Are you ready to enjoy a delicious French rendezvous at Chefs de France in Epcot?Join me today as I take you through this quaint Parisian-inspired café in the heart of World Showcase.
As you join me you make note of the fresh ingredients, the extensive wine list, elaborate décor, and charming atmosphere that all make Chefs de France a must try Disney restaurant on your solo vacation.
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Atmosphere of Chefs de France
I was sat in the beautifully decorated sun room next to the window that peered out unto the pedestrians on the Disney inspired French streets.
The atmosphere was like a setting in movie at a quaint Parisian café.
Coming in as someone with limited knowledge of this famous cuisine, my waitress, Christiana, guided me through the menu for both the delectable entrees and the extensive wine list.
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My Chefs de France Review
The meal started out with a warm baguette that went extremely well as a dipping instrument with my lobster bisque appetizer.
The consistency of the bisque was lighter than what I’ve previously experienced, but the well-seasoned flavor along with the fluffy sweet chunks of the lobster balance this portion out.
Cabernet Sauvignon by Georges Duboeuf
This was all enjoyed while drinking a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. The red wine was priced on the lower end of the wine spectrum ($5.95 per glass at the time of my solo trip).
However, the taste was not disappointing at all. It was the Chef’s selection which was a straightforward Cabernet for Georges Duboeuf with blackberry notes and a medium body.
The wine was easy to drink and went well with my appetizer and entrée. It also made me feel pretty good afterwards 🙂
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Beef Short Rib Pasta
Up next was the star of the show…
I ordered the Beef Short Rib Pasta which was braised in Cabernet with pearl onions and mushrooms.
I was prepared to use my knife aggressively to cut through the meat, but to my surprise the butter knife fell effortlessly through the beef cut which only meant that the tasting portion of the entrée was about to be awesome…
…and it was!
Not only did I barely need my fork for this, the meat was seasoned to perfection with its juices exploding carrying the delicious flavor.
Dessert at Chefs de France
It was now time for the dessert finale. I didn’t step too far outside of the box on this one. I ordered the chocolate mousse that was topped with whipped cream and a slice of pound cake.
So, I did spice it up, Hipster style with a glass of Grand Marnier.
It was marvelous!
The Grand Marnier with its smooth citrusy taste helped cut the sweetness of the mousse without taking away from its chocolaty flavor.
Ordering the cognac straight was definitely a first and quite sporadic, but I will say it was great decision that topped off the whole dining experience.
6 Tips for Your Dining Experience at Chefs de France
Before you book your next visit to this restaurant inside of Epcot, let’s go over a few tips to help you maximize your time there.
- Reservations are Highly Recommended – This place books up quickly throughout the day, so make sure to call (407) 939-5277 or click here to make your reservation
- Notify the Reservationist of Any Special Dining Requests – Walt Disney World is known to add a special touch on your special celebrations
- Please Note that Park Admission is Required – this restaurant is located inside of the Epcot theme park so you will need a park ticket to enter
- Place to Budget for a Higher Dining Meal Here – The prices are approximately $20 to $36 per adult
- You Can Use Your Disney Dining Plan – Chefs de France accepts 1 (one) Disney Dining Plan credit if you have the regular plan or the deluxe plan
- Get the Prix Fixe Meal: You will come out cheaper and will be able to taste a variety of choices in one sitting
Chefs de France Menu
- Cassolette d’escargots de Bourgogne au beurre persillé (Escargot): Casserole of Burgundian escargots baked in parsley and garlic butter
- Plateau de fromages de France (Cheese Board): Imported cheese board with raisin and walnut bread
- Assiette campagnarde (Charcuterie) Rustic assortment of French patés and charcuteries
- Bisque de homard (Lobster Bisque)
- Soupe à l’oignon gratinée (French Onion Soup): topped with Gruyère cheese
- Salade aux lardons et croutons: Selected greens with house vinaigrette dressing, diced smoked bacon, tomatoes, and homemade croutons
- Tartare de saumon légèrement fumé, sauce moutarde: Tartare of raw salmon lightly smoked with cucumber, dill, honey mustard sauce and a homemade brioche bun
- Salade de chèvre chaud (Baked Goat Cheese): with walnuts, fresh grapes, tomatoes, endives, mixed salad
- A la flamme Alsacienne (Alsace specialty Flatbread): with crème fraîche, onion, bacon
- Tomate et fromage de chèvre (Tomato and Goat Cheese Flatbread)
- Au Saumon Fumé: Smoked salmon, crème fraîche, onions
- Lasagnes de légumes du soleil à l’huile d’olive au thym (Vegetable Lasagna): Zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes baked into thin layers of pasta
- Gratin de Macaroni (Macaroni Baked): with cream and Gruyère cheese
- Salade Niçoise: Salad with Ahi tuna, tomatoes, green beans, bell peppers, potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, olives, anchovies, vinaigrette
- Assiette du pécheur: Seared cod fish, monkfish, shrimp, leeks, fennel and potatoes in a fish broth with saffron, aïoli, croutons
- Filets de truite Grenobloise, riz pilaf, tomates (Seared Trout Filets): Capers, parsley, lemon butter, rice pilaf, tomatoes
- Filet de Saumon: Seared salmon, potatoes and cauliflower purée, tomato confit, fresh herb sauce
- Boeuf Bourguignon, linguine: Beef braised in Cabernet with baby onions and carrots, served with linguine pasta
- Poulet fermier à la Lyonnaise, purée de pommes de terre: Lyon style roasted chicken served with tomatoes and vinegar sauce, mashed potatoes
- Canard à l’orange, purée de patates douces et courgettes (Seared Duck Breast): Seared duck breast and leg confit, sweet potato purée and zucchini, sauce a l’orange
- Jarret de porc braisé, spaetzle et brocoli (Braised Beef Pork Shank): with spaetzle egg noodles and broccoli
- Steak aux échalottes, frites (Grilled Flat Iron Steak): with pommes frites and red wine braised shallots
- Filet de boeuf grillé, sauce au poivre vert Gratin Dauphinois et haricots verts (Grilled Tenderloin of Beef): with green peppercorn sauce, potato gratin, green beans
- Gateau au Chocolat: Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Sauce, and Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
- Cygne au chocolat: Swan cream puff filled with chocolate mousse, chocolate sauce, and chocolate ice cream
- Tarte aux Pommes: Apple Tart with Almond Cream, Caramel Sauce, and Vanilla Ice Cream
- Meringue aux fruits rouges: Meringue Basket with fresh Berries, Vanilla Cream, Raspberry Sauce, and Strawberry Sorbet
- Crème Brûlée: Vanilla Crème Brûlée
- Assiette de Sorbets du Jour: Daily assortment of fresh Sorbets with a Madeleine
Prix Fixe Dining Experience
Appetizers (Choice of one)
- Soupe à l’oignon gratinée (French Onion Soup): topped with Gruyère Cheese
- Salade aux lardons et croutons: Selected greens with house vinaigrette dressing, diced smoked bacon, tomatoes, homemade croutons
- Bisque de Homard (Lobster Bisque)
Entrées (Choice of one)
- Boeuf Bourguignon, linguine (Braised Beef): Beef braised in Cabernet with baby onions and carrots, served with linguine pasta
- Poulet fermier à la Layonnaise, pomme purée (Lyon-style Roasted Chicken): Lyon-style roasted chicken, tomatoes and vinegar sauce, mashed potatoes
- Filet de saumon (Seared Salmon): Potatoes and cauliflower purée, tomato confit, fresh herb sauce
- Gratin de macaroni: Macaroni baked with Cream and Gruyère cheese
Dessert (Choice of one)
- Dessert au choix (Dessert of choice)
- Diabolo Menthe: Sprite® with Monin green mint syrup
- Shirley Temple: Sprite® and grenadine with a maraschino cherry
- Orangina – French Orange Soda
- Limonade – French Sparkling Limonade
You can review full Chefs de France lunch and dinner menu here.
Is Chefs de France Worth It?
I say yes!
My overall experience at Chefs de France was delightfully relaxing. I’m not sure if it lives up to any true French cuisine, but the Disney wait staff and chefs truly did a superior job bringing a few aspects of the culture to this terrific bistro.
Get a Doggy Bag
I usually don’t like to carry to-go bags when I’m at the park, but on that evening there was no way I was going to allow my left overs to be trashed after my departure.
My waitress bagged it up and I carried it happily around Epcot with me.
As soon as I got home the smell reminded me of the wonderful experience I’d just enjoyed. I then devoured the remaining portion before I went to bed.
Don’t worry about my calorie count, because I made up for it in the gym the next day 🙂
Final Score for Chefs de France at Disney
- Ambiance: 8
- Food: 8.5
- Prices: 8
- Drinks: 9
- Service: 10
I give this restaurant a 8.7 out of 10 on the ThemeParkHipster dining scale. If you’re looking to try something new, then be sure to visit Chefs de France in Epcot.
I know you will enjoy it too, just make sure that if you’re on a solo trip that you try to go before the lunch or dinner rush that way it’s not too noisy.
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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!
(Original Article Date: January 17, 2014/Updated November 20, 2019)