Nestled in the back of the Germany Pavilion at Epcot®’s World Showcase is a restaurant that offers communal style dining and fun for the entire family. The Biergarten Restaurant offers guests traditional German food and entertainment and has something for even the pickiest of eaters. Let’s take a closer look into the restaurant and see what makes it so great.
Inside the Biergarten, it is always nighttime as you dine under a full moon in a Bavarian style village. Every table seats eight people, and guests are seated communal style, often being paired with other families. This might sound like it could be awkward, but by the end of your meal, you are swapping stories and enjoying your new friends’ company. In addition to meeting new people, performers come out every half hour or so to entertain guests with an oompah band, bells, and alpenhorns. Children are encouraged to go sit in front of the stage for a front row viewing of the entertainment, and the bell portion of the show is especially amazing. Be sure to time your meal around staying for the show at least once!
Speaking of food, the Biergarten is open for lunch and dinner, and while you might be able to score a walk-in meal, I would recommend making a reservation as far in advance as possible. The food is served buffet style and focuses on hot and cold traditional German offerings. Such offerings include traditional salads like Gemischter Salat, Bayrischer Karut Salat, Bayrischer Wurst Salat, and Kartoffel Salat. These salads range from mixed greens to warm potato salad, and I would recommend trying them all. Other offerings include a cold meat platter, Braised Beef Roulades, Sauerbraten, Rotisserie Chicken with Rosemary and Thyme, a Sausage Platter with Grilled Bratwurst, Pretzel Rolls and Mustard, Cheese Spatzel with Glazed Onions, Mini Frankfurter Sausages, Macaroni and Cheese, and Salmon Filet with a Lemon Dill Cream Sauce. It sounds like a lot, but remember that buffet style allows the opportunity to try everything and figure out what you like! Be sure to save room for dessert which includes Black Forest Cake, Bavarian Cheesecake, Vanilla Pudding with Chocolate Chips, and Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce. Of all the food offerings, my favorites were the Pretzel Rolls, Rotisserie Chicken, and the Apple Strudel.
In addition to delicious (and seemingly endless!) cuisine, a highlight of the Biergarten is…beer! There are four beers which are always featured: Radeberger Pilsner, Schöfferhofer Weizen, Altenmünster Oktoberfest, and Hövels. Each is delicious and feature different notes of flavors- I would recommend the Altenmünster. You can order any of the beers as a half liter for $7.50 or a full liter for $13, and if you can’t decide which you want to try, you can order a beer flight for $10 and sample five ounces of each beer. Be sure to let me know what your favorite beer is!
From the traditional German setting to the delicious food and drink, the Biergarten Restaurant takes guests from Central Florida to Germany the moment they step through the doors. I think it offers a unique dining experience, as not only do you get to watch some great entertainment but also make some new friends along the way! If you haven’t dined there before, be sure to stop by on your next vacation to experience a little piece of Germany.
(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)
Have you ever dined at the Biergarten Restaurant? What was your favorite food option? Ever had a liter? Be sure to let me know what you love about this restaurant by leaving a comment below, I would love to hear from you!
Caitlin Corsello was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. Her love for Disney started as an infant and has continued to grow with family vacations to Disney parks almost every year since. She holds a particular interest in WDW’s parks and attractions, never passing up an opportunity to visit. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn about all things Disney and to share that passion with readers.