Epcot has a ton of restaurants. Almost all of them are suitable for the whole family, but some are more kid-friendly than others.

Our favorite kid-friendly Epcot restaurants are The Garden Grill and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, but there are plenty of other restaurants at Epcot for kids to enjoy too.

We’ll tell you which ones we like best so you can spend more time having fun and less time deciding on your next meal. After you’re done picking your restaurant, don’t forget our Ultimate Guide to Epcot Ice Cream.

The Best Table-Service Epcot Restaurants for Kids

We’ll start with the table-service restaurants first. These are the restaurants that will require a reservation in advance.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

  • Between $30 and $60 per person, depending on the time of day
  • Counts as 1 Table Service Credit
  • Buffet-style Norwegian food
  • Table service
  • Reservations needed
  • Breakfast, lunch, or dinner
  • Character dining
  • Located inside the Norway Pavilion in the World Showcase
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First up is Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. This restaurant is perfect for kids, providing you with a rare chance to meet every Disney princess while enjoying a great buffet.

Princess Dining

The primary thing that makes Akershus so great for kids is its character dining. If you’re a Disney veteran, you know that standing in line after line to meet individual characters can be a pain.

Akershus drastically helps you with that pain by giving you access to a handful of Disney princesses. Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, and Ariel are all there and will visit your table at some point during your meal. They’ll talk with your family and, if you’d like, take pictures with you.

If you have a little girl who would love to meet all of the princesses, Akershus probably needs to be on your radar. The only other restaurant that offers you access to multiple princesses is Cinderella’s Royal Table, and it will cost you a decent bit more than Akershus will.

The Food

Akershus’ menu strikes a good balance between things that kids will enjoy and things that parents will enjoy.

For breakfast, you’ll find plenty of normal American breakfast foods alongside slightly more adventurous Scandinavian foods. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cinnamon rolls, fruit, etc, are all available for a typical breakfast. Peppered mackerel, gravlax (salt-cured raw salmon), Jarlsberg, and Gjetost cheese are also on the menu for those who would like a more Scandinavian breakfast.

Post-breakfast, the menu is the same for both lunch and dinner. An Akershus lunch or dinner will begin with the Taste of Norway, an appetizer consisting of Scandinavian seafood, imported cheeses, meats, salads, and fruits. The entrees range from pretty normal dishes like roasted chicken or pork to more Norwegian items like Kjøttkake (Norwegian meatballs) or Scandinavian potato dumplings.

Lunches and dinners at Akershus finish with an assortment of Norwegian-inspired desserts. All in all, the food here is very good for a buffet.

There are plenty of items that kids will love, including everything from chicken, beef, and fish.

There are even super simple entrees for kids like pizza or macaroni and cheese.

The Setting

Akershus is set in a beautiful castle-style building. It’s a little different from a typical Disney castle and is a bit more rustic feeling with stone and wood. The interior of the building is impressive with its tall cathedral ceilings. Walking to the buffet is easy from all of the tables and the buffet itself is presented well. You’ll be among plenty of other families with children eager to meet the princesses.

The Verdict

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a perfect way for kids to meet popular princesses while parents enjoy a more unique menu than whats offered at many other kid-centered restaurants. The price you pay for a meal here is actually a decent bargain when you factor in the 1-on-1 access to so many of the most famous Disney princesses. The Norwegian-inspired fare is great for pretty much anyone and isn’t anything too abnormal. Those who just want plain American food still have plenty of options, so no need to worry about that. Also, it’s absolutely worth noting that Akershus opens for breakfast prior to Epcot’s official opening time every morning. This means that an early reservation at Akershus can get you into Epcot before its open to other guests. This is perfect for giving yourself some extra time in the park. Few things are better than getting into Epcot early, having a meal, then being first in line for one of the most popular rides before anyone else has even entered the front gate.

The Garden Grill Restaurant

  • Between $20 and $60 per person, depending on the time of day
  • Counts as 1 Table Service Credit
  • All-you-care-to-eat American style food
  • Table service
  • Reservations needed
  • Breakfast, lunch, or dinner
  • Character dining
  • Located inside The Land Pavilion in Future World
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Next up is The Garden Grill Restaurant. It’s a table-service restaurant inside The Land building in Future World. The food here is served all-you-can-eat, so you won’t have to worry about leaving without a full stomach.

Character Dining

The first reason Garden Grill is great for kids is that it’s the second of two restaurant locations at Epcot that include character dining. Over the course of your meal, your table will be visited by each character working at the restaurant. Typically, this character list includes Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale.

Even though Chip and Dale are the “host” characters, Mickey is probably the best character at Garden Grill. Instead of his normal outfit, he wears a farmer getup, complete with overalls.

Kids will love getting individual pictures with the characters and it makes for an easy way to see them all without waiting in a line.

The Food

The menu at Garden Grill makes it easy to keep kids happy. It’s simple, but has enough variety to satisfy most picky eaters.

