LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Step in the Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom in Epcot World Showcase and you’ll often hear a clipped British accent and see guests convivially gathered around the bar sipping Bass ale, Harp lager or Guinness stout. At Tutto Italia in the Epcot Italy pavilion, the waiters greet diners in Italian. At Jiko—The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, young students from the Disney College Program are your hosts for the evening, and answer questions about their faraway home.
Many Walt Disney World culinary experiences open a new world of flavors and textures to adventurous guests — but those same dishes can mean a comforting taste of home to world travelers. Here are Disney table-service restaurants with global appeal.
Jiko—The Cooking Place, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Fine dining with African-inspired dishes like maize-crusted monkfish, spicy Botswana-style “seswaa” beef short rib and harissa chicken on the eclectic menu. Impressive list of wines exclusively from Africa — one of the largest collections in any restaurant in the United States. Dinner daily.
Sanaa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village. African-Indian cuisine featuring curries, naan and tandoor oven specialties. Lunch and dinner daily.
Boma – Flavors of Africa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Cooking pods showcase African flavors at this all-you-care-to-eat restaurant. The fare represents 53 countries that make up Africa, from grilled seafood to Tunisian couscous salad.
Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. With belly dancers and live music in a beautiful dining room, Restaurant Marrakesh transports diners to North Africa with traditional cuisine such as chicken and seafood bastilla, roast lamb mechoui, mogador fish tagine and kebabs. Lunch and dinner daily.
Spice Road Table, Morocco pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. Inspired by outdoor cafes along the Mediterranean, Spice Road Table serves small plates such as lamb sliders, Moroccan merguez sausage, garlicky jumbo shrimp and salted cod croquettes. Lunch and dinner daily.
Rose & Crown Dining Room & Pub, United Kingdom pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. Belly up to the bar in the pub, or reserve a table in the adjacent dining room for fish and chips, cottage pie and roasted rack pork. Sip an ale, lager or stout. Lunch and dinner daily.
Raglan Road, Downtown Disney. Noted Irish Chef Kevin Dundon opened this outpost to share his Irish cuisine including fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, braised lamb shanks and Irish Mist-glazed loin of bacon. Lively bar, live music, Irish dancing. Lunch and dinner daily.
Le Cellier Steakhouse, Canada pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. One of the most popular Epcot restaurants, showcasing Canadian beef (and classic poutine). The filet mignon with white truffle butter sauce is tops, but fans also love the Cheddar cheese soup made with Moosehead Beer. Lunch and dinner daily.
Nine Dragons Restaurant, China pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. Pretty dining room is a family favorite and no MSG is used in the cooking. Try spit-roasted Beijing chicken, peppery shrimp with lightly spiced spinach noodles, vegetable and tofu stir fry. Add a side of egg rolls, pot stickers or walnut shrimp toast. Lunch and dinner daily.
Teppan Edo, Japan pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. The chefs put on a show at the big teppan grills offering chicken, beef, seafood and vegetables that are chopped, seasoned, stir-fried and served around the grill. Lunch and dinner daily.
Tokyo Dining, Japan pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. Pristine sushi and one of the prettiest views at Epcot. Three sushi chefs put on a show creating sushi, sashimi and uramaki (inside-out rolls). Also hot dishes such as panko-crusted oysters, spicy tempura calamari, or grilled tuna or salmon. Lunch and dinner daily.
Kimonos, Walt Disney World Swan. Sushi, sashimi and tempura – with a side of karaoke. Traditional dishes such as kimchee salad with octopus, tempura udon soup and gyoza, but sushi rolls are appeal to all tastes, from spider roll with crisp soft-shell crab to a bagel roll smoked salmon and cream cheese. Dinner daily.
Bongos Cuban Café, Downtown Disney. Look for the 2-story pineapple and you’ll find Bongos, the creation of singer Gloria Estefan. The menu features Cuban classics from ceviche and Cuban sandwiches to ropa vieja and picadillo. Add a side of fried sweet plantains or black beans. Some guests just sip a mojito on the outdoor patio. Lunch and dinner daily.
Chefs de France, France pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. Classics from escargot to pâtés, bouillabaisse to duck breast with cherries, this lively bistro offers French favorites in a light, airy dining room, Lunch and dinner daily.
Monsieur Paul, France pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. Tucked upstairs at the Epcot France pavilion, this elegant dining room pays homage to Chef Paul Bocuse. Monsieur Paul is decorated with mementoes of Chef Paul Bocuse’s extraordinary culinary honors. The menu is built on the Bocuse tradition of French classical cuisine with the freshest ingredients. Dinner daily.
Be Our Guest Restaurant, New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest Restaurant takes diners into the fairytale charm of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” with a setting right out of the classic animated feature film. Lunch menu offers a classic croque monsieur, braised pork coq au vin style and a tuna Niçoise salad. Dinner is more elegant, with entrées such as thyme-scented pork rack chop and pan-seared salmon with leek fondue and saffron potatoes. Lunch and dinner daily.
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie, Franch pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. Though not a table-service restaurant, the patisserie belongs on any list of international cuisine. Bakers arrive at dawn to make the fresh baguettes daily, and the case is lined with beautiful French pastries made in-house. Also quiches, tarts and sandwiches like Brie aux pommes and poulet au pistou. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily.
Biergarten Restaurant, Germany pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. Huge, tiered restaurant with long tables for sharing. Bavarian musicians in lederhosen or dirndls encourage a lively experience, and diners are invited to join on the dance floor. All-you-care-to-eat buffet includes bratwurst, knockwurst, frankfurters, roasted pork, pork schnitzel, sauerbraten, rotisserie chicken, spätzle, potato dumplings and more. Lunch and dinner daily.
Tutto Italia, Italy pavilion Epcot World Showcase. Tutto Italia offers classic cuisine, leaving the pizzas to adjacent Via Napoli. You’ll find authentic prosciutto di Parma, fior di latte mozzarella, spaghetti with veal and beef meatballs, risotto with shrimp and lemon, Northern Italian creamy polenta with braised beef short ribs. Lunch and dinner daily.
Tutto Gusto, Italy pavilion, Epcot World Showcase. Tucked next door to Tutto Italia, this little wine bar offers more than 200 wines, including grappa. Italian beers and small plates such as fior di latte mozzarella, caponata, insalata di mare, prosciutto di Parma, bruschetta, Tuscan pork ribs and panna cotta. Lunch and dinner daily.
Via Napoli Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy pavilion, World Showcase. Via Napoli features Neapolitan pizzas with pies crafted using simple Italian ingredients such as San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour, handmade fresh mozzarella, Parma Cotto, crumbled sausage and water calibrated specifically to the pH found in Naples. A distinctive feature at Via Napoli is the wood-burning ovens, which are named after the three active volcanoes in Italy – Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli. Lunch and dinner daily.
Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Walt Disney World Swan. Family-style dining for parties of four or more at this upscale Italian eatery inspired by the Abruzzi region. All dinners start with an antipasti on the house. Enjoy handmade pizzas, grilled steaks, mushroom or seafood risottos, and hearty pastas. Dinner daily.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Home-style Italian cooking such as crispy calamari, flatbread pizzas, pastas (including gluten free), charred strip steak with five-cheese baked macaroni or pork osso bucco with polenta. Lunch and dinner daily.
Portobello, Downtown Disney. Waterfront dining, simple Italian flavors including wood-burning-oven pizzas, antipasti, and hearty dishes like ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach, gnocchi and penne Bolognese. Lunch and dinner daily.
San Angel Inn Restaurante, Mexico pavilion, Epcot. The more upscale of the restaurants in the Mexico pavilion, San Angel Inn is an offshoot of the famous Mexico City restaurant of the same name. Cuisine is more refined: New York strip with chilaquiles; pork tenderloin with a sauce of chiles, almonds and pumpkin; and the ensalada César, made with the same recipes as the salad served in the Mexico City restaurant since 1963. Lunch and dinner daily.
La Hacienda de San Angel, Mexico pavilion, Epcot. The more casual La Hacienda features starters like queso fundido accompanied by fresh homemade tortillas. Entrées include a mixed grill for two with flank steak, chicken, chorizo and vegetables, or a seafood version with grouper, shrimp and scallops. Great views of “Illuminations” nightly fireworks. Dinner daily.
Maya Grill, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Tex-Mex cuisine includes chicken flautas, tamales, empanadas, pork belly enchiladas, fajitas and shrimp tacos. Dinner daily.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Norway pavilion, Epcot. While the Disney princesses take center stage, food at lunch and dinner celebrates traditional Norwegian cuisine: the appetizer buffet features seafood, imported cheeses, cured meats and Norwegian salads. Entrees include kjottkake, Norwegian meatballs with lingonberry sauce and roasted rack of lamb with root vegetable gratin. Norwegian specialties at lunch and dinner daily.