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Biergarten is Back to a Buffet

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EPCOT’s Biergarten Restaurant has returned…again! But this time, it has been restored to its former glory.

For the past few months, this classic EPCOT restaurant has been a family-style experience where the food is brought to your table. However, Biergarten recently returned to its former self as a functioning buffet featuring all-you-can-eat German cuisine.

Biergarten is naturally located at EPCOT’s Germany pavilion within the World Showcase where it’s Oktoberfest all year long! The interior is one of EPCOT’s best as it looks like a charming, outdoor German village at twilight complete with a waterwheel and trees boasting fall foliage.

Biergarten is also unique in that it offers live entertainment courtesy of a Polka band!

What You Need to Know

EPCOT’s Biergarten serves lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. and dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Regardless of when you dine at this World Showcase restaurant, both meals cost $46 per adult and $25 for kids ages 3-9 years.

Advance Dining Reservations are encouraged and can also be made on the My Disney Experience app; although, if you’re already within that 60-day window, consider using the TouringPlans Reservation Finder. Biergarten also has the option to join a walk-up list within the app; but, of course, your odds are based on availability that day.

TouringPlans park reporters Ivonne and Chrissy recently dropped by the Biergarten to check out its reopened buffet and to see if it lived up to what they remembered.

The Drinks

Naturally, Biergarten has a wide selection of beers and other alcoholic beverages.

Ivonne ordered the Schofferhoffer beer (a.ka. the grapefruit beer). According to her, it’s her favorite alcoholic drink in the history of alcohol and grapefruit as it’s so refreshing and a little tart. It doesn’t have too much alcohol, but she doesn’t mind that.

Chrissy appreciates that even if you’re not having a beer, the Cast Members served all drinks – even her Diet Coke – in a huge, glass stein. Prost!

The Food

Due to the sheer wealth of options, we’re listing what was available during Ivonne and Chrissy’s visit with a few thoughts on the items that truly made an impression.

Also, be aware that in addition to the buffet, Biergarten also offers allergy-friendly family-style skillets, salads, and dessert platters.

  • Ring Bologna
  • Wurst Salad
  • Liverwurst






  • Beet Salad
  • Tomato Salad
  • German Potato Salad
  • Three Bean Salad

  • Lettuce, Dressings, Cheese
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Cheese and Beer Soup
    • Not a new item, but it wasn’t on the family-style menu so it’s nice to have it make a comeback!

  • Pretzel Rolls
    • Ivonne consumed her entire bowl of soup using just the bread – and it was glorious.
  • Roasted Potatoes

  • Saurkraut
  • Bratwurst
  • Sausage

  • Roasted Chicken
  • Green Beans
  • Seasonal Fish (Salmon)

  • Pork Schnitzel
  • Meatballs
  • Red Wine Sauce
    • This sauce is a deep reduction that Chrissy claims should be served atop every piece of schnitzel served. Be sure to give it a try!

  • Red Cabbage
  • Warm German Potato Salad
  • Pork Roast
    • This was Chrissy’s favorite!

  • Sauerbratan
  • Herb Spatzel
  • Sauces
    • Ketchup, Whole Grain Mustard, Applesauce

  • Black Forest Cake
    • So how does anyone move beyond the Black Forest Cake? While dessert first is totally acceptable, if not encouraged, be aware that this cake is dangerous so you may want to save it for last in order to the other options.
  • Brownies
  • Bavarian Cheesecake
  • Blueberry Crumble Cake
  • Sliced Pineapple
  • Berry Compote
    • Tip! It’s best on the new Blueberry Crumble Cake.
  • Apple Strudel
    • Served with vanilla sauce!
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Frankfurters
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Peas & Carrots
  • Potato Pancakes

Final Thoughts

During Ivonne and Chrissy’s visit, the restaurant wasn’t busy at all but was still well-staffed and very helpful. Also, if traditional German fare isn’t your vibe, Biergarten offers so many other wonderful options meaning there’s something for everyone.

Are you a fan of EPCOT’s Biergarten Restaurant? Are you glad that it’s finally returned to its former glory? Let us know in the comments!


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Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

5 thoughts on “Biergarten is Back to a Buffet

  • Do the operational buffets require people to wear masks while getting their food. I would feel very uncomfortable having people breathe anywhere near the food, especially knowing that Florida had been so irresponsibly relaxed when it comes to covid.

  • What? They don’t serve you the food and you are sharing tongs with others in covid-19 world? Soooo gross!!!!

  • I went this Dec and they had me seated by myself, they don’t have people sharing tables yet (though Teppan Edo does, which is confusing). They also have you getting new plates each time you get up and new utensils (though you are sharing the same tongs etc at the buffet line so again, confused). Glad to be back at Biergarten though and everything else was the same.

  • Are they back to seating different parties at shared tables?

  • Too bad. I much prefer the “family style” restaurants, and we LOVED our Biergarten visit in June. I suppose this means they can transfer staff from here, and allocate those servers to other restaurants, which is probably needed. Oh, well. I’m glad I got to experience family-style Biergarten! 🙂

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