During each Disney World vacation we return to some of our very favourite restaurants, for a list of the restaurants we return to again and again click here. But we also love to explore dining experiences we’ve never enjoyed. Especially in Epcot. Epcot is home to the most restaurants at Walt Disney World. Each pavilion hosts at least one dining location, some host several. And there’s also restaurants found in World Nature, World Discovery and World Celebration. On our last Disney World vacation we decided to finally try Teppan Edo.
Teppan Edo is a Hibachi Style restaurant found in the Japan pavilion. Teppan Edo is one of three table service restaurants offered at the Japan pavilion. This means you must be very careful when reserving a restaurant at the Japan pavilion. You want to make sure you have the correct restaurant chosen. There’s also Tokyo Dining, which shares the same space as Teppan Edo but does not have the Hibachi Style. There’s also Takumi-Tei which is a Signature dining experience.
Teppan Edo is located on the upper floor of one of the grand buildings that makes up the Japan pavilion. Guests check in and wait for their table in the Tokyo Dining restaurant.
Guests are led down a narrow hallway when their table is ready. The table has stove at the centre of it and the chairs surround one side of the table. The stove is maned by an entertaining chef who will prepare your meal before your very eyes. Your party, unless it’s very large, will be paired with another group. When we dined here we were fortunate to be paired with another family and had a very enjoyable experience together. It’s really a crap shoot, you could be seated with a group that enhances your experience or hinders your experience.
A server will take your order, bringing you your beverages and any appetizers that are ordered. The main entrees will be made on the stove in front of you. None of the pieces of your meal are mixed, all the sauces for the meat, seafood or alterntative are created and served separately. So if you have picky eaters, don’t be concerned, their meal can be as saucy or bland as they want. Each meal is served with a starter garden salad. Your meat, seafood or alternative comes with udon noodles, vegetables and steamed rice. Other than appetizers and the garden salad, the meal is crafted on the stove in front of you.
Our server was very quick and direct. She wasn’t very conversational or celebratory. We have three kids, 9, 7 and 3. At many of our meals we opted to simply have our 3 year old eat off of our plates because he’s still not a big eater. She was not very pleased with this. Which was a little ridiculous because our bill was still plenty large to warrant a decent sized tip. Our chef was a lot of fun. Our kids were awestruck to see him flip his cooking instruments around. His moves were catering to both the adult crowd and the children.
I chose to order the chicken for myself and our three kids. My husband ordered the steak and chicken combo. Our daughter had wanted to order the salmon but I was concerned that there would be a soy sauce put on it that she wouldn’t like. But as I mentioned above, all the sauces were on the side, so I should have indulged her. What I loved about this meal is the food isn’t something I would be able to make at home. I am a decent cook but I stay within my wheelhouse and Japanese cuisine is something I enjoy eating but certainly not something I can make.
The food was delicious. Obviously very fresh. The noodles were flavourful and the perfect consistency. The kids had a fun time alternating between using their chopsticks and their forks. Guests can choose between chicken, seafood, steak, a vegetarian option for their main. There’s also a list of combinations that can be chosen from: chicken and steak, steak and shrimp or chicken and shrimp.
We opted to not order dessert here because we were planning on having Mickey Ice Cream Bars while we watched Harmonious.
We would definitely dine here again, but not until the kids are older and have a more adventurous palate. They tolerated this meal but they didn’t enjoy. Which pulls from our enjoyment. It was a pricey meal. They weren’t able to apply our DVC discount to our bill. So the bill totalled $160. We didn’t order any alcoholic beverages this meal, the bill could have been much higher.
We’ve promised ourselves that on our next visit to Disney’s Epcot we’ll finally dine at the restaurant found inside the Mexico pavilion. I hear mixed reviews but think it would be a hit with our family because our kids love Tacos, Nachos and Fajitas. I would strongly recommend visiting Teppan Edo but there are other restaurants I would suggest if you are first time Epcot visitor or traveling with kids. With kids, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a fun character experience or Garden Grill, it has family friendly food and characters. For adults, Le Cellier is one of the best steakhouses found at Walt Disney World and it’s located in the Canadian pavilion.
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