Biergarten in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion is always a good choice. But once the Christmas decorations go up and the holiday season begins, it is a GREAT choice. Find out why we love visiting and why you should consider visiting if you are at Walt Disney World in November or December.
Biergarten is a table service restaurant located in the Germany Pavilion in Epcot. The buffet is open for lunch and dinner. Seating is communal (biergarten style) so unless you are dining with a large party you will probably be seated with other guests. I know this sounds strange to some people but it really is a lot of fun. The atmosphere is so fun and inviting you’ll want to make new friends.
Atmosphere and Entertainment
The restaurant is built to make you feel like you are sitting under the night sky in a small Bavarian village. This puts Biergarten near the top of the list when it comes to beautiful theming. And it’s even more charming during the holidays. Garland is hung everywhere filled with lights, gingerbread men, and other decorations. Not to mention the Christmas trees.
Adding to the atmosphere is Oktoberfest Musikanten, an oompah band that plays daily on the stage at the center of Biergarten. They are amazing!
During the holidays their act changes a little. They invite all the kids that want to come up front as they tell how the tradition of lighting Christmas trees began in Germany. Once lucky kid gets to ring the bell and light the tree. Our niece was chosen and it made an already awesome trip even more special.
Biergarten is an all you can eat buffet so make sure you come hungry! The buffet starts with cold options including different types of salads, house made pickles, and cold sausage. There is also a soup option, usually cauliflower or beer cheese. Hot options include sausages, meatballs, a carving station, cabbage, Sauerkraut, roasted potatoes, and cheese Spaetzle. And make sure to grab some pretzel bread.
Believe it or not, Biergarten is also a good choice if you are a vegetarian or vegan. There are a few more options if you are a vegetarian but several items (including the pretzel bread) are vegan. You can check out reviews at The Disney Hipster Blog and Vegan Walt Disney World for your options.
Dessert includes Apple Strudel, Bavarian Cheesecake, Vanilla Pudding, and Chocolate Mousse Cake and more. And don’t forget the beer! The beer flight is a good option if you want to try a little of everything. Or you can be like Andrew and order a liter (yes, a liter!) of your favorite. There is also wine plus non-alcoholic options like soda.
We’ve really enjoyed the food on both of our visits. There is a little something for everyone and I think even picky eaters can find something they enjoy.
- Visit during lunch instead of dinner. It’s the same food but the price is a little cheaper.
- Biergarten opens at Noon and Oktoberfest Musikanten usually starts performing about an hour later. If you want to make sure to see them, make your reservation for 12:45 pm or later. You can check showtimes at wdwent.com.
- All of the tables have a great view of the stage and entertainment. Wheelchair users will be seated in the top section since there are stairs to the other tables.
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