21 Best Food Items at EPCOT With Locations, Ranked

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EPCOT is the epicurean heart of Walt Disney World. In fact, the best EPCOT restaurants can rank with some of the best spots in Orlando.

There’s something to be said for wandering the pavilions around the World Showcase Lagoon, browsing menus and sampling snacks.

You may find your favorite treats from the various quick-service restaurants or through one of the classic table service restaurants.


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What is the best food at EPCOT?

It’s like asking to pick the best star from the sky or flower in the field. Most of them are special in their own way.

With that being said, here are some of my personal suggestions of things you want to try if you’re looking for the best of the best food items at EPCOT:

A look at the Croque Glace at EPCOT Showing the Ice Cream Inside
The Croque Glace may not be practical, but it is delicious (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

1. Croque Glace

L’Aritisan des Glaces, France Pavilion

The ice cream artists certainly live up to their reputation. They take a homemade brioche bun, stuff it with a scoop of ice cream – I like vanilla – and your choice of sauce. Then, it’s pressed warm.

Is it practical? Non. Is it messy? Oui. Is it art? Bien sur.

pizza from the pizza counter at via napoli
The authentic wood-fired pizza at Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is the real deal (photo by Kirby Russell/HeyOrlando.com)

2. Wood-fired Pizza

Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy Pavilion

This pizzeria offers authentic wood-fired pizza made with imported flour and water that is “identical to the water found in Naples.”

I don’t know if I buy the water thing, but the pizza is the real deal.

Regal Eagle Meat Smoker
Regal Eagle’s smoker cooks up some perfect burnt ends (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

3. Loaded Burnt Ends Fries

Regal Eagle, American Adventure Pavilion

Do people outside of the South know about burnt ends? Do the 175,000 people who come from the UK to EPCOT each month know what they would get if they ordered this item?

If not, burnt ends are made from the point of a brisket, cooked slow and low. They are the barbecue equivalent of … nothing. In fact, I can’t think of an appropriate culinary comparison.

At the Regal Eagle, they serve them with seasoned French fries, macaroni and cheese and beer-battered onion rings. Personally, I’d rather they keep all that stuff and just let me order the burnt ends.

The San Angel Inn Margarita EPCOT
Stop by La Cava del Tequila for a margarita before or after your Osso Buco at San Angel (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

4. Osso Buco Con Mole Negro

San Angel Inn Restaurante, Mexico Pavilion

It’s nice to go beyond what might be viewed as stereotypical Latin American flavors. This dish at San Angel Inn is slow braised pork shank over rice with mole negro. It’s served with plantains and topped with crema Mexicana and cotija cheese.

Don’t forget to stop by La Cava del Tequila for a drink before or after your meal.

Spice Road Table Outdoor Seating
The crispy cauliflower dish at Spice Road Table is spicy, crunchy and perfect (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

5. Pomegranate-Chili Crispy Cauliflower

Spice Road Table, Morocco Pavilion

This cauliflower dish is served with red pepper Aleppo sauce. It’s a spicy and crunchy delight.

Chefs De France EPCOT
You can’t go wrong with Chefs De France’ Boeuf Bourguignon Linguini (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

6. Boeuf Bourguignon Linguini

Chefs De France, France Pavilion

There are several dazzling entrees at this classic French eatery, but it makes sense to me to go with some old-school, classically French dish.

The Ratatouille Sur Quinoa is fantastic but you can’t be more classically French than a good, old-fashioned Boeuf Bourguignon, which is braised beef in cabernet, baby onions, carrots and pasta.

Pro tip: Boeuf is one of the best words to pronounce and really lays on the French accent. Therefore, if you get a French waiter or waitress, you should try it. They’ll love it.

Italian Ice Cream in a Cup Gelateria Toscana
Gelato from Gelateria Toscana is especially good in the Florida heat (photo by Kirby Russell/HeyOrlando.com)

7. Stracciatella Gelato

Gelateria Toscana, Italy Pavilion

This perfect gelato has inconsistently sized bits of chocolate so that every bite is just a bit different.

Bellissimo. I know you’re impressed I just broke out the Italian right there.

Read Also: Where To Find EPCOT Ice Cream, 11 Best Treats Ranked

regal eagle smokehouse at epcot
Regal Eagle Smokehouse serves up some regional barbecue favorites (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

8. North Carolina Chopped Smoked Pork Butt Platter

Regal Eagle Smokehouse, American Adventure Pavilion

Regal Eagle has barbecue from around the country.

