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Which restaurant in Epcot or Epcot resort area for dinner? (one diner is vegetarian)

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Our favorite place to eat in WDW is V&A, and we already have a reservation for there. We want to try someplace either in Epcot or in the Epcot resorts for another nice/grown up dinner. We love kids and don't care if they are in the restaurant , by the way. I mean "grown up" more in terms of quality of food. We are staying at the Dolphin for part of our trip, and I know between Swan and Dolphin there are a bunch of options (Shula's, Bluezoo, Il Mulino...) and there are more at the other resorts, like Flying Fish and Yachtsman. (I don't eat meat but don't mind a steakhouse as long as there is something impressive for me to eat; it happens on occasion!) I think we ate at Bistro in Epcot's France, but maybe it was Chef's? We ate at the downstairs one and weren't impressed. Husband eats everything, but I am strictly a vegetarian, as in no fish. I do love cheese and cream, though! Thanks so much in advance.

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Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

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  1. EPCOT might be tough. I'm a strict vegetarian as well and there are a number of restaurants with hidden non-vegetarian items (dishes that are seemingly vegetarian or indicated as vegetarian sometimes contain chicken stock, oyster sauce, etc.). I've heard that Marrakesh makes a vegetarian platter, but haven't tried it.

    If you are willing to go to another resort, Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge does great vegetarian dishes. Boma (right next door to Jiko) is my must-do, but not sure if you are interested in a buffet.

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    1. re: punkin712

      I would have to say my favorite restaurant in Epcot is Le Cellier but it can be hard to get in there and there aren't a lot of meatless dishes. Here is a link to a website with many of the menus for the restaurants at Epcot: http://allears.net/menu/menus.htm#epc I haven't tried the new italian restaurant Via Napoli but that might be something else to check out. AllEars.net has many menus for other Disney restaurants as well as reviews by people who have recently eaten there. You might want to check it out.

      1. re: punkin712

        Another vote for Boma the in Animal Kingdom Lodge. Very vegetarian friendly. Make sure to tell the server of any dietary restrictions and the chef just might bring out a special dish. We are vegan and he did out over the top special platter for our table. Great food and service.

        1. re: Windsor

          I do quite like Boma. We have eaten there several times. We were thinking of trying something different this time. Will be back to Boma soon, I'm sure! It is definitely one of the more veggie-friendly places on the property and they are so nice there. I love AKL, too. I think it's gorgeous there.

      2. My husband and I just had dinner at Bluezoo. We loved the food and atmosphere-very grownup. I had the tuna, and my husband had the swordfish. We also had the golden beet salad. We were not impressed with the chocolate melange for dessert. I'm not sure about vegetarian options there.

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        Todd English's Bluezoo
        1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830

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        1. re: Marisa23

          I'd say Bistro de Paris. It's top-of-the-line.

          www.RonaGindin.com

          1. re: Rona Gindin

            I should have added this before: Every single restaurant at Disney World except for snack carts has a vegetarian option. At the full-service restaurants, the chefs take the vegetarian options very seriously; you'll never get just a plate of bland steamed vegetables. Current menus of the restaurants run and operated by Disney are always posted on the disneyworld.com website so your vegetarian can check what the veggie option is for each. For example, right now (and this can change), Le Cellier has a sustaintable fish of the day (it doesn't say how it's prepared) and another option is sauteed potato gnocchi with grilled eggplant, cherry tomatoes, pesto broth and parmesan cheese. Bistro de Paris is owned by "partners" and the menu isn't posted, but these are three recent options:

            Maine Lobster Risotto - with vegetable, Armoricaine sauce

            Seared Sea Scallops, fish mousseline with spinach, stewed fennel with seafood, saffron jus

            Sea Bass - roasted with poppy seeds, gnocchi sautéed with artichoke and sunchoke, champagne beurrre blanc

            www.RonaGindin.com

        2. Thanks so much for the responses! Since fish is out, and it seems like the veggie options are sometimes actually fish, I guess we can call places first to ensure they will be able to provide something suitable. I was just hoping someone had had a similar requirement and a positive experience. Or maybe we will just try to do V&A twice!