Breakfast includes items such as fluffy scrambled eggs, sticky buns, and hash brown-style potato barrels. Mickey Waffles and other staples are also available. The lunch and dinners menus are the same, so there’s no need to pick one time over the other strictly based on the available food.

The lunch and dinner menu is called “Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast”. It’s very similar to a traditional American Thanksgiving meal. It starts you off with a big garden salad. After that, you’ll move on to an unlimited amount of sliced turkey breast, slow-braised pot roast, and carved pork with apple chutney. The pot roast almost always the unanimous favorite here.

The sides are exactly what you’d expect and include herb and leek stuffing, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables. Macaroni and french fries are also served. The stuffing is great and the french fries are surprisingly good. Many of the sides are made from vegetables grown in The Land’s own greenhouses.

The dessert is a berry shortcake with vanilla bean whipped cream and is also very good.

The Setting

Garden Grill’s setting is also a lot of fun for kids. The whole restaurant is built on a massive rotating platform. You’ll very slowly spin 360 degrees as you enjoy your meal. While you spin, you’ll pass through a few different scenes that are built along the side of the restaurant. This makes the restaurant that much more fun.

If you’re worried about the spinning, don’t be. It’s so slow that if you won’t even notice it if you aren’t paying attention.

While many of the World Showcase restaurants can often be filled mostly with just adults, Garden Grill is usually filled with families.

The Verdict

Overall, this is a no-brainer option for many families who would prefer a quieter, more kid-friendly atmosphere for an Epcot meal. The Thanksgiving-esque meal here is a nice change of pace from many other Disney meals. Meeting the characters in the comfort of your table is icing on the cake.

Like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Garden Grill opens for breakfast before Epcot’s official opening time, allowing for an early entry to the park.

Coral Reef Restaurant

  • Between $14 and $35 per person, depending on the time of day
  • Counts as 1 Table Service Credit
  • American with a seafood emphasis
  • Table service
  • Reservations needed
  • Lunch, or dinner
  • Located inside The Seas Pavilion in Future World

Our first non-character, non-breakfast dining option for families with kids is Coral Reef Restaurant. It’s inside The Seas Pavilion and has a gigantic saltwater aquarium lining its walls.

Dining With An Incredible View

The true beauty of having a meal at Coral Reef Restaurant is the view from each table of the magnificent saltwater aquarium. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill aquarium- it’s 5.7 million gallons! There are 4,000 sea creatures inside, including reef fish, sharks, and sea turtles. You’ll also see the occasional group of scuba divers inside. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, it’s impossible not to love a tank like that.

The Food

The food at Coral Reef is good, but nothing crazy. Steak, chicken, and seafood account for most of the items on the menu. Picky eaters won’t have a problem here and there are plenty of kid-friendly options.

Adults will also find plenty of normal but good meals. It’s actually surprisingly good for a restaurant that could have used the aquarium view as justification for neglecting the quality of food.

The Setting

Coral Reef’s setting is without a doubt its shining feature. It was the first point we mentioned, so you probably already figured that it was important.

The Verdict

Coral Reef is a unique opportunity to view a massive amount of marine life from the comfort of your lunch or dinner table. The windows to the aquarium are huge and make it feel like you are inside the tank. If you have kids that love the ocean, you should strongly consider having a meal here.

There are always plenty of families here and it’s easy to let your kids enjoy the aquarium without feeling that they are being too active inside the restaurant.

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

  • Between $14 and $35 per person
  • Counts as 1 Table Service Credit
  • Italian with a pizza emphasis
  • Table service
  • Reservations needed
  • Lunch, or dinner
  • Located inside the Italy Pavilion in World Showcase

Our final recommendation for a kid-friendly table-service restaurant at Epcot is Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria. No joke, this place serves not only the best pizza on Disney property, but some of the best pizza you can find anywhere. It’s an awesome way to get an awesome, affordable meal for a family with kids. The food is so good that we even rank it highly on our list of Top 13 Best Epcot Restaurants for Adults.

INCREDIBLE Pizza

Via Napoli’s shining feature is its pizza. It’s outstanding. It uses some of the best, simple Italian ingredients to make the perfect Neopolitan pizza with the perfect blend of tomato, cheese, and dough. Whether you order a red pizza or a white pizza, chances are very good that you’re going to love it.

The Food

As we just explained, the pizza here is absolutely the winner. There are some other Italian favorites though. The salads and pasta are both excellent if you don’t feel like having pizza.

The Setting

Via Napoli is situated at the very back of the Italy Pavilion. The restaurant’s architecture is actually very nice, with tall ceiling and large columns.

You also have a good view of the wood-fired pizza ovens here, which are particularly cool and feature large stone faces. Each face is named after Italy’s three main active volcanos, Stromboli, Vesuvio, and Etna.

The Verdict

Via Napoli offers some of the best pizza you can get. It’s really good value when you consider that you can order a big pizza to feed your whole family. Even though the individual pizzas are on the expensive end for a pizza, they aren’t unreasonable when you account for their very high-quality ingredients. If you’ve got hungry kids, this is a good way to fill them up.

The casual nature of the restaurant also works well for kids.

