The Downlow | Monday, Sept. 26

Aerial view of the France Pavilion in the World Showcase

Happy Monday, everyone! The Downlow for Monday, September 26 is here!

We’re back from a busy weekend here at Dis Downlow headquarters as we prepare for our upcoming jaunt to Florida to cover Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida and the last Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom! We’ll keep the updates coming several times a week until then, and have a full report when we get back!

We’ll catch on up some of the weekend in a post later this week. Let’s ease into the week with a great write-up from Ang highlighting the best restaurants in World Showcase at Epcot! The Showcase is always a favorite of ours and we usually spend several nights of our trip walking the 1+ mile walkway around the World Showcase Lagoon. For those who don’t know, the World Showcase features “pavilions” that highlight the cultures of 11 different countries: Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, United States, Italy, Germany, China, Norway and Mexico. Each of the pavilions features interesting exhibits, great shops, and usually some fantastic restaurants!

Check out Ang’s piece below!

Five Best Table Service Restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase

There are so many wonderful restaurants found throughout EPCOT’s World Showcase that it is hard to pick favorites. However, to help you decide which to select when making your next Advanced Dining Reservation, here are what I believe to be the top five.

5. La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)hacienda_disney

Located on the edge of World Showcase Lagoon in the Mexico pavilion, La Hacienda de San Angel is a hidden gem of the World Showcase.  This restaurant serves up Mexican favorites like shrimp tacos and chicken al pastor. The complimentary chips and salsa are deliciously authentic, and the margaritas can’t be missed. All that said, this restaurant is best experienced in the evening right before Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is scheduled to start. You’ll be ready for dessert right when the lights of the restaurant are dimmed, the soundtrack starts, and the globe in the middle of the lagoon lights up. A window seat in La Hacienda with a margarita in your hand while watching Illuminations is what makes this restaurant one of the top spots in the World Showcase.

4. Via Napoli (Italy)

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When you are looking for the best slice of pizza in all of Walt Disney World, then look no further than Via Napoli.  Located in the back of the beautiful Italy pavilion, Via Napoli is home to creative Italian-inspired starters and thin crust pizzas.  The pizzas are designed to serve two, but these pies are so large that they can easily serve a modestly hungry family of four.  The centerpiece of the restaurant is the large family style table in the main dining room.  Sitting here allows you to share a meal with other guests, as well as experience the fun of the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare pizzas in one of the three wood fired ovens each named for an active volcano in Italy.

3. Teppan Edo (Japan)

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This hibachi restaurant provides diners with both a great dinner and a show.  As you and seven of your closest family, friends, or new friends sit around the grill table, the Japanese chefs entertain you with their knife skills.  The chefs generally make a volcano out of onions, and sometimes they provide some additional Disney magic by making a Mickey out of vegetables.  In addition to the great interaction with a cultural ambassador, the food at Teppan Edo is delicious.  Everything is cooked right before your eyes so it is fresh and hot as soon as it hits your plate! Teppan Edo should certainly be on your list of considerations when making your World Showcase Advanced Dining Reservations.

2. Chefs de France (France)

dsc_0687-mThe closest best thing to actually sitting on the sidewalk of a Parisian cafe is a window seat at Chefs de France.  The view you can get, and the people watching you can do, from this seat easily contends against any you can in France.  The servers here are welcoming and work to make your meal an experience you won’t forget.  The menu here shares such French specialties as escargots and roast duck, and nothing compliments a meal quite like a glass of French wine. Among the food, the wine, and the atmosphere, Chefs de France is a top restaurant of the World Showcase.

1. Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada)

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No trip to the World Showcase is complete without dining at this famous restaurant modeled after a Canadian wine cellar.  Le Cellier is renowned for its filet mignon and mushroom risotto, but is world famous for its cheddar and beer soup (made with Moosehead Lager) and pretzel breadsticks.  You could make an entire meal out of the soup and pretzel bread, but meat lovers would be remiss if they did not partake in the filet. Le Cellier is a tiny restaurant and, as a result, tables are hard to come by.  Therefore, be sure to get that advanced dining reservation as close to 180 days away from your arrival as possible in order to ensure yourself a seat at one of the most coveted restaurants in all of the World Showcase.

While a good meal can certainly be had at other establishments like the Rose and Crown Pub, Nine Dragons, or the Biergarten, dining at one of these restaurants will surely make your visit to the World Showcase memorable.

Have you and your family had a chance to visit one of these great restaurants? If so, let us know in the comments! We’ll see you next time!

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Ang Bertugli Spece, one half of the Dis Downlow team, is a travel consultant with Simply Enchanted Travel and would love to help you get started planning a dream vacation!

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