One of the great things about visiting Epcot‘s World Showcase is the opportunity to visit many different countries, all in the course of a single day.  You can learn a lot about a country through its architecture, goods, and food.  And Disney provides plenty of opportunities to get to know the food of many countries at Epcot.

Terry Engel at Mouse Planet wrote an article (Source) summarizing what it’s like to eat at the Biergarten restaurants in the German pavilion.  Let’s review some of the highlights.

Food That Sticks To Your Ribs

The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner with an extensive buffet meal.  The buffet includes many typical German Foods such as sausages, chicken, potatoes, and the ever so popular sauerkraut and red cabbage.  There is an extensive selection – especially if you are into meat, potatoes, and cabbage.

It is interesting to note that there are not a lot of typical American dishes as there are on some Disney buffets.  If you have a crowd that doesn’t like to experiment with food in is most comfortable with eating chicken nuggets in french fries, it is probably best to save your money and go to a different restaurant.  However, if you are a stand of German Food, or if you enjoy experiencing different types of food, you will probably enjoy this place very much.

Entertainment German Style

During the meal you will be entertained by some talented German musicians.  They play many different instruments, from ones you would expect like the accordion to more unusual instruments like traditional German horns and cow bells.  The band encourages crowd interaction – including a little polka dancing – and puts on a fun performance.

It's Oktoberfest very day at the German Biergarten Restaurant.

It’s Oktoberfest very day at the German Biergarten Restaurant.

Something quite unique about the German Biergarten restaurants use that everyone sits at longer picnic tables.  Unless you have a group of eight people, you will be seated with some strangers.  This may work out well, or may work out poorly.  Many times I have seen strangers sharing pleasant conversations and enjoying the company of newfound acquaintances.  Other times, however, I have seen groups of incompatible people uncomfortably seated next to one another – first exchanging a few pleasantries, and then doing their best to be polite while still ignoring one another.

This German Restaurants is a bit on the expensive side, with adult lunch prices around $25.00 and dinner prices around $35.00.  For that kind of money, you will want to make sure you are hungry when you arrive so that you can get your money’s worth.