Epcot Counter-Service Roundup

Unlike the other Disney Parks, there aren’t many counter-service options in Epcot. A quick search on Walt Disney World’s website shows 24 quick-service options, but many of those serve drinks or snacks. Narrowing it down, there are only 11 locations that serve full meals. Here is a roundup of those establishments in no particular order.

Sunshine Seasons

Sunshine Seasons in The Land Pavilion in Future World offers the most variety of all the quick-service options in Epcot and is the only one to offer breakfast beyond pastries and doughnuts. The portions are generous and include healthy and vegetarian options making this a one-stop-shop for everyone. Since it is inside The Land pavilion, the restaurant offers air-conditioning. Also, there is ample seating almost anytime of the day.

Sunshine Seasons offers great variety for the whole family.
Sunshine Seasons offers great variety for the whole family.

Tangerine Café

Located in World Showcase in Morocco, some folks consider Tangerine Café to be a bit expensive, but the portions are large enough for sharing. One unique element of this restaurant is the option of creating your own chicken and lamb wraps. This may sound scary to less adventurous palates, but rest assured that the food is flavorful but Americanized enough for even picky eaters. With indoor and outdoor seating, you’ll find plenty of shade, and you’ll feel like you’re really dining in exotic Morocco.

Le Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie

It doesn't get much better than French food!
It doesn’t get much better than French food!

This classic French bistro in World Showcase has some of the best values including the Jambon Fromage or Ham and Cheese Croissant for only $4.75.  If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, this soft-ball sized treat will cost you a mere snack credit but is enough for a lunch portion. Guests will also find decadent pastries and desserts, sandwiches, salads, and a cheese plate. Although the seating was expanded in 2012, the seating is still limited.

Liberty Inn

Liberty Inn in the American Adventure offers decent portions. Although this is a good option for non-adventurous palates, it is very classic American food. Disney recently added a New York Strip Steak, Louisiana Shrimp, and Maryland Crab Cakes, but there is still a long way to go to compete with the other dining options in World Showcase. There is a nice seating area indoors complete with air-conditioning and bright sunlight and a covered outdoor area, which can make this a nice place to eat if you like familiar food.

Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Get your classic fish and chips meal in the UK pavilion.
Get your classic fish and chips meal in the UK pavilion.

Seated appropriately in the United Kingdom Pavilion, the Yorkshire County Fish Shop also offers appropriate cuisine. Although it is difficult to get a table in the very small seating area, it is one of the few places in Disney to get a classic fish and chips meal. The meal comes with two decent-sized fish filets on a pile of chips (French fries). Pair it with a Pint, and you’ve got plenty of food for a lunch to share.

Lotus Blossom Café

Many people have criticized Lotus Blossom Café in the China Pavilion for offering Americanized Chinese food. The upside is that this is one of the less crowded quick service locations in Epcot.  There is also indoor seating, but the outdoor seating looks over the beautiful China Pavilion. As long as you’re aware that this is less authentic Chinese food and more like what you’ll get at your local shop, you’ll be satisfied.


Sommerfest, located in the Germany Pavilion, doesn’t have much seating, but the flavors are authentic to Germany, especially the bratwurst. The sausage sandwich isn’t quite enough for a full meal, but it’s good for a light lunch or a heavy snack.

La Cantina de San Angel

Authentic Mexican food? Maybe not.
Authentic Mexican food? Maybe not.

This Mexican cantina offers a beautiful outdoor, open-air seating area, but it fills up very quickly because this seems to be a common place for families to gather while the rest of the clan travels the World Showcase. If you’re looking for a margarita and some nachos, you’ve found the right place. The taco meal includes three small tacos with roasted brisket beef for $12.50.

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

Many have offered up praises for Kringla Bakeri in Norway hoping that it won’t be taken over by Frozen Madness and Olaf cupcakes because it is quite delicious and authentic. Kringla is most famous for its bread, and its sandwiches are plenty large enough to share. Make sure you save room for the amazing desserts. Enjoy it all on a covered outdoor patio.

Katsura Grill

Dine in beautiful Japanese gardens!
Dine in beautiful Japanese gardens!

This Asian-inspired restaurant in Japan offers guests teriyaki plates and combos, sushi, and udon. The sushi is good especially since it is pre-packaged. Be sure to try the exotic Japanese snacks including the green tea ice cream. The atmosphere inside is nice, but venture outside and you’ll find a completely amazing atmosphere! Guests can enjoy their food in a beautiful Japanese garden complete with umbrella-covered tables, Japanese lanterns, a waterfall, and a koi pond.

Have you ever tried the Katsura Grill in the Epcot Japan Pavilion?  Was it good?
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