilions and the Epcot restaurants, you'll have plenty of delectable eats to choose from. From snacks to globally-inspired meals, the restaurants at Epcot virtually cover it all. For those who are in a bit of a hurry, there are a handful of "quick service" Epcot restaurants where you can enjoy a convenient meal. Among them is the Boulangerie Patisserie, which serves French pastries, quiches, and an assortment of sandwiches. You can also refresh your mind over a cup of coffee here. At the Sunshine Season Food Fair, which is another quick-service establishment, you'll find a wide array of food choices, from barbecue favorites to pastas and soups. Another casual Epcot restaurant is the Tokyo Dining establishment, which has tasty Japanese fare for both lunch and dinner.
For those who seek a more formal, yet relatively casual Epcot dining experience, there are also a bunch of "Special and Unique" dining establishments here where you can enjoy a range of international cuisines. At the San Angel Inn, for example, Mexican food is at the heart of things, while the Biergarten Restaurant offers a German-inspired buffet and a true Oktoberfest environment. It's almost like being in Munich! Other Epcot restaurants that are relatively formal, yet still fairly casual include the Le Celler Steakhouse, the Tutto Italia Ristorante, and the Rose & Crown Dining Room, which specializes in British food. While the "Special and Unique" restaurants at Epcot are great places to enjoy a sit-down meal, those looking for an even more formal experience can head to one of the park's "Signature Dining" establishments. These upscale eateries include the Bistro de Paris and the Les Chefs de France, both of which would be right at home in France. The remaining signature restaurant at Epcot Center is the Coral Reef Restaurant, which offers sumptuous seafood dishes.
For families, getting the chance to dine with Disney characters is an experience
that is not soon to be forgotten. When it comes time to get some food at Epcot
Center, kids will hardly find reason to argue about a trip to one of Epcot's
"Character Dining" establishments, which include the Akershus Royal Banquet
Hall and The Garden Grill Restaurant. The former involves enjoying a verifiable
feast within the presence of royalty. Famous Disney Princesses and their friends
are among the characters that you'll interact with at the Akershus Royal Banquet
Hall, which serves both American and Norwegian food specialties. At The Garden
Grill Restaurant, Mickey Mouse and his pals await your crew. A rotating restaurant,
The Garden Grill overlooks the Living with the Land attraction. Steaks, rotisserie-style
meats, and even savory catfish can be found on the diverse Garden Grill menu.
As is the case at the Akershus, and most of the other Epcot dining establishments
for that matter, special children's meals can be ordered at The Garden Grill.
Other Disney World
theme parks, like Magic
Kingdom, have character dining establishments of their own, so you can consider
those as well should The Garden Grill and Akershus appeal to you.
Getting some food at Epcot Center is part of the overall Epcot experience, so you're encouraged to leave some money left over for snacks and meals. Whatever you have a taste for, you can likely find it when dining at Epcot Center , which means that culinary fanatics will be right at home during a visit. When you're not enjoying all the great food at Epcot Center , you can spend some time on the Epcot rides, take time out to see one of the Epcot shows, or even consider enjoying one of the fun Epcot tours.