One of the absolute best parts of a Walt Disney World vacation is getting to indulge in delicious foods that guests might not get to enjoy normally at home. There are countless dining locations across the property that range from grab and go snack carts and quick service spots to signature dining and character meals. With so many options to choose from, guests might not know where to eat first, but a great place to start is Epcot’s World Showcase. With eleven different pavilions, World Showcase is home to some incredible dining options, however some pavilions have more dining options than others making them must dos. Here are Epcot’s World Showcase Pavilions ranked by best food!
The America Pavilion is the host pavilion of World Showcase, however it is definitely the most lacking in terms of dining. The Block & Hans booth serves up mostly alcoholic beverages, but guests can grab a Mickey Pretzel with Cheese there and it is located right next to the Funnel Cake booth which offers classic funnel cakes as well as special versions such as Cookies n’ Cream. The America Pavilion also features the Fife & Drum Tavern booth which serves popcorn, hot dogs, the Jumbo Turkey Leg, and Mickey Pretzels. The America Pavilion currently features no quick service restaurant after Liberty Inn closed, however once Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue opens later this year, the pavilion might move up on the list!
The China Pavilion is home to two quick service locations and one full service location which all feature delicious food, but don’t rank nearly as high as other popular restaurants in World Showcase. The Joy of Tea stand focuses mainly on beverages, but also features small snacks such as Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls and Curry Chicken Pocket. Lotus Blossom Café is the quick service dining location in the pavilion and features a small menu with options including Pot Stickers, Sichuan Spicy Chicken, Shrimp Fried Rice, and Caramel-Ginger Ice Cream. The only full service dining location in the China Pavilion is Nine Dragons Restaurant which certainly serves up great food, but quite often tends to be passed over in favor of other nearby restaurants. Guests who do dine at Nine Dragons Restaurant for lunch or dinner can enjoy cuisine including General Tso’s Chicken Bao Buns, Hot & Sour Chicken Soup, Canton Pepper Beef, Kung Pao Chicken, and Moo Goo Gai Pan.
9. United Kingdom
A favorite World Showcase Pavilion of many guests mainly ranks for its pub and atmosphere and less so for its dining options. The UK Pavilion is home to the incredibly popular Rose & Crown Pub which draws in crowds every day, and the location is attached to the less popular Rose & Crown Dining Room. Guests who dine at the full service location for lunch and dinner can enjoy British pub classics such as Scotch Egg, Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, and Shepard’s Pie paired with lovely views of World Showcase Lagoon. The UK Pavilion is also home to the Yorkshire County Fish Shop where guests can grab Fish and Chips to go as well as the UK Beer Cart which primarily serves up pints in addition to Seasoned Crisps and Victoria Sponge Cake.
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The Morocco Pavilion is home to one quick service and two full service dining locations that feature live entertainment, beautiful atmospheres and views, and delicious food, but all of which tend to again be passed over in favor of other dining locations throughout World Showcase. Spice Road Table is a full service dining location right on the shores of World Showcase Lagoon with both indoor and outdoor seating, yet it is notoriously always nearly empty. Guests who do enjoy a meal at the location can enjoy dishes such as Spicy Garlic Shrimp, Hummus Fries, Mixed Grill Skewers, and Coriander-Crusted Rack of Lamb. The other full service dining location in the Morocco Pavilion is Restaurant Marrakesh which welcomes guests into a sultan’s palace where they can enjoy live music and belly dancers while dining on options including Chicken Bastilla, Beef Couscous M’Rouzia, Lemon Chicken Tangine, and Roasted Lamb Shank. What helps move the Morocco Pavilion slightly up on the list is Tangierine Café where quick service options include convenient and filling items such as Shawarma Chicken and Lamb Platter, Mediterranean Chicken Wrap, Moroccan Kefta Wrap, and Tabouleh.
