Nestled in the back of Germany, at Epcot’s World Showcase, is the fantastic Biergarten Restaurant. Granted it is a very long walk from the front of the park, but I am telling you it is worth every step. The Biergarten is a buffet-style full-service restaurant that has live musical entertainment that encourages audience participation a campy atmosphere, as well as traditional German style dishes.
When visiting the Walt Disney World parks, I prefer to have a sit down lunch to break up the day, give my feet a good rest, and be waited on without having to fight for a seat. The Biergarten was a fabulous choice for me because right now I am all about eating German cuisine. My friend and I chose to eat lunch at 1:45 so we could enjoy the music towards the end of our meal. The show last 25 minutes.
Our seats were near the buffet and not on the main floor, which gave us a better view for watching the entertainment. The restaurant is banquet style with communal tables that seat 6 people or more, depending on your location in the restaurant, so you may be paired with other guests. Stations are arranged by hot and cold foods, desserts, starters, meats and cheeses, as well as sliced speciality items such as pork shank. The female cast members are dressed in country-inspired dirndl, the traditional dress in Bavaria.
The hot and cold bar selections were served from crock pots and skillets, which give the restaurant a more homey feel. My favorite choices were the tomato/cucumber salad, buttery spaetzle, and the warm German potato salad. The matchstick thin sliced red cabbage was superb and the pork schnitzel was spot on. Bratwursts and sausages were all noteworthy and a side of sautéed peppers accompanied them. Sautéed brussel sprouts were a nice addition as well as the popular baked macaroni and cheese. The star of the show for me was the pretzel rolls. Nom!
Be prepared when the entertainment kicks in for some lively oompah band music with accordions and tubas. The 4 man group was highly entertaining and encouraged the audience to sing, clap, cheer, and dance to their polka beats. Their outfits were cute, complete with lederhosen and suspenders. My favorite parts of the show were the men playing the bells (German painted cowbells in all sizes) and the longhorns. All we needed now was for the Ricola! lady to appear.
Biergarten would not be complete without traditional Bavarian beer and the menu offered different kinds to try. The beer was served cold in large steins and much of the restaurant was partaking. We opted to just have endless soda which were included in the price of the $25.99 buffet meal.
Although I was too full for dessert, the buffet offered black forest cake and parfaits served in shot glass style containers along with fresh berries, cheesecake, and of course, hand-pulled apple strudel.
All in all, I was extremely pleased with the food and the music. Based on the price, quality of foods, and value I would recommend this restaurant. Epcot’s Biergarten does offer a 10% discount on your food bill if you have an annual pass.
Rating: 1 (low) to 10 (high) = 9
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