          I think we want to stick with Epcot or Epcot resort area so we can eat and then meet back up with the rest of our family - and most importantly with our son - for some evening rides and fireworks.

          Thanks!

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          1. re: Olive123

            I believe if you let them know that you would like a vegetarian or vegan meal they will give you some options, particularly if you call ahead. They do this with kosher meals and other dietary needs such as allergies.

            1. re: Jennifer in Delray

              They will. Also, you might try Flying Fish since you can walk to it from Epcot. The posted menu only has fish veggie dishes, not fish-free, but the chef, Tim Keating, surely has a great back-up in his repertoire. You can even have a tasting dinner at the food bar facing the kitchen. They might be willing to do substitutions there, as V&A does, although I don't know for sure. http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/medi...

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              Flying Fish
              Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

              1. re: Rona Gindin

                @Olive123: No matter where you decide to dine, make sure there is a note on your reservation that you are a strict vegetarian (no meat, fish, fowl, etc.). You may also want to call the restaurant directly on the day of (or day before) your reservation to reconfirm. Trust me - you can't double or triple check enough times! We are very frequent Disney visitors and I've found that it never hurts to make "just one more" reminder. When in doubt, ask if you can speak to the chef directly. Unfortunately, there are those who are more understanding and more willing to accommodate vegetarians than others.

                BTW - I haven't heard good things about Brown Derby...apparently it's the most difficult place to get a decent vegetarian meal.

          2. Try the Garden Restaurant in The Land in Epcot, they use all the fresh produce from their own Hydroponic Farm that you see in the ride. Nothing to order they just keep bringing out plates of food, eat as much as you want.

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            1. re: SaminSFL

              The most veggie friendly dining I found was at Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge but here's a link that might be of some help.
              http://allears.net/din/vegtsparks.htm

            2. I think I am sold on Flying Fish. Bistro looks nice, but we have such good French food in NYC (including with great vegetarian options) so I don't know that it will impress us. Flying Fish has a fun cheese tasting with wine pairings as a first course option. That sounds fantastic! They also have an ice wine flight available with the dessert course. I think this will be a nice touch, too. We had some great ice wines on a prior trip to Quebec and don't come across them all that often in restaurants. Also, my husband has been in a seafood mood when we go out lately. I'll report back! Thanks so much for all of the input.

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              Flying Fish
              Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

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              1. re: Olive123

                How did Flying Fish go? We really enjoy it, and I agree with you that Bistro de Paris isn't terribly impressive for people who have had good French cuisine elsewhere. We were definitely underwhelmed by Bistro, but we like Flying Fish and love V&A's. Of the Epcot area restaurants, Flying Fish is definitely our favorite.

                Cheers!
                Heather W

              2. My father is vegan, and the last time we visited each signature dining restaurant on property offered a vegan menu. With that being said, I absolutely love Boma which has been mentioned. However with the other restaurants that you have listed as liking I would say Jiko, just across the hall from Boma, or Sanaa (also on property of AKL). The latter has an absolutely amazing bread service that has some amazing sauces. Everyone at your table would enjoy it not just the vegetarian. Sanaa is a hidden gem and may be easier to get into. Good Luck!

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                Good Luck Cafe
                1910 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

                1. I don't remember the name of it but the restaurant in the Morocco pavillion was quite tasty and had some nice vegetarian options. I've been to Marrakech and Disney did a pretty impressive job of replicating the ambiance and food.

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                  1. re: KImKinMIA

                    It's called Marrakesh, and does have a nice vegetarian couscous. I agree with Sam- The Garden in The Land pavilion in Epcot is a good spot for vegetarians. The cheese platter at Flying Fish is nice, though small.

                    Olive, did you go yet? Looking forward to hearing where you ended up!

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                    Flying Fish
                    Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

                  2. I know I mentioned the AllEars website before. They now have a vegan tip column running.

                    http://allears.net/din/vegantips.htm