You may remember how much I love sitting in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot with a beer and some food, and people watching. Its really a perfect spot for a break in the middle of the day, and I thought nothing could top that. BUT WAIT! Enter the Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany Pavilion at the Epcot World Showcase.
The Biergarten Restaurant is awesome. Seriously. I was admittedly skeptical, we rarely book a table service restaurant at Disney, particularly buffet service restaurants as we never feel like we eat enough to justify it. However, I really really enjoyed Biergarten. The restaurant is located in the back of the Germany Pavilion on the let hand side. As you enter the restaurant, you are “transported into a traditional Bavarian village” where you enjoy your meal while listening to an Oompah Band.
All the food is buffet style, and is, of course, of the German persuasion. There is also a selection of German beers, which you can order by the 1/2 liter or liter (we went with 1/2 liters). You also sit at communal tables – I think they seat about 8 people depending on where in the restaurant they are. We had a party of 4, another party of 2, and us at ours and no one was too interested in chatting beyond their individual parties (though I’m sure that varies, depending on if you order the 1/2 liter or liter of beer). For those of you who might get nervous about this sort of thing, it wasn’t awkward at all.
So. The food. GUYS THE FOOD. Okay, so this is a buffet style restaurant, and there are plenty of food options even for non-adventurous eaters. I’m 99% positive the food pales in comparison to what you can get in Germany, but regardless, it still tastes pretty awesome, particularly for a buffet. The buffet starts with a selection of cold items like potato salad, macaroni salad, sausage salad (I didn’t know sausage was considered a salad, but hey…), rolls and pretzel rolls (GET A PRETZEL ROLL). Then hot items like a seasonal soup (ours was beer cheese, which I used as a dip for the pretzel roll), roast vegetables, sausage, pork schnitzel (my personal favorite), meatballs, a carving station, etc. Finally, a variety of desserts like black forest cake and apple strudel, among other things. Everything was great, I don’t think I tried anything I didn’t like, but my favorite was definitely the pork schnitzel. Actually I liked it so much that I missed it when I got back and made it for dinner about a month later.
There really isn’t too much to say about the entertainment, they’re pretty fun to watch and for most of the time you’re eating they’ll be sort of in the background. You’re going to have a specific reservation time, and the band goes on at various times throughout the day, but you will get to see the entertainment regardless of your reservation time, so don’t worry about it. There is a dance floor, but no one was dancing while we were there – maybe because it was lunch time.
Overall, the atmosphere of the restaurant is really great and fun. It will run you $15 to $34.99 per adult for lunch and $35 to $59.99 per adult for dinner. Pricing depends on time of year. It was $34.99 for lunch when we were there in early December 2016.
So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on the Biergarten Restaurant at Epcot?
After being a bit skeptical as its kind of pricey for lunch, and a buffet, I was pleasantly surprised! Of course, the beers are pretty big, so that might have had something to do with it, but the food was good (again, for a buffet), there were plenty of options, and the atmosphere was really fun. If you’re looking for table service at Epcot I recommend it for lunch as its cheaper than dinner, but overall it was a good time and I’d definitely go again on another trip!