by Minnie Diva
Tucked nicely into the France Pavilion of Epcot is Chefs de France, a beautiful restaurant with a whole lot of charm and even greater food! I first dined here a couple months ago and loved how the atmosphere and adorable French waiters truly made you feel like you are across the ocean!
Chefs de France is unique in design, with tall windows lining the entire restaurant, giving you a lovely view of the rest of the France Pavilion. At night the windows are outlined in lights and the place really sparkles!
Even better than the building, is the dining. Chefs de France offers a wide variety of French food. For lunch, you can munch on classics like a Croque Monsieur and other fish and chicken entrees, as well as a long list of delectable appetizers. My party ate here during the dinner hour. I had the Tomato and Goat Cheese Flatbread with the House Salad and my mom got the Baked Goat Cheese salad with the French Onion Soup. Both were scrumptious, of course. Both the lunch and dinner menu also offer kids options, such as chicken strips and ground beef steak.
A couple more little things to keep in mind about Chef de France:
- The tables in the restaurant are very close together and the dining rooms can get very loud. If you have a member of your party who is easily overwhelmed by a lot of people, this may not be the place for you. I would recommend the Garden Grill instead!
- If you choose a meal during lunch time, allow about an hour to get from the park entrance to the restaurant. The World Showcase can get very crowded during the middle of the day, and it’s a lot of walking from the entrance to Chefs de France.
- Show up to your reservation about 15 minutes early! We checked in 20 minutes before our 9 o’ clock reservation and were seated within 5 minutes of check in! Score!
- If you are going to be eating around 9 o’ clock, request a table at the front of the restaurant! We had an amazing view of Illuminations from our seats. It was like a special little dose of magic.
- If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, your meal comes with an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. Choose wisely!
- Chefs de France may not be the best choice for picky kids. The food is definitely not anything you would find in your average American restaurant.
- If you’re not on the Dining Plan and have a hankering for dessert after your meal, Chefs de France has several options! (Creme Brulee, Strawberry and Cream Cake, Chocolate Mousse) However, if none of these appeal to you, there’s a great ice cream place right around the corner called L’Artisan des Glaces!
My favorite thing, however, about the restaurant, was the menu. The menu was made of paper, and I asked our waiter for a fresh one to take home. He brought me out one that was signed by the chef! A cute (and free!) souvenir!
As always, here at Tips from the Disney Diva, we recommend booking your meal 180 days in advance, to ensure that you get a table! And if you would like help planning your trip or making reservations, we recommend contacting Patricia with All for Dreams Travel; All for Dreams Travel is an Independent Agency with Gateway to Magic Travel, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, and best of all, her services are free! Click here for a free quote.