I cannot go to Epcot without a trip to the French bakery, Boulangerie Pâtisserie, but I’ve never eaten at the other eateries in the France pavilion until this visit. We had made advanced dining reservations at Les Chefs de France and arrived with a little extra time. We waited a reasonable amount of time to be seated and were delighted to sit in a corner of the atrium area with beautiful glass windows on two sides of our table. It was nice to be tucked out of the way. The dining room, although beautifully lit and decorated with a lot of arched windows, dark woods, and warm gold tones, is quite crowded and on the noisy side (like a lot of Disney park restaurants). Though our server seemed experienced at navigating the maze of tables and chairs, it did seem a challenge, and we heard one major crash of china from across the room during our visit.
Les Chefs de France is one of several Disney restaurants that offers a 3-course fixed price menu or an a la carte menu. If on the dining plan, one credit covers the 3-course fixed price menu with a drink or you can choose an entrée, dessert, & drink from the a la carte menu. If you are interested in one of the entrees on the fixed price menu, that is definitely the best way to go. The a la carte features French favorites with plenty of variety to suit all types of tastes.
To start our meal, we were served a lovely, warm baguette, which we each broke a piece from. It was fresh and wonderful.
Mr. Diner chose the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Black Peppercorn Sauce which was served with potatoes au gratin and green beans ($34.99). (I could give you the French name from the menu, but this is more helpful, don’t you think?) The beef was tender with a rich flavor. The beans were fresh and still crisp, and the potatoes were wonderful (how can you go wrong with potatoes, butter, cream, & cheese?).
I chose to order from the fixed price menu ($39.99) because I really wanted a soup or salad…that turned out the be the hardest choice at the restaurant since I really wanted both the Lobster Bisque and the Salade au Bleu (romaine hearts, bleu cheese dressing, bacon, walnuts, & croutons). I opted for the salad this time, but didn’t hesitate to sample the Lobster Bisque when someone else at my table offered. They were both excellent and I would order either again, just depending on my mood. For my entrée, I chose the Beef Short Ribs in Cabernet, which was served with pasta, pearl onions, grape tomatoes, and mushrooms. The ribs were extremely tender and wonderfully flavorful. My serving of pasta had mostly onions with one mushroom and one tomato. Other diners had more, but even with the addition of more mushrooms and tomatoes, the pasta was nothing spectacular.
For desserts, Mr. Diner chose the Profiteroles au Chocolat (a puff pastry with vanilla ice cream and lots of chocolate) and I chose the Chocolate Mousse Cake. Both were excellent.
For the kids, a salad or cheese puffed pastry with a hamburger, chicken strips, or fish. Dessert choices are ice cream or a chocolate chip cookie. My little diners all chose the salad and hamburger with vanilla ice cream. However, I would love it if Disney would offer a few more interesting options on their kids menus; with all the interesting adult entrees, it would be nice to give the kids a little more variety.
One of the unexpected delights of our dinner was to be able to watch IllumiNations from our table. The view was mostly of the fireworks since there were so many trees, but since we hadn’t planned to watch it that night, it was a very nice bonus.
Entrée Price: $$$$
Average Fork Rating: 4
Mr. Diner: 5
Mrs. Diner: 4
Amazing Diner: 4
Sweet Diner: 4
Little Diner: 3