The Best Quick-Service Epcot Restaurants for Kids

We’ll start with the table-service restaurants first. These are the restaurants that will require a reservation in advance.

Sunshine Seasons

  • $15 and under per person
  • Counts as 1 Quick-Service Credit
  • Large food court with high-quality counter-service food
  • No reservations
  • Breakfast, lunch, or dinner
  • Located inside The Land Pavilion in Future World
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Sunshine Seasons is well-liked by Epcot faithful. It is known for having a large variety of quality food without steep pricing. Many of the menu items incorporate fruits and vegetables grown in Epcot’s own greenhouses. Kids will have plenty to choose from.

The Food

Sunshine Seasons is actually one of the best places to find healthier meal choices at Epcot. Breakfast includes just about anything you could want, from all the classics to things like souffles and wraps. Lunch and dinner feature a noodle shop, a sandwich shop, an entree shop, and a soup and salad shop.

Whether you’re in the mood for Mongolian noodles or grilled chicken, you’re covered.

The Setting

The whole area is technically a food court, but it’s much nicer than most other “food courts”. It’s right in the middle of The Land building and is very open. You can see pretty much the entire interior of the building from the Sunshine Seasons’ tables. It’s busy enough to keep from being quiet, but not so busy that it feels crowded.

The Verdict

Sunshine Seasons is one of the best bangs for your buck at Epcot. The food is priced right and is high-quality. It’s a good place to get a quick, casual meal without feeding kids too much junk.

Yorkshire County Fish and Chips Shop

  • $15 and under per person
  • Counts as 1 Quick-Service Credit
  • British-style fish and chips
  • No reservations
  • Lunch, or dinner
  • Located inside the United Kingdom Pavilion in Future World
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The Yorkshire County Fish and Chips Shop is an Epcot classic. The crispy fish and french fries served here make for a perfect quick meal for kids and for adults. The outdoor tables make for a great way to view the World Showcase Lagoon while eating. Unless your kids hate fish, they’ll love the food.

The Food

The fish and chips at Yorkshire County are awesome. The fish is always perfectly crispy and the fries are the perfect sidekick. One of the employees (who was from actual Yorkshire County, England) once told me that even he loves the fish and chips here.

The Setting

The best part about Yorkshire County’s location is that it has a bunch of tables directly along the World Showcase Lagoon. It’s great for a daytime view, but it’s amazing for a nighttime view of the Illuminations fireworks show.

If you want a table for the fireworks, we strongly advise you to get there over an hour early. Tables are super popular here during the evenings for this reason. It’s especially comfortable for families with squirmy kids to have the luxury of their own table to watch fireworks from.

The Verdict

Yorkshire County Fish and Chips is one of the go-to meals for all Epcot guests, kids included. It’s not expensive and it’s some of the best casual food you’ll find at Disney World, period. Bring the kids an early to get a table in time for the fireworks. It’s a great way to end a busy day at Epcot.

Liberty Inn

  • $15 and under per person
  • Counts as 1 Quick-Service Credit
  • Standard American fare
  • No reservations
  • Lunch, or dinner
  • Located inside The American Adventure Pavilion in the World Showcase

Though it’s in the World Showcase, Liberty Inn won’t knock your socks off with uniqueness. However, it does has plenty of very basic American items that makes it super easy to satisfy hungry kids. Burgers and chicken nuggets are two of the most popular items and are definitely better than average theme park food.

The Food

Normal, easy American food. It’s quick and its inexpensive. The burgers are good and so are the other sandwiches. Chicken nuggets or fried shrimp are good options for a bite-sized kids meal.

The Setting

The Colonial theme of Liberty Inn is a bit plain compared to many other restaurants inside Epcot’s World Showcase, but it’s not intended to be anything fancy. It does a perfectly fine job of achieving its intended atmosphere.

The Verdict

If you have kids that are picky eaters, Liberty Inn’s menu will make it very easy for you. There’s really nothing adventurous or abnormal here. All the food is plain, but still decent.

Electric Umbrella

  • $15 and under per person
  • Counts as 1 Quick-Service Credit
  • Standard American fare
  • No reservations
  • Lunch, or dinner
  • Located in the center of Future World

Last on our list of kid-friendly Epcot restaurants is Electric Umbrella. The restaurant is very easy to find and very convenient for families with kids who want a quick meal, but don’t want to walk too far past Epcot’s entrance.

The Food

Similar to Liberty Inn, the food at Electric Umbrella is normal, casual American. Burgers, BBQ sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads are most of the menu. You won’t have a problem finding something your kids will enjoy.

The Setting

Electric Umbrella is definitely the most convenient restaurant on our list. It’s right in the middle of Future World and is one of the first locations you’ll encounter when entering the park. You’ll know you’re looking at it when you see its namesake- the huge white umbrellas covering the top of the restaurant.

The Verdict

In conclusion, if you’re not interested in walking far and would like a quick, inexpensive meal, Electric Umbrella is a great place to start your time at Epcot. Kids will be satisfied with the standard lunch and dinner options.