Here, we’re celebrating North Carolina pork barbecue. However, they also have Memphis dry-rub ribs, Texas-style beef brisket and Kansas City smoked half chicken.

North Carolina sauce is thinner and vinegar-based versus other regions. South Carolina is traditionally a mustard-based sauce. However, across the mountains on the Tennessee side of the Smoky Mountains, the sauce is thicker and sweeter.

Lighted Menu Sign Le Cellier EPCOT
The Filet Mignon is our recommended cut when traversing EPCOT (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

9. The Filet Mignon

Le Cellier Steakhouse, Canada Pavilion

By steakhouse standards, I’ve heard inconsistent reports about the steaks at this Canadian table service restaurant. But personally, I’ve always had a good experience.

Why am I recommending the filet? It’s known as the most tender cut, but not the most flavorful. Traditionally, the filet is a smaller cut, though not less expensive.

After you leave the restaurant, if you order the heavier Signature Poutine and French fries, you still have to walk around this massive park in the Florida heat.

You’ve got to exercise discretion whenever you can. Therefore, order the filet mignon and thank me later.

La Cantina de San Angel EPCOT
Get a Taco Trio with fried plantains or guacamole at La Cantina De San Angel (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

10. Taco Trio

La Cantina de San Angel, Mexico Pavilion

With the Taco Trio, you get one of each: chicken, shrimp and barbecued beef.

You can get a side order of chips and nacho cheese if want, but I’d go with fried plantains or guacamole.

a simple chocolate and hazelnut crepe
Be sure to enjoy some crepes while in EPCOT’s France Pavilion (photo by Kirby Russell/HeyOrlando.com)

11. Prix Fixe Menu

La Crêperie de Paris, France Pavilion

Crêpes are the order of the day. On the Prix Fixe, you get one savory galette and one dessert crepe. I say go with ham and cheese and then the hazelnut chocolate spread, but that’s me.

Japan Pavilion EPCOT
Try some tiger prawn on rice at Sushi Izakaya in the Japan Pavilion (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

12. Ebi Sushi

Sushi Izakaya, Japan Pavilion

Look, I certainly didn’t inherit the most enlightened views on the culinary tradition of certain Asian cultures growing up. My grandparents were fine dining on mud bugs and such when our Cajun relatives came to town. But sushi? That was a non-starter.

So, I came a little late to the party, but now I am a full-blown convert. I understand that recommending the Ebi paints me as a novice, but truthfully, it’s just my favorite.

The tiger prawn on the bed of rice with just the right amount of wasabi? It’s delicious.

Rose and Crown Menu EPCOT
Bangers and Mash (sausage and potatoes) go a long way no matter where you are (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

13. Bangers and Mash

Rose & Crown, United Kingdom Pavilion

I’ve visited England more than any country outside the U.S., and I’ve always had an affinity for traditional English cuisine. Some of my favorite meals in the world include a good shepherd’s pie or a sticky toffee.

Ultimately, I’ve found as I’ve expanded to trying other cuisines that a good sausage and potato go a long way wherever you may roam.

Coral Reef Restaurant Entrance EPCOT
The Mahi Mahi at Coral Reef Restaurant is quite good (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

14. Grilled Mahi Mahi

Coral Reef Restaurant, World Nature

Sometimes I wonder if this isn’t some sort of vegetarian social experiment. Let’s see how close we can get these people to living examples of the stuff they’re eating before they get comfortable.

The result? Nobody seems to mind munching on this delicious Mahi Mahi, which is served with street corn-style salad and cilantro-lime crema over garlic jasmine rice, while his cousin Gerald is over at the living coral reef just swimming his fishy tail off.

School Bread on a Plate EPCOT
The School Bread at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is a fan-favorite snack in Norway (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

15. School Bread

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, Norway Pavillion

The Norway Pavilion is my least favorite dining – and drinking – destination in EPCOT. The Scandinavian flavors do not suit my personal palate.

However, for the School Bread, I will make an exception. It’s a sweet roll filled with custard and dipped in coconut. It’s not Croque Glace level good, but it’s a nice, sweet treat.

Read Also: 14 Best Desserts in EPCOT, Ranked by a Blogger

Le Cellier Entrance EPCOT
Le Cellier has some good food options, but they might be heavy for a Florida theme park day (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

16. Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

Le Cellier, Canada Pavilion

Should you trust Canadians? First, they load you up on soup made with cheddar cheese, beer and bacon, and then they serve you a large cut of red meat with a side of fries covered in cheese curd sauce.

