10. Restaurant Marrakesh
Somewhat hidden in the back of the Moroccan pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Restaurant Marrakesh wins high marks from readers who like its north African cuisine and often easy-to-book tables. But if tagines, roast lamb, lemon chicken and the like aren't your favorites, you'll find more popular options on this list.
9. Chefs de France
The downstairs restaurant in World Showcase's France pavilion, Chefs de France offers a variety of French bistro fare, including a Croque Monsieur at lunch and duck, salmon and beef selections at dinner.
8. Via Napoli
Patina Group's pizza restaurant sits at the back of Epcot's Italy pavilion, baking its Neapolitan thin-crust, wood-fired pies in three ovens named for Italy's famous volcanoes: Etna, Stromboli, and Vesuvius.
It is Oktoberfest every day at this buffet in World Showcase's Germany pavilion, with an oompah band and diners singing and dancing along with the performers.
6. Le Cellier Steakhouse
Themed the wine cellars of historic Canada hotels, Le Cellier's most popular dish might be its Cheddar Cheese Soup, available at lunch and dinner. You'll also find a selection of beef, venison, pork, chicken, salmon, and pasta.
5. Liberty Tree Tavern
The first restaurant outside Epcot to make our list, the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Tree serves lunch to order, with pot roast, roast turkey, hamburgers, and salads, while dinner offers a fixed-price menu of roasted meats and sides, served family-style.
4. Teppan Edo
And now, back to Epcot for this Japanese Teppanyaki-style restaurant, offering a variety of steak, chicken, shrimp and scallop combinations, as well as sushi and appetizers.
3. The Hollywood Brown Derby
Disney's Hollywood Studios
A replica of the original (and now demolished) Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, this table service restaurant is the Studios' top dining experience — and its most expensive. The Brown Derby's most famous dish was the Cobb salad (named for Bob Cobb, the original restaurant's owner), and you'll find it on the menu here as an appetizer or entree, served with the original Cobb dressing.
2. Be Our Guest
The toughest table to book in the Disney theme parks, Be Our Guest offers three dining rooms depicted in or inspired by the Disney's Best Picture Academy Award-nominated animated classic, Beauty and the Beast. The French bistro-inspired menu includes steak, chicken, salmon, pork, and lamb at dinner and a selection of salads and sandwiches at lunch.
1. Monsieur Paul
Our readers' choice for the top restaurant in the Walt Disney World theme parks, Monsieur Paul is named for legendary French chef Paul Bocuse, whose family operates both of the France pavilion's table-service restaurants. The restaurant's signature dish might be its "Soupe aux truffes VGE." Created by Bocuse and named for former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (the VGE in the title), the soup offers beef broth and finely diced oxtail, carrots, onions and celery, with a larger dice of mushroom pate, flavored with generous slices of black winter truffle and crowned with puff pastry.
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I am sad San Angel Inn in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot never seems to make any of these lists or get any attention on this site. Both the theming and food are some of the absolute best WDW has to offer and it is a mandatory stop each time my wife and I visit.
As far as those restaurants that did make the cut, perhaps I am just a spoiled New Yorker who lives a short 30 minute ride by train or car from Manhattan, but I find many of them to be simply average or disappointing. Teppan Edo in particular confuses me. While the food is decent enough, up here hibachi restaurants are a dime a dozen, offer way more food and cost about a 1/2-2/3 of what Teppan Edo runs. Maybe hibachi is more of a novelty to people from other parts of the country? I was blown away by Be Our Guest's theming but the food (wife and I shared the shrimp/scallop casserole and the steak) were disappointing given our high expectations. Via Napoli and Chefs de France, while better than Be Our Guest in terms of food quality, were also nothing memorable and not readily available here at home. I know we're in the minority on this one, but we actually prefer the Italian food at Mama Melrose at DHS to Via Napoli as it is actually closer to the traditional New York style we are accustomed to.
I am looking to trying Monsieur Paul, Brown Derby, and Le Cellier in the future after reading this list and reading the site for many years. That may be the best part about Disney restaurants; you have your favorites that you visit each time but there's always exciting ones to try for the first time on each trip!
I visited a few of these restaurant before like The Brown Derby and Marrakesh, and recently visited Be My Guest.
I will say that despite the wonderful characters, the Tusker House and 1900 Park Fare had mediocre food. Cinderella's Royal Table and Akersus had average food. Be My Guest was exceptional (although I skipped the photo op with The Beast with the long queue at the end of the meal).
Sci-Fi Dining was both cheaper and a great experience. The food was above average for American fast food fare.
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