This is the second part of my Dining at Disney post. I covered the table service restaurants we have eaten at in Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom in the first part of the post. It is sorely lacking I know, but we will fill in some of the gaps when we go on our trip in less than one month! In this post I will cover all of the restaurants we have eaten at in Epcot. (I will also add any more after our trip.) This post will not cover our Food & Wine Festival reviews, but I will try to do a post soon for that!
Coral Reef Restaurant-
In future world, the only table service restaurant we have experienced is the Coral Reef in The Seas with Nemo & Friends. When I say it is in The Seas with Nemo & Friends, what I really mean is that it is behind The Seas with Nemo & Friends, but they both share views of the 5.7 million-gallon aquarium with a range of marine animals, including sharks, sea turtles, and rays. Let me start of this review by saying that I love watching the fish while eating my meal in this restaurant. It is better than tv and the dining room and tables are arranged so that everyone can see the movie theater screen sized wall of the aquarium. The food here has historically been fantastic, with steaks, seafood, and delicious desserts. The last time we went here was my husband’s first time to the restaurant, and unfortunately, it did not quite hold up to its legend. We haven’t been back since, but I haven’t given up hope on this once favorite!
Rating: “Just keep swimming .”
Rose & Crown-
This is another one of the first restaurants I ever remember going to when I was younger with my family. My husband and I have traveled to Ireland once together, and he a few times before we met. You might say that we are Anglophiles, as we watch (obsess) over just as many British shows as American. And our food tastes, while fairly diverse, always seem to lean slightly towards the comfort foods found in many an Irish and English pub. And to top it all of, we are beer and whiskey drinkers first and foremost. Rose & Crown was the first restaurant Sean and I ate at on his very first trip. Not only were we celebrating our anniversary that first evening, but we had front row seats of Illuminations. When I introduce someone to Disney World, I do it right! We had a flight of Lagavulin and some hearty dishes, including my favorite Leek and Potato Soup. We try to go here every single trip, and we have yet to miss! If you can ask for outdoor seats about an hour before Illuminations, you might have the best seat in the house. I would recommend making reservations for about an hour and a half before they are scheduled to start and telling the host/hostess you are willing to wait. It also doesn’t hurt to let them know if you are celebrating anything in particular, such as a birthday or anniversary.
Rating: “A Day where anything can happen“…even a front row table for Illuminations!
My husband and I, along with my parents were able to snag the elusive window table right before Illuminations at Tokyo Dining on our last trip. This was the first time for all of us, and while my husband and I love sushi, my parents not so much, so I was surprised that they wanted to join us. Turns out, not only did we enjoy the always moving fireworks show, but we all thoroughly enjoyed our food. I don’t remember exactly what we ordered, but I do remember ordering another roll of sushi, because we loved it so much! There were so many options on the menu, including steak as you can see in the picture above, so this restaurant is a good choice for the adventurous and not-so-adventurous eater. The service and food were fantastic, and the view of Illuminations, with the music overhead, only made the experience that much better. I would love to eat here again and with ADRs usually available, this is always on my mind as a backup option.
Rating: “What could be more important than a little something to eat?”
My husband, of German and Irish descent, has a hard time picking between Rose & Crown and Biergarten. I can’t say I love the food here, but the ambiance is definitely a “must-try-at-least-once”. You are transported to a German village at night with live music and communal seating. Sean will happily get the largest beer they sell and eat the variety of meats they have. I did enjoy the beer & cheddar soup and the desserts, but beyond that, I was still a little hungry when I left this all-you-can-eat buffet. To be fair, I am the type of person that does not like to eat food I do not thoroughly enjoy when I’m on vacation, especially when I know that right outside there are many many booths of food I will enjoy (we try to go to Disney during Food & Wine Fest). I’m sure we will return to this restaurant again, but for now, we want to try some of the other places we have not been to yet.
Rating: “Uh, can you make dapple lumplings? Er, lumple dapplings?…Yes, and plum pudding and gooseberry pie…Gooseberry pie? Hooray! She stays!”
La Cantina de San Angel-
I actually have not been here with Sean, but went with my parents and brother and sister-in-law. Sean does not particularly care for Mexican food, but I will get him here eventually, because it was delicious! As I recall, everyone enjoyed there meal, although I do remember the portions being a little on the smaller side. The cocktail I had was also delicious and they did not skimp on the alcohol. We were able to catch Illuminations outside the window, not with the greatest of views, but definitely not bad for being able to sit and watch after a long day on our feet. The service was quite good. As always, the server was knowledgeable and helpful about what my mother could eat with her gluten allergy. We have been impressed with almost everywhere we have eaten with the consideration Disney delivers to those with food allergies. Like I said, I would love to eat here again, and will convince Sean someday!
Rating: “It is like a song in my heart. A song with love and beautiful memories.”
Stay tuned for Part 3: Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs!