Snacking and Dining Around the World: Our Five Favorite Restaurants in Epcot

We love visiting Epcot for many reasons. Some of our favorite attractions at Walt Disney World are located in Epcot, and for the most part it's the one park where you don't feel overwhelmed by crowds (even if it IS crowded). But we really love visiting Epcot because it is one of our favorite places to eat at Walt Disney World.

A few of our favorite places to eat in Epcot!A few of our favorite places to eat in Epcot!

Eating your way around World Showcase (with a couple stops in Future World) is a great tradition to start at Epcot. And we have a few spots that always make our must-dine-at list. Today we'll take a peek at the top 5 spots where we must dine at in Epcot. And this is by no means a complete list; it's just our top 5 right now.

5. Sunshine Seasons: If we arrive at Epcot hungry first thing in the morning we love stopping by Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavilion for breakfast. Our favorite breakfast is the bounty platter. Of course right now with the on-going refurb of Soarin' we hear that Sunshine Seasons is operating with a much smaller selection of food so you might find fewer choices at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However Soarin' is supposed to reopen this summer and all will be right with the world again. Two treats we'll always order if they're on the menu at Sunshine Seasons: the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie and the Warm Peanut Butter Brownie.

Warm peanut butter brownie at Sunshine SeasonsWarm peanut butter brownie at Sunshine Seasons

4. The Garden Grill: Also located in The Land pavilion, this table service restaurant has long been one of our favorite spots for a fun and delicious character meal (with or without kids). And now it's also a great place for a character breakfast! This restaurant's claim to fame might be the fact that it slowly rotates so guests can see different scenes from Living with the Land. Of course it might also be well-loved because the food is delicious and many of the veggies used at the restaurant are grown in the Living with the Land greenhouse. And we can't forget the characters! You'll get to see Farmer Mickey, Pluto, and Chip and Dale! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner at The Garden Grill is one table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Cinnamon bun bake at the Garden GrillCinnamon bun bake at the Garden Grill

3. Yorkshire County Fish Shop: Stopping in the United Kingdom pavilion for fish and chips is always a must-do when we're at Epcot. This is one of our favorite quick service meals at Epcot, but we've also been known to share our fish and chips with friends so we can eat more as we tour World Showcase. There is a reason you'll often (usually) find a long queue at the ordering kiosk - the fish is some of the best fried fish you'll find at Disney World. Add this to your must-eat-at list if it isn't already there.

2. Via Napoli: It's quite simple: We love pizza. And you're going to find the best pizza at Disney World at Via Napoli in Epcot's Italy pavilion. This table service spot is a must-do for us and we strongly recommend that you book an Advance Dining Reservation here on your next visit. The restaurant is charming inside and it's also home to three huge pizza ovens named Stromboli, Vesuvio, and Etna. The wood-fired pizza at Via Napoli is made with caputo flour imported from Naples, water from the restaurant's wells which are identical to the water found in Naples, and San Marzano tomatoes. Of course the menu also feature pastas, parmigiana dishes, salads, and appetizers but go for the pizza.

Pizza at Via NapoliPizza at Via Napoli

1. Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie: It doesn't matter if we just ate fish and chips in the United Kingdom or if we have a reservation coming up at Via Napoli, we must always stop at Les Halles in the France pavilion. This is the best spot if you're looking for a sweet snack or a savory treat or both! Our must-eat (every single time) menu item is the cheese plate with half a baguette. It's basically a staple of our Disney World diet. Other favorites include chocolate mousse, chocolate croissants, Croissant Jambon Fromage, and well...pretty much everything else on the menu too. We also love that Les Halles is open in the morning because if we enter Epcot through the International Gateway we're always stopping for breakfast in France.

These are just a few of our top must-visit places to snack or dine at Epcot and the list could change next time we visit. We always like to try new things when we're visiting Epcot and it's a great place to do just that!

What are your favorite spots to eat when you're at Epcot? Let us know in the comments.

Many thanks to the Disney Food Blog for use of their photos.

Mike L wrote on Mon, 04/18/2016 - 19:06:

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L'Artisan des Glaces - in France the Mango Sorbet is the best I have ever had.
For sit down meal I like the Rose & Crown, I make reservations for 8:30 arrive early tell them I will wait to sit on the back patio. The food is excellent and while you eat you can get a great view of Illuminations.

Anna K wrote on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 05:14:

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By far Biergarten! We traveled Germany for a month and the food at Biergarten is the same quality as the top restaurants in Germany. Soooo yummy!!

Janet Sala wrote on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 20:18:

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There are a couple of remarkable counter service options in World Showcase beyond Yorkshire County Fish Shop (which rocks!) I love the Katsura Grill in Japan as much for the ambiance of the gardens with their water features as I do for the Udon noodles! It's a great place to grab a bowl of noodles and hang out on the patio.

I also really like Tangierine Cafe in Morocco. Just the thought of a Shwarma Platter has me drooling!

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