September 3, 2022

Review: Garden Grill at Epcot, Disney World

Garden Grill is a themed Character dining restaurant located in Epcot, Disney World.  The restaurant is home to Chip and Dale’s Harvest Feast and the food is served family style (think an endless buffet but served to your table!) We headed here on our first trip to Epcot as a family of 5 and it didn’t disappoint and rates as one of our favourite character dining restaurants in Disney World.  Read on to find out what is on Garden Grill’s menu and what we thought of this family fun restaurant!

The Land sign in Epcot Disney World

Where is Garden Grill?

As I mentioned above, you will find Garden Grill in Epcot, located in The Land area of the park.  The restaurant is located on the top floor of the building (where Living with the Land and Soarin’ are on the ground floor).  Toilets are located to the left of the entrance and you simply check in with your server at the entrance to the restaurant.

Garden Grill restaurant in Epcot entrance

What makes Garden Grill different?

What is really super quirky about Garden Grill is that it is a revolving restaurant!  Do not panic though, the movement of the restaurant is extremely slow and you do not feel it moving at all when seated.  The restaurant revolves actually through the Living with the Land ride which is super cool and it takes approx 1 hour to do a full circle.  We loved this concept as it is just a little bit different to a standard restaurant, it makes it fun and you get to see the ride as you revolve.

Seating at Garden Grill with large bowl and smaller bowls shaping Mickey Mouse

What characters are at Garden Grill

Garden Grill is home to Chip and Dale, some of the most interactive characters in our opinion!  They are so cute and funny and the interaction with the children every time we have met them has been incredible, even in Disneyland Paris.

Little boy hugging Mickey mouse in Garden Grill

We also got to meet Pluto and Mickey Mouse, complete in his Garden attire!

Little girl hugging Pluto in Garden Grill Epcot

What seems to be a common pattern in this restaurant is that the characters are super invested in the time they spend with the guests.  We literally had Micky waiting to see us at one point as we were chatting to Pluto and in the end he joined us too.  The characters spent a lovely amount of time with us, they were not rushed at all and came back multiple times!  I believe this is due to the fact that the restaurant is small and not overcrowded and makes for a much more chilled out character dining experience in Disney World.

Little girl meeting Chip in character dining restaurant Garden Grill Epcot

What food is served at Garden Grill?

What we loved about this restaurant was that the food was served ‘family style’ which is a great alterative to a buffet.  The food was served to a table beginning with starters, a huge house salad with the ultimate bread rolls and butter (our kids love a simple bread roll!)  We actually asked for more as it was so delicious and whats even more amazing is that all greens are grew and sourced from the living with the land area – amazing!

House bread rolls in Garden Grill Epcot

Harvest House Salad in Garden Grill

We then got our mains served in a large skillet (this could be subject to change) and we had Grilled beef with chimichurri, roast turkey (it is now BBQ chicken) mixed veg, creamy mash potato, macaroni cheese and fries. It all tasted absolutely incredible and is pure proof that Disney isn’t all about fast food and no veg!  We 100% asked for more beef; the chimichurri was divine!  The kids enjoyed the turkey, veg and fries (obvs) the most!

Family Style food at Garden Grill including Grilled steak chimichurri, roast turkey, stuffing, mixed veg and mash potato in Garden Grill

Macaroni Cheese and Fries in Garden Grill

For dessert, we got a plateful of sugar cookies (and we ordered more!) and the famous berry shortcake with whipped cream – wow!  This was super tasty and the sponge was so soft and buttery.  Our stomachs just couldn’t take another helping of this by this point unfortunately!

Sugar Cookies at Garden Grill Mickey shaped and topped with mickey shapped confetti

Berry Shortcake topped with whipped cream at Garden Grill

We enjoyed all this washed down with a glass of Pinot, Beer and the children has apple juice.

Man drinking a beer in Garden Grill

Our final thoughts on Garden Grill

This is a top notch character dining restaurant and the price reflects this too, but I feel it is worth it.  As it currently stands in 2022, adults cost £55 and children (aged up to 9) are £36.  It is 100% a restaurant that you should do at least once if your budget allows.  We also loved the seating in this restaurant (the lower level is a must!)  If your a larger family you will be most likely seated on the lower level of the restaurant meaning you’ll sit in a booth.  The booth faces out to the outside of the restaurant meaning you get better views of Living with the land and I just love a booth!

I recommend you book this  restaurant 60 days in advance when making your advanced dining reservations on your Disney App!

It’s a fun restaurant with amazing characters meets and the food is simply delicious!

Read our Crystal Palace Character dining Breakfast Review!

Thanks for reading! xxx

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

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