Epcot’s Biergarten Restaurant
Nestled in the back of the Germany pavilion, at Epcot’s World Showcase, is the delicious 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 German 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.
A Plethora of Foods and Drinks
Epcot’s German 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 catch one of the live performances. The show lasts 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 six 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 specialty items such as pork shank. The female cast members are dressed in a country-inspired dirndl, the traditional dress in Bavaria.
Delicious German Fare
Biergarten’s hot and cold bar selections were served from crock pots and skillets, which give the restaurant a more homey feel. My favorite dishes were the tomato/cucumber salad, the 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 Roll. Nom!
Incredibly Talented Musicians
Be prepared when the entertainment kicks in for some lively oompah band music with accordions and tubas. The four-man musical group was highly entertaining and encouraged the audience to sing, clap, cheer, and dance to their polka beats. The traditional outfits were 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 is served cold in large steins and the majority of the restaurant’s guests was partaking. We opted to just have endless soda, which was included in the price of the $25.99 buffet meal.
Although I was too full to eat dessert, the buffet had choices of Black Forest cake and parfaits served in shot glass style containers along with fresh berries, cheesecake, and of course, hand-pulled apple strudel.
Biergarten Gets a Thumbs Up!
All in all, I was extremely pleased with the food and the music at Germany’s Biergarten Restaurant. Based on the price, quality of foods, and the value I would highly recommend this restaurant. Epcot’s Biergarten offers a 10% discount on your food bill for Disney annual pass holders.
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