Be Our Guest Restaurant is one of those places in Disney World that can be difficult to get a reservation. The ambiance of the restaurant is enough to have reservations completely booked all the time. It is themed after Beast’s castle and, of course, its name comes from the famous song “Be Our Guest” from the movie “Beauty and the Beast.”
I was very surprised, and happy, to get reservations for both breakfast and dinner on my first try. Not sure how that happened, but I certainly was not complaining. I was so happy to get the reservations, not only because this would be my first experience at this popular eatery, but because breakfast is considered fast casual and dinner is considered table service. The big difference between these two dining experiences is that with fast casual you order from a touch screen kiosk at the entrance of the restaurant and with table service you have a cast member who will take your order at the table.
For this review I am going to concentrate on breakfast. When we arrived we checked in at the entrance, right before the bridge. After check in, we made our way across the bridge (which is lined with some pretty impressive gargoyles) and into the lobby of the restaurant/castle. When you enter the lobby, make sure to look for the stained glass window with Belle and the prince. We got some really nice pictures by this window.
Now that we are inside the restaurant, I’m going to divide the rest of the review into four different categories: Ambiance, Food, Cast Member Interaction, and Overall Experience.
Let me start by saying that this restaurant is absolutely beautiful! It can definitely rival Cinderella’s Royal Table with the detail the Imagineers put into the whole place. The area where you order your food for breakfast and lunch (dinner is table service) has banners hanging throughout and the walls and curtains are darker colors (very Gothic). There are also suits of armor near the ordering area. The podium where you order your food even looks fancy.
There are three areas where guests can dine: The Grand Ballroom, The West Wing, and The Castle Gallery. Everyone who walks in will see the Grand Ballroom; it’s very hard to miss. There is lots of seating in the Grand Ballroom and there is a lot to take in when you look around. The detail is astounding. You will see a very high, domed ceiling, huge windows that look out to a snowy landscape (you really see snow falling!), beautiful chandeliers, columns, and arches. The first time I saw the ballroom I was seriously in awe. The Imagineers did an amazing job!
I’ll cover The Castle Gallery in the dinner review, because that is the room where we had dinner. For breakfast we sat in The West Wing. I was very excited to sit in this room, because this is where you find the rose in the glass, spinning and losing petals while you dine. It was really cool to see in person.
The West Wing is also where the Beast freaked out about his curse, because the fabrics in the room are all shredded, as is a picture of the prince. During your meal, lightning will flash and the picture flashes between the prince and Beast. I really liked this room, but it is dark in there and if you have little ones it might be best to sit in a better lit room. Our two year old was a little scared during the meal, especially when the lightning flashed.
Regardless of which room end up eating in, you should explore the whole restaurant. Each area is equally as impressive as the next.
It was pretty unanimous in our group that the food was delicious. I had seen pictures of the menu items months before we actually experienced the restaurant, so I knew what I was going to have before we set foot in the restaurant. I chose to try the Eggs Florentine and I am glad I did. Loved this! It was delicious and it’s going to be hard for me to try something different the next time we have breakfast there. You also get a plate of pastries with your breakfast. The pastries are pretty good too; they’re standard pastries that you would get at a Disney buffet.
There is a children’s menu with a few items the kids can choose from. All the kids in our group chose to order the scrambled eggs dish and they were all happy with it.
Since breakfast and lunch are “fast casual” the silverware and napkins are located at the silverware carts and you bring them to your table. You are also responsible for getting any fountain drink that you order. For dinner, the tables are already set and the drinks will be brought to your table.
Here is the breakfast menu:
Cast Member Interaction
We found the cast members to be very helpful during our dining experience. They kept the line moving and helped everyone at the ordering kiosks. It was the kind of help and friendliness you expect to get in Disney. Our food was brought out not too long after we sat down. There was a mistake with one of the entrees and the cast member brought it back to the kitchen and brought out the correct meal pretty quick. You get more interaction during dinner, but we were all very happy with the cast members at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Thank you for a great experience!
Between the beautiful decor in the restaurant, the good breakfast food, and the service, I think it’s safe to say we will be returning. Of course, that depends on whether or not we can get a reservation, but it will be on our list. This is a restaurant where you can’t see everything during one visit (kind of like Disney World itself); you’re bound to see something new on each visit.
I know we’re excited to experience this restaurant again.
Just a quick note, the Beast does not appear for breakfast and lunch. Guests can only see the Beast at dinner, but there is an opportunity to take pictures with him after dinner.
Have you had a chance to try Be Our Guest Restaurant yet?
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