The Canada Pavilion is only home to one small cart and one full service dining option, however the restaurant is so wonderful and popular that it boosts up a few places on the list. The Popcorn in Canada Cart offers traditional and maple flavored popcorn, however it is Le Cellier Steakhouse that steals the show. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the full service restaurant is small and cozy and invites guests to dine on indulgent steakhouse options such as Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Le Cellier Filet Mignon, Cocoa Coffee-Crusted Venison Osso Bucco, an Duck and Dumplings. With an amazing atmosphere, indulgent steaks, and special offerings for Annual Passholders, Le Cellier Steakhouse definitely boosts the Canada Pavilion up a few spots on this list.
The Germany Pavilion is a favorite of many guests thanks in part to a unique full service dining location as well as a popular quick service location and amazing bakery and candy shop. The Biergarten Restaurant in the rear of the pavilion is a buffet style lunch and dinner where guests are seated at large picnic tables around a central stage where live entertainment occurs throughout each meal. With German favorites including Spaetzle, Schnitzel, Sauerkraut, and more paired with the festive Oktoberfest village setting, this restaurant is a must do for many guests. For those who are looking for a delicious quick service meal, the pavilion is home to Sommerfest which features a very limited menu with items including Bratwurst, Frankfurter, and Nude Gratin. The dining location in the Germany Pavilion that completely boosts it on this list is Karamel-Kuche which serves up a wide variety of caramel inspired treats including caramel corn, chocolate sea salt caramels, caramel dipped fruits, and much more.
The Norway Pavilion is only home to two dining locations, however they are both immensely popular, securing its high spot on this list. Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is a quick service bakery location that features a cozy interior and outdoor open air patio with views of World Showcase Lagoon. The location is home to the cult favorite School Bread as well as other options including Ham and Apple Sandwich, Norwegian Club, Troll Horn, Lefse, Sven’s Green Apple Cheesecake, and more. Across the way in the Norway Pavilion is the very popular full service Akershus Royal Banquet Hall which welcomes guests into a regal setting where the Queen is hosting a feast in honor of some of the beloved Disney Princesses. Guests can meet favorite Disney Princesses while dining on a traditional American breakfast or traditional Norwegian lunch and dinner options such as Scandinavian Potato Dumpling, Viking Mixed Grill, Grilled Filet of Salmon, and Herb-Roasted Chicken Breast. While the dining options are limited in the Norway Pavilion, since it is the only location in Epcot where guests can dine with Disney Princesses boosts it up the list.
The France Pavilion ranks high on the list thanks to its many dining locations that range from a cart and quick service locations to multiple full service locations including a signature dining experience. The Crepes des Chefs de France cart in the front of the pavilion serves up delicious crepes with add ons including strawberry preserves, butter and sugar, and hazelnut and chocolate spread. Other sweet treats can be found at L’Artisan des Glaces including delicious ice cream flavors such as Caramel Fluer de Sel Ice Cream, Cinamon with Caramelized Pecan Ice Cream, and Coco-White Chocolate Ice Cream which can be all be enjoyed alone or paired with coffee, waffles, or pressed in a warm brioche sandwich. Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves up quick service options including Croissant Jambon Fromage, Quiche Forentine, Pain au Chocolat, Frangipane, Crème Brulee, Macaron, and so much more. The France Pavilion secures such a high spot on the list in part thanks to its two full service restaurants: Chefs de France which offers French classics including Boeuf Bourguingnon, Salad Nicoise, and Filet de Saumon and Monsieur Paul, a signature dining location open for dinner only that serves indulgent options such Roasted Duck Magret, Veal Chop, Pan-Seared Arctic Char, and Seared New York Strip Steak.
