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EPCOT recommendations please!

What are the best bets in the EPCOT theme park for snacks, drinks, lunch, or dinner? My husband and I haven't been to EPCOT in 20 years and probably won't go again for a really long time...I know Disney food is pricey so am looking for advice on what's worth the price or is otherwise special or not to miss! Thanks for any help!

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  1. rocknroll there are a lot of threads on this, search around and you'll find them. I hear the French place at Epcot is great, also California Grill is great grub on Disney property.

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    1. re: askdrtodd

      thanks dr todd- I did search the existing threads on Disney dining and they are very helpful with advice on restaurants through out Disney World- was hoping to focus this question specifically on the EPCOT theme park restaurants rather than Disney restaurants generally. What are your favs?

    2. I used to like the Mexican sit down restaurant and the downstairs French restaurant but this was a few years ago and I heard it has changed. Get a sausage for a snack in Germany!

      1. We were at Disney in April 2010 and the best meal we had during our week long stay was at Coral Reef in Epcot. The setting is great, checking out the giant fish tank....and the food was great. Really interesting fish dishes that were perfectly prepared. My husband and I also ate at California Grill at the COntemporary and while it is touted to be one of the best on property, we found it a bit lacking. Certainly not as good as Coral Reef.
        We also really enjoyed a lunch at Marrakesh in the Moroccan pavillion. The interior was lovely and quite cool after coming in from the sun and the food was great. I had a lamb and couscous dish that was quite tasty. Hope you enjoy whatever you choose!

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        1. re: saintp

          I checked this thread for suggestions last night since we went to EPCOT today. The patisserie and Via Napoli had lines out the door so we wound up at Marrakesh for lunch and Coral Reef for dinner.

          Had the M'Rouzia Fassi and braised lambhsank at Marrakesh. The M'Rouzia Fassi is beef simmered w/ prunes, served on fluffy couscous and topped w/ sesame seeds. It's sweet and savory and pretty tasty. The braised lambshank is also served on couscous w/ chickpeas, and big slices of carrots and zucchini. I'd recommend both dishes and the mint tea to wash it down.

          At Coral Reef, we had the catch of the day (Canadian cod) w/ scallops served on mushroom risotto, and mahi mahi w/ rock shrimp on coconut lime rice. Again, both were well prepared and tasty. The food at EPCOT's got the Magic Kingdom beat.

        2. If you have kids in tow, then for dinner I'd do either Via Napoli (if you don't need entertainment) or Biergarten (good food and a fun show plus huge steins of beer). If you do Via Napoli don't let them talk you into over-ordering as the pizzas are bigger than they let on and it's not like you want to carry a to go box with leftovers around a theme park (especially at those prices)

          If no kids, then do one of the two sit-down places in France.

          For lunch, a cool little hidden gem is the sandwich place in France down the alley behind Chef''s de France and Bistro de Paris. Very good jamon et fromage sammies.

          All in all though the food at Epcot is just ok and very expensive, so go for the experience and keep your expectations in line

          1. In Epcot for lunch or a snack check out La Cava del Tequila in Mexico. They have a limited but delicious bar menu - good guac, taquitos, and mini crab tostadas. They also have dozens of tequila and mezcal varieties, and some very good margaritas.

            For a more structured sit-down, good bets are Marrakesh at Morocco and Le Cellier in Canada. I would not recommend either of the restaurants in France, though agree that the bakery and sandwiches are good. Another option for sit-down is to walk from the World Showcase entrance at the back of Epcot over to the restaurants at the Swan or Dolphin. Bluezoo is sporadically good, and the sushi bar there is much better than Tokyo Dining.

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            1. I will preface this by saying we go to WDW about once a year or so. When we were there in December we went to the San Angel Inn (inside the pyramid) in Mexico and it has gone downhill, imo. I did still like their ceviche, but service was spotty and the rest of the food was not as good as in the past. It could have just been that day. If you decide to try it, ask for a table by the river as the ambience is better. :-) There is a new place in Mexico, but we haven't tried that yet. And there is a tequila bar inside the pyramid.

              For table service (lunch or dinner):
              Restaurant Marrakesh - Morocco
              Le Cellier - Canada
              Chefs de Paris - France
              Bistro de Paris - France
              Rose & Crown Dining Room - England

              Snacks:
              Rose & Crown Pub - England - Scotch Eggs (photo attached)
              Boulangerie Patisserie - France - various sandwiches, baguettes and cheeses, plus pastries
              Tangierine Café - Morocco - I usually get one or more of their salads
              Kiosk in American Pavillion - funnel cakes
              Another kiosk in the American Pavillion if you are into the turkey legs, which seem to be a Disney tradition for many

              In Germany if you go inside the wine store, they have wine tastings available. That is fun, too.

              Often if we spend a day in Epcot, we laughingly say we drink our way around the world. All of the countries in the World Showcase have bar kiosks and places to get snacks. Normally we are there for a number of hours so we try different wines from the different countries and get something for a snack to go along with it. We will be at WDW next week for my daughter's wedding and I want to try a crêpe from Crêpes des Chefs de France sometime during the week. That is not something we have done before. I do miss the Beaver Tails (a decadent fried pastry) in Canada.

              Because of how Disney pushes and markets their Dining Plan now, it is much more difficult than it used to be to just go eat. Some places fill up weeks or months in advance because you can make your dining reservations 180 days out. Not sure when you are going, but if there is a specific restaurant you want to try, I suggest you make your reservations ASAP.

              And although not in Epcot, our current favourite Disney restaurants are Jiko, Artist Point, California Grill, and Narcoosee.

              I hope you have a most magical time!

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              1. Also, if you like smoked fish and meats, the restaurant in Norway has a lovely smorgasbord. And in the back of Mitsukoshi (the store) in Japan there is a neat little sake bar. Also, don't miss Cool Spot in Future World. Free tastings of Coke products from around the world!

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                1. re: MouseChow

                  Regarding the Cool Spot...DON'T drink the one called Beverly, just trust me on this one!

                  1. re: cavandre

                    What are you taking about the Beverly is the best. ;P. Everyone has to try to Beverly and get your camera ready! :)

                    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                      I actually LIKE Beverly. But then I like Sanbitter and Cynar...

                      1. re: MouseChow

                        we took a friend once and always played the joke and he didn't get it because he was like, oh you are right this is good. The joke was on us that day. :)

                        It's Italian and I think if your use to some of the more European sparkling water type drinks you make like it. but it tasted too much like liquorish to me and I don't like that.

                        1. re: MouseChow

                          +1, the Beverly soda from Italy was the best of all of them. My kids went for the Watermelon flavored Chinese soda. the Ginger ale wasn't bad, either.

                  2. Biergarten is meh. It makes the effort but nothing spectacular. Marrakesh is pretty awesome, and a secret favorite of mine is the British pub, I love the ploughman's lunch and the Scotch eggs.

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                    1. re: MandalayVA

                      Regarding Biergarten, agree the food is only OK but kids LOVE the shows - if you have young ones then that can make or break any meal. That's why I include it in recommendations. It all depends on your party make-up. Also, large steins of beer also help get through a meal with young kids :)

                      1. re: YosemiteSam

                        Agree with Sam, plus if you are with picky eaters or kids the buffet is a nice compromise. Air conditioned inside show during the meal will keep you and your family entertained and cooled off.

                    2. haven't been in a while (almost a year), but I'd heartily recommend Canada's Le Celllier....very good (maybe not GREAT, but very good) beef - and cheddar cheese soup is outstanding...Marrakesh is fun (belly-dancing floor show) but if you've eaten Middle Eastern food, it's only okay for authenticity. Concur with Biergarten comments - great, fun show for kids; food is big on quantity, okay on quality. upstairs at France is expensive,and food is just as good downstairs...Canada and France are at good corner for laser show, so plan accordingly for time...

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                      1. re: bigbobt

                        thanks for all the interesting suggestions! will let you know how our EPCOT experience works out!

                        1. We really like the Chefs of France if you are looking for more upscale in Epcot. Overall favorite for us there is the new Hacienda restaurant- (we also like the tequila bar in mexico as well).

                          Via Napoli has gotten some great reviews for pizzas lately, but we haven't had a chance to get over there.

                          If you are into just doing counter service, we like the Morocco counter service.

                          1. Hi folks!Just thought I'd let you know how our EPCOT dining went- we decided to try Marrakesh in Morrocco for lunch. I loved the decor of the restaurant and the live music and belly dancing. My husband ordered the lamb shank couscous which was sooo delicious (the lamb shank- no so much the couscous which seemed fairly average). I played it safe ordering the Sultan Sampler which included a taste of several items, the best of which was the chicken bastilla, a pastry with chopped chicken, nuts and cinnamon. I also had a great non-alcolholic drink there- I forget what it was called but it was a mixture of watermelon and cranberry juice served with a slice of lime. Marrakesh was a great place to go in the heat of the day- and it has been brutally hot here.

                            tonite we plan to try the Flying Fish at the Boardwalk...will let you know how it is!

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                            1. re: rocknroll52

                              We really enjoyed the Flying Fish- from the wine flights to the fresh fish, everything was excellent! Especially enjoyed the appetizers- my husband had the tuna tartare atop a sushi roll and I had the wild caught shrimp cocktail. For entrees, he had the wahoo and I had the potato wrapped snapper, Fish was very fresh and well prepared. I'd highly recommend this restaurant!

                              Also tried the Rose & Crown pub in EPCOT today. Thank you for the suggestion of the scotch eggs which we really enjoyed! For those who have not had them, they are a hard boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, deep fried and served with a mustard sauce and small green salad. Yummy! Service in the Rose & Crown was super friendly.

                              Dinner tonite was Jiko, the upscale African restaurant in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Did not come prepared for the dress code- but no one said anything. Highlights included the mushroom flatbread with crispy onions, the wild boar tenderloin appetizer, and lemon blueberry cheesecake. Some of the entrees came very spicy (the vegetarian curry for one) so be careful and ask how spicy the dishes are. The grilled lamb was super, but the accompaniment of chick peas was too spicy for me. My daughter enjoyed the chicken dish. There is a nice selection of South African wines. Service was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant if you are looking for something a little different.

                              All in all I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of dining in Disney World!

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                              Flying Fish
                              Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

                              1. re: rocknroll52

                                Thank you for reporting back! I love your choices, and your descriptions made me wish I were there right now. I'm dying for one of those Scotch eggs. Glad you had some great meals!

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                                1. re: rocknroll52

                                  Thanks so much for your report. I'm glad you enjoyed the Scotch Eggs. And I agree that we have always had excellent service at Jiko. We make a point to go there at least once every time we are at WDW.

                                  Didn't make it into Epcot during wedding week - too much else going on. But the crepes are on my list for our Christmas visit.

                              2. hope you had the frozen Grey Goose lemonade in France! best thing in the park :)