Full Review: Biergarten Restaurant at Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

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.

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How pretty!  We went near Christmas time, so everything was decorated.

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.

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Beer and menu – shaped like a beer stein!
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Menu page 1 – Beer Selection
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Menu page 2 – Wine Selection

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!

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Snackin’ Around Disney’s Epcot: Germany Pavilion

The Germany Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot is one my favorite places to take a break, sit, and people watch.  I love to sit by the fountain with a beer and a bratwurst.

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The Germany Pavilion at Epcot.  Photo Courtesy: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/08/a-world-showcase-of-unforgettable-shopping-at-epcot-germany-pavilion/ 

While the Germany Pavilion is known for the buffet style Biergarten Restaurant (which is also awesome), there is a great quick service food option in the back of the Pavilion on the right hand side, called Sommerfest.  The menu isn’t large, but the food you get is plentiful.  We usually get an Oktoberfest, a Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen, and a Bratwurst that we split.  The bratwurst is served on a freshly baked Roll with Sauerkraut and House-made Paprika Chips, and is about $10.00.  We skip the sauerkraut because neither of us are fans.

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Bratwurst from Sommerfest sans sauerkraut with 2 pink grapefruit hefeweizens.

Highly recommended is the Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen, while that might not sound appetizing to some of you, I promise this 50/50 blend of Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen and carbonated juice is refreshing and light, and a perfect beer to sip along with the bratwurst that you totally need to get.

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Okay, sometimes we get 2.  Its a lot of food.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Sommerfest at the Germany Pavilion in Epcot?

We try to go to Sommerfest and sit and people watch at least once per trip, if not twice. We have a tendency to try to do everything during a trip, which means we get tired pretty easily. We make it a point to have this downtime at Epcot to sit and take everything in. Even if you dont decide to stick around in the Germany Pavilion, do yourself a favor and get a Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen for your walk around the World Showcase!