Everyone loves a hidden theme park gem. You know what I’m talking about. That quiet corner you can relax in a Disney Park, a cheap eat that is unbelievably delicious, or that fun attraction with a shorter than expected wait time. When it comes to Disney dining, it’s common to hear places like Chef Mickey’s, Crystal Palace, Le Cellier, and Cinderella’s Royal Table mentioned on repeat. But that does not mean those are the only places you should consider dining at on your Disney trip.
What if I told you EPCOT World Showcase has a hidden gem right in the Germany Pavilion? Yep, Germany is home to a very underrated table service dining experience that I recommend you try on your next Disney vacation — Biergarten Restaurant. If you are looking for fresh food, a fun atmosphere, and an authentic Bavarian-style experience, this Disney dining experience is one to add to your list. Have you dined at the most underrated restaurant in EPCOT’s Biergarten Restaurant?
Biergarten Restaurant is nestled in the heart of the World Showcase in the Germany Pavilion. Tucked into the back quiet corner of the pavilion past the quick-service spot for beer and pretzels, Sommerfest, and the quaint shops, you’ll find this bottomless table service Disney dining experience. Built to be reminiscent of the Bavarian region’s famous Oktoberfest celebration, this meal may just fool you into thinking you are celebrating in the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany. We can assure you it’s a great deal cheaper than booking a plane ticket to Europe, and you’ll enjoy cuisine that is a staple part of the German festival experience.
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As soon as you round the corner of World Showcase Lagoon and see each country’s beautiful architecture, you are transported to places that abound in culture, fun, and dining options. Quick-service spots like Sommerfest, Les Halles Boulangerie Pâtisserie, and La Cantina De San Angel and table-service options like Biergarten Restaurant and Chefs de France are great choices for lunch or dinner. If you want to slow down and enjoy a table service meal, you should make an advanced dining reservations online or on the app well in advance of your Disney World vacation.
Families looking to enjoy a sit-down meal may actually save money by opting for a bottomless restaurant like the hidden gem Biergarten Restaurant. Picky little ones can choose their favorite foods from a buffet and avoid dishes they would rather not try. Hungry teens that eat shocking amounts can make as many trips to the buffet as needed, and adults can enjoy tasting a variety of new-to-you German food.
The inside of Biergarten Restaurant dining room is a town square setup. The seating area is in front of a wooden festival stage and the scene is surrounded by house fronts as you’d find in German towns. The exposed timbers of the houses and the low lighting mentally transport Guests making them feel like they are in the town square in Nuremberg or Munich, Germany instead of at Walt Disney World Resort!
The restaurant is lined with picnic tables for communal seating. This seating arrangement is a staple part of the community-centered atmosphere at Oktoberfest and at this restaurant. Depending on the size of your party, you may be grouped in the dining room for communal seating with one or more additional parties. Introduce yourself and make a new friend as you kick back to enjoy a meal and great music.
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When you are seated, a Cast Member server will check in to offer drink options. Soft drinks are included with the meal price of $49 per adult and $27 per child. You’ll also have the option of adding on a traditional German beer or wine, and we hope you do. The German Beer Flight is $16 and allows you to taste 4, 5 ounce pours of Beck’s Pilsner, Warsteiner Dunkel, König Ludwig Weissbier, and Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen.
Or you can opt for a more traditional German festival option, and buy a beer by the half-liter or liter size in a giant beer stein. Wine options like Riesling from the famous Mosel region of Germany abound on this menu, and you can even choose a wine flight for $17 if you want to taste several wine options.
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After you have placed your drink order, it’s time to hit the buffet. Start your meal off by choosing from fresh seasonal salads. You will also find an assortment of bread and rolls including, you guessed it — pretzels. After all, what is a German festival without pretzels? Buffet options do change out occasionally and this is not an exhaustive list, but you can look forward to enjoying dishes like traditional German sausages, juicy rotisserie chicken, and tangy sauerkraut on the menu.
Roasted fish in a buttery sauce is a delicious buffet choice. Plant-based options like green beans and roasted or boiled potatoes will also be perfectly seasoned and ready to enjoy. Noodle lovers and diners searching for a plant-based option should try the Spätzle and Nudel Gratin. Of course, we cannot forget the quintessential German food, Schnitzel — juicy and fried to perfection.
When it’s time for dessert, return to the buffet to enjoy an assortment of fruit, cakes, pastries, and confections to finish your meal on a sweet note. Do not skip the Apple Strudel and Bavarian cheesecake! For an additional cost, you can even order after dinner Schnapps and shots.
Throughout your meal, you will be entertained by German folk music. Enjoy polka tunes live and join in to sing the songs you know. Remember, we’re all friends here!
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Are you ready to book your reservation at this delicious and fun Disney Restaurant? I guarantee dining at Biergarten Restaurant on your Disney trip will be an unforgettable