Be Our Guest reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Be Our Guest, a counter service restaurant in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Written by Robert Niles
"Be Our Guest" was the show-stopping musical number from the animated hit Oscar-nominated hit Beauty and the Beast, but Disney's Chef Michael Deardorff has steered clear of letting the late Disney lyricist Howard Ashman set his menu.
Sure, we'll get soups - a potato/leek and a French onion - and steamed mussels as an appetizer might count as a "hot hors d'oeuvre." There will be a braised pork dish available at lunch, when the restaurant operates as a counter service eatery, but that's the closest thing to a beef ragout (stew) on the announced menu. No sign of any souffles, or of desserts "en flambe." Just cupcakes and cream puffs, served with no flames in sight.
Expect French bistro fare. At lunch, diners may select from a Salad Nicoise, Croque Monsieur, or carved turkey or steak sandwich served with fries. A vegetable quiche and a quinoa salad also will be available, in addition to the aforementioned braised pork.
At dinner, when the restaurant converts to table service, Disney's announced "thyme-scented pork rack chop with au gratin pasta, rotisserie rock hen with roasted fingerling potatoes, pan-seared salmon in leek fondue, grilled strip steak with pommes frites, sautéed shrimp and scallops with veggies in puff pastry with creamy lobster sauce, and an oven-baked ratatouille." Appetizers include a charcuterie plate, the mussels, soups and a green salad with Champagne vinaigrette dressing. Kids get a choice of steak, fish, grilled chicken, or macaroni.
And, try the grey stuff, it's delicious.
When you're rating Disney restaurants, it's never entirely about the food, it's just as much about the theme and atmosphere . So as far as quick service lunch options go, this restaurant's relatively above-average food (in a park with mostly bad quick service restaurants) and stunning setting make it the best casual dining experience at MK, and one of the best in any theme park. - Chris C.
We could not get reservations for the table service but we did the lunch service and found the tab to be cheaper then outside the theme park. The portions of food are way too much for one person, the desert was great!! We especially enjoyed the GPS waiting service. The only problem we really had was menu because it did not have much for children on the menu. 4 adult meals + 2 deserts cost $64 dollars and that was cheap compared to the Rain Forest @ downtown Disney - Meg T.
Well worth being on the phone all morning on first reservation day! The restaurant atmosphere is beautiful,excellent service,& the food is delicious! I had the pork chop- tender & juicy,husband & 1 daughter loved the steak,son & other daughter had the shrimp & scallops,they loved it too. Nothing to complain about, the perfect ending to our week long vacation- my new favorite Disney Restaurant :) My only suggestion is it would be nice to have Belle there with Beast! - Cherry Hill
Well.. we live on the New Jersey shore, and when the hurricane hit we lost power. We knew it was going to be for a couple of weeks so we drove down to Disney and headed over to Magic Kingdom. Now this was November 4th, and when we walked to the back, we were amazed to see that the new Fantasyland was open for a dry run training. We walked up to "Be Our Guest" and got reservations for dinner pretty easily, since they decided to opne the restaurant that morning. Everyone was undergoing training and the staff was excited to be part of it all. Even more than the guest, which was nice to see. The restaurant is LARGE, and very beautiful. It is expensive, and the food it good. The one big complaint was that it was incredibly DARK inside. So dark, we could not even read our menus, so the waitress walked over and handed us a flashlight!. Even the staff was frustrated with eh lighting. The service was slow, but this was day four, of training, from what I could tell. If you are a Disney fan, Beauty/Beast Fan and have a lot of money, than this place will be a joy. I think the food is not as good as Canada at Epcot, but it is better than Paris (Epcot/closed). If you have young girls, that would also be a plus. - Tom Markowski
Had dinner there on Dec. 14. I was one of the lucky few who was able to snag reservations for our trip. I had their stip steak and it was cooked perfectly. It came with french fries w/mayonnaise and steamed green beans with red bell peppers and onion. My sons had the steak and my husband had the shrimp and scallops in the puff pastry. Even with the lobster sauce, the pastry stayed light and crispy. Needless to say, we had no trouble clearing our plates. We each finished it up with their chocolate cupcakes. I had a very difficult time choosing which flavor. By far one of the best meals I have ever eaten at Walt Disney World. The surprise at the end with the Beast is definitely one of the highlights. The atmosphere is very romantic and feels like you have stepped into the movie. We were able to sit in the ballroom, by one of the windows. Snow fell softly outside the window. Candles were softly lit and the chandeliers are breathtaking. If you are able to eat dinner there, then by all means do! - Amanda Jenkins
Since dinner reservations were booked for the next 6 months (!!), we had to settle for a walk in lunch. After a pretty short 30 minute wait, we were able to order. The way you order your food here is pretty great, and it keeps everything moving very quickly. The theming is excellent, the ballroom is right out of the movie. Even the west wing looks great. The problem we had was with the food. It was not good at all. I guess we expected more with how great everything else was, but we were not impressed with it. It bordered on school cafeteria food. Oh, and besides the 2 teaspoons of ketchup they give you for your fries, there are NO condiments to speak of. No packs of ketchup, no mayo, nothing. My sandwich was as dry as sandpaper. Maybe the dinner food is better, but if you're going to do lunch, don't expect great food. 10/ 10 for the ordering and theming, 5/ 10 for the food. - Tim Taylor
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