And then, you are launched back out into the Florida heat with either an entire World Showcase Pavilion to march around or the other half of the EPCOT figure 8.

There should probably be a triage station in the Canada Pavilion with lots of air conditioning, comfy chairs and bunk beds where you can sleep off the itis before trying to walk more than a couple hundred feet.

Seasons in the Land Interior at EPCOT
Sunshine Seasons has a vegetable sandwich that even a meat lover would enjoy (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

17. Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich

Sunshine Seasons, World Nature

It’s really the heart of the basic idea of EPCOT which was about science and learning and possibly more Eugenics than any of us like to admit.

At Sunshine Seasons, the menu is filled with items grown in the greenhouses of the Land Pavilion, which makes a plant-based option especially appropriate.

Frankly, not being a vegetarian myself, I was surprised at how much I liked this meatless sandwich. In particular, the roasted red pepper, red onion, tomato, arugula, hummus and balsamic vinaigrette on herbed focaccia makes for a very satisfying lunch option.

Yorkshire County Fish Shop EPCOT
I enjoy the fish and chips from Yorkshire County Fish Shop at EPCOT (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

18. Fish and Chips

Yorkshire County Fish Shop, United Kingdom

Are these the same Fish and Chips on the menu at the Rose & Crown? Probably. I mean, it would make perfect sense not to have two fish-frying operations set up so close to one another.

However, if I’m ordering Fish and Chips, I’m doing it from the fish shop. That’s just how I roll.

Egg Rolls EPCOT
The Lotus Blossom Café in China is a good place to get snacks like egg rolls, dumplings and potstickers (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

19. Pork Egg Rolls and Chicken Potstickers

Lotus Blossom Cafe, China Pavilion

An egg roll is a great, light snack when working your way through EPCOT’s showcase. Speaking of egg rolls, you can also choose your own crunchy combo.

EPCOT's Biergarten
Get a sampling of German dishes on the Biergarten’s buffet (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

20. Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Biergarten Restaurant, Germany Pavilion

This Biergarten has buffet-style dining, and that’s okay as long as traditional sausages and sauerkraut are on the buffet.

Although I will admit that $50 a head for sausages and schnitzel seems a tad high. Come hungry, I suppose, and get your money’s worth.

croque monsieur
The toasted ham and cheese at Les Halles is baked and loaded with cheese (photo by Kirby Russell/HeyOrlando.com)

21. The Croque Monsieur

Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, France Pavilion

This is not a traditional Croque Monsieur since it’s not an open-faced sandwich. It’s more of a traditional ham and cheese with two slices of bread but covered with cheese and baked.

I don’t know if I like this way better. But of course, it’s still really good.

What is the best time for dinner reservations at EPCOT?

This question could mean a couple of different things. For example, if you’re thinking about the most likely time to get a reservation, think outside the traditional dinner hours of 6 pm to 8 pm.

Be a little early or a little late.

If you mean from a tactical standpoint, I prefer later when I’ve pretty much done all the hiking, riding and adventuring I’m going to do.

But also keep in mind your strategy for how you’re leaving. For instance, if you drive, that walk back to the car park can be a doozy. However, the same can be said if you’re dining in the World Showcase but leaving via the Disney bus.

I would rather take the Skyliner to some random Disney hotel and ask them to let me stay there for the night than walk on a full stomach from France or Italy all the way back to the buses to go to the hotel where I’m supposed to be staying.

Disney World App
You can use the My Disney Experience app to make reservations for both rides and shows (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

Do you need reservations in EPCOT?

For the most part, yes, especially for the higher-end dining experiences. I wouldn’t roll the dice. If you can’t get reservations where you want, I’d make them your backup choice and keep checking on the My Disney Experience app throughout the day.

We’ve had some good luck walking up on the spur of the moment, but if you really want to try a specific table service restaurant, I’d get reservations.

What about character dining?

You will want a dining reservation if you want to try one of EPCOT’s two-character dining options.

I’m on record saying that EPCOT is my least favorite character dining park and that Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is the lesser of the two in-park princess dining experiences. However, everyone is different. Do you like Akershus or Garden Grill? Great. Just make sure you get a reservation.

What is your favorite food at EPCOT? Do you agree with our list? If so, let us know in the comments!

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John Gullion

John Gullion, Managing Editor at the Citizen Tribune, is a freelance contributor for TheSmokies.com LLC – the parent company of TheSmokies.com and HeyOrlando.com.

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