When you think about food at Walt Disney World, Epcot is probably the first park that comes to mind—that is the case for me anyway. And there are no shortage of delicious quick service options there where you can find anything from basic fast food, to meals, to ethnic cuisine . . . and no advance reservations required. Here is a look at the Quick Service Restaurant options at Epcot.
1. Electric Umbrella, Future World
Electric Umbrella is the most centrally located of the quick service options at Epcot. It is the hub of activity around the Fountain of Nations behind Spaceship Earth, and across the breezeway from Mouse Gear. Electric Umbrella is a large restaurant with ample seating inside and out. If the weather is nice I like to sit outside to watch the Fountain and People, and it is a little quieter. You can find some Fast Food Basics here like nuggets, burgers and flatbreads, but also more unique options like Energy Salads, Quinoa Salad and a Brisket Sandwich.
2. Sunshine Seasons, Future World
This is hands down my favorite quick service in Future World. Sunshine Seasons in located inside the Land Pavilion downstairs near the Soarin’ and Living with the Land attractions. It is set up like a food court with various stations serving a variety of delicious options. The only downside is that it can be quite hectic between the popularity of the restaurant and the guests trying to visit the attractions. The seating areas are scattered along the walkways to the attraction entrances. The Breakfast menu features Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding, Breakfast Platter and a Croissant Sandwich. For Lunch and Dinner the options expand to include Mongolian Beef, Rotisserie Grilled Chicken, Pork Loin, Salmon, Barbecue Pork Sandwich, Chicken Corn Chowder and one of my favorite Strawberry Shortcakes on property.
3. La Cantina de San Angel, Mexico World Showcase
La Cantina de San Angel is the quick service restaurant for the Mexico Pavilion and it is in one of my favorite spots to dine in World Showcase because of its beautiful waterfront views. The covered seating is outdoors overlooking World Showcase Lagoon. The food is a crowd pleaser here too as Mexican cuisine appeals to many. The taco selection here is very good, but my favorite is the Empanadas con Queso. Nachos and salads round out the menu. Here’s a tip: You could get a margarita across the walkway at Choza de Margarita to have with your meal at La Cantina (though they also have margaritas and sangria among other beverages on their menu).
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4. Kringla Bakeri og Café, Norway World Showcase
I have long been a champion of the bakery in Norway: Kringla Bakeri og Café. Now that it was recently expanded it is even more guest friendly. The sweets here are so good including the traditional Norwegian School Bread and Lefsa, along with sweet pretzels and chocolate mousse. But I love the savory options here too. There are several sandwiches on the menu like the Norwegian Club—my favorite is the Ham & Apple Sandwich (Ham, Apple and Jarlsberg and Muenster Cheese with a Sweet Apple Chutney on Toasted Multigrain Bread). There is also a salad and a smoked salmon and egg bagel. Seating is a little cramped here in a covered outdoor setting, but usually you can find a spot.
5. Lotus Blossom Café, Chine World Showcase
The quick service in China is another crowd pleaser because most people are familiar with Chinese dishes from their hometowns. Lotus Blossom Café is located inside the China pavilion on the left and has a nice seating area that offers some escape from the weather (if that is heat or rain). Egg rolls and pot stickers are featured appetizers (great for snacking around the world), while entrees include shrimp fried rice, orange chicken, and Sichuan spicy chicken among others.
6. Refreshment Outpost, World Showcase
Located in the African Outpost just over the bridge from China and before you get to Germany is a small refreshment stand with a limited menu. Here you can find a hot dog for an entrée and some ice cream options for dessert. But you can get some cocktails here like the Mango Starr (Mango Purée and Starr African Rum), the Outpost Lemonade (Frozen Minute Maid® Lemonade and Absolut Vodka), and the Frozen Brown Elephant (Frozen Coca-Cola® and Amarula Cream Liqueur), along with some beer selections including Samuel Adams, Bud Light, Old Elephant IPA and Safari Amber. Seating is really limited here. I would say this is best as a stop when you have a child who is hangry—hot dog for the kid and a drink for mom & dad.
7. Sommerfest, Germany World Showcase
Sommerfest is located inside the back of the Germany pavilion, near the check in area for the table service restaurant, Biergarten. It can be tough to find if you don’t go exploring inside the pavilion. Seating is pretty scarce here, but there are some great views to be had if you can get a table around the fountain area. Your choices are pretty limited here with a bratwurst or frankfurter as the entrees (served on a bun). Sides include Nudel Gratin (Baked Macaroni with Cheese Custard), pretzel, and Cold potato salad, and desserts are apple strudel and black forest cake. You can get several beer selections here (I think they outnumber the food), including the famous Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen.
8. Pizza al Taglio (Pizza Window), Italy World Showcase
Pizza al Taglio is a walk up window where you can get pizza by the slice. Although it is attached to Via Napoli, this is not the same pizza you will get in the table service restaurant. Pizza al Taglio serves a much thicker crust version that is square. There is some outside seating (some tables have umbrellas) along with a bar for stand up eating. Pepperoni and Cheese slices are served along with Pizza San Gennaro (Italian Sweet Sausage, Cipollini Onion, Hot Pepper, Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella and Provola Cheeses. For dessert they offer a mini Cannoli Siciliani. Italian beers and wines are also served here.
9. Liberty Inn, American Adventure World Showcase
Liberty Inn is at the center point of World Showcase in the American Adventure pavilion, so it is a place where a lot of guests find themselves hungry. The biggest positive for Liberty Inn is the expansive indoor seating along with plenty of additional tables outside. While the menu may not be as exciting as other countries in the World Showcase it definitely appeals to a broad number of guests (including a couple of my kids). When we feast around the world we often find ourselves gathering here for the seating options and for my younger children to find something their picky palates prefer. And the menu here is pretty large with choices from various types of hamburgers, hot dogs (one with mac & cheese), fried chicken sandwiches, salads, and chicken nuggets. The Buffalo Trace Frozen Coke is a fun drink option for adults (Frozen Coca-Cola Slushy with a float of Buffalo Trace Bourbon). There are some other food stands around the American Adventure Pavilion with turkey legs, funnel cakes and craft beers so that you could put together a sort-of custom meal here.
10. Katsura Grill, Japan World Showcase
Kastura Grill is one of my favorite World Showcase eateries mainly due to the beautiful outdoor seating area that is tucked in among the Japanese Gardens and waterfalls. It is such a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Epcot. To get to Katsura Grill you’ll go to the top of the garden area on the left as you face the back of the Japan Pavilion. Many Japanese specialties and favorites are served here including sushi, noodles, and entrees like shrimp & chicken teriyaki or chicken and beef teriyaki (served with rice and a salad). Miso soup can be had as a side item. The adult beverage menu includes Kirin Beer, Sake and Plum wine.
11. Tangerine Café, Morocco World Showcase
Tangerine Café may be the most overlooked quick service option in the World Showcase. Some guests may be scared off by the more exotic menu and unfamiliar foods they serve, but they offer some very tasty Mediterranean dishes. There is very limited indoor seating at the café, but tables outside allow for great people watching and taking in the beautiful details of the Morocco pavilion. The menu features Shawarma platters of chicken and lamb, kefta and a saffron rotisserie chicken. Sides of marinated olives, couscous salad, tabbouleh and lentil salad make for great snacks if you are sampling around the world. And if you are worried about your kids here, but want to try it—the kids menu has chicken nuggets and a hamburger.
12. Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie, France World Showcase
I can’t even think about the bakery in France without smiling. The best food and a really good value can be found in Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie. Let’s start with the morning, did you know you can get Breakfast here? Even before the World Showcase opens? The all-day menu here is served starting at 9am. There are so many options here that you could eat multiple times. My favorite savories are the Croissant Jambon Fromage (Ham, Cheese and Béchamel in a Croissant), Tartine aux Fromages (Country Bread, tomato sauce, swiss, parmesan and goat cheese), the Cheese Plate, and the Roule Lard and Fromage (Bacon and Cheese Roll) . . . but there are so many others to choose from. My very favorite pastry is the Fraises (Vanilla cream topped with Strawberry), but honestly you cannot go wrong with any of the pastries or desserts (macarons, crème brulee, eclairs, chocolate mousse . . . .) The only downside to Les Halles is that seating is very hard to find. There is a good amount of indoor seating, but it is a popular stop for lots of guests. You can also find some tables outside around the ice cream shop.
13. Yorkshire County Fish Shop, United Kingdom World Showcase
This is my husband’s World Showcase favorite, and it is hard to go wrong with some freshly fried fish & chips. Yorkshire County Fish Shop is a walk up window along the pathway in the United Kingdom and has a good amount of outdoor seating with nice views of the World Showcase Lagoon and the countries around it. It is a pretty bare bones menu—fish & chips are your choice, but they are prepared so well and fresh with a light flaky batter . . . yum. There is a Victoria Sponge Cake for dessert filled with jam and buttercream. And of course Bass Ale and Harp Lager are on draft.
14. World Showcase Entry Refreshments
At the entry to World Showcase from Future World you will find two walk up windows featuring some quick service food options. There really isn’t any seating around either, but you can find some benches or standing tables, or take your food with you as you walk. Promenade Refreshments offers a couple of hot dogs and house made ranch kettle chips along with ice cream. They have several beer options including Florida breweries. Refreshment Port is located close to Canada, so I guess it serves as the default Canadian quick service location serving traditional poutine as its entrée (French Fries, Beef Gravy and Cheese Curds)—but they offer seasonal poutines at certain times as well. Adult drink offerings include a couple of cocktails and beer.