One of the most popular pavilions in all of World Showcase is the Mexico Pavilion thanks to its attraction, atmosphere, and variety of amazing dining locations. Choza de Margarita is a quick service location that focuses mainly on margaritas but also offers several food options including Tacos al Pastor, Empanada de Barbacoa, and Guacamole and it’s located across from the large La Cantina de San Angel where guests can dine on quick service options such as Nachos and Tacos de Pescado while enjoying beautiful views of World Showcase Lagoon. Also in the front of the Mexico Pavilion is the full service La Hacienda de San Angel which serves up authentic Mexican cuisine such as Enchiladas de Vegetables, Chile Relleno con Camaron, and Alambre de Red in a comfortable indoor setting featuring large glass windows looking out at World Showcase Lagoon. The interior of the ancient pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion is home to Le Cava del Tequila where guests can snack on chips with guacamole, salsa, and queso while sipping on specialty margaritas and tequila flights in addition to the full service San Angel Inn Restaurante. The restaurant offers beautiful views of the nearby river and ancient pyramid in the distance and guests can dine on options including Pollo a las Rajas, Tacos de Carne, Mole Poblano, and Camarones al Chipotle. With so many options to enjoy, the Mexico Pavilion certainly deserves a high spot on this list.
The Italy Pavilion is home to several full service dining locations as well as one cart with treats, all of which are so delicious and popular that they more than make up for a lack of a quick service location. The Gelati cart in the front of the pavilion is a must do as it serves up decadent dessert options including fresh gelato, Espresso Affogato, Cannoli, and Tiramisu. Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar offers a cozy and intimate setting where guests can sip on wines from an extensive list while enjoying a variety of dining options made to be shared including La Siciliana, L’Alpina, and La Maiala, as well as individual dishes including Spaghetti, Petto di Pollo, Meatballs Parmigiana, and Gnocchi Sorrentina. Next door is Tutto Italia Restaurant which welcomes guests for lunch and dinner and serves up authentic Italian classics including Gameri, Tagliatelle Campagnole, Pollo e Sfilatino, and Bistecca. The rear of the Italy Pavilion is home to its final full service location which so delicious and popular that it helps secure the number two spot on this list. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria focuses on Southern Italian cuisine with classic dishes such as Penne Arrabiata, Lasagne Napoletana, and Branzino. However, most guests who dine at the popular full service spot come for the wood fire pizzas which include options such as Broccolini, Proscuitto e Melone, San Gennaro, Carciofi, and Quattro Formaggi.
The World Showcase Pavilion that secures the top spot in terms of dining is hands down the Japan Pavilion which features several amazing full service locations as well as a quick service location and cart that serves up a popular snack. Kabuki Café is a small cart in the front of the Japan Pavilion that serves up several sushi options as well as the popular Kakigori which is shaved ice paired with several sweet flavors or a sweet milk topping. Those looking for a quick service option can stop by Katsura Grill for lunch and dinner and enjoy sushi and noodle options as well as more substantial dishes such as Chicken Cutlet Curry and Chicken and Beef Teriyaki. Above the Mitsukoshi Department Store are two full service dining locations that offer up delicious cuisine paired with beautiful views of World Showcase Lagoon and an entertaining and unique cooking style. Tokyo Dining focuses on traditional Japanese cooking in a sleek and modern atmosphere and serves up an extensive offering of sushi in addition to Grilled Yuzu Salmon, Teriyaki Butter Grille Chicken, Wasabi Shrimp, and more. Located next door is Teppan Edo where guests are seated around flat grill tops and can watch chefs utilize the Teppan-yaki-style of cooking with menu options such as NY Cut Steak, Yasai, Salmon, Ebi, and Tori. The newest dining addition to the Japan Pavilion is Takumi-Tei, a signature dining experience open for dinner only where guests can celebrate the five natural elements of water, wood, earth, stone, and washi paper while dining no Japanese-inspired dishes. Some of the incredible dining options at Takumi-Tei include Artisan Beef, Ochazuke, Kamo, Tatki, Aburi Wagyu, and Temari Sushi. With such amazing dining options, it is no surprise that the Japan Pavilion is number one for dining in World Showcase!