With so many amazing restaurants at EPCOT, Leslie and I had some tough choices to make during our trip in 2015. We decided to avoid our favorites (sad face) and try some new places! For lunch one day we decided to pop in at Tokyo Dining…
Theme & Ambiance – 8.5 out of 10 points
Although not technically part of the Tokyo Dining restaurant, the Japan pavilion at EPCOT is beautiful and everyone should really spend some time here exploring. We strolled up the stairs to Tokyo Dining which was perched on the 2nd floor (above the massive store on the 1st floor) in the beautiful building that overlooks the lagoon.
The decor inside is very modern but also very elegant. Right from the moment we entered, every one of the staff members were exceptionally polite. I mean, like, POLITE! Super sweet and friendly which really made it a memorable experience. During our meal we had told our server that we were recently engaged, so she brought us out two cute origami (paper) engagement rings that she’d made in the back. Seriously- very sweet!
We were so enchanted with the Japan pavilion and how sweet everyone was, that it actually planted the seed that lead us to book our honeymoon for Japan in 2016. Basically, while the restaurant itself isn’t themed nearly as thoroughly as other table service restaurants, the friendly service more than makes up for that.
Menu & Food – 8.5 out of 10 points
This is another really big menu as far as table service restaurants go at Disney World with a big focus on fish (cooked, sashimi, and sushi). Leslie thus continued her fish streak, and I ordered my first fish dish of the trip: teriyaki Salmon. The food was most definitely tasty and Leslie loved her sushi (which is important because she can be very picky with Sushi sometimes).
Extra Credit – 3 out of 5 points
These things don’t deserve their own paragraph (usually) but could still be point-worthy tidbits. Each item is worth -1 to 1 points, which means places can actually lose points here!
- Service: The entire restaurant was amazingly friendly and welcoming. (+ 1 points)
- Ideal environment for: Couples, fish-lovers. (+ 0.5 points)
- Dessert: We indulged but didn’t love it. (+ 0 points)
- Location: Some tables have a great view of the lagoon, but entire Japan pavilion is beautiful. (+ 1 points)
- Will return on future visit: Too many other places in EPCOT to try first, but will absolutely return one day. (+0.5 points)
Tokyo Dining Total Score:
20 